Press Release

Released: June 27, 2008

BURLINGTON, VT, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Linda Stenders campaign to represent New Jerseys 7th Congressional District. Two years ago, Linda came within 1% of defeating incumbent Republican Mike Ferguson. Rather than face a tough campaign again, Mr. Ferguson dropped out. Running in his place on the Republican ticket will be Bush lackey Leonard Lance.

Linda Stender has a progressive record of public service that cant be matched and Democracy for America is proud to endorse her campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Linda Stender has been at the forefront of progressive activism in New Jersey and she is ready to take her experience and judgment to Washington.

Linda Stender and her husband Richard raised their three kids in Fanwood, NJ, a few blocks from where she grew up. Linda first got involved in public service when the Fanwood Borough Council was putting special interests before the needs of the people. So, she ran for office herself to reform local government and help her neighbors. And she won.

After serving on the Borough Council, Linda went on to serve as Mayor of her hometown and Freeholder of her county. Today, Linda is proudly serving her fourth term in the New Jersey General Assembly representing her neighbors in the 22nd Legislative District. In the state legislature, Linda spearheaded the effort to combat Global Warming. Linda Stender is also one of New Jerseys strongest advocates for making our state a national leader for stem cell research.

I am honored and thrilled to receive the endorsement of Democracy for America, an organization that shares my commitment to working together to take our country back, said Linda Stender. The Bush administration and Republicans in Washington have led our nation in the wrong direction, and Im running for Congress to get us back on the right track. I look forward to working with the DFA community over the coming weeks and months to bring the change our families need.

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.

With Linda Stender in Congress we can make much needed progress on issues like revitalizing our economy, ending the War in Iraq, making the United States energy independent, and providing health care to all Americans, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America. Everyone deserves to be represented by someone who is responsive to their needs and concerns. When Linda Stender is elected, the residents of New Jerseys 7th District will have that.

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