Pat Murphy – Iowa 1st District

While a lot of candidates talk about what they will do for children, Pat Murphy has delivered real benefits to the children in Iowa. As Speaker of the Iowa House, he passed universal pre-school for all four-year-olds, giving education access to nearly 20,000 children annually. He worked to raise the pay of Iowa’s teachers to the national average. He provided access to health care to nearly 40,000 children by raising the cigarette tax by one dollar and invested that money into the HAWK-I program.

As a member of the United States Congress he will vote to raise the minimum wage and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act so women get paid fairly. He will vote to end the mindless automatic sequester spending cuts schedule to come in 2016.

“America’s children need a Congressional majority that will represent them and their families, not corporations and the wealthy. Mr. Murphy’s record of achievement, his support for a real living wage, the President’s pre-kindergarten initiative, background checks for all gun purchases, and for a budget that fully funds after-school programs, child abuse prevention, and other children’s programs shows he will make the right choices in the United States House of Representatives,” says Vote Kids Action Fund President Michael Petit. “We urge voters in the 1st District to support Pat Murphy in the November 4th election.”

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John Foust – Virginia 10th District

John Foust has made providing universal quality early childhood education a centerpiece of his campaign for Congress. He understands the vital importance of properly preparing children from birth to five years old so they can become productive, well-balanced members of our society. John is dedicated to using public resources to assist families in the best way it can to ensure that all children get proper health care, a safe and loving environment, a large vocabulary and a quality early education in order to have the best start possible.

On the contrary, John’s opponent, Virginia State Delegate Barbara Comstock is adamantly opposed to government’s role in helping children succeed. Towards that end, she recently voted against Medicaid expansion in the Virginia legislature and has pledged to cast another pointless vote against the Affordable Care Act if elected to Congress. Further, Comstock has a history of opposing legislation to help kids, such as in 2013, when she voted against a budget bill that included a two percent salary increase for teachers and support positions. The bill also included $8.6 million for in-state undergraduate financial aid, along with $3 million to increase Tuition Assistance Grants.

We are proud to say that John Foust was the special guest speaker at VKAF’s June 29 fundraiser in Alexandria, Virginia. Other speakers that day were Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, famed political consultant Joe Trippi, VirginiaState Delegate Rob Krupicka (D-45) and Vote Kids Action Fund President Michael Petit.

Nick Casey – West Virginia 2nd District

Becoming a leader in Congress for children begins with helping children before running for office. Casey volunteers a week each summer with his church's charity rebuilding homes for families in Clay County, West Virginia. He led a fundraising committee to build a Day Care facility for infants and children aged three and younger, participated in rallies to support Head Start funding, and serves on the REA of Hope board for women with addiction problems. He expanded the program to help these women care for their children.

In Congress, Casey will continue helping children and families by investing in their schools, day care, and health care and fund those by doing top-to-bottom review of the tax code to eliminate unnecessary loopholes. He will vote to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for working parents and then move from there to establish a real living wage.

“Nick Casey’s record of achievement, his support for a real living wage, the President’s pre-kindergarten initiative, and for a budget that fully funds afterschool programs and other children’s programs shows he will make the right choices in the United States House of Representatives,” says Vote Kids Action Fund President Michael Petit. “We urge voters in the 2nd District to support Nick Casey in the November 4th election.”

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Staci Appel – Iowa 3rd District

Staci Appel has spent her career delivering for Iowa’s children. While a member of the Iowa Senate, she took the lead on expanding access to pre-school for every four-year-old in Iowa. To keep children safe, she worked to ban texting while driving and require seatbelts for every child under the age of 18 riding in the back seat. She helped write the Healthy Kids Act, which called for 30 minutes of play a day and removing junk food from school lunches and vending machines, and the Farm to School bill, which allowed local farmers to sell fresh vegetables directly to local school districts.

Prior to running for Congress, Appel was a Sunday school teacher for 10 years at the 1st United Methodist Church and served as PTO President at Irving Elementary school. She was part of starting up and then serving on the United Way Women’s Leadership Committee, which focused on early childhood issues and currently serves on the Blank Children’s Hospital Board.

We support Ms. Appel because she will continue her leadership for children in Washington. She supports Senator Tom Harkin’s bill to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. She would co-sponsor the Strong Start for America's Children Act, President Obama’s initiative to provide access to quality preschool education for every four-year-old in America. She favors closing tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas and would cancel the mindless automatic spending cuts known as the sequester that will be imposed in 2016 unless Congress acts.

