Posted on April 04, 2019 at 9:41 AM
January 22, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jeremy Gruber, Senior Vice President
[email protected], (609) 610-1602
Diverse Political Leaders from Across the Country Join Call for Open Primaries
Open Primaries, a national leader on election reform, is proud to announce the launch of its National Spokesperson Committee, a diverse group of political leaders advocating for reform of America’s closed primary election system. At a time when public trust in our democracy nears historic lows, the Open Primaries Spokesperson Committee is a partnership of political leaders with ordinary citizens committed to a simple proposition: Let All Voters Vote.
Committee members come from across the political spectrum, hail from California to Virginia and include elected and community leaders from both major parties as well as independents. Members include:
- Jason Altmire, Former Democratic Congressman from Pennsylvania.
- Jennifer Bullock, Co-Founder, Independent Pennsylvanians.
- Dan Douglas, current Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives.
- Jessie Fields, Harlem-based physician and independent activist.
- Joe Kirby, Republican business leader from South Dakota.
- Adam Morfeld, Democratic State Senator from Nebraska.
- Danny Ortega, former Board Chair of the National Council of La Raza.
- Sam Rasoul, Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates.
- Steve Richardson, Virginia Independent Voter Association.
- Drey Samuelson, Chief of Staff to former Senate Majority Leader Tim Johnson.
- Steve Westly, former California State Controller and CFO.
There is a growing recognition that “Washington isn’t broken...it’s fixed” and that closed partisan primaries are a leading contributor to what ails American democracy. The primary reform movement is growing, with new voices from diverse backgrounds now championing the cause and support at the grassroots growing. From Florida to Alaska, leaders in both major parties are joining independents to demand that primaries be opened to include all voters.
To meet all the members of the new Open Primaries Spokesperson Committee and learn more about their work, visit: https://www.openprimaries.org/spokesperson_committee
Committee members are available for speaking engagements and interviews.
Open Primaries is a national, election reform organization. More information about Open Primaries and its work can be found at http://www.openprimaries.org/