|Thank you all for your support!|
I'd like to thank all of you for your support in my campaign for state senate. We didn't make it into the top two, but we were running an uphill battle from the start and I believe we've made a difference. I hope we've paved the way for other independent and centrist campaigns in the future. I'm becoming involved with the Centrist Project, an organization built around many of the ideas that were central to my candidacy. It's in its infancy but growing fast and I'm excited to see where it goes. You can learn more about it here: The Centrist Project
Now that the final vote counts are in, here are some interesting numbers:
Manka Dhingra's official campaign spent $429,909 and 3rd parties spent $698,080 on her behalf, for a total of $1,127,089 to date. She received 19,707 votes, which comes out to $57.19 per vote.
Jinyoung Englund's official campaign spent $448,228 and 3rd parties spent $976,246 on her behalf, for a total of $1,424,474 to date. She received 15,856 votes, which comes out to $89.84 per vote.
Parker Harris's official campaign spent $2,360 with nothing from 3rd parties. We received 2,685 votes, which comes to $0.88 per vote.
If these numbers mean anything at all, it's that having the right message matters. I started this campaign having no infrastructure in place, no supporters, and no idea how to run a campaign. I just started going door-to-door to see who shared my frustrations. The 2,685 people who voted for me were just as saturated with media from the other two candidates as everyone else, but they took the time to think about what matters.
I believe we can win an independent campaign with a shoestring budget. I started all alone and, four months later, ended with 7% of the vote. If we begin the next campaign earlier and with a team of supporters (all of you) already in place, we can win. We don't need a party or a huge budget. We just need the right message, and with your help we can spread it far beyond 7%.
For what it's worth, I intend to vote for Manka Dhingra in November. I have my doubts that her election will improve party politics or reduce the influence of big money, but I believe she cares deeply about people, has many years of useful experience, and is willing to work hard. So far I have seen zero indication that Jinyoug Englund is anything more than a fašade who will do whatever the Republican caucus asks of her. Of course, these are my own opinions. I urge you to do your own research and make your own decision.
Thank you again for your support. You can be sure I'm not going anywhere, and I'm looking forward to the next time I knock on your door with a petition.