Press Release

Released: August 6, 2008

BURLINGTON, VT, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Jill Derbys campaign to represent Nevadas 2nd Congressional District. Jill is running against Bush Republican lapdog Dean Heller.

Jill Derby is an educator, an activist, and a community leader committed to serving her constituents. Democracy for America is proud to endorse her campaign. said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Jill Derbys grassroots campaign is putting people-power into action and that is why she will win in November.

Jill is a fourth generation Nevadan and started life on her family's Flying Flapjack Ranch in Lovelock, Nevada. She grew up in California, where her father trained pilots for the Air Force, and her family continued to spend time every year at the Lovelock ranch and at the family home at Lake Tahoe.

Jill has spent her career as an educator, teaching at Western Nevada Community College, Sierra Nevada College, the National Judicial College and the University of California, San Francisco. Jill served 18 years on the Nevada Board of Regents, a non-partisan, elected governing board for the Nevada System of Higher Education. As a Regent, Jill served as chairman and vice chairman.

Most recently, Jill has served as Chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party where she was a key player in planning and executing the successful January Caucuses. Jill tirelessly traveled the state working with local party activists to train caucus volunteers and encourage all Nevadans - Democrats, Republicans and Independents - to participate in Nevada's Caucus. Turnout for the Caucus exceeded all predictions, with 120,000 Nevadans participating at more than 1,700 precinct meetings across the state.

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.

I am honored to receive the endorsement of Democracy for America, said Jill Derby. The work that DFA does to bring grassroots change nationwide has made the difference in many races, and I look forward to working with them to bring real change to Washington.

Jill Derby knows we must embrace new technologies to break our dependence on foreign sources of oil. She knows we will be a stronger country when we bring our brave men and women in uniform home from the War in Iraq. And, we must provide every Nevadan and every American with quality health care. said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. Jill Derbys opponent thinks its just fine to vote against health care for children and to rubberstamp the regressive Bush agenda. Jill Derby has the courage to lead and the wisdom we need in Washington.

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