What a Ride
As you may have heard by now, last night brought an end to my Congressional campaign. It appears that our next Member of Congress will be Mondaire Jones, to whom I offer unqualified support.
This has been, in every sense of the word, an unprecedented campaign. We live in times where the role of government -- to do good and improve society, or to be neglectful and divisive – has perhaps never been more on display. I don’t regret for a moment having spent many days during this campaign wearing the hat of a State Assemblymember, helping people in need during the greatest public health and economic crisis we have seen in our lifetimes. My position as a State Assemblymember continues through the end of the year, and I will work to ensure a smooth transition of the office on behalf of the wonderful constituents I have the honor to represent.
I can’t convey enough how grateful I am to everyone who believed in me and the principles I ran on. From the volunteers who worked to reach out to voters until the very last minute, to the interns who helped us make 500,000 phone calls, to the full-time campaign team who gave their all on my behalf, this was a campaign effort we should all be very proud of.
As for what comes next, it’s way too early to tell. In the short run, it will be more of expressing thanks to folks like you who were with me every step of the way, and doing nice everyday things (like getting a haircut!). Most importantly, I will get to spend more time with the most caring family in the world, including two little girls who remind me every day that the top title I will forever hold is Dad.
So, this isn’t a goodbye, it’s just a time for all of us, myself included, to reflect and focus on what’s truly important in life. And loyal friends and supporters are as precious to me today as ever.