We've Only Just Begun!
As you may have heard, last night we lost this race by 2%. See here for full results.
I thank my opponents for running a clean race. Despite the recent tenor and tension of the country, we did not choose negativity or bitter division. Instead, we four can be proud of focusing on what matters—the issues we face together in NM today. And that, in itself, is a victory.
Second, to you, volunteers, donors and friends: THANK YOU for supporting this campaign! As a first-time candidate, I am unbelievably grateful for your trust in me and this campaign. Together we have already improved our community:
You offered your hard-earned dollars, mortal hours, and beautiful talents.
You made thousands of calls, knocked on hundreds of doors, sent thousands of texts.
We helped educate SD20 about health care, wildfire, our beloved trails, and climate change.
People who have been discouraged by politics worked on a campaign for the first time.
You registered people to vote, showed folks how to vote in the mail, and even helped some people vote for the first time!
And I am not stopping here. I will continue working with you to improve our community and bring victories that make our world a better place. We are living at a tipping point on this planet and what we do today will impact generations to come. Will we be remembered as good ancestors or not?.
These are thick days in which we live. Enduring COVID, climate change, unprecedented economic devastation, and enormous inequality, we now feel the justified rage over George Floyd’s murder.
We seem to have awakened as a nation to the nightmare that black and brown bodies among us have been experiencing for generations. Police violence, systemic racism, and inequity are daily realities for too many of our citizens.
The whole earth seems to be trembling with anxiety as we experience massive disruptions and pain.
As a caring human living in such a challenging time, I want to be a healer and help us recover our deep connection to each other, and to restore much of what’s been broken. Further, to survive this upheaval and thrive, we must unify and create new ways of being together in this world. Teacher Ilia Delio observes that “Breakdown can be break through if we recognize a new pattern of life struggling to emerge.”
We must resist the urge to flee “back to normal” because “normal” leaves us vulnerable to a repeat of George Floyd’s murder, more viruses, and social and economic realities that leave too many people behind.
So as our structures and institutions seem to dissolve before our very eyes, we need now to co-imagine better structures, better ways.
And, right now, our acts matter, even small acts, to create those better ways. How inspiring is it to see the beautiful expressions of free speech, peaceful marches through the streets of our nation, and doctors and police officers kneeling in solidarity with their communities?
I know you may be feeling disappointment, or anger, or frustration. I would be worried if you were not! But please remember this, the size of any disappointment in life is the size of your love for your community. And that emotion is the engine—the energy—that fuels the change we need.
I do not yet know what lies ahead, only that I’m not finished. And I would be honored if you continue this work together with me.
With all my heart,