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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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Debbie Cook

Released: September 9, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Huntington Beach Mayor Debbie Cooks campaign to represent Californias 46th Congressional District. Debbie is running against the disastrous incumbent Republican Dana Rohrabacher. Debbie Cook has been a grassroots champion for over 20 years and has a proven record of success in the private sector and as a public servant, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Debbie Cook is running because shes a committed advocate and activist who fights for her constituents and delivers results. Throughout her childhood, Debbie Cook was surrounded by examples of service to community and country. Debbie was born in 1954 in Corpus Christi, Texas, during her fathers final months of service in the U.S. Navy. Debbies family moved to California in 1966 and she attended Corona Del Mar High School in Newport Beach. After graduating from Long Beach State with a degree in Earth Science, Debbie Cook became a PTA mother, a community volunteer, a youth sports coach, all while running her own business. At 37 Debbie went back to school to obtain her Law degree. Then she joined the Bolsa Chica Land Trust legal team, winning a case that protects sensitive coastal habitat throughout California to this day. Elected to the Huntington Beach City Council, she uncovered public corruption, led the fight for balanced city budgets, and worked to save tax dollars by auditing the citys energy use. As mayor she led the fight to stop the Orange County Sanitation District from dumping partially treated into the ocean, resulting in cleaner water for our beachs recreational users. She is a nationally recognized leader on energy issues and speaks across the country on bringing people together to build a new economy based on renewable energy. 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 Rep. Jerry McNerney in Californias 11th Congressional District to Governor Deval Patrick in Massachusetts to Rep. Donna Edwards in Marylands 4th Congressional District. "I'm proud to be endorsed by Democracy for America. I am no stranger to grassroots organizing as I led a grassroots movement in my city to protect our parks and beaches, said Mayor Cook. Jim Dean and DFA have made a priority of spreading grassroots organizing throughout the country. Thanks to their efforts, Orange County has one of the strongest DFA coalition groups anywhere, and their volunteer efforts will help put us over the top in November." Debbie Cooks opponent has been a total failure for the District. Dana Rohrabacher has had his chance to protect American jobs from outsourcing and he has failed, said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director of DFA. Dana Rohrabacher has had a chance to honor the sacrifices of our brave men and women in uniform and he has failed. Debbie Cook is the only candidate in this race with the experience and judgment we need. She will stand up for working families, children, veterans, seniors and win. ###
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Bill Hedrick

Released: September 9, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Bill Hedricks campaign to represent Californias 44th Congressional District. Bill is running against out-of-touch incumbent Republican Ken Calvert. Bill Hedrick is an educator, elected official, and community leader with a record of commonsense problem-solving that cant be matched, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Democracy for America is proud to endorse Bill Hedricks campaign because of his experience, his wisdom, and his commitment to progressive values. Bill Hedrick was born in Los Angeles in 1952. The son of a Teamster and a teacher, both from the South, he absorbed the lessons of hard work, common sense, and tolerance modeled by his parents. A product of public schools, Bill received his BA in Social Science and MA in Education from California State University, Los Angeles. He began teaching elementary school in Hollywood in 1974, and has spent 34 years in education in Southern California, the last eight years serving as president of the Rialto Education Association, an NEA/AFL-CIO affiliate. In November 1988, Bill was elected to the Board of Education of the 51,000 student Corona-Norco Unified School District. He has served four terms as president of the Board, representing 250,000 residents of the 44th district, and deals with an annual budget in excess of $400,000,000. Bill and his wife of 28 years, Beth, have lived in Corona since 1981, and have five children. Their son Adam, a soldier with the 3rd ID, is currently serving a second Iraqi deployment east of Baghdad. Son Jesse served in Baquba with the 1st ID before suffering a near-fatal "heat event," while his wife, Evelyn, was an army convoy driver in Baghdad, also serving a second tour. Sarah is an apprentice electrician, and Zach and Rebekkah are students. 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 Rep. Jerry McNerney in Californias 11th Congressional District to Governor Deval Patrick in Massachusetts to Rep. Donna Edwards in Marylands 4th Congressional District. "I am honored to have the endorsement of Democracy for America, said Bill Hedrick. The support of activists committed to real change at the grassroots level will make it possible for us to convey our message of honest, responsible, and effective government--for a change--in the 44th District." When Bill Hedrick talks about bringing our brave men and women in uniform home from the War in Iraq, his opponent is silent. When Bill Hedrick talks about clean, renewable energy sources, Ken Calvert is too busy taking money from big oil. And, when Bill Hedrick talks about protecting American jobs and restoring the middle class, Ken Calvert says nothing because he has no economic plan, said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director of Democracy for America. Now is the time for Ken Calverts shameful and self-serving Congressional career to come to an end. ###
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Garnet Lewis

Released: September 3, 3008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Garnet Lewis campaign for Michigans 98th State House District. Garnet Lewis is an educator and community leader with the experience we need in the State House, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Garnet Lewis is not someone who sits on the sidelines. She rolls up her sleeves, gets involved, and will be a champion for the working men and women of her district. Garnet Lewis is a community leader with a long involvement in local grassroots politics. She founded the Saginaw Area Democratic Club and subsequently has served as President. In that capacity, she has been deeply involved in several successful Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) efforts, including those of Governor Jennifer Granholm and State Representative Andy Coulouris. Garnet also organized door to door activities to defeat Proposal 2 in 2006. She is an elected Democratic Precinct Delegate. Garnet currently serves as the associate director for professional education at Central Michigan University and has worked in higher education for 24 years. She holds a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of North Texas, a master's degree from Northern Michigan University, and a bachelor's degree from Truman State University in Missouri. While Lewis's educational background, her professional expertise, and her service orientation uniquely suit her for political office, the central message of the campaign addresses education, economy, and healthcare-the three elements of a vital and growing society. Garnet stresses that affordable higher education will ensure the vibrancy of Michigan's future economy. 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. It is an honor to receive the endorsement of Democracy for America, said Garnet Lewis. As a DFA member, I have benefited from the great training opportunities and experienced first-hand the advantage of engaging in the political process at the grassroots level. Garnet Lewis knows that when citizens get involved to improve their communities and take back our country everyone benefits, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. Garnet Lewis is at the forefront of grassroots outreach and Democracy for America is proud to endorse her campaign. ###
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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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