President Obama Endorses Almost 200 Additional State Democrats

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October 1, 2018
Mara Sloan
DLCC Communications Director
[email protected]
President Obama Endorses Almost 200 Additional State Democrats
WASHINGTON — Today former President Barack Obama announced he is endorsing an additional 180 Democrats running for statehouses nationwide.
The candidates include veterans, educators, union advocates, small business owners, lawyers, health care workers, community organizers, activists, and more. The DLCC has also endorsed many of these changemakers and included them on its list of Spotlight Races.
“The Democratic Party has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people when we lead with conviction, principle, and bold new ideas. Our incredible array of candidates up and down the ticket, all across the country, make up a movement of citizens who are younger, more diverse, more female than ever before,” said President Obama. “They’re Americans who aren’t just running against something, but for something. They’re running to expand opportunity and restore the honor and compassion that should be the essence of public service. I’m proud to endorse so many of them today, and I’m eager to continue making the case for why they deserve our votes this November.”
“As a former state legislator himself, President Obama recognizes the importance of electing strong leaders at the state level, and the DLCC is proud to join him in endorsing this group of exceptional candidates,” said DLCC Executive Director Jessica Post. “These candidates will stand up for democratic values and work to move our nation forward one state at a time. The DLCC has already flipped 44 seats from red to blue since the 2016 election, and we will continue to build Democratic momentum and win more majorities this fall.”
You can learn more about these candidates and other candidates running in critical races across the country at
Endorsed candidates include:
  • Andrea Story, Alaska HD-34
  • John Lincoln , Alaska HD-40
  • Jeff Bridges, Colorado HD-03
  • Tony Exum, Colorado HD-17
  • Marc Snyder, Colorado HD-18
  • Lisa Cutter, Colorado HD-25
  • Yadira Caraveo, Colorado HD-31
  • Matt Gray, Colorado HD-33
  • Kyle Mullica, Colorado HD-34
  • Tom Sullivan, Colorado HD-37
  • Barbara McLachlan, Colorado HD-59
  • Jason Doucette, Connecticut HD-13
  • Christine Palm, Connecticut HD-36
  • Maria Horn, Connecticut HD-64
  • John-Michael Parker, Connecticut HD-101
  • Kara Rochelle, Connecticut HD-104
  • Matt Blumenthal, Connecticut HD-147
  • Christine Cohen, Connecticut SD-12
  • Mary Abrams, Connecticut SD-13
  • James Maroney, Connecticut SD-14
  • Jorge Cabrera, Connecticut SD-17
  • Martha Marx, Connecticut SD-20
  • Julie Kushner, Connecticut SD-24
  • Will Haskell, Connecticut SD-26
  • Anna Eskamani, Florida HD-47
  • Fentrice Driskell, Florida HD-63
  • Margaret Good, Florida HD-72
  • Emma Collum, Florida HD-93
  • Nick Duran, Florida HD-112
  • Javier Fernandez, Florida HD-114
  • Kayser Enneking, Florida SD-08
  • Janet Cruz, Florida SD-18
  • Bob Doyel, Florida SD-22
  • Lindsay Cross, Florida SD-24
  • David Perez, Florida SD-36
  • Annette Taddeo, Florida SD-40
  • Donna McLeod, Georgia HD-105
  • Sally Harrell, Georgia SD-40
  • Zahra Karinshak, Georgia SD-48
  • Heather Matson, Iowa HD-38
  • Jackie Smith, Iowa SD-07
  • Vicky Brenner, Iowa SD-13
  • Amber Gustafson, Iowa SD-19
  • Mary Stewart, Iowa SD-41
  • Tiffany Roberts-Lovell, Maine HD-06
  • Diane Denk, Maine HD-09
  • Kelcy McNamara, Maine HD-21
  • Chris Caiazzo, Maine HD-28
  • Steve Ball, Maine HD-80
  • Jennifer Day, Maine HD-86
  • Chloe Maxmin, Maine HD-88
  • Holly Stover, Maine HD-89
  • Vicki Doudera, Maine HD-94
  • Karen Kusiak, Maine SD-16
  • Thomas Wright, Maine SD-34
  • Courtney Watson, Maryland HD-09b
  • Mike Busch, Maryland HD-30a
  • Tram Nguyen, Massachusetts HD-18th Essex
  • Julian Cyr, Massachusetts SD-Cape & Islands
  • Katie McBrine, Massachusetts SD-Plymouth & Norfolk
  • Matt Koleszar, Michigan HD-20
  • Kelly Breen, Michigan HD-38
  • Mari Manoogian, Michigan HD-40
  • Padma Kuppa, Michigan HD-41
  • Alberta Griffin, Michigan HD-61
  • Jim Haadsma, Michigan HD-62
  • Kara Hope, Michigan HD-67
  • Angela Witwer, Michigan HD-71
  • Rachel Hood, Michigan HD-76
  • Tanya Cabala, Michigan HD-91
  • Dayna Polehanki, Michigan SD-07
  • Rosemary Bayer, Michigan SD-12
  • Mallory McMorrow, Michigan SD-13
