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Matt Dunne Receives Major Endorsement from Rights & Democracy


June 24, 2016
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Matt Dunne Receives Major Endorsement from Rights & Democracy

Upper Valley Young Liberals also Endorses Matt’s Candidacy

Burlington, VT – Rights & Democracy, a grassroots organization working for progressive policies, has endorsed Matt Dunne for Governor, citing his proposals to raise the minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour, implement universal healthcare for all Vermonters and create jobs while also addressing climate change.

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of Rights & Democracy, an inspirational grassroots organization fighting for the same progressive policies our campaign is about: a $15 minimum wage, universal healthcare and addressing the serious problem of climate change” said Matt Dunne, Democratic candidate for Governor. “Together, we can make this shared vision a reality.”

“Matt is fighting to continue Bernie Sanders’ people-powered movement here in Vermont. Rights & Democracy is dedicated to bringing Vermonters together to make real change, and we believe that Matt Dunne is the candidate who will work to ensure our state and economy works for all of us, not just a wealthy few and big corporations,” said James Haslam, Executive Director of Rights & Democracy.

Rights & Democracy is a grassroots organization in Vermont and New Hampshire building a movement for workers’ rights, including a living wage, access to quality healthcare, education, affordable housing and social supports paid for with a progressive and fair tax system, as well as an economy that creates good jobs while taking bold action to protect the environment and address climate change. Rights & Democracy is building on Bernie Sanders’ political revolution, which mobilized voters in a way never seen before and galvanized support for progressive policies while bringing people into the process who had previously felt left out. The organization boasts a well-organized door-to-door canvass operation and thousands of members and supporters throughout Vermont.

Matt also received the endorsement of the Upper Valley Young Liberals, a new group made up of young activists in the area, most of whom met while working on Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. The group is dedicated to fostering political involvement and cultural responsibility. A core goal of the organization is to bring more young people and youthful energy into the political process and into elective office.

Earlier this month, Matt was endorsed by the Executive Committee of the AFL-CIO, the Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA) and a majority of the Burlington City Council.

To learn more about Matt’s candidacy, please visit

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