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Candidates in Competitive House Races Pledge to Fix Democracy Now

August 1, 2018 | Laura Friedenbach

Candidates and Elected Leaders Across the Country Respond to Voter Demand to Present Plans to Fix Democracy

Washington, D.C. — This week, as part of Every Voice’s ‘Fix Democracy Now’ campaign over two dozen congressional candidates, many from the most competitive races in the country, are campaigning on plans to make democracy work for everyone including reducing the influence of big donors, upholding access to the ballot, and drawing fair district lines.

“As concerns about the state of our democracy continue to increase in urgency in the lead up to this year’s midterms, candidates and elected leaders are showing voters that there are politicians dedicated to fixing democracy,” said David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice. “Candidates in some of the most competitive races in the country understand that pledging to fix democracy is a winning issue with voters and absolutely essential to their ability to deliver for their constituents once in office.”

Congressional candidates in Cook Political Report’s “toss up” races including Tom Malinowski (NJ-7), Sean Casten (IL-6), Angie Craig (MN-02)Josh Harder (CA-10), Joe Radinovich (MN-8), and Elissa Slotkin (MI-8) launched new reform platforms and promoted their existing plans to fix democracy in response to the ‘Fix Democracy Now’ campaign. At a press conference yesterday, Elissa Slotkin highlighted her democracy reform plan saying, “This issue of campaign finance and money in politics undercuts every issue we’re trying to make progress on,” reported NBC’s WILX News 10. Tom Malinowski took questions from constituents on Facebook Live for the ‘Fix Democracy Now’ week. Congressional candidates in Cook Political Report’s “lean Republican” and “lean Democratic” races pledging to fix democracy include Lauren Baer (FL-18)Lisa Brown (WA-5)Leslie Cockburn (VA-5), Susie Lee (NV-3), and Scott Wallace (PA-1).

Every Voice launched the weeklong campaign in partnership with over a dozen progressive organizations including End Citizens United, Move.org, Run For Something, Emerge America, Our Revolution, Indivisible, The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and ActBlue to encourage activists to ask elected leaders and candidates running at every level of elected office from city hall to Congress to present their plans to fix democracy.

On Monday, #FixDemocracyNow trended nationally on Twitter as progressive leaders including Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren and candidates across the county running at the federal, state, and local level highlighted their plans to fix democracy. During a Facebook Live event yesterday, House Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (MD-3) said reform policies like those advocated for as part of this campaign would be “a first order of business priority.”

In total, 25 congressional candidates, with more expected to join their ranks throughout the week, have campaigned on a pledge to fix democracy including Dana Balter (NY-24), Adrienne Bell (TX-14), Tedra Cobb (NY-21)TJ Cox (CA-21),  Joe Cunningham (SC-1)Antonio Delgado (NY-19), Deb Haaland (NM-1)Mallory Hagan (AL-3), Steven Horsford (NV-4), Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06),  Andrew Janz (CA-22), Max Rose (NY-11), and Nancy Soderberg (FL-6). At a press conference yesterday, Dana Balter unveiled her political reform plan and revealed her number one priority if elected will be “getting big money out of politics,” reported The Auburn Citizen.

Groups promoting the ‘Fix Democracy Now’ week—representing millions of Americans nationwide—include ActBlue, America Voters, Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, Center for American Progress, Center for Popular Democracy Action, Common Cause, DailyKos, Democracy Awakening, Democracy Initiative, Demos, EMERGE, End Citizens United, Every Voice, Fight For Reform, Franciscan Action Network, Indivisible, Latino Victory Fund, MapLight, MAYDAY, MoveOn.org, Move To Amend, Nation Action, Our Revolution, Patriotic Millionaires, People For the American Way, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Public Citizen, ReThink Media, Run For Something, and Working Families Party.

Learn more at FixDemocracyNow.com

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