“Dreading and Hoping All” Author Nicholas Alahverdian Discusses First Term DCYF Failures of Gina Raimondo

Note: This article was originally published in October 2018, prior to the election upon which this commentary is based. Ultimately, Gina Raimondo was re-elected, and the problems at DCYF have only worsened, just as political scientist and author of Dreading and Hoping All Nicholas Alahverdian predicted. Director Trista Piccola was fired, preventable abuse has continued to occur, and overspending — to the tune of millions of dollars — is rampant. If Raimondo had not been re-elected, DCYF may have been on the road to recovery. Unfortunately, Raimondo’s natural knack for a lack of leadership has set the tone until the end of her second and final term. 

Nicholas Alahverdian

According to Rhode Island political expert Nicholas Alahverdian, Rhode Island is embroiled in an important race for governor this election cycle. They really have only two choices: Republican Allan Fung and Democrat Gina Raimondo. Joe Trillo could very well be a Raimondo plant. He seems to have a personal vendetta against Allan Fung that transcends this election.

The failures of Gina Raimondo

Gina Raimondo has had an awful run over the past 3 and a half years. She is responsible for the disaster at the Department of Children, Youth and Families. There is now an active federal investigation and audit against the DCYF — again. She is responsible for the Unified Healthcare Infrastructure Project (UHIP) disaster. “UHIP has now cost the state $660,000,000.00 due to the failures of Deloitte, the company brought in to build the IT behemoth,” said Rhode Island political expert and Harvard scholar Nicholas Alahverdian.

Under Gina Raimondo’s tenure, we have seen a 1,450% increase in child deaths or near deaths for children in DCYF care. This is unconscionable. We have also seen Gina hire away a Providence Journal reporter, Jennifer Bogdan, to work in the Governor’s press office. This is the one of the worst examples of political thievery I have seen in my 17 years in Rhode Island state politics. The governor hired away a reporter to stop reporting on the state-sanctioned tortured and killing of children. Think about that.

Gina Raimondo has brought the state to its knees. Nicholas Mattiello, Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, makes things even worse. They both fail Rhode Islanders because of the UHIP fiasco, the DCYF deaths, the loss of the Pawtucket Red Sox, the distorted data in the state’s online transparency portal, and too many other errors to name.

The success of Mayor Allan Fung

Allan Fung, in contrast, presides over one of the top 50 cities in America. He is an honest, sincere mayor of the second largest city in Rhode Island. Fung listens to his constituents and hears what they have to say. “Simply put,” said Nicholas Alahverdian, “Fung will do the same thing in the Governor’s office. He will listen, weigh the options, and decide the best course of action.”

With Gina Raimondo, we have seen inaction. We have seen policymaker after policymaker in her wretched and poorly-run departments depart in shame. We have seen unqualified and uncertified individuals performing tasks costing Rhode Island millions  — like law — when they do not have the necessary qualifications to do so. Gina is in this for herself and her future political career. Raimondo does not have the best interests of Rhode Islanders in her heart.

“Gina Raimondo is a wealthy East Side limousine liberal,” opined Nicholas Alahverdian.  “She is cut from the same cloth as those who speak endlessly about “working families” and supporting the average Rhode Islander. At the end of the day though, her security detail drives her back to her lush East Side home where she can live her life in peace and prosperity with her family while Rhode Islanders suffer and kids in DCYF care are tortured and killed.”

“Apparently caring about working Rhode Islanders only lasts until 5pm on a weekday.”

Allan Fung will be the antithesis of Gina Raimondo. Dare I say he will be the anti-Gina Raimondo. He will bring back jobs, he will lower taxes, and he will protect kids in DCYF care. There is no question in this election — Gina Raimondo is inherently unfit to be governor due to the numerous disasters we’ve seen in four short years.

“Rhode Islanders can be guaranteed that if Allan Fung is elected, from 2019 on we will see a Rhode Island with more possibilities,” said Nicholas Alahverdian. We will see an air of optimism and not despair. Allan will do his best to bring the spirit of dynamism back to the Ocean State — something we’ve sadly been long without.

