Please Vote Tomorrow!

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your near-infinite patience with our many phone calls, emails, and door knocks over the past few months.  Our able staff and enthusiastic volunteers have made more than 164,000 voter contact attempts! Some might think this was a little overkill, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Elections are important.  Years ago, I read the powerful insight that it is our elected leaders who determine who has a job and who does not — who has a decent home and who does not — who eats and who goes hungry — who goes to war and who stays home.

Larry Summers, in today’s Washington Post, writes about how today’s income inequality drives much more than balance sheet wealth.  The richer live significantly longer, and are able to give their children much more enriched educations, for a lifetime of sustained advantage.   And, of course, this increasing income inequality arises from the economic structures put in place by elected leaders.

Yet American political history is packed with stories of elections decided by a handful of votes.  I have two friends — in Christiansburg and Martinsville — who lost absolutely-tied elections on coin-tosses.

If you live in the 8th district, please commit to vote tomorrow.  Where ever you live, please get your family members, your friends, your coworkers, and your long-lost cousins in the 8th to come to the polls tomorrow.

Voting begins at 6:00 a.m., and remain open until 7:00 tomorrow evening.

And thank you for all you have done for me and for our shared ideas and values.

Best wishes,