From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank everyone for your support and dedication that made this campaign possible. This campaign belongs to you — and I am honored and humbled to represent you and all of the 2nd Congressional District in Washington, D.C.
It’s your hard work, your faith in the process, your desire to see a more perfect union, and every single person that went to the polls to vote is what made this possible.
But our fight doesn’t stop here.
What happened last night wasn’t a dream — and I find myself short of words after last night’s results, but not short of resolve. While we may disagree at times and long for simple solutions to complicated problems, we can agree on one thing: we are all Pennsylvanians and regardless of what divides us, we are all Americans.
And we’ve got some serious issues facing folks in Philadelphia — and our entire country. Making sure our small businesses have what they need to thrive, protecting our LGBT community, keeping our communities safe from gun violence, ensuring funding for education, and making sure women keep their rights to make their own healthcare decisions — these are only a drop in the bucket of issues I plan to fight for the folks of the 2nd District and beyond — and I know you’ll continue to be by my side every step of the way.
While we try to stomach this new landscape in our government, rest assured we will keep making our communities stronger together, block by block. Because democracy demands that we listen to each other — and when we do so, we can make great strides for all Philadelphians, all Pennsylvanians, and all Americans.
Over the last 36 years, I took seriously the responsibility that comes with being elected to the Pennsylvania House and working to put aside our differences in order for we, the people, to win — and I plan to do the same as I move forward to Washington to represent the 2nd Congressional District.
The results of the Presidential election isn’t defeat, it’s a call to keep fighting because the best work that we’ve done — we’ve done together.
We can make it through this. America’s future depends on it.