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Ron Galperin Named DMO Blue Star Rising

Galperin Named DMO Blue Star Rising

 

The Board of Directors of Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) has named Ron Galperin a Blue Star Rising candidate as he campaigns for California State Controller.

Blue Star Rising Candidates

The DMO serves to connect, engage, and empower elected officials who identify as Democrats. Democratic Municipal Officials initiated the Blue Star Rising candidate program to support promising Democrats who have made significant contributions to the organization and are running for a wider state or federal office. These candidates have been vetted and recommended by the DMO Board of Directors.

Why Ron Galperin?

Ron Galperin currently serves as the Controller of Los Angeles. As the son of immigrants and of a Holocaust survivor, Ron is L.A.’s first citywide-elected LGBTQ official. Controller Galperin’s focus in office has been on transparency, equity, and sound management of how dollars are spent. Indeed, he has modernized the controller’s office by taking city expenditures and staff salaries online, and making city services more available to the public. He serves as the watchdog for the finances of the nation’s second biggest city, as is well positioned to take that acumen to overseeing the state’s expenditures.

As controller, Galperin has tenaciously sought out waste, fraud, and abuse of Los Angeles’ finances. He has revealed billions in misspent funding that should have gone to address homelessness. His changes to the office have transformed how controllers in the city must fulfill their duty to the public, and made it more difficult to commit malfeasance with taxpayer dollars. As State Controller, Galperin will continue his track record of improving infrastructure, safeguarding pension funds, and advocating for LGBTQ rights.

Galperin currently serves on the Executive Committee of Democratic Municipal Officials, advocating for the interests of local elected officials as our Representative to the DNC. He has also served as Chair of the California Chapter, Chair of the Council of State Chapters, and Finance Chair.

Why Does This Race Matter?

As one of the largest economies on Earth, the state of California deserves sound financial management from a responsible controller. Ron Galperin would bring the care and expertise he developed overseeing spending in Los Angeles, impacting the financial wellbeing of not only California, but the nations and other states that engage with it as trading partners. 

How Can You Help?

If you would like to learn more about Ron Galperin’s campaign or contribute you can visit ronforcalifornia.com.

Your Next Race

Are you up for reelection facing steep Republican opposition? Are you vying to reclaim a mayoral seat for Democrats, or flip a council majority blue? Reach out to DMO at Barbara.Moore@NationalDMO.org to learn more about applying for a Blue Star Candidate recommendation.

Jennifer Yeh Named DMO Blue Star Candidate

Yeh Named DMO Blue Star Candidate

 

The Executive Committee of Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) has named Jennifer Yeh a Blue Star Candidate as she campaigns to be reelected to the city council in Eugene, OR.

Blue Star Candidates

The DMO serves to connect, engage, and empower elected officials who identify as Democrats. Democratic Municipal Officials initiated the Blue Star Candidate program to support promising Democrats who stand to retake a mayor’s office, secure a council majority, or break significant grounds with their election. These candidates have been vetted and recommended by the DMO Board of Directors.

Why Jennifer Yeh?

Yeh has served on the City Council since 2017, and has fought to create more affordable housing, build out local infrastructure, and protect the environment. Specifically, Yeh is involved in municipal measures to combat climate change, including the decarbonization and electrification of Eugene. She believes in public safety, while also listening to the community and working to reform policing. She is a strong advocate for public education, including making sure children do not go to class hungry, or feel at risk when travelling to school.

Why Does This Race Matter?

Yeh’s opponent is close with the timber and natural gas industries, and stands in opposition to the measures that Jennifer has proposed to combat climate change. While Jennifer seeks ways to provide service to marginalized communities and transition those experiencing homelessness off the streets, her opponent supports measures that would criminalize them instead. This would be a step backwards for the city of Eugene and the residents who depend on representation from elected officials like Jennifer Yeh.

How Can You Help?

If you would like to learn more about Jennifer Yeh’s campaign or contribute you can visit electjenniferyeh.com.

Your Next Race

Are you up for reelection facing steep Republican opposition? Are you vying to reclaim a mayoral seat for Democrats, or flip a council majority blue? Reach out to DMO at Barbara.Moore@NationalDMO.org to learn more about applying for a Blue Star Candidate recommendation.

