SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY — Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders endorsed NY-17 Democratic Congressional Candidate Mondaire Jones, Tuesday, June 9th. Sanders highlighted Mondaire’s progressive leadership and dedication to working people in his endorsement. This endorsement comes after support from other leading progressives, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sec. Julián Castro, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“Mondaire Jones is a progressive community leader running to represent New York’s 17th District and I’m proud to endorse his campaign,” said Senator Bernie Sanders. “His campaign platform aligns with many of the same issues that were at the center of my campaign for president, including Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, and criminal justice reform. As an attorney, he has led efforts to win justice for vulnerable communities through litigation and public policy and if elected to Congress, he’ll fight for bold, progressive policies that help working people.”
“Senator Bernie Sanders has been fighting for progressive change his entire career and I’m honored to receive his endorsement,” said NY-17 Democratic Congressional Candidate Mondaire Jones. “I have centered my campaign around big, bold solutions, like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, which Sen. Sanders has brought to the forefront of our national politics. Throughout my campaign, I have said that we need to fight tooth and nail for the things we say we believe in. Sen. Sanders has been doing that his whole life and I’m proud to have his support.”
Mondaire Jones has also been endorsed by US Representative Ayanna Pressley, Rep. Ro Khanna, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Rep. Barbara Lee, Representative Deb Haaland, Rep. Mark Pocan, Rep. David Cicilline, the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC, Equality PAC, NY Working Families Party, United Auto Workers, Hispanic Democrats of Westchester, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy for America, The LGBT Victory Fund, The Collective PAC, and more than 40 elected officials and community leaders in Rockland and Westchester Counties. He recently announced that his campaign had raised over $827,000 by the end of the first quarter of 2020. Unlike many of his opponents, Jones is not accepting corporate PAC money in his campaign and has also signed the No Fossil Fuel Pledge. When elected, Mondaire will make U.S. history as the first openly gay, black member of Congress.
About Mondaire: Mondaire Jones is a 33-year-old former litigator in the Westchester County Law Department and former Department of Justice staffer during the Obama Administration. A resident of South Nyack, he is running to represent New York’s 17th Congressional District. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. He later graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc. and has previously served on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Mondaire is a progressive running to fight for bold solutions to our biggest problems: a Green New Deal, tuition-free public college and student debt forgiveness, Medicare for All, and a full restoration of the SALT deduction for families in Westchester and Rockland.
Mondaire Jones is running in the Tuesday, June 23rd Democratic Primary for the NY-17 Congressional District seat which is currently held by Congresswoman Nita Lowey who is not running for re-election. Mondaire appeared on the People Before Politics Radio Show. Sunday, December 22, 2019, and is up against David Buchwald, David Carlucci, Asha Castleberry-Hernandez, Allison Fine, Evelyn Farkas, and Adam Schleifer for the Democratic Nomination. Catherine Parker dropped out of the race, Friday, May 29th and then there were seven!