April 09, 2014

Gov. O’Malley and Sen. Begich Announce Next Round of NewDEAL Leaders

For Immediate Release 
April 9, 2014

Today, Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland and U.S. Senator Mark Begich of Alaska announced that nine rising elected officials from across the country have been selected as the next group of NewDEAL Leaders for their work championing pro-growth progressive ideas.

The nine latest NewDEAL leaders hail from diverse areas around the nation:

Prince George’s County (MD) State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks
NY Assemblymember David Buchwald
MN State Senator Melisa Franzen
MO Secretary of State Jason Kander
St. Petersburg (FL) Mayor Rick Kriseman
Oakland County (MI) Treasurer Andy Meisner
Ocean Springs (MS) Mayor Connie Moran
Ithaca (NY) Mayor Svante Myrick
OK State Senator John Sparks

“Senator Begich and I have joined the NewDEAL because we believe that we need to look for fresh ideas not just from the top down in Washington, DC, but also from the bottom up, where local leaders like these are developing and testing their ideas out on the ground,” said Governor O’Malley, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.

“Too often in DC, pro-growth and progressive goals are seen as opposed to each other. But as former mayors, Governor O’Malley and I saw firsthand how solutions that were both pro-growth and progressive could help to grow the economy in a way that expands opportunity for everyone. I am proud of the NewDEAL’s work to highlight these leaders from across the country with innovative ideas to build economic growth,” said Senator Begich, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.

The NewDEAL is a national network committed to highlighting pro-growth progressive state and local elected leaders from across the country with innovative ideas to expand opportunity by making government smarter.

The network’s mission is to bring these leaders together to provide them with a national platform to share their innovative ideas as well as opportunities to network with other top political, policy, and private sector leaders. The public is encouraged to nominate other state and local elected leaders on the network’s website, www.NewDEALLeaders.org, and stay connected as the NewDEAL highlights more pro-growth progressive ideas.

The NewDEAL is led by Honorary Chairs Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and U.S. Senator Mark Begich of Alaska, as well as our Honorary Regional Chairs: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, and Houston Mayor Annise Parker.