MoveOn members endorse Chuy García (IL4), Veronica Escobar (TX16) for Congress

Members of Political Action in Illinois-4 and Texas-16 have voted overwhelmingly to endorse Chuy García and Veronica Escobar, respectively. In IL4, 77% of votes were cast in favor of backing García and in TX16, 88% of votes were cast in favor of Escobar.

“MoveOn is focused on winning a progressive majority in the House in 2019, and that includes supporting Democratic candidates running on populist and inclusive platforms in safe Democratic seats,” said Ilya Sheyman, executive director of Political Action. “Veronica Escobar and Chuy García will help steer the Democratic Party in a more progressive direction in 2019 and beyond with support for priorities including Medicare for All, the Dream Act, and other economic and racial justice issues.”

Chuy García has been fighting for progressive change in Chicago for decades. He was first elected alderman in 1986 as an ally of former progressive mayor Harold Washington. He’s been an advocate for the poor and working class as a state senator and Cook County commissioner. And he ran an inspired campaign for mayor in 2015 with the support of MoveOn members across Chicago. MoveOn has 18,000 members in IL4, who MoveOn will mobilize to volunteer and vote for García.

Here’s what a few MoveOn members in Illinois’ 4th District had to say about García:

“He is a true progressive who has worked in Illinois for years. He stands up for his beliefs and wants to do better for the 4th District. I was amazed at his campaign running against Rahm during the mayoral election.”—Katie from Chicago

“Chuy has a proven record of fighting for progressive change and taking on corporate Democrats in the pocket of Big Business. He believes in protecting people and our planet, not the profits of a wealthy few.”—Daniel from Chicago

“He is the one with a progressive track record, and a seasoned legislative leader, ready to effectively work and be an outspoken representative in Congress.”—Kathy from Chicago

Here are the final vote totals from MoveOn members in IL4:

• Chuy García – 77%
• Sol Flores – 19%
• Richard Gonzalez – 3%

Veronica Escobar is a lifelong El Pasoan who has dedicated her life to improving her community. As aa El Paso County judge, she expanded access to affordable health care and cleaned up corruption. As the first Latina to represent Texas in Congress, she’ll fight for a just immigration system and health care for all.

Here’s what a few MoveOn members in Texas’ 16th District had to say about Escobar:

“She is a lifelong El Pasoan who exemplifies the peoples’ hard work and values. She has a demonstrated record of standing up for progressive values, even when she was the lone voice.”—Marcos from El Paso

“Veronica Escobar has proven herself to be an exceptional advocate for El Paso. She supports the issues I am very concerned with, such as the environment, improving economic relations with Mexico, responsible immigration reform, and so forth. She is progressive, intelligent, and I do not believe she would back down when defending our district and the United States of America against the corruption of the present administration and Republican-led Congress.”—Barbara from El Paso

“Because she is the most qualified candidate of the bunch and is a true progressive that has been tested time and time again.”—Michael from El Paso

Here are the final vote totals from MoveOn members in TX16:

• Veronica Escobar – 88%
• Dori Fenenbock – 7%
• Norma Chavez – 5%

This cycle, MoveOn members have also endorsed seven Senate candidates: progressives Tammy Baldwin (WI) and Sherrod Brown (OH), who are running for reelection in states Trump won; Beto O’Rourke (TX); as well as progressive champions Mazie Hirono (HI), Chris Murphy (CT), Bernie Sanders (VT), and Elizabeth Warren (MA) for reelection. MoveOn members have also endorsed Marie Newman for Congress (IL-3), and gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams (GA) and Daniel Biss (IL).

In 2017 and 2018 to date, MoveOn members have contributed $1.5 million to candidates—including $250,000 for Senator-elect Doug Jones (AL) and $620,000 for Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (MA) reelection. In 2016, MoveOn members raised $1.2 million for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, mobilized volunteers, and ran ads in support of endorsed candidates. Political Action represents the collective will of MoveOn’s members at the ballot box by helping to elect progressive candidates.

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