Thanks for the reply. I realized after I posted it that it was a VERY common topic. I apologize for the redundancy.
I went out today and bought a new part, dryer works great. All it took was a couple hours to diagnose and $6 and back in business. I wonder how many people go out and buy new dryers when all it takes is a bit of time and money to find the problem. The internet is a great tool, sorry dryer repair man.