Democracy for America endorses Tishaura Jones’ reelection bid for St. Louis (MO) Treasurer

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Tishaura Jones in her race for reelection as Treasurer of the City of St. Louis, MO.

Democracy for America proudly supported Jones in her 2017 bid for St. Louis Mayor.

In 2020, the grassroots progressive political action committee is supporting Jones for reelection to a third term as St. Louis’ Treasurer as she works to build on her success banning the box, increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour in the city departments she oversees, and launching the nation’s second-largest children’s savings program, College Kids, which presently has over 16,000 children with over $1.1 million saved for their futures.

Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Jones’ reelection bid:

“Democracy for America is excited to endorse Tishaura Jones in her race for reelection as St. Louis’ treasurer, because, over her first two terms, she has proven herself to be an unyielding champion for reform, a fierce advocate for the city she serves, and a leading light in municipal government for the progressive movement.

These strengths have been particularly pronounced during the COVID-19 crisis as Tishaura Jones has used her background in public health to take actions, like halting parking meter enforcement, to ensure the departments she supervises as Treasurer are leaders in the effort to halt the spread of the virus in St. Louis.

 “From banning the checkbox that prevented so many with a criminal record from getting a job with city departments she runs, to making sure that every employee she manages received a living wage of at least $15/hr, Tishaura Jones’ has put our shared progressive values in action, delivered for the City of St. Louis, and we know she’s just getting started.

“Democracy for America is humbled to stand with Tishaura Jones in her race for reelection and we look forward to fighting alongside her through November and beyond.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

Statement from Tishaura Jones on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:

"As Treasurer, I was able to implement policies and advocate for many of the things DFA supports. During my tenure, I raised wages to $15/hour, I started the nation's 2nd largest children's savings account program, College Kids, and I have directly advocated for financial institutions to do more in low-income and black neighborhoods to shrink the racial wealth gap.” -- Tishaura Jones, Treasurer, City of St. Louis, MO

DFA has 5,696 members in St. Louis, 23,904 in the state of Missouri, and more than one million members nationwide.

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