Howie Morales - Senator, New Mexico
When I announced my run for Governor 226 days ago, I knew it would be a tough road. I wasn't particularly well-known, I lived far from any large metropolis and I hadn't been in state government for very long. I knew there would be ups and downs, distractions, setbacks - but in each one of those 226 days, there were also moments of joy. Successes, proud moments and personal victories came along just when the campaign needed them, and they sustained us.
Tuesday did not hold the outcome many of us had hoped, however, now that disappointment has given way to clarity, we all can step back and see the joy which seemed absent that night.
Together, our campaign achieved so much more than anyone had expected:
- On day one, 400+ Democrats from across the state came to our campaign announcement in Silver City.
- Nearly 30% of Democratic activists chose my campaign as their choice at the 2014 Democratic Pre-primary Convention leading to us finishing 1st
- Nearly 800 donors from every county in our great state.
- Engaged a 6000+ Facebook community and a 3000+ Twitter universe, with a weekly reach of thousands more.
- Endorsements came from numerous New Mexico Legislators, organizations and unions - including the American Federation of Teachers, NM and AFSCME Council 18 - for which I am particularly honored.
- Tens-of-thousands of calls made and thousands of doors knocked, all by volunteers from across the state.
- Thousands of votes earned and 6 counties won on Election Day.
We can hold our heads high; we have a lot to be proud of.
Campaigns are nothing without supporters and volunteers. I was truly blessed to have some of the best supporters throughout the state, but there are a few who went above and beyond what was ever requested or expected, because they believed in our positive message of hope for New Mexico. You know who you are, and I can never repay the debt I owe to you.
I am also thankful for my staff. We were smaller than other campaigns, but each member added so much to the campaign and contributed unique talents, enabling our campaign to achieve so much. Thank you, Jon, Julio, Tara, Daniel and John - I am thankful for your support on this journey and for often carrying a heavy load along the way.
Finally, I want to thank my family, especially my wife, Teresa, and our children. Thank you for your support, your confidence and your love. Many days, it was you to whom I turned for the much- needed support and your unconditional love. I hope I have made you proud.
But what, I feel, is the most important mark this campaign has made isn't as easily quantifiable. I believe we succeeded in pushing the educational needs of our state to the forefront of the conversation. This issue has been crucial to my personal narrative, as has been so many others. No longer is our educational crisis a secret in our state - the band-aid has been torn off, the wound is open, the sting is very real and we are feeling it, seeing it, now, every day. We are failing our children and we have a moral obligation to do better.
I will continue this fight, and I urge you to continue as well.
The primary is over, and I urge you to support Gary King and our entire Democratic ticket. There is too much at stake - we have witnessed the disastrous effects Susana Martinez has imposed on our state and we have an obligation to ensure it stops at the ballot box November 4th.
Finally, I have one last request - no matter the struggle from here to November, whatever the odds may seem to be, remember to find the joy each day. We, as Democrats, are on the right side of history, the right team. We support a living wage and equality for all citizens. We support women and their right to choose and we work to protect our environment for future generations. We honor our seniors and we encourage job growth and a fair playing field for all New Mexicans. We respect our tribal government partners and dream of a day where no one is ever alienated. We are a party where everyone is welcome, and which gives everyone a chance to participate - there is so much joy to be found in being a New Mexican - I encourage you to find yours, everyday.