Thank you so very much for your generous support during my run for Congress. I am truly grateful for your confidence in me, and I will cherish this experience for the rest of my life.
One year ago, I undertook this campaign because I wanted to help make our country better. I believed that our 2nd Congressional District could be a beacon for progressive values, and help to change a national political debate that has way too far to the right. I believed that money in politics and corporate influence are serious threats to democracy that cannot be ignored. I believed that challenging the status quo, and speaking truth to power, is patriotic, and is the duty of all citizens. And I believed that building a strong, grassroots, people-powered movement is the most enduring way to change this country.
Today, I believe these things even more. I am incredibly proud of the campaign we built, together. We spent the last year talking about the serious challenges facing our country, and fighting to advance issues important to the middle class and the poor. Although the outcome was not what we hoped, I have no regrets about this campaign, and I hope you don’t either. We offered voters a meaningful choice and I believe our democracy is the better for it.
I congratulate Rep. Mark Pocan on his victory, and I hope you will join me in supporting him wholeheartedly in November. I also congratulate my fellow competitors, Dennis Hall and Matt Silverman, on a spirited race.
No campaign is a solo undertaking. I have been incredibly blessed with wonderful supporters like you, who helped this campaign exceed expectations time and again. We raised over half a million dollars from over 3,400 donors without taking any corporate PAC money. We hosted more than 75 supporter events in the district and built a social media network of over 10,000 people. I thank you for each and every way in which you supported me and helped build a strong campaign. You believed in me and gave me the strength and tenacity to keep going every day.
There is much to be done to build a sustainable world where every person has equal opportunity to succeed. Our country faces serious challenges, and the electoral process alone cannot solve these challenges. While I do not yet know what the future holds for me, I will continue to speak out and work for justice as an advocate and a citizen. I hope you will continue to stand with me, and I welcome your thoughts and ideas anytime email@example.com or PO Box 231, Madison WI 53701.
Thank you again for your support.
Yours with gratitude,
Kelda Helen Roys will stand up for what matters most to middle class families. Kelda is a bold, energetic leader with the progressive vision to move Wisconsin forward.
As a two-term State Representative and Democratic Caucus Chair, Kelda stood up to Governor Walker’s radical agenda from the beginning – voting against his corporate tax giveaways when other Democrats caved in. An attorney and the former executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, Kelda has been a champion for equal pay, for reproductive rights, and in countering the right-wing’s assault on women and girls.
Now she’s running for Congress in Wisconsin’s 2nd District because it’s not enough to simply oppose bad right-wing policies – we need a strong, progressive leader who will work passionately to create family-supporting jobs, ensure excellent schools and higher education, combat climate change, and never cave in on the issues most important to middle class families.
Kelda in the News
Rep. Ryan is the “poster child for failed policy,” Romney’s choice reinforces Republicans’ priorities: placating the radical right wing
MADISON, WI – This morning, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced his running mate: Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin’s 1st District.…
Policies set the foundation for quality public education
MADISON, WI – Today, Kelda Helen Roys announced principles to improve America’s public school systems. Noting that access to a universal and high quality education is the bedrock of a vibrant democracy, Representative Roys…
“Sustainability in the 21st Century;” Roys outlines platform on clean energy, sustainability, and environmental justice
MADISON, WI – Today, Kelda for Congress released Kelda Helen Roys’ plan for environmental policy, including sections on clean energy, sustainability, and environmental justice. Rep. Roys released…