Very early on, I reached out to my worthy competition about keeping our campaigns positive and above board. I believe that we have done that, and I thank Richard Jung and Brigid Shea for honoring that agreement with me.
As I mentioned last night in my speech to my supporters, I really appreciated Richard's unique voice in bringing the issue of income disparity and giving a "voice to the voiceless" to our race. I look forward to hearing more from him. I called Brigid and congratulated her on her impressive win. I offered my full support and only wish her good luck as she becomes our new Travis County Commissioner Precinct 2. Richard and Brigid are great leaders, and I am glad to have gotten to know them on the campaign trail.
Even though the results were not what we had hoped, our issue-oriented, people-centered campaign laid it all out there. I could not be more proud of what we have done, especially with our Campaign for the Community. I hope that other campaigns adopt this concept and volunteer their time to Austin's and Travis County's nonprofits and community organizations.
This journey was the most difficult, frustrating, and rewarding thing I have ever done. The greatest thing about this election season was the focus on county issues, and I hope that from now on everyone will pay closer attention to what happens at Commissioners Court.
Jonathan Panzer, my campaign manager, is truly the hardest working man in politics, and I have been in politics a long time. His work ethic is amazing. Literally, I could not have done any of this without him.
And our interns! Uyen, Sherwin, Chelsea, Wayland, Ari, Jeddy, Sophie, Adriana, Nate, Stephen, and Emily, all of them were simply wonderful coming in and helping every week. I wanted to make sure that they were involved in every aspect of this campaign, not the usual knocking and calling, but I also included them in discussions on strategy and messaging. I have learned much from them.
Nate Walker and David Mauro have become great friends, and I really appreciated their input and advice on this campaign. Thanks guys!!
Thank you to Clint Zehner for your work on my web site, and thanks goes to Susan Shelton for being my campaign treasurer.
I was fortunate to have the support of more Democratic Clubs than anyone else in this race. Thank you Liberal Austin Democrats, North by Northwest Democrats, Northeast Travis County Democrats, South Austin Democrats, Stonewall Democrats of Austin, and Williamson/Travis County Mexican American Democrats for believing in me!
When the Chronicle and the Statesman made their endorsements, I was feeling pretty low, but then the endorsement from the Burnt Orange Report came in and made it better. Thank you, BOR!
Loyalty is seemingly in short supply in this political business. However, the endorsement from the Travis County Sheriff's Officers Association showed me that loyalty still matters. I cannot thank them enough for stepping out and supporting me.
And all of you! Your encouragement and support has sustained me on this journey. All of the well wishes on and since Tuesday night have been so appreciated!
As for me, I still get to work for Travis County and will go back to my great job working for Travis County Constable Sally Hernandez and with my great co-workers. I will continue to be politically active and will do all I can to elect Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte to lead our state out of the darkness and hope you will, too. Let's get to work!