Press ReleaseReleased On: June 19, 2008
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
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
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