Those who know me know that I am not, by nature, a hopeful person. In fact, one might even say that I am a cynic. But on this night, this historic night, I am hopeful for the future of my country. Hope, and a sense of community has triumphed over fear, greed and exclusionism. The road ahead will be hard, but together we will bring about a bright new era; and I’m proud to be a part of that.