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Dan Besse Named DMO Blue Star Rising

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The National Board of Directors of Democratic Municipal Officials is honored to endorse our own Dan Besse as a Blue Star Rising Candidate in his race to represent North Carolina’s 74th District in the State House of Representatives. Dan is a former DMO Board Member and currently serves part time as DMO’s Labor and Intergovernmental Affairs Advisor.

The DMO confidently attests to Dan’s capabilities as a leader committed to progressive policy change. Dan comes highly qualified as a lifelong public interest advocate, with demonstrated expertise as a champion for expanded healthcare, strong neighborhoods, good public schools,  public transportation, and affordable housing. As a lawyer, he has fought for clean energy and utilities, fair employment, housing, and health care access for working families. A true advocate for Democratic values, Dan has been improving his community throughout his entire career, having spent nearly a decade representing poor families as a legal aid attorney in coastal North Carolina.

As the Representative for North Carolina’s House District 74, Dan will fight to improve North Carolina’s education system as well as for better pay and respect for the state’s teachers. He will do all that he can to increase access to affordable healthcare, including expanding Medicaid. He will work to improve environmental quality and economic opportunity, and help North Carolina thrive amidst new challenges. DMO believes that Dan is the progressive leader that North Carolina’s District 74 needs. This belief is widely shared, as shown through Dan’s endorsements from the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood Votes of the South Atlantic, the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters, and many more.

The Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) serves to connect, engage, and empower elected officials who identify as Democrats across the US. To better fulfill that mission we initiated our Blue Star Candidate program, strengthening our membership by drawing national attention to local Democratic candidates. These candidates have been vetted and recommended by their DMO State Chapter, and their election may swing a city council or mayor’s office from red to blue.

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