Going out giving

While our campaign to raise standards in San José Unified wasn't ultimately successful, I'm humbled by the 200 donors who gave more than $28,000 to make it all possible. Of course, we'd planned to spend every dollar we raised, but as we did our final accounting for the FPPC, we found ourselves with a surplus of about $350.

Since I'm required to close out all my campaign accounts, and all our vendors have been paid, I asked you for suggestions of San José-based nonprofit organizations that do a great job serving our community and could use a few bucks at the end of the year. The responses were nothing short of inspiring.

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Not our time

Because you've stuck with me throughout this journey, I'm going to be blunt: We got beat.

Don't get me wrong. We had an experienced team, a strong message, and a well-crafted game plan...

  • We knocked on more than 6,300 doors and had 2,500 conversations with voters at their homes.
  • We sent 2,000 hand-written postcards and 700 personalized letters, and we distributed 99 yard signs
  • 206 individuals gave their hard-earned dollars to support our efforts, and we didn't take a dime from PACs or special interests

But in the end, it wasn't enough to overcome nearly $100,000 in outside spending by those very same groups aligned behind our opponents.

So where do we go from here? Well, I hope you won't get discouraged by this result. After all, we have a number of progressive victories to celebrate at the local, state, and national level.

And I don't plan on going anywhere. In fact, I have to chair tonight's San José Planning Commission meeting, which means I have a packet to finish reading.

I hope to connect with you in real life very soon. Thank you for everything.

- Peter

You can still help us win

We're taking over Peter's account to deliver an important message:

This campaign isn't over. There are still 36 glorious hours to make a difference in a very tight race. We only need you for one of those hours, and you don't even have to leave your house (necessarily):

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We'll know in less than a week

Less than a week from now, we'll know how this race ends. It's been a wild, four-month ride. Here's a quick look at where things stand:

  • Beginning Thursday morning, we raised $1,000 in 24 hours to help send our final mailer to voters across Trustee Area 2.
  • On Sunday, we officially placed our last yard sign. Our supporters stepped up to help with marketing, and voters have taken notice!
  • Yesterday, I knocked on my 5,500th door. That's translated into more than 2,000 face-to-face conversations with likely voters, which could be the margin of victory.

But we're not done yet. We have 6 days left to make a difference — and here are 3 ways you can help...

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We need voters to see this

Every day, I'm connecting with voters face-to-face about why I will be the independent voice our students, families, and educators deserve. I believe we'll win if we can get this message to more people, and I need your help to close the deal.

Click here to help me raise $1,000 by 9am tomorrow.

$1,000 means we can send this mailer to last-minute voters. It's already printed and ready to go, and Angelica and I don't want to end up with a bunch of flyers sitting around the house when this campaign is over.

Will you help us send our last mailer by donating $25, $50, or $100 in the next 24 hours?

I can't say enough about what your support would mean to me right now.

Many thanks in advance!

- Peter

Check your registration

Good morning and happy Monday! In case you hadn't heard, today is the deadline to register to vote in the November 6th election. Even if you think you're already registered – as we're sure you are by now – it never hurts to check.

Visit the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters website today.

If you need to register, you can do so online in 5 seconds at registertovote.ca.gov. All signed up? Send this link to five friends and make sure they're good to go as well.

No matter who or what you choose to vote for, we hope that you'll participate in the democratic process!

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Will you call 50 voters?

This is it: Crunch time — less than three weeks to the end of the election. As promised, I'm knocking on 500 doors a week. In fact, I'll be back out there by the time you read this.

But there are thousands of voters in apartment buildings, condominiums, and gated communities who can’t be contacted by knocking on their door. It is critical that we reach these voters, and I need your help...

Click here to sign up for our Virtual Phone Bank Team

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The people who know me best

When we set out on this journey a few months ago, I didn't know quite what to expect. But one thing was clear from day one: I have a strong support system surrounding me. I can't thank you enough for being a part of it.

I'm also honored to have the support of the people in my life who know me best — first and foremost on that list being my wife, Angelica, as well as our friends and families.

Marla_Lenz_circle.pngWant to know what I was like back in the day? Ask Marla Lenz, a graduate of Lincoln High and the San Jose State University College of Education who helps raise critical funds to support both of her alma maters —

I’ve known Peter since he was a young man. He works very hard at everything he undertakes and doesn’t ask for recognition. We could use that kind of humility in our leaders.

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People are voting

In the era of early voting, Election Day is actually 29 straight days, starting today. That means people are voting. Right now. And you can join them.

But first, we have three quick questions...

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Listening to you

As the former Public Information Officer at San José Unified, I believe the district would be more inclusive, creative, and responsive if we listened to the voices of our community and created a culture of open dialogue and communication. As a trustee, I would hold myself to that same standard.

With that in mind, I asked parents, students, educators, and community members to take a quick survey, and the responses so far have been nothing short of inspiring.

Click here to have a look at what people are saying.

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