Over and over again during these many months, I was amazed and overwhelmed by the groundswell of support from friends like you for the Israel Campaign. It was a long battle that culminated in an great victory this week. THANK YOU!
I consider you part of my special band of brothers and sisters. It was an unusal year full of challenges and a few surprises. Because you soldiered on with us, we ran a successful campaign:
- in a Special Election during an off-year for legislative races
- in a Special Election Primary with a crowded field of well qualifed candidates
- in a Special Election Runoff that meant campaigning during and just after the holidays
- in not one, but TWO ice storms
- in an Early Voting period reduced to fewer than four days
- in which eight Election Day polling places were closed
We could not have done this without the help of many organizations who not only endorsed us, but also took to the field with us to make sure voters knew about the special election. Among those are Annie’s List; The Texas Association of Realtors; Texas AFL-CIO; Texas Trial Lawyers Association; Battleground Texas; Austin Firefighters Association (our campaign HQ for the month of January); the University Democrats (the future of our state is in energized hands!); Texas Democratic Party and Travis County Democratic Party.
Together, we turned out thousands of HD50 voters and garnered nearly 60% of their support! Texans want government to work, to solve problems, and to invest for the long term. They’re tired of the politics of NO and the politics of fear. If voters will come out in an ice storm know that they’re not backing down in the face of the challenges our state faces. Now it’s time we have elected officials who show the same courage. I’m ready to get to work!
If you were unable to join us Election Night, I’ve provided a clip from the event.
Thank you again. You gave us the support we needed to make history. I’m honored to have an opportunity to serve and I look forward to it with energy and enthusiasm for the future.
PS: A swearing in ceremony will be very soon and I will let you all know when that is should you be interested in sharing the moment with me at the Texas Capitol!