Angela Rogensues Named DMO Blue Star Rising

The Board of Directors of Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) has named Angela Rogensues a Blue Star Rising Candidate as she campaigns for United States Congress in Michigan’s 10th Congressional District.

Blue Star Rising Candidates

The DMO serves to connect, engage, and empower elected officials who identify as Democrats. Democratic Municipal Officials initiated the Blue Star Rising candidate program to support promising Democrats who have made significant contributions to the organization and are running for a wider state or federal office. These candidates have been vetted and recommended by the DMO Board of Directors.

Why Angela Rogensues?

Born and raised in Macomb County, Angela has spent her career dedicated to public service. As a member of the Warren Council, Rogensues introduced a bill to create a Veterans Affairs Committee, and strongly advocated for working and low-income families. Her dedication to service drew recognition, and Governor Whitmer appointed Rogensues to chair the board and executive committee of the Michigan Municipal Services Authority.

In her work at DMO, Rogensues has served as Labor Chair, Michigan State Chair, Chair of the Council of State Chapters, and now as Vice President, where she holds a seat on the Democratic National Committee. Her commitment to organized labor has been well demonstrated during her time at DMO. Angela went above and beyond as Chair of the Labor Council, standing on picket lines, coordinating with unions on state legislation, and penning an op-ed with UAW President Rory Gamble supporting voting rights. She currently co-chairs the Michigan AFL-CIO Labor Caucus.

In past years, Angela was recognized as Crain’s Detroit Business Notable Women in Education Leadership, Corp! Magazine Most Valuable Professional, Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40, and is involved with the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference Future Leaders Program.

Upon hearing the news of her Blue Star Candidate certification, Rogensues said, “I am incredibly honored to receive the endorsement of the Democratic Municipal Officials. Thank you to my municipal colleagues from across the country who are tirelessly working to improve their communities by advocating every day for the needs of their residents. To endorse my candidacy for the United States Congress is an honor of a lifetime and I could not be prouder to stand next to them in our efforts to make the world a better place.”

Why Does This Race Matter?

The 10th District is purple, at times leaning more conservative. Rogensues‘ election would establish a Democrat in a seat usually held by a Republican. She would serve as a testament to Democratic, pro-labor values.

How Can You Help?

If you would like to learn more about Angela Rogensues‘ campaign or contribute you can visit angelaforuscongress.com.

Your Next Race

Are you up for reelection facing steep Republican opposition? Are you vying to reclaim a mayoral seat for Democrats, or flip a council majority blue? Reach out to DMO at Barbara.Moore@NationalDMO.org to learn more about applying for a Blue Star Candidate recommendation.

DMO Blue Star Candidate Phillip Bailey Wins Election

We are excited to announce the victory of DMO Blue Star Candidate Phillip Bailey in his election for Alderman in the city of Glendale, WI. 

When first endorsed by the DMO Board of Directors, Bailey said, “Since I launched my campaign late last year to be Glendale’s next 4th District Alderman, I’ve been out knocking on doors and talking to voters about their concerns and ideas for our city. I have been inspired by the support I’ve received from neighbors who are ready for a fresh and new perspective on our City Council. The support and encouragement of Democratic Municipal Officials and other local officials has been so appreciated as a first-time candidate. It’s an honor to be a DMO Blue Star candidate. I’m ready to get to work to serve my constituents.”

DMO Board Member and Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy remarked, “After serving for several years with Phillip on Plan Commission, I have seen his insight and thoughtful approach to city issues. I think he’s going to be an excellent addition to the Common Council.”

Bailey’s campaign brings a focus to transparency in government, promising increased accessibility and community engagement. He is also committed to safer streets and public infrastructure that makes room for pedestrians. He has served as a Plan Commissioner since moving to the city in 2018, and worked to help develop the city’s 2040 Vision Plan.

Once sworn in, Bailey will also be the first openly LGBT individual elected to represent the city. In 2021, Bailey worked with Mayor Kennedy and the Common Council to unanimously pass the “Glendale Pride Month Recognition Proclamation” so the city could recognize the contributions made by members of the LGBT community, and to actively promote a welcoming and inclusive Glendale. 

