Community Leaders Endorse Eddie Mauro

Luisita Dona Thompson
Founder and Executive Board Chairwoman Filipino-American Society, Founder and former Treasurer of the Asian & Latino Coalition

Luisita Dona Thompson

“Eddie Mauro follows in the footsteps of Governor Robert Ray who welcomed immigrants with open arms. He will push for immigration reform that puts people and not politics first. Eddie has my full support.”

Ashvin Patel
Woodward City Councilman and Small business owner

Ashvin Patel

“I support Eddie Mauro because, as a small business owner, he understands what small business owners need and want, especially in this economy. I trust Eddie to listen to and support small businesses all over the state to build a stronger Iowa.”

David Thoreson
Arctic/Ocean Advocate, Polar Explorer, Documentary Photographer

David Thoreson

"As a polar explorer and documentary photographer, I have experience with climate change impacts as an eye-witness; it is very real. Climate disruption is my number one issue and I have been searching for a candidate who takes this issue seriously and who will address it with science-based policies. That candidate is Eddie Mauro who stands out from other candidates.”

Garang Majouk
Founder of the South Sudanese and Sudanese Iowa Caucuses

Garang Majouk

“I support Eddie Mauro because he has worked with refugees here and around the globe for many years. He understands the unique issues they face and will work to ensure they have access to the services and supports they need.“

Edgar Ortiz
Former Co-Chair, Asian & Latino Coalition, U.S Army Combat Veteran

Edgar Ortiz

“I support Eddie Mauro for U.S. Senate because he values our military and veterans. Eddie understands our military must be strong and they deserve to be honored and respected for their willingness to put their lives on the line.”

Channing Dutton
Climate Advocate, Attorney

Channing Dutton

"I’m supporting Eddie Mauro—We have a future to protect! I have longed for a candidate who was willing to make climate #1 for the voters. One willing to spend money, say the words when no one was looking, and advocate in public for rapid action. A candidate who does that has to be #1 with a guy like me."

John Alba
First Iowa Democratic Party Latino Caucus Chair, Former LULAC Council 307 President

John Alba

“Eddie Mauro has worked with the Latino community in Iowa for many years. Eddie has supported issues important to our community not just on the campaign trail.”

George Naylor
Family Farmer

George Naylor

"I believe Eddie Mauro understands that what we think of as our family farm system is threatened by the same free market globalization that shipped good jobs to lower wage countries with weak labor and environmental regulation. Low wages and cheap corn and soybeans (including those raised on land ripped from the Amazon rainforest) are two sides of the same coin that benefit giant food processing corporations. It’s time we had a Senator that stood up for family farmers and working people instead of giant multinational corporations.”

Steve Villatoro
Latino Community Leader, Vice Chair IDP Latino Caucus

Steve Villatoro

"As a Latino community leader I endorse Eddie Mauro to be our candidate for Senator because his platform is for everyone and in these moments of pandemic Eddie has not stopped working on his campaign and surely Eddie will not stop until he is elected senator. He is the strongest candidate we need to win."

Jane Hawley
Professor of Dance, Luther College & Environmental Advocate

Jane Hawley

“Thank you for hearing and listening; I deeply appreciate your thoughtful, empathetic, and broad perspectives of the multiple issues that are at once our responsibility to solve collaboratively and collectively and to address respectfully, with reverence, humility, and continued evolutionary progress, both as a state and nation. We are a species, though the youngest and most destructive. I do hope and continue to believe that our human species, culture, and nature will align with the higher mystery and forces that brought us into being an expressive and reflective sentient, participating as a part of this astounding planet.”

Ako Abdul-Samad
State Representative, Des Moines

Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad

“As a person of faith, Eddie has shown that he will listen and engage with anyone. Eddie is a Catholic, but our faith values are Iowa values that bring us together. His faith is at his core, and he has shown me that he is committed to bringing people together, rather than wedging us apart.”

Ras Smith
State Representative, Waterloo

Rep. Ras Smith

“From the beginning of his campaign, Eddie has made it a point to meet the people where they are. His ability to engage all communities and relentless support of Iowa workers during this COVID-19 crisis is a great example of the leadership that we need in the US Senate. I’m proud to support Eddie Mauro for US Senate.”

Rep. Ruth Ann Gaines
State Representative, Des Moines

Rep. Ruth Ann Gaines

"Eddie's not running just for himself. He's running to fight for diversity. For our community. Eddie has a proven track record of leadership. Of showing up in my community. That's why I'm endorsing him for United States Senate."

