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A message from Nick Passanante: With the Iowa caucuses over the media will continue to focus on the Republican primary and all the candidates' shenanigans. But no matter which candidate the GOP chooses, America loses. That's why we're turning our attention to what matters -- electing real progressives at all levels of office. By building the bench of progressive champions, we will combat the right-wing hypocrisy where it matters most -- in your hometown. We're proud to support candidates like Mary Nickum -- a long-time DFA activist and local member of DFA-Maricopa County-- running for town council in Fountain Hills, Arizona.Or Tom Ammiano, atireless supporter of universal healthcare, who is running a truly grassroots campaign to continue representing San Francisco in the California Assembly.It's people like them and like Debra Shore, running for re-election to the Metro Water Reclamation District in Chicago, who make change from the bottom up possible. Democracy for America endorses and supports candidates like Mary, Tom and Debra -- local DFA members who are working to make a difference in their communities and states -- and that's why we helped launch the Candidate Project -- an effort to recruit, train and help elect progressives across the country to local and state offices. Pledge to get involvedor find out more about the Candidate Project. You have the power. Take it from Debra: When I first ran for office in 2006, I took Governor Howard Dean's admonition to the grassroots to heart: step up and run.So I did, and I won. Now is your chance to run for office or to recruit others to run. Join the Candidate Project and you'll be part of an online community devoted to helping you and others who share our values win -- at every level from dog-catcher to state senate. Pledge to run for office, recruit others, or to volunteer on a local race and join the Candidate Project today. Whichever way the GOP primary goes, we know we can fight back at the local level. Take action to get involved and help build the progressive movement in your own community. Thanks for everything you do. - Nick Nick Passanante, Deputy Political Director Democracy for America
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2012 for 2012 release with 3 non-fed endorsements

Part of a Joint Effort with New Organizing Institute, Progressive Majority, and others, DFA Helps to Build the Progressive Bench with Recruitment, Endorsements, Training and Support Burlington, VT Today, Democracy For America (DFA) announced the endorsement of three progressive candidates running for local office in 2012.The endorsements are part of DFAs involvement with 2,012 for 2012, a collaborative effort to recruit a new generation of progressive candidates for local office. So far, 400 DFA members have pledged to run for office, and an additional 800 DFA members have pledged to support them locally. Todays endorsements include: Mary Nickum running for town council in Fountain Hills, Arizona; Tom Ammiano running for re-election to represent the 13th Assembly District and San Francisco in the California State Assembly; and Debra Shore, running for re-election to the Metro Water Reclamation District in Chicago. DFA will support candidates in the 2,012 for 2012 project with online trainings, volunteer recruitment, endorsements, and fundraising. Were proud to support progressive candidates like Mary Nickum running for town council in Fountain Hills, Arizona -- a long-time DFA activist and local member of DFA-Maricopa County; Tom Ammiano, a strong supporter of universal healthcare who is running a truly grassroots campaign to continue representing San Francisco in the California Assembly; and Debra Shore, running for re-election to the Metro Water Reclamation District in Chicago. These candidates make change from the bottom up possible and were proud to endorse them, said Nick Passanante, Political Director for DFA. DFA is also proud to work on this collaborative effort in the 2012 for 2012 campaign to recruit a new generation of progressive candidates for office, Passanante added. In total, the 2012 for 2012 campaign has exceeded its goals and has already recruited more than 5,000 new progressive candidates to run for office. ### ABOUT 2,012 for 2012 2012 for 2012 is a non-partisan collaborative effort to recruit a new generation of progressive candidates for local office. The initiative is hosted by the Candidate Project, a program of the New Organizing Institute, and is a collaboration between organizations who have successfully recruited and trained candidates for years including Progressive Majority, Democracy for America, Emerge America, and Women's Campaign Fund and innovative organizations who are new to candidate recruitment like CREDO, Rebuild the Dream, Color of Change, America Votes, and Living Liberally. ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Founded by Gov. Howard Dean, Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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Finally!

A message from Arshad Hasan: It's finally here. Iowa Republicans will cast the first votes of the 2012 primaries tonight. It's hard to believe that they've only been campaigning for year -- it feels like Mitt, Rick, Newt and all the rest have been trying to out-crazy each other for a lot longer than that. It's time to pull out the popcorn now that Republicans have actually started voting, so we've decided to have a little fun here at DFA. Guess the winners of tonight's caucus and their share of the vote and win a DFA t-shirt signed by Gov. Howard Dean. I'm betting on Romney pulling out a big win tonight. What do you think? -Arshad Arshad Hasan, Executive Director Democracy for America
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Thank you for all that you do

A message from Jim Dean: This wasn't supposed to be a big year for elections. There wasn't a single vote cast for President or Senate -- not even a primary. We saw just a few special congressional elections and a handful of state and municipal elections last month. It wasn't supposed to be a big year, but we've always defied expectations here at Democracy for America and this year was no different -- 2011 was our biggest year ever and we couldn't have done it without the support of members like you. DFA isn't like other organizations. We don't take corporate money -- we rely on small contributions from thousands of members nationwide to run our programs, make change, and take our country back. We don't have offices or staff in every state. Instead, we have members like Rosi Efthim in New Jersey, Melissa Lindbergh in Illinois and Susan Kopicki in California who volunteer their time to lead other DFA members in their area to take action and make great progressive change. Some people think we're crazy not to take corporate money or to invest so much in our local leaders. But that's what makes DFA different and that's what allowed us to do so much great work this year. Please support our work for 2012 and beyond with a contribution right now. We knocked on over 100,000 doors in Wisconsin this year as part of the recall elections. We held 300 movie nights and organized over 2,000 volunteers at Earth Day events nationwide to educate people on the dangers of fracking. We made tens of thousands of phone calls to voters this year and ran five powerful TV ads in Wisconsin ahead of the recall elections. We teamed up with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to call on Congress to repeal DOMA, and with Sen. Bernie Sanders to keep Social Security safe, stable and secure for all Americans. We were the first national organization to endorse progressive leader Ilya Sheyman for Congress. We helped Kathy Hochul win her long-shot race for Congress by raising $50,000 for her when she most needed it in the final stretch of the campaign. And we delivered over $150,000 for Elizabeth Warren's fight to defeat Scott Brown next year. We do a lot of amazing work together. Please contribute $12 to make 2012 our biggest year yet. Thank you, Mary, for everything you do -- and have a fabulous holiday. -Jim Jim Dean, Chair Democracy for America
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#runthistown

A message from Kaili Lambe: There's a lot at stake in 2012, but some of the most important races in the country won't get any national attention. Local officials can decide what's taught in our schools and set priories for our towns and our state governments, but their campaigns are often waged with very little outside attention. There are thousands of key positions up for grabs around the country in 2012 -- many of them in your own backyard. Will you consider running for one of them? Decisions made at the local level have a real impact andprogressive candidates running for local office have been on their own for too long. That's why we're joining the New Organizing Institute and dozens of other progressive organizations to bring you the Candidate Project -- to recruit, train and support progressive candidates running for everything from dog-catcher to state representative. Democracy for America Pledge to run for office, or recruit candidates in your community to join the Candidate Project. Or find out more about how you can be involved. We need progressives like you fighting to make sure our values are represented in local governments around the country. In 2012, progressives will be running for seats at every level of local government nationwide -- to take back our school boards, town councils, and statehouses. Will you be one of them? You can also pledge to recruit candidates or volunteer on a local race. You have the power to change your town for the better. And with the Candidate Project you will also have a community of support from the day you sign up through election night 2012. Thanks for everything you do. - Kaili Kaili Lambe, Political Campaign Manager
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