Please see below for a letter from Jenny Callaway regarding the future for Strong Start:
Dear Strong Starters,
I realize many of us are still sorting out the stunning results from last Tuesday. As the presidential coverage showed a shift to Trump, first reports from the Marin Registrar of Voters came in well below our poll estimates for Measure A. There are still ballots to count, and it’s mathematically possible to reach the required two-thirds approval mark–so there’s some hope here. We know right now that about 63% of Marin voters were in favor of the measure, and that’s promising for our kids.
As we make sense of the election results and consider next steps, it’s important recognize all those that worked so hard to get Measure A on the ballot and those that worked on the campaign, including and not limited to:
The Marin Strong Start Leadership Team that steered this coalition for years–people like Kathy Tabor, Amy Reisch, Mary Jane Burke, Heather Ravani & Aideen Gaidmore.
The Campaign Finance Committee, especially Chairwoman Patty Garbarino, and members Pat Kendall, Mary Jane Burke, Alice Fredericks and Eric Lucan for their work to fund this campaign.
MarinKids for their guidance of the Marin Strong Start Coalition, and the Coalition members, and organizations such as the League of Women Voters and Marin County School Volunteers that stood at the ready with letters to the editor and advocated for Measure A again and again.
First 5 Marin for their vision and support.
Main Street Moms who sent 3,500 Dear Friend cards to voters in West Marin.
CAM and SEIU who ran phone banks and walked precincts.
Michelle Fadelli for her digital communications and outreach.
The Marin Democratic Club and Pat Johnstone, for carrying our materials and messages during their field work.
The Marin County Supervisors for their newsletters and robo calls.
Nearly 2/3rds of Marin voters who cared about kids.
And, so many others of you who rolled up their sleeves and worked on the campaign!
Regardless of the outcome, we need to gather and talk about where we are and what we want to do. While my heart is still hopeful that we can prevail, I know that scenario is less likely. But, we cannot give up on our kids, their families and our future. They are depending on us to give them the best opportunity to succeed in school and have better, healthier lives.
I bet the Marin Strong Start Coalition is in this for the long haul, and that we will regroup and double down- if needed. I know I am ready to double down for the kids.
Please save Thursday, December 8th at 5:00 pm at Marin County Office of Education for a Marin Strong Start Coalition election review and strategy session. Please let me or Kathy know that you received this email and whether you will join us. (Kathy will send an invitation and reminder.)
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