Glasson Thanks Supporters After Strong Primary Campaign
June 5, 2018
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“We’ve built a bold, progressive movement that will be a force to be reckoned with in Iowa politics for a long time to come.”
Saying it was just the beginning of progressive change in Iowa, Cathy Glasson conceded the Democratic nomination for Governor of Iowa
tonight to Fred Hubbell at an upbeat celebration with hundreds of her supporters. Despite being outspent by a margin of more than three to one, the ICU nurse and SEIU local union leader finished second in the crowdedfield in her first run for public office. As of Friday, Iowa State Ethics Board reports showed Fred Hubbell raising and spending $7 million on the Primary campaign, including $4 million in contributions he made to himself.
“This campaign was never about me,” Glasson told a capacity crowd at The Mill in Iowa City. “From the beginning, over a year ago, it’s always been about each of you demanding a seat at the table and a real voice in your government again.”
Despite the second place finish, Glasson said thousands of Iowans who are new to the political system had a big impact at the polls. “We put the corporate special interests on notice that we’re watching and we’re going to hold the politicians who cave into them accountable,” she stated. “Tonight, thousands of regular working people across Iowa took a major step to take our state government back. Our bold, progressive movement is gaining strength and Iowa politics will never be the same.”
“We can honestly say, we’ve built a bold progressive movement that is a force to be reckoned with,” she commented. “While my candidacy for Governor is coming to an end this evening, our new grassroots movement to change Iowa politics is just getting started!”
Glasson pledged to keep fighting on the signature economic issues that defined her campaign for Governor and the statewide grassroots movement that organized around it. “Our fight to lift up a million Iowans didn’t end when the polls closed tonight,” she said. “That
fight won’t end this November either. That fight continues no matter who is in office, or which party wins. We have to hold them accountable for the things that matter most to working people in this state.”
“Our movement isn’t going anywhere. I’m not going anywhere. There’s too much to be done.”
“Together, we’re going to keep fighting for a $15 minimum wage in Iowa so that no one who works full-time has to live in poverty, Glasson stated.
“We’re going to keep organizing for Medicare for All and build support for it in every town, every city, every county of this state. We’re going to demand democracy in our workplaces and not only push to restore collective bargaining rights for public employees,
but for an end to the so-called ‘right to work’ laws that have been a disaster for Iowa families. We’ll work to hold our politicians accountable— if you want working people’s votes, then stand up for aggressive policies to expand union rights for all workers.”
“Our bold, progressive movement took on the political establishment and we won the hearts and minds of tens of thousands of Iowans,” Glasson commented. “We talked about the radical notion that everyday people should have a voice and have power in our political
system. Thanks to what you all have done, Democratic politics will never be the same in this state.”
Glasson said her volunteer-driven campaign knocked on more than 90,000 doors and made more than 100,000 phone calls. “Most importantly, our movement inspired brand new activists and leaders across our state who won’t be silent—1,500 bold progressive political revolutionaries are organizing in every county of Iowa.”
Glasson said her campaign has hundreds of committed delegates to the state Democratic convention on June 16 who will continue their demands for progressive priorities in the party platform and from the candidates’ campaigns. She exhorted her supporters to get ready
for the next phase and pledged to stay in the trenches organizing with them.
“Let’s enjoy ourselves tonight, but tomorrow it’s back to work,” Glasson concluded. “A bold progressive future isn’t a race to be won, it’s a movement to be built by citizens standing up to the status quo and wealthy special interests to demand their fair share. I’m confident all of you are going to lead that fight forward for Iowa. And I promise you’ll have a nurse fighting alongside you every step of the way.”
Cathy Glasson, 59, is the President of SEIU Local 199 representing thousands of nurses, health care workers and school support employees across Iowa. She is a registered nurse who worked in the intensive care unit at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where
she led the effort to unionize her fellow nurses 18 years ago. She lives in Coralville, Iowa with her husband Matt, a labor educator.
CATHY GLASSON’S REMARKS TO SUPPORTERS AT PRIMARY CAMPAIGN PARTY FOLLOW BELOW:
I’d like to thank you all for being here tonight…
When we launched this bold, progressive campaign over a year ago…
A lot of people said it couldn’t be done.
