Congratulations and thanks for conducting an amazingly effective -
the best - campaign for the City Council. You were, with out a
top debater at the forums, the one who reached the most voters and
the hardest working team of campaign volunteers.
I was surprised, maybe even shocked, that you were not among the first
three who received the most votes. Perhaps I didn't give enough
factors such as age, time as a M. V. resident, business connections and
little consideration given to your dogged efforts to learn the ropes by
intensely studying the Council's business for two years.
I think three things are obvious: 1) The electorate gives much more
importance to incumbency than I anticipated; 2) Age is a big factor;
3) Bias for the male gender is still with us.
I'm also thinking that there might have been somewhat of a backlash
being one of the two best funded candidates. (Witness where the
the most funds finished - according to the incomplete vote count.)
Thanks for inspiring us and for all the good comradery and fun.
You've got a bright future!
Gradually recovering from many of the results of Blue Tuesday,
P.S. How about a get-together to - pardon the expression - conduct a
postmortem of the City Council race.?
At 00:28 03.11.04 -0800, you wrote:
>Thank you so much for all your support for my campaign for Mountain
>City Council. The results are in, and unfortunately I did not
>secure one of the four seats. It was a very close race.
The final count
>MARGARET ABE-KOGA 8,207 15.21%
>STEPHANIE SCHAAF 8,109 15.02%
>Although I am disappointed to lose the race, I have great respect
>winners and I feel confident that Mountain View will be in good
>the next four years. I am also proud of the campaign we ran,
>honored to have been a part of the democratic process. I hope
>feel the same way about your contributions to my campaign.
>I particularly want to thank my wonderful campaign committee for
>hard work - Valerie, Tian, Pat, Fred, Bruce, Steve, Ken, Sara, and
>all did a fantastic job.
>I will certainly continue to be involved in the community, although
>not yet sure in what form - ideas are welcome!
>Thank you again for everything you've done. I have been
>touched by the generosity of people's contributions over the past
>P.S. All lawn signs must be taken down within 10 days of the
>will be going around town collecting signs, so don't be alarmed if
>disappears. However, I'm sure my list is incomplete, so if a
>and your sign is still up, please take it down so the campaign will
>fined! Let me know you still have one and I'll come by to
pick it up.