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Released: August 12, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Stephen Gorhams campaign for Hillsborough County School Board, District 7. Stephen Gorham has a range of experience that makes him the best choice for the School Board. Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Our public schools are a sacred trust and Stephen Gorham will work everyday to ensure our children are equipped with the skills to succeed in the 21st Century. Stephen Gorham and his family moved to the South Lakeland/Plant City area when he was eight years old. Upon graduating from high school, Stephen enlisted in the Florida Army National Guard. While serving as a reservist in Tallahassee, Stephen attended Florida State University. In 1999, Stephen left College and enlisted in the US Navy. While serving in the navy Stephen earned both his Bachelors and Masters degrees. Stephen is currently the Director of Networking and Telecommunications and Chief Security Officer for Hillsborough Community College. Stephen is a member of the Hillsborough County School Board Citizens Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Florida Army National Guard and Plant City Fire Rescue Reserve. Stephen is proud to claim membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Florida Association of Community Colleges. 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 honored to receive the endorsement of Democracy for America, an organization who understands the importance of local races and believes in the power of grassroots politics, said Stephen Gorham. I look forward to working with the DFA community in the upcoming weeks to bring positive change to the Hillsborough County School District and get our schools back on the right track. Stephen Gorham knows our children deserve and require a safe school environment that allows them to excel and flourish, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. Stephen Gorham will be a progressive voice for our children with a fiscally responsible vision to increase student achievement and guarantee safe schools. ###
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Released: August 12, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Carl Sciortinos re-election campaign for Massachusetts 34th Middlesex District. Carl Sciortino has been a progressive leader in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since he was first elected in 2004 and Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Carl Sciortino does more than represent his constituents. He works for them, he fights for them, and he delivers for them. Carl Sciortino is a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He represents the 34th Middlesex district, including neighborhoods in both Somerville and Medford. Rep. Sciortino serves on the Joint Committees of Transportation, Public Health, and Community Development & Small Businesses. He was first elected in November 2004, defeating a conservative Democratic incumbent. Prior to serving in the legislature, Rep. Sciortino worked in the public health field as a research manager at a community health center specializing in HIV/AIDS. He graduated with a degree in Biology from Tufts University. He is Vice-Chair of the Medford Democratic City Committee, a member of the Medford Ward 4 Democratic Committee, Progressive Democrats of Somerville, Mass NOW, the Sierra Club, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. 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'm honored to receive this endorsement from Democracy for America," said Rep. Sciortino. "I applaud their commitment to supporting grassroots candidates and training local advocates to get involved in the political process. Real democracy comes from an engaged, informed electorate. I'm proud to stand with them in support of those values." Carl Sciortino is running a grassroots campaign that is empowering people and staying true to the fundamental idea of government of the people, for the people, and by the people, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. Carl Sciortino is committed to advancing a progressive agenda which values public education, encourages economic development, and supports public transportation. ###
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Released: August 12, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Jeff Merkleys campaign to represent Oregon in the United States Senate. Jeff is running against Bush administration rubberstamper Gordon Smith. Jeff Merkley is a commonsense progressive with the experience, wisdom, and judgment we need in Washington, said Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America. Jeff Merkleys record in the Oregon State House shows he can work across the partisan divide to get results that improve the lives of Oregonians. With the serious challenges we face -- from ending the War in Iraq, to providing health care to all Americans, to solving the climate crisis Jeff Merkley is the only choice for the Senate. Born in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Jeff Merkley has spent his lifetime fighting for change for Oregon families. The son of a sawmill worker, he spent his early years in Roseburg, where the children of loggers and mill workers learned the value of honest work, good schools, and strong families. Jeff worked hard, earned scholarships and became the first in his family to go to college. He went on to serve as a national security analyst, first for the Pentagon and then for Congress. Nearly two years ago, Jeff led a band of new leaders to take control of the Oregon House and end the gridlock in state government. As the first Democratic speaker in sixteen years, Merkley brought Democrats, Republicans and citizens together to make real progress addressing Oregons challenges. As Speaker, Jeff helped lead the fight against special interests to make health care more affordable, clamp down on pay day loan scams, pass landmark environmental legislation, and create thousands of family-wage jobs in Oregon. Working together, Oregonians achieved results restoring fiscal responsibility by creating the states first rainy day fund, cutting taxes for working people, and passing sweeping ethics reform to clean up government. 