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Released: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nation's largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Jim Himes campaign to represent Connecticuts 4th Congressional District. Jim is running against the increasingly tone-deaf and out-of-touch Republican incumbent and War in Iraq cheerleader Chris Shays. Rep. Shays is the last remaining Republican representative in New England. "Jim Himes represents the future. He offers a tremendous opportunity for us to finally get something done about the critical issues facing us in the 4th District, transportation, affordable housing, and education," said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA and resident of Fairfield, CT. "More importantly Jim Himes has lived with these problems just like the rest of us, and understands the kind of leadership it will take to solve them." Jim Himes was raised by a single mother in a small town in New Jersey, where he attended public schools and was admitted to Harvard College. There, Jim's academic and athletic accomplishments earned him a Rhodes Scholarship. After completing his studies at Oxford, Jim took an entry-level position at Goldman Sachs, where he worked his way up to Vice President over the course of a 12 year career. Fluent in Spanish from his first 10 years of childhood in Latin America, Jim specialized in Latin American and communications technology banking. In 2002, Jim left Wall Street to pursue business-oriented solutions to the problems of urban poverty. He is currently on leave from his role of Vice President and Director of Northeast operations at Enterprise Community Partners, a non-profit organization which helps build affordable housing for low-income Americans by providing financing and expertise to community and housing developers. Under Jim's leadership, Enterprise developed an innovative program to provide tax preparation assistance and financial services to low-income families. Jim also helped Enterprise incorporate green technology into their affordable housing projects. Jim has served as an Elder in his church, an elected finance board member, and as a board member of numerous community organizations. Jim and his wife Mary live in Cos Cob, CT with their two daughters, Emma (9) and Linley (6). 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. Donna Edwards in Marylands 4th Congressional District. Democracy for America is leading the charge to take our country back, said Jim Himes. In races all across the country, from the top of the ballot to the bottom, Democracy for America has made a real difference by engaging the grassroots to further progressive values. I am honored to have their support. "Like a majority of voters in the 4th District, Jim Himes is an opponent of the failed War in Iraq. Chris Shays, on the other hand, has stood with George Bush and John McCain to insure the continuation of our involvement in this war of choice," said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director of DFA. "Chris Shays is a part of the culture of incumbency thats brought us the financial mess on Wall Street, the outsourcing of good-paying jobs, and sky high prices for health care. Jim Himes will put an end to these disastrous policies and offer constituents something they havent had for a longtime: a knowledgeable, experienced, and effective representative." ###
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