Thank you! The results are in, and with your support I was successful in carrying the ward with a victory margin of almost 40 percentage points. I am happy, proud and humbled by your strong show of support. I asked you to trust me with leading our party for the next four years, and you voted to give me your trust. I will be working hard each day to prove to you that you made the right decision.
Unlike many other offices, with my name being the one on the ballot, it would be easy to believe that this was just about me. I have told people across the ward during this entire campaign, this was not about David Fagus; it was about our values and the way we’ve decided, collectively, to organize our local Democratic Party. Our opponent directly challenged those values. He made them the core of his campaign. The people of the ward listened closely, and they have spoken very clearly. Our open and diverse party, driven by grass-roots members, with a bottom up style of governing is the kind of Democratic Party they want. Again, I thank you for your support.
Over the next seven months, I will be working on re-electing President Obama. From our office, we will be coordinating activities for the North side for the Obama campaign. We will be working to elect new Democratic members to Congress. As we have seen, President Obama needs a Congress committed to his agenda to get this nation moving forward. We will need to continue voter registration efforts, both in the ward and wherever else it will be helpful. How many of you 49th Warders realize that an estimated 10% of voters in the 49th Ward move every year? We will need to work together to accomplish these goals. I am looking forward to working with you.
In closing, I again want to thank you for your support. We had a spirited race and my opponent put a lot of effort into his campaign. Anyone who undertakes running for office, particularly one that pays no salary, should be commended. I appreciate that you have spoken loudly and clearly. I am ready to get down to business. I hope you are ready to join me.
Thank you again,
Democratic Committeeman – 49th Ward