I want to express my appreciation to the thousands of citizens in our district who voted for me on Nov 4th. We obtained 5% of the vote which is the highest vote total ever achieved by an independent candidate in our district. It demonstrates a growing awareness that the interests of the people are no longer served by the priorities of our two major parties.
I would love to share with each of you the challenges I have faced and the things I have learned over the past two years preparing for this election. I have heard the concerns of our citizens and I have felt their frustration. We have challenged a political process that seeks to control the discussion and exclude the independent voice. We have faced the same duopoly in the media. We have been criticized for our lack of political pragmatism but it is precisely that political pragmatism that we challenge. An independent candidate must choose a new paradigm to truly be the voice of the people. Our sophistication has evolved. We are building relationships based on trust. We have identified strategic pathways and we have laid our foundation.
Our values have not been drawn by the consent of victory. Our promise is immutable. “the power of a great campaign is not in who wins and who loses. The power of a great campaign is in the message we create and the impact we have on our culture. That's how we win.”
5% is a significant impact, a foundation on which to build a renewed faith in government
Paula M Overby, changing the dialogue of American politics