Charlie McConkey
State Representative, member United Steelworkers Local 3141

Rep. Charlie McConkey

“Eddie is a community organizer at heart. He helped found AMOS in Des Moines, he has fought alongside members of organized labor for workplace and social justice for years. He’s the right person to defeat Joni Ernst and fight for workers in D.C.”

Mazahir Salih
City Councilwoman, Co-Founder of Center for Worker Justice

Iowa City Councilwoman Mazahir Salih

Emilia Marroquín
School Board Member, Storm Lake

Emilia Marroquín

"I support Eddie Mauro because we need a positive change in our state. When I hear his vision to have access to quality, affordable health care for all Iowans makes me feel he is the right candidate. My hope is to see Eddie in the Senate impacting the interests of many."

Pauline Taylor
Iowa City Councilwoman

Pauline Taylor

"As a City of Iowa City Council member, a retired nurse, and someone who also grew up on the south side of DesMoines, I appreciate individuals who are committed to the health and well being of their communities. Eddie Mauro is one of those individuals. He has the values, the drive and the leadership ability to tackle important issues such as: universal health care, affordable housing, and bringing our diverse communities together. I am confident that he will get things done."

Mark Rocha
LULAC Council 307 Treasurer and CWA Local 7102 Political Coordinator/Legislative Chair

Mark Rocha

"Eddie has a proven track record of fighting for immigrants and communities of color. Eddie will stand with workers and be their voice.”

Alma Puga
President LULAC Council #381

Alma Puga

"Eddie Mauro is a longtime activist and champion for civil, economic, and environmental justice. As our next Senator, I know he will give everyone a "seat at the table" including Latinos and other minorities, the LGBTQ+ community, farmers and so many others. As a young Latina Activist, Eddie's commitment to diverse outreach and engagment speaks volumes to me, because I know he'll fight for issues that are important to my community.”

Jospeh Fernandez
Activist and former legal counsel for the Asian-Latino Coalition-PAC

Jospeh Fernandez

"In this Senate Eddie Mauro has no rival, Democratic or Republican, in this race when it comes to political experience in Iowa. Moreover, he is head and shoulders above the field respecting his demonstration of his values when it comes to important, life-sustaining projects for those in need around the world."

Roseann Martin Norris
Healthcare Activist and Former Nurse at Broadlawns Hospital

Roseann Martin Norris

Tina Haase Findlay
Singer/Song writer, Community Advocate

Tina Haase Findlay

"In my opinion, Eddie is the clear best choice in this race. His consistently high level of personal character, combined with a common sense progressive mindset, are the perfect hybrid for this moment. Much more than the rest, he embodies Intelligence plus integrity...that in a nutshell is why I will be voting for Eddie!"

Natasha Newcomb
Former Des Moines School Board Director, Former President, Dawn’s List

Natasha Newcomb

"I support Eddie because he supports Title X which provides affordable birth control and reproductive health care for people who cannot afford those services on their own. Eddie believes that Roe vs. Wade is an established precedent that protects a woman’s right to make her own personal reproductive healthcare decisions."

Frantz Whitfield Endorses Eddie Mauro
Senior Pastor at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church

Frantz Whitfield

"It has become quite evident that our Republican counterparts have put politics over people. It is crucial that we put a new face in Washington that will have Iowans' best interests at heart, and Eddie Mauro is that advocate that we can truly believe in. Senator Joni Ernst has given us false hopes, and broken promises for too long, and the only person capable to clean up the moral disaster that’s been created is Eddie Mauro. Join me in supporting Eddie, and watch the journey to change begin to unfold for a better Iowa and America."

Jacquie Easley McGhee
Former Des Moines School Board Member, Iowa Women's Hall of Fame Inductee, Civic & Community Leader

Jacquie Easley McGhee

"I'm supporting Eddie Mauro because he has a basic respect of everyone's perspective. He listens. He shows up. He walks the talk. His support truly represents the diversity inside our community. I'm proud to support Eddie Mauro for United States Senate."

Andrew Bribriesco
Workers’ Rights Lawyer and Legal Advisor for LULAC Iowa

Andrew Bribriesco

"I support Eddie Mauro because he has shown up for Iowa’s Latinx community for decades. He was on the front lines of the fight to give dreamers drivers licenses and has built an incredible, diverse campaign that emphasizes the importance of Latinx voices,” said Bribriesco. “I am confident that when he is our senator, he will continue to uplift the voices of our community, and be an effective advocate and accomplice in our fight for equality and prosperity."

Jane Elliott
Renowned Anti-Racism Activist and Diversity Educator Advocate

Jane Elliott

"Eddie Mauro will work hard to build a better tomorrow for all of us—he has a proven track record serving Iowa communities as an educator, coach and a small business owner. In this world where racism and inequities still exist, Eddie genuinely understands that there is just one race, The Human Race. And he will fight not only for ALL of the people, but also for our food, water, air and shelter."

