*UPDATE: I Have Dropped Out of the Race*
With solemn resolve, I am withdrawing from the race. I have failed to generate the enthusiasm and support I imagined. This is my fault. One needs to actually campaign, such as canvas, door to door, or direct mail, or actually do the leg work to create the enthusiasm and support needed to mobilize a grassroots base. I have failed myself.
My heart is full, however. To the donors, supporters, organizers, friends, and family who truly believed in me: thanks for the love . You believed in me, my principles, values, and morals. I'm sorry that I will not continue even with your faith, but the task at hand is daunting.
I failed to get the endorsements of any Union including the ones I'm a member of. I have failed to get the support from the ethnic and cultural and even non denominational Faith groups that I have participated in. It wasn't because of me or my platforms but rather the sickly strategic political campaigning systems a la primary elections.
Had I raised more money, or had more boots on the ground, things would be different. Nevertheless, my campaign has generated enough buzz and media to promote Green values. This is small victory in it of itself.
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We have barely emerged from a historic drought and record wild fires. Shockingly our utilities remain mostly privatized. Water management is being overlooked and it is time that stops. I believe in publicly owned utilities, such as SMUD. Together we can work to provide water solutions for our communities.
The unsheltered population has exploded Nationwide since the recession. Existing affordable housing and transitional shelter services are not sufficient to adequately address the issue. The government needs to acknowledge these citizens and their need for affordable housing and transitional services.
The Time to Make a Difference is Now
I have been working with the Green Party of Sacramento County, as well as with advocates and organizers for our unsheltered neighbors, and we are frustrated beyond measure by the lip service and lack of available programs for the poorest and most deserving of our community.
The incumbent Assemblyman in District 9 is a corporate Democrat. He has taken money from special interests and works for them, not the people. I have been a civil servant, a public school teacher for the past 12 years, and an active member of my community. Like all civil servants, firefighters, counselors, and other public employees, I am here to serve the people who need help the most. I am not a businessman and I am not interested in expanding business development unless it's for low-income housing, public-owned utilities, single-payer health care, and tuition-free college. My goal is to improve conditions for the working class of our society, and with support from my fellow citizens, we can make a substantial difference together.
To find out more about my platform, click on the following link.