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Democracy for America endorses Gloria Johnson

Democracy for America, the organization started by former presidential candidate Howard Dean, has formally endorsed Knoxville state representative Gloria Johnson for re-election.

Following is their statement, released this afternoon:

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At Democracy for America, we mostly focus on challengers and let incumbents work for their own re-election. Why? Because frankly, most incumbents don't need our help.

Tennessee is different.

The Republicans have Gov. Haslam and a supermajority in the state legislature and they've used that power to cut taxes for the wealthy and shift the burden to the poor, threaten women's access to crucial health services, and destroy workers' rights. Sometimes it feels like they're unstoppable.

Don't tell that to State Representative Gloria Johnson. She's stood up time and again to stop Governor Haslam and the Republicans in Nashville. She's fought their influence, exposed their real motives and led the way in preventing them from causing even more damage to the state -- day after day.

That's why Governor Haslam has made Gloria his number one target, placing the bull's eye firmly on her this November. We can't let that happen.

Stand tall with Tennessee's strongest progressive. Sign up to volunteer for Gloria's campaign right now.

Tennessee Republicans aren't used to having to deal with a strong, progressive woman. They're not used to Gloria's mix of backbone and common sense backed up by community leaders and grassroots activists like you.

But let's be honest, what really scares the Republicans is how Gloria is the model for Democrats statewide. She's showing Tennessee Democrats how to fight back, be bold and win.

Gloria stands up for the middle class and delivers results, cutting middle class taxes, fighting for affordable healthcare and demanding equal pay for women. She's even taken on big coal, sponsoring legislation preventing mountaintop removal and mining on historically protected land.

Knoxville needs a representative that is a voice for the people in Nashville, not a shill for the Tea Party's reckless agenda.

Gloria won't win without you. Please sign up to volunteer now.

Working together, we can send a real progressive leader back to Nashville.

Thank you for everything you're doing to win,

- Franco

Franco Caliz
Electoral Campaigns Manager, Democracy for America

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