February 28, 2018
Dear Friend and Supporter,
With your help, I launched my campaign for State Senate last year with the goal of creating positive change and restoring effective leadership to California’s 34th Senate District. I am proud of the progress we have made over the past six months, which is what makes it difficult to write this letter.
Early in January, I developed a blot clot in my right eye that seriously affected my vision. The process to treat this problem requires a series of painful procedures, and there is no promise of a full recovery. This medical condition has made campaigning difficult in recent weeks. As many of you know, I am still teaching at Cal State Long Beach, drafting curriculum for an online course in healthcare compliance and ethics, and co-raising my eight-year-old granddaughter.
I used to think I could do it all, but at this point, it’s best for me to end my campaign in order to devote more time to taking care of myself. As you might know, another Democratic candidate has entered the race, and his presence will ensure Senator Janet Nguyen has a challenger in the fall.
I want to thank my supporters, my donors, my volunteers, my campaign team, and of course – my incredibly patient and wonderful partner, Flo Pickett.
Please know that I am forever grateful that you all joined me on this journey
Gerrie Schipske, RNP, JD
P.S. I hope you will stay in touch. You can reach me at email@example.com.