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 so honored to receive the endorsement of Democracy for America, said House Speaker Jeff Merkley. Its going to take a national grassroots effort to defeat Gordon Smith in November and we are on the road to making that happen. I have spent my whole career taking on the special interests and delivering for our families, our workers, and our planet. It is time to right the wrong of George Bush and Gordon Smith and put people before the powerful special interests in Washington D.C. Gordon Smith has a shameful record that only George Bush could be proud of, said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director of Democracy for America. Jeff Merkley is the whole package and the real deal. Unlike his opponent, Jeff Merkley doesnt need to play games with voters or hide from his past. Gordon Smith can try and fool people into thinking hes not a Republican, but folks know better. ###
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Released: August 12, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Sherrie Matulas campaign for Texas House District 129. Sherrie Matula is a citizen activist with the experience and knowledge we need in the Texas House of Representatives, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Sherrie Matula is an educator, former elected official, and community leader with a progressive agenda and the skills to get the job done. Sherrie Matula is a Texas native with decades of experience in education, childrens issues, and community leadership. She worked for over 25 years as a classroom teacher in the Clear Creek and Pasadena Independent School Districts. Sherrie was elected to two terms on the Clear Creek ISD school board, is a former board member of Texas State Teachers Association, and served as President of the Galveston County Education District. Sherrie has spent 30 years as a citizen lobbyist in the Texas Legislature, advocating for children and schools. She is a founding board member of Clear Creek ISDs Community in Schools, Science Magnet Program and Education Foundation. Additionally, Sherrie is the president of the Clear Lake Symphony Society and the Middlebrook Community Association. 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. Its a huge honor to be endorsed by Democracy for America. I am running a people powered campaign, with volunteers knocking on many thousands of doors to bring our message of positive change to the House District, said Sherrie Matula. Like DFA, I believe government should be responsive to the needs of everyday citizens, and I look forward to providing that type of leadership to the community when I am elected. Sherrie Matula is ready on day one to tackle problems like skyrocketing insurance costs and preserving the environment while protecting jobs, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. Sherrie Matulas commitment to integrity means she wont be cutting backroom deals when she works on such important issues as guaranteeing public schools receive the funding they need to give our children the education they deserve. ###
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Released: August 11, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Barbara McIlvaine Smiths re-election campaign for Pennsylvanias 156 Legislative District. Barbara McIlvaine Smith is a citizen legislator with a phenomenal progressive record and Democracy for America is proud to endorse her campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. In two years in the General Assembly and with a lifetime of community and business leadership, Barbara McIlvaine Smith has shown time and again she has the experience, wisdom, and judgment we need in Harrisburg. Rep. Barbara McIlvaine Smith, a lifelong resident of Chester County, was elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 2006. Her win by 28 votes pushed the Democrats into the majority for the first time in 12 years. A former small-business owner, educator, local elected official, and community leader, Rep. McIlvaine Smith serves on the board of the Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) and also serves as the 3rd vice president of the West Goshen Lions Club. She is a member of many community organizations, including The Human Relations Council of the Greater West Chester Area; NAACP; American Association of University Women; West Chester Fish, Game and Wildlife; Chester County League of Women Voters; National Organization for Women, as well as others. Rep. McIlvaine Smith is an enrolled tribal member of the federally recognized Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma. In the state Legislature, Rep. McIlvaine Smith currently serves on the Aging & Older Adult Services, Children & Youth, Education, Health & Human Services, and Local Government committees. She is the majority chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Special Education. 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 honored to have the endorsement of a strong grassroots organization like Democracy for America, said Barbara McIlvaine Smith. Since 2004, DFA has actively changed the dynamics for running a successful political campaign and I appreciate the trust they have placed in me. DFAs mission and mine is to continue the progress of bringing the power of government back to the people." Barbara McIlvaine Smith knows progressive solutions like universal health care and quality public education makes Pennsylvania and the United States stronger, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. Barbara McIlvaine Smith is a tireless champion of ethics reform, working to bring increased transparency and accountability to the Assembly. ###
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