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RELEASE: Democrats Serve PAC Endorses Matt Castelli for Congress (NY-21)

Contact: Brett Broesder
Email: brett@democratsserve.org
Phone: (203) 781-6764

Highlighting his background as a frontline public service pro, the new national organization actively supports Matt Castelli in New York's 21st District.

Milford, CT (September 29, 2021) – Today, Democrats Serve — a new national political action committee (PAC) that supports Democrats running for office with public service backgrounds — is endorsing Matt Castelli in his bid to unseat New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of the 21st District.

Brett Broesder, the PAC's executive director, noted that Castelli — a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and counterterrorism official — is an excellent example of a Democrat running for office with frontline public service experience, who can excel as a candidate and a policymaker.

"For Matt Castelli, protecting New York families isn't just a job; it's a way of life," said Broesder. "For nearly fifteen years, he served in the CIA, beating back terrorists who threaten our national security. He's spent his career serving the public to make our country stronger and safer, and we're confident he'll continue keeping New Yorkers safe and secure in Congress. That's why Democrats Serve — helping to ensure he has the support and resources necessary to win — is proud to officially endorse his candidacy."

In response, Matt Castelli said that he's proud to receive Democrats Serve's endorsement and is committed to putting the needs of his district first.

"As the candidate with a proven record of service to our country, I'm proud to be endorsed by Democrats Serve. While representatives like Elise Stefanik seek to undermine our democracy to advance their own careers, I am running to put the needs of my district over partisan self-interest and fight for real solutions for the people of NY-21."

Democrats Serve works to support public service candidates, who often lack access to the built-in fundraising networks of other candidates.

Since officially launching a few months ago, the PAC has made endorsements nationwide in competitive elections, including: U.S. Senate Candidates Val Demings (FL) and Cheri Beasley (NC); U.S. House Candidate Aramis Ayala (FL-10); incumbent House Democrats Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07), Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), Andy Kim (NJ-03), Tom Malinowski (NJ-07), Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), Susan Wild (PA-07), Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), Jahana Hayes (CT-05), Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01), and Katie Porter (CA-45); Gubernatorial Candidate Katie Hobbs (AZ); New York City Mayoral Candidate Eric Adams; and 27 other state and local candidates in 2021 elections nationwide.

Broesder also said the group is making a concerted effort to support and recruit diverse candidates with frontline public service backgrounds, including those with public safety, national security, and justice system experience.

"Republicans, including Elise Stefanik, are turning their backs on law enforcement by refusing to investigate what role politics played in allowing insurrectionists to kill a Capitol Police officer," said Broesder. "140 officers from Metropolitan Police and Capitol police were injured during the attack, too. Elise Stefanik has made her priorities clear: appeasing right-wing extremists trumps law and order. On the other hand, Matt Castelli has been on the frontlines in protecting our country from terrorists who threaten our national security. He puts the safety and security of New Yorkers first. That's why Matt Castelli is the best choice for New York's 21st Congressional seat in 2022."

Democrats Serve's overall national effort consists of recruiting, training, and supporting Democrats with backgrounds serving communities in government — at the federal, state, and local levels — including teachers, police officers, firefighters, first responders, social workers, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, public health nurses, and more.

About Democrats Serve

Democrats Serve is a political action committee (PAC) that supports Democrats running for office – at the federal, state, and local levels – with frontline civil or public service backgrounds. The group does this by recruiting, training, and financially supporting Democrats nationwide with experiences serving communities in government, including police officers, firefighters, first responders, social workers, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, educators, and more.

Posted on September 29, 2021 in Press Releases.