Debbie Cook

Released: September 9, 2008

BURLINGTON, VT, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Huntington Beach Mayor Debbie Cooks campaign to represent Californias 46th Congressional District. Debbie is running against the disastrous incumbent Republican Dana Rohrabacher.

Debbie Cook has been a grassroots champion for over 20 years and has a proven record of success in the private sector and as a public servant, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Debbie Cook is running because shes a committed advocate and activist who fights for her constituents and delivers results.

Throughout her childhood, Debbie Cook was surrounded by examples of service to community and country. Debbie was born in 1954 in Corpus Christi, Texas, during her fathers final months of service in the U.S. Navy. Debbies family moved to California in 1966 and she attended Corona Del Mar High School in Newport Beach. After graduating from Long Beach State with a degree in Earth Science, Debbie Cook became a PTA mother, a community volunteer, a youth sports coach, all while running her own business.

At 37 Debbie went back to school to obtain her Law degree. Then she joined the Bolsa Chica Land Trust legal team, winning a case that protects sensitive coastal habitat throughout California to this day.

Elected to the Huntington Beach City Council, she uncovered public corruption, led the fight for balanced city budgets, and worked to save tax dollars by auditing the citys energy use. As mayor she led the fight to stop the Orange County Sanitation District from dumping partially treated into the ocean, resulting in cleaner water for our beachs recreational users.

She is a nationally recognized leader on energy issues and speaks across the country on bringing people together to build a new economy based on renewable energy.

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 Rep. Jerry McNerney in Californias 11th Congressional District to Governor Deval Patrick in Massachusetts to Rep. Donna Edwards in Marylands 4th Congressional District.

"I'm proud to be endorsed by Democracy for America. I am no stranger to grassroots organizing as I led a grassroots movement in my city to protect our parks and beaches, said Mayor Cook. Jim Dean and DFA have made a priority of spreading grassroots organizing throughout the country. Thanks to their efforts, Orange County has one of the strongest DFA coalition groups anywhere, and their volunteer efforts will help put us over the top in November."

Debbie Cooks opponent has been a total failure for the District. Dana Rohrabacher has had his chance to protect American jobs from outsourcing and he has failed, said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director of DFA. Dana Rohrabacher has had a chance to honor the sacrifices of our brave men and women in uniform and he has failed. Debbie Cook is the only candidate in this race with the experience and judgment we need. She will stand up for working families, children, veterans, seniors and win.


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