ENDORSEMENTS

“At this time of heightened uncertainty in Washington, we need strong leaders like New York's own Rep. Grace Meng and Assemblyman Michael Blake on the DNC who will advance the principals of social and economic justice that built our middle class and the Democratic Party. These proven leaders will bring uncompromising integrity to the Executive Committee, as well as a depth and diversity of experience that is second to none. Working together, we will create good-paying jobs to drive our economy forward, ensure our country remains a beacon of hope and opportunity for immigrants, and create a path forward and upward for our nation’s middle class.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo

“Michael Blake has the determination, experience and energy to help rebuild the Democratic Party. I endorse New York Assembly Member Michael Blake because I know as DNC Vice Chair he will bring invigorating change in leadership to the Party because of his proven campaign experience and wins in state and local elections throughout the country. Assembly Member Blake is exactly the progressive voice we need to help us rebuild our movement, unite Democrats, and forcefully push back against President Trump and obstructionist Republicans.”

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

"I believe in tis guy. I know he can win at all levels: from a a Midwestern state house, to the White House, and in his own race for the New York State Assembly. It's why I've endorsed him. It's why state chairs in Michigan and Ohio have endorsed him. It's why statewide officeholders have endorsed him. Michael has poured blood, sweat, and tears into our cause. The least we can do is pour our support behind him." 

Steven M. Powell

UFCW International Vice President

“In 2008, it was my pleasure to work side by side with Michael in the Minnesota Presidential primary for then-Senator Barack Obama. Together, we mobilized communities across the state, from union families to Somalian Americans, to millennials, to take action and support the President’s candidacy. I saw firsthand his ability to put together coalitions and identify strategic paths to victory. Mike is exceptionally prepared to help Democrats win local elections and harness our diversity.” 

R.T. Rybak

Outgoing DNC Vice-Chair

“Michael Blake will bring refreshing new leadership to our Party, making sure we're energized every year, up and down the ticket. I am proud to endorse Michael Blake for DNC Vice-Chair.” 

David Pepper

Ohio Democratic Party Chair

"I've seen Michael Blake win local elections in Michigan first hand, and help flip the house to Democratic control by managing three winning legislative races in Lansing, Grand Rapids and Muskegon. We need a Vice-Chair that is focused exclusively on winning at the local level and no one is better to fill that role than Michael Blake."

Brandon Dillon

Michigan Democratic Party Chair

"Michael Blake has the passion, beliefs and ability to engage people that are so important for rebuilding our party. We need to be able to articulate our core values to the American public and that is Michael's greatest strength.  I've seen him do it as a legislator, and, I know he can do it as a DNC Vice-Chair. As a union leader and DNC Executive Committee member, I am proud to endorse Michael Blake for DNC Vice-Chair."

Stuart Appelbaum

RWDSU President & DNC Member

"Assemblymember Michael Blake is a voice we need at the DNC. During his time serving in the Assembly and in the White House, he has been a constant and consistent ally that has stood by our community. The next Vice Chair in the DNC must be someone who - among many things - has real experience working with the LGBTQ community, understands our struggles, and knows what we need to do to achieve 100% equality for everyone - and that person is Michael Blake.”

Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC

Michael is proud to have the support of these Democratic Party leaders:

Iowa Democratic Party Chair Derek Eadon, Kentucky State Party Chair Sannie Overly, Michigan Vice Chair Nancy Quarles, New Mexico State Party Chair Debra Haaland, New Mexico State Party Vice Chair Juan Sanchez III, Ohio State Vice Chair Rhine McLin, State Members Susie Shannon (CA), Daniel Halpern (GA), Nathan Gene Smith (KY), Barry Goodman (MI), Ron Harris (MN), Hon. Vivian Cook (NY), Dr. Valarie McCall (OH), John Verdejo (NC), Matt Keating (OR) and Members At-Large Congressman Gregory Meeks, DC Attorney General Karl Racine, Marcus Mason (DC), Rick Wade (DC), Carlos Odio (FL), Steven Powell (IL), John Keller (IL), Hon. Arlanda Williams (LA), Akilah Ensley (NC), Hon. Jay Jacobs (NY), Michelle Deatrick (MI), Dr. Gretchen Dziadosz (MI, Shaunda Ryder Diggs (MI, former Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, and Hon. Denny Farrell (NY).

 

The campaign has welcomed Western region Co-Chairs DNC State Member Allison Stephens (NV) and Member At-Large Kerman Maddox (CA) and Southern region Co-Chairs Carlos Odio (FL), Kasim Reed and Akilah Ensley (NC) and Hon. Arlanda Williams (LA).

 

Michael Blake has received the critical endorsement from U.S. Senator Kristen Gillibrand, along with key labor endorsements of 1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers East, the largest local union in the world, 32BJ SEIU, the AFL-CIO President Shaun D. Francois, NY State AFL-CIO, RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum, and Wayne Spence who currently serves as President of the New York State Public Employees Federation. The campaign is proud to have the support of two Young Democrats Presidents from his home state of New York, Mike Corbett, President of the New York State Young Democrats and Nassau County Young Democrats President Lauren Summa along with the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats and the Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC, the largest LGBTQ democratic club in New York State and one of the largest in the country.

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