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We’re back from the Democratic Convention in Denver. Something about that Western air made us choose Ben Ray Luján for this week’s candidate profile.

Ben Ray Luján is the Democratic nominee for Congress is New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District. A Public Regulation Commissioner and three time former chairman of the Commission, Luján has built a reputation as a dedicated fighter for renewable energy, firefighting services, and improved health care. Before his election to the Public Relations Commission, Luján served in the New Mexico Cultural Affairs Department.
Luján is running to fill the seat currently held by Tom Udall (D-NM), who is running for the Senate seat soon to be vacated by Pete Domenici (R-NM). Luján has raised more than $86,000 on ActBlue this cycle.

ActBlue Democrats, here’s Ben Ray Luján:

You have the power to change Congress. Go to http://www.actblue.com today and do your part.

We’re back with another video from Netroots Nation, where we assembled care packages for the troops with Jon Powers, who is running for Congress in New York’s 26th District.

Powers is an Army Captain and a decorated Iraqi War veteran, a schoolteacher, and a nonprofit leader. After serving in Baghdad and Najaf, Powers returned to New York planning to become a social studies teacher in the Clarence, NY public schools. But he felt compelled to return to Iraq to address some of the problems facing Iraqi children in the wake of the war. Powers founded War Kids Relief, a nonprofit youth services group in Baghdad that was recognized by NBC Nightly News.

Hailed by his fellow troops as a "very passionate" and an "exceptional leader," Powers has been endorsed by General Wesley Clark and Senator John Kerry, among other national leaders, and by local and national unions. Powers will face New York attorney Alice Kryzan and manufacturer Jack Davis in a September 9th primary. Powers has raised more than $341,000 on ActBlue.

ActBlue Democrats, here’s Jon Powers:

Make a difference for the candidates you believe in. Go to http://www.actblue.com today and do your part.

Goodness,
what a crew! For the fifth week in a row, as promised, we’re bringing
you a portrait of a candidate who’s doing great things on ActBlue.

We’ve been out West for a while, so we thought it was about time to head back to the other coast, this time to Pennsylvania.

Siobhan "Sam" Bennett
is challenging Bush Republican Charlie Dent for a congressional seat in
Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District. The Allentown native has
spend more than 30 years working in her community, and her
congressional bid has been named one of the DCCC’s top 20 emerging
races.

When high schoolers in Bennett‘s neighborhood were graduating without the skills they needed to find jobs, Bennett
founded a construction company to teach them valuable trade skills and
a work ethic. When Allentown’s older homes were crumbling, Bennett
set up a non-profit to reward homeowners who repaired historic
properties. When developmentally disabled adults in the region needed
support, Bennett ran a cookie business and gave them jobs. And when her community’s arts fair was on the brink, Bennett used the skills she had honed as a corporate executive and brought the fair back to life.

ActBlue Democrats, here’s Sam Bennett:

(*ActBlue does not take sides in a contested primary, and does not endorse particular candidates for office.)

Make a difference for the candidates you believe in. Go to www.actblue.com today and do your part.

Thanks for stopping by. Stay tuned for next week’s candidate profile!

Once more from the mist.

In the fourth part of an occasional series, we’re in Oregon, where Democrat Jeff Merkley is challenging Republican Gordon Smith for the United States Senate.

Merkley led a band of progressives to take control of the Oregon House eighteen months ago, and has used his tenure as Speaker to fight for health care, family-wage jobs, and environmental legislation, and against payday loan scandals. Merkley is the first Oregon Democrat to serve as Speaker in 16 years. Before entering politics, he ran Habitat for Humanity in Oregon and served as a national security analyst at the Pentagon and in Congress.

And beyond all of that, he understands the power of community fundraisers like you, and the power of ActBlue. And he’s got a favor to ask of you.

ActBlue Democrats, here’s Jeff Merkley:

(*ActBlue does not take sides in a contested primary, and does not endorse particular candidates for office.)

You heard the man.

Go to http://www.actblue.com today and do your part for the candidates you believe in.

Thanks for stopping by. More next week, so stay tuned!

We’ve just come back from Netroots Nation, and while we were there, we ran into some of our very favorite people: our candidates.

The crop of Democrats working to take back Washington this fall is like none we’ve ever seen: talented, driven, and passionate about change. And we figured, what better than to show you some of what we saw?

Starting this week, and continuing every week until the election, we’ll use this space to introduce you to some of ActBlue’s best and brightest from around the country, from California and Washington to New York and Florida. Hear what they have to say about community fundraising, the issues that have compelled them to run, and the state of the race.

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Our first stop: The Nevada Second, where Jill Derby is running for Congress. A fourth generation Nevadan, Jill served eighteen years on the Nevada Board of Regents, guiding the state’s System of Higher Education. Jill holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology, a specialty she chose after living and working in the Middle East, and has taught at four universities.

And then there’s her political skill. As chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party, Jill oversaw this year’s historic Nevada Caucuses, exceeding all predictions about turnout and helping more than 120,000 Nevadans to participate at more than 1700 precinct meetings across the state.

ActBlue Democrats, here’s Jill Derby.

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Thanks for stopping by. Stay tuned for next week’s candidate profile! Not to tease, but it rhymes with, er, ‘Rhymes.’

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