We did it!

November 14th, 2015

We did it! A week after the election, our margin (694 votes = +3.11 %) and the number of ballots remaining to be counted, make it clear….We won!

I congratulate Michelle on a great race, and look forward to working with her as she continues to serve on the Planning Commission. I thank her for her thoughtful concession this past Saturday.

With the low voter turnout, your vote and your hard work truly went a long way in determining the outcome of a close race. I am so thankful to each and every one of you. You all made this victory possible with; every ballot cast, every volunteer hour, every endorsement, every donation and every conversation you had with your friends and neighbors. It all came together to make the difference.

There are two people without whose support I would never have stepped into the ring. My amazing husband, Greg and wonderful son, Quinn. Your presence and strength lift me up every day.

Special thanks to my remarkable and intrepid campaign team: Alex, Abbot, Christian, Erin, Katherine and Taemin. It was a privilege to work with you.

Bellevue is a wonderful city, and democracy is a dialogue–a conversation between members of a shared community, to make a difference. I believe our campaign had momentum because, at its core, there was the belief that everyone in Bellevue should have a chance to build a future here and enjoy it for a lifetime. Together, we can find solutions to the challenges that our city will face.

I am filled with gratitude today and I cannot tell you how much your support has meant to me. This has been a long road and an incredible journey. Now, we have just reached the beginning!

My very best to you,

Vandana

P.S. The campaign has some minimal campaign debt to retire. Thank you for any contributions to help us close out these costs.