In concession remarks to supporters, Florida Senate candidate Annisa Karim underscored the importance of the struggle for values we as Democrats hold dear.
Here’s what she said:
Team Karim, thank you for your tireless efforts during this campaign.
It was my honor to run for the State Senate. I am humbled by your unflagging determination and effort on my behalf. I chose to run because I truly believe in the PEOPLE having a voice and I believe in what Democrats stand for.
Many of us worked so very hard to elect Democrats up and down the ballot this year because we believe in the ideals of the Democratic Party. Many Democrats, including myself, ran for public office to ensure that the important issues and the voice of ALL of the people were represented – win or lose.
We earned the votes of almost 73,000 people in Florida’s 28th Senate District. While this was not enough to win the seat, I am honored to have had the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues important to all of us.
This campaign has always been about moving #ForwardTogether – regardless of party affiliation. My commitment to my community is unwavering and I look FORWARD to continuing to work within OUR community to address our concerns.
I’d like to congratulate Kathleen Passidomo on her re-election. I certainly hope we can work together on the issues important to our district and our state.
I am often asked, especially in southwest Florida, why I am a Democrat. The answers are simple and I hope they will resonate with you.
I am a Democrat because:
- I believe in progress and in the promise of liberty and justice for ALL.
- I believe in environmental protection and conservation because our natural environment is our greatest asset – it is our long-term insurance policy for our economy and our quality of life.
- I believe in the radical notion that women are equal to men and that everyone should have autonomy over their bodies.
- I believe in equal pay for equal work and I believe in paying people a living wage.
- I believe that everyone, no matter their faith (or lack thereof), race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, deserves equal respect and equal rights to pursue a meaningful life.
- I believe that everyone has value and has a place in our community.
- I believe that quality public education benefits all people in our society.
- I believe in SCIENCE.
- I understand that our strength as a country comes from our diversity.
- I understand that we must continue to work to diminish the corrupting influence of special interest money in politics.
My friends, we cannot forget why we fight the hard fights. We cannot forget those for whom we fight. We must, especially in the toughest places, carry on.
Again, I congratulate incumbent Senator, Kathleen Passidomo on her re-election. I ask that we stay engaged in our representative democracy. We must continue to work with our elected officials and hold them accountable.