Thank you, every last supporter who gave your time, money or both to back me in bringing new ideas and perspective to the Ward 2 race. Thank you most of all to the voters across this ward who entrusted me with your first or second choice votes. I am humbled by your support. Each vote sets the bar higher for what we should expect out of our city councilmember. I hope I have the opportunity to work hard to meet those expectations.
I'd like to thank our city council representative Dave Thune. It would've been easy for an experienced incumbent to kick sand in the face of the little Green first-time candidate, but Dave never did. He was always the statesman with me, and helped me with a number of community problems that I found while door-knocking, without ever turning them into a campaign issue. We had some great debates, promoted neighborhoods and policy discussions into all of the local newspapers, and got a lot of people engaged in a positive way. This is what democracy should look like. Thanks for everything Dave.
I'd also like to thank Bill Hosko, Cynthia Schanno and Sharon Anderson. Bill was tireless. I can't count the number of times we passed each other on the street over the past six months, and he was always friendly and took an extra minute to say something supportive before continuing on his journey. Cynthia was a bright spot in every public event we had, always trying to use humor to lighten up the pre-game stare downs between the candidates. And a special thanks to Sharon: She came up to me one night at a Plug Into Saint Paul event, and we had the most amazing conversation about electoral strategy. She gave me some insights that might actually play into the final results. Thanks to all of you, for your love of Saint Paul.