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Bobby McKenzie – Michigan 11th District

On Tuesday, July 9th The Vote Kids Action Fund endorses Bobby McKenzie for the United State Congress from the 11th District of Michigan.

Throughout his life, McKenzie has helped children in a variety of ways. He set up a mentoring program to help at-risk youth in one of the toughest schools in Washington DC. He tutored at-risk children in Virginia and conducted action-based research for refugee youth in Egypt. In Congress, McKenzie would support raising the minimum wage, investing in preschool and afternoon programs that keep kids safe, making the wealthy pay their fair share in taxes, and making college more affordable for working families.

We need more men and women in Congress who have the right priorities for America’s children and working families. Mr. McKenzie’s support for a real living wage, the President’s pre-kindergarten initiative, background checks for all gun purchases, and for a budget that fully funds afterschool programs, child abuse prevention, and other children’s programs shows he will make the right choices in the United States House of Representatives. Vote Kids urges voters in the 11th District to support him in the August 5th primary.

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Michael Eggman – California 10th District

The Vote Kids Action Fund proudly endorses Michael Eggman for the United States Congress from the 10th District of California.

We support Mr. Eggman because he knows that children are our future. He knows it is unacceptable that for the first time in our history, children are expected to do worse than their parents. He will fight to change that; he understands we can't continue the politics of "no" involving cuts that harm all but the wealthiest Americans. He will fight to make sure we invest in education so that every child can attend a quality school, and students don’t have to take out a loan the size of a mortgage just to afford college. He will vote to close loopholes that billionaires and corporations use to avoid paying their fair share in taxes, and he will vote to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

“America’s children need a Congressional majority that understands the needs of their families. Michael Eggman’s support for a real living wage, the President’s pre-kindergarten initiative, background checks for all gun purchases, and for a budget that fully funds after-school programs and other children’s programs shows he will make the right choices in the United States House of Representatives,” says Vote Kids Action Fund President Michael Petit. “We urge voters in the 10th District to support Michael Eggman in the November 4th election.”

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Alma Adams – North Carolina 12th District

The Vote Kids Action Fund endorses Alma Adams for the United State Congress from the 12th District of North Carolina on May 6th.

Adams has a long record of working on behalf of children. She started a year round visual arts program that serves 400 children a month from low income communities. As a legislator, she sponsored and passed the bullying bill to protect students, the Healthy Youth Act to provide meals for all students, and paid sick leave so parents can care for their children, among many other things.

Alma’s commitment to passing universal preschool for all four year olds, creating a living wage of twelve dollars an hour, expanding afterschool programs and Pell Grants, and closing tax loopholes is exactly what is needed in Congress. We urge voters in the 12th District to support her in November.

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Ann Callis – Illinois 13th District

A judge for 18 years, Callis has a proven record of looking out for the children many people forget about. She helped start a faith-based truancy program to help kids missing school and get them back on a path towards positive citizenship. She was instrumental in creating a program to allow children to better communicate with their incarcerated parents.

Callis understands how families are struggling to provide for their children. She has highlighted the harmful cuts to child nutrition programs in the recent Farm Bill. She will advocate for the well-being of children in middle- and low-income families.

“America’s children need a Congressional majority that understands the needs of their families. Ms. Callis’s support for a real living wage, the President’s pre-kindergarten initiative, background checks for all gun purchases, and for a budget that fully funds after-school programs and other children’s programs shows she will make the right choices in the United States House of Representatives,” says Vote Kids Action Fund President Michael Petit. “We urge voters in the 13th District to support Ann Callis in the November 4th election.”

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Mike Michaud - Governor of Maine

The Vote Kids Action Fund Endorses Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud (ME-2) for Governor!

The following is the text of a radio ad we created and broadcast during this race. We believe it sums up our view of why it is critical that the people of Maine vote for Mike Michaud on Tuesday, November 4. The ad itself can be found here.

Our children are our future. We want to keep them healthy and safe.

Yet, Gov. Paul LePage cut funding for our local schools by millions, and vetoed an expansion in healthcare that would have covered tens of thousands of Maine children and their families. LePage even tried to roll back protections against dangerous chemicals in our children's toys, even trying to keep toxins in sippy cups and baby bottles! All to keep his corporate friends happy.

On the other hand, Mike Michaud fought to make health insurance available to tens of thousands of Maine families and kids. Mike will protect our children from being exposed to dangerous toxins because Michaud won't put corporations ahead of our families.

Michaud and LePage are neck and neck. Let's come together to defeat Paul LePage and elect Mike Michaud. Make your vote matter.

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