I decided to run for Congress because 2016 was a wake-up call for me -- and over the course of this campaign, I discovered as I knocked on doors and talked to people throughout this community that it was also a wake-up call for countless others.

We’re seeing people become active participants in our democracy again. Realizing that we can’t take anything for granted and if we want leadership that reflects our values, we need to put in the work to make it happen.

Over the last year, we saw so many people do just that. Our campaign team knocked on almost 45,000 doors and made over 38,000 phone calls. Though we fell short on Tuesday, I’m incredibly proud and thankful to everyone who lent a hand in the work we did. I’m also so inspired by the historic turnout across our state -- almost 1.5 million Florida voters participated in this primary, almost double the turnout from the last midterm primary in 2014.

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who committed their time and energy to this effort, from our volunteers who worked tirelessly to knock on those doors and help at our campaign office, to all the donors who believed in me and our campaign for a new day in politics, and all of the voters who cast their ballot in my favor.

The Miami community has given so much to me in the past years and I will not stop to continue to help build it stronger for the future.

I would also like to congratulate Donna Shalala on winning the primary. I look forward to working with her to help push the Democratic Party forward and winning on November 6th.

I hope you’ll continue to stay involved to help us fight for a new day in South Florida together.
I can’t thank you enough for your support.