Over 1000 State Democrats Jeopardize Public Safety in Pledge to Defund the Police

Pledge signers include more than 100 state candidates endorsed by Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC)

WASHINGTON –  During the course of just the past few months, defunding America’s police departments has transformed from an idea once found only on the fringes of the far Left into a pillar of the Democratic Party’s platform. National Democratic Party leaders have endorsed the dangerous policy – and state Democrats have since followed suit. In fact, more than 1,000 state Democrats – including 200 running for office this year in states where legislative elections will determine control over redistricting – have officially signed the Future Now Fund’s “Pledge to Achieve America’s Goals” that includes a host of radical ideas, including socialist economic policies, a government-run health care system, and sweeping ‘reinvestments’ of police funding.

More than 100 of those Democratic candidates have been endorsed by the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC), a pro-liberal gerrymandering group funded by leftist mega donors. The DLCC has maintained a deafening silence in the debate over defunding police departments, even as state Democrats across the country continue to encourage violent protests, the destruction of innocent Americans’ property, and acts of hatred toward our country.

DLCC continues to fund fringe state Democrats and encourage violence in the streets as they refuse to condemn the Oregon Democratic House Speaker top staffer’s participation and arrest at an ANTIFA riot, the New Hampshire state legislators signaling their their disdain for America by kneeling during the national anthem on the floor of the legislature, or even the Georgia state House candidate who used racist comments in a blog post. The DLCC hasn’t had the courage to condemn any of it – nor has the media even asked for a reaction.

RSLC Communications Director Stami Williams said, “Keeping American communities safe is a fundamental responsibility of state and local governments, but it’s become obvious that Democrats just do not care. Rather than support our police officers – the women and men who risk their lives to keep us safe – with the resources they need, state Democrats are instead kowtowing to the radical forces wreaking havoc on our nation. Perhaps that plays well with the liberal media elite – it sure as heck won’t with the millions of voters who are heading to the polls in a few short weeks.”

As of August, at least 13 major U.S. cities cut funding from police budgets in an effort to “Defund the Police” with several more in line to do the same: Austin, Texas; Seattle, Washington; New York, New York; Los Angeles, California; San Francisco, California; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Maryland; Portland, Oregon; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Hartford, Connecticut; Norman, Oklahoma; and Salt Lake City, Utah with Minneapolis, Minnesota City Council pledging to remove their police department all together. All of these cities are run by lawless Democrats who are putting lives at risk for political gain by allowing chaos and anarchy in their streets.

In contrast, Republicans are prioritizing leadership over Democrat lawlessness. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Republican state legislators stood with our heroes in uniform by being the first in the nation to sign the Heritage Action Police Pledge. The pledge is a clear stance against the ‘defund the police’ movement. Missouri Republicans sprang into quick action for police reform by proposing a bill that convicts bad actors for ‘abuse of force.’ Republican Ohio State Rep. Cindy Abrams, a former Cincinnati Police officer, and Rep. Phil Plummer, a former Sheriff, helped lead the way by sponsoring a police reform bill in the Buckeye State – an active 15-point plan to improve training for law enforcement and increase diversity. Iowa Republicans and Governor Kim Reynolds worked in a bipartisan manner to ban chokeholds in arrests and stops police officers with bad conduct from being hired in the state.

The Future Now Fund has already dumped over $700,000 into target states.

Below is the list of nearly 200 state Democrats who signed the pledge and are being closely watched by the RSLC, 30 of which are running in districts that President Trump won in 2016.

Alaska

Adam Wool (i), House District 5

Lyn Franks, House District 15

Andrew Josephson (i), House District 17

Stephen Trimble, House District 22

Chris Tuck (i), House District 23

Calvin Schrage, House District 25

Kelly Cooper, House District 31

Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (i), House District 35

Daniel Ortiz (i), House District 36

Bryce Edgmon (i), House District 37

Arizona

Rosanna Gabaldon, House District 2 (Running for Senate District 2)

Coral Evans, House District 6

Sharon Girard, House District 8

Domingo DeGrazia (i), House District 10

Stephanie Stahl Hamilton, House District 10

Kristin Dybvig-Pawelko, House District 15

Jennifer Pawlik (i), House District 17

Judy Schwiebert, House District 20

Kathy Knecht, House District 21

Eric Kurland, House District 23

Melody Hernandez, House District 26

Athena Salman (i), House District 26

Aaron Lieberman (i), House District 28

Andrea Dalessandro (i), Senate District 2 (Running for House District 2)

