Tuesday, November 11, 2008

JP at work at home and in Helena

It's just been a week since the election, but I've been really busy! First there were the details of the campaign to attend to, like collecting signs, writing thank you notes and emails, fielding calls, etc. I'm so proud and honored to have won!
I'm really proud to have been appointed to the Greater Gallatin Watershed Council board of directors! The GGWC is a wonderful group committed to protecting the Gallatin watercourses. Here's the official announcement:

BOZEMAN -- The Greater Gallatin Watershed Council has named three new members to its board of directors for three-year terms.
Rep. JP Pomnichowski of Bozeman, 41, has passed state legislation on water quality and quantity in Montana's closed basins and has experience with Gallatin River water quality monitoring. She also has served on city boards dealing with water infrastructure.

Also named to the board were Peter Skidmore of River Restoration Consulting and Doug Fletcher of NorthStar Consulting. Skidmore has extensive experience in river restoration. Fletcher is CEO of NorthStar, a market research firm.
The board of about a dozen members monitors water supplies and allocations in the greater Bozeman area and submits findings to local governmental bodies to assist with water quality and conservation.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Victory by 230 votes

Friends! I've won re-election by 230 votes!
I got the final word around 4:45 p.m. from a gal in the Elections Office who supplied these final (unofficial) numbers:

JP Pomnichowski 3445
Tom Burnett 3215

230 vote margin for JP (four and a half times the margin by which I won election the first campaign [47 votes])!

At 8:45 p.m., Tom Burnett called me. I said we'd both run honorable campaigns, and that it had been a harrowing a day waiting for election results. Tom said that near the end of the campaign, other parties had sent bad mailers. I agreed, and said that there was no reason for campaigns to descend to such a level. [I had weeks before told my party not to mail or call on my behalf.] I said that I was very conscious of being a representative and recognizing that I would convey everyone's viewpoint to the best of my ability.

I'm truly honored to continue in my service as representative for House District 63. Thank you, all, for your wonderful support. I'll continue my work and labor tirelessly on your behalf. I'm humbled and honored. Best to all of you, to all of us!

Election Day Plus One

The counting continues in Gallatin County, and there's no decision in my race yet.

My fellow representative, Mike Phillips, gives this report:
I just returned from the Gallatin County courthouse. As of 8:30 a.m. about 15,000 votes were yet to be counted. Some of these (perhaps 1,500 or more) are from JP's district. We have reason to believe that a large number of these will come from pct. 25, which is a stronghold for Democrats (I won that pct. in 2004 and JP won that pct. in 2006). Consequently, there is a reasonable chance that she will eventually succeed in her re-election bid. Once she does, I understand we will have a 50:50 split in the House. Our clerk and recorder told me that she hopes to have unofficial vote totals by mid-afternoon.

As of 8:03 a.m. JP was down by 114 votes. The slow counting relates to a voting machine that is struggling to accept the paper upon which the ballots were printed. Many ballots have to be fed into the machine a second or third time. I volunteered to help count ballots but was denied because of my status of a candidate. I did stand and watch and saw a good number of people working very hard to get an accurate count assembled quickly. I'll relay new information as it becomes available. --Mike

At 2:40 a.m., the vote totals in my race for House District 63 were JP, 41; Burnett, 37.
At 4:30 a.m., JP, 162; Burnett, 153.
At 5:04 a.m., JP, 1635; Burnett, 1683 (33 of 46 precincts reporting).
At 6:37 a.m., JP, 1816; Burnett, 1930. (36 of 46 precincts reporting).
At 8:20 a.m., no change.

Stay tuned for updates!
Check here for numbers as they're known: http://sos.mt.gov/ELB/elections/2008/general/NonStatewideRaces/MTHouse/index.asp

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Election Day 2008, 11:40 a.m.

Hello, friends! After eleven months of campaigning, I can't believe it's finally Election Day across America!
Today's been busy already. The JP Campaign, with much help from gracious and giving people, is conducting its own poll-watching. So far today:
7:30 a.m. I got a call that Precinct 25, the votingest precinct in the city and my polling place (and in my district), has two tables set up for voter roll sign-in. That's twice the election judges, two voter roll books...and just our one poll-watcher! But Linda Phillips started the JP poll-watching there, and quickly came up with a system and tag-team model with the Obama poll-watcher, so all's well.
9:20 a.m. I got a call from my poll-watcher at Sacajawea School, polling place for Precinct 22, to say there's no Republican poll-watcher at that site.
9:25 a.m. Called the Democratic HQ to ask for a runner to Precinct 23 at the fieldhouse at 11 to get the list of already-voteds and yet-to-vote (and should-be-called!)
10:10 a.m. Bob and I VOTED!
10:45 a.m. US Senator Jon Tester called to extend his best wishes on the election, and so did my fellow state representative from Missoula, Betsy Hands!
11:20 a.m. Call from Precinct 24 that there's no Republican poll-watcher at that location, but my opponent checks in every hour to get the vote total. Also was told that HALF the voters in Pct 24 have already voted absentee, and that by 11 a.m., when the first poll-watching shift ended, a quarter of our list had voted! Wow!
11:40 a.m. I got a call from the Obama campaign asking for my vote! Already done, I told them.

Everyone, this is one of the most important elections we'll see, and in which we'll participate. Vote.

I'm reminded of the last night of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, when I was leaving Invesco Field after Senator Obama's speech. People were selling t-shirts and buttons that said, "I was there."

This is the day, everyone, when we can say, "I was there. I voted. I was part of that 2008 election, that watershed in American history and American leadership and American progress and vision."
Thanks, everyone, for participating, for helping on a national and local scale, and for your help and support of me.
Let's put this thing to bed, awaken tomorrow and start on a new path. I'm ready.