Thank you to all the neighbors who supported the message of our campaign. This movement started from grassroots support and continued as such throughout the entire campaign. We created a message of hope for approaching our city’s problems head-on and doing so together not divided by political ideology. This campaign helped people band together quickly to locate housing for a supporter in need. We helped get action for countless residents who had been asking for help from the current council member for years; our challenge of accountability resulted in everyday residents finally getting a response for the first time from our current councilmember.
This campaign helped bring city-wide attention to a growing encampment behind a Lake City gym where the city finally acted only after it encountered a fire. These things should not have to come to such dire circumstances before our city council acts. But because it is so, we will not slow or tire and will continuously call out contempt, corruption and condescension from those in places of power. It is our duty to do so. This movement has just begun. We were the only city council campaign that took no PAC or special interest money nor any property tax dollars converted into campaign vouchers. We were the only campaign in all of the city council races supported entirely by the local community, showing that change can come without corporate or special interest money interference, but that it requires even more individual actors than what we had. So now we build that individual support. To fight groups and politicans wishing to maintain power & control in our city who will go so far as to fabricate lies about those who stand up to dismantle (us!), requires all of us to call it out. I will continue to speak truth to power and need you to do also. Join me in this challenge.
Thank you and let’s stay the course.