I decided to run for Governor because I was tired of watching working people in Iowa get beat up.
I’d had enough. I decided I wasn’t going to take it anymore.
And guess what?
Thousands of Iowans decided along with me that they had enough of politics as usual, too.
A nurse and union leader. Versus the political establishment.
We decided we were going to talk to voters about the issues that matter to working families, to women, to young people, to communities of color.
We set out to build a bold, progressive movement to change Iowa forever.
And tonight, I think we can honestly say, we’ve built a movement that is a force to be reckoned with…
Together, Iowans from all walks of life…
From small towns and big cities…
On factory floors and in farm yards…
In church halls and union halls…
Atthe kitchen table and the bargaining table…
Iowans who have been ignored and left behind spoke out today loud and clear and called for something different for our state.
They said Enough is Enough.
They courageously said Me Too.
They demanded their fair share.
And let me be the first to say…
While the campaign for Governor is coming to an end…
This bold progressive movement is just getting started!
I have said from the very beginning…
That this campaign has never been about me, it’s always been about all of you.
It was about Iowans standing up to be counted and demanding a seat at the table and voice in our government again.
And that fight didn’t end when the polls closed tonight…
fight won’t end this November either…
That fight continues no matter who is in office, or which party wins…
Because real change comes from real people, regular Iowans across our state… struggling to get by and fighting for something better.
This movement belongs to Barb Kalbach, a farmer in Adair County fighting to make Big-Ag clean up our water…
It belongs to Katherine Edel, chair of Emma Goldman Clinic and dedicated fighter for women’s health and reproductive rights..
It belongs to Kyla Paterson, who’s fighting for universal health care so she can get the care she needs and ensuring all members of LGBTQ+ community have justice and equality in our society
It belongs to Patrick Wallace, an IBEW union member and the former president of Iowa City Federation of Labor who is fighting to make sure all workers can have a union, no matter where they work!
And I know all of you who built this movement are going to continue to build it…
Because the work we have ahead of us is too important.
It has always been about speaking the truth about a system that’s been rigged for too long against working people.
Pushing back when we were getting shoved around…
Bringing along our own folding chairs when we weren’t given a seat at the table…
This movement we built—all of us together…
Is about everyday people rising up for the change we DESERVE
Our volunteer driven movement knocked on more than 50,000 doors, made over 90,000 phone calls…
And in every conversation we talked about the issues that matter most to Iowans.
We took on the political establishment…
And WE WON.
We won the hearts and minds of tens of thousands of Iowans…
The imagination of people across the country who are desperately seeking a different way forward in our political system.
And we created new activists and leaders across our state who won’t be silent.
1500 bold progressive political revolutionaries… In every county of Iowa.
Ready to demand that our politics, our party and our candidates…
Keep changing and doing things differently… this year and on to 2020…and every year thereafter.
Our movement is here to stay. I’m here to stay.
We’re rising up and fighting for $15 and we’re never going back.
We’re rising up for Medicare for All because healthcare is a fundamental human right.
We’re pushing forward—we’re never going back.
We’re rising up for union rights—an end to Right to Work—
And a commitment to basic workplace democracy that makes it easier to join a union no matter where you work.
We’re pushing forward– we’re never going back.
We’re rising up for clean water as the birthright of every Iowan and for corporate polluters to clean up the mess they made.
We’re pushing forward—we’re never going back.
We’re rising up for higher teacher pay, full-funding of our K-12 schools and debt-free college.
We’re pushing forward—we’re never going back.
We’re rising up for an end to unfair voter ID laws and mass incarceration for minor drug offenses.
We’re pushing forward. We’re never going back.
Let’s enjoy ourselves tonight, celebrate what we’ve built…
But tomorrow it’s back to work.
Because a bold progressive future isn’t a race to be won…
It’s a movement to be built.
And you’ll have a nurse fighting alongside you…
Every step of the way.
I can’t thank you enough…
We’re not done.
We’re just getting started changing politics in this state and this country.