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WORKING FAMILIES PARTY ENDORSES BRAXTON WINSTON AND DIMPLE AJMERA FOR CHARLOTTE CITY COUNCIL

National progressive organization to mobilize members for candidates who will fight for all working families


For immediate release: September 11, 2017

For more information, contact: Joe Dinkin at 978 223 5868 or jdinkin@workingfamilies.org


CHARLOTTE -- The Working Families Party today announced its endorsement of Braxton Winston and Dimple Ajmera, both candidates running in tomorrow’s Democratic primary for at-large seats on the Charlotte City Council. The general election is November 7.


“Change only comes from the grassroots up. Braxton Winston and Dimple Ajmera are both inspiring progressive leaders who are running to ensure that the city of Charlotte truly works for all its working families,” said Joe Dinkin, a spokesman for the Working Families Party, a national political group that is helping to elect progressive leaders around the country. “From education to jobs to transportation to housing, both Braxton and Dimple want to ensure that no one is left behind.”


The Working Families Party pledged to mobilize its grassroots supporter base to volunteer for both Winston and Ajmera in advance of Tuesday’s Democratic primary and to help get out the vote efforts via volunteer mobilization, social media, and text messages. The Working Families Party is building a reputation as a “seal of approval” for progressive voters.


“I’m proud to have the support of the Working Families Party because I am running to provide the effective leadership in governance that Charlotteans have been demanding,” said Braxton Winston. “I am willing to face the systemic inequities of our past while harnessing the qualities that make us one of the fastest growing cities in America.”


Braxton Winston is a union stagehand, community activist, and citizen journalist who became engaged in politics after participating in protests following the Sept. 2016 shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. During the ensuing demonstrations, Winston videotaped protesters as Justin Carr was killed and was later a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit against the local police. The Working Families Party called him “a powerful champion for economic fairness and racial justice.”


“I am honored to have the endorsement of Working Families, as I continue to fight for economic mobility for all people and work to solve the institutional lack of trust and unity in our communities,” said Dimple Ajmera. “We must ensure that all of Charlotte's residents are treated fairly and equally.'”


Dimple Ajmera, appointed earlier this year to fill the District 5 seat, is the first Asian-American and youngest woman to ever serve on the Charlotte City Council, where she serves on the Economic Development and Housing and Neighborhood Development committees. Working Families Party leaders cited her commitment to resisting Trump administration’s policies and her leadership in fights for justice and equality as key to their endorsement.


The Working Families Party is a national political organization that is recruiting, training, and electing the next generation of progressive leaders to office. The Working Families Party has an impressive record of down ballot wins already in 2017, including the Democratic primary victory of Philadelphia’s next District Attorney Larry Krasner, helping elect the new Mayor of Jackson, MS, Chokwe Lumumba, a sweep of school board races in Milwaukee, and special election victories for progressive leaders running for state legislature in New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.


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