STATEMENT OF DARCY DRAEGER
While this isn’t the message I had hoped to share, we all know our work together has never been about a single candidate, or race, or election cycle. And while I’m disappointed by my narrow loss, I’m more excited about the incredible foundation we have laid for future success.
I’d like to thank my family, friends, campaign team, donors and volunteers for their unwavering support over the past two years.
I am extraordinarily proud of my state assembly campaigns in 2019 and 2020.
In both contests, I set out a clear goal: To build a fiscally sound, forward-looking economy with the resilience to help all residents, not just the wealthy or the politically connected.
I’m also deeply humbled to have earned more votes than any Democratic legislative candidate in the history of the Garden State with more than 55k votes and counting!
This achievement would not have been possible without the thousands of hours local volunteers and I have spent canvassing, phone banking, text banking and reaching out to people in our communities.
Together, we built a truly principled and grassroots campaign that took on the political elite funded by Super PACs and corporate interests — and I’m happy to say they needed every penny and barely survived against our purely positive, issue-based movement.
I entered the race as a concerned citizen, fiscal policy wonk, and small business advocate. I’m committed to challenging the status quo to make sure we end up with the best results for our district.
I continue to be disheartened that some politicians prefer to run on falsehoods, and that even when the media fact checks and debunks their baseless claims, they are shameless enough to continue to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to amplify politically expedient lies.
A challenge we will continue to face as a nation, and here in New Jersey, is the willingness of some to embrace conspiracy theories and to practice the politics of destruction because they value power over truth. It’s not just a Donald Trump problem, but one that is far reaching and pervasive, as copycats have learned they can profit by fanning division and fear.
We must continue to fight this trend, and choose to be guided by a sound moral compass, because we all deserve better, and we must demand better from those elected to serve us.
Thank you so much for the faith you placed in me to fight for our shared values. I’m optimistic and hopeful we will continue to chart a new course to make our state an even greater place to call home.
Stay healthy and safe over the coming weeks and months. I look forward to our next projects together.