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Letter to the Editor: My Husband, Brad Toft, Will Make A Great Senator

Jill Toft shares why she believes her husband will represent the 5th District well in the state senate.

 

Dear Editor,

I am a private person, but I would never pass on an opportunity to speak out in support of my husband, Brad Toft. I do so today, in order that people get to know the man that I know, in contrast to what his critics want you to believe.

I can identify with what Mrs. Mullet is experiencing with the rigors of this campaign and I admire her willingness to speak out in favor of her husband. That is the right thing to do. I have already done the same for Brad. In our 17 years of marriage I have come to value his willingness to fight, to protect our family, to make sacrifices and put himself into the public square for criticism. Like many of us, Brad has suffered setbacks and overcome challenges in his life, which is one of the qualities I believe make him uniquely qualified to represent us.

It's my privilege to be supporting my husband by encouraging him in his passion to serve, and showing civility in what is a very difficult race.  I pray for him every day and continue to be his sounding board amidst the ever present noise.  And after sharing him with community for these past few months, our family looks forward to having him home for awhile before he goes off to serve in the senate

I want to thank the people who have supported Brad’s candidacy and our family. This race has been a very special experience for us, and you have supported us in a way that makes my heart full. Your notes of encouragement, your prayers, financial support and volunteerism have moved his candidacy for the senate from long-shot to likely. Brad will make a great Senator.

Thanks for reading,

Jill Toft

Jason Graves October 23, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Brad‘s been my closest friend for over 20 years. He and Jill are our children's Godparents and we served as a groomsman in each other’s weddings so, I can uniquely vouch for Brad’s character because his imperfection and indiscretions are not really the point here. More importantly, the good of this man's life FAR outweighs the bad: I’ve seen countless times where Brad has given to others. Specifically, I’m talking about hundreds and hundreds of hours volunteering for those in need of shelter, faith and the hope that those bring. And these go beyond institutional applications: when I was a struggling college student and he was newly-married and barely thriving himself, Brad and Jill gave me a bed and bought me a new mattress for it. Needless to say, I was humbled and blown away by that kind of personal generosity. I could go on about Brad’s heart for those who'd been displaced by the floods a few years ago, willing to bring complete strangers into his home-a model of sacrificial, personal service to others in a very selfless way. So all this to say, I'm satisfied that he's taken care of his personal business and done all the law has required, providing sufficient information to us as necessary therein. And I’m sure Sabath Mullet's husband is of similar high character and would much rather hear from her about examples of these things too—I’m hopeful if we stick to this kind of positivity it will go better for us all.
Terry J. LaBrue October 24, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Jill Toft has suffered the slings and arrows of a nasty campaign and the deranged comments from a former employee of Brad, who I also believe is politically motivated. Yet, she has the presence of mind to put her family's priorities and kindness first. You are a classy lady, Jill, with a great husband and super kids.
Jason Graves October 24, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Classy only begins to describe Jill.
David Kirkpatrick October 25, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I just recently started following this election. There is so much going on right now it's hard to stay updated on everything, but I respect Jill for taking the position she did. It sounds as though families in some of these elections are being targeted. i don't think that's the right direction to go during any election. Your family has my support Jill.
Jason Graves October 25, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Here, here, David.

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