He was flanked by his children, wife and other members of his family he invited up to the podium.
“I’m literally overwhelmed,” says State Senate District 4 Republican candidate Aaron Bean.
Bean could not thank his supporters enough after finding out about his primary win Tuesday night.
“I had the crazy thinking that I was gunna do most of this work myself but, you know, you can’t do this yourself. At this level, it literally takes an army and I will forever be grateful to the army of volunteers that showed up,” he says.
His efforts, which ultimately secured more than 64% of the vote, included knocking on more than 45,000 doors over the past three months to spread his campaign message. Those efforts were especially well received in Nassau County, which had a relatively high turnout rate.
And the payoff for this support, he says, will be a focus on jobs and limited government if he wins the seat in November, when he will face Democrat Nancy Soderburg for the State Senate District 4 seat.
Bean told me the campaign moving forward will keep a positive focus. He wants help for the river, funding for the ferry and a renewed focus on education.
For voters, who were fatigued by the negative campaigning that surrounded this election that is a welcome message. Both Bean and his opponent Mike Weinstein separated themselves from the negative campaigning, and Bean knows it was tough on both families.
“We never anticipated the race going this way to make it this tough, so I know it’s tough on him,” Bean says.
Weinstein says one of the best parts about the race being over will be that his face is no longer on television getting this negative attention.
“The best thing about today [Tuesday] is that there will be no more mailouts about me,” he says.
Weinstein says he has been blessed with a loving family, and now that the election is done he will be able to pursue “other things”, although he did not go into detail on what those things may be.