On election night 201 votes separated me and Paul Anderson. The results of the recount have been accepted by the county elections board, and after doing due diligence for the voters, the campaign did not gain enough votes to overturn the election night outcome. In the end Paul Anderson beat me by 195 votes, proving once again that every vote counts.
As we survey the future, it is obvious that there is a lot of work to be done. I hope you will join me in rededicating ourselves to the important work before us – to give all of our children the opportunity to fulfill their potential, to make sure our parents can age with dignity, to strengthen our economy so it works for everyone, to ensure that facts, the law, and science inform our policies and decisions, to protect the natural resources that make this such a wonderful place to live, and most importantly, to bring our community together to achieve things for the common good.
We ran a smart, articulate, principled race that focused on the things that bring us together, not the things that drive us apart. We never went negative. We offered real solutions for the problems faced by people. We knocked on tens of thousands of doors, called tens of thousands of people, put up over 800 lawn signs,wrote letters and posts, got the support of people of all political and cultural backgrounds, and made a huge difference. And for all that, your dedication, your hard work, your time, your talent, your passion, your money, your friendship, camaraderie, and so much more, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. In my heart, that was the win. There has never been a more important time to put those things to work. Our paths are sure to cross as we continue our work to “form a more perfect union”.