Hello, everyone. It is with great sadness (and some embarrassment, if I'm being honest) that I am announcing the end of my campaign. It is difficult for me, because as recently as yesterday I was still going full speed, and thinking about the future and what lays ahead. However, reality has set in, and I realize that I will not be able to make the signature deadline.
This is due in large part to my late start, mostly because I was waiting for the new districts to be finalized. Then I spent time "testing the waters", trying to reach out to political folks that I knew. Even when that didn't work out the way I planned, I announced my campaign anyway. I had several people tell me that I couldn't do it, and that made me even more motivated to prove them wrong (I can be rather stubborn). Unfortunately, they were right.
After my announcement, I was still unable to get volunteers interested. This campaign was always going to take more than just me- unfortunately the small group of people who committed to my campaign was not enough. I appreciate their efforts nonetheless. But it boils down to feet on the ground collecting signatures, and the feet that we did have on the ground encountered a lot of voter apathy and people not willing to give us the time of day. With enough time, we'd be able to find enough people to sign- but again- time was not on our side.
The issues that this country faces will not end with my campaign.
Our country still faces a deep political divide. We still pay monumental costs for our healthcare, and corruption is still rampant in our political system. I will still be involved in fighting these issues, and hopefully convincing more people along the way that their vote can matter and that they can be a source of change.
Thank you for all who showed support, and especially for those who volunteered their time to help.