State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) announced today that he will travel to Washington, D.C. this Friday (June 17th) to meet with members of the Obama administration and attend an intimate reception with the president. Eldridge is one of a small number of members of People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network, a network of young progressives in elected office, who were invited to the White House to discuss important issues facing states and localities.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to meet with President Obama, talk to him about the concerns of constituents in my district and discuss ways the federal government can help improve the lives of the people of the Middlesex & Worcester district. In particular, I hope we have the opportunity to learn more about his administration’s plans to promote economic development, particularly through investment in local infrastructure, and to discuss next steps in health care reform and the need for Washington to lead on comprehensive immigration reform,” said Eldridge.
The Young Elected Officials Network, a project of People For the American Way Foundation, provides support and training for over 600 progressive state, county and city elected officials from all 50 states.
“We are thrilled to be able to take the observations and concerns of so many young, progressive elected officials to President Obama and the Administration,” said Andrew Gillum, Executive Director of the Young Elected Officials Network. “These young leaders are on the front lines of progressive change, fighting for the values of fairness, equality and opportunity in their home communities. President Obama, a successful grassroots leader himself, understands that national movements are built by individual citizens and their elected representatives working hard to bring about positive change in their own communities. We’re tremendously proud to be able to help the president get to know our communities and discuss the issues affecting states and localities across the country.”