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Environmental Caucus Party Policy Officer Part II

OK, to update people on how my campaign for Environmental Caucus Party Policy Officer went:

Most of the meeting was spent re-electing incumbent candidates who were running unopposed. By the time we finally got to the Party Policy Director race, we were almost at the end of the meeting. Rusty Hicks, Kimberly Ellis, and (I think) Daraka Larimore-Hall, the three main candidates for Party Chair, were all waiting outside for us to get out of the room so they could use it for the next event.

Just as we were ready to start our part of the election, Kevin de Leon, former President pro tempore of the California State Senate, recent candidate for US Senate, and current candidate for LA City Council, showed up. We turned control of the podium over to him, and he began making a speech to the Environmental Caucus.

Then Bernie Sanders burst into the room, surrounded by about 30,000 retainers, handlers, and supporters. Kevin de Leon immediately shut up and vacated the podium, and the shambling mass of Sandernistas made their way to the front of the room. Bernie gave a speech to the caucus, and then he and his horde migrated on toward the next room, as countless people rushed up to take selfies with him in the background.

Then it was my turn to speak. I forgot 90% of what I was going to say, forgot to mention my endorsements or qualifications, and had a very difficult time speaking into the microphone so people could hear me. The other candidate used the microphone correctly, told the crowd his qualifications, and got elected in a landslide.

It wasn't the outcome I was hoping for, but it wasn't a huge surprise given the tumultuous circumstances. Still, I was impressed by the other candidate, and I'm sure he'll do an excellent job.

Many thanks to all the people who showed up to vote for me. I was honored to earn your support.

Keep fighting the good fight.

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