Jim Himes: “ActBlue is a key reason why this race lifted off.”

We’re back this week, as promised, with more from Netroots Nation, where as we told you last time, we ran into a most impressive crop of Democratic challengers and incumbents.

In the second part of an occasional series, we’ll use this space to tell you a bit about one of ActBlue’s Northern superstars, Connecticut Congressional candidate Jim Himes. The Connecticut Fourth is New England’s only remaining Republican-held district, represented since 1987 by Christopher Shays. In a nod to Himes’ viability as a challenger, Congressional Quarterly  upgraded the race two weeks ago from "Leans Republican" to "No Clear Favorite," reflecting Himes’ success as a fundraiser and organizer.

A Harvard graduate and a Rhodes scholar, Himes worked for twelve years at Goldman Sachs & Co., including in Latin America, where he spent part of his childhood. Himes left  finance to lead a major non-profit devoted to finding solutions to the problems of urban poverty. As a leader at Enterprise Community Partners, Himes worked to finance thousands of affordable housing units in the Northeastern corridor and developed programs to help low-income families with taxes and finances.

ActBlue Democrats, here’s Jim Himes.

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