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Fellow Democrats,

We did it. Thanks to all of you who volunteered your time, chanted, held signs, talked to your friends about our campaign, and voted.  We won the most votes this weekend at the California Democratic Convention.

Saturday night was a testament to the idea that every vote counts, and showed a model for what we will do in our campaign. We created a grassroots, people-powered movement and didn’t take a single vote for granted.  While we didn’t reach the 60% threshold necessary for endorsement, we achieved a slim, but decisive margin of victory in a race with nearly 3,000 votes cast. Every vote really counted, and every bit of help you provided made the difference.

I’m proud to have the support of so many grassroots Democratic activists, working families, and community organizations. They represent the heart and soul of our Democratic Party and the values we all share.  Whether I earned your support or not yesterday, I am proud to stand with all of you as fellow Democrats. Together we are a Democratic Party that fights for communities like the one I grew up in, and make it possible for someone like me to go to college, become an eye doctor, and serve as a State Senator.

As your Lieutenant Governor, I’ll fight for those values – providing support for our working families, making college more affordable, ensuring access to healthcare for everyone, and expanding the number of good-paying jobs that people deserve.

Again, thank you to everyone who came out to support us this past weekend. This is a momentous victory for our campaign, and we couldn’t have done it without you.

With gratitude,
Dr. Ed Hernandez