Maria Filippone
Social Justice Advocate, and Retired Physician

Maria Filippone

"I have known Eddie Mauro for years. He has been working for social justice his whole entire life. Eddie thinks globally and acts both locally and globally for universal justice. He shows up, does the work, and doesn't expect fanfare. Eddie has been a servant for the greater good his whole life. He has integrity, intelligence, and compassion. This is why I endorse Eddie Mauro for US Senate."

Tony Khuth
Iowa Safe Schools, Board Member

Tony Khuth

“Eddie Mauro understands the importance of legislation based on the intersectional identities that make up our communities,” said Khuth. “His proven leadership and his abilities to understand our needs will make Iowa a better place to live for everyone.”

Liz Garst
Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Advocate

Liz Garst

"Eddie has taken the time to learn a lot about environmental issues. He has become a smart and forceful advocate for climate, water and soil. And he cares about people too. It is why I support him.”

Kameron Middlebrooks
Community Activist

Kameron Middlebrooks

"For the past three years I have continued to see Eddie in rooms and discussions that impact the black community. As a former teacher and coach, Eddie has continued to support education, criminal justice reform, economic sustainability for marginalized and disadvantaged communities.”

Cornelia Flora
Sociologist & Iowa State University Professor

Cornelia Flora

"We are in a climate crisis that exacerbates the pandemic the world is facing, particularly for vulnerable people around the world. Eddie’s work in favor of the environment and vulnerable people here in Iowa proves his long term commitment to making this world a better place for ALL."

Seth Watkins
Farmer, #GreenNewDeal Advocate, Conservation Expert

Seth Watkins

"Iowa’s rural economy and farm families need a Senator in Washington that will advocate for the regeneration of the natural resources our farms and communities depend upon. That will protect our soil and build an economy that creates jobs and sustains our communities. Eddie Mauro understands this connection and will advocate restoring the resources our communities depend on."

Brynn Baker
National Geographic Certified Educator, Author & Editor of Earth Science Books

Brynn Baker

"Eddie Mauro is a great candidate to consider and I respect his work towards a cleaner and more sustainable environment.”

Rob Johnson Endorses Eddie Mauro
Mental Health Advocate and Faith Leader

Rob Johnson

“We need a voice - my community needs a voice in the U.S. Senate that isn’t afraid to stand up for the voiceless. We need a fighter who isn’t afraid to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves. We believe Eddie Mauro is that voice and be that fighter.”

Jan Corderman
Environmental Advocate and Director of Women's International League for Peace & Freedom

Jan Corderman

"Eddie Mauro has ignored the complacent media that relies on polls for their news of the day—and knows that Iowans can sort through the noise, ignore the national polls, and support a new leader. Eddie has stood strong through good and bad times as a teacher, coach, and small business owner. That’s especially critical for our next U.S. Senator as we recover from the coronavirus crisis in the short term and rebuild our economy in the long term.”

Donna Crum
Chair, Mills County Democrats

Donna Crum

“Eddie grew up working like many of us; spending time on his uncle's farm, driving a truck, working in a warehouse and today works with Main Street small businesses in all 99 Iowa counties. He understands the struggles out here in small-town Iowa and will work across the aisle to solve problems while standing up for Iowa values.”

Joe Henry
Political Director, LULAC Council #307

Joe Henry

"As a Latino activist, it has been difficult to find political leaders that are willing to fight for people of color and immigrants. Eddie Mauro has a proven track record of such as shown in his advocacy and ethical conduct. I support Eddie Mauro for US Senate."

Som Baccam
Nurse, Former School Board Member

Som Baccam

"Eddie has been active in my community and in service all over the world for many years. His work providing clean water to schools and orphanages in Tanzania speaks volumes about who he is as a person and as a leader."

Will Sims endorses Eddie Mauro
Faith Leader & Community Activist

Will Sims

“Eddie Mauro has been walking the walk for a long time. He’s been doing this work since he was a kid. He was a teacher. A coach. An advocate. That’s what we need in the U.S. Senate.”

Judy L. Anderson
Board Member, Central Iowa Shelter & Services

Judy L. Anderson

“Eddie is committed to social justice for all, has committed countless hours to helping serve the homeless, supports a worker’s right to organize in a safe and supportive workplace, and will fight for a woman’s right to make her own healthcare choices. He’s a fighter who can defeat Joni Ernst.”

