As I sit here drinking my evening coffee after work, I’m thinking about the election. Where have the last 3 months gone? I’m doing something I have never done before, writing a letter to the editor of a newspaper to share my heart.
I’m Bonnie Wirgau, Tim’s wife, most say the better half. This is my letter. When we moved to Tennessee in 1993 politics was never on our mind. See, my outlook might be different than yours. There are those who love politics — they live, eat and dream politics. Not us! When we moved here to Paris, Tennessee, we believed it was God calling us here. Some might not believe in that, and that’s ok. Let me educate you about the Wirgau’s. We are a God fearing family that love the Lord more than anything, and we are not ashamed of that. My heart is to see people come to Jesus! Campaigning for me is a mission field. There are those (as I stated earlier) that love politics, and then there are those that are called into politics. I firmly believe my husband has been called into this field of work.
When we started this journey together, we had no idea how long we would be serving. As a wife watching from the sideline, I understand it takes time to build respect and trust. Tim has earned trust and respect from those who he serves and whom he serves with. Tim is a wonderful husband, a great dad and an awesome Papa. What I have learned is all people CANNOT agree 100% on everything that Tim votes for, and he accepts that. But he listens to the people of Benton, Henry and Stewart Counties. He will spend hours at work or while sitting at home patiently listening and trying to help or take the criticism of those who are angry. Some will disagree with me on this, and that is ok. I ask people this, “Do you agree with everything your pastor says?” Most people tell me no. My point is, we can agree to disagree and still be friends.
I want the people of Benton, Henry and Stewart Counties to know we love District 75, and we feel blessed that God has called us to this area. We moved here when our children were in the first and third grade. We were welcomed with open arms. To the Griffey’s and others who don’t support my husband, we are not haters. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Griffey, I have never met you, but I hear you’re wonderful people. Dr. Bo Griffey and Katie, you guys are wonderful. This election is between my husband, Tim Wirgau, and Bruce Griffey — not the Wirgau and the Griffey family members or employees. My heart aches that this race has gotten out of control. People who do not live in this district have been involved trying to bring my husband down. People everywhere are saying “I have never seen an ugly race like this in our community.”
I want to make something very CLEAR, when all the ugly signs came up about Wirgau this and Wirgau that, I laughed, I thought, “Is this really taking place?” I’ve never seen anything like this for a State position. We said we will run a clean race. Then, more signs showed up, and people started asking us questions. When we explained, people told us you need to let the truth be known. It’s hard to explain truth in 1 or 2 sentences and put it on a sign. People have given us their input on how to run our campaign. Some we have listened to, others, we have ignored.
I speak blessings to the Griffey’s. God says in his word, “BLESS those that curse you.” I pray that peace and joy will come to Benton, Henry and Stewart Counties. I pray we come together one nation under God again!!!
Blessings to all - Bonnie Wirgau (State Representative Tim Wirgau’s wife)
And that's a fact.
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