As ballots continue to be counted in the 7th Congressional District race, it is now clear I will not be in the top two moving into the General Election. While I am disappointed and had deeply wanted to serve our district, I sincerely congratulate Senator Jayapal and Representative Walkinshaw on the positive and engaging primary campaign they ran.
I remain confident and hopeful that real work can be done on the important issues we’ve led on during this race – campaign finance reform including overturning Citizens United, and tackling the public health epidemic that is gun violence in our country. I remain just as passionate about these issues moving forward as I was in 2008 when passing statewide campaign finance reform, in 2013 when we declared gun violence a public health crisis in King County, and over the past seven months of this hard fought campaign.
More than ever, I am excited to continue serving the people here in King County and work together to build and support a growing and equitable economy that provides opportunity for all families throughout the Pacific Northwest. From the Best Starts for Kids levy to juvenile justice reform to implementing an aggressive regional plan to reduce carbon emissions, I am incredibly proud of the work I have been a part of at the County and am eager to continue that progress for our community.
It is an honor to serve the people of King County as Chair of your Council and I look forward to everything we can accomplish together in the coming year.
I sincerely thank you for your support throughout this campaign. Your support and confidence in our campaign made it possible to bring critical issues from the back-burner to the forefront of this race and truly shape the debate moving forward. And very importantly, your support and confidence in me made my personal experience dealing with the often withering public eye not just bearable, but exhilarating. I am and will remain extremely grateful and humbled by that.
Let’s keep fighting and delivering,