As California certifies its election results, I know we are all disappointed to have come up short of our goal in California’s 4th District. But we should also celebrate the history we made together:
To be sure, these successes came against tremendous headwinds. COVID-19 changed almost every aspect of how we ran this campaign. We faced a $250,000 deluge of dark money attacks in the final weeks. And although we had substantially less money to spend on advertising or turnout than comparable campaigns across our country, we persevered together and united Democrats, Independents, and many Republicans behind a different kind of politics that puts community first.
Between now and 2022, congressional district lines will be redrawn. But the cause of real representation for the Sacramento suburbs, the Foothills, Gold Country, Mother Lode and the Sierra will endure. We know we deserve better than we’ve been getting from D.C. partisans, and together in 2020, we built a historic foundation that is uniquely positioned to deliver that kind of change.
So what comes next? First, we need to begin work now to register the large number of new voters who are coming of age or relocating to our communities. And I hope — if you are not already — that you will consider joining a local club, getting involved in the work of local policy making or helping candidates for nonpartisan local offices like County Supervisor, City Council, and School Board. This work has never been more important.
Many have asked if I will consider running again. As I said just days after the election, I am committed to finding ways to serve the people of our community. This includes the possibility of mounting another candidacy for Congress, though I do not expect to formalize any decision for a few months.
For now, I am committed to standing alongside so many new friends and neighbors in the work of supporting the incoming administration, and helping our community heal and recover. I’ll keep working to bridge political divides and mobilize support for an agenda that brings Americans together.
So as this next phase begins, I want you to know that I am forever grateful to our tireless staff, dedicated volunteers, donors, and so many supporters who made history in this election. It is because of you that I have never been more optimistic about the future we can build for our community and our country.