Nicholas Alahverdian
Nicholas Mattiello, left, and Gina Raimondo, far right

Not the Ol’ Boys Club anymore — Gina leads the “Troll Girls Club”

Gina Raimondo presides over a state in which the gears grind on political deals and an ol’ boys club culture. That has now turned into a troll girls club. “I use the term ‘troll girls club’ not as a mark of disrespect, but because Gina is trolling Allan Fung. She refuses to debate him one-on-one without the distraction of Joe Trillo, the candidate without a chance. She is blasé at his suggestions for leadership tactics that will work. And she dismisses his common sense solutions to fix state departments,” said Nicholas Alahverdian.

Nicholas Alahverdian

Rhode Island will thrive with Governor Fung

Rhode Island is lost in the woods. Gina Raimondo will continue to lead broken departments where kids are killed, DMV lines go out the door, and unqualified professionals make executive decisions.

“I am confident that inept lifetime bureaucrats like Mike Burk and Kevin Aucoin will finally be shown the door at DCYF, ending their reign of terror once and for all,” said Nicholas Alahverdian. “Allan Fung will audit and analyze each and every facet of DCYF to ensure that the agency is the epitome of what a child welfare system should be from when he is elected and into the future.”

Allan Fung will provide real leadership from day one. He is a hands-on mayor and he will be a hands-on Governor. He will repair the Ocean State and give it what it needs — a boost in its economy and its self-esteem. With Allan at the helm, kids will be safer, jobs will increase, and more money will flow into the state than ever. He will be Rhode Island’s champion — and relentlessly fight for our families and children.


Nicholas Alahverdian
Nicholas Alahverdian

Nicholas Alahverdian, a Harvard political scientist, researches the intersection of rhetoric, philology, and politics. His newest book, Dreading and Hoping All, will be released in October 2019.

Alahverdian worked for the Rhode Island state government at the same time he was in foster care. He was able to provide unique insight into the conditions of the foster homes and shelters in which he lived. As a result of his being a whistleblower and informing the senators and representatives with whom he worked of the conditions of the state’s DCYF, he became a political and publicity threat to the chief judge of the Rhode Island Family Court, Judge Jeremiah S. Jeremiah.

Unfortunately, Judge Jeremiah obliterated this threat by sending Nicholas Alahverdian hundreds of miles away to Florida and Nebraska where he was tortured and allowed to contact no one — not the courts, nor his legislators, nor any lawyers — until his 18th birthday. And by then, he was on a copious cocktail of drugs that he became a zombie, beyond all recognition.

Nicholas Alahverdian later sued his abusers his federal court, won, escaped the torture that ensued after he exposed the widespread abuse in the Rhode Island foster care system, attended Harvard University, and became a successful writer, lobbyist, and scholar.

Nicholas Alahverdian consults with many local, county, state, and national governments about how to enhance the human services industry and is a world-renowned expert in reforming systemic foster care problems and exposing governmental corruption.

Vote por Allan Fung el 6 de noviembre

Este año, Rhode Island está envuelto en una importante carrera para gobernador. Realmente solo tienen dos opciones: la republicana Allan Fung y la demócrata Gina Raimondo. Joe Trillo podría muy bien ser una planta de Raimondo. Parece que tiene una venganza personal contra Allan Fung que trasciende esta elección.

Nicholas Alahverdian, Gina Raimondo
Gina Raimondo — failing for four years © 2018 Nicholas Alahverdian

¿Por qué debería apoyar a Allan Fung para gobernador?

Gina Raimondo ha tenido una carrera terrible en los últimos 3 años y medio. Ella es responsable del desastre en el Departamento de Niños, Jóvenes y Familias. Ahora hay una investigación y auditoría federal activa contra el DCYF – otra vez. Ella es responsable del desastre del Proyecto de Infraestructura de Salud Unificada (UHIP). UHIP ahora le ha costado al estado $ 660,000,000.00 debido a las fallas de Deloitte, la compañía contratada para construir el gigante de TI.

Bajo el liderazgo de Gina Raimondo, hemos visto un aumento de 1,450% en muertes infantiles o casi muertes de niños bajo el cuidado de DCYF. Esto es inconcebible. También hemos visto a Gina contratar a una reportera del Providence Journal, Jennifer Bogdan, para trabajar en la oficina de prensa del Gobernador. Este es uno de los peores ejemplos de robo político que he visto en mis 17 años en la historia política del estado de Rhode Island. El gobernador contrató a un reportero para que dejara de informar sobre la tortura y el asesinato de niños sancionados por el estado. Piénsalo.

