More than 50 Women of Color Endorse Keith Ellison for DNC Chair

Friday, January 13, 2017

Via Press Release

WASHINGTON DC –  More than 50 Democratic women of color have endorsed Keith Ellison for DNC Chair, including U.S. Senators and Representatives, as well as key state and local grassroots leaders. 

Senator Mazie Hirono, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY-9), Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), and Saru Jayaraman, who is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of ROC United and ROC Action, organizations that focus on improving wages and working conditions for restaurant workers, released the following statements:

“Keith Ellison has spent his entire career fighting for the people in this country who don't have a voice,” said Senator Mazie Hirono. “He has a progressive, forward looking vision for the Democratic Party and is the right person to rebuild our party to compete and win in all 50 states."

“I believe Keith is more than capable of leading our party and expanding our message in innovative ways to reach the key groups we will need to mobilize ahead of 2018,” said Congresswoman Maxine Waters. “We will need fresh voices and a new perspective to take on the Trump Administration and to energize the next generation of democrats who are ready for bold leadership.  I believe the Democratic Party can thrive under Keith’s leadership and I’m proud to support him as our next DNC Chair.”

“Congressman Keith Ellison has consistently demonstrated a commitment to shared opportunity for all Americans that will allow him to succeed tremendously as Chair of the Democratic National Committee,” said Congresswoman Yvette Clarke. “Starting with his career as a civil rights attorney and continuing through his service in Congress, Congressman Ellison has been a champion for working families and communities that have historically been underrepresented in government. I am proud to support his run for DNC Chair and I look forward to working with him in the future. He will offer a new era of leadership as we work to rebuild and strengthen our party.”

“I'm thrilled to endorse Keith Ellison for DNC Chair. Keith is an inclusive leader who understands the needs of our diverse party and the issues that the Americans face,” said Congresswoman Judy Chu. “Having worked with Keith for many years in Congress, I know he has the experience and passion to lead Democrats through our next chapter." 

"Keith has been a champion for issues impacting women of color throughout his career in public service,” said Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. “As DNC chair, he will ensure that our party remains committed to these issues. I am proud to support him, and I look forward to joining him in building a coalition of women and people of color across the nation who will rebuild our party and build the generation of leaders."

“I could not be more proud to support Keith for DNC Chair,” said Saru Jayaraman. “He's someone who has always fought for working families and who isn't afraid to take on Donald Trump. The stakes are high, but Keith is up for the challenge and he’s ready to send the American people a clear message: the Democratic Party can and should be your party.”

Endorsements include (organized by title and alphabetically):
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (Illinois)
Sen. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii)
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43)
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13)
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)
Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04)
Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY-9)
Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27)
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2)
Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12)
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-7)
Former Secretary of Labor/Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis (California)
Democratic State Party Vice Chair Karen Yarbrough (Illinois)
Democratic State Party Vice Chair Cordelia Lewis Burks (Indiana)
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (Illinois)
State Senator/State Party Vice Chair Connie Johnson (Oklahoma)
State Senator Melisa López Franzen (Minnesota) 
State Senator Patricia Torres Ray (Minnesota)
State Representative Susan Allen (Minnesota) 
State Representative Carol Ammons (Illinois)
State Representative Wenona Benally (Arizona)
State Representative Carla Cunningham (North Carolina)
State Representative Cristina Garcia (California)
State Representative Peggy Flanagan (Minnesota)
State Representative Athena Salman (Arizona)
State Representative Marcia Ranglin-Vassell (Rhode Island)
State Representative Erin Maye Quade (Minnesota)
Former U.S. Representative Mary Rose Oakar (Ohio)
Former State Senator Nina Turner (Ohio) 
Former Assemblywoman Lucy Flores (NV)
Former Pima County Legal Defender Isabel Garcia (AZ)
Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz (Nevada)
Mayor Victoria Jackson Stanley (Cambridge, MD)
Alderman Carrie Austin (Chicago, IL)
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (New York City Council)
City Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney (Oakland, CA)
Councilwoman Surluta Anthony (Monroe, NC)
Councilwoman Alonda Cano (Minneapolis, MN) 
Councilwoman Rose Glover (Greenville, NC)
Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton (Baltimore, MD)
Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield (Charlotte, NC)
Councilwoman Aidee Nieves (Bridgeport, CT)
Councilwoman Yolanda Roman (Gulfport, FL)
Councilwoman Kandie Smith (Greenville, NC)
Councilor Regina Romero (Tuscon, AZ)
Commissioner Beverly Williams (Lauderdale Lakes, FL)
DNC Seniors Council Member Maria Cordone (MD) 
Tuscon Unified School District School Board Member Adelita Grijalva (AZ)
Co-Founder and Co-Director of ROC United and ROC Action Saru Jayaraman (CA)
Former Chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party Annette Taddeo Goldstein (FL)
Artie Blanco (NV)