[UPDATE: Jesus Cristo, Theresa people. If you can’t handle this, you can’t handle much. How about, instead, “Voters want real change in this City?” That could have worked in a JMO kind of way. But you just can’t say the election shows something that it doesn’t show. Where’s my flag, oh here it is:
The statement in question isn’t just wrong, it’s exactly wrong.]
Well, it’s been more than a month but I s’pose it’s never too late to sign off from a non-winning election campaign, the way District 6 candidate Theresa Sparks just did yesterday.
But what about this boner?
“This election showed that voters want real change in this City. We almost achieved a moderate majority on the Board with the election of Mark Farrell, Scott Weiner and Malia Cohen who will be joining Carmen Chu and Sean Elsbernd.”
Anyway, get your “To my friends and many supporters” fix after the jump.
“To my friends and many supporters of the SPARKSfor6 campaign,
These last 12 months running for political office have been an incredible experience for me. I have learned so much about San Francisco. I have a better understanding of the issues facing this City and particularly District 6 than I had before embarking on this campaign last December. They are many and they are daunting; but certainly solutions exist and they lay squarely within the neighborhoods of the district and the individuals who live in those neighborhoods. My advice to everyone in District 6, and every district of this City, is to get involved and make your voice heard.
This election showed that voters want real change in this City. We almost achieved a moderate majority on the Board with the election of Mark Farrell, Scott Weiner and Malia Cohen who will be joining Carmen Chu and Sean Elsbernd.
Personally, this journey has been both extremely rewarding and very challenging. I have met hundreds of wonderful people from every neighborhood in District 6 and have found they have much more in common than not. Quality of life, real solutions to personal safety, affordable housing, the economy, sustainable jobs and livable neighborhoods are significant issues from the Tenderloin to Mission Bay, from Civic Center to Western SOMA. These issues sometimes mean different things to different people and the solutions and approaches vary wildly, but everyone wants the same end-result. And, it was reinforced to me many times that, in San Francisco, the process is every bit as important as the ultimate conclusion.
I sincerely appreciate the support I received from the elected officials and many organizations that endorsed my candidacy, shared my vision and supported my solutions to our civic challenges. I want to especially thank the support I received from Gavin Newsom, Mark Leno, Sean Elsbernd, Bevan Dufty, Michela Alioto-Pier and Lawrence Wong. I also want to thank the amazing coalition of organizations that came together to support my candidacy, the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, Plan C, the Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club, SEIU-UHW, the SF POA, the SF Police Officers Pride Alliance, Fire Fighters Local 798, Deputy Sheriff’s Association, BOMA, Small Business Alliance, Coalition for Responsible Growth, IBEW Locals 1245 and 6, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 38, SF Association of Realtors, Coalition for Better Housing, SF Apartment Association, Rescue MUNI, African American Democratic Club, Westside Democratic Club and the Chinese-American Citizens Alliance,
I have also met many new friends with whom I hope to spend time in the future. Thank you for your unrelenting support and the incredible number of hours you spent volunteering with the campaign.
I want to congratulate Jane Kim in her election as the new Supervisor for District 6 and wish her good fortune in addressing the many diverse and extremely complicated issues facing this district.
I want to thank the other candidates who put themselves out there to run for this important position. It certainly demonstrates their commitment to this wonderful City and the neighborhoods of this district. I also want to express my sincere appreciation to those who chose to take the ethical approach and not pursue personal attacks, whisper campaigns and intentionally misleading and hateful emails and mailers. Everyone with whom I interacted during this campaign wanted debates on the issues not misrepresentations or intentionally discriminatory remarks or comments. Integrity was always an issue in this race and I refused to compromise mine to win.
I need to thank my amazing volunteers that worked hundreds of hours on our campaign without the expectation of personal notoriety or reward. My day-to-day staff of Greg Goglin, Katra Bruiel, Rachael Sorrow, Julie Vautrot and Nathalia Solis was amazing. My close friends, Cecilia Chung, Greg Wick, Anna Damiani, Jim Haas and many others were so committed to our success. I also want to thank Susan, Walt, Thao, Tyler, Sue, Jane and, of course Clyde, just to name a few, who were there almost every day. But there is one individual, Amy Moore, which I cannot even begin to describe how much she contributed to the campaign. Starting as an intern, she evolved over a very short period of time into a very capable Campaign Manager. She worked countless hours for more than six months, 16 to 18 hours per day (not including her daily commute from Concord), 7 days per week as anunpaid intern. I am not exaggerating when I say my campaign could not have happened without Amy. She was the driving force behind it and I will always be indebted to her for her friendship, commitment and hard work.
So thank you all for your support, well wishes and comments. I am hopeful our paths will cross in the future. There is still much to do in this City and I’m sure most of you will continue to be on the front line advocating for change and practical solutions to make this City an even greater place to live, work or visit.
Best wishes for a joyous Holiday Season,