Add Your Name - Tell the DNC, DCCC, DSCC - No to Endorsements in Contested Primaries

DNC, DCCC, DSCC and all State Party Chairs

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We believe in the power of democracy, and that voters, not political strategists, should decide who will become the Democratic nominees for US Senate and House races. Because of endorsements by the DNC, DSCC, and DCCC, many voters are not aware of all Democratic challengers in any given race.

We are calling on the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to stop making endorsements in Democratic primaries for US Senate and House in which multiple Democrats are running.

What can you do?

  1. Send this letter to to the National Party officials at the DNC, DSCC, DCCC.  

  2. Sign the petition here.

  3. For suggested tweets, Facebook and Instagram posts and more, visit our page.

  4. Are you a part of a group or organization that is interested in being a co-sponsor? To find out more email, ourrevohio@gmail.com

  5. For media inquiries email: info@persistusa.org

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To: DNC, DCCC, DSCC and all State Party Chairs
From: [Your Name]

We are a collection of organizations, individuals, and activists, who are calling on the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), to stop making endorsements in Democratic primaries for U.S. Senate and House in which multiple Democrats are running.

We are also calling on state and county Democratic parties to stop making endorsements in contested primaries and to stop distributing “sample ballots” that contain information for some Democratic candidates but not others.

We believe in the power of democracy, and that voters, not Washington strategists, should decide who becomes the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate and House. Our candidates will be more powerful and ready to take on their Republican opponents without the influence of big money and powerful Washington strategists and pollsters.

Likewise, the job of state and county Democratic parties is not to tell voters which Democrat to vote for, but to provide a level playing field for all Democrats so that voters can make an informed decision about which candidate to support. While organizations such as unions or issue advocacy groups may choose to make primary endorsements, the party should provide a level playing field for all Democratic candidates.

It is fine for the party to sponsor candidate forums, debates, or questionnaires, and provide even-handed information about all Democratic candidates. It is not fine for the party to favor some Democratic candidates over others. It is the job of voters, not the party, to choose which Democratic candidate becomes the nominee for public office.

If the DNC, DSCC, and DCCC as well as state and local party organizations saved their resources for general election challenges, Democrats would be much better positioned to take on powerful Republican opponents.

Co-sponsors:
Persist USA
Sunrise Movement
Gravel Institute
Putting Women In Their Place
Students for Gun Legislation National
Our Revolution Ohio
Our Revolution Cuyahoga
Our Revolution Akron
Persist Brooklyn
Persist Chicago
Long Beach Resister Sisters
Persist Virginia
PDX Persist
Our Revolution Central Ohio
Cincinnati Warren Democrats
Ohio Students for Gun Legislation
Nebraska Students for Gun Legislation
California Students for Gun Legislation
Minnesota Students for Gun Legislation
Michigan Students for Gun Legislation
Columbus Warren Democrats
Akron DSA
Northwest Detroiters for Social Justice