This is a much overdue note, but I just want to thank everyone who helped out with my campaign for City Council. I received 669 votes – nearly doubling my votes since the Primary, and moving me up 1 place in rank! And I could not have done it without the following people:
My family, who donated their time, money, support, and so much more. My parents were out there canvassing as much as I was! They also gave me advice, helped me prepare for the candidate forum, and much, much more.
My other star canvassers, Genevieve Houghton & Charlie Howe. Genevieve has been active in politics since the 60s, and has recently been very busy with her involvement in the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders action, which she took part in. But she still managed to spend many of her weekends canvassing for me! Charlie does not even live in the city limits, and yet he was still out canvassing almost every weekend with me. Charlie also helped put out many yard signs, along with Brent Ritzel. If it appeared that my signs sprung up over night – well, that’s because they essentially did! Thank you, also, to Brent and Janet Donoghue for their support and endorsements!
Thank you to my other friends who helped canvassed, too: Priscilla, Rosie, Chris, and Jill. Seriously, going door to door is the most important part of a local campaign – and also the most intimidating. Thank you also to Ainsley & Jimmy, who really rocked the pre-primary canvassing, and injected some much-needed energy into the campaign!
Thank you to SJ, who took my flier and made it more than just words on a page!
Thank you to Ian for the wonderful photos, and to Courtney for the great logo/design!
Thank you to Jessica Bryan for editing documents and offering other feedback! And for agreeing to be my campaign manager, even though you were busy with grad school, teaching, dissertating, wedding planning, packing, and selling your house!
Thank you to Virginia for making some last minute phone calls to get out the vote on Election Day! And to Sarah and anyone else who called their friends!
Thank you to Phil and Bethany, who helped me with Excel lists.
Thank you to Scott for connecting me to Joel Fritzler’s campaign, getting a GOTV mailing out, and for sharing the voter database and your advice.
Thank you to everyone who agreed to put up a yard sign! (I’m sorry if I haven’t picked it up yet…)
Thank you to Thomas Publishing (especially Karen and Jason), The Printing Plant, Copies N More, and Attitude Designs (especially Andrew) for the fliers, mailing, and yard signs! (Psst- support local businesses.)
Thank you to local media and bloggers for covering this race!
Thank you also to everyone who donated to my campaign! After all, fliers don’t copy themselves…
Thank you to all of my friends who encouraged me to run, signed my petition, and especially those of you who encouraged me to stick with it – even after being diagnosed with skin cancer! I really can’t believe I made it this far, and I couldn’t have done it if I had quit!
A big thank you to my roommate Lauren, who put up with our house being the base of operations for 3 months! I had a giant map of Carbondale that covered the dining table, plus fliers, rubber bands, clipboards, pens, receipts, etc. all over the place.
Thank you to my fellow candidates for making it an interesting race! I got to get to know a few of you pretty well, and there is definitely some common ground between us. Congratulations again to the winners, and I look forward to seeing the rest of you in 2 years!
And last, but certainly not least, thank YOU for voting for me! When everything is said and done, it’s really your votes, and your talking to friends, that helped me get as far as I did. I am so humbled, knowing that there are 669 people in Carbondale who think that I would make a good City Councilmember!
Now, on to success in 2013!