The DMO serves to connect, engage, and empower elected officials who identify as Democrats. Democratic Municipal Officials initiated the highly selective Blue Star Candidate program to draw national attention to local Democratic candidates, in particular when such an election would shift a mayor’s seat or council majority from red to blue. These candidates have been vetted and recommended by the DMO Board of Directors.

If you would like to learn more about Phillip Bailey’s campaign or contribute you can visit phillipforglendale.com

ROBERTS HONORED AT NATIONAL MUNICIPAL OFFICIAL CELEBRATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Nils Robbins
Tel: 202-770-8053
Email: Nils.Robbins@nationaldmo.org

 

ROBERTS HONORED AT NATIONAL MUNICIPAL OFFICIAL CELEBRATION

Shoreline Council Member Christopher Roberts given award for exemplary leadership at Democratic Municipal Officials’ National meeting

 

Washington, DC, March 16, 2022 –

Shoreline, WA Council Member Christopher Roberts received the Susan Burgess President’s Award for Exemplary Leadership yesterday morning during the Democratic Municipal Officials’ (DMO) “Oh So Blue” Celebration. Named in honor of the late Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem and DMO President Susan Burgess, the award honors one member of DMO for their outstanding service to the organization.

DMO National President and Philadelphia At-Large Council Member Derek Green presented the award to Roberts. “It is the nature of local elected Democrats to work tirelessly, and not always receive due recognition for that hard work. We wanted to shine the spotlight on a leader whose efforts behind the scenes have led to incredible success for our organization on the national stage.”

A member of the Choctaw nation, Roberts accepted the award with a surprised, “Yakoke” (Thank you). He was joined at the event by several of the previous recipients of the Susan Burgess President’s Award, including Detroit Council Member Scott Benson, former Chicago Alderman Joe Moore, Northfield Council Member Suzie Nakasian, and former Rome, GA Commissioner Wendy Davis.

Held during the National League of Cities (NLC) annual Congressional City Conference, the DMO “Oh So Blue” National Breakfast gathers mayors, council members, and other local elected Democrats comprising the membership of DMO for their biannual meeting. The crowd heard from guest speakers including a video greeting from Stacey Abrams, the DNC’s Reyna Walters-Morgan, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, Roberts’ own Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, and keynote speaker Doug Emhoff. Also on stage were some of Robert’s fellow DMO Board Members, including Savannah, GA Mayor Van Johnson and Detroit, MI Council Member Scott Benson.

Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) is the DNC Association for municipal elected officials who personally identify as members of the Democratic Party. The organization holds three seats on the DNC, and advocates for the thousands of local elected Democrats across the United States.

 

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For more information, please call 202-770-8053 or email Nils.Robbins@nationaldmo.org

Ketanji Brown Jackson Nominated to SCOTUS – Local Talking Points

President Joe Biden has taken his first step in keeping a promise he made to the voters in 2020 on the campaign trail. He has nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson to be our next Supreme Court Justice. When confirmed, she will be the first African American woman to serve on the Supreme Court in our nation’s history.

Our country was established on the belief that we can make our union more perfect. In 2020 this is precisely why so many of us voted for President Biden. Now we must now stand up collectively in every city and speak our truth to power. Republicans began tearing down Ketanji Brown Jackson before she was even nominated. Now our voices must be so loud and amplified that those in the United States Senate hear our demand that Ketanji Brown Jackson be confirmed to the Supreme Court and make history!

This is our moment to demonstrate the power of local Democrats; by writing op-eds, holding press conferences with other elected officials and community groups, interviews with media, social media campaigns, and any other way you and your community can support our Supreme Court nominee. 

