Press Release

Released: April 22, 2008

BURLINGTON, VT, our nation's largest progressive political action organization, announced Tuesday that it has endorsed Richard Holober, Democrat for Californias 19th State Assembly seat.

"Richard Holober is a proven champion for better schools, environmental protection, and affordable health care. Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign," said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. "Richard Holober is just the type of leader we need in Sacramento."

Richard is an education leader who knows what it takes to improve California's public schools. He has 14 years of experience on the San Mateo County Community College Board and the Millbrae School Board. He successfully reduced classroom overcrowding and updated curriculum so students can be successful in a changing economy.

As a member of the State Assembly, Richard will stand up to the Republicans who are trying to cut education funding at all levels, including K-12, community colleges, state colleges and universities.

Richard Holober has been at the forefront in the fight for universal health care coverage and affordable prescription drugs, and he successfully fought for better protections for H.M.O. patients. He has the experience and independence to stand up to the insurance companies and drug companies.

Richard will work hard to protect our air, land and water. He was a leader in the fight to stop the clear cutting of old-growth redwood forests, and has supported legislation to make toxic polluters pay for clean up costs. He has led the San Mateo County Community College District in its pioneering "green building" program for new classroom construction, which has dramatically reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

"I'm proud to be supported by Democracy for America, because it is a refection of my commitment to Democratic values," said Richard Holober. "As the grassroots Democratic candidate, DFA support means a great deal to me. Together we can prove that grassroots campaigning can overcome the biggest special interests -- and our victory will result in more progressive policy and good government.

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.

"Richard Holober is a strong, progressive candidate with the skills and experience needed in the California Assembly," said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. "Richard Holober will be the peoples advocate for universal health care, education reform, and he will be a leader on issues like renewable energy and protecting the environment."

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