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A note from Rufus

A year ago, I was serving our country overseas—building relationships between governments, between businesses big and small, and most importantly between people.

Then, seemingly overnight, the earth shifted. America elected Donald Trump.

Everything I had spent my career fighting for—health care, equality, our environment, even basic human decency—was so immediately, so fundamentally, in jeopardy.

I knew it was time to do more.

I’ve spent a lot of the last year talking with folks in the communities where I grew up, where my family’s called home for generations: towns like Chelmsford, Andover, and Concord. And I’m hearing something clear from the people I meet along the way: hope and determination. Times are hard for a lot of folks—no one’s denying that. But the people I talk to aren’t resigned to let this be the new normal. I’m seeing and hearing a real desire to work as hard as ever to make the world and our communities a better place.

I have never run for elected office before. In fact, like most of you, I never thought I would.

The last year changed that. I see that so many in our communities are struggling. Our trust in public institutions is frayed. And our president is picking fights on social media.

Now is not the time to abandon politics and public service. It’s a time to stand up and speak out more forcefully about what we believe, and the world we want to live in.

That’s why I’m running for Congress in Massachusetts’ Third District.

Because our work is not done.

Now is not the time to abandon politics and public service. It’s a time to stand up and speak out more forcefully about what we believe.

I believe that in politics, as in every relationship, trust, respect and support must be earned. I plan to go city by city, town by town, neighborhood by neighborhood, street by street, home by home. I want to talk with and hear from as many of you as possible.

You’ll hear about my experience fighting to pass Obamacare and create green jobs in Massachusetts—or how I worked together with allied countries to support counter-terror efforts in Iraq and Syria.

More than anything else right now, my goal is to listen, listen, listen. Over the course of this campaign, I’ll need your help, your ideas, and—if you can spare it—your time and donations. That’s the kind of campaign I want to build.

And that’s what I’m going to do.

And I want you to be there with me. Join the team today.

I can’t wait to see you out there.

Rufus

I believe that in politics, as in every relationship, trust, respect and support must be earned.

Rufus Gifford