Social Media Tips

  • Only share positive and factual information – let’s focus on building up Ketanji Brown Jackson

  • Tag @NationalDMO, @POTUS, and @VP 

  • Suggested posts

    • “@ [your senator] Vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson. The Supreme Court needs her voice to make sure our people are reflected in our laws.  @NationalDMO @POTUS @VP @[local media]”

    • “@ [your senator] Now is the time to do what is right and vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson. As elected officials, we have the moral obligation to represent every member of our constituency. Let’s make history together. @NationalDMO @POTUS @VP @[local media]”

Talking Points

  • President Biden is nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, one of our nation’s brightest legal minds, to the Supreme Court.
  • President Biden sought a candidate with exceptional credentials, unimpeachable character, and unwavering dedication to the rule of law.
  • A former clerk for Justice Breyer, whom she is nominated to replace, Judge Jackson is a top jurist with strong experience on the federal bench, currently serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
  • Judge Jackson has broad experience across the legal profession – as a federal appellate judge, a federal district court judge, a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, an attorney in private practice, and as a federal public defender.
  • Judge Jackson has been confirmed by the Senate on a bipartisan basis three times – most recently last year for her current seat.
  • If confirmed, Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
  • Judge Jackson is an outstanding nominee for Supreme Court, and the Senate should move forward with a fair and timely confirmation and hearing.

Bio – Ketanji Brown Jackson: Who is she?

 Jackson studied government at Harvard University, graduating in 1992. She also received her law degree from Harvard in 1996.

— Jackson clerked for three federal jurists, including a district court judge in Massachusetts, an appellate judge in the 1st Circuit and Breyer himself.

— Earlier in her legal career, Jackson worked as an assistant federal public defender in Washington, D.C., where she worked on appellate cases, and served as vice chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission for several years.

 President Barack Obama nominated Jackson for a district court judgeship in D.C. near the end of his first term as president, and she was confirmed in early 2013. He also interviewed her as a potential nominee after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016.

 Biden nominated her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in March 2021, as part of one of his early slates of nominees, and she was formally elevated last summer.

 As a district court judge, Jackson issued several high-profile rulings. In 2019 she ruled against the Trump administration’s attempt to shield former White House counsel Don McGahn from testifying before Congress, writing that “presidents are not kings.”

DMO Statement on the Election of Liz Shuler as AFL-CIO President

DMO Statement on the Election of Liz Shuler as AFL-CIO President

DMO President Derek Green congratulates the new officers of the 12.5 million member AFL-CIO, Liz Shuler as president and Fred Redmond as secretary-treasurer.  Accomplished labor leaders with deep experience, Ms. Shuler and Mr. Redmond are respectively the first woman and first Black top elected leaders of the United States’ largest and most diverse labor federation.

“Labor unions are essential for closing the wealth gap between men and women, and between white Americans and Americans of color, both groups who have been historically disadvantaged in the workplace. The election of President Schuler and Secretary-Treasurer Redmond shows that the AFL-CIO will continue to represent all workers in the modern economy, and meet the challenges presented by campaigns to deregulate safety standards, disenfranchise voters, and destroy the power of an organized workforce.”

Ms. Shuler has served as the AFL-CIO’s secretary-treasurer since 2009 with the late President Richard Trumka.  She previously served as a distinguished leader of IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers), and among other accomplishments worked with a broad coalition of labor, community, and environmental organizations to stop Enron’s attempt to have the electric power utility industry in Oregon deregulated.

Mr. Redmond served as the International Vice President for Human Affairs of the USW (United Steelworkers), where his work included working with USW allies across the country in responding to attacks on voting rights and combating economic inequality.  He was recently elected President of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas.

More information on the background and achievements in the labor movement of Ms. Shuler and Mr. Redmond can be found here:  https://aflcio.org/press/releases/shuler-elected-afl-cio-president.

DMO is delighted to join President Biden, Vice President Harris, and other Democratic officials across the nation in welcoming the new elected leaders of the AFL-CIO.

Tameika Isaac Devine Named DMO Blue Star Rising Candidate

Tameika Isaac Devine Named DMO Blue Star Rising Candidate

 

The Board of Directors of Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) has named Tameika Isaac Devine a Blue Star Rising candidate as she campaigns for Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina.

Blue Star Rising

The DMO serves to connect, engage, and empower elected officials who identify as Democrats. Democratic Municipal Officials initiated the highly selective Blue Star Rising candidate program to draw national attention to Democratic candidates who have held local office and have a history of serving DMOs through their work with Democratic Municipal Officials. These candidates have been vetted and recommended by the DMO Board of Directors.

