As we watched election results come in Tuesday night the results were not what we hoped for. Not what we worked for. But that is not the true reality. We registered a lot of new first time voters. We enabled lots of elderly voters to receive their absentee ballot who otherwise would not have gotten to vote. We informed every person we talked to on the issues, candidates, polling places and the importance of their vote. Many of us made phone calls and door knocked for the very first time and we met some amazing people along the way. One of those people was candidate Lanny Hillyard and I want to congratulate him on working extremely hard and running a honest and positive campaign. Lanny continued to put out a positive message even as Dave Kerr and the Iowa Republican Party spent over $20,000 on false attack ads on the local radio stations and mass mailers.
Now let’s look at what we did accomplish. We have recovered control of the national House of Representatives by re-electing Dave Loebsack and (this is huge) replacing David Young (R) with Cindy Axne (D) and Rob Blum (R) with Abby Finkenauer (D). Our collective work also won Rob Sands for Iowa state auditor and several seats in the Iowa House of Representatives and kept Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald and Attorney General Tom Miller
I know you wanted to win it all and so did I. We wanted to get that big payoff for all our hard work. Then we could sit back and breath a sigh of relief and slip back into our “normal” life, at least until 2020.
If you were sitting there as the results came in with dismay and not understanding how or why? If you wished there was something more you could’ve done but your life is so busy. If you are fed up with the news from D.C. and worried about what’s going to happen in Des Moines you are not alone. So what does this mean for us? What do we do now? It means we must band together and start preparing for 2020. Now is the time to build our party. WE CAN NOT DISAPPEAR! WE CAN NOT GIVE UP! I firmly believe we must be an active positive part of our community all year long, every year and not just show up every 2 or 4 years asking for votes. I need everyone one of you to help me. I need you to make a commitment to be a part of the fight. There are so many small things you can do to be involved and make a difference. Please join us and I will show you how.