Despite the deep disappointment in Tuesday’s election results, I want to thank you for being part of this extraordinary journey with me. No turnout figures or percentage of the vote begin to tell the stories of the people, young and old, that I connected with over these last nine months. Inner city moms shared hopes for their young children, asking why there are no youth programs in Poughkeepsie or Hudson. Seniors confessed concerns about holding on to their family home in Fishkill as property taxes continue to soar. Small business owners in Kinderhook told me of their struggle with how to control excessive energy costs. Young farmers in Red Hook asked for help in literally putting down roots in our region’s world class soils.
I am very proud of the race we ran. We gave voice to many folks throughout this district who have felt ignored for way to long. We spoke passionately about the beautiful Hudson Valley and the need to find economic engines that protect our natural resources and celebrate the best of our region. We traveled the 100 miles from one end of the district to the other and visited every town and city in the 41st State Senate district. We talked about the issues and educated voters about the incumbent’s failed record.
Your interest and support made this campaign possible and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being my partner in this race. Our terrific campaign staff — affectionately called Team Didi – and the hundreds of volunteers who canvassed and phone banked worked tirelessly to get our message out. Thank you for believing in me and my campaign to bring common sense, accountability and transparency to Albany. Despite Tuesday’s outcome, we cannot give up on these goals.