What a Ride!

The first part’s over. The Burbank Primary Nominating Election took place on Tuesday February 24. Six people advanced to the General Election. Three will be left standing after April14.

As you’ll remember, I was one of the 13 candidates vying for the three available seats. I am now one of the six.

The last seven weeks have been, at turns– chaotic, enraging, funny, heart-wrenching, hectic, illuminating, inspiring, insulting, intriguing, satisfying, thrilling– and the list could probably go on.

Along the way to making it into the runoff, we, as a campaign, made both mistakes and very astute moves. We reached out to people, we explained positions, responded to phone calls, went door-to-door, and raised money.

It has been a real roller-coaster ride with, undoubtedly, more to come. The next six weeks will be more daunting since the competition is now more focused. Given the specifics of this election, it could even get ugly, though I hope not.

Now, those who made it into the runoff are busy chasing endorsemen’s from those who did not, along with others who had not yet taken a position. Soon, the mailers, precinct walking and phone banking will begin anew with refreshed vigor. Volunteers, young and old, will fill campaign headquarters with the energy of their enthusiasm and voices as they call voters or get ready to knock on their doors.

Voters will knowingly and unknowingly throw away the ballot packages they receive, three weeks before the final April date, in what is an all-mail election. They will become irritated with candidates calling them, while others will pepper the candidates with questions both sublime and mundane.

Tension and anticipation will build, to be released in elation or agony, sometime late on the night of April 14.

As an ancillary result, you may not hear from me quite as much during these few weeks, as time to write will be in very short supply.


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