We have made it through the first test — this evening we officially won the primary! Now, it is onto the general election, and we’ll need more of the same power and passion that we applied to the first challenge.
I just looked back and reflected through many of the pictures, emails and articles that I have saved, starting as early as January of 2017. Some pretty remarkable memories…
Running two Pennsylvania legs of the Planned Parenthood relay race from Harlem to DC. Marching with my daughters and husband and a bus full of my neighbors in DC in the Women’s March.
Meeting the Chester County Democratic Committee when this was first an impossible glimmer of an idea. Attending Philly-wide candidate training with Ready to Run with my mom. Seeking the counsel of my closest friends. Talking to my kids and husband about the inevitable difficulty of this process and making sure we were all onboard.
Did I dare to do this?
Okay, now what?
I announced my intentions to run for office — for Congress. Then, we built this team from the ground up — a team that is now poised to take us to that next level.
We enlisted the aid of so many of you. You, who have shared your ideas, dreams, time and treasure. So many of you who believed in me, in this race, and in us.
We received endorsements from so many organizations that fight for our shared values — too many to list.
Our race was featured in national press and local press. From Pod Save America, to Time Magazine, to The Economist, and more. From The Philadelphia Inquirer, to the Daily Local News, to the Reading Eagle, and more.
We watched the race itself evolve and morph from week to week over more than a year until we were, remarkably, running in a redrawn district and the incumbent Congressman dropped out.
It has been an astonishing journey. When I entered into the arena I had no real idea what I would confront, but you have been by my side through it all.
Thank you. We have got this. But there is still work to be done.