We received official notice on Friday that the Checks in Balances initiative will not make the November ballot. Although we knew from the get-go that it was an uphill battle given the late start we had in collecting signatures, our belief in the urgent nature of this initiative was enough to give it the ol’ college try.
And try we did! We got as close to success as we did thanks to the amazing determination of our friends, family and volunteers. We simply started too late. We are so very appreciative of everyone’s efforts and know that our disappointment is shared amongst a great many people.
There have been suggestions of legal arguments which may have helped recapture some of the signatures which were disqualified by either the Secretary of State’s office or by the counties themselves; however, after meeting personally with these groups, we believe that they have been upstanding in their efforts, legitimate in their findings and most gracious to us in this somewhat mundane and thankless role they play. We will not be taking any legal action at this time. We have also made the decision to return any third party financial contributions as a good faith effort to not burn bridges or discourage folks from getting involved next go-round.
As disappointing as this news is, we are admittedly a tiny bit relieved to recapture some “normalcy” in our day-to-day. There have been a few reports about how a crazy millionaire in AZ had nothing better to do with his time or money and therefore started playing in politics. While those reports were cute and helped us find some humor along the way, the fact is that our families and coworkers have made heavy sacrifices during this process. We have spouses, children and coworkers who have directly and indirectly climbed onto this rollercoaster along with us.
We will take advantage of the next few months to catch our breath, refocus on our families and day jobs. As with many first-time efforts, we have learned quite a few valuable lessons this time and we will certainly be taking those into heavy consideration when strategizing next cycle’s initiative efforts.
Thanks again to everyone who has helped push this initiative forward. We will continue to post updates as we get close to the next cycle.