Baltimore, It's In Our Hands by Joshua Harris

Friends,

We came a long way. Though we did not win we ran a great campaign and inspired and empowered thousands. I say we, because it is a reminder that this campaign was never about me. This campaign was about and driven by a vision of a "Baltimore Undivided." This campaign was about you and the values that we share.

A visions that hundreds volunteered time to realize and thousands more showed up to the polls to support. This is not the end, but rather the beginning. We must continue to work for effective policy change and hold our elected officials accountable. Our city needs people like you more than ever to remain engaged, to advocate and work to ensure that we have a better Baltimore tomorrow than we have today.

I congratulate Baltimore City Mayor-elect Catherine Pugh and wish her the best. I spent lots of time on the campaign trail and got to know the other candidates and have no doubt that each of them, despite differences, are committed to a better Baltimore. Thank you to fmr. Mayor Sheila Dixon, Alan Walden and all of the other candidates.

I am excited to say that even parts of my platform are already being piloted by the city council. Participatory Budgeting is being used for youth programming and I have no doubt it will do well. Again it's not about me, but about the work of progressive policy changes to benefit and empower citizens to be more involved in decision making process.

There is work to do in our neighborhoods, schools, and agencies that does not require elected capacity. Work that must be done if we are to create a sustainable Baltimore that works for us all. I thank each and every one of you for your continued support. This was not a loss but a learning experience and example of what a grassroots people powered campaign can accomplish.

I met so many amazing people doing great things, over the last year and look forward to working with you all in the near future. Continue to share your time and talent to improve our communities. You have inspired me to continue to advocate for putting people before profit.

From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!

In the spirit of service,
Joshua Harris