Thank you

Dear Supporters,
From the bottom of my heart, thank you.  Thank you for all of your support during the campaign and for all of your wonderful messages after the election results.
The very first speech that I gave during this campaign was at the University of Tennessee College Democrats meeting.  Let’s just say I was as green as I could be at that meeting!  I brought my older son, Josh, along with me and in my speech, I basically said I was running to show Josh how a campaign works because he wants to run for President someday.  I also said that I was afraid my children will get shot in school so I want to do something about it.
Although we were not numerically successful yesterday, we are successful in many other ways.  Several parents and grandparents have told me that I have inspired their daughters, sons, and grandchildren.  I knocked on doors with one of Josh’s friends and then he made sure to go to vote with his mom so he could watch her vote for me.
So many more people around the country were engaged and ready to participate in democracy this year.  We all played a part in that excitement.  Thank you again for all of your support during this campaign. Thank you for your hard-earned donation dollars.  Thank you for taking time out of your day to knock on doors or make phone calls.  Thank you for voting and for telling others to vote.  It takes a village!
Thank you
Coleen Martinez
     Democracy is not a spectator sport.  We all have to get off the bench, step into the arena, get dirty, and give it our best.   

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