DFC endorses Mark Ludwig for Allegan County Michigan Drain Commissioner

Monday, September 21st, 2020

As Drain Commissioner, Mark Ludwig would assess property owners based on services received – for example, if a property has a lot of soil runoff, and therefore causes more of a burden on the water system. That would be similar to treating the assessments as somewhat like a user fee for services.

That approach connects with the DFC Platform, which refers to the use of incentives: “For those essential services that need to be provided by government, we should attempt to introduce incentives for government efficiency.” Also related to that point, the description for the office of Drain Commissioner includes: “provide the most cost-effective operation and maintenance.” That again connects to the basic economic principle of incentives.

The DFC endorsed Mark in 2018 for Michigan state representative in the 80th district. He is the Regional Representative of the DFC for the Northeast Central Region.

The Drain Commissioner is responsible for: the system of county and inter-county storm drains, including maintenance of established lake levels and flood control structures; awarding contracts and securing financing for projects; administration of construction and/or financing of other infrastructure projects of local governmental units; as well as providing and assisting all parties in planning and developing ways to correct drainage sewer and water problems.


DFC endorses Seth Piccirillo for mayor of Niagara Falls, NY

Saturday, June 15th, 2019

The Democratic Freedom Caucus (DFC) endorses Seth Piccirillo, Democratic candidate for mayor of Niagara Falls, NY.

Piccirillo advocates the kind of practical tax reform that the DFC is for: the land value tax shift, which has been shown to work in other cities.

He has been active in local and state government for 13 years, starting as a City Hall intern, and has been Director of Niagara Falls Community Development for the past six years.


DFC endorses Mark Ludwig for Michigan state representative, 80th district

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

DFC endorses Mark Ludwig for Michigan state representative, 80th district.

Mark supports the kind of tax reform the DFC advocates, and is a Regional Representative of the DFC, for the Northeast Central Region.

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DFC Endorses Fayrouz Bazzi for City Council in Dearborn, Michigan

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

The Democratic Freedom Caucus (DFC) has endorsed Democratic candidate Fayrouz Bazzi for City Council in Dearborn, Michigan.

Fayrouz Bazzi’s campaign platform includes the kind of practical tax reform the DFC advocates, and which the Michigan Municipal League has endorsed. Bazzi also advocates humane, effective alternatives for dealing with the drug problem – her innovative view on that issue is also compatible with the DFC’s policies.

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Democratic Freedom Caucus Endorses Herb Riede for City Council in Meadville, PA

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

The Democratic Freedom Caucus (DFC) has endorsed Democratic candidate Herb Riede for City Council in Meadville, PA.

Herb Riede is in favor of the kind of practical tax reform the DFC advocates, as described in our Principles and Platform.

He has an impressive resume – his main background is in IT but he also has political experience, including as Mayor of McSherrystown, PA, 2005-09; Per Capita Tax Assessor, 2nd Ward, Meadville, PA, 2011-15; and Councillor, McSherrystown, PA, 2003-05.

Democrats tend to do well in Meadville, so Riede has a decent chance of winning the election, if he gets the word out.

If you send a donation, please include a note that says you were “referred by the Democratic Freedom Caucus (DFC)” or “referred by the DFC”.

Herb Riede’s Facebook page is:

Donations to Herb Riede’s campaign can be sent by PayPal,
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DFC Endorses Alanna Hartzok for Congress

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The Democratic Freedom Caucus (DFC) National Committee has endorsed Alanna Hartzok for Congress, 9th district, Pennsylvania.

Hartzok’s campaign platform is compatible with the DFC’s - especially her stands on economic issues, where her views are for an alternative to the usual left and right.

She recognizes that, for a healthy economy, with job creation and alleviation of poverty, it’s essential to uphold the basic principles that labor and production should not be penalized, and that natural resources are a unique kind of property that needs to be treated differently from other property, because otherwise it skews the entire economy. She is also for cutting corporate welfare.

According to an interview in the Daily American newspaper in Pennsylvania, Hartzok was asked by the Franklin County Democratic chairman if she would run for the Democratic nomination. She says there are ways to take ideas from both the right and the left, which could make our  democracy work better.

Hartzok points out that an important aspect of the state’s wealth is its gifts from nature, and that we have to fairly share those gifts. Environmental rules and regulatory rules need to be enforced.

