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Released: August 11, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Barbara McIlvaine Smiths re-election campaign for Pennsylvanias 156 Legislative District. Barbara McIlvaine Smith is a citizen legislator with a phenomenal progressive record and Democracy for America is proud to endorse her campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. In two years in the General Assembly and with a lifetime of community and business leadership, Barbara McIlvaine Smith has shown time and again she has the experience, wisdom, and judgment we need in Harrisburg. Rep. Barbara McIlvaine Smith, a lifelong resident of Chester County, was elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 2006. Her win by 28 votes pushed the Democrats into the majority for the first time in 12 years. A former small-business owner, educator, local elected official, and community leader, Rep. McIlvaine Smith serves on the board of the Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) and also serves as the 3rd vice president of the West Goshen Lions Club. She is a member of many community organizations, including The Human Relations Council of the Greater West Chester Area; NAACP; American Association of University Women; West Chester Fish, Game and Wildlife; Chester County League of Women Voters; National Organization for Women, as well as others. Rep. McIlvaine Smith is an enrolled tribal member of the federally recognized Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma. In the state Legislature, Rep. McIlvaine Smith currently serves on the Aging & Older Adult Services, Children & Youth, Education, Health & Human Services, and Local Government committees. She is the majority chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Special Education. 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. "I am honored to have the endorsement of a strong grassroots organization like Democracy for America, said Barbara McIlvaine Smith. Since 2004, DFA has actively changed the dynamics for running a successful political campaign and I appreciate the trust they have placed in me. DFAs mission and mine is to continue the progress of bringing the power of government back to the people." Barbara McIlvaine Smith knows progressive solutions like universal health care and quality public education makes Pennsylvania and the United States stronger, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. Barbara McIlvaine Smith is a tireless champion of ethics reform, working to bring increased transparency and accountability to the Assembly. ###
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Released: August 7, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Dina Titus campaign to represent Nevadas 3rd Congressional District. Dina is running against Dick Cheneys best friend, incumbent and Bush-Republican, Jon Porter. Dina Titus has a 30-year record of accomplishment and leadership that cant be matched and Democracy for America is proud to endorse her campaign. said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Dina Titus has shown in the legislature, the classroom, and the community that she understands the challenges we are facing and how to get the job done. Dina Titus has dedicated her entire professional life to education and public service. She has taught American and Nevada government at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, for 30 years. She has represented the people of Senate District 7 in the Nevada Legislature since 1988, serving as the Democratic Minority Leader from 1993 May 2008. A strong advocate for education at all levels, Dina has fought to maintain smaller class size in the important early grades and sponsored legislation for full-day kindergarten. Developing renewable energy resources has been one of Dinas priorities in the legislature. She has successfully pushed legislation to establish a portfolio standard requiring utility companies to acquire a certain percentage of green power. She championed creating a net metering program to allow individuals to generate their own power and sell the excess back to the utility companies, as well as green pricing options for consumers and tax incentives to companies that develop solar and wind energy generation. 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. I am honored to be endorsed by Democracy for America. Your members' energy and commitment have helped advance the important issues and causes of the Democratic Party, said Dina Titus. I will take that same energy to Washington and fight for a comprehensive energy policy that makes renewable sources a corner stone, an end to the war in Iraq, and a stronger economy for working men and women. You dont have to tell Dina Titus to fight for better schools or a solution to the health care or energy crisis because shes been a leader on these issues and now is the time for her to take her experience to Washington to fight for Nevadans and all Americans, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. Dina Titus will not take marching orders from Dick Cheney or John McCain, but will fight for her constituents to bring good jobs to the district and to end the War in Iraq. ###
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Released: August 6, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Jill Derbys campaign to represent Nevadas 2nd Congressional District. Jill is running against Bush Republican lapdog Dean Heller. Jill Derby is an educator, an activist, and a community leader committed to serving her constituents. Democracy for America is proud to endorse her campaign. said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Jill Derbys grassroots campaign is putting people-power into action and that is why she will win in November. Jill is a fourth generation Nevadan and started life on her family's Flying Flapjack Ranch in Lovelock, Nevada. She grew up in California, where her father trained pilots for the Air Force, and her family continued to spend time every year at the Lovelock ranch and at the family home at Lake Tahoe. Jill has spent her career as an educator, teaching at Western Nevada Community College, Sierra Nevada College, the National Judicial College and the University of California, San Francisco. Jill served 18 years on the Nevada Board of Regents, a non-partisan, elected governing board for the Nevada System of Higher Education. As a Regent, Jill served as chairman and vice chairman. Most recently, Jill has served as Chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party where she was a key player in planning and executing the successful January Caucuses. Jill tirelessly traveled the state working with local party activists to train caucus volunteers and encourage all Nevadans - Democrats, Republicans and Independents - to participate in Nevada's Caucus. Turnout for the Caucus exceeded all predictions, with 120,000 Nevadans participating at more than 1,700 precinct meetings across the state. Democracy for America is the 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. I am honored to receive the endorsement of Democracy for America, said Jill Derby. The work that DFA does to bring grassroots change nationwide has made the difference in many races, and I look forward to working with them to bring real change to Washington. Jill Derby knows we must embrace new technologies to break our dependence on foreign sources of oil. She knows we will be a stronger country when we bring our brave men and women in uniform home from the War in Iraq. And, we must provide every Nevadan and every American with quality health care. said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. Jill Derbys opponent thinks its just fine to vote against health care for children and to rubberstamp the regressive Bush agenda. Jill Derby has the courage to lead and the wisdom we need in Washington. ###
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Released: August 6, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Patrick McCabes campaign to represent the 35th Middlesex District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Patrick McCabe has been fighting for working families his whole life and Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign. said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Patrick McCabe is committed to a progressive agenda that puts people in charge and that is why he is the best choice for Democrats in this election. Patrick McCabe was born into a working class Irish family in Somerville, Massachusetts. Patrick's Dad was a trucker and his Mom was a letter carrier, and early in life they taught him the importance of hard work, community, and social justice. Patrick is a 1994 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and served seven years as an officer in the United States Army, joining the elite Airborne Ranger Special Forces, and achieving the rank of Major. The highlight of Patrick's military service was leading 300 men and women from the 101st Airborne Division on peacekeeping missions in war-torn Kosovo, where he and his soldiers worked to protect the victims of the Serbian genocide. After leaving the military, Patrick and his wife, Amy, settled in Medford, Massachusetts, where they are raising their two children, Madeline and Braeden. Amy works for a non-profit that helps military families struggling with the financial hardships of long deployments, and Patrick has worked for the past four years as the Organizing and Communications Director for SEIU local 1984, a public employee union in New Hampshire, where he helps working families fight for the dignity and fair treatment they deserve. Democracy for America is the 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. "I am honored to have the support of Democracy for America, an organization that demonstrates every day what grassroots democracy really means, said Patrick McCabe DFA makes a difference by empowering the disadvantaged and the non-well connected to find their voice in our political process, and that's exactly what I intend to do in this campaign." Patrick McCabe knows it's wrong to deny sick people access to important medical breakthroughs like stem-cell research. Its wrong to deny women the right to reproductive freedom. And, its wrong to deny Americans the right to quality health care and that's why he'll fight for a universal health care solution that will serve the needs of every American. said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. As the progressive Democrat in this race, Patrick McCabe knows whats right and has the experience, judgment, and wisdom to bring real change to Massachusetts. ###
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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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