Thank you for your support, your encouragement, your trust, and your vote.
The final results are in. I am grateful, relieved and thrilled to report that I won an outright victory yesterday, winning 61% of the vote. I am truly humbled to have earned 17,566 votes -- more votes than any other city council candidate in the City of LA!
Public service is an immense privilege, and representing our neighborhoods on the Los Angeles City Council is a tremendous honor. The grassroots power of our neighborhoods fueled this campaign, and it will keep me focused on improving quality of life, enhancing public safety, combating traffic, protecting the environment, creating jobs, and housing the homeless.
I am incredibly proud of our campaign. We set a tone that was positive, optimistic, and substantive. We created a movement that was inclusive, empowering, and remarkably diverse. We ran a field operation that was stunningly powerful. Kudos and much, much love to Lisa Conn, my campaign manager, and Chad Molnar, my senior advisor and most trusted friend. They wove together a movement that included community leaders, neighborhood activists, friends, and a new generation of organizers trained on the Obama campaign.
Special thanks to my friends, family, and wonderful partner, Sean Arian. Much gratitude to my campaign co-chairs, Steve Soboroff and Sheila Kuehl, and to my friend, mentor and inspiration – Bill Rosendahl. Bill has a bigger heart and a more expansive vision than anyone I have ever met, and working at his side has been an immense privilege. Suitably, the Los Angeles Times has a Q&A today of this most happy warrior.
Mostly importantly, I want to thank YOU. If you donated, if you called or walked, if you posted a lawn sign, if you offered an idea or a constructive criticism, if you cheered at a candidate’s forum or house party, or if you voted, this victory belongs to you. Please stick with me in the weeks to come, and after I take office July 1. Working together, I know that we will move Los Angeles forward, do good, and get things done.