The Day After

They say when one door closes, another opens. It has most certainly seemed like there have been endless doors and hoops and tunnels, where I didn’t know if I were coming or going.

Yesterday was the primary and what felt like the end of an era. I went from being a devoted part of #TeamAllison to there being no Allison team in a single night.

Because we lost.

But we accomplished so much. We knocked on far more doors than I could have ever imagined, pushed ourselves to call people and write, waved signs and handed out flyers for hours. And along the way we made connections and new friends, built a sense of community.  I know I am so thankful for all the amazing people I have met.

I also learned an immense amount about the whole inner workings of politics, as well as what I am capable of. I went from being a helper, to starting to take charge and manage a campaign, to being a candidate myself.

I am fortunate that my political journey is continuing. While the primary campaign for Allison has sadly ended, I will have my own election night in less than 5 months. When I reach that night, no matter what the outcome, I hope I will be able to look back and reflect on new accomplishments, new lessons from a campaign trail of my own.

Yom Kippur Appeal

My Motto: I am not perfect, but I can strive toward progress. 

We are coming up on the holiest day of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur, the Day of atonement, a day for self-reflection and to ponder what I could have done better and how I can improve for the next year. I know it is a day to not just reflect on my own shortcomings, but on our communities and the world at large. My personal motto is ”I am not perfect, but I can strive toward progress.” That’s what keeps me going day to day, and especially at this time, when there are so many suffering, I think about how in my own small imperfect way, I can make a difference.

Somewhat serendipitously, the campaign that I am working on to elect Allison Galbraith for congress is also coming up on the end of the financial reporting quarter. As some of you may know, I had taken over as Acting Campaign Manager, when our previous very talented campaign manager, who was instrumental in launching Allison’s campaign had to step down due to other demands. I was honored that Allison put her trust in me, but also recognized that I am stepping into some very big shoes.

I took the plunge because I knew I wanted to make a difference in our world, and because I saw Allison fighting for principles that I believe in. Such as the right of each person to affordable healthcare, giving support to our families caring for loved ones with disabilities and health issues, taking the corrupting influence of money out of politics. And as our team has grown by leaps and bounds, I know I am not alone. Every single one of our staff members have the dedication and desire to make sure that Allison wins her election for Congress in November 2018. We do our work for the campaign without expectation that we will be paid for all the numerous hours we spend, because we believe in Allison and because this is not just a job for us: Allison is who we want to represent us!

So why am I writing a “Yom Kippur appeal” on the eve of the final day of our financial quarter? I don’t want money for myself, my staff doesn’t do this for the money, Allison herself is sacrificing hours from her own business. But what we do want is to win, and to do that we need money. In order to win in such a large, spread out district, we need to reach the many many people who I am sure will want to vote for Allison as soon as they hear about her. Even seemingly small things, such as literature and t-shirts and phone lists, add up.  We want the means to support all out canvassing and outreach to every single one of our constituents. And we want to pay our staff, because we don’t want them to have to juggle outside work responsibilities, while they organize and energize our volunteers on the ground.

So I am asking you for whatever you can afford, be it large or small. Every bit helps, because like raindrops gathering together, we can become a downpour, that washes away the corruption and greed of our current system, and replaces it with an elected congress that truly fights for the people.

Allison for Congress
P.O. Box 25
Fallston, MD 21047