An email from State Rep. candidate Danielle Rowe:
Thank you all for everything you have done to support my campaign. I am very grateful to everyone who dedicated their time, their focus and their energy. I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with many great people during this journey and look forward to keeping and building those relationships in the future. We ran strong in this race, a race where more money was spent than in any other state representative race in the entire state. Here are the unofficial results:
Candidate Votes %
Kent Gaffney 3982 35%
David McSweeney 4743 41%
Danielle Rowe 2766 24%
I called David McSweeney last night to tell him that he has my support when it comes to working for the constituents of the 52nd District. I’ve been overwhelmed by the calls and messages I’ve received from political leaders, elected officials, friends and supporters complimenting our campaign on being positive, policy focused and successfully connecting with voters.
We exceeded the expectations of the so-called political experts who predicted I would finish in single digits. We also outperformed all polling in the race. A poll taken one month before the election had McSweeney leading me 47% to 4%. I am proud that we ran a fiscally responsible campaign and spent our money wisely. We finished our race strong by connecting to the people in the district door to door, at train stations, at events and through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more. We spoke directly to the people of our district through our live teletownhalls, where over 4000 people joined us to discuss the issues most important to them.
I want to thank the people who stood with me in this campaign and honored me with their support. Thank you to Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, the Illinois Tea Party, the Illinois Conservatives, the Illinois Center Right Coalition, Liberty PAC and Empowering Children.
I also want to thank all the small business heroes who supported my campaign including Mike Prate from Prate Roofing, Mike Miller from M.J. Miller Jewelers, Kevin Kennebeck from Performance Paving and Woodstock Harley Davidson. There are so many more people to thank, and I will be reaching out to all of you personally over the next few days and weeks.
I will continue to fight for policy action on the issues most important to the people of Illinois: repealing the Democrats’ tax increase, reforming public sector pensions, stopping runaway spending and borrowing, and restoring a business climate that respects the entrepreneur and brings jobs back to Illinois. I will continue to work to build a vibrant, policy-focused Republican party we’ve seen take over states like Wisconsin by ushering in a new generation of principled, conservative leadership.
Today I’m reminded of the words of Margaret Thatcher, “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”