I know that for most independent candidates it was a tough night and that not many (if any) were elected. But I want to take this opportunity to say well done and thank you.
You have been brave enough to, literally, stand up and be counted – and for that we all owe you a great deal of respect.
It was clearly a tough battle out there during the campaign. The economic issues we all face have clearly pushed voters to take refuge in the main parties, while the televised debates further promoted the idea that they were the only three choices. Yet you continued to campaign positively. It may not look like it now, but you have done well and you should be proud of yourself.
But also a big thank you. It is my opinion that by standing you have helped to make democracy stronger. You gave the voters a choice and you showed that there are options outside of the main parties.
It wasn’t to be this time, but you should still be proud of what you have achieved.