With the last ballots counted, it looks like we are going to fall short of moving forward in the Primary Runoff election for the Democratic nomination in the Texas 21st. I called Joseph Kopser and Mary Wilson last night to congratulate them on their win and wish them the best in their next steps.
This morning, I am truly humbled by the hundreds of volunteers, community leaders, and donors as well as the 8,625 voters who believed in my vision for the real change our country needs in this tumultuous time.
I want to particularly thank our stellar college volunteers Cameron Grose and Matt Clayton, my campaign advisors Matt Hersh, Dean Rindy, Jeff Smith, Norris Deajon, Amy Parham, and Marcus Sanford, and give major kudos to our Campaign Coordinator Carolina Miron, who worked tirelessly with our volunteers and house party hosts and put in thousands of miles with me on the campaign trail.
I am also grateful to my family: my mother and brother, Alex, who helped me raise the seed money for this campaign and volunteered talking to voters, to my kids, Miles and Clara, for being such good sports on the campaign trail, and to my lovely wife, Amy, who was a tremendous support to me and our family over the last 10 months.
For those who are feeling discouraged by the results, know the Blue Wave is indeed coming. While campaigning across this district, I have seen a reinvigorated progressive movement that is going to change the world. There are loud and proud Democrats in Bandera, Blanco, Boerne, Buda, Canyon Lake, Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Johnson City, and New Braunfels as well as Austin, San Antonio, and San Marcos. We saw record primary turnout yesterday, and this will lead us to victory in November.
Please know I am not going anywhere. I have spent nearly two decades leading in our community on big issues, and I am not done yet.
I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the great theologian Reinhold Niebuhr:
“Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in a lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we are saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint. Therefore, we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.”
Keep fighting the good fight,