Wednesday, November 08, 2006

2006 Election Victory!

We did it! Not only did Democrats yield a landslide victory nationwide, but also here in my district. Thank you to my neighbors for re-electing me, and also electing Rachel Weston, my running mate. Voters responded to the completely positive campaign focused on the issues by giving Rachel and me 65% of the vote. Here are the final results:

Jason P. Lorber 1705 (33%)
Rachel Weston 1676 (32%)
Heather Riemer 1021 (20%)
Kathy Valloch 808 (16%)

This was a grassroots campaign. Rachel and I knocked on more than 3,000 doors, and registered over 500 people to vote (phew!). But the election was a group victory. Thank you to everyone who was part of the campaign through volunteering, donating, hosting a lawn sign, and/or (most importantly) voting!

I specifically want to thank my partner Nat for keeping me grounded, providing much needed and appreciated love and support, and also giving strategic campaign advice.

And what a joy it was to run with now Rep-elect. Rachel Weston. I spoke to Rachel at least an hour daily, not counting our time together working with volunteers, knocking on doors, designing campaign materials, preparing for debates and generally keeping each other sane (with varying degrees of success).

Lydia Morin and James Turitto were amazing interns for our coordinated campaign. They helped not only in day-to-day activities, but also with strategic insights, including boosting involvement among students.

My campaign also relied on the support of dozens of others, including elected officials and candidates who joined me knocking on doors, and also volunteers who wrote letters to the editor, posted lawn signs, helped with data entry, and went door-to-door with Rachel and myself (and often on their own) distributing our brochures and literature.

Thank you to Rep. John Patrick Tracy; newly elected Senator Bernie Sanders, Congressman Peter Welch, and Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan; gubernatorial candidate Scudder Parker and Lt. Governor candidate Matt Dunne; Rep. Mark Larson; Gail, Arshad, Jake, Geoff, David, Sharon, Alan, Kristina, Caleb, Maggie, Louis, Brennan, Molly, Christopher, Alex, Liam, Scott, Eddy, Patrick, Erik, Jody, Lynn, and Mary.

And also, thank yous to fellow comedians Martha Tormey, John Wilson, Lisa Nagle, Matt Wohl, and Matt Saltus for performing with me at campaign rallies, blurring the line once again between politics and comedy.

With the election now behind us, I'm focusing all my energies on the biggest task at-hand: spending more time with Max (who is now 5-1/2 months old -- he just learned to roll over)!

Thank you again. I am truly honored.

I remain committed to representing all of our neighbors, working across party lines, and making Vermont an even better place. Please contact me with your concerns, questions, and comments.


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