Eleven months ago I decided to run for mayor of Austin because the community’s voice was not being heard at City Hall as we experience explosive growth, growth that transforms neighborhoods, threatens to drive out the people who live here and changes the spirit of the city. I believed we must plan carefully with real community involvement to deal with affordability, mobility and so much more – and that our solutions must not overwhelm what we all love about Austin.
Over this past year, it has been such a pleasure talking with and learning from Austinites all across our city. I am proud that we highlighted important issues as Austin faces vital choices about our future. I am especially proud of our grassroots campaign. So many worked so hard to make it happen: from block walking and phone banking, to hosting house parties, to attending our events and staffing our headquarters.
I am of course disappointed with the results of Tuesday night. But like you, I was extremely excited to see the energy and enthusiasm of Austinites and Texans on election night. In the end, that historic enthusiasm brought the daunting challenge of communicating with voters in record-breaking numbers. Nearly 300,000 voters cast ballots in the mayor’s race, an enormous increase over 2014, and my campaign was outspent by a well-funded incumbent by a margin of nearly 6-to-1.
The critical issues of affordability, mobility and growth are not going away, and I look forward to staying involved and working with the community toward a strong future for everyone in Austin. Above all, I want to extend my deep and heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported this campaign and who love and care about the future of our great city.
Supporter Appreciation Event and Sign Drop Off. Please join us at the campaign office (3016 Guadalupe Street) on Saturday, November 10th from 10 AM - 4 PM for a supporter appreciation event. We will enjoy food and refreshments as we work to close up shop. Also please feel free to bring any yard sign frames which we will have recycled.