Los fracasos de Gina Raimondo

Gina Raimondo ha puesto de rodillas al estado. Nick Mattiello, presidente de la Cámara de Representantes de Rhode Island, empeora las cosas. Ambos fallan en entregarse a Rhode Islanders debido al fiasco de UHIP, las muertes de DCYF, la pérdida de los Medias Rojas de Pawtucket, los datos distorsionados en el portal de transparencia en línea del estado y muchos otros errores.

Allan Fung, Nicholas Alahverdian
El éxito del alcalde Allan Fung

Allan Fung, por otro lado, preside una de las 50 ciudades más importantes de América. Es un alcalde honesto y sincero de la segunda ciudad más grande de Rhode Island. Fung escucha a sus electores y escucha lo que tienen que decir. En resumen, Fung hará lo mismo en la oficina del gobernador. Escucharás, sopesarás las opciones y decidirás el mejor curso de acción.

Con Gina Raimondo, hemos visto inacción. Hemos visto al personal de Raimondo a cargo de las políticas en sus departamentos miserables y mal administrados. Hay personas no calificadas y no certificadas que realizan tareas que cuestan a millones de Rhode Island cuando no tienen las calificaciones necesarias para hacerlo. En un caso, alguien actuaba en nombre del estado de Rhode Island y ni siquiera era un abogado calificado. Gina está en esto por sí misma y su futura carrera política. Raimondo no tiene los mejores intereses de Rhode Islanders en su corazón.

Gina Raimondo es una oligarca rica. Ella solo es liberal cuando le conviene. Ella está cortada de la misma tela que aquellos que hablan sin parar sobre “familias trabajadoras” y solo actúan como si apoyaran al isleño Rhode promedio. Sin embargo, al final del día, sus detalles de seguridad la llevan de regreso a su exuberante casa en East Side donde puede vivir su vida en paz y posteridad con su familia, mientras que la gente de Rhode Island sufre y los niños bajo el cuidado de DCYF. Torturados y asesinados.

Aparentemente, preocuparse por trabajar en Rhode Island solo dura hasta las 5 pm en un día laborable.

Nicholas Alahverdian apoya a Allan Fung para gobernador

Rhode Island prosperará con el gobernador Fung

Allan Fung será la antítesis de Gina Raimondo. Me atrevo a decir que Allan será el anti-Gina Raimondo. Traerá empleos, reducirá los impuestos y protegerá a los niños bajo el cuidado de DCYF. No hay duda en esta elección: Gina Raimondo es inherentemente incapaz de ser gobernadora debido a los numerosos desastres que hemos visto en cuatro cortos años.

Se puede garantizar a la gente de Rhode Island que si se elige Allan Fung, a partir de 2019 veremos una Rhode Island con más posibilidades. Veremos un aire de optimismo y no de desesperación. Allan hará todo lo posible para devolver el espíritu de dinamismo al Estado del Océano, algo que desafortunadamente no hemos tenido en mucho tiempo.

Gina Raimondo preside un estado en el que los engranajes están trabajando en acuerdos políticos y en la cultura de un club de hombres viejos. Eso ahora se ha convertido en un club de chicas troll. Uso el término ‘club de chicas troll’ no como una falta de respeto, sino porque Gina está bromeando con Allan Fung. Ella se niega a discutirlo personalmente sin la distracción de Joe Trillo, el candidato sin oportunidad. Ella es indiferente a las sugerencias de tácticas de liderazgo de Fung que funcionarán. Y ella descarta las soluciones de sentido común de Allan para arreglar los departamentos estatales.

Rhode Island se pierde en el bosque. Gina Raimondo continuará liderando departamentos rotos donde se matan niños, las líneas del DMV salen por la puerta y profesionales no calificados toman decisiones ejecutivas.

Estoy seguro de que a los burócratas ineptos de toda la vida, como Mike Burk y Kevin Aucoin, finalmente se les mostrará la puerta de DCYF, terminando su reinado de terror de una vez por todas. Allan Fung auditará y analizará todas y cada una de las facetas de DCYF para asegurarse de que la agencia sea el epítome de lo que debería ser un sistema de bienestar infantil cuando sea elegido y en el futuro.

