Ben Jealous Launches Gubernatorial Campaign with Grassroots Army at the Ready

Ben Jealous Launches Gubernatorial Campaign with Grassroots Army at the Ready

More than 3,400 DFA Members Have Pledged to Help Jealous Win

As Ben Jealous launches his campaign for Governor of Maryland today, he does so with the support of Democracy for America’s million members - with more than 3,400 grassroots activists and donors who have already committed to work for his successful election from day one. The supporters are members of Democracy for America who were mobilized beginning three weeks ago in preparation of a potential campaign for Jealous.

“Replacing Maryland’s Republican Governor will require a candidate with strong progressive values who can inspire and mobilize voters throughout the state. There is no one better than Ben Jealous for this task. He is a community organizer who has spent his life fighting for economic and racial justice, and has never shied away from speaking truth to power.

“Our members across Maryland and the nation can’t wait to do the work that helps elect Ben Jealous Governor on Election Day.” - Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director at Democracy for America

Below are comments from just some of the DFA members who explained why they are excited about Ben Jealous:

“I heard him speak about six years ago while he was President of the MD NAACP. I  never  forgot that I considered him a superior leader.  Then I discovered that he was supporting Bernie Sanders for the 2016 primary and was even more impressed  to understand some of his political values. Yes. I  believe he is the  best candidate  for these hard times.” - Marie A., 92 years young, of Solomons, MD

“Maryland needs a proven, progressive leader like Ben Jealous.  His history of successful leadership, including his role at the NAACP, gives him the experience to tackle and solve Maryland's problems, whether they are in Baltimore, the Eastern Shore, the DC suburbs, or Western Maryland. In 2018, Maryland needs to replace Larry Hogan as governor with a genuine leader like Ben Jealous.” - Russell S. , Silver Spring, MD

“Ben is all for racial and economic justice.  He will be a great governor for Maryland!” - Edwin F., of Lanham, MD

“Ben, I have admired your work as one of the most engaged NAACP presidents in recent memory. You are a leader who can make a difference. I will absolutely support you! Run, and help progressive Marylanders save our state and country from the tyranny of the Trump administration! Your time is now!” - Cassandra F.,  of Hyattsville, MD

“He's smart, has ethics & cares about people. He will be fair, seek solutions for people and fight for what is in the best interest of his constituency.” - Carolyn A. of Bowie, MD

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 916 progressive candidates nationwide. DFA has 26,239 members in Maryland and has raised more than $86,000 for progressive Maryland candidates in the 2016 cycle alone.

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