Dear Friends,

Though Tuesday night did not turn out how we all expected, I am immensely proud of what this campaign has accomplished since February. When I set out on this journey to run for office, I had no idea how I would be able to reach out to voters and raise the money we would need. But I should have known from the start that I was not on my own – you all had my back from day one.

Our team ran an inclusive campaign that brought in people from all backgrounds, all belief systems, all parts of the state – to fight for our shared Democratic values. I am honored to have been supported by labor Unions, School Board members, Supervisors, immigration advocacy groups, and so by many wonderful supporters and friends. Together we built an amazing coalition that mobilized hundreds of volunteers to talk to thousands of voters about our message of equality and opportunity for all.

Every day I was inspired by the stories voters shared at their door, and by the volunteers who gave up so much to be a part of our team. I am privileged that my story, of resilience of spirit while fighting for freedom and equality, touched so many of you, too. I ran my campaign the only way I know how – by being the authentic me.

Like my mother used to say, “Get over yourself. Get up, and get going because there is still work to do.” From the beginning I have had pledged to continue to fight for all Democrats, no matter the outcome of my race, and that is exactly what I plan to do. Our Democratic nominee for District 42, Kathy Tran, will be a great Delegate down in Richmond. My goal has always been to flip this seat and that is exactly what we need to do.

There is too much at stake in November’s election to sit this one out: a woman’s right to choose, equality for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters, worker’s rights and the fight for a livable wage, and the rights for all immigrants.

Thank you for believing in me, for supporting my campaign, and for being on this journey with me. I am forever humbled by this experience, and leave this campaign with no regrets.

Grateful,

Tilly Blanding