To my many friends, supporters, and constituents,
Many thanks to so many of you who have shared your thoughts, concerns -- and yes, condolences -- regarding my decision to stop my gubernatorial campaign. It was a difficult decision, but I’m convinced it was both inevitable, and necessary.
Now there’s a silver lining. I’m proud that a resolution of our situation, proposed by the State Ethics Commission, has opened the door for fundamental change in our state’s political process.
The Commission has embraced reforms that will allow people with varied experience to serve at every level of government while ensuring that the public trust is protected. They held two public hearings on this proposal in December, to gather testimony and have approved fundamental changes at their January meeting.
These reforms will allow me to remain as Senator from the Cape and Islands, and run for re-election.
That’s exactly what I intend to do, and my goals are clear:
Build our economy from the middle out, providing more opportunity by investing in infrastructure while addressing the increasing disparity of wealth and income.
Focus on education, honoring our social contract, creating opportunity for all.
Promote environmental stewardship, embracing sustainable energy, conservation, and smart growth, and responsibly close the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.
Address our wastewater crisis.
Hold corporations like NStar responsible to the wishes of their communities as well as their shareholders.
Do the same with insurance companies charging outrageous rates to Cape and Islands homeowners.
Create a minimum wage that provides a basic quality of life for all hardworking people, and make earned sick leave a right for more of our citizens.
We all know that there is more than one way to make a contribution, and make change. I intend to continue working hard to do just that – and represent you.
So again, thanks for your support, and most importantly, for your engagement and activism.
All the best,