It is hard to believe that early voting is now upon us. Our team has worked so hard over the past 6 months to get to this point, and I could not be more proud of what has been accomplished. To all of those that has gotten us this far, I cannot thank you enough for everything you have done. We would not be where we are today without you.
From the beginning, we said that we were going to run a positive "Campaign of Now" that focused on Accountability, Responsibility, and Community. We wanted to give people something to vote for instead of being against something enough to stay at home on election day. We had several hurdles that we have had to overcome including being a political outsider and the overall general distrust that most people have in regards to politicians, but actions have spoken louder than words and persistence has paid off. We have truly shown through this campaign that you don't have to wait to be elected to be of service to the people. I am proud to say that I feel our communities are stronger because we embarked on this campaign. Now the time is upon us to VOTE.
This weekend I had the privilege to speak at the National Birth Defect Prevention Network Annual Conference in Washington D.C. about how important it is to organize and collaborate within our communities around a championed cause to make a difference. At first, I did not want to go because I knew that I would miss the first day of early voting. Fortunately, those same individuals that helped us get organized started the process for us by spreading the word about early voting until my family could get back.
My family flew in late last night into Houston IAH, so we missed the chance to vote last night. Of course that did not stop us from making it a #1 priority this morning before dropping Shawn off at school. I was so excited to share that experience with my son. It was amazing to watch his face light up when I asked him to push the "Cast Ballot" button for me or see how proud he was to receive his "I Voted" sticker that he planned to wear all day at school.
I am happy that my parents taught me the importance of participating in the electoral process, and I am glad that I could pass that down to Shawn. I have learned even through my own mistakes that if you don't vote, then you don't matter; but you are still affected by those that are elected to represent you.
I hope that I earn your vote this election for Houston City Council At Large #4, and regardless of the outcome; you have my commitment that I will always do my best to strengthen our communities and increase voter participation in elections. If you are looking for a location to vote early:
Thank you again for all of your support. Without you we cannot win. With you, we cannot lose!