2012 Endorsements

Richard Carmona - U.S. Senate, Arizona


Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona wants to bring balance back to Arizona as its new US Senator. Richard currently serves as Pima County’s Deputy Sheriff. He is also the president of the Canyon Ranch Institute. A strong healthcare advocate, he started and directed southern Arizona’s first regional trauma care system. 

Stacey Abrams Georgia House Democratic Caucus - Georgia State Assembly


Stacey Abrams is the Georgia House Minority Leader - the first woman to lead either part of the General Assembly, and the first African American to lead the Georgia House of Representatives. She was first elected in 2007 to represent District 84. As the House Minority Leader, Stacey has been working to strengthen the Georgia House Democratic Caucus. Stacey’s goal: to stop the GOP supermajority. You can read more about Stacey HERE.

Pete Gallego - U.S. Congress, Texas-23


Texas State Representative Pete Gallego was first elected in 1990 at just 28 years of age. He has served as Chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus and the Chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus. Today Pete is running for Texas Congressional District 23 - a take back seat for the Democrats. You can read more about Pete HERE.

Wendy Davis - Texas State Senate


Texas State Senator Wendy Davis proudly served on the Fort Worth City Council for nine years. During that period, she was the chair of the City’s Economic Development Committee where she helped to bring thousands of new jobs to Tarrant County. In 2008, Wendy Davis defeated Republican Kim Brimer in a race widely considered one of the biggest upsets in Texas politics. As a state senator, Wendy staged a filibuster and forced a special session in an attempt to stop cuts to Texas public schools. You can read more about Wendy HERE.

Lilia Alvarez - Maricopa County Board of Supervisors


Lilia Alvarez is running for Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, a powerful governing body with a $2.3 billion budget for FY2013. Lilia is the co-founder of Citizens for a Better Arizona, the organization responsible for the 2011 recall of Russell Pierce. Previously she served as the Director of Community Outreach for The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She has also worked with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project and the Yuma County Legal Defenders Office. A strong community organizer, she interviewed 200 families for the Arizona Center on Aging to evaluate public health needs. 

Mark Takano - U.S. Congress, California-41


Born and raised in Riverside, Mark Takano hopes to serve the newly redrawn California Congressional District 41. The district is located in Riverside County, one of the fastest growing counties in California. A teacher for the Rialto Unified School District, and an advisor to the Rialto High School Gay Straight Student Alliance, Mark was elected to the Riverside Community College District’s Board of Trustees. His race is one of the 13 competitive races in California and a potential Democratic pick-up. You can read more about Mark HERE.

Michael Tubbs - Stockton City Council


Michael Tubbs is running for Stockton City Council District 6. His goal is to re-invent Stockton and create opportunities for the community. Currently, this Progressive Champion is the Coordinator of the Community Involvement Program at University of the Pacific. He is also the Executive Director of The Phoenix Schools, which has worked with over 300 students to gain college acceptance. You can read more about Michael HERE.

Mazie Hirono - U.S. Senate, Hawaii


In 1980, Mazie Hirono was elected to the Hawaii House of Representatives, where she spent 14 years of service. She was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1994, becoming the first immigrant, Asian woman to hold statewide office in the United States. She served Hawaii as Lieutenant Governor until 2006, when she was elected to the US House of Representatives. Today, Mazie is running for US Senate. If successful, she will be the first Asian American woman elected to the US Senate. You can read more about Mazie HERE.

Mary Gonzalez - Texas State Legislature


Mary is breaking barriers as Texas' first Latina openly lesbian running for state legislator from El Paso, Texas. Not only is her bio compelling, but she is a very impressive candidate with the skills, sophistication, and personality to go far. Her social justice commitment appears to be rock solid, and we’re very excited to support her. You can read more about Mary HERE.

Marc Veasey– U.S. Congress, Texas-33


Marc is a young (late 30s), progressive, hard-working, coalition-minded, African American state legislator running for one of the newly-created Texas Congressional seats. This would be a Democratic pick-up and help Pelosi get to the 25 seats she needs to reclaim the Speakership. You can read more about Marc HERE.

Mary Ann Perez – Texas State Legislature


Mary Ann is a progressive community leader currently serving on the Houston Community College board, a seat she won by 44 votes in a hard-fought race where she was backed by the social justice organization Texas Organizing Project (a successor organization of sorts to Texas ACORN). The TOP folks feel strongly about Mary’s race and are doing an independent expenditure campaign on her behalf. You can read more about Mary Ann HERE.

Abel Guillen - California State Assembly


Abel is a young, committed, Latino leader running for State Assembly from the Oakland, CA. His work focuses on reinvesting in education, creating jobs and standing up for working-class families. He is a Trustee for four Peralta Community Colleges. You can read more about Abel HERE.

Jim Frazier - California State Assembly


Jim is a City Councilmember and Former Mayor of Oakley running for State Assembly in Contra Costa County in a race that is critical to the prospects of Democrats achieving a 2/3's majority in the Assembly. His mission is to put people first before politics, and Jim has built deep loyalty from the full rainbow of local leaders. In 2004, Jim and his wife created nonprofit organization that provides packaged meals to 90,000 families in Northern California. His accomplishments include creating jobs, improving highway infrastructure and opening a medical clinic in Oakley. You can read more about Jim HERE

Michelle Lujan Grisham - U.S. Congress, New Mexico-1


Running for Congress, Michelle Lujan Grisham is a twelfth generation New Mexican, born in Los Alamos and raised in Santa Fe. She previously worked for the Lawyer Referral for the Elderly Program of the State Bar of New Mexico. During this time, she fought to protect senior citizens. Her work led her to an appointment by Governor Bruce King to the New Mexico State Agency of Aging. In 2010, Michelle was elected to Bernalillo County Commissioner. You can read more about Michelle HERE.

 Norman Yee - San Francisco Supervisor, California


San Francisco Board of Education President Norman Yee has worked on behalf of San Franciscans for the past 35 years. He ran for District 7 Supervisor in November 2012 to continue building stronger communities and improving the City’s quality of life. Norman has served in an executive management capacity for over 20 years. As a school board member, he closed under-enrolled schools to balance the budget. As Executive Director of a large social service organization, Norman grew the non-profit business sustainably into a multi-million dollar entity with hundreds of employees. You can read more about Norman HERE.

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