We Control Our Demeanor, Effort, and Actions, but not the Outcome.
Reflecting on the recent results of the Special Election Primary for California State Assembly District 45, acknowledging that there is always room for improvement, and recognizing that I am on the ballot for the Regular Election Primary on June 5th, 2018 – I am going to continue to make the case that I would be an excellent representative for our community in the State Legislature.
Through the first half of the race for California State Assembly District 45, I became We, and a diverse, passionate, skilled, intelligent, caring, and politically conscious community coalesced around our campaign.
Our campaign focused on likely Democratic voters, building bridges, and organizing a beautiful volunteer powered campaign. We built a serious organization and tremendous capacity without a campaign manager, without full-time paid staff, and with only a fraction of the money that the top candidates were able to raise. Trying to shift the language, I don’t see Jesse Gabriel, Justin Clark, or Tricia Kasson-Robbins as opponents, but as fellow community members looking to do good work, solve problems, and make government better.
For the next six weeks, I am going to continue to talk to likely and unlikely voters about important issues, present thoughtful, pragmatic, progressive, actionable policy, and continue to build strong, positive, long-term relationships.
Folks noticed our hard work, progressives from around the country appreciated our campaign, and we learned a lot while building more than a little name recognition. We built a progressive base in the West San Fernando Valley.
I believe in taking clear positions, and we have the opportunity to make our voices heard through elections – however flawed. I will not be on the ballot for the Special Election Run-Off on June 5th, but I am a candidate for the Regular Election Primary on the same day. If this sounds confusing, I agree, and we will get into the details as the 2nd half of the campaign progresses.
I am forever thankful to our core team of volunteers, the organizations & individuals that endorsed & donated to our campaign, and over 2,500 citizens who voted for me on April 3rd, 2018. But there is more work to be done.
The hundred billion dollar State Bank of California, universal single-payer healthcare, mobilizing at a massive scale to address the looming climate emergency, transforming public education, housing people, reducing militarism, electoral reform, and empowering women to lead are just part of the intersectional, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational agenda that I represent.
You can be sure that our campaign for Assembly is getting smarter, becoming more efficient, doing hard work, and continuing to raise political consciousness.
Everything from Governor to your Member of Congress will be on the ballot on June 5th, 2018. I will also be on the ballot to represent Assembly District 45. I hope you will remain involved or get more involved with our campaign either by volunteering (ankurpa.tel/volunteer) or donating (ankurpa.tel/donate).