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Democracy for America endorses Tishaura Jones’ reelection bid for St. Louis (MO) Treasurer

May 14, 2020

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Tishaura Jones in her race for reelection as Treasurer of the City of St. Louis, MO.

Democracy for America proudly supported Jones in her 2017 bid for St. Louis Mayor.

In 2020, the grassroots progressive political action committee is supporting Jones for reelection to a third term as St. Louis’ Treasurer as she works to build on her success banning the box, increasing the…

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Democracy for America endorses Keeda Haynes for Congress in TN-5

May 13, 2020

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Keeda Haynes in her Democratic primary fight against Rep. Jim Cooper, a corporate Democrat running for his 16th non-consecutive term in Congress in Tennessee’s 5th, a congressional district so blue it hasn’t elected a Republican since 1875.

A former Assistant Public Defender in the Metro Nashville Public Defender’s office, Keeda Haynes is passionate about her fight to fix…

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Democracy for America backs Jim Harper for Congress in IN-1

May 7, 2020

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Jim Harper for Congress in the open seat in Indiana’s firmly Democratic First Congressional District.

 Born and raised in Northwest Indiana, Jim Harper has spent much of his professional career serving his community, from fighting to protect veterans seeking disability benefits for injuries they sustained during their service through the national non-profit he founded, to…

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Democracy for America endorses Royce West for U.S. Senate in Texas

May 5, 2020

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Royce West for U.S. Senate in Texas. West is running against 2018 congressional candidate M.J. Hegar in the July 14 primary run-off that will determine Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s Democratic opponent in November.

Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots group’s endorsement of Royce West for U.S. Senate in Texas:

“Only one candidate in July’s Senate…

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Democracy for America endorses William Cunningham for Congress in NJ-2

April 29, 2020

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of William Cunningham in his fight to defeat Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who is now running for reelection as a Trump Republican after winning as Democrat in 2018.

 While William Cunningham grew up poor in South Jersey and spent half of his high school career homeless, he went on to earn an Ivy League degree, spent two years as a policy staffer for Sen. Cory Booker, and served as a…

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Democracy for America endorses Yvonne Lewis Holley for Lt. Governor in North Carolina

April 28, 2020

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Yvonne Lewis Holley for Lieutenant Governor in North Carolina.

Holley’s endorsement is DFA’s first endorsement in a race for Lieutenant Governor in the 2020 election cycle and one of the grassroots organization’s key endorsements in the critical swing state of North Carolina ahead of November’s election.

A Raleigh native and the member of one of the first desegregated…

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Democracy for America endorses Jamaal Bowman for Congress NY-16 primary

April 22, 2020

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Jamaal Bowman in his Democratic primary fight against Rep. Eliot Engel, the 16-term corporate Democrat who currently represents New York’s deep blue 16th Congressional District.

 Born and raised in New York City, Jamaal Bowman is a champion for social justice, children, and working families who serves as the founding principal of Cornerstone Academy for Social Action…

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Democracy for America backs Jeff Merkley for reelection to the U.S. Senate

April 9, 2020

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Sen. Jeff Merkley for reelection to the U.S. Senate in Oregon.

DFA was a strong supporter of Sen. Merkley in his first reelection bid in 2014 and, over the last six years, has worked closely with him on everything from progressive fights for filibuster reform and Medicare for All to battles against war with Iran and Donald Trump’s right-wing Supreme Court nominees.

Merkley…

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DFA praises Sanders “transformational” campaign, is “100% committed” to ensuring Biden beats Trump

April 8, 2020

Sen. Bernie Sanders just announced the suspension of his 2020 campaign for President.<br> <br> Democracy for America endorsed Sanders in 2016 and fought along his side from early in the campaign all the way to the convention. The grassroots progressive group endorsed Sanders again prior to the Super Tuesday contests following a vote of DFA members.

Statement from Democracy for America Chair Charles Chamberlain on the suspension of…

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Democracy for America endorses Mike Siegel for Congress in TX-10

April 2, 2020

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Mike Siegel in his fight to take on eight-term Republican incumbent Michael McCaul in Texas’ 10th Congressional District.

A former public school teacher and employment lawyer, Siegel came within inches of beating McCaul in the R+9 congressional district in 2018, and won the first round of the 2020 Democratic primary with 44% of the vote-- more than 11 percentage points over…

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DFA says Senate COVID-19 Stimulus Deal “doesn’t go nearly far enough,” urges House improvement

March 25, 2020

Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson released the following statement RE: the  COVID-19 Stimulus deal announced in the U.S. Senate earlier today:

“The latest Senate deal is Congress' third attempt to respond to COVID-19, yet it doesn't go nearly far enough to deal with both the immediate needs of working families and the preconditions that led to this crisis.

“Specifically, Congress must do more to expand immediate cash assistance…

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Democracy for America endorses Jon Hoadley’s campaign to turn Michigan’s 6th blue

March 19, 2020

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Jon Hoadley in his fight against 17-term Republican incumbent Fred Upton in Michigan’s 6th Congressional District.

A three-term Michigan State Legislator, Jon Hoadley easily won DFA’s support in his first race for the Michigan State House in 2014. In Lansing, Hoadley has distinguished himself as a progressive champion who is ready to fight for equality, non-partisan…

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DFA celebrates State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s 2020 reelection primary victory in Cook County, IL

March 17, 2020

Tonight, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx won the hotly contested Democratic Primary in her 2020 reelection bid.

Democracy for America was a strong supporter of Foxx during her 2016 election and backed her once again for reelection this year.

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx’s 2020 primary victory:

“Back in 2016, Democracy for America proudly endorsed Kim Foxx for her first election for Cook County…

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IL-03: DFA celebrates Marie Newman’s primary victory over corporate Dem incumbent

March 17, 2020

This evening, Marie Newman beat anti-choice Democrat Dan Lipinski in the closely watched Democratic primary in Illinois 3rd Congressional District.

Democracy for America endorsed Newman in tonight’s race in April 2019, making her the grassroots group’s first non-incumbent endorsement of the 2020 cycle. DFA also supported Newman in her tight race against Lipinski in 2018.

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Marie Newman’s primary victory in the…

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Democracy for America endorses McKayla Wilkes for Congress in MD-5 primary battle

March 16, 2020

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of McKayla Wilkes in her Democratic primary fight against corporate Democrat Majority Whip Steny Hoyer in Maryland’s deep blue 5th Congressional District.

Born at Greater Southeast Community Hospital in Washington, DC, McKayla Wilkes was raised in Suitland, MD and intimately understands the struggle that low-income families face in Maryland’s 5th District because she’s…

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