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.
To further share the story of municipal Democrats, we are announcing the Blue Star Rising program for local officials who have demonstrated a commitment to the organization and are now running to make a difference at the state or federal level. DMO connects Blue Star Rising candidates with a network of mentorship and fundraising resources, strengthening their campaigns and giving them a leg up after inauguration day. DMO will also use the Blue Star programs to inform our members how to support a rising peer.
Our first Blue Star Rising recipient is DMO’s own Dan Besse. Dan is a former DMO Board Member and currently serves part time as DMO’s Labor and Intergovernmental Affairs Adviser. He has also served as Council Member to Winston-Salem’s Southwest Ward since 2001, and is now running for North Carolina House District 75.
Dan comes highly qualified as a public interest advocate and a champion for affordable healthcare, strong neighborhoods, good public schools, first-rate police and fire protection, public transportation options, equal opportunity for all, affordable housing, and building a welcoming community for everyone.
House District 75 presents a real opportunity to flip a red district blue, and give constituents the responsive representation provided by Dan Besse.
Election Day is just around the corner, so every effort matters in the race to elect Dan Besse the next State Representative of North Carolina House District 75.
You can learn more about Dan, make a contribution, and keep up with news from the campaign trail on his website.