Christine Pelosi, Vanessa Kerry Help Young Dems Get Out The Vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2010
Contact: Kevin B. Gilnack, 617.506.9670, kgilnack@ydma.org

Christine Pelosi and Christine PelosiVanessa KerryDr. Vanessa Bradford Kerry will join with the Young Democrats of Massachusetts and Young Democrats of America to host a Get Out The Youth Vote 2010 fundraising reception this Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Whiskey Park in Boston.

Christine Pelosi, a young political strategist and daughter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Vanessa Bradford Kerry, a former Director for the Young Democrats of America and daughter of Senator John Kerry will join the Young Democrats to discuss the upcoming elections and help generate resources for YDM’s ambitious get out the vote effort in support of the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign efforts for Governor Deval L. Patrick, Lt. Governor Timothy Murray, and the rest of the Democratic ticket.

Reservations and contributions for the event can be made at http://www.actblue.com/page/bostonyd.

"It is very exciting to be joined by two such accomplished young political activists, and their presence at the reception really speaks to both the importance of the youth participation in the upcoming election and and to the growth of YDM," said YDM Vice Chair Elaine Almquist.

Contributions to this event will generate needed resources for YDM’s ambitious get out the vote effort (have you pledged to take Nov. 2 off to volunteer yet?) in support of the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign efforts for Governor Deval L. Patrick, Lt. Governor Timothy Murray, and the rest of the Democratic ticket.

Help us win in November – and join one of YDM’s best receptions of the year – by reserving your tickets now.  Even if you can’t make it, contributing now can help us keep Massachusetts moving forward.

Rod Snyder, President of the Young Democrats of America said, "Young Democrats of America are proud to partner with YDM to make sure they have the resources they need to mobilize hundreds of members across the Commonwealth who will help re-elect strong Democratic leaders."

"Young people will play a crucial role in helping move the Commonwealth forward this election.  We’re very appreciative of Christine Pelosi, Vanessa Bradford Kerry, and Young Democrats of America for helping ensure we have the resources we need to help our members make an impact as part of an extensive get out the vote effort,"  said Almquist.

"Democrats like Deval Patrick and Tim Murray are leaders on issues like education that directly benefit our generation and future ones, and their records reflect the values that Young Democrats of Massachusetts hold across areas of public policy," said Almquist.  Referring to YDM’s platform, she noted,  "Young people – like all Americans – have a stake in electing candidates who support green energy, equality, affordable health care, education, and a government that empowers young people."

Young Democrats of Massachusetts are organizing members who volunteer to take November 2 off to help turn out voters as a part of a comprehensive coordinated statewide effort that will put to rest any notion of an enthusiasm gap. 

"Young Democrats have been ‘Friend Banking’ – calling people we know and other members – to support Democratic leaders who share our vision for Massachusetts throughout that campaign.  We’re committed to using that grassroots approach from now until election day to remind young people across the Commonwealth what’s at stake in this election and get out the vote," said Almquist.

Massachusetts Democrats, most notably Governor Deval Patrick’s re-election campaign, have employed a new grassroots approach in this election with hundreds of volunteers helping persuade and identify voters through personal, one-on-one interactions.  The Massachusetts Democratic Party is organizing an ambitious grassroots statewide get out the vote effort led by hundreds of supporters and volunteers.

About Dr. Vanessa Bradford Kerry: Vanessa Bradford Kerry is the younger daughter of John Kerry and his first wife, Julia Thorne. She gained national recognition while campaigning for her father during the 2004 presidential election. Kerry took a leave from her medical studies in order to campaign for her father’s presidential bid in 2004, even introducing him at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of Young Democrats of America and was recently elected as a term member to the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition to her political work, she has written on the impact of trade agreements on affordable drug access for developing countries, as well as the role of governance and international forces on health in these countries. As part of her work, she has traveled to Rwanda and researched the role of NGOs in the country, and their outcomes on public health. She continues to give lectures on her experience on the campaign trail, the current political landscape, and the role of youth in political change. She is a graduate of Harvard Medical School.

About Christine Pelosi:  Pelosi is the daughter of Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and businessman Paul Pelosi.  Attorney, author, and activist Christine Pelosi has a lifetime of grassroots experience in politics and public policy. She conducts leadership boot camps for candidates and nonprofits across the country and teaches the Public Service Leadership Boot Camp for UC Berkeley extension in San Francisco. Her book, Campaign Boot Camp: Basic Training for Future Leaders, emerged from her years of grassroots activism and service as director of the AFSCME PEOPLE/New House PAC Congressional Candidates Boot Camp, which worked with over 75 challengers in 2006 and 2008, 23 of whom are now Members of Congress.  Christine has served as executive director of the CA Democratic Party, deputy city attorney and assistant district attorney for the City of San Francisco, HUD special counsel in the Clinton-Gore administration, and chief of staff to U.S. Congressman John F. Tierney (MA-06). She chaired the CA Democratic Party Platform Committee for 13 years and has been elected 4 times to the Democratic National Committee, where she co-founded the DNC Veterans and Military Families Council.

About the Young Democrats of Massachusetts: The Young Democrats of Massachusetts (YDM) is a partisan political organization with more than a thousand members mobilized across the Commonwealth to create positive change in the causes and for the candidates we believe in.  Our members are the leaders of today: young, registered Democrats under the age of 36 committed to getting Democrats elected and promoting progressive legislation.  We are the future: now.

About the Young Democrats of America: The Young Democrats of America (YDA) is the largest youth-led, national, partisan political organization. YDA mobilizes young people under the age of 36 to participate in the electoral process, influences the ideals of the Democratic Party, and develops the skills of the youth generation to serve as leaders at the local and national level.  YDA has chartered chapters in 46 states and U.S. territories with over 1,500 local chapters. Our 150,000+ members – including middle school, high school and college students as well as young workers, young professionals and young families – reflects the broad diversity of our nation and the Democratic Party. The Young Democrats of America has been the official youth arm of the Democratic Party since 1932.

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