Asking for money is hard. No really. I think this may be the hardest part of being a candidate. This small fundraiser is to help me pay for my ticket to an event and to help pay for the ticket of one of my classmates so they can also attend. Some of my classmates are not as financially well off as I am. I know how that feels. I really do. When I went to Emerson College I struggled. I had to scrimp and save and work. Which meant I did not get to be in plays or do trips to Holland. Others could. I did resent some of them. It was hard being the person who always said no to parties and trips. But I pushed through. I asked for help. It was hard then, it is hard now.
The reality is that this won't be the last time I ask you for money. It is never comfortable. Especially for a political campaign. You are giving me money to be elected to office. What is the return on investment for you? When the time comes I promise you the following...I will listen to my constituents, all of them, even the ones who disagree with me. I believe that I need to hear all the sides to make an informed decision. I will research and be well informed before I vote on any measure or bill. I will keep my word. I will act with integrity, respect, and serve our citizens. I will fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. I will be financially responsible and sensible. I will listen to my heart. I will thank you and the universe every day that I had the opportunity make a change. I will make you proud. And now the hard part (at least for now)....
I need $200 before May 1. I need 20 people to pledge $5 each to send me and another woman to an event. Will you help me do that?
Great. You can use my PayPal account - firstname.lastname@example.org. If I raise more than the $200, the rest will be donated for another deserving woman's Emerge tuition next year. So no matter what, you will be supporting women who want to run for elected office. And that my friends, will be a great return on your investment.