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Daniel Boone

Released: August 20, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Daniel Boones campaign for Texas House District 73. Daniel Boone is a veteran, small business owner, and educator who offers Texans a lifetime of experience that will make him a first-rate asset to the Texas House of Representatives, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Daniel Boone is a leader with the common-sense wisdom we need and Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign. Daniel Boone has served in three branches of the Armed Forces; serving as an enlisted man in both the US Navy and the US Army and as a commissioned officer in the Air Force. After service as an enlisted man, the G.I. Bill made it possible for Dan to attend college. After three undergraduate years studying Physics, he completed a doctorate in Experimental Psychology. In 1975 he was offered a Commission in the US Air Force along with the opportunity to complete an internship in Clinical Psychology at the Waco, Texas, Veterans Hospital. It was here that Dan saw the issues that face veterans when they returned from serving their country in war. During his military years, Dan also taught in numerous colleges and universities as an adjunct professor. He understands the needs of teachers, students and parents. Dan is eager to use these considerable skills and years of experience in the state legislature addressing the fiscal and human issues in our state. 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 especially pleased to be endorsed by Democracy for America. I admire their work in teaching the public the importance of being proactive in participating in the democratic process, said Daniel Boone. I am encouraged that DFA endorses my effort to serve the Hill Country of district 73 and Texas. Daniel Boone knows children are our most precious natural resource and he will work to restructure our educational system to ensure we give our kids a superior public education, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. Daniel Boones military, educational, and entrepreneurial background put him in the best position to deliver for his constituents on issues like responsibly managing growth in the Texas Hill Country and stimulating Texas economy by supporting the development of alternative fuels. ###
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Ben Ray Lujn

Released: August 20, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Ben Ray Lujns campaign to represent New Mexicos 3rd Congressional District. Ben Ray Lujn is a committed public servant with a deserved reputation as a forward thinking problem solver and Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Ben Ray Lujn is running for his constituents, New Mexicans, and all Americans and will be a loud voice for progressive solutions. As a New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner and a former chairman of the Commission, Ben Ray Lujn has a proven record of standing up for New Mexico to create real change. As a leading proponent of renewable energy, Commissioner Lujn has worked to increase renewable energy production by New Mexico utilities to 20 percent of their total production by 2020. He also pushed to diversify the renewable portfolio to include solar energy. With his colleagues in California, Oregon and Washington, Lujn signed on to the Joint Action Framework on Climate Change on behalf of the state of New Mexico to create regional solutions for global warming. Lujn also took on health insurance companies by working to close loopholes that allowed insurance companies to unfairly deny medical claims. In Congress, Ben Ray Lujn will work for solutions to the energy crisis, an economy that works for the middle class, affordable, accessible health care for all New Mexicans and an end to the war in Iraq. 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. "Im honored to receive the endorsement of Democracy for America. They play an important role in organizing and activating voters around the country, said Ben Ray Lujan. Grassroots organizing has made a huge difference in my campaign, and I look forward to working with Democracy for America to empower voters." With an economy in freefall, gas prices rising by the day, and the seemingly endless engagement in Iraq, we need someone with Ben Ray Lujns experience and judgment in Washington, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. Ben Ray Lujan will stand up for the working men and women whove been left behind by the failed policies of George Bush and John McCain. Ben Ray Lujn will be a champion for our brave men and women in uniform and for our veterans. ###
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Mary Jo Kilroy