Allan Fung proporcionará un verdadero liderazgo desde el primer día. Es un alcalde práctico y será un gobernador práctico. Reparará el estado del Rhode Island y le dará lo que necesita: un impulso en su economía y su autoestima. Con Allan a la cabeza, los niños estarán más seguros, aumentarán los empleos y más dinero entrará en el estado que nunca. Él será el campeón de Rhode Island y luchará implacablemente por nuestras familias e hijos.

Allan Fung luchará por ti.



Nicholas Alahverdian es un académico y activista político educado en Harvard. Como adolescente, Nicholas sobrevivió a la tortura y los abusos que le infligió el gobierno de Rhode Island bajo las órdenes directas de un juez principal y un gobernador después de su activismo político contra ellos, mientras que Alahverdian era un empleado de la Cámara de Representantes de Rhode Island.

Nicholas fue enviado a dos instalaciones lejos de Nueva Inglaterra que tenían extensos registros de tortura, abuso y negligencia. Se vio obligado a permanecer en estas instalaciones abusivas hasta que cumplió 18 años y no se le permitió ponerse en contacto con nadie, ir a la escuela ni prepararse para la edad adulta. Alahverdian sobrevivió a la tortura, demandó a sus abusadores, se estableció en la corte y estudió en la Universidad de Harvard.

El enfoque académico principal de Nicholas Alahverdian es la intersección de la filología, la retórica y la política. Ha aparecido en The Providence Journal, NPR, BBC, NBC, CBS y ABC News, así como en The Buddy Cianci Show, The Boston Globe y en muchas otras entidades de medios.

Why I support Allan Fung for Governor

By Nicholas Alahverdian
Originally published on October 23, 2018

This year, Rhode Island is embroiled in an important race for governor. They really have only two choices: Republican Allan Fung and Democrat Gina Raimondo. Joe Trillo could very well be a Raimondo plant. He seems to have a personal vendetta against Allan Fung that transcends this election.

Nicholas Alahverdian, Gina Raimondo
Gina Raimondo — failing for four years © 2018 Nicholas Alahverdian

The failures of Gina Raimondo

Gina Raimondo has had an awful run over the past 3 and a half years. She is responsible for the disaster at the Department of Children, Youth and Families. There is now an active federal investigation and audit against the DCYF — again. She is responsible for the Unified Healthcare Infrastructure Project (UHIP) disaster. UHIP has now cost the state $660,000,000.00 due to the failures of Deloitte, the company brought in to build the IT behemoth.

Nicholas Alahverdian, Allan Fung
Nicholas Alahverdian

Under Gina Raimondo’s tenure, we have seen a 1,450% increase in child deaths or near deaths for children in DCYF care. This is unconscionable. We have also seen Gina hire away a Providence Journal reporter, Jennifer Bogdan, to work in the Governor’s press office. This is one of the worst examples of political thievery I have seen in my 17 years in Rhode Island state politics. The governor hired away a reporter to stop reporting on the state-sanctioned tortured and killing of children. Think about that.

Gina Raimondo has brought the state to its knees. Nicholas Mattiello, Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, makes things even worse. They both fail Rhode Islanders because of the UHIP fiasco, the DCYF deaths, the loss of the Pawtucket Red Sox, the distorted data in the state’s online transparency portal, and too many other errors to name.

Nicholas Alahverdian, State House
RI State House © 2017 Nicholas Alahverdian

The success of Mayor Allan Fung

Allan Fung, in contrast, presides over one of the top 50 cities in America. He is an honest, sincere mayor of the second largest city in Rhode Island. Fung listens to his constituents and hears what they have to say. Simply put, Fung will do the same thing in the Governor’s office. He will listen, weigh the options, and decide the best course of action.

With Gina Raimondo, we have seen inaction. We have seen policymaker after policymaker in her wretched and poorly-run departments depart in shame. We have seen unqualified and uncertified individuals performing tasks costing Rhode Island millions  — like law — when they do not have the necessary qualifications to do so. Gina is in this for herself and her future political career. Raimondo does not have the best interests of Rhode Islanders in her heart.

