When you've done everything you possibly can, when you've invested your heart and soul into any venture, it's difficult to admit that you've come up short. That is what has happened in the race for position 1 in the 5th legislative district of Washington State.
It's not what I expected and not what I hoped for, but the people have spoken and while it's close, there are not enough ballots remaining to be counted to mount a comeback. While I know that there were forces nationally that were out of my control and unseating a 12 year incumbent is never an easy proposition, this election is over.
When I look back at the coalition we built, the endorsements, the fundraising, the ground game and the army of volunteers that this campaign built, I can only smile and say thank you.
I'm proud to have stood up for raising the minimum wage, commonsense firearms regulations and giving a voice to the working families of my community. I will continue to fight for the middle class, small business owners and to demand accountability from our elected officials. Whether it's local, state or federal, hateful words and extreme partisanship must be confronted. It's up to each of us to make that stand.