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President Obama Endorses In Key Statehouse Races

Press Releases

October 26, 2016

Carolyn Fiddler
National Communications Director

[email protected]

Support Underscores Crucial Nature of State Legislative Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, President Barack Obama endorsed state legislative candidates across the country. Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Jessica Post issued the following statement on the President’s move to highlight down-ballot elections.


“We are thrilled that President Obama is endorsing our candidates in some of the most competitive races across the country,” said Post. “His endorsements highlight how crucial state legislative elections are to building on the progress the President has achieved and to continuing to move our nation forward.

“Statehouse contests have drawn national attention as Democrats prepare to recapture chamber majorities and make major gains on November 8,” Post continued. “The President’s endorsements will help lay the groundwork not only for significant state legislative wins on Election Day; his support also furthers Democrats’ long-term efforts to secure key statehouse majorities over the next two cycles as we prepare for the next round of redistricting. Our nation’s forward progress depends on preventing Republicans from gerrymandering themselves into artificial majorities in the U.S. House and in state chambers for yet another decade. America deserves better.”

President Obama’s state legislative endorsements span the country, from Maine to Georgia to Washington and beyond. Below is a list of initial endorsees. 

· Jeff Bridges, Colorado HD-03

· Dafna Michaelson Jenet, Colorado HD-30

· Janet Buckner, Colorado HD-40

· Mike Weissman, Colorado HD-36

· Tony Exum, Colorado HD-17

· Rachel Zenzinger, Colorado SD-19

· Jenise May, Colorado SD-25

· Daniel Kagan, Colorado SD-26

· Rod Smith, Florida SD-08

· Beth Tuura, Florida HD-47

· Ivette Gonzalez Petkovich, Florida HD-103

· Nick Duran, Florida HD-112

· Daisy Baez, Florida HD-114

· Robert Asencio, Florida HD-118

· Rena Frazier, Florida HD-59

· Lisa Montelione, Florida HD-63

· Ben Diamond, Florida HD-68

· Linda Stewart, Florida SD-13

· Bob Buesing, Florida SD-18

· Jose Javier Rodriguez, Florida SD-37

· Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Florida SD-39

· Donna McLeod, Georgia HD-105

· Bill McGowen, Georgia HD-138

· Floyd Griffin, Georgia HD-145

· Kenneth Zachary, Jr., Georgia HD-151

· Tommy Hill, Georgia HD-173

· Erick Allen, Georgia HD-40

· Kimberly Alexander, Georgia HD-66

· Taylor Bennett, Georgia HD-80

· Scott Holcomb, Georgia HD-81

· Pedro “Pete” Marin, Georgia HD-96

· Ras Smith, Iowa HD-62

· Ilana Rubel, Idaho HD-18A

· Mat Erpelding, Idaho HD-19A

· Melissa Wintrow, Idaho HD-19B

· Merry Marwig, Illinois HD-20

· Cynthia Borbas, Illinois HD-45

· Deb Conroy, Illinois HD-46

· Marty Moylan, Illinois HD-55

· Michelle Mussman, Illinois HD-56

· Dave Miramant, Maine SD-12

· Jewell Jones, Michigan HD-11

· Zach Dorholt, Minnesota HD-14B

· Duane Sauke, Minnesota HD-25B

· Paul Rosenthal, Minnesota HD-49B

· Mary T’Kach, Minnesota HD-52B

· Melissa Hortman, Minnesota HD-36B

· Jamie Becker-Finn, Minnesota HD-42B

· Andrew Carlson, Minnesota HD-50B

· Lindsay Port, Minnesota HD-56B

· Erin Maye Quade, Minnesota HD-57A

· Joshua Boschee, North Dakota HD-44

· Jeff Steinborn, New Mexico SD-36

· Bill Soules, New Mexico SD-37

· Steve Yeager, Nevada AD-09

· Ozzie Fumo, Nevada AD-21

· Justin Watkins, Nevada AD-35

· Sandra Jauregui, Nevada AD-41

· Jason Frierson, Nevada AD-08

· Daniele Monroe-Moreno, Nevada HD-01

· William McCurdy II, Nevada HD-06

· Chris Brooks, Nevada HD-10

· Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod, Nevada HD-34

· Joyce Woodhouse, Nevada SD-05

· Nicole Cannizzaro, Nevada SD-06

· Chris Eachus, New York SD-39

· Todd Kaminsky, New York SD-09

· Jim Gaughran, New York SD-05

· Ryan Cronin, New York SD-06

· Adam Haber, New York SD-07

· Kris Keller, Ohio HD-24

· Cathy Johnson, Ohio SD-16

· Emily Hagan, Ohio SD-24

· Teresa Alonso Leon, Oregon HD-22

· Jennifer Williamson, Oregon HD-36

· Paul Southwick, Oregon HD-37

· Tawna Sanchez, Oregon HD-43

· Tina Kotek, Oregon HD-44

· Barbara Smith Warner, Oregon HD-45

· Janelle Bynum, Oregon HD-51

· Gena Goodman-Campbell, Oregon HD-54

· Linda Weaver, Pennsylvania HD-150

· Carolyn Comitta, Pennsylvania HD-156

· Barbarann Keffer, Pennsylvania HD-163

· Elaine Paul Schaefer, Pennsylvania HD-165

· Perry Warren, Pennsylvania HD-31

· Red Dawn Foster, South Dakota HD-27

· Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Utah HD-24

· Mike Pellicciotti, Washington HD-30A

· Kristine Reeves, Washington HD-30B

· Lisa Wellman, Washington SD-41

· Jeff Wright, Wisconsin HD-51

· Art Shrader, Wisconsin HD-50


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