LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)— Doug Farmer finished Tuesday night's mayoral race with 3238 votes to Tim Kabat's 6201, but Farmer says he has no regrets about the campaign he ran.
"I gotta tell you, it was the greatest three months of my life, I enjoyed every bit of it," Farmer said. "I can't think of a thing we'd do differently. Everything clicked, the feedback was great. I told people we gotta be careful. You can't mistake momentum for margin, and clearly while we had momentum and I was out leaflet dropping until 11, and the feedback from people was phenomenal, but momentum doesn't get the job done."
Farmer spent more than 25 years on the city council before redistricting placed his home outside his district boundaries last year. He says his run for mayor may be his last run for office.
"As you know, I got redistricted out of my district and so that makes it difficult," Farmer said. "You know, everything comes to an end sooner or later and I think perhaps this is there for me."
Farmer made the campaign a family affair, with all four of his sons helping out. His son, Douglas, served as his campaign manger.
"It's a whole new experience when your four sons come back to try to pull you across the finish line and that was great, that was wonderful," Farmer said. "They grew up to be four fine, good men, all probably because of their mother. And you don't really get to know them until you're in a situation like this, so it was really great that way."
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