Momentum grows as state party leaders respond to Blake's plans to win more local elections
BRONX, NY – Today, the Michael Blake for DNC campaign announced that Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper and Vice-Chair Rhine McLin have endorsed Blake in his campaign for DNC Vice-Chair. Pepper’s endorsement follows those of Michigan Party Chair Brandon Dillon, RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum, and current Vice-Chair R.T Rybak.
"Michael Blake will bring refreshing new leadership to our Party, making sure we're energized every year, up and down the ticket." said Pepper. “I am proud to endorse Michael Blake for DNC Vice-Chair.” McLin added “I believe Michael is ready for the challenge for the re-energized and refocused Democratic Party."
Responding to the endorsement, Blake said, “I am honored by Chairman Pepper’s and Vice-Chairwoman McLin’s endorsements. Their leadership is a testament to the fact that real change starts at the local level.”
Pepper currently serves as the Chairman of The Ohio Democratic Party as well as having served as a Cincinnati City Councilmember. McLin currently serves as Vice-Chair and was the first female and third African-American to serve as Mayor of Dayton, Ohio. Blake worked in grassroots organizing in Ohio during President Obama’s 2008 campaign.
Blake, a two-time campaign aide to President Obama, served as a White House Associate Director for outreach to state and local elected officials, the African-American community & Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises. In 2012, he served as the National Deputy Director of Operation Vote, the constituency vote effort for the campaign that helped win nine out of ten battleground states.
Blake, a national Co-Chair for New Leaders Council, which trains millennials across the country, announced his candidacy last week, focusing on the party’s need to identify, train and help candidates win local elections and embrace our party's diversity. Under the theme of "Leadership for Tomorrow", Blake laid out plans to Build our Bench, Strengthen our Party, and Embrace our Future.
Blake is a graduate of New York City public schools and Northwestern University, where he earned his degree in broadcast journalism before embarking on a career in public service. As a campaign organizer, he's helped win several local elections and flip the Michigan house to Democratic control. He is currently a member of the New York State Assembly where he has focused on economic justice, civil rights and criminal justice reform.