Tuesday night, I was blown away by the 14,845 Raleigh voices that said “yes, we want change, we want Matt.”
Although we did not win an at-large seat, we had one heck of a run! I am so thrilled to have captured almost 25% of total votes cast, only 5% behind both multi-term incumbents who will be returning to their positions knowing the change you want. We started this journey together a mere 81 days ago, and I cannot tell you how proud I am of the race we ran and thankful for the friends, colleagues, citizens and volunteers that helped make our efforts such a success.
The most exciting part about all of this was seeing how many Raleighites of all ages and all corners of the city joined the conversation about how we will shape our city’s future, and so many for the first time. This election definitely brought out a new and emerging generational voice in Raleigh, representing diverse perspectives on housing, equity, transportation, creativity, and more – which is super exciting. We’re here to stay, and our voice is growing.
Supporters are already asking about 2017, and that is certainly a possibility, but you can’t expect me to sit still until then. I’m committed to pushing Raleigh forward in these next two years, and will be calling on you again!
Again, a huge thank you to everyone who made this campaign such a success – we could not have done it without you. I am very excited about the future of Raleigh, and hope you all will continue to join me on this journey.
With gratitude, onward!