15 NewDEAL Leaders Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 12, 2012

Today, Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland and U.S. Senator Mark Begich of Alaska announced that fifteen rising elected officials from across the country have been selected as the next group of NewDEAL Leaders for their work championing pro-growth progressive ideas, which range from sponsoring a rainy-day fund to developing small business support programs and reforming higher education funding.

The NewDEAL is a national network committed to highlighting pro-growth progressive state and local elected leaders from across the country with innovative ideas to build broadly-earned, sustainable economic growth.

“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 fifteen leaders who hail from diverse regions of the country:

Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, Baltimore City Councilmember Bill Cole, Connecticut Senator Bob Duff, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen, Wisconsin Representative Jason Fields, Cuyahoga (OH) County Executive Ed Fitzgerald, Illinois Senator Mike Frerichs, Connecticut Assistant House Majority Leader Gerry Fox, Oregon Representative Chris Garrett, Oregon Representative Val Hoyle, West Virginia Delegate Meshea Poore, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Montana Senator Kendall Van Dyk, and Arkansas House Speaker Darrin Williams.

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 other state and local elected leaders on the network’s website and stay connected as the NewDEAL highlights more pro-growth progressive ideas.

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