Sund, who faces an entrenched incumbent with a 70-to-one cash advantage, is a businesswoman and community organizer from Plymouth. She ran for the congressional seat in 2012, but dropped out when she didn’t get the party endorsement. She’s the Hennepin County DFL chair, and so far this year is the only DFLer to step up in the congressional race.
In announcing the endorsement, Democracy for America’s Chair Jim Dean said:
“Sharon Sund is running the grassroots, people-powered progressive campaign needed to defeat an entrenched incumbent like Congressman Erik Paulsen. Democracy for America’s grassroots members are excited to support Sharon Sund because she’s running as a progressive champion who’s ready to fight to expand social security, raise the minimum wage and do whatever it takes to create a thriving economy for Minnesota working families.”
Democracy for America, founded in 2004 by Howard Dean, says it has 17,773 members in Minnesota and 1 million members nationwide, and works to elect progressive candidates around the country.