By intent, I decided to take a 30-day break before communicating with you all.
I spoke prematurely in my concession in that only a small percentage of the votes had been counted at that point. In total, close to 15K votes were in support of this campaign. While that wasn’t enough to be victorious, what this told me is that 40% of Sunnyvale saw the vision. This was in spite of being outspent 8 to 1 as well as being a complete newcomer. I am truly humbled and I don’t mean that lightly.
Your votes were a clear message that there is a significant number who wanted to see a change. It also told me that the message wasn’t communicated to enough people.
I received hundreds of emails from voters who expressed their disappointment, offered encouragement and hoped that I would run again in the next election cycle. Right now, my decision is to determine how the message of a better Sunnyvale could be a reality on a much larger scale.
With the 15K votes, however, it means that the message will never get communicated without your awareness and your participation. For a majority of Sunnyvale, you only recently learned what most in my neighborhood already knew about me which is that I truly am a servant leader. As issues and decisions arise, I will continue to be “Henry for Sunnyvale” and inform while seeking solutions to work with Sunnyvale. I will remain committed to being a voice for the residents of this City.
How that takes shape is the challenge. I can’t do it alone. But if only a small percentage of you keep aware out of the 15K then just imagine what kind of impact that would make on our day to day lives?
I encourage you to attend Council meetings and hold the individuals who have been elected accountable for their decisions. Please remember that they have promised many things and their 1st priority should always be the residents of Sunnyvale first!
In closing, I hope that we will continue to stay engaged and that we can continue the conversations. I truly believe that we have made an impact that has now put Council on notice that the victory comes as we become more aware and make sure that their decisions are truly indicative of what WE want from Sunnyvale.
I close with a quote in hopes that it will resonate “sacrifice some today to develop more for tomorrow.” -Skip Prichard
Henry Alexander III
This campaign started with a spark and now the fire is blazing! The residents of Sunnyvale have clearly spoken: “I’m With Henry”! Sunnyvale has grown weary with the politics of council.
The politics of putting developers’ interest before the residents have made us all feel like we have no voice. Concerns about Public Safety, Increased Traffic, and alleged Financially Influenced Pro-Development Voting have created a veil of mistrust of our elected officials. My opponent has proven that you can trust him to make similar decisions over the next four years that will likely affect the quality of life for our families in a very negative way.
This campaign is different. Being 100% individually financed I am proud to have received the highest financial percentage of every candidate by Sunnyvale Residents!
My plans to pull back, not halt, development and plan for a better infrastructure are the types of long-term plans that will help to create a better Sunnyvale. Sunnyvale, when we are ready to work together we are at our best.
Vote, for a change, this November 6th. Vote for Henry Alexander III for Sunnyvale City Council.
This past weekend I was privileged to attend the Magical Bridge Super Hero Walk + Roll to the Finish Line event. This event has special meaning to me as I have proudly supported and voted to have this inclusive play space a reality in Sunnyvale.
Seeing it for myself in Palo Alto, talking with the passionate volunteers, and seeing the fun that kids were having (disabled & non-disabled) was truly a touching and humbling experience.
One volunteer spoke to me and said she looks forward to the day that the word inclusive is no longer a part of the playground and that is just ‘is’.
I couldn’t agree more.
Please learn more about Magical Bridge and their efforts to bring playgrounds that allow disabled children the same opportunity to play alongside their non-disabled friends and family. Let’s set the example for the South Bay and get Magical Bridge “Across the Finish Line!”
In 2016, despite a narrow defeat, Measure M almost passed.
But Measure M wasn’t just about parks it was about the over development in Sunnyvale. Meanwhile, all of the incumbents were voted out of office and in particular, two councilmembers who voted almost 100% for developments.
The zoning code was ignored. The height limit of the nearby properties should have been held to standard. Instead of 3 stories, the decision of reducing this project from a 6 story building to a 5 story was called “a good thing”?
The real way to solve the housing problem in Sunnyvale is to stop approving office projects then more living spaces won’t be needed If I’m elected I will pull back on office projects.
What I’m not is a “no growth candidate” because it’s too important that Sunnyvale continues to thrive. This out of control growth has to stop! My opponent continues to ignore what the people and families want in Sunnyvale and has approved nearly 90% of the developments in our City.
That isn’t what the people of Sunnyvale wants.
As you vote, please consider how much the actions of my opponent affect your daily quality of life.
Robert Handa of NBC News reports about growth and safety in Sunnyvale.
According to the report
“Police officers and firefighters in Sunnyvale are going public with their concerns that the city is allowing business to boom without enough consideration for public safety.
On Thursday, the public safety officers union sent a letter to City Council members formally requesting they take a closer look at the Sunnyvale’s looming development plans…”
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This is not a message meant to promote fear. It is really to highlight that Sunnyvale needs a change to better manage the hyper-growth that my opponent has consistently voted in favor of.
I invite your comments and opinions. When I’m elected, my priority will be to address these concerns day one.