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Going forward.

by Suzanne Bonamici

Although the presidential election did not go the way I expected or wanted, our democracy requires that we accept the results so there can be a peaceful transition of power – which both Secretary Clinton and President Obama have called on us to respect. I am deeply disappointed, but the voters have spoken and it’s time to look to the future.

That does not mean, however, that we should be silenced or stop listening. Going forward, it’s critical that we hold our heads up, reach out and listen to others to build bridges and promote understanding, and keep fighting for our values. This election showed us how divided our nation is, and it’s going to take each one of us, working together, to help heal the divide.

As we go forward into this uncertain future, let’s remember what Secretary Clinton said this morning:

“If we stand together and work together with respect for our differences, strength in our convictions and love for this nation, our best days are still ahead of us. Because you know, I believe we are stronger together and we will go forward together. And you should never, ever regret fighting for that.”

It is an honor to be reelected by the people of NW Oregon. I appreciate that the voters have again placed their confidence in me, and I’m grateful to every supporter and volunteer who made this campaign possible. I take this responsibility very seriously and I will continue to build relationships and work with all of my colleagues to find common ground to advance policies that grow the economy, strengthen public education, and protect the environment. Importantly, I will continue to stand up for the values of equality and equity for everyone and defend the right of women to make their own reproductive health care decisions.

And I will remember that we are ALWAYS stronger together.

Posted on November 10, 2016.