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DFA endorses Jeff Smith

Democracy for America, which claims to be nation’s largest progressive political action community with over one million members, has endorsed one of its members, Jeff Smith, in the Democratic primary for state representative in the 18th District.

Democracy for America, which claims to be nation’s largest progressive political action community with over one million members, has endorsed one of its members, Jeff Smith, in the Democratic primary for state representative in the 18th District.

The group says Smith "will help clean up Springfield, help clean up Chicago and fight for reform at all levels of government." The DFA has also endorsed Pat Quinn for governor and Toni Preckwinkle for Cook County board president..

The group’s chairman, Jim Dean, said, "Jeff has shown that he’s a real progressive, ready to put the rubber to the road and speak truth to power. He’s been a great voice in the Chicago area and he’ll be a great voice for the Chicago area in Springfield."

DFA was founded by former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean in 2004. Dean’s brother, Jim Dean, became chair when Howard Dean assumed chairmanship of the DNC in 2005. DFA focuses on grassroots-level campaigns for socially progressive, fiscally responsible Democrats.

The 18th District includes most of Evanston, approximately the eastern half of New Trier Township, and the northeastern corner of the 49th Ward of Chicago.

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