Press Releases

VICTORY: Jamaal Bowman’s win NY-16 “one of the biggest upsets in recent progressive history”

June 24, 2020

In a major upset, Jamaal Bowman just won the Democratic primary in New York’s 16th Congressional District over 16-term corporate Democrat Rep. Eliot Engel.

Democracy for America endorsed Bowman’s bid for Congress in April.

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Jamaal Bowman’s upset primary victory in New York’s 16th Congressional District:

"Jamaal Bowman delivered one of the biggest upsets in recent progressive history in a victory that…

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VICTORY: DFA celebrates Mondaire Jones’ potentially “history-making” primary victory in NY-17

June 24, 2020

Mondaire Jones just won a wide-open Democratic primary in New York’s 17th Congressional District, setting him on the path to becoming the first Black openly gay man in Congress.

Democracy for America was an early Jones supporter, backing his run for Congress in December 2019.

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Mondaire Jones’s primary victory in New York’s 17th Congressional District:

“Tonight’s primary victory not only sets Mondaire Jones on…

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VICTORY: AOC’s decisive win proves she’s “no fluke,” establishes her as a “political powerhouse”

June 23, 2020

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just handily won the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th Congressional District setting her on the path to another general election victory this Fall.

DFA, which also supported AOC ahead of her historic 2018 primary victory, made Ocasio-Cortez’s reelection effort one of its first endorsements of the 2020 election cycle in March 2019.

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s primary reelection…

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As his campaign surges, DFA endorses Charles Booker for U.S. Senate in Kentucky

June 17, 2020

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Charles Booker for U.S. Senate in Kentucky.

Booker is running against 2018 congressional candidate Amy McGrath in the June 23 primary that will determine Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Democratic opponent in November.

Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots group’s endorsement of Charles Booker for U.S. Senate in Kentucky:

“Democracy…

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Democracy for America backs Candace Valenzuela for Congress in TX-24

June 11, 2020

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Candace Valenzuela for Congress in Texas’ 24th Congressional District, a major Democratic target in the 2020 election.

Born and raised in Texas, Candace Valenzuela beat an eighteen-year incumbent in 2017 to become the first Latina and African-American woman to serve on the Carrollton-Farmers Branch school board.

When she’s elected to the U.S. House, Valenzuela will be the…

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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.

 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 Bernie…

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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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