Wow! We did it! This was a tough race from the start, and yet we still made the impossible possible.
First time candidates only have about a 10% chance of winning. These odds make it even more exciting to tell you that I was the top vote earner in a field of seven candidates. The fact that I was the only woman and that every cent in contributions came from individual donors is icing on the cake.
To the voters of District 39: thank you for giving me the honor to represent you. As you saw in this campaign, I give 100% and I don't plan on stopping.
To supporters near and far: Every bit of your help got us to this place. Your postcards, calls, contributions, afternoons at the doors-- all helped to share my vision with D39 voters. From the beginning, I wanted to run a truly grassroots campaign, not just one marketed as such. Because of your support, our campaign not only won the most votes, but helped ignite new energy in the community.
I particularly want to thank my campaign manager Adam Finkel and treasurer Carly Brockinton. Campaigns come down to wrangling a million details. These two were the dream team and I'm so lucky to count them as friends.
Sen. Nancy King and Dels. Shane Robinson and Kirill Reznik have been such amazing running mates. Their mentorship has been invaluable. This victory is bittersweet though because Shane won't be returning to Annapolis. There's no doubt his unparalleled leadership on environmental issues will continue, albeit in a new role.
There's so many folks who stepped up to lend a hand. I won't start to name names because if I accidentally left someone out I would feel horrible. But you know who you are and I am forever grateful.
Thank you again for everything. My heart is full and I'm ready to get to work.