Worth Every Minute

Well, we had certainly hoped for a different result in the primary. It was a disappointing finish, yet we are far from discouraged. It’s a start—a launching point—an opportunity to learn and build on something special. We knew we came into the race late and weren't quite able to get the traction we hoped, but I'm very proud of our campaign. It was sincere, it was honest, and it was enthusiastic, and we've come away with richer and deeper friendships, a stronger feeling of community than we've ever experienced, and a tremendous respect for all of the wonderful people who call District 1 home. 

None of this would have been possible without everyone who supported us so generously throughout the campaign. A great many friends and family members chipped in, joined us out knocking on doors, hosted gatherings to introduce us to their neighbors, donated expertise to help with campaign materials and outreach, and generally poured endless positive energy and goodwill into every day. We can't thank you enough, and we'll never forget your kindness and belief in us. It makes us feel uplifted even in defeat. 

Election_Night_for_blog.jpgThe same goes for everyone we got to meet in the past few months. So many folks welcomed us onto their doorsteps, greeted us warmly, listened to us, asked questions, even invited us inside and offered us a coke on a hot day. Those are unforgettable moments and memories, and we don't want to lose that powerful feeling of connection to the community. We feel inspired, in fact, to stay as engaged and active as possible. We didn't run for city council on a whim; we ran because we absolutely love our neighborhood and city, and that same passion will drive us to stay involved and help the community any way we can. We're not sure what our next step will be, but we're in. We're invested, we're not going anywhere, and we're ready to work!

In the coming weeks, we'll have more reflections on the campaign and our experience with the political process, but here are a few quick thoughts for whoever wins the general election:

1. Draw on the vision and ideas and energy of every neighborhood in our district. There's so much pride and commitment in West Seattle and South Park, and so many knowledgeable and passionate communities—from cyclists to craft breweries, from our local schools to South Seattle College, to scores of other small businesses and neighborhood associations. Great leaders and ideas are out there waiting for us to harness and support them. So seek inspiration on every block, and trust in your neighbors.

2. Be available and accessible. The campaign gives us a rare opportunity to meet with people at their homes and in their communities, and we can't lose that connection after the election. One of the most poignant lessons we've learned is how important it is for people to be heard—to feel part of the process—and for their elected leaders to listen. So don't disappear after the votes are counted. Stay active as a neighbor, visible and engaged, and be the kind of leader people know they can always reach--and who will always be receptive, open and responsive.

3. Finally, bring light rail to West Seattle as quickly as possible. Building a comprehensive and integrated light rail network is how we cast the widest net of mobility, affordability and opportunity throughout Seattle. It's the only reliable solution to make sure we have a fluid and fair public transportation system that serves everyone—and also the best way by far to reduce congestion, emissions and our impact on the natural environment. Seattle is the jewel of the Pacific Northwest, and we have the ability to keep it moving and green for years to come.

Thanks again, and we’ll see you around!

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