VANCOUVER, WASH. – Dorothy Gasque, Democratic candidate for Washington’s Third U.S. Congressional District, welcomed news of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s huge win June 26 in the New York 14th District Democratic primary election. Gasque and Ocasio-Cortez have been endorsed by four of the same national organizations, including Our Revolution, an outgrowth of Vermont senator Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, and Brand New Congress.
“With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning underdog victory, our campaign has seen an increase in contributions, social media engagement, and volunteer enthusiasm,” Gasque said, alluding to Ocasio-Cortez’s win over the fourth-ranked Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives. “I am honored to be on the same slate of anti-corruption candidates as Alexandria.”
Gasque and Ocasio-Cortez met last November at a Brand New Congress candidate summit in Washington, D.C., and both have signed on to Brand New Congress’s progressive platform, which includes immigration reform, healthcare for all, and getting big money out of the political process.
In addition, Gasque and Ocasio-Cortez have both been endorsed by Justice Democrats, an organization endorsing candidates “who will fight for voters, not donors” and refuse corporate PAC money and maintain a progressive vision, according to the group’s website. They have both also been endorsed by DUH! (Demand Universal Healthcare), which seeks “to advance the cause of establishing a truly universal, comprehensive, and equitable National Improved Medicare for All (NIMA) healthcare system in the United States,” according to its website.
Gasque is running a grassroots, people-powered campaign that relies on small-dollar donors and volunteers. She said the best way Americans can secure a democratic process is to take big money out of the equation.
“As a prosperous nation, we need to fight to ensure all the people have a share in the fruits of their labor, not just those that can afford a lobbyist,” Gasque said. “Together, we can take on big money and build a government that works for everyone, so that we can all realize the promise of America.”