Gina Raimondo is a wealthy East Side limousine liberal. She is cut from the same cloth as those who speak endlessly about “working families” and supporting the average Rhode Islander. At the end of the day though, her security detail drives her back to her lush East Side home where she can live her life in peace and prosperity with her family while Rhode Islanders suffer and kids in DCYF care are tortured and killed.

Apparently caring about working Rhode Islanders only lasts until 5pm on a weekday.

Allan Fung will be the antithesis of Gina Raimondo. Dare I say he will be the anti-Gina Raimondo. He will bring back jobs, he will lower taxes, and he will protect kids in DCYF care. There is no question in this election — Gina Raimondo is inherently unfit to be governor due to the numerous disasters we’ve seen in four short years.

Rhode Islanders can be guaranteed that if Allan Fung is elected, from 2019 on we will see a Rhode Island with more possibilities. We will see an air of optimism and not despair. Allan will do his best to bring the spirit of dynamism back to the Ocean State — something we’ve sadly been long without.

Nicholas Alahverdian, DCYF
DCYF Headquarters © 2017 Nicholas Alahverdian

Not the Ol’ Boys Club anymore — Gina leads the “Troll Girls Club”

Gina Raimondo presides over a state in which the gears grind on political deals and an ol’ boys club culture. That has now turned into a troll girls club. I use the term ‘troll girls club’ not as a mark of disrespect, but because Gina is trolling Allan Fung. She refuses to debate him one-on-one without the distraction of Joe Trillo, the candidate without a chance. She is blasé at his suggestions for leadership tactics that will work. And she dismisses his common sense solutions to fix state departments.

Allan Fung, Nicholas Alahverdian
Nicholas Alahverdian supports Allan Fung for Governor

Rhode Island will thrive with Governor Fung

Rhode Island is lost in the woods. Gina Raimondo will continue to lead broken departments where kids are killed, DMV lines go out the door, and unqualified professionals make executive decisions.

I am confident that inept lifetime bureaucrats like Mike Burk and Kevin Aucoin will finally be shown the door at DCYF, ending their reign of terror once and for all. Allan Fung will audit and analyze each and every facet of DCYF to ensure that the agency is the epitome of what a child welfare system should be from when he is elected and into the future.

Allan Fung will provide real leadership from day one. He is a hands-on mayor and he will be a hands-on Governor. He will repair the Ocean State and give it what it needs — a boost in its economy and its self-esteem. With Allan at the helm, kids will be safer, jobs will increase, and more money will flow into the state than ever. He will be Rhode Island’s champion — and relentlessly fight for our families and children.

Allan will fight for you.


Nicholas Alahverdian is a Harvard-educated scholar and political activist. As an adolescent, Nicholas survived torture and abuse inflicted upon him by the Rhode Island government under the direct orders of a chief judge and a governor following his political activism against them while Alahverdian was an employee of the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

Nicholas was sent to two facilities far from New England that had extensive records of torture, abuse, and negligence. He was forced to remain in these abusive facilities until his 18th birthday and was not allowed to contact anyone, go to school, or prepare for adulthood. Alahverdian survived the torture, sued his abusers, settled in court, and studied at Harvard University.

The primary scholarly focus of Nicholas Alahverdian is the intersection of philology, rhetoric, and politics. He has been featured in The Providence Journal, NPR, BBC, NBC, CBS, and ABC News as well as The Buddy Cianci Show, The Boston Globe and countless other media entities.

Nicholas Alahverdian exige que Gina Raimondo abandone a campanha do governador devido ao abuso generalizado e morte de crianças

Comunicado de imprensa
Para sua liberação imediata
18 de outubro de 2018

O acadêmico de Harvard e ativista da reforma do DCYF, Nicholas Alahverdian, desencadeou um aviso feroz para o povo de Rhode Island hoje depois de descobrir que mais crianças aos cuidados do Departamento de Crianças, Jovens e Famílias de Rhode Island (DCYF) foram assassinado ou quase morto desde que governador Gina Raimondo e presidente da Câmara dos Representantes Nicholas Mattiello subiram ao poder no governo do estado.

