DFA endorses candidates at all levels of office from School Board to Presidency. A DFA endorsement brings our national network of activists together, providing key resources to the endorsed campaign: Time, People, Money and Media.

Endorsement Spotlight

I'm a fifth generation South Dakotan and father of five. I've spent the last 33 years working in and out of the private and public sectors - First, as an aide to U.S. Senator Tom Daschle then as a Regional Director in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for President Bill Clinton. After FEMA, I worked as the South Dakota Director for the American Association of Retired People (AARP) before becoming CEO of the International Code Council (ICC), a non-profit trade association responsible for developing commercial and residential safety construction standards and codes. I left ICC last year and now own and operate several small businesses with my wife, Stacy, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. ...


About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

If you have questions, or want to let us know about a candidate in your neighborhood, please call us at (802) 651-3200 or email us at [email protected] .

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