Why Tameika Isaac Devine?

Devine is a Board Member of Democratic Municipal Officials, selected for Blue Star Rising recognition due to her engagement and strong candidacy. She has a lasting record of working in the community, both as a member of the city council and acting as legal representative to those who are experiencing mental health issues. With Covid-19 revealing deep disparities when it comes to health, education and economics, Devine sees the mayor’s office as a place to bring about equitable solutions and serve the city she loves.

DMO President Emeritus and Detroit Councilman Scott Benson commented on Devine. “It is a joy to work with an elected official who truly loves her city. I know Tameika will passionately serve the people of Columbia, making sure no one is left behind.”

Tameika has a reputation in Columbia as a council member who gets things done. Her peers know her as the one constantly developing successful projects, and her constituents know her as the council member who listens. She is devoted to empowering Columbians, and is dedicated to rolling up her sleeves to make sure the work gets done well. 

Devine’s leadership is recognized nationally, as she serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of the National League of Cities, the Board of Women in Municipal Government, as the Regional Director of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, and at DMO as the State Chair of the South Carolina Chapter. 

Why Does This Race Matter?

The next Mayor of Columbia must be prepared to step up and fill the shoes of the mayor of the past decade, former President of the US Conference of Mayors Steve Benjamin. Devine herself has two decades dedicated to Columbia on the city council, and is a leader at the National League of Cities. She represents not only an opportunity to make sure a Democrat takes the mayor’s office, but to ensure Columbia’s next mayor comes in with a proven track record of experience and the enduring support of the city.

How Can You Help?

If you would like to learn more about Tameika Isaac Devine’s campaign or contribute you can visit https://devineformayor.com/.

Your Next Race

Are you up for reelection facing steep Republican opposition? Are you vying for a seat that would reclaim a mayoral seat for Democrats, or flip a council majority blue? Reach out to DMO at Jesse.Maldonado@NationalDMO.org to learn more about applying for a Blue Star Candidate recommendation.

 

Wendy Davis Named DMO Blue Star Rising Candidate

Wendy Davis Named DMO Blue Star Rising Candidate

 

The Board of Directors of Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) has named Rome, GA Commissioner Wendy Davis a Blue Star Rising Candidate in her bid for United States Congress representing the 14th District of Georgia. Davis is a long time Board Member of DMO, and currently heads the Political Council to help bring tools and resources to other local officials running for office. Now she is seeking wider office to give Georgians the representation in Congress that they deserve.

Blue Star Rising

The DMO serves to connect, engage, and empower elected officials who identify as Democrats. Democratic Municipal Officials initiated the highly selective Blue Star Rising candidate program to draw national attention to Democratic candidates who have held local office and have a history of serving DMOs through their work with Democratic Municipal Officials. These candidates have been vetted and recommended by the DMO Board of Directors.

Why Wendy Davis?

As Chair of DMO’s Political Council, Wendy has spearheaded the work of building our ranks of national level experts and service providers to make sure local Democrats win their next campaign. She approaches the work of DMO with a pragmatism and sensibility that ensures we can meet our goals and represent the interests of Democrats across every shade of blue. Wendy makes sure to advocate for and include a broad range of opinions, living her campaign motto, “Together we can thrive.”

DMO Treasurer and Savannah, GA Mayor Van Johnson said of Davis, “Wendy is a true Georgian, and I know she will represent the interests of everyone in the 14th District. She is dedicated to helping fellow DMOs win their elections, and her skill and insight on the campaign trail helped make my own campaign a success.”

As a city commissioner, Davis has always asked tough questions and sought innovative solutions. Indeed, Davis is conducting a listening tour of the district to hear from residents, both their needs and their ideas for the future. This was the kind of responsiveness and determination that Wendy brought to securing a professional baseball team that now calls Rome their home.

Davis is working to serve as a uniter in a district that has been exploited by politicians seeking division. She is a practical public leader, looking for natural solutions that give everyone the opportunity to succeed. Her time as a local elected official also guides her focus to everyday practicalities, like repairing roads and making sure small-town economies don’t fall behind as others prosper. 

