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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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Press Release

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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Press Release

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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