DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján today announced that retired Army Colonel Mike Derrick (NY-21) has earned a spot in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) highly-competitive Emerging Races program, indicating that the campaign is on track to achieve full status in the DCCC’s Red to Blue program in the future.
To earn this designation, Derrick has surpassed aggressive organization and infrastructure goals, and demonstrated the ability and commitment to fight on behalf of hardworking families, keep them safe, and make sure that the economy is working for everyone in the North Country.
“Bronze Star Medal recipient Colonel Mike Derrick has spent his entire career keeping Americans safe and putting his country first, and now he is ready to do the same for the North Country. Colonel Derrick has put together a smart campaign with a strong local backing that has earned him a spot on our Emerging Races program,” said DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján. “This November, I am confident that voters will elect Colonel Mike Derrick in New York’s 21st congressional district and oust Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.”
With today’s addition, 37 districts and candidates are part of the Red to Blue or Emerging Races programs. There are 16 candidates selected for Red to Blue, plus 5 districts with multiple Democratic candidates that have also qualified for Red to Blue. The Emerging Races aspect of the program now has 14 candidates and 2 Emerging Districts, where campaigns are on track and working hard to put seats in play. There will be additional candidates added to Red to Blue in the future.
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About Red to Blue
The DCCC’s Red to Blue program highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support. The program will introduce Democratic supporters to new, competitive candidates in order to help expand the fundraising base for these campaigns.