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LDP Endorses Veteran, Farmer Vinny Mendoza for First District Congressman

Democratic candidate for Congress Vinny Mendoza

Democratic candidate for Congress Vinny Mendoza

The Louisiana Democratic Party endorsed retired Air Force veteran and Tangipahoa Parish organic farmer Vinny Mendoza in the race for  Louisiana’s First District Congressman on Saturday.

The endorsement was made by the party’s executive committee and by a vote of the Democratic State Central Committee which met at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge.

Mr. Mendoza described himself as “a citizen committed to representing the people of this district and their interests.”

Mendoza cites the First District’s increasing vulnerability to storms, such as Hurricane Isaac, from coastal land loss as a major issue requiring the kind of bipartisan support that the incumbent congressman is incapable of securing. He said the residents of the district must continue to confront the after effects of the BP Oil Disaster in 2010 and its effects on natural resources and the health of coastal residents.

He said the district also needs to create more sustainable jobs and industries for the future.

“The incumbent Congressman has supported his party in proposing solutions to these challenges that are neither sustainable nor in the best interests of the people of the 1st District,” Mendoza said.

“I respectfully ask for one opportunity to better serve you as the representative for the 1st congressional district. I want to serve the people of the 1st district with duty, honor and country before self and before special interest groups like BP.”

For additional information on the Vinny Mendoza campaign, click here.

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Originally published: Oct 8, 2012