On #VoteEve *, I’m usually in a campaign office, surrounded by other volunteers who are furiously trying to finalize our GOTV (Get Out The Vote) plan. I might be screening multiple social media accounts while streaming at least one 24/7 news station. I might be giving the candidate a pep talk; I might be giving other volunteers a pep talk.

Tonight is the first #VoteEve where I am the candidate – and I’m watching my husband (and Campaign Manager), Justin, play a mixed Ultimate Frisbee game at RIM Park with a group of lovely humans who (among other things) have signs on their lawn, donated to the campaign, did literature drops, and have supported me from day one.

I am so humbled the support that Waterloo Region has given me this campaign. From volunteers who helped drop 15,000 of pieces of literature across Kitchener, to those who ran all of the analytics and social media campaigns, to everyone who took a lawn sign – I have been blessed with some of the most fantastic volunteers and supporters. Seriously, I can’t even begin to express my gratitude for all of you and the many ways that you’ve given up your time to help out with this campaign; until I have the words, a simple THANK YOU!!!! will have to suffice. I could not have made it this far without you. So much love to all of you.

To my fellow candidates, thank you to all of the support that you’ve given me. As a first time candidate, I’ve been humbled by the support that candidates have given me (from across the Region, not just in the Kitchener race) and, in my case, a special thank you goes to Ted Martin and Sarah Marsh who have gone out of their way every step of this campaign to give advice, support, and encouragement. I am so thankful for the two of you and proudly voted for both of you.

Finally, I was on the phone with my mom (who, at one point, drove 2.5 hours from Chatham, ON with my dad to do two days of intense lit dropping for the campaign). And just like most parents out there with candidates in the race, she told me that she was proud of me and the campaign that we ran. I told her that one of the things that I’m most content with is that I can tell people that we ran a campaign that my mother could be proud of; I think, at the end of the day, that’s the best reflection I could have on #VoteEve.

* Shoutout to Jayne Herring for the #VoteEve hashtag.

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