November 6, 2020
While the final votes have not yet been counted, it appears as if we will fall just short. At the moment, we have 49.23% of the vote, fewer than 500 votes from what we needed to flip this seat.
But ultimately, this is not a loss. Together, we rallied and increased Democratic turnout across District 43. We changed hearts and minds with our positive message about a brighter future for all Georgians. And that has had a great effect on so many races.
All across Cobb, important seats have flipped from the County Commission to the Sheriff’s office. If we had some small part to play in that, it’s a victory. Our two great U.S. Senate candidates are headed for a runoff while our Congresswoman Lucy McBath has retained her position. If we helped influence those outcomes, that’s a win.
And in case you didn’t hear, Georgia may just put Joe Biden over the edge for the presidency, largely propelled by strong performances across metro Atlanta counties, in districts like ours. The gains we made in District 43 impacted that, which is a tremendous victory for our campaign, for all of us.
This is why I’m not down today, nor should you be. I didn’t run for office to see my name on a yard sign or be on TV. I ran to ensure safety in our schools, affordable and quality healthcare system, and to look out for teachers. I ran to push for racial justice, for environmental justice, for voting rights. And we made some really big gains this year advancing all of those causes.
And so to all those who have been a part of this campaign -- our staff, volunteers, and supporters -- I thank you so much for all that you have done. I ask that you pick your head up and take stock of all the ways we won. This is a day to be uplifted, not downtrodden.
To Representative Sharon Cooper, I congratulate you on your re-election. I was so encouraged to see you campaign on funding schools and expanding Medicaid for women in need of maternal care. My hope is that you will use this term in office to continue advancing these progressive causes. Georgia is counting on you.
Last, I will just note to everyone that I am not finished being an advocate for you. Whether it’s from a seat or from the street, I will keep pushing for positive change. Please reach out if you want to join me in these efforts.
Thank you all so much for believing in this campaign and its ideas. I hope I made you proud. Win or lose, it has been an honor and a privilege to be your nominee.