I wanted to let you know how grateful I am to so many of you for the work you’ve done and sacrifices you’ve made (in time and financially) in support of this effort to make Sacramento more transparent and responsive to California’s voters and small business owners through more open government processes and technology.
As an “outsider” to politics and my own party, knowing that I was the best-qualified candidate to be our Secretary of State has driven me through these last 18 months. And while this argument convinced over 2.5 million Californians and almost every editorial board in the state, it wasn’t enough to win.
As I’ve said many times on the campaign trail, while my wife and I made the formal decision to run about two years ago, in some ways, we made the decision a decade ago, when I left a comfortable private sector career to pursue this passion of mine: promoting the ideal of active citizenship and its central importance in holding government accountable.
I return to this work as Executive Director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement at Pepperdine, but I have learned so much in this last year – in particular around issues of political reform and the California Republican Party. So, in the coming months, I will be developing a platform from which to talk about what I’ve learned. This will not be a “paying gig”, but I have received so much encouragement to “stay involved”. So, I will.
Please stay tuned to this website, as our transition plans will be announced here in the coming months.