Five months ago, I joined the race to represent all of us in Congress. Then, and now, I felt it was time for a different kind of Congressman, one with a scientific background and experience who would tackle the critical issues facing us and build new policies based on data and evidence, not ideology. While I believe a scientist’s ability to analyze data and draw conclusions is desperately needed, I have to recognize that sometimes the data leads to conclusions we weren’t hoping for. In this case, the unavoidable conclusion is that it is time for me to end my campaign.
Clearly this is not how I dreamt my campaign would end, but it is made easier knowing that I will continue to fight for what I believe as mayor of Nederland, as well as across the County, State, and country. We’ll continue to lead when it comes to mitigating the effects of climate change and moving away from a carbon based society. We’ll continue to work to improve opportunities for everyone and ensure access to housing and a living wage. We’ll continue to defend our public lands against the corporate greed that threatens them. We’ll continue to work together to move forward on progressive issues for the good of all, not the few.
I can’t thank enough all the people that have helped me get to this point. I can’t even begin to express my gratitude to the hundreds of supporters that came out to events, donated to my campaign, or volunteered their time. The single best part of the campaign has been the people I have met across the district, people I wouldn’t have otherwise met. I’m grateful for the opportunity and am looking forward to many more conversations in the future.