California Democratic Party Vice Chair endorses Dotty!

California Democratic Party Vice Chair Daraka Larimore-Hall announces support for Dotty Nygard SIGNALS A SHIFT TOWARD ENDORSING PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES TRACY, CA,

August 15, 2017– Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party* and longtime labor advocate Daraka Larimore-Hall announced his endorsement of CA-10 Congressional Candidate Dotty Nygard in a statement today:

“Dotty Nygard is a strong, dedicated progressive taking on Jeff Denham, a Republican who has stood with Trump 100% of the time since inauguration. I’m proud to stand with her as she fights to give the people of the 10th District a real voice in Washington. As a local elected official, community activist, and front-line nurse, Dotty has dedicated her life to making a stronger and more just community. She deserves our support, and our help in defeating a key reactionary leader in Congress.”

Vice-Chair Larimore-Hall’s endorsement illustrates Nygard’s unique ability to bring together a diverse coalition of important leaders from across the state, including Congressmember Ro Khanna, CA State Assembly candidate Jovanka Beckles, CDP Chicano Latino Caucus* Chair Carlos Alcala, CDP Chicano Latino Caucus* Vice Chair Norma Alcala and National Nurses United. Dotty Nygard’s campaign is comprised of Democrats from all backgrounds and she is proud to run to represent their values in Washington. In a statement today, Nygard humbly accepted his endorsement:

"I’m very honored and humbled by Vice Chair Daraka Larimore-Hall's support. I have always admired his bold vision that resonates with so many of us who are actively searching for party leadership in the era of Trump. We share the same vision to include all members of the party and like Daraka, I will always protect the voices of those that so often go unheard."

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C4PC founder Zackary Berger, MD, PhD : "An emergency room nurse and patient advocate, as well as a former member of Riverbank city council, Nygard brings compassion, knowledge, and determination to the fight for the underserved and disadvantaged. She knows what healthcare and governing means, and how kindness and expertise work together -- not for the powerful but for the ordinary Californian."

Dotty Nygard is endorsed by Congressman Ro Khanna!

Dotty Nygard is endorsed by Congressman Ro Khanna!

Ro Khanna, a first term congressman elected to California's 17th district, which includes large portions of Silicon Valley from South Fremont to Sunnyvale, has endorsed Dotty Nygard for Congress! He also served as 

Khanna is currently one of seven congress members who will not take PAC or special interest money and won against Democratic incumbent Mike Honda by a large margin in November's general election. He is proud to endorse another clean money, grassroots candidate.

California Nurses Association endorses Dotty Nygard for Congress!

California Nurses Association endorses Dotty Nygard for Congress!

National Nurses United (NNU), the largest union of registered nurses in the United States, today announced it has endorsed Dotty Nygard, RN, for Congress in California’s 10th Congressional District. 

“It’s time the people of the 10th District had someone representing them in Washington who will fight for them. Dotty Nygard is that person.” 

Candidates stepping forward to challenge Denham in 2018

Former Riverbank Mayor Virginia Madueno is considering running to represent the district, she said, but her loss in the race for State Assembly last November (she finished third in voting, behind Ken Vogel and current State Assemblyman Heath Flora) took its toll. Meanwhile, Josh Harder, a Turlock native and investor and Dotty Nygard, a nurse from Tracy and former Riverbank City Council member, have both announced bids for the upcoming election.

This nurse plans to challenge California's Rep. Jeff Denham for his Central Valley seat

Registered nurse Dotty Nygard will challenge Rep. Jeff Denham in the Central Valley's 10th Congressional District.

“I’ve lived and worked within this community for 24 years and feel I can actually lend my voice as a strong voice to my constituents,” said the 60-year-old who lives in Tracy, Calif.

Nygard, a Democrat, is an emergency room nurse at Sutter Health in Sacramento and a member of the influential, progressive California Nurses Assn.

Nygard said she was drawn to the race because of attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Denham voted for the House GOP repeal bill last week), her concerns about the environment and climate change, and a desire to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.


In declaring her candidacy, Nygard said: “An elected representative should embody the ideals, strengths, and spirit of the people they represent. Equally important, they must understand the concerns and struggles we face as individuals and as a community.”

Issues she said she is concerned about include playing politics with healthcare, with natural resources, with children’s education and local residents’ ability to earn a living wage and support their families.