  • Julia Pulver, Michigan SD-15
  • Sean McCann, Michigan SD-20
  • Winnie Brinks, Michigan SD-29
  • Poppy Sias-Hernandez, Michigan SD-34
  • Zack Stephenson, Minnesota HD-36a
  • Amir Malik, Minnesota HD-37b
  • Shelly Christensen, Minnesota HD-39b
  • Kelly Moller, Minnesota HD-42a
  • Ginny Klevorn, Minnesota HD-44a
  • Heather Edelson, Minnesota HD-49a
  • Ruth Richardson, Minnesota HD-52b
  • Anne Claflin, Minnesota HD-54a
  • Alice Mann, Minnesota HD-56b
  • John Huot, Minnesota HD-57b
  • Brittney Miller , Nevada AD-05
  • Jason Frierson, Nevada AD-08
  • Steve Yeager, Nevada AD-09
  • Michelle Gorelow, Nevada AD-35
  • Melanie Scheible, Nevada SD-09
  • Ozzie Fumo, Nevada AD-21
  • Lesley Cohen , Nevada AD-29
  • Sandra Jauregui , Nevada AD-41
  • Harrison Kanzler, New Hampshire HD-Carroll 2
  • Edie Desmarais, New Hampshire HD-Carroll 6
  • Cathleen Fountain, New Hampshire HD-Coos 7
  • Sue Ford, New Hampshire HD-Grafton 3
  • Erika Connors, New Hampshire HD-Hillsborough 15
  • Josh Query, New Hampshire HD-Hillsborough 16
  • Willis Griffith, New Hampshire HD-Hillsborough 18
  • Joelle Martin, New Hampshire HD-Hillsborough 23
  • Dan Toomey, New Hampshire HD-Hillsborough 32
  • Mark Vallone, New Hampshire HD-Rockingham 9
  • Gerri Cannon, New Hampshire HD-Strafford 18
  • Wendy Chase, New Hampshire HD-Strafford 18
  • John Streeter, New Hampshire HD-Sullivan 8
  • Bill Bolton, New Hampshire SD-02
  • Mason Donovan, New Hampshire SD-07
  • Jenn Alford-Teaster, New Hampshire SD-08
  • Jeanne Dietsch, New Hampshire SD-09
  • Shannon Chandley, New Hampshire SD-11
  • Melanie Levesque, New Hampshire SD-12
  • Kevin Cavanaugh, New Hampshire SD-16
  • Jon Morgan, New Hampshire SD-23
  • Tom Sherman, New Hampshire SD-24
  • Day Hochman-Vigil, New Mexico HD-15
  • Abbas Akhil, New Mexico HD-20
  • Melanie Stansbury, New Mexico HD-28
  • Karen Bash, New Mexico HD-68
  • Louis D’Amaro, New York SD-04
  • Jim Gaughran, New York SD-05
  • John Brooks, New York SD-08
  • James Skoufis, New York SD-39
  • Karen Smythe, New York SD-41
  • Jen Metzger, New York SD-42
  • John Mannion, New York SD-50
  • Rachel May, New York SD-53
  • Brandon Lofton, North Carolina HD-104
  • John Campbell, North Carolina SD-13
  • Natasha Marcus, North Carolina SD-41
  • Jessica Miranda, Ohio HD-28
  • Timothy Piatt, Ohio HD-36
  • Kelly Kraus Mencke, Ohio HD-55
  • Rachel Crooks, Ohio HD-88
  • Paul Bradley, Ohio SD-05
  • Sharon Sweda, Ohio SD-13
  • Louise Valentine, Ohio SD-19
  • Lauren Friedman, Ohio SD-29
  • Andrew Dixon, Pennsylvania HD-29
  • Dan Williams, Pennsylvania HD-74
  • Joseph Ciresi, Pennsylvania HD-146
  • Joseph Webster, Pennsylvania HD-150
  • Sara Johnson Rothman, Pennsylvania HD-151
  • Daryl Boling, Pennsylvania HD-152
  • Danielle Friel Otten, Pennsylvania HD-155
  • Melissa Shusterman, Pennsylvania HD-157
  • Christina Sappey, Pennsylvania HD-158
  • Anton Andrew, Pennsylvania HD-160
  • David Delloso, Pennsylvania HD-162
  • Michael Patrick Zabel, Pennsylvania HD-163
  • Jenn O’Mara , Pennsylvania HD-165
  • Kristine Howard, Pennsylvania HD-167
  • Kristin Seale, Pennsylvania HD-168
  • Michael Francis Doyle, Pennsylvania HD-170
  • Claudette Williams, Pennsylvania HD-176
  • Joseph Hohenstein, Pennsylvania HD-177
  • Steve Santarsiero, Pennsylvania SD-10
  • Maria Collett, Pennsylvania SD-12
  • Tim Kearney, Pennsylvania SD-26
  • Lindsey Williams, Pennsylvania SD-38
  • Katie Muth, Pennsylvania SD-44
  • Eric Johnson, Texas HD-100
  • Ana-Maria Ramos, Texas HD-102
  • Thresa “Terry” Meza, Texas HD-105
  • Rhetta Bowers, Texas HD-113
  • Julie Johnson, Texas HD-115
  • Robyn Vining, Wisconsin AD-14
  • Mike Mooney, Wisconsin AD-49
  • Jeff Wright, Wisconsin AD-51
  • Alyson Leahy, Wisconsin AD-85
  • Tom Sieber, Wisconsin AD-88
  • Caleb Frostman, Wisconsin SD-01
  • Julie Henszey, Wisconsin SD-05
  • Kyle Whelton, Wisconsin SD-09
  • Kriss Marion, Wisconsin SD-17
  • Lee Snodgrass, Wisconsin SD-19
  • Chris Kapsner, Wisconsin SD-23
  • Jeff Smith, Wisconsin SD-31
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 was elected. The DLCC is building on Democrats’ winning momentum and continues to lay the groundwork for substantial gains in 2018 in statehouses nationwide. State Democrats are 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
For more information or to schedule an interview with the DLCC, please contact Mara Sloan at [email protected].
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