The 2010 Green candidate for governor, who then dropped out to run for State Senate, sent the following email to the supporters of her Senate race (Williams received about 12 percent of the vote, which was actually less than the margin between the Democrat and the Republican):
While I am disappointed in the results of the race in State Senate District 28, I do not regret having run. I raised issues during the campaign that probably wouldn’t have been raised by either of the major party candidates. It was particularly gratifying when I was speaking and I noticed one of my opponents taking notes on the ideas I was presenting. I have already spoken to Brian Langley, the Republican Senator-elect, and told him I now have him on speed-dial because I have lots of ideas that I believe Augusta can use. He is very open to bringing forth legislation from any of his constituents regardless of party and I believe he will be open to IRV and amending the expedited wind law that is harming so many rural communities.
I had some wonderful folks helping me on the campaign and I am very grateful to them. Antonio Blasi, Joe Lendvai, Charlie Wiggins, Suzanne Fitzgerald…put up signs all over the district. Antonio, who is a rural letter carrier, kept me constantly informed about what mail was hitting people’s mailboxes. My friend Terry O’Connell and my intern Lindsay Britton were invaluable in getting me qualified for Clean Elections funding. My son Brendan walked precincts and helped in many other ways. David Bright designed my beautiful signs and my literature, and got someone to produce my television spots within a 24 hour period, when sudden matching funds materialized. Both David and Jean Hay Bright were a constant source of reassurance. The wonderful Rosemary Haskell was such a dedicated volunteer. Rosemary joined the Green Party at the behest of our beloved Jack Harrington, and did a great job in Deer Isle. Many others helped in many ways, including signing an open letter published in the newspaper supporting my candidacy.
In the final analysis, this race became a Dem v. Rep race. Dems were warned that not voting for the Dem would mean getting a Rep Senator. Reps were told that ours was one of three seats that would determine whether or not the Reps would take over the Senate. I received innumerable emails and phone calls from constituents, and many of them said they were so impressed with me, but felt a responsibility to vote for their party nominee. My highest percentages were from the off shore islands, an independent bunch of folks.
Anyway, I’ve already been approached to run for the Bar Harbor Town Council, a thankless job if there ever was one. I love being on the Planning Board, but will work to find some good candidates for Council. And, of course, I will continue to help build the party in Hancock County.
Thank you all for your help.