Thursday, February 12, 2009

Dzindzeleta receives endorsement of Progressive Majority

Mercedes Dzindzeleta, candidate for alderman for First District for Racine City Council, has received the endorsement of the Wisconsin group affiliated with the national Progressive Majority.

Dzindezleta, who has been involved as a community activist for many years, is one of 14 Wisconsin candidates spotlighted on the group’s web site. She is identified as “a candidate who emerged from the work of the Women's Progressive Network of Racine and has been an active member for more than a year and a half. She is described on the group's Web site in this way:

"Mercedes is a long-time Racine resident with deep ties to the community. She has long been active in the political scene, but with the support of the women in the group, she has made the decision to run for office. Mercedes faces a primary election and will have help with developing her campaign from both the Women's Progressive Network of Racine County and Progressive Majority."

Dzindzeleta has lived in Racine for 48 years, 25 of those years in the First District. She estimates that she has attended more than 250 City Council meetings through the years, initially as director of the former Task Force On Unemployment in Racine and later as an interested citizen.

She has been campaigning throughout the First District during the past month and has received endorsements and support from numerous Downtown business owners as well as numerous residents and business and property owners in her district, including Elizabeth Jones, owner of The Laughing Dragon; Amanda Paffrath, owner of Funky Hannah's Beads & Art; Steve Merrill and Ann Huber, owners of Sheepish; and Morakot Kamphane, owner of Sticky Rice Restaurant.

Other candidates from the area who have received the endorsement of the Progressive Majority are Gretchen Warner and Kim Plache, both running for school board seats for the Racine United School District, and Katie Simenson, candidate for the Burlington City Council.

The Women’s Progressive Network of Racine County started in 2007 and counts about 200 women, including business and civic leaders in the community, who work together to coordinate resources and information, advocate for political accountability and positive societal change that benefit the lives of women and their families in Racine County.

For more information on Progressive Majority and its work with a variety of candidates from school board to state level, click here.

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