Dear MoveOn member,
My first campaign came when I was in middle school. I really wanted to get Doritos into our school's vending machines. I campaigned hard—and I fell short, but I learned then that I had a voice, and that loss was the start of my political career.
I tell my story—from the very beginning, as the son of a school bus driver and a construction worker, to coming so close in the Florida gubernatorial race last November running an unapologetically progressive and people-powered campaign—in a new book, "Why I Run: 35 Progressive Candidates Who Are Changing Politics."
It's so important to hear, find strength in, and learn from each other's stories as we work to make possible a new era of progressive leadership that truly expands the possibilities of our politics and makes real and lasting change for our communities.
That's why I'm writing today to ask you to read the book. And if you order a limited-edition copy today from MoveOn, instead of from a corporate bookseller, you'll support MoveOn's work to elect progressive leaders at all levels of government.
It's not just my story in this book. You'll also hear from visionary progressive leaders such as Stacey Abrams, Pramila Jayapal, Deb Haaland, Jason Kander, and many others who have recently run their own campaigns and who share the stories of how they got their start—and how you can too.
If there is one thing my journey has taught me, it's that democracy doesn't work without you. We need to keep fighting and leading and changing what is possible for our communities.
In tough moments, I have always relied on my faith. My belief teaches me that the race does not always go to the swift or the strong but to the one who endures until the end. I know we can and will endure the fight that's coming.
But we're stronger and will get a lot farther together. We need to hear each other's stories and know each other's truths.
I am humbled to have my story included in "Why I Run," alongside so many other folks who inspire me. I hope you'll read it, Eddie.
Thanks for all you do.
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