November 22, 2016
Thank you so much.
It's been two weeks since Election Day. Campaign HQ has been returned to its original use as a living room, and I haven't knocked on a stranger's door since November 8! We ran a hard-fought campaign - a campaign I'm proud of. Though I wasn't successful, I learned a lot. If you'll indulge me, here are a few things I know now:
I know more than ever who my true friends are - and I'm overwhelmed with gratitude. Throughout the process I've heard from people I haven't talked to in years, and I've received encouragement from all my different networks. I'm incredibly honored by your friendship.
Iowans are even kinder than I realized. Team Konfrst knocked on literally tens of thousands of doors, we made thousands of phone calls, and we worked each and every day to meet voters. And even though not enough people voted my way, I came close. And the people I met and stories I've heard have forever changed me.
My family is made of saints. Seriously. From the everlasting patience of my husband to the door-knocking passion of my daughter and the always-positive support from my son, I'm blown away by how they sustained me. And my parents - dinners, thank-you notes, driving, networking, and more. This was a family project, and everyone was critical.
Team Konfrst is pretty amazing too. From Caroline, my tireless campaign manager, to the countless volunteers who knocked on doors and helped in myriad ways, to those who contributed financial support to our efforts - everyone made a difference in this campaign. I can't begin to repay your kindness, but know how much I appreciate you.
The high road matters. With every piece of mail, every message we sent, I asked myself if my kids would be proud of what I was doing. That test worked pretty well, and I have no regrets.I've had several people ask me what's next for me. I have a family, friends, and a day job that I love, and they can easily fill my days.
But the issues we raised in this campaign - fighting for education, mental health, clean water, equal pay - are all still very important to me. A lot of promises were made about these issues and more, and it's important to hold our leaders accountable to keep those promises. So I will definitely be paying attention, and I encourage you to make your voice heard too.
It's been a long road, and we're all tired. But your support and friendship throughout this campaign meant the world to me. Thank you for all you did to get us as close as we got.
With best wishes,