Tonight, I called Carlos Gonzalez to congratulate him on a successful campaign. While we’re obviously disappointed in the result, we are proud of the campaign we ran and the important issues that we raised over the last six months. We have a lot to be proud of.
Springfield is clearly at a crossroads, and we all have a stake in the leadership and direction of our community – from promoting safe neighborhoods and improving our schools to attracting good, family-supporting jobs to Western Massachusetts.
I’d like to thank the dozens of friends and neighbors who devoted their time, energy, and financial support throughout the campaign – and to each and every resident who honored me with their vote at the polls. This was a true grassroots effort, and as a first-time candidate, I know we wouldn’t have come nearly as far without their commitment and support.
So while we came up short today, this isn’t the end of our work together. I look forward to working with everyone involved to build a stronger Springfield in the months to come. Stay tuned.
Thanks to the outpouring of support from friends and neighbors throughout Springfield, our campaign is out with two new radio advertisements. Be sure to click “share” to spread the word via Facebook and Twitter!
My life story is a testament to the real difference progressive public policies can make in the lives of hard-working families. Quality education opportunities, safe and affordable child care options, and jobs that pay enough to support a family are all essential components of strong communities and a healthy economy.
Now more than ever, our community needs a representative who isn’t afraid to stand up against politics as usual in the State House. We need an advocate who will speak out for the issues that matter most to low-income and middle class families, not the wealthy special interests. We need someone who isn’t afraid to stand up to Boston politicians and put Springfield first.
If you believe Springfield is getting its fair share, if you believe our schools are thriving and our neighborhoods are safe enough, if you believe we have enough good jobs then you should vote for someone else. But if you want someone who is going to fight to make our community a great place to live, work and raise a family, then I ask for your vote on September 9th.
Ivette Hernandez, Democrat for State Representative