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Released On: June 19, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Don Barbers campaign for the New York State Senate. Don Barber has a long and impressive record as a public servant and businessman and Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Don Barber is just the type of innovative, progressive person we need in Albany. Don Barber was born and raised on a family dairy farm in Danby, New York. The demands and joys of being part of a family farm instilled in him a life-long belief in the power of working hard to meet common goals. While Don was growing up, his father modeled civic responsibility by serving as a town councilman and town justice. Don learned by watching his father that it is each persons responsibility to work for the good of the community. In 1983, Don started his own construction firm, Sunny Brook Builders, with the goal of being recognized in the community for integrity, high quality work, and strong, well-rooted relationships. Twenty-four years later, Sunny Brook Builders has met and surpassed Dons original goals, and is recognized as a premier builder in Tompkins County. Under Dons leadership, Sunny Brook Builders is a living wage employer, an Energy Star builder, and a member of the Better Business Bureau. Don has followed the example of his father and worked for the good of the community by serving on advisory boards since the early 1980s, as Town Councilman for four years, and now beginning his 11th year as Town Supervisor for the Town of Caroline. "Democracy for America supports candidates who demonstrate broad-based community support. DFA has been a strong advocate for universal, quality, affordable health care. In addition, DFA has been a leader in the battle to resolve the global climate crisis. I am honored to have their endorsement of our grassroots campaign," said Don Barber Democracy for America is a key endorsement in this race, bringing donations from progressives and providing volunteers to participate in door-to-door, grassroots outreach. DFA has helped elect over 550 progressives to office from Governor Deval Patrick in Massachusetts to Rep. Jerry McNerney in Californias 11th Congressional District. Don Barber has shown time and again, whether in his role as an elected official or as a small businessman, he has the vision and foresight to tackle tough issues and work to advance progressive values, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America. Don Barber will bring his years of experience to Albany for the benefit of his constituents and all New Yorkers. ###
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