Felica French, Senate District 6

Barbara McGuire, Senate District 8

Victoria Steele (i), Senate District 9

JoAnna Mendoza, Senate District 11

Ajlan Kurdoglu, Senate District 17

Douglas Ervin, Senate District 20

Seth Blattman, Senate District 23

Juan Mendez (i), Senate District 26

Christine Marsh, Senate District 28

Florida

Kayser Enneking, House District 21

Patrick Henry, House District 26

Dolores Guzman, House District 27

Pasha Baker, House District 28

Tracey Kagan, House District 29

Barbara Ann Cady, House District 42

Geraldine Thompson (i) , House District 44

Phil Moore, House District 53

CL Townsend, House District 58

Andrew Learned, House District 59*

Julie Jenkins, House District 60

Jessica Harrington, House District 64

Dawn Douglas, House District 67

Ben Diamond (i) , House District 68

Jennifer Webb (i), House District 69*

Drake Buckman, House District 72*

Edgar Bernier, House District 83

Delores Hogan Johnson (i), House District 84*

Linda Thompson Gonzalez, House District 93

Maureen Porras, House District 105

Annette Collazo, House District 110

Franccesca Cesti-Brown, House District 115

Bob Lynch, House District 116

Ricky Junquera, House District 118

Clint Barras, House District 120

Jose Rodriquez, Senate District 37

Georgia

Jonathan Wallace, House District 119

Iowa

Charles Clayton, House District 9

Charlie McConkey (i), House District 15*

Wes Breckenridge (i), House District 29*

Andrea Phillips, House District 37

Kenan Judge (i), House District 44*

Todd Prichard (i), House District 52*

Kayla Anne Koether, House District 55

Eric Gjerde, House District 67

Mary Gaskill (i), House District 81*

Phil Miller, House District 82

Jennifer Kakert, House District 92

Marie Gleason, House District 94

Christian Andrews, House District 95

Kansas

Angela Justus Schweller, House District 14

Cole Fine, House District 15

Cindy Holscher, House District 16 (Running for Senate District 8)

Jo Ella Hoye, House District 17

Cindy Neighbor (I), House District 18*

Stephanie Clayton (i), House District 19

Mari-Lynn Poskin, House District 20

Sally Jercha, House District 28

Brett Parker (i), House District 29

Brandon Woodard (i), House District 30

Les Lampe, House District 39

Joana Scholtz, House District 40

Mike Griswold, House District 41*

Jeff Pittman, House District 41* (Running for Senate District 41)

Jennifer Day, House District 48

Katie Dixon, House District 49

Virgil Weigel (i), House District 56

Cheryl Arthur, House District 67

Tom Sawyer (i), House District 95*

Stephanie Yeager (i), House District 96*

James Rexford, House District 121

Lindsey Constance, Senate District 10

Joy Koesten, Senate District 11

Vic Miller, Senate District 18* (Running for House District 58)

Tobias Schlingensiepen, Senate District 18*

Rachel Willis, Senate District 20

Dinah Sykes (i), Senate District 21

Melissa Gregory, Senate District 30

 

Michigan

Kevin Hertel (i), House District 18

Laurie Pohutsky (i), House District 19

Matt Koleszar (i), House District 20

Darrin Camilleri (i), House District 23

William Sowerby (i), House District 31

Kelly Breen, House District 38

Julia Pulver, House District 39

Barb Anness, House District 45

Jody LaMacchia, House District 46

Sheryl Kennedy, House District 48

Christine Morse, House District 61

Jim Haadsma (i), House District 62

Abigail Wheeler, House District 66

Angela Witwer (i), House District 71

Chokwe (K.K) Pitchford, House District 79

Sarah Schulz, House District 98

Dan O’Neil, House District 104

Sara Cambensy (i), House District 109

North Carolina

Emily Nicholson, House District 1

Brian Farkas, House District 9

Raymond Smith Jr. (i), House District 21

James Gailliard (i), House District 25

Terence Everitt (i), House District 35

Julie Von Haefen (i), House District 36

Sydney Batch (i), House District 37

Kimberly Hardy, House District 43*

Nicole Quick, House District 59

Ricky Hurtado, House District 63

Dan Besse, House District 74

Aimy Steele, House District 82

Gail Young, House District 83

Ray Russell (i), House District 93*

Christy Clark (i), House District 98*

Rachel Hunt (i), House District 103

Brandon Lofton (i), House District 104

Wesley Harris (i), House District 105

Joe Sam Queen (i), House District 119*

Ohio

Mary Lightbody (i), House District 19

Beth Liston (i), House District 21

Jessica Miranda (i), House District 28

Casey Weinstein (i), House District 37

Michael O’Brien (i), House District 64*

Randi Clites (i), House District 75*

Pennsylvania

Harold Hayes, House District 18

Emily Skopov, House District 28

Marlene Katz. House District 29

Lissa Geiger Shulman, House District 30

Nick Pisciottano, House District 38*

Michele Knoll, House District 44

Steven Malagari (i), House District 53

Robert Prah Jr., House District 58

Patty Smith, House District 104

Lindsay Drew, House District 106

Bridget Malloy Kosierowski (i), House District 114*

Joanna Bryn Smith, House District 120

Kevin Branco, House District 131

Lauren Lareau, House District 142

Gary Spillane, House District 144

Robyn Colajezzi, House District 145

Jill Dennin, House District 147

Jonathan Kassa, House District 151

Nancy Guenst, House District 152

Anton Andrew, House District 160

Deb Ciamacca, House District 168

Michael Doyle, House District 170

Claudette Williams, House District 176

Ann Marie Mitchell, House District 178

Adam Rodriguez, House District 189

Janet Diaz, Senate District 13

Texas

  1. “Sarah” DeMerchant, House District 26

Elizabeth Markowitz, House District 28

Erin Zwiener (i), House District 45*

James Talarico (i), House District 52*

Angela Brewer, House District 64

Michelle Beckley (i), House District 65*

Sharon Hirsch, House District 66

Lorenzo Sanchez, House District 67

Jeff Whitfield, House District 92

Alisa Simmons, House District 94

Joe Drago, House District 96

Joanna Cattanach, House District 108

Brandy Chambers, House District 112

Rhetta Andrews Bowers (i), House District 113

Julie Johnson (i), House District 115

Celina Montoya, House District 121

Natali Hurtado, House District 126

Gina Calanni (i), House District 132*

Ann Johnson, House District 134

Jon Rosenthal (i), House District 135*

John Bucy III (i), House District 136

Akilah Bacy, House District 138

Jose Menendez (I), Senate District 26

Wisconsin

Steve Doyle (i), Assembly District 94*

(*) Denotes a top RSLC redistricting target and district that President Trump won in 2016 but is currently held by a Democrat.

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