Mak­ing sense of elec­tion losses

Tampa Bay Times - - Opinion -

As I strug­gle to make sense of what the elec­tion means for the coun­try and, es­pe­cially, for Florida, I am left with sev­eral thoughts and feel­ings. Those of us who fought to bring about a blue wave fought hard and long but were un­able to pre­vail against some very en­trenched groups — this time. We did man­age to get Amend­ment 4 passed and that will per­ma­nently change the face of Florida vot­ers in a pos­i­tive way.

There are sev­eral groups that I want to ad­dress here. First, for those who were elected, you won by some very close mar­gins. You work for ev­ery­one in Florida and need to keep that in mind. We will con­tinue work­ing to make sure that ev­ery­one has ac­cess to health care and that our en­vi­ron­ment is pro­tected for gen­er­a­tions to come. Sec­ond, to the young peo­ple who voted for the first time: Do not give up. Those of us who are older have been through elec­tions be­fore where our can­di­date did not pre­vail even though we thought they would. As An­drew Gil­lum so elo­quently said, we are not go­ing away. And nei­ther should you. Find ways to stay in­volved and ac­tive as we fix our sights on 2020. And fi­nally, to the 1.4 mil­lion Florid­i­ans who have not had a voice be­cause of mis­takes that you have paid for in full — get ready to reg­is­ter to vote and to­gether we can make Florida a place that works for ev­ery­one.

Jenni Casale, Pal­metto

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