Dear Friends & Supporters,
I start in the name of God, the Almighty, All-Knowing, and All-Wise. All praise be to Him, we were able to secure 49% of the vote, 275 votes short of a victory. We can only put in our sincere and best efforts with good intentions, but the results are always in the hands of God, and He knows what’s best for us and when.
That said, I express my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for all those who supported me. I felt the energy and relentless drive of each one of you throughout this journey until the very end. The outpouring of love, the dedication of the volunteers, the long days and nights. Block walking, data analysis, phone banking, text messaging, social media posts, newspaper ads, campaign signs, and working the polls. It was indeed a great effort at all levels and platforms. Don’t ever feel that all this effort was in vain; it has dramatically impacted the community. It has united us, organized us, and brought about a considerable awareness of our issues and concerns in the community and the School Board. Rest assured, they have noticed, and there will be a positive change—a genuine grassroots effort.
I met some fantastic people and great personalities throughout this journey. I felt the pain and witnessed and heard the issues facing our community and educational system. I intend to stay involved and be their voice. Together, we can drive a positive change in our district.
I thank and recognize my wife, Saima, my better half, a source of comfort, my campaign manager, my campaign treasurer, my most prominent worker, and my biggest supporter. She was there for all the long hours of the day at polling locations, in block walking, and during the long nights placing campaign signs around the district. If this wasn’t enough, she also managed the household with our 5 kids when she got home. She has impressive resiliency and drive.
I congratulate Paul Shanklin and his team for running a good and decent campaign. His campaign was respectful and full of dedicated and well-mannered volunteers. I had the opportunity to connect with Paul on the campaign trail. He is a true statesman with an ocean of knowledge and wisdom. Our discussions genuinely inspired me. I am sure our community will continue to benefit from his presence on the Board.
The end of any campaign is not the end of our issues but rather the start of change. Let’s keep up the pressure, continue to raise our concerns, and get involved at all levels in Aldine.
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