When we launched this race in June 2011, we knew it would be a hard-fought journey. That my path through the primary was not clear.
We’ve spoken with thousands in the 1st district who see the American Dream slipping from their grasp. Who work hard every day but struggle to make a living wage. Who can’t afford health care for their families, or can’t afford to retire with dignity.
We fought against long odds. We left no stone unturned. We scrapped for every vote.
But we came up a little short.
I am incredibly proud of the campaign that we ran.
Thank you to my wonderful campaign staff and to all of the volunteers who truly fueled this campaign from the ground up. I couldn’t have done it without you.
And thank you to my husband, Craig, for his unwavering support when our house turned into campaign headquarters. And to my two wonderful stepkids, Jake and Amelia, who would have liked to see me home for dinner and helping with homework a little more often.
Now it’s time to regroup and continue working hard for the people we met along this journey. We need to re-elect Barack Obama as President of the United States so the people of our district who want affordable healthcare have a champion in the White House.
We need to make sure that Jay Inslee becomes the next governor from the State of Washington, and we must put the 1st Congressional district in Democratic hands. I would like to offer my endorsement to Suzan DelBene in her upcoming fight against John Koster.
We must also approve Referendum 74 so that any two Americans who want to get married finally have that right. We must elect Democrats up and down the ticket to keep fighting for our American Dream.
I live all of these issues every day. Just like you do. Now is the time to go out there and fight for our values, for what we believe in as Democrats.
Thank you for this amazing journey and for all of your help and support along the way. I am truly humbled by each and every one of you.