With your support, we exceeded all expectations in yesterday’s Special Election for Congress in California’s 10th District. And while we came up short of our ultimate goal, I am proud of the positive campaign we ran, and immensely grateful for your generosity and hard work.
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Today marks an end point for my Congressional candidacy, but also a new beginning for the causes we’ve championed together these past five months.
We’ve given voice to a new generation coming of age in a time of crisis – to the millions without access to affordable health care – the millions more fighting for a quality education or a good-paying job – to the soldiers, veterans and families who give so much to keep our nation safe and secure – and to the millions of Americans for whom the promise of full equality remains unfulfilled.
Last night I called Lt. Governor John Garamendi to congratulate him on his Primary victory, and to offer my support for his candidacy in the November runoff election.
I am grateful for the opportunity to campaign alongside Lt. Governor Garamendi, as well as Senator Mark Desaulnier, Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan and Adriel Hampton. While we each brought very different experiences to this campaign, it was always clear that we shared strong progressive values and a genuine commitment to public service. Our community has been, and will continue to be well served by their leadership.
I also want to congratulate David Harmer as well as my fellow veteran Chris Bunch for a hard-fought race on the Republican side of the aisle.
The foundation of our campaign was always with supporters like you – more than 2,000 donors, 10,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter, and hundreds of volunteers. To everyone who powered this campaign with your time and your hard-earned dollars – in many cases, $5 and $10 at a time, I will never be able to say thank you enough.
While I have made no decisions yet about what comes next for me, I leave this campaign hopeful and optimistic about the future.
Ultimately, I know that I will continue my involvement in public service, steeped in the enduring lessons of this campaign: Never forget where you came from. Never back down from the tough battles. And always remember, there is no higher calling than serving the country you love with the courage of your convictions.
Thank you all once again,