I just want to take a moment and say thank you. I truly loved the experience of running for alderman, primarily because it provided the opportunity to meet so many amazing people. I was introduced to most of you for the first time by knocking on your doors or by talking to you around our neighborhood and I was so impressed at how much you care. Speaking with you and spending so much time around our community emphasized how proud we should be of the neighborhood we live in.
Even though voter turnout was down across the city, it was not in the 43rd ward with 50% more voters coming out this year than in February 2015. Our neighborhood is engaged, which was very clear in the conversations I had with so many of you. In addition to meeting members of the community, an added bonus of this campaign was that I was able to explore and discover the history of my family, specifically my father who ran for this seat 52 years ago.
Although the race did not work out in our favor, I'm proud of the campaign we ran and wouldn't trade the experience for the world. Who would have thought being called a wonk or a nerd (Girl, I Guess, Karlyn & Stephen’s…) would be one of the highest compliments. While I'm not starting a snow blowing business anytime soon, I won’t stop playing a role in the community and you’ll see me around at neighborhood organization meetings, parks and community events. I have been honored to share the last year with you. I love our neighborhood and am excited to have made so many amazing friends where Dana and I are raising our family.
To all the people that supported me during this campaign, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart and I hope to see your around the neighborhood so I can personally thank you in the near future.