Momentum grows as Young Democrats respond to Blake's commitment to millennials
THE BRONX, NY – Today, the Michael Blake for DNC campaign announced the endorsement of two Young Democrats Presidents from his home state of New York. The endorsement of these individuals follows those of state party leaders across the country and further demonstrates Blake’s commitment to building a party that embraces young leaders.
"Assembly Member Michael Blake is a Young Democrat by age but already has vast experience working in different roles at the local, state, and national level," said Mike Corbett, President of the New York State Young Democrats. "From his roles on both Obama Campaigns and in the White House to his campaign for Assembly in the Bronx, Michael Blake has proven himself a consummate professional with new ideas on how to move the Democratic Party forward. I offer my wholehearted endorsement of his candidacy for Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee.”
“I am proud to support Michael Blake in his bid for Vice Chair of the DNC," added Nassau County Young Democrats President Lauren Summa. "It is refreshing to see a fellow millennial who has the experience, knowledge, dedication and willingness to serve at the highest levels of our leadership. I urge that all DNC members cast their vote for this fresh voice to help move our party forward."
Responding to these endorsements, Blake said, “I am honored by the endorsements of these great leaders of the Young Democrats. Their dedication is a reminder that we must bring millennials into the conversation as we work to strengthen our party.”
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 early last month, 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.