She is in favor of a policy similar to the Alaska Permanent Fund, in which revenue related to the oil industry is invested and some of the revenue is paid as a dividend to the state’s residents.

In the Democratic primary, Hartzok was  unopposed, and won the primary.

Contact information for Alanna  Hartzok’s campaign:
Hartzok for Congress
Box 346 Scotland, PA 17254

If you send a campaign contribution, let the candidate know you were referred by the Democratic Freedom Caucus (DFC).

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DFC Endorses Jim Wildoner for County Council

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The Democratic Freedom Caucus (DFC) National Committee  has endorsed Jim Wildoner for County Council, District 3, Prince George’s County, Maryland.

On Wildoner’s campaign website it says: “Jim has adopted  the DEMOCRATIC FREEDOM CAUCUS platform
(www.democraticfreedomcaucus.org) because it generally states his political views on promoting social justice, individual liberty, constitutional democracy and fiscal responsibility.”

Wildoner has previously served as a Council Member for  New Carrollton, from 2003 to 2013, where he has held all positions on the council. He has a degree in Business Management and an MS in Finance.

Wildoner has indicated that he actually is not seeking endorsements for his campaign, because he wants voters to make up their own minds. “A Vote for Jim WILDONER for County Council will give you someone that is serving the  people (STP) not the government or special interest groups. Our campaign committee knows that when we receive 50.1% of the voters on June 24th then that will  be better ‘than 100% of the endorsements.”

Contact information for Jim Wildoner’s campaign:
P.O.Box 1244 Lanham, Md 20703.

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DFC Endorses W. Lane Startin for Idaho State Treasurer

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The Democratic Freedom Caucus (DFC) National Committee   has endorsed W. Lane Startin for Idaho State Treasurer.

Startin points out that what the incumbent state  treasurer did with “mortgage-backed securities” was  “irresponsible. A state treasury is not a hedge fund.   Investments should be in low-risk vehicles, especially  those with guaranteed rates of return.”

“In 2006, Idaho raised its sales taxes and cut its property taxes, a scheme which is proving to be  detrimental,” including its effect on encouraging harmful  land speculation. (The DFC agrees that decision was a  mistake. The DFC platform points out that it makes sense  to lower the property tax on buildings and improvements,  but the tax on the value of a location is similar to a  user fee for public services such as roads, police protection, schools, etc., which raise the value of land.  If that aspect isn’t there the result is large amounts  of land speculation, which leads to less job creation,   less affordable housing, and less affordable products  and services.)

As Startin notes, although the state treasurer doesn’t directly make decisions on such things as taxation, the person in that position can have an influence, by means  of having a “bully pulpit”.

Contact information for W. Lane Startin’s campaign:
W. Lane Startin for Idaho State Treasurer
1140 S. Phillippi St.  Boise, ID 83705-2621

DFC Endorses Mike Bozarth

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

The Democratic Freedom Caucus (DFC) endorses Democratic candidate Mike Bozarth for re-election in 2010 to the city council of St. Joseph, Missouri (population 71,900), representing the Third District.

Mike Bozarth advocates practical economic views that are fiscally responsible, and supports personal liberty issues. He reaches across the aisle and works in a constructive manner with city council members from both parties. Bozarth is the publisher and editor of the St. Joseph Telegraph, and has lived in the South Side of St. Joseph most of his life. He also serves as the DFC state chair for Missouri, and as a DFC National Committee representative.

DFC Endorses Andy LeCureaux

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

The Democratic Freedom Caucus (DFC) endorses Andy LeCureaux,
Democratic candidate for state representative in Michigan, District 27.

He has successfully been elected to city council four times (a position he currently holds), in non-partisan elections in Hazel Park near Detroit, and is now running for state representative.

Andy LeCureaux’s campaign views are compatible with the DFC’s approach. One of his campaign issues is to reform the kinds of regulations that hinder businesses and jobs. That fits in well with the DFC’s views – for example, there are many harmful types of regulations that favor special interests while preventing job creation and raising consumer prices.

His campaign platform also takes a stand on allowing people to use medical marijuana and other herbal medicines; and he supports Constitutional gun rights versus the kinds of gun control laws that do more harm than good.

Andy LeCureaux is practical and open-minded – he is the kind of person who looks for the best approach for addressing issues.

Contact information for Andy LeCureaux’s campaign:

Friends of Andy LeCureaux
23440 Tawas
Hazel Park, MI 48030