Dearest Friends and Supporters,
Two months ago I shared that I was learning so much from this campaign about myself and our community. Today, the lessons have only deepened, and I have all of you to thank for that. I’ve been privileged to hear the hopes of our City for a community that embraces our children, honors our families and values our educational opportunities. I have encountered, through passionate discourse, the hearts, minds and souls of those who wish to participate, beyond “the campaign”, in creating the Oakland our kids deserve today and should have tomorrow.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is this, we each deserve to be heard, and we all should hear what another believes. There’s power in articulating what we hope with intensity and rolling up our sleeves to make it happen. I saw that in many of the volunteers and partners who worked on our campaign. And in our exchanges, there is love in finding the unity in what we previously felt was disconnected because of ideology or history. I saw that in the many ways our campaign expanded our own perspective and those of others toward imagining something better for ourselves and each other.
The other lesson I learned is that we can work hard on campaigns, believe that we are working with the best candidate, and the other person could win. I saw that last night in the eyes of everybody with whom I interacted. I was moved when I talked with our youngest citizens who canvassed long hours over months tell me why they believed in me. I was inspired hearing folks ask if they could sit with me so that we could hear more deeply each other’s stories, and they felt honored to share my experiences and accomplishments with neighbors.
I saw the results around 1:15 a.m. and sent an e-mail congratulating the person who won, and I offered support in her success. I’m super bummed I didn’t win this election.
Simultaneously, I’m extremely touched by the outpouring of love, compassion and support for me. I just hope that you get how much I’m absolutely crazy about all of you. Through this, you should know that your stories have become my stories, and I hold them graciously as love stories. Ultimately, what I’m feeling today, from all of you, is more than enough to keep me working hard for creating the healthy and equitable communities we deserve. Thank you so much.