Slideshow of the polls on voting day
Thank you for the many months of support – knocking on doors, donations, sign holding, phone calls, and the personal well wishes. On election day, we did not get the votes that we expected, but I can say that we gave it our all!
My mind keeps going back to Monday evening as our team headed out to post signage at the district’s many polling sites. I still connect to that feeling of excitement and anticipation for the day to come – that the candidates had each given their best; that over these past nine months, we had collectively touched thousands of residents, business owners, and organizations to hear from them what is most concerning, and to hear, too, what is actually working in this amazing city we all call home. In this time of such national political turmoil, the local democratic process still reigns and the election process allows for such rich dialogue and debate; it underscores everyone’s right to be heard (both in voice and in action).
I commend my fellow District 8 candidates, Kenzie Bok, Montez Haywood, Jennifer Nassour, and Hélène Vincent, for a collegial race. Congratulations to both Kenzie and Jennifer for capturing the top two slots to go on to the general election. The many panel forums and community events placed a spotlight on the issues that concern us all as residents of District 8 and the city at large. It brought awareness and solution-based thinking to the topics. I wish both Kenzie and Jennifer the best of luck in the weeks ahead as they continue this critical dialogue.
To the countless numbers of volunteers, supporters, and interested parties, I appreciate you taking the time to spread out across the district to knock on doors. Thank you to those who opened your doors to us to engage in community dialogue. It is those encounters that have made this race so worthwhile. I will carry your ideas, your concerns, and recommendations with me as I continue to work to address the issues that motivated me to seek the City Council seat over two years ago.
I’ve always said that I ran for office not for politics but for community. While the District 8 race may have come to a close for this campaign, I do know that I will continue to organize and advocate for those issues I am most passionate about —
- Bringing more of the community’s voice and concerns into the city’s development process by advocating for separate city planning and development agencies. We all deserve a democratic process with transparency and accountability!
- Working on solutions for housing affordability, including helping our older residents stay in the city they love. We need to plan for aging in community!
- Encouraging and welcoming more voices into the city’s political process through increasing civic engagement – with the goal of more awareness, advocacy, and higher voter turnout!
This has been one of the richest, most rewarding experiences of my life, and I thank each one of you who has added to that experience and helped propel me through the race. I look forward to continuing our partnership – please reach out to me if you’d like to stay connected and perhaps get more involved in the issues noted above. We’ll keep the campaign email open to keep the communications flowing.
Thank you for your amazing and sustained support over this past year. You helped keep me motivated each and every day.
I look forward to seeing you soon out in the neighborhood!