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Democracy for America Endorses Jim Himes for United States Congress

Released: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nation's largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Jim Himes campaign to represent Connecticuts 4th Congressional District. Jim is running against the increasingly tone-deaf and out-of-touch Republican incumbent and War in Iraq cheerleader Chris Shays. Rep. Shays is the last remaining Republican representative in New England. "Jim Himes represents the future. He offers a tremendous opportunity for us to finally get something done about the critical issues facing us in the 4th District, transportation, affordable housing, and education," said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA and resident of Fairfield, CT. "More importantly Jim Himes has lived with these problems just like the rest of us, and understands the kind of leadership it will take to solve them." Jim Himes was raised by a single mother in a small town in New Jersey, where he attended public schools and was admitted to Harvard College. There, Jim's academic and athletic accomplishments earned him a Rhodes Scholarship. After completing his studies at Oxford, Jim took an entry-level position at Goldman Sachs, where he worked his way up to Vice President over the course of a 12 year career. Fluent in Spanish from his first 10 years of childhood in Latin America, Jim specialized in Latin American and communications technology banking. In 2002, Jim left Wall Street to pursue business-oriented solutions to the problems of urban poverty. He is currently on leave from his role of Vice President and Director of Northeast operations at Enterprise Community Partners, a non-profit organization which helps build affordable housing for low-income Americans by providing financing and expertise to community and housing developers. Under Jim's leadership, Enterprise developed an innovative program to provide tax preparation assistance and financial services to low-income families. Jim also helped Enterprise incorporate green technology into their affordable housing projects. Jim has served as an Elder in his church, an elected finance board member, and as a board member of numerous community organizations. Jim and his wife Mary live in Cos Cob, CT with their two daughters, Emma (9) and Linley (6). 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. Donna Edwards in Marylands 4th Congressional District. Democracy for America is leading the charge to take our country back, said Jim Himes. In races all across the country, from the top of the ballot to the bottom, Democracy for America has made a real difference by engaging the grassroots to further progressive values. I am honored to have their support. "Like a majority of voters in the 4th District, Jim Himes is an opponent of the failed War in Iraq. Chris Shays, on the other hand, has stood with George Bush and John McCain to insure the continuation of our involvement in this war of choice," said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director of DFA. "Chris Shays is a part of the culture of incumbency thats brought us the financial mess on Wall Street, the outsourcing of good-paying jobs, and sky high prices for health care. Jim Himes will put an end to these disastrous policies and offer constituents something they havent had for a longtime: a knowledgeable, experienced, and effective representative." ###
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Democracy for America Endorses Alan Grayson for United States Congress

Released: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nation's largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Alan Grayson's campaign to represent Floridas 8th Congressional District. "Alan Grayson doesnt back down, he takes on the tough fights and wins," said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. "Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign because Alan Grayson will be a progressive champion for his constituents." Alan Grayson is a Harvard-educated attorney who has built a powerful reputation as a staunch opponent of government waste and fraud. As the founder and manager of his own law firm, Alan Grayson has conducted what the Wall Street Journal called a one-man war against contractor fraud in Iraq. Alan has been the plaintiffs attorney in every False Claims Act case being actively litigated concerning contractor fraud in Iraq. Through the years, Alan Grayson has shown time and again he has the tenacity and skills to get the job done. From a housing project in the Bronx to Harvard to working as a judges assistant in the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals to founding a Fortune 1000 company, IDT Corp., to running a successful law practice, Alan is a hard worker with a record of accomplishment that cannot be matched. I am honored to have the endorsement of Democracy for America because I share DFAs mission of citizen empowerment and grassroots organizing, said Alan Grayson. This puts us one step closer to winning the election and making real change in America. "Alan Grayson will deliver for his constituents on health care and returning good paying jobs to the District. His Republican opponent cant say the same thing because his opponent has no plan," said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. "Alan Grayson knows the War in Iraq has been a drain on our resources and the reckless policies of George Bush and John McCain have unnecessarily tarnished the United States standing in the world. Alan will work to end this war and bring our brave men and women in uniform home." ###
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Democracy for America Endorses Larry LaRocco for United States Senate

