I write this letter with sadness, but also hope. I ran against Chris Collins in the 27th Congressional District. It was a close race, but we came in a little short. In unofficial results, we lost by one percent. I’m asking for a recount, and there are still thousands of absentee ballots to be counted.
Win with dignity
I’m having some déjà vu. People told me three years ago that I’d never have a shot at the Grand Island Supervisor position. I was unknown, an underdog. But I gave it my all. On Election Night, unofficial results showed that I had lost, just barely. After a painstaking look at each vote, the results flipped. I won by a mere 14 votes. I was humbled that you chose me.
In America, every vote counts. I have a duty to make sure all voters are heard. That means going over the ballots again, and ensuring every provisional and absentee ballot is included in the count for this election. I’ll see this thing through until the very end.
Lose with grace
But even if the results remain the same, we did something great. More voters than ever turned out all over the State. More people are paying attention to what their government officials are doing.
This has been the greatest honor of my life. Yes, I’m disappointed, but it is never shameful to lose when you fight a righteous fight. I am willing to acknowledge defeat, but I’m not giving up. I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished, and I will keep fighting for what I believe in.
No great victory happens overnight. Success is not defined by one battle. It’s defined by sustained cooperation and hard work over time. We didn’t meet the goal, but we made progress. We ran this campaign with support from people like you; regular citizens, volunteers, grassroots activists.
I’m incredibly proud of all those who helped me make it this far, and I look forward to continuing the fight. I’m still your Supervisor, and there is still so much I want to do to make Grand Island and all of Western New York an even better place for us to call home.