Washington, DC, September 16, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- One year after the 2010 Primary Election, Nate Bennett-Fleming confirms that he will pursue the D.C. Shadow Representative Congressional position in the upcoming race on April 3, 2012.
“I’m not quitting, because D.C. can’t quit on the Statehood fight,” Fleming said, “The District is long overdue to have the type of leadership that will ensure Statehood becomes a priority in both local and federal government. Last election season, I was able to build a consensus among those who only want voting rights and those who want full Statehood. We built a coalition of new and seasoned supporters of our movement. I’ve been expanding on that ever since.”
Fleming anticipates running an energetic campaign that will generate awareness, encourage engagement, and promote effective outreach efforts for the Statehood movement. Fleming said, “Our city holds at least 600,000 American, federal-tax paying citizens. We deserve to be on equal footing with the other 50 states in a country that takes pride in democracy.”
Research for the campaign has been underway since the early part of this year. Fleming and campaign manager, Jamie Hines have been preparing a comprehensive plan for the past six months. They are currently strengthening their team and preparing an official campaign announcement for mid-October. Yard signs have already been spotted around the District. They also recently launched a Facebook page in efforts to begin spreading the word through social media.
Hines said, “Living in the nation’s capital where the American government has no regard for its own democratic process is very disheartening. I’m excited to be a part of this campaign with a Washingtonian that comes to the table equipped with experience deeply rooted in the movement and armed with a gung-ho attitude that will push Statehood forward in a tangible way.”
Since the 2010 Primary Election, Fleming graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, was arrested as a member of the DC 74, founded the DC Statehood Student Association (www.statehooddc.org) to involve more young people, began a Fellowship at the U.S. House of Representatives, and contributed to a number of Statehood discussions and rallies.
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Nate Bennett-Fleming was raised by a single-mother in Ward 8—the Southeast quadrant of the city. He attended Nannie Helen Burroughs Elementary School and graduated from St. Andrews Episcopal School in Potomac, Md. He then moved on to graduate Cum Laude from Morehouse College as an Oprah Winfrey Scholar, to receive a law degree from the University of California-Berkeley, and to study at Harvard Kennedy School for three semesters as a Public Service Fellow. Nate has worked in the office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton, served as the Deputy National Director of African-American Religious Outreach-John Kerry for President campaign, coordinated regional field efforts as the field director for Ben Cardin’s U.S. Senate campaign, and worked for the DC Council’s Special Committee on Statehood and Self Determination, chaired by Councilmember Michael A. Brown. He has done congressional affairs work as an associate at Patton Boggs LLP and Alston Bird LLP. He has also been an analyst at Goldman Sachs, and Co. In 2010, Nate received 43,000 votes against a two term incumbent, the most ever for a candidate under 30. This represented almost 45% of the vote. Currently, Nate is a Fellow for the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets and GSE’s.
Jamie T. Hines moved to Washington, D.C. upon graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) for her Master’s in Public Affairs in 2006. She also holds Bachelor degrees in Journalism and Political Science from IUP. Hines grew up in Johnstown, PA where her father led the civil rights division of Bethlehem Steel (now Johnstown America Corporation) —she was taught at a young age the power of standing up for people’s rights. Hines has received awards for promoting multiculturalism in less diverse environments and nominated for other leadership awards during her tenure in Western PA. Hines also has over 12 years of experience in communications, strategic planning, and grassroots organizing working in both the for- and non- profit sectors. The former special education English teacher is currently an independent consultant, writes about civil rights issues. She resides in the NE section of the District with her husband and 21-month-old son.