Jordan Rabon
Community Activist and Faith Leader

Jordan Rabon

I am endorsing Eddie Mauro because I believe in his deep seeded resolve to be a true servant in the political arena. I believe that he will not be pressured or succumb to the normalcy that has become Washington, "looking out only for the interests of big business, corporations or the top 1% who take for granted the working class that provide the service that the aforementioned profit off of." Eddie Mauro will bring a needed change to the state of Iowa and restore the decency of democracy. He believes in the rights of all social, civil and economical, restoring voting rights of those who have paid their debts to society, equalization of wages and increasing of the minimum wage. Iowas interests and those of the United States most come first and Eddie Mauro will put the needs of the worker, activist, community, and law abiding citizens first.

Emily Webb
In-House Counsel, BusinessSolver, Des Moines Attorney

Emily Webb

“Eddie has provided paid family leave and other benefits at UIG insurance that have created an environment that has helped support women and created an environment where female leaders can grow. He’ll work tirelessly to promote those same benefits as a member of the United States Senate.”

Jim Pease
Renown Ecologist & Environmental Advocate

Jim Pease

"I'm supporting Eddie Mauro because he has the most complete, progressive, and well-thought-out positions on the policies I care most about: the environment, education, health care, immigration, the economy, and more. He's the progressive thinker we need in the U.S. Senate to represent Iowa.”

Christine Curry Endorses Eddie Mauro
Co-Chair, #MauroGreenTeam

Christine Curry

"Eddie is a climate champion. He understands that Iowa's farmers are leaders in confronting climate change, improving soil health and protecting clean water for future generations. He recognizes that climate change is a major threat to our national security and our health."

Connor Delaney
Owner/Broker White Oak Realty, Conservation Advocate

Connor Delaney

Being a small businessman myself, I feel that Eddie Mauro’s background and experience are just what is needed in Washington. He has the drive and foresight to be an excellent Senator. Throughout my life, I was brought up to respect nature and preserve our natural resources. I believe in Eddie’s direction for Iowa’s future.

Heather Jones Endorses Eddie Mauro
Community Activist

Heather Jones

"I'm with Eddie for two simple reasons - Eddie invests in people and he invests in the issues I care about. I wear a lot of different community hats and more often than not Eddie ends up in the same places I do. He puts his money where his mouth is and walks the walk so it makes it very easy for me to believe he will fight hard for all of us in the US Senate."
Mike Delaney
Environmental Advocate and Iowa Conservation Director, Izaak Walton League

Mike Delaney

"I am endorsing Eddie Mauro because he has demonstrated his willingness to fight for what is right. We are all sick of the self-serving corporate-owned seat-holders in Washington, D.C. I am endorsing someone with a proven record of working for ordinary Americans. He is right on conserving our natural capital. His coaching career proves his interest in our kids and our future. His leadership at Amos puts him at the head of the parade for social justice. He has a moral compass that is much needed in our nation’s capitol.”

Curtis Cokeley
Retired Engineer, Large Ag Equipment Manufacturer

Curtis Cokeley

"Eddie Mauro understands agriculture and climate change. He believes the science and lives by example. I am endorsing Eddie Mauro for U.S. Senate. He is not only the best Democrat in a crowded field, but is our best choice for defeating Joni Ernst."

Ray Meylor
Water Quality Advocate and Owner/Director of Cherry Glen Farm

Ray Meylor

"Eddie Mauro's background as a teacher in Des Moines provided him a deep understanding of the needs for the future of families in Iowa. I was very fortunate to have many really great teachers throughout my years of education. I would like to say "Thank You" to Mr. Mauro for his dedication and service to our youth. I also appreciate Mr. Mauro's more recent deliberate study of water systems overseas."

Mitch Henry endorses Eddie Mauro
Co-Founder Asian & Latino Coalition, former LULAC Council 307 Political Director, U.S. Navy Veteran

Mitch Henry

"Eddie will fight for our diverse communities and for working people everywhere. His leadership and strength are desperately needed at a time of great division and fear in America. Eddie has a long history of working for immigrant rights and social justice. The Latino and Asian American electorate are hungry for a new type of leadership that stands up to special interests and puts people before politics. Eddie is dedicated to service and advocacy as a champion for those without a voice."

Mark Thompsen
Activist & Organizer, Urbandale

Mark Thompsen

“Eddie will be a champion for civil rights for all Iowans. He sees his faith as driving his commitment to protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community rather than as a reason to demonize and divide. He does business all over the state and has an ability to bring people together on issues that are challenging to some. I’m looking forward to the great things he can get done in the U.S. Senate.”

Mark Langgin Endorses Eddie Mauro
Climate & Conservation Activist

Mark Langgin

"Eddie has been looking out for our children and grandchildren his entire adult life. He gets it. We need to protect our climate and conserve our natural resources for future generations. He has my vote."