No Dem Left Behind Adds A New U.S. Congressional Candidate to Coalition
No Dem Left Behind is expanding their coalition to include Lindsey Simmons MO-04, a Democratic candidate running for Congress in 2020. The coalition is focused on flipping red, mostly rural, districts and states Blue. No Dem Left Behind’s efforts will connect Lindsey to a group of Democratic candidates who, like them, are running in red districts.
CHICAGO, IL, June 15, 2020 — No Dem Left Behind has united candidates across the country, creating a coalition of Democrats who are fighting for working Americans. Every day, our coalition’s reach is spreading further across the country, as we connect candidates in deep red districts spanning the entire nation. We continue to connect to future voters and individuals who have lost touch with the Democratic party through our rapidly growing social media presence, as well as our virtual town hall meetings. The coalition’s expanding audience and reach led NDLB to receive dozens of applications from candidates requesting our support. With the help of so many passionate voters and members of the Democratic party that want to see change in deep red states, our coalition is now able to give crucial resources to another Democratic candidate.
Lindsey is a seventh-generation Missourian, and her family settled across Saline, Morgan, and Cooper counties, where most of her family remains to this day. After high school, Lindsey attended Missouri Valley College in Marshall where she was elected Student Body President and designated History Scholar for her graduating class. She then went on to attend the esteemed Harvard Law School to receive her law degree. Upon her graduation, she was recognized for committing more than 1,000 hours to pro bono service while in law school and she carried that commitment to public service as she began her legal career at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.
To date, Lindsey has advocated on behalf of domestic violence survivors, conservation groups, veterans, and helped flood and hurricane victims secure FEMA benefits. And in 2018, Lindsey watched one of her long-term clients, Shawn Williams, take his first steps as a free man after being wrongfully convicted of a crime twenty-five years prior. This advocacy earned her the Pro Publica Award for Public Service and she was named Missouri Valley College’s Outstanding Young Alumni.
With a strong commitment to public service, Lindsey earned an appellate clerkship on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis — returning home to Missouri had always been the plan, after all. But then she met her husband, Chris, and those plans changed. Chris is an Apache helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army. Shortly after returning from his second deployment in the Middle East, Lindsey and Chris welcomed their first child, Jace. Faced with the choice of returning to Missouri to pursue the clerkship or keeping her family together at her husband’s duty station at Fort Campbell, KY — Lindsey declined her clerkship and focused on being a wife and mother.
But with the constant permanent change of stations, deployments, and month-long trainings, Lindsey and Chris decided their family deserved a forever home, and there was never any doubt where that would be — Missouri. Lindsey Simmons is running to represent Missouri’s 4th Congressional District in the U.S. Congress.
We continue to provide our candidates with invaluable resources for a national campaign, training candidates with little electoral experience. NDLB is confident all states and all districts can be flipped, regardless of how red. Across the nation, Democrats are gearing up to take Republican seats that have gone unchallenged for too long. No Dem Left Behind is proud to stand behind our candidates and their trailblazing, innovative campaigns to prove once and for all that Rural Democrats do exist.