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Nicole LeFavour

Released: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT - DemocracyforAmerica.com, our nation's largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Nicole LeFavours campaign for Idaho State Senate, District 19. "Nicole LeFavour is a leader, educator, and trailblazer whose experience, wisdom, and judgment is needed in the Senate," said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. "Democracy for America is proud to endorse her campaign." As an Idahoan who grew up in rural central Idaho, Nicole began her work in politics as a small business owner and educator involved in open space preservation, human rights, securing funds for schools, and increasing the affordability of health care. Today, Nicole LeFavour is a respected teacher and State Representative who was first elected in 2004 to represent Boises District 19. She has been a leading Democratic member of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee and has distinguished herself through her bi-partisan work. Nicoles leadership has been instrumental on issues like prison sentencing and her successful passage of legislation to offer clinically trained mental health and substance abuse counselors to address teen suicide and substance abuse. She is Idahos first openly gay elected official. Democracy for America is a valued 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. It is an honor to have the endorsement of Democracy for America as I run for Senate this year. They have done important work connecting people in communities with each other to work for issues and candidates they care about, said Nicole LeFavour. From improving health care in America and bringing our troops home, to making the Bush administration accountable for domestic spying, DFA has helped many people in rural areas feel less isolated and able to have an impact on what happens in Washington D.C. "Nicole LeFavour is a champion of those who are too often marginalized in our political process," said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director of DFA. "In the Senate, Nicole will fight for working men and women to reduce health care costs, secure funding for public transportation, and lower property taxes." ###
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Zerban Endorsement

For Immediate Release: October 9th, 2012 Contact: Linsey Pecikonis (202) 746-8426 [email protected] Democracy for America Endorses Rob Zerban for Congress (WI-01) Burlington, VT Today, Democracy for America (DFA), endorsed Rob Zerban for Congress. Zerban who has vowed to protect Medicare and Social Security, protect reproductive rights, and stand up to any plan that would harm our seniors. Hell be a valued addition to the House and is a strong alternative to Tea Party hero and Mitt Romney Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan. "Rob has a tenacity to finish what he started and to do it the right way,said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA.Hes not only a job creator where he made sure his employees had family sustaining wages, excellent benefits, and healthcare, but Robs also a practical guy who stands by his word. He refuses to support a budget or any plan to destroy Medicare and Social Security and voters can believe in him. Rob Zerban responded to the DFA endorsement with enthusiasm: Rob Zerban:Im honored to be endorsed by Democracy for America and their Wisconsin members. Im running for Congress because I believe the people of Wisconsin deserve a representative who will fight to preserve Social Security and Medicare, not budget them out of existence like Paul Ryan would. I pledge to fight for fair economic policies that put the middle class and working families first not last. And with the help of DFA members, we will continue to hold Paul Ryan accountable and educate Wisconsinites about his disastrous budget plan to destroy Medicare and his extremist efforts to roll back progress for women, seniors, and working families. ### ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for Americais the people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide,DFAis a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up.
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Democracy for America Endorses Jim Himes for United States Congress

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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Democracy for America Endorses Alan Grayson for United States Congress

Released: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nation's largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Alan Grayson's campaign to represent Floridas 8th Congressional District. "Alan Grayson doesnt back down, he takes on the tough fights and wins," said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. "Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign because Alan Grayson will be a progressive champion for his constituents." Alan Grayson is a Harvard-educated attorney who has built a powerful reputation as a staunch opponent of government waste and fraud. As the founder and manager of his own law firm, Alan Grayson has conducted what the Wall Street Journal called a one-man war against contractor fraud in Iraq. Alan has been the plaintiffs attorney in every False Claims Act case being actively litigated concerning contractor fraud in Iraq. Through the years, Alan Grayson has shown time and again he has the tenacity and skills to get the job done. From a housing project in the Bronx to Harvard to working as a judges assistant in the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals to founding a Fortune 1000 company, IDT Corp., to running a successful law practice, Alan is a hard worker with a record of accomplishment that cannot be matched. I am honored to have the endorsement of Democracy for America because I share DFAs mission of citizen empowerment and grassroots organizing, said Alan Grayson. This puts us one step closer to winning the election and making real change in America. "Alan Grayson will deliver for his constituents on health care and returning good paying jobs to the District. His Republican opponent cant say the same thing because his opponent has no plan," said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. "Alan Grayson knows the War in Iraq has been a drain on our resources and the reckless policies of George Bush and John McCain have unnecessarily tarnished the United States standing in the world. Alan will work to end this war and bring our brave men and women in uniform home." ###
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Democracy for America Endorses Larry LaRocco for United States Senate

Released: Monday, September 22, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Larry LaRoccos campaign to represent Idaho in the United States Senate. At the heart of this innovative campaign, Larry has taken over thirty-five jobs across Idaho, from Bonners Ferry to Rexburg, to stay in touch with middle-class, working families. His jobs have ranged from mechanical work to ranching, banking, and even working as a nurses assistant at a nursing home. Larry LaRocco is really working for the Senate. Unlike politicians who pay lip service to the idea of respecting working folks, Larry is rolling up his sleeves and getting involved, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Democracy for America is proud to endorse Larry LaRocco because he is showing in every facet of his campaign hes in this for the people of Idaho. Larry LaRocco has been serving the people of Idaho and the United States for years. In both the public and private sector, Larry has shown he has the skills and judgment to lead and offer common-sense solutions to the problems confronting working men and women. Larry served in the Army reaching the rank of Captain before returning to Idaho to work for the late Senator Frank Church. Larry worked as Senator Churchs North Idaho Field Representative; traveling the state and learning first hand about the needs of Idahoans. Though Larry's heart is with the working people of Idaho, he's no stranger to Washington. He served two terms in the U.S. House in the 90's, where he earned a reputation for hard work, bi-partisanship and honest brokering. Military officer, Congressman, businessman, husband, father and grandfather that just about sums up Larry LaRocco. Larry and his wife Chris have been married forty years; they have two children and one grandchild. 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. "Im deeply honored to be endorsed by Democracy for America. DFAs support will help bring change to the U.S. Congress and help get our country back on track. Here in Idaho, working families have been forgotten for far too long," said Larry LaRocco. Larry LaRocco is what we need in the Senate: a committed progressive who understands how Washington works and will deliver for his constituents, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. Larry LaRocco has a resume that cant be matched, but by working jobs across Idaho, he is showing what it really means to be a representative of the people. ###
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