DLCC Celebrates Record Breaking Candidate Recruitment in Targeted State

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 27, 2018
CONTACT:
Alexandra Weinroth
DLCC Press Secretary
[email protected]
202.449.6740
 
DLCC Celebrates Record Breaking Candidate Recruitment in Targeted State
Maine Democrats running candidates in every state Senate district, women make up over 50 percent of state House slate
 
WASHINGTON — Today Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) Executive Director Jessica Post congratulated Maine Democrats and legislative leaders on their record breaking candidate recruitment efforts.
 
For the first time ever, over 50 percent of Democratic candidates running for the Maine House are women – a stark difference from House Republicans, whose candidates are nearly 80 percent men. Democrats are also backing a candidate in 148 of 151 House districts. In the state Senate, Democrats are fielding a candidate in every district, while Senate Republicans neglected to run a candidate in three districts.
 
“Congratulations to Maine Democrats on this historic achievement,” said Post. “The DLCC knows the success of Maine Democrats is essential to preventing a LePage-Trump agenda, and we are committed to strengthening Democrats’ hold on the state House and flipping the state Senate from red to blue this November. We are proud to stand with Maine Democrats, our Board member and Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, and our in-state partners as we fight to protect Democratic values and elect Democratic legislators who will stand up to extremism and advance policies benefitting all Mainers.”
 
“From our legislative victories this session to our landmark success recruiting strong candidates to run this November, our steadfast partnership with the DLCC has been a key part of our success,” said Speaker of the House Sara Gideon. “With the help of the DLCC, I look forward to working alongside a new Democratic majority in the state Senate to move Maine forward.”
 
DLCC’s Regional Political Director, Brett Cooper, and the DLCC Field Team have been on the ground in Maine, helping to train key staff and set winning strategies and the committee is currently featuring eight Maine Democrats on its Spotlight Races page. With Democrats holding the majority in the state House and only one seat away from flipping the state Senate this November, the DLCC is committed to expanding Democrats’ blue wall to The Pine Tree State, and has named the Maine Senate to the committee’s list of top targets.
 
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is the only organization exclusively committed to electing Democrats to state legislatures all over the country and winning Democratic control of chambers. For over two decades, the DLCC has been working with state legislative leaders to invest strategically in state programs, which has led to Democrats flipping 44 seats since Trump’s inauguration. The DLCC is building on Democrats’ winning momentum and continues to lay the groundwork for substantial gains in 2018 in statehouses nationwide. State Democrats recently scored critical victories in Missouri, PennsylvaniaNew York, New HampshireKentuckyFlorida, Minnesota, and elsewhere, while also leading the resistance against the Trump administration’s extremist policies. You can learn more about critical upcoming elections and follow DLCC’s Spotlight Races at races.dlcc.org.
 
For more information or to schedule an interview with the DLCC, please contact Alexandra Weinroth at [email protected].
 
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