Next Group of NewDEAL Leaders Announced by Gov. O’Malley, Sen. Begich

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 27, 2011

Today, Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland and U.S. Senator Mark Begich of Alaska announced that six rising elected officials from across the country have been selected as the next group of NewDEAL leaders for their work championing ideas ranging from clean energy investment to fostering small business growth and investing in workforce development.

The NewDEAL is a recently launched national network committed to elevating pro-growth progressive state and local elected leaders and their innovative ideas from across the country.

“Too often in DC, pro-growth and progressive goals are seen as opposed to each other.  But as former mayors, Governor O’Malley and I saw first hand how solutions that were both pro-growth and progressive could help to grow the economy in a way that expands opportunity for everyone.  I am proud of the NewDEAL’s work to highlight these leaders from across the country with innovative ideas to build economic growth,” said Senator Begich, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.

“Senator Begich and I have joined the NewDEAL because we believe that we need to look for fresh ideas not just from the top down in Washington DC, but also from the bottom up, where local leaders are developing and testing their ideas out on the ground,” said Governor O’Malley, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.

The NewDEAL is recognizing six leaders who hail from a diverse set of regions.  Those six are:

Tennessee Senator Andy Berke, Kansas House Democratic Leader Paul Davis, Massachusetts Senator Barry Finegold, Ohio’s Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley, Delaware Representative Helene Keeley, and Maryland Delegate Keiffer Mitchell.

The NewDEAL is committed to helping pro-growth progressive leaders share their innovative ideas on its interactive website, www.NewDEALLeaders.org.  The public is encouraged to nominate state and local elected leaders on our website and stay connected as we highlight more of their pro-growth progressive ideas.

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