Dear Friends,

I want to begin with thanking the campaign staff, the volunteers, the grass-roots donors, those in the City offices who were happy to help, and those in the community who were excited to support someone who listened to what they had to say. I want to thank all of the people of Clovis who voted. Even those that did not vote for me because we want as many people engaged in our process as possible.

Of course, this was not what I was hoping for, but I knew from the day I decided to run this race would be difficult to win. The challenge did not come because of my vision for Clovis.  I know that the residents of Clovis want representation that mirrors the population. I know they want responsible growth and affordable housing that would allow more of the people who work in Clovis to live in Clovis. I know the people of Clovis recognize that the unchecked growth we have already seen has resulted in overcrowded schools and most of all I know that the residents of Clovis recognize that responsible leadership is what is going to help our businesses through this next phase of the pandemic and to recover from the pandemic.

I knew it would be an uphill climb because, in Clovis, we continue to use an at-large system of elections that disproportionately favors those already in power. Our City Council supports keeping things the way they are--at large elections with no limit on campaign contributions. This is why incumbents do not lose. In Clovis, we continue to have our elections for City Council in March where fewer people participate in the political process. Less than 25% of our registered voters, voted in this election. Less than 25% of registered voters determined who will lead our City forward. This is actually an increase over previous March elections. Well over 50% of voters cast a ballot in November.  Thankfully, this was the last time that Clovis will hold the election in March, and beginning 2022, the remaining three City Council members will have to face a much larger, and much more engaged, voting public. 

 

I say this not because I was not successful, I say this because if we want our City to be at its best, it is crucial we hear the voices across our community--not just those with the money to donate to candidates who will do their bidding. This community, this City, is for all of us, and all of our voices matter. As I teach my children, you can never be afraid to fail, and you can never stop trying--that’s how you learn, that’s how you get better and that’s how progress is made. 

I urge our City Councilmembers, those just reelected and those who will be up for re-election in 2022--listen to the community, the entire community. We are not all one race, one religion, one socio-economic group, one political party, or any party at all. If you believe in the strength of your leadership, then you should be pushing for district elections and you should be pushing for contribution limits. Let’s allow democracy to work and all be proud to be a part of it. 

But as I began, I want to end by thanking all of the campaign staff,  volunteers, and grass-roots donors that contributed because they believed in these principles and ideas, and they believed in me.  Campaigning is hard, and I am not a politician, so I thank you for your advice, your kindness, and your partnership. A tremendous thank you to my husband and my boys for being there every step of the way. When Mom is continuously on calls/canvassing/hosting Zoom meetings, etc., it takes away from time with them. I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you for supporting and believing in me. 

All my best,

Noha Elbaz