Congratulations to all for a hard fought and phenomenal campaign! We truly made a difference. Now it is time to move forward. The final ballots have been tallied, and the outcome of the race is clear. A special thanks to all the volunteers who watched to ensure that each vote counted. Naturally, I am disappointed that we were not entirely victorious. We were however, victorious in many critical ways.
We effectively mobilized and activated countless numbers of dedicated volunteers. We actualized what many thought was impossible—we presented a formidable challenge to a well oiled and well monied machine. We ran a campaign that inspired thousands of people to become politically engaged again or to become active for the first time. We ran a clean, ethical, exciting and honest campaign. I am proud of that, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
We have seen across this country (including in our district) how the campaign machinery of monied and corporate interests is devoid of integrity. When it doesn't openly use slander, racism, and hostility to immigrants and people who most need help to defeat those who represent them, it refuses to treat seriously the solutions we know we need because they undercut their bottomline. This inhumanity saddens me greatly.
What may initially appear to be an end however, is in fact a beginning. We will continue to strengthen and expand efforts to create a California that is responsive to the needs of all of the people, not the few. The people’s movement is bigger than any one single person, campaign or election cycle. It was here before I came along. It will be here after I am gone. It is my pleasure to represent and speak for the many, not just the few—especially those whose voices are too often silenced.
Once again, I cannot begin to adequately express my profound appreciation and respect for my supporters. I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all who participated in our people-over-profit campaign for AD 15.