Our campaign to bring a public health, community-driven approach to addressing our issues in Baltimore and across Maryland started over 8 months ago. As outsiders, we built a movement from the ground up with a singular focus: talking to our neighbors. On election day the vote was too close to call but now that the absentee and provisional ballots have been counted, we know the results. We finished 4th with 7,455 votes, just a few hundred away from a seat in the House of Delegates.
I’m proud of the work we’ve done to build a community eager to move Baltimore forward, to dream of what we can be. I want each of you to stay engaged. I want you to you run for office. I want you to advocate for what matters to you. I want you to organize a block party. I want you to help a neighbor. Remember, change doesn’t come easy and it doesn’t always come when we want it. So my question to you is, what are you going to do next?
I want to congratulate Del. Mary Washington for winning her race for the Senate and for the passion she brings. Congrats to Del. Maggie McIntosh who is a stalwart of the district and the House and who will continue to fight for Baltimore. To my new friend, Regina Boyce, I’m glad to have you representing me in the 43rd. Do great things. And to Del. Curt Anderson, there’s always time to do the right thing.
Sen. Conway, you have my undying respect for all you’ve done for the district and the city and for shouldering the burdens of breaking down barriers in Annapolis.
To Kelly, Dong, Destinee, and Urcille, my hat’s off to you for putting yourself out there and I’ve enjoyed getting to know each of you. Never stop fighting.
To our new Central Committee, Karenthia, Sylvia, Odette, Sonja, Khalilah, Angie, and Alex, I’m looking to you to get our turnout up. We’ve got a lot of work to do to activate our voters in Baltimore City.
To my crew, Anthony, Phil, Alan, Keiren, Jenn, Peter, Kate, Jamie, Mary, Roopa, Kathy, Chelsea, Nikko: man what a ride this was and thank you for your faith, brilliance, tenacity and willingness to stretch yourselves. Most of you had never been a part of a campaign before and we were definitely the better for it.
To all the volunteers – you know who you are - who knocked on doors, made phone calls, stood at the polls, donated, addressed envelopes and helped support our family: you made this happen. I loved knocking doors with each of you on weekends. I loved phone banking with you. I loved standing at the polls with you.
To Mom and Dad, thank you for everything. Thank you for the opportunities in life, for your love, for your support.
To my in-laws, thank you for encouragement and support.
To Roopa, Samar, Hoossam, Alia, Natalie, Matt and Peter, thank you for being the silent machinery ready to fill all the gaps that appeared.
To all our friends who supported our family as we did this, thank you for keeping us afloat.
To my two girls, you are the reason I do this. Thank you for loaning me out to the campaign for as long as you did ;)
To my wife, Rana, life is a team sport and I wouldn’t be here writing this if you hadn’t picked me to be on your team. I love you.
Sincerely and with much love,