Representative Deb Haaland Endorses Mondaire Jones for Congress

May 21, 2020
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Progressive New Mexico representative Deb Haaland backs Mondaire Jones for Congress in NY-17
SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY — Representative Deb Haaland today endorsed NY-17 Democratic Congressional Candidate Mondaire Jones, citing his strong, progressive campaign and commitment to working families in her endorsement.


"I'm so proud to endorse Mondaire Jones, who has run a strong, progressive race from the start, and has built a community of grassroots support," said Representative Deb Haaland. "As someone who grew up in a working-class community, Mondaire understands the struggles of everyday Americans and will fight on behalf of all working families. This public health crisis has shown that we need more progressive leaders and I can't wait to work alongside him when he's elected to Congress."

"I'm humbled to receive the endorsement of Rep. Deb Haaland, a progressive force in Congress who isn't afraid to stand up for marginalized communities," said NY-17 Democratic Congressional Candidate Mondaire Jones. "As one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, Rep. Haaland broke down barriers and created a path for more Native American women to seek office. I hope to follow in her footsteps to break down more barriers and enact bold, progressive legislation in Congress."

Mondaire Jones has also been endorsed by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Rep. Mark Pocan, Rep. David Cicilline, the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC, Equality PAC, NY Working Families Party, United Auto Workers, Hispanic Democrats of Westchester, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy for America, The LGBT Victory Fund, The Collective PAC, and more than 40 elected officials and community leaders in Rockland and Westchester Counties. He recently announced that his campaign had raised over $827,000 by the end of the first quarter of 2020. Unlike many of his opponents, Jones is not accepting corporate PAC money in his campaign and has also signed the No Fossil Fuel Pledge. When elected, Mondaire will make U.S. history as the first openly gay, black member of Congress.

About Mondaire: Mondaire Jones is a 33-year-old former litigator in the Westchester County Law Department and former Department of Justice staffer during the Obama Administration. A resident of South Nyack, he is running to represent New York's 17th Congressional District. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. He later graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc. and has previously served on the NAACP's National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Mondaire is a progressive running to fight for bold solutions to our biggest problems: a Green New Deal, tuition-free public college and student debt forgiveness, Medicare for All, and a full restoration of the SALT deduction for families in Westchester and Rockland.

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