This morning, I called Tony Hwang to congratulate him on a well-run and civil race. The negativity and overt bigotry that unfortunately was a part of other races did not occur in ours; our race was about the issues and I appreciated having a worthy, respectful opponent.
Connecticut has challenges ahead, but I am confident that we will see our way to a bright and prosperous future. I hope that in the course of this campaign, we learned from each other. I’m optimistic that this next legislative session shows that we can truly partner to get work done and not give bipartisanship lip service without results.
The incredible turnout at the polls and the dedication and hard work of hundreds of volunteers who worked on my campaign made this election a win for all of us. It showed that, as a state, Connecticut embraced participation. I know from my months of canvassing that elected officials are empowered by the experiences and opinions of the electorate. Voters inform the ways that we, as a state, can solve the problems felt at the local level. I look forward to seeing the results of this momentum over the next two years. While we did not achieve our ultimate goal, we achieved many other very important objectives along the way; we raised awareness of several important issues and we got the electorate to believe that their participation matters.
Lastly, I want to offer a few words of gratitude to everyone who knocked a door, wrote a letter, made a phone call, hosted a meet and greet, or even just spoke a kind word about me and my campaign. Running this campaign was a true team effort, and the extent to which volunteers gave of themselves truly fueled me over these months. Their efforts and generosity will stick with me forever.