Progressive Choice Urges Voters to Make their Voices Count in New Ad

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Advocacy group hopes to encourage turnout to protect important issues for our children

The Baltimore-based national 501(c)(4) issue advocacy organization Progressive Choice has released a video encouraging Marylanders to vote in November’s General Election. The 30-second ad features schoolchildren telling viewers to make history on November 4th by voting for their education, their opportunity and their future.

“Our new ad is an effort to remind voters what’s at stake – not just for us, but for our kids,” said Jamie Fontaine-Gansell, Chair of Progressive Choice. “Our children are the reason why we can’t afford to sit this election out. We have to make our voices heard for them.”

Dr. Alvin C. Hathaway, Sr., pastor at Baltimore’s Union Baptist Church, agrees. Pastor Hathaway voiced his support for Progressive Choice’s ad, saying that any and all efforts to Get Out the Vote are beneficial. “I’m encouraging everyone I know to vote,” he said. “My congregation, my family, my friends – even strangers. There’s simply no reason not to vote. There’s too much riding on this Election.”

Progressive Choice, which advocates for progressive values and policies in numerous states, released an ad earlier this year calling Maryland “a small state big on happy” because of its progressive policies that support affordable education, marriage equality and a fair minimum wage.

Those progressive policies, said Fontaine-Gansell, are supported by a majority of Americans. “If that same majority of individuals just turned out to vote,” she says, “more people in more states would have the same rights we enjoy here in Maryland – rights that Progressive Choice will continue to fight for across the country.”

Fontaine-Gansell, hopes that its ad will help prevent a repeat of the dismal voter turnout that was seen in Maryland’s Primary Election in June. The Washington Post estimated that only 23 percent of eligible Maryland voters turned out to vote in the primaries – the lowest rate in more than two decades.

“With all the negative ads, it’s easy for people to get tired of the election coverage and just ‘tune out,’” said Pastor Todd Yeary of Baltimore’s Douglas Memorial Community Church. “But too much is at stake. The ad shows how critical Maryland has been to the history of our country and made by historic figures who weren’t even granted the opportunity to vote. We owe our kids and our fore-bearers this day”

While Progressive Choice’s ad encourages people to vote on November 4th, the organization has also emphasized that voters should also take advantage of the Early Voting Period, which begins on Thursday, October 23.

About Progressive Choice:

Progressive Choice is a 501(c)(4) organization representing a diverse coalition of fair-minded, forward-thinking individuals and organizations advocating for progressive principles and issues that grant equal individual rights for all.

For more information on Progressive Choice, visit, Twitter @ProgressiveCH or

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