By now you may have seen the results from Tuesday's election.
Unfortunately, I was on the short side of the ledger.
I know we ran a great campaign and fought for every vote we could get in a solidly Democrat district. We hit approximately 28,000 doors, sent 25,000 mail pieces, had more than 200,000 impressions on Google, with at least 12,000 video views on YouTube, plus thousands more impressions and engagements on Facebook, and we put up around 150 yard signs and three billboards in the area.
I'm proud to say that we were much more competitive than any Republican in this area in a long time. For context, the last time a Republican ran in this district was 2016 and the margin was 28 percent. This time, had we flipped merely an additional 505 voters, we could have claimed victory. Suffice to say, we made an impact.
I met so many wonderful people in this district and was amazed at the outpouring of support. It was surreal to be recognized in the Post Office, or to knock on a voter's door and be told "I already voted for you."
I have to give a shout-out to some of the people who were with me through this journey: George, with whom I had breakfast in 2019 to discuss this idea and to whom I turned regularly for input; young Joe, who didn't really want to be in politics but put in hours and hours of work; older Joe, who was invaluable in so many facets behind the scenes; Bill, who was a refreshing voice of encouragement and counsel. And of course my treasurer, Dana, who did a fantastic job keeping our books in order.
And then there are my sisters, Veronica and Cecilia, who put their lives on hold and knocked on thousands of doors in the heat, the cold, and the rain. Also my Mom, who spent many Saturdays helping out the campaign.
I'm very thankful for Jamey and Mary Catherine who were in the trenches with me the entire time as we all worked our separate (but overlapping) campaigns.
However, the single person throughout this campaign who probably put in the most work was my wife, Sarah, who allowed me to spend countless hours on this project. With four kids in the house, she took on a lot so I could do this.
There are others who helped in so many various ways through financial contributions, making phone calls, displaying yard signs, offering words of encouragement, prayers, and more. You know who you are. Thank you.
I don't know what the future holds. With redistricting on the horizon in 2022, the map could be very different. We also have some personal decisions to make as a family. Ultimately, it's God's will that we must discern and follow, not my own. Stay tuned!
If you still have a yard sign, I can come pick it up. Just leave it in your yard or on your porch and I'll come by within a few days.
If you want to stay connected, feel free to contact me through my personal email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S., I do have a small amount of campaign debt, so if you feel inclined to contribute, it is still possible to do so. And maybe help me get a head start on the next campaign...