Friday, February 17, 2012
Eric Griego Named One of Top 10 Grassroots All-Stars by Democracy for America
Democracy for America (DFA), the grassroots group founded by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, has named Eric Griego (NM-01) one of its top 10 progressive candidates in this year's House races. Eric Griego has already been endorsed by Democracy for America.
He joins Alan Grayson and Lois Frankel in Florida, Norman Solomon and Jose Hernandez in California, Mark Pocan and Kelda Roys in Wisconsin, Ilya Sheyman in Illinois, Angela Zimmann in Ohio, and Annie Kuster in New Hampshire.
Eric was selected after winning enough votes to put him in the top 10 candidates in the country in DFA’s Grassroots All-Stars contest. 200 candidates entered this year's contest and more than 70,000 votes were cast by the progressive group's members.
There will be a second round of voting in which the group's members will choose the winner of the contest. That candidate will receive grassroots and fundraising assistance -- including a commitment from the group to raise $20,000 in small donations from its national membership.
“I am honored by the strong grassroots support in New Mexico to be named one of the top 10 people-powered progressive candidates in the country,” said Griego. “As Congressman, I will continue to fight for good jobs, education and healthcare that work for everyone.”
About Eric Griego for Congress:
Eric Griego is a New Mexico State Senator and former Albuquerque City Councilor running for the open seat in New Mexico’s First Congressional District. The seat is currently held by Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich, who is running for the open U.S. Senate seat. The NM-1 district is rated “Likely Democratic” by the Cook Political Report and Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball.
Currently, Griego is leading all the candidates in the race in fundraising, with already nearly 14,000 grassroots donors powering his campaign.
Griego is also leading the field in local and national political endorsements and organizational support. His fast-growing Democratic coalition consists of labor unions, environmental groups, national and local progressive organizations, and local grassroots supporters that already number more than 25,000 members in the district – approximately half of the votes expected to be cast in the 2012 Democratic congressional primary.