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Press Release: Dems Launch New Campaign to Win Back Middle America

August 09, 2017

August 9, 2017

Contact: Cody Tucker,
or 202-775-0106

WASHINGTON—Democratic leaders from around the country today unveiled New Democracy, a base-broadening initiative aimed at expanding the party’s appeal geographically and demographically.

“New Democracy is a ‘home base’ and support network for pragmatic Democrats determined to make our party competitive in every part of America,” said Will Marshall, director of New Democracy. “These leaders – governors, mayors, state officials and Members of Congress – know how to reach beyond core partisans and build governing majorities from the ground up,” he added.

“Democrats don’t need to choose between center and left — we need to expand in all directions. Building a broad coalition is the Party’s best chance of rectifying today’s dangerous imbalance of political power and stopping the harmful Trump-Republican agenda.”

New Democracy’s mission is three-fold:

• First, to be a forum for new ideas that can extend the party’s electoral reach to moderates, independents and disaffected Republicans.
• Second, to support pragmatic candidates who can compete and win in suburban, small town and rural places.
• Third, to organize grassroots support for radically pragmatic ideas and leaders in key battleground states.

New Democracy will focus on four key priorities for building a bigger Democratic tent: reclaiming economic hope and progress; engaging voters across America’s cultural divides; decentralizing power to more effective and trusted local governments; and putting national and personal security first.

The following Democratic leaders will help to guide New Democracy’s strategy, but have no legal or operational responsibility for the organization:

Mayor Steve Benjamin (Columbia, SC)
Governor Steve Beshear (Kentucky)
State Representative Jeff Bridges (Colorado)
State Representative Janelle Bynum (Oregon)
U.S. Representative Jim Costa (California)
U.S Representative Jim Davis (Florida)
U.S. Representative John Delaney (Maryland)
State Senator Joe Dunn (California)
Mayor Michael Hancock (Denver, CO)
State Representative Daniel Hernandez (Arizona)
Governor John Hickenlooper (Colorado)
U.S. Representative Jim Himes (Connecticut)
State Representative Scott Holcomb (Georgia)
U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (Washington)
U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (Louisiana)
Mayor Mitch Landrieu (New Orleans, LA)
Lt. Governor Donna Lynne (Colorado)
Governor Jack Markell (Delaware)
U.S. Representative Stephanie Murphy (Florida)
Mayor Bill Peduto (Pittsburgh, PA)
U.S. Representative Scott Peters (California)
Treasurer Tobias Read (Oregon)
U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (New York)
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild (Tucson, AZ)
Secretary Ken Salazar (Colorado)
U.S. Representative Kurt Schrader (Oregon)
U.S. Representative Terri Sewell (Alabama)
U.S. Representative Darren Soto (Florida)
Mayor Marilyn Strickland (Tacoma, WA)
Mayor Sylvester Turner (Houston, TX)
Secretary Tom Vilsack (Iowa)

Following private meetings in Orlando and Denver over the last few months, New Democracy will hold its next set of strategy meetings, “Winning in the Heartland,” October 12-13 in Des Moines, which will be open to media.

Please contact Cody Tucker ( or 202-775-0106) with questions and visit to learn more.

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