Released: Monday, September 22, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Larry LaRoccos campaign to represent Idaho in the United States Senate. At the heart of this innovative campaign, Larry has taken over thirty-five jobs across Idaho, from Bonners Ferry to Rexburg, to stay in touch with middle-class, working families. His jobs have ranged from mechanical work to ranching, banking, and even working as a nurses assistant at a nursing home. Larry LaRocco is really working for the Senate. Unlike politicians who pay lip service to the idea of respecting working folks, Larry is rolling up his sleeves and getting involved, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Democracy for America is proud to endorse Larry LaRocco because he is showing in every facet of his campaign hes in this for the people of Idaho. Larry LaRocco has been serving the people of Idaho and the United States for years. In both the public and private sector, Larry has shown he has the skills and judgment to lead and offer common-sense solutions to the problems confronting working men and women. Larry served in the Army reaching the rank of Captain before returning to Idaho to work for the late Senator Frank Church. Larry worked as Senator Churchs North Idaho Field Representative; traveling the state and learning first hand about the needs of Idahoans. Though Larry's heart is with the working people of Idaho, he's no stranger to Washington. He served two terms in the U.S. House in the 90's, where he earned a reputation for hard work, bi-partisanship and honest brokering. Military officer, Congressman, businessman, husband, father and grandfather that just about sums up Larry LaRocco. Larry and his wife Chris have been married forty years; they have two children and one grandchild. 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. Donna Edwards in Marylands 4th Congressional District. "Im deeply honored to be endorsed by Democracy for America. DFAs support will help bring change to the U.S. Congress and help get our country back on track. Here in Idaho, working families have been forgotten for far too long," said Larry LaRocco. Larry LaRocco is what we need in the Senate: a committed progressive who understands how Washington works and will deliver for his constituents, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. Larry LaRocco has a resume that cant be matched, but by working jobs across Idaho, he is showing what it really means to be a representative of the people. ###
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Democracy for America Endorses Jason Lewis for Massachusetts State Representative

Released: Monday, September 22, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Jason Lewis campaign for Massachusetts State Representative, 31st Middlesex District. Jason Lewis is a dynamic thinker with the skills and plan to get the job done for his constituents, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Jason Lewis brings a lifetime of experience to the table that is needed in the House of Representatives. Jason Lewis earned an economics degree from Harvard College. He worked for a global consulting company before earning his MBA degree from Harvard Business School. From there, Jason launched a successful career helping build local technology companies. Jason and his wife Susan settled in Winchester in 1998, where they are raising their two daughters, Sophie, age 9, and Jessie, age 5, who are enrolled in public school. Susan is a producer for WGBH and serves on the Boards of the Winchester Multicultural Network and League of Women Voters. 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. Donna Edwards in Marylands 4th Congressional District. "I am thrilled and honored to receive Democracy for America's endorsement because they have consistently fought for fiscal responsibility in government and they share Winchester and Stoneham's values, said Jason Lewis. DFA has done fantastic work getting citizens to check back into their government and participate fully in our civic life. Our campaign has always focused on that type of grassroots effort. Jason Lewis wont just talk about education and health care reform; hell get it done. Hell be a fighter for working families to make sure educational opportunities and access to quality health care is there for everyone, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. Jason Lewis knows there is an important role for state government to play in supporting local communities and he has the wisdom and vision to make it happen. ###
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Democracy for America Endorses Martin Heinrich for United States Congress

Released: Monday, September 22, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nation's largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Martin Heinrich's campaign to represent New Mexico's 1st Congressional District. "Martin Heinrich has been fighting for working men and women his whole life and he's ready to take his progressive message of hard work and opportunity to Washington," said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. "Whether it was as an engineer, president of the Albuquerque City Council, or working with Rep. Tom Udall to preserve New Mexico's natural treasures, Martin Heinrich has the skills, judgment, and experience to get the results that make a difference in people's lives." Martin Heinrich grew up in a middle class family that worked hard to make sure their children had the opportunity to succeed. His parents taught him to work hard, play by the rules, and to always lend a helping hand. As the executive director of an educational foundation, Martin was dedicated to providing young people with natural science and environmental education experiences through wilderness expeditions. As Executive Director of the Cottonwood Gulch Foundation, Martin Heinrich tripled the enrollment, acquired more land for the Foundation, and set up a permanent endowment for funding. Martin Heinrich served as President of Albuquerque City Council; his tenure as president has been called one of the most productive periods in Council history. While on the City Council, Martin balanced the city budget every year and led the two year struggle to raise Albuquerque's minimum wage, after bringing together both business and labor leaders together to find common ground. Because of this, Albuquerque is one of four cities in the entire nation with a minimum wage above the state or federal level. 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 California's 11th Congressional District. "Democracy in our nation is based on the voices of every American, standing up and taking part in the political process. I'm honored to have the endorsement of Democracy for America, not only because of what it stands for, but also for the people it represents," said Martin Heinrich. "This is a grassroots, boots-on-the-ground organization that gets Americans involved because like me they know that our nation has to start heading in the right direction, and we are the ones who have to make it happen." "Hardworking New Mexicans have been left behind by seven years of misguided and misdirected Republican polices, that is why Martin Heinrich supports a permanent middle class tax cut and a return to a fiscally responsible balanced budget," said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. "New Mexicans need a leader like Martin Heinrich to stand up for their concerns and values. He will fight for a comprehensive energy policy that breaks our dependence on foreign oil while working to bring our brave men and women home from the War in Iraq." ###
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