Press Releases

DFA backs Mandela Barnes for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin

July 20, 2021

(Vermont) -- Democracy for America (DFA) endorses Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin ahead of the highly-anticipated 2022 contested race for Sen. Ron Johnson’s seat. A Milwaukee native, Mandela has spent the last decade serving Wisconsinites – first in the State Assembly, then as the state’s first Black Lieutenant Governor. 

Mandela was born in one of the state’s most impoverished and incarcerated Zip Codes,…

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DFA endorses the four original members of The Squad for reelection in 2022

July 7, 2021

(Vermont) -- Ahead of the 2022 election cycle, Democracy for America (DFA) endorses Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Ayanna Pressley (MA-7), Ilhan Omar (MN-5), and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) for reelection. The squad, as they have been dubbed, continue to press for progressive reforms for Americans and lean on the Biden administration to deliver.

All members of the Squad handily won re-election in 2020 and DFA continues to be the tip…

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DFA backs Charles Booker for 2022 Senate rematch in Kentucky

July 1, 2021

(Vermont) -- Democracy for America (DFA) endorses Charles Booker for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, ahead of the 2022 race. Booker is a lifelong resident of Kentucky and a former member of the State House of Representatives. During his time in office, he was the state’s youngest Black lawmaker. 

DFA backed Booker in 2020 during his initial run for Senate against Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, this is the group’s first Senate rematch…

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DFA Endorses Michele Rayner for Florida’s 13th Congressional District

June 30, 2021

(Vermont) -- Democracy for America (DFA) endorses Michele Rayner for Florida’s 13th Congressional District ahead of the open 2022 race to fill Rep. Charlie Crist’s seat. If elected, Rayner would be the first openly queer Black women to serve in Congress.

A current Florida state representative and life-long resident, Rayner has an extensive track record of community-centered organizing and served as local council for the NAACP Legal…

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DFA joins CBC PAC and HHFA PAC in endorsing Cheri Beasley for U.S. Senate in NC

June 28, 2021

CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS PAC, DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA PAC, HIGHER HEIGHTS FOR AMERICA PAC Announce Their Joint Endorsement of Former Chief Justice Cheri Beasley in her Bid for U.S. Senate

The CBCPAC, DFA PAC, HHFA PAC proudly endorse Fmr Chief Justice Beasley in her U.S. Senate run in North Carolina.

 

Washington, D.C. - The Congressional Black Caucus PAC (the political arm of the Congressional Black Caucus), Democracy for America PAC…

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DFA Celebrates Alvin Bragg’s big win in Manhattan DA primary

June 23, 2021

DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA CPO CHRIS SCOTT ON

ALVIN BRAGG’S PRIMARY ELECTION VICTORY FOR MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY

 

“Alvin Bragg ran his primary campaign for Manhattan District Attorney with a simple motto – justice can’t wait. The voters of New York came together in resounding agreement and took a step towards justice for all New Yorkers by nominating Bragg for DA. His vision of reversing mass incarceration by reimagining public…

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DFA cheers as India Walton becomes presumptive next mayor of Buffalo, NY

June 23, 2021

DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA CPO CHRIS SCOTT ON

INDIA WALTON’S PRIMARY ELECTION VICTORY FOR BUFFALO MAYOR 

 

“India Walton has just ousted a four term incumbent in a historic upset victory, bringing her one step closer to becoming the first ever woman to become mayor of Buffalo, New York. In one of the most significant progressive victories of the 2021 cycle, she triumphed over moneyed special interests and an entrenched political…

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DFA Endorses Hala Ayala for Lt. Gov of Virginia

June 16, 2021

(Vermont) -- Democracy for America (DFA) endorses Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, who secured the Democratic nomination last week. If elected, Ayala would be the first woman of color and the first Afro Latina, elected to statewide office in Virginia’s history.  

DFA previously endorsed Hala in her bid for Virginia’s 51st House District back in 2017 as part of our successful multi-cycle effort to flip the Virginia…

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DFA endorses in key mayoral races across country

June 11, 2021

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed four mayoral candidates running in 2021 to lead major American cities from across the country. The four mayoral candidates that DFA is endorsing include:

India Walton - Buffalo, NY

Tameika Isaac Devine - Columbia, SC

Sharetta Smith - Lima, OH

Joyce Craig - Manchester, NH

This is the first time DFA has backed Walton, Devine, and Smith – all of whom are Black women and would be the first…

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Democracy for America endorses Aramis Ayala for FL-10

June 2, 2021

(Vermont) -- Democracy for America (DFA) endorses Aramis Ayala for Congress in Florida's 10th Congressional district for Rep. Val Demings’ seat. While Ayala opted not to run for reelection as the state’s attorney, she seized upon the opportunity to run for Congress while Demings seeks to unseat Marco Rubio in the Senate.

DFA previously endorsed Ayala in her successful and historic bid for state attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit…

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CHRISTOPHER SCOTT JOINS DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA AS CHIEF POLITICAL OFFICER

May 17, 2021

(Vermont) -- Democracy for America (DFA) has hired veteran political strategist Christopher Scott to serve in the newly created position of Chief Political Officer where he will oversee the organization’s electoral, political and communications departments. The former national political director for The Collective PAC and Detroit native will also work closely with DFA CEO Yvette Simpson strategically to capitalize on the momentum of the…

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DFA CEO Yvette Simpson reacts to Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict

April 20, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2021 

Contact: Kelley Jackson

(770) 572-3766  

kjackson@democracyforamerica.com 


 

STATEMENT FROM CEO YVETTE SIMPSON 

ON THE GUILTY VERDICT IN THE TRIAL OF DEREK CHAUVIN 

 

(Vermont) -- George Floyd’s life mattered. This has been a long time coming, not only for the family and loved ones of George Floyd, but for the families and loved ones of every Black person that has died at the hands of…

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DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA ENDORSES SAM RASOUL FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA

April 15, 2021

DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA ENDORSES 
SAM RASOUL FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA

(Vermont) -- Democracy for America (DFA) endorses Sam Rasoul for Lt. Governor of Virginia in the open primary election to be held June 8, 2021. The son of immigrant parents, raised in Roanoke, Rasoul is currently a member of the House of Delegates where he has served for seven years.

His work in the General Assembly reflects his reputation as a solid,…

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DFA Endorses Malcolm Kenyatta ahead of 2022 Senate race in PA

April 13, 2021

DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA ENDORSES 
MALCOLM KENYATTA
 FOR PENNSYLVANIA SENATE 

(Vermont) -- Democracy for America (DFA) endorses Malcolm Kenyatta in the 2022 Pennsylvania Senate race. The election will be a decisive one as it will help determine who controls the United States Senate in 2023, Democrats or Republicans. 

DFA supported Kenyatta in his 2017 successful bid for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he still serves,…

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DFA celebrates Tishaura Jones’ historic victory in St. Louis, MO

April 6, 2021

STATEMENT FROM CEO YVETTE SIMPSON 

Democracy for America (DFA) CEO Yvette Simpson released the following statement regarding Tishaura Jones’ victory in today’s St. Louis, MO mayor’s race:

“Congratulations to Tishaura Jones for her hard-won victory to become the next mayor, and the first Black woman elected mayor of St. Louis, Missouri,” said Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America. We are proud to have endorsed her from day one and…

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