NonFed Slate Release



Progressive

Powerhouse Invests in local Democratic Races

Strength of Party Depends on Supporting Progressive Candidates

up and Down the Ballot

Burlington, VT Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced a

slate of seven local endorsements for the 2012 election cycle. Known for their ability to strengthen grassroot support for a candidate, Democracy for America goes to great lengths

to vet and endorse local candidates. For

candidates, earning the endorsement of DFA can signal a sea change for their

campaign.

Democracy for Americas recent slate of non-federal endorsed candidates are:



Christian

Smith, candidate for Mobile Country Treasurer in Alabama

Abel

Guillen, candidate for Californias General Assembly District 18

Andy

Melendrez, candidate for Riverside California Mayor

Julio

Perez, candidate for Californias General Assembly District 69

Vin Gopal,

candidate for Monmouth County Democratic Party Chair in New Jersey

Diane

Trautman, candidate for Harris County Board of Education in Texas

John

McClelland, candidate for Denton County Democratic Party Chair in Texas



All across the Country, progressives

are getting active, tuning in, and making a decision to take their country

back, said Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy

for America. Many of our locally

endorsed candidates start out as grassroots activists trying to make a

difference in their communities.

Democracy for America believes the best way to build a stronger and more

engaged progressive community is to enable candidates up and down

the ballot. These endorsements clearly

paint that picture. The strength of our party depends on candidates like Diane Trautman,

Vin Gopal and Abel Guillen.



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DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA 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.