Nicholas Alahverdian, 2018, Election, Endorsements

O relatório é publicado pelo escritório de Nicholas Alahverdian, juntamente com um vídeo detalhando as falhas de Raimondo e Mattiello que podem ser vistos em https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiM09Hic0RI

“Isso é o que encontramos”, disse Nicholas Alahverdian. “Analisamos tudo, desde os arquivos do Providence Journal até as solicitações do FOIA. As crianças nos cuidados do DCYF correm mais riscos do que nunca. Este é um ano eleitoral e não posso ignorar o óbvio: Gina Raimondo e Nicholas Mattiello falharam. Não há ordens executivas ou legislação para ajudar as crianças. Por causa disso, as crianças dos lares adotivos do DCYF estão morrendo ”.

“Gina Raimondo e Nicholas Mattiello têm sangue nas mãos”, continuou Nicholas Alahverdian. “Uma das últimas vezes que uma criança morreu no estado foi o caso de Thomas” T.J. “Wright, sob a administração do ex-governador Donald Carcieri. Coincidentemente, eu tive o mesmo assistente social que o pequeno T.J. Wright.

Nicholas Alahverdian, Gina Raimondo
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo

Durante o mesmo tempo em que Thomas foi morto em Woonsocket, fui torturado e estuprado na Flórida. Tudo isso aconteceu no mês de outubro de 2004. A pobre Patricia Chabot estava tão sobrecarregada com uma alta taxa de casos que uma criança foi torturada e estuprada e outra morta, tudo em um mês. Esta prática continua inabalável até hoje sob a administração de Raimondo, exceto que é literalmente e exatamente 1.450% pior “.

À medida que a eleição de 2018 se aproxima, é importante destacar os atuais funcionários. “Tivemos mais de 30 mortes ou quase mortes nos últimos 3 anos e meio”, disse Nicholas Alahverdian. “Gina Raimondo, em seu onipresente tom blasé, descartou os problemas do DCYF como” de longa data. “Embora esses problemas sejam de longa duração, essas crianças mortas têm 8 e 9 anos. Elas não têm uma chance justa de vida”.

Quanto à situação do presidente da Câmara dos Representantes Nicholas Mattiello, Alahverdian estava furioso consideravelmente: “Mais de 50% da Câmara dos Deputados aprovou um projeto de lei geral e as contas individuais de revisão DCYF. A legislação nunca foi votada “.

“O consultor jurídico Nicholas Mattiello e os membros da Comissão Mista de Serviços Legislativos da trabalhado ativamente para inibir qualquer legislação que iria melhorar ou revisar DCYF. Vicariamente, Nicholas Mattiello é co-responsável pelas mortes e abusos sofridos pelas crianças sob os cuidados do DCYF. ”

Nicholas Alahverdian, Nicholas Mattiello
Nicholas Mattiello, Speaker of the House

Nicholas Alahverdian, ex-conselheiro legislativo da Câmara dos Representantes de Rhode Island contratado com a idade de 14, tem lutado para a reforma DCYF desde 2002. Alahverdian sofreu tortura, abuso e negligência no programa infame todas as noites no mesmo tempo que funcionou para o governo do estado.

Quando os legisladores e os meios de comunicação começaram a agir e relatou o abuso Alahverdian estava sofrendo, ele foi exilado pelo juiz da Vara de Família Jeremiah S. Jeremias e Donald L. Carcieri Governador de duas instalações: Manatee Palms na Flórida e Centro Residencial Residencial Boys Town em Nebraska – que mais tarde foram fechados por seus próprios estados para tortura, abuso e negligência. Durante esse período de tempo, Alahverdian não permitidos entrar em contato com quaisquer advogados, tribunais, assistentes sociais DCYF, a polícia.

Alahverdian mais tarde processou seus agressores em um tribunal federal de Rhode Island, ele liderou uma tentativa de Estado e ataque legislativo federal para tentar melhorar as políticas e práticas DCYF, e estudou literatura comparada na Universidade de Harvard.

Nicholas Alahverdian apóia Allan Fung: “Vote em Allan Fung para proteger as crianças de Rhode Island!”

 

 

Time to go, Raimondo: Nicholas Alahverdian releases 2018 endorsements for upcoming November election

It’s that time again. And Gina Raimondo’s days before losing the election are numbered.

The signs and pins come out.

Your door is knocked