Chair Jim Dean, Governor Howard Dean cite Saldaña’s integrity and outstanding progressive accomplishments
SAN DIEGO – Solidifying her position as the progressive Democratic frontrunner, Democracy for America (DFA), the grassroots organization founded by former Presidential candidate Howard Dean and his brother Jim Dean, has endorsed Lori Saldaña in her bid to represent the people of the 52nd Congressional district.
Democracy for America has over one million members nationwide.
Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America: “What can't we say about Lori Saldana? She's got great instincts and really showcases the core values of the progressive movement. California's 52 District needs a representative who isn't afraid to do what's right and dig in to strengthen the middle class - and I know that is exactly what Lori will do."
Howard Dean: "Lori is the progressive Democrat we need to face the extremists in Congress. She is fiercely principled and willing to ruffle a few feathers to do what is right,” Governor Dean said.
“Lori was named to the first "Dean Dozen" in 2004 along with Barack Obama because I saw in her the combination of integrity, solid progressive values, a background in activism and the perspective of an establishment outsider.
“Eight years later, she has an outstanding legislative record on the issues Democrats care about: green jobs, single-payer healthcare, protecting the social safety net and marriage equality. If you want a government that the supports a healthy, expanding middle class, we need people like Lori Saldana in Washington; that’ s why I have given her my endorsement for Congress."
Lori Saldaña: "I'm thrilled. I've known Howard and Jim for many years and we have always stood for the same thing, encouraging active grassroots participation in our democratic process. Democracy for America members helped me in my efforts to serve the State of California, and their support will be essential in my run for Congress."
Democracy for America adds to Saldaña local and national progressive support including:
• Former City Councilmember Donna Frye
• City Councilmember Marti Emerald
• School Board Trustee Richard Barrera
• Former President of the San Diego Democratic Club, Stephen Whitburn
• Former President of the San Diego Democratic Club, Andrea Villa
• Former San Diego Democratic Party Chair Kennan Kaeder
• School Board President John Lee Evans
• San Diego Chapter of Democracy for America
• The Progressive Change Campaign Committee