May 2, 2006
Rob Schilling may not have won his re-election seat to Charlottesville City Council Tuesday night, but that didn't stop cheers from his supporters.
It was cheers of support that thundered through Lord Hardwicke, Schilling rally location, as Schilling supporters cheered 'thank you.'
Tuesday's outcome came as a shock to many supporters who have helped Schilling throughout his eight week re-election campaign.
"It's with disbelief that they didn't honor him with their vote," said Schilling supporter Virginia Amiss.
"I worked hard for Rob, and obviously I'm disappointed," said another supporter.
"This is the process we've got and you always listen to the voters, whether they follow what you think they're going to do or not," said a third supporter.
Even in his defeat, it was Schilling comforting his supporters. "I can look at you all tonight and say that I have no regrets," he said as he addressed the crowd.
"We just accept the outcome and I hold my head up high because we ran a good clean campaign," said Schilling. "I focused positive and I feel good about it."
Throughout Schilling's campaign he faced a lot of heat from fellow city councilors and his opponents. He expressed that he does not think those incidents affected the outcome of the election.
"I don't think it had any effect whatsoever. There are many people around this community they appreciated that I stood up and did not allowed myself to be bullied by people and that I always stood my ground," smiled Schilling.
It was a ground that Schilling says he could not have stood on alone.
"I think that in looking at my own value it's not what I do, but who I am and who I am friends with and the people that are surrounding me. And that is the worth that I have, and I thank you all for that," expressed Schilling.
Schilling says he will take this time to spend with his wife and son.