EDDI began in the summer of 1999. Then,
Lance Pressl was challenging Phil Crane for
the 8th District congressional seat. One
handicap that beset the Pressl campaign was
the lack of organized Democratic support in
the 8th district. Jane Thomas, Pressl's
campaign manager, recognized the need for a
grassroots organization that would assist local
Democratic and progressive candidates.
Thomas, along with other Pressl campaign volunteers,
gathered together to form the Eighth District
Democrats & Independents. The first meetings
were informal gatherings, many hosted by Nancy
Shepherdson. By 2001, EDDI had developed
into a state registered political committee.
EDDI continues to grow. And continues
today in its mission to support local progressive
candidates, and as a means for local citizens
to exercise their right to participate in their
- EDDI Values Good Economic Times.
What happens in Washington affects our families.
Huge deficit spending is only getting worse
and job creation is nonexistent. We seek
the effective management of the federal
budget with an understanding of its relationship
to rebuilding our economy. We've known good
economic times and we want them back!
- EDDI Values Protecting Our Environment.
The Bush Administration has been a disaster
for our environment. Our natural resources
deserve to be protected, not used as political
pawns. The interests of big lobbying groups
and Washington insiders should not get in
the way of environmental protection. Prevention
of further dismantling of regulations is
needed to ensure that the outdoors can be
preserved & enjoyed by generations to come.
- EDDI Values Equal Opportunity
for All. We want an America that
offers equal opportunity for all, not only
some. This equality necessitates protection
against discrimination on the basis of race,
ethnicity, gender, religion, physical ability,
or sexual orientation.
- EDDI Values a Fair Return on
Our Tax Dollar. We believe in shared
prosperity. Sound fiscal responsibility
is everyone's concern, but it must be balanced
with ensuring that everyone can participate
in the American Dream.