Why Does This Race Matter?

The Congressional seat in the 14th District is currently held by Marjorie Taylor Greene. Greene has chosen to focus her attention on creating divisions and outrage rather than committing to the acts of service that improve life for people in northern Georgia. Wendy Davis embodies the kindness, work ethic, and sensibilities of Georgians, and will truly act on her constituents’ behalf when elected.

How Can You Help?

If you would like to learn more about Wendy’s campaign or contribute you can visit https://wendyforus.com.

Your Next Race

Are you up for reelection facing steep Republican opposition? Are you vying for a seat that would reclaim a mayoral seat for Democrats, or flip a council majority blue? Reach out to DMO at Jesse.Maldonado@NationalDMO.org to learn more about applying for a Blue Star Candidate recommendation.

 

Joe Buscaino Named DMO Blue Star Rising Candidate

Joe Buscaino Named DMO Blue Star Rising Candidate

 

The Board of Directors of Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) has named Joe Buscaino a Blue Star Rising Candidate in his race for Mayor of Los Angeles, California. Joe is a past President of Democratic Municipal Officials and has previously served in multiple officer positions within the organization.

Blue Star Rising

The DMO serves to connect, engage, and empower elected officials who identify as Democrats. Democratic Municipal Officials initiated the highly selective Blue Star Rising candidate program to draw national attention to Democratic candidates who have held local office and have a history of serving DMOs through their work with Democratic Municipal Officials. These candidates have been vetted and recommended by the DMO Board of Directors.

Why Joe Buscaino?

Buscaino’s journey with DMO showcases what can happen when local leaders engage with everything our organization has to offer. He was first invited to join by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who told Buscaino that DMO is a place where local elected Democrats could grow their skills and learn from the best in local politics. Buscaino spent his time at DMO building out his fundraising and leadership skills, developing his relationships with elected officials, national Party members, and business and labor leaders through DMO’s network. He is a strong contender in the race, having raised $818,000 in just three and a half months of campaigning.

DMO President and Philadelphia At-large Councilman Derek Green remarked on Buscaino’s run for the top seat in Los Angeles. “I have served with Joe as a Board Member of the Democratic Municipal Officials and the National League of Cities. As President of both of these organizations, Joe has demonstrated proven leadership to bring diverse constituencies together to achieve our goals. There’s a special camaraderie shared by those of us who have guided Democratic Municipal Officials as President. I know that Joe will bring the same passion, devotion, and care to the mayor’s office that he did when leading this organization.”

The focus of Buscaino’s campaign is addressing the everyday problems of Angelinos. The health of a city coming out of the worst pandemic of the 21st century, getting unhoused people off the streets, ensuring a city where everyone feels safe, and where those who work hard can afford a good life. He supports local business owners and industry, as well as environmental protections that safeguard the health of residents. He has a clear vision of an LA that works better for everyone, and a practical set of plans to achieve his goals. 

Buscaino is the immediate past President of the National League of Cities, where he served as President in 2020. Under his leadership, the National League of Cities spearheaded the campaign for federal aid to help support local governments’ funding during the pandemic. That campaign culminated in President Biden’s stimulus bill, which will provide Los Angeles with an estimated $2 billion in recovery funding.  

Why Does This Race Matter?

Whoever is elected as the next Mayor of Los Angeles will helm the second largest city in the nation. LA is grappling with many of the same policy issues other cities are facing, but on a considerable human and geographic scale. From homelessness to climate change to international trade, the next mayor will be expected to meet and set the example on cities’ 21st century challenges. Buscaino’s experience managing large organizations, network of problem solvers, and experience serving Los Angeles sets him poised to deal with the unique challenges facing Los Angeles.

How Can You Help?

If you would like to learn more about Joe Buscaino’s campaign or contribute you can visit https://www.joebuscaino.com/.

Your Next Race

Are you up for reelection facing steep Republican opposition? Are you vying for a seat that would reclaim a mayoral seat for Democrats, or flip a council majority blue? Reach out to DMO at Jesse.Maldonado@NationalDMO.org to learn more about applying for a Blue Star Candidate recommendation.