Press Release

Released: August 12, 2008

BURLINGTON, VT, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Stephen Gorhams campaign for Hillsborough County School Board, District 7.

Stephen Gorham has a range of experience that makes him the best choice for the School Board. Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Our public schools are a sacred trust and Stephen Gorham will work everyday to ensure our children are equipped with the skills to succeed in the 21st Century.

Stephen Gorham and his family moved to the South Lakeland/Plant City area when he was eight years old. Upon graduating from high school, Stephen enlisted in the Florida Army National Guard. While serving as a reservist in Tallahassee, Stephen attended Florida State University.

In 1999, Stephen left College and enlisted in the US Navy. While serving in the navy Stephen earned both his Bachelors and Masters degrees.

Stephen is currently the Director of Networking and Telecommunications and Chief Security Officer for Hillsborough Community College. Stephen is a member of the Hillsborough County School Board Citizens Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Florida Army National Guard and Plant City Fire Rescue Reserve. Stephen is proud to claim membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Florida Association of Community Colleges.

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 Congressional District.

I am honored to receive the endorsement of Democracy for America, an organization who understands the importance of local races and believes in the power of grassroots politics, said Stephen Gorham. I look forward to working with the DFA community in the upcoming weeks to bring positive change to the Hillsborough County School District and get our schools back on the right track.

Stephen Gorham knows our children deserve and require a safe school environment that allows them to excel and flourish, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. Stephen Gorham will be a progressive voice for our children with a fiscally responsible vision to increase student achievement and guarantee safe schools.

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