Released: August 20, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Mary Jo Kilroys campaign to represent Ohios 15th Congressional District. Mary Jo Kilroy is an experienced grassroots fighter who has a record of accomplishment that shows she knows how to get the job done, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Mary Jo Kilroy doesnt wait on the sidelines and she doesnt give up. She gets involved and will bring the progressive solutions we need to Washington. Mary Jo Kilroy was born in Cleveland, Ohio. The daughter of a pipefitter and World War II veteran, her parents instilled in her the importance of hard work and education. Mary Jo graduated from Cleveland State University before earning a law degree from The Ohio State University. As a public school mother, Mary Jo first ran for public office in 1991, winning and serving two terms on the Columbus Board of Education. Franklin County voters elected Mary Jo to her first term as a Franklin County Commissioner in 2000, and re-elected her in 2004. Under her leadership, Franklin County has dedicated itself to fiscal responsibility, economic development, quality health care for its residents, and environmental protection and sustainability. During Mary Jo's tenure as commissioner, her leadership resulted in Franklin County earning the highest bond rating, "AAA," from Moody's Investors Services and Standard & Poor's, placing the county in the top 1% of counties nationwide. In 2006, outspent by $2 million, Mary Jo came within only 1,062 votes of winning this district less than 0.5% of the vote. 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. "Democracy for America believes that we need to end the war in Iraq and stop global warming, I agree whole-heartedly with these issues and that's why I am proud to accept their endorsement, said Mary Jo Kilroy. When I am elected to Congress I will bring the change to Washington that we need to accomplish these goals." Mary Jo Kilroy will put an end to Bush administration policies that have done nothing for working men and women. She knows we need to roll back the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and focus on bringing good paying jobs back to Ohio, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. Mary Jo Kilroys green energy and gas plans will ease our dependence on foreign oil, break the oil companies strangle hold on our energy policy, and put America at the forefront of the renewable energy movement. ###
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John McClelland

Released: August 17, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed John McClellands campaign for Texas House District 64. John McClelland is part of the new type of grassroots leaders who are reshaping politics throughout Texas and Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Nobody needs to tell John what grassroots, people-powered organizing is about because hes been doing it for years. John McClelland is a newcomer to seeking public office, but no stranger to grassroots politics. He began his involvement in grassroots politics with Democracy for America. John is active in the Denton County Democratic Party where he has been involved with Project Farm Team and worked to recruit and train precinct chairs. He is currently President of the Denton County Stonewall Democrats chapter. John looks forward to bringing change to the Texas State House and providing the residents of District 64 and the state of Texas with a legislature that represents the interest of all Texans. 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 incredibly honored to be endorsed by Democracy for America because DFA was one of the first organizations I felt a connection with after the 2004 elections. Howard Dean was the first Democrat I voted for in a Democratic Primary," said John McClelland. Having the support of grassroots Democrats as well as the endorsement of a respected and admired national organization like DFA is crucial to victory in local races. I am very proud and humbled to receive this endorsement. John McClelland knows we need to fully fund our public schools to ensure our children are ready to contribute to and compete in the 21st Century economy. John McClelland is a forward thinker bringing to the table solutions like implementing a truly modern mass transit system for North Texas and across the state, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. John McClelland wont wait to solve the health care crisis that is wreaking havoc on the lives of working men and women. He will work to bring affordable health care to all Texans. ###
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Edra Bogle

Released: August 17, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Edra Bogles campaign for Texas State Board of Education District 14. Edra Bogle is an educator and leader with a record of accomplishment that makes her the best choice for the Board of Education and Democracy for America is proud to endorse her campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Edra Bogle knows that education is the silver bullet and the great equalizer, but for too long children have been shortchanged by a Board that puts politics before education. Edra Bogle has a lifetime of training and experience in education. With a B.A. from Iowa State Teacher's College (now U.N.I.), majors in Education and Librarianship, an M.L.S. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California. Her work experience ranges from staffing an elementary school library and working at two small teachers' colleges to being Associate Librarian for Public Services at U.S.C. From 1968 to 2002, Edra was on the English faculty at the University of North Texas. She remains a member of U.N.T.'s Rhodes/Marshall/Mitchell Nominating and Mentoring Committee and of several professional groups. 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 consider my endorsement by Democracy for America to be a great compliment, coming as it does from a group that I highly respect and of which I have been an active member since its beginning, said Edra Bogle. Edra Bogle will end the current Boards over-emphasis on memorization and test-taking and work for an education system that values critical thinking and empowers students to fulfill their potential, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. Edra Bogle will bring much needed change to the Texas Board of Education.
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