It’s not easy to lose, but as I reflect on the past fourteen months there is one word that best describes how I feel: grateful.
I’m grateful to have played a small role in leading this magnificent state.
I’m grateful to the many people who supported me in so many ways.
I’m grateful that despite all of its flaws, our Democracy engages us and asks us to step up – to speak out against injustice, to create opportunities where there aren’t any, to serve others.
I’m grateful to my amazing family: to Kadin and Kyra who support me, and who enter adulthood with awareness and empathy with an understanding that even the smallest contributions are always worth it. And I am forever grateful to my husband, Saurabh, who lifted me up as a person, a wife and mother, and as a leader every day I’ve known him.
And I’m grateful to my opponents – Donna, Mike and Jared – for all that they have done and continue to do for our state. None of them have taken the easy path. Their personal sacrifice and leadership make our state better.
We need to work together to elect Jared Polis, Colorado’s next governor. We also need to increase our Democratic majority in the State House and take back the State Senate, the Attorney General’s office, the Secretary of State’s office and the Treasurer’s office.
And I’m hopeful we can work together in the months and years ahead to fix the laws that keep us from giving our kids world-class schools. I am hopeful there will be a proposal on the 2018 ballot to fix TABOR and restore adequate funding for public education. This goal is more important than any title and I hope that you will join me in advancing this important effort.