Elect Rebecca Boonstra for Whatcom County Council, District 3

November 2017

Dear Friends,

It’s time now for me to thank you all for your support of my campaign for Whatcom County Council. I felt stung on Tuesday when the first results were released and then each night as Tyler’s lead grew. And it’s time now for me to congratulate Tyler Byrd for winning the race.

Of course I’m disappointed. I wanted to win very much, Emily and I worked harder than either of us knew was possible. We dug deep and found resources within ourselves and our community that we didn’t even know existed before we started on this journey. Emily, I am so thankful for you. You came each day to the job with enthusiasm and pride. Even when it was hard, even when you didn’t know what to do you gave, you worked and you persevered. I wish I could reward you with a win. I will instead reward you with my deepest gratitude and pride that you were by my side through this campaign. I wish you everything you ever dreamed for, I know great things are in store for you.

I’m thankful for the support of the Whatcom Democrats, and Anna, Shelby, Leah, Griffin, Alan and Matt. I’m thankful for the mentorship from Rud Browne, Barry Buchanan, Todd Donovan, Michael Shepherd and Barry Wenger. I took many cues from you. Some of you running for the first time and some of you experienced candidates. I would not have been as successful as I was without your support and guidance. I hold you all in high esteem.

There are far too many people who supported and believed in me to mention here, please know that I am thinking of each of you now and I will be grateful for what you have given to me in the days to come. Each of you are a bright place for me and I am proud to have worked with you.

This is certainly not the end of my service to Whatcom County. There is much that I can do and I am privileged to be in a position to do this work. I’ll be at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, behind the table at the Mobile Food Pantry. And I will be working in the Visitor Center in Maple Falls, helping to share with our guests what a special place we have here.

Thank you all so very much for supporting me, for cheering me on, for donating to my campaign and for mentoring me through this process. It didn’t turn out the way I had envisioned, but I’ll be okay. And I’m still here if you need me.