Happy New Year! I know we are all welcoming 2021 with open arms and a massive sigh of relief that 2020 is finally over. But I still count the blessings of the past year.
My family was grateful to remain healthy, and after nine months of lockdown, we even still like each other!
I had the privilege of running for office during one of the most trying times in our nation’s history. Our campaign and the ideas and voices of thousands of new friends we made along the way have taught me more than I could have imagined.
As I prepare to be sworn into office on January 11, my eyes and heart are squarely set on the future of our state. I’m ready to get to work on rebuilding an economy that works for all of us, fighting against climate change, and ensuring we put Washingtonians to work building vital infrastructure that is equitable, safe, and green. …
Earlier this week the Secretary of State certified all of our state’s election results. Washington voter turnout was 84.1%, and in the 36th legislative district, it was a whopping 91.13% — wow!
In less than six weeks, I will be sworn in as the 38th person to hold this office (the 36th district was formed in 1891). This would not be possible without your unwavering support.
The work as State Representative-Elect has already begun. Our days have been filled with virtual trainings and meetings to prepare before the session officially begins in January.
For now, all legislative business will take place remotely. It will be strange not meeting new colleagues and citizen advocates face to face, but we are working to make your government as accessible as ever. Committees will be assigned next week which will guide priority issues and legislation. …
I am ecstatic to tell you we came out on top with 58% of the vote. We won!
We campaigned on the issues, we called 106,000 voters, and more than 1,300 people supported the campaign financially. We could not have done any of this without you and your support.
There was a lot at stake in this election, and it may be days or weeks until we know the outcome of some critical races. But all politics is local, so we should celebrate hard-fought victories at home and remind ourselves that winning at the ballot box is just the beginning. Now the real work begins.
You made tonight possible. I am beyond humbled by your dedication to this campaign. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Now, let’s go and celebrate!
Originally published at https://lizberry.com on November 4, 2020.
Happy Halloween! I hope you and your family have found a fun and safe way to celebrate. In our house, George will be going as the Transformer Bumblebee and Eleanor as the insect bumblebee. Michael and I really had no choice but to dress as beekeepers!
As we walk around our neighborhood for some socially distanced trick-or-treating, I am taking a moment to reflect on the past ten months. I am so very proud of the campaign we have run together. Thank you for being such an important part of this journey.
With only 3 days until Election Day, 74.2% of voters in the 36th District have returned their ballots — the highest of all legislative districts in King County. There are only 31,133 ballots left to be cast! …
It’s been a tough week on the campaign, and many times in the last 96 hours, I have had to pause, take a deep breath, and recenter myself on the reasons I decided to run for office.
It would have been a much tougher week had it not been for your support. Thank you!
On Wednesday, my Democratic opponent sent a false and misleading mailpiece to tens of thousands of families in the 36th District accusing me of supporting a domestic terrorist. I pledged not to respond with a return attack, and I am sticking to that pledge. …
Ballots are being mailed in Washington today. That means two things: 1) it’s time to VOTE! and 2) it’s time to get serious and talk about your plan to vote.
When I say, “Talk about voting,” I mean, we should be talking about voting to everyone! Here are some excellent voting conversation openers:
“Have you received your ballot?”
“Will you promise to vote in this election?”
“Are you registered to vote?”
“Do you know where your closest ballot dropbox is?
“Do you know the last day we can register to vote?” …
The stakes in November keep getting higher. With the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her likely replacement being somebody who believes Roe v. Wade should be overturned, we cannot ignore the severe implications for Washington women’s health.
That is why earning the sole endorsement of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaiʻi is so important. As a reproductive justice advocate for over 15 years, the leaders at Planned Parenthood know that I will be a fierce champion for sexual and reproductive health care in our state.
It’s true, women in Washington State have a legal right to an abortion. But you and I both know women’s health does not begin and end with abortion. And as we watch in horror as Trump dismantles our democracy we must focus on the fight ahead, and not concede an inch. …
I am overwhelmed and humbled.
It’s been 264 days since we launched our campaign. We have been through a lot together: a long-overdue national reckoning around systemic racism; lockdowns, masks and COVID-19; devastating wildfires; and the death of our beloved RBG.
And as we learned and grew from these challenges, our campaign gathered momentum, and today we see a clear path to victory. I want to share a few highlights — some old, some new — that have brought us this far.
Guest post by Jeffrey M. Cohen, former candidate for State Representative, 36th Legislative District
I am honored to announce my endorsement of Liz Berry for the State House in the 36th Legislative District!
My decision to endorse Liz was easy. I was the third candidate to announce my campaign for the 36th, and Liz called right away to welcome me to the race. Her warmth and kindness instantly struck me, and I felt like she meant it when she wished me good luck.
Throughout this election cycle, I’ve been uniquely impressed with Liz’s tenacity, intelligence and commonsense solutions to many of the issues we’re currently facing. Her work on ending gun violence, championing women for elective office and fighting for LGBTQ+ rights has been an inspiration to me personally. …
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
In the three-way August primary election, our campaign came out on top with 51% of the vote! Make no mistake, we are heading into November in a solid position over the opposition.
2020 has been a tough year. Together we have faced a devastating pandemic and a national struggle for racial and economic equity. The next few months also look uncertain. With an anticipated second wave of COVID-19, growing unemployment, and attacks on our U.S. Postal Service from Trump, the November playing field could be changed entirely.
There are just over ten weeks (or 74 days) until election day, and we are not taking a single thing for granted. Our team, our volunteers, and all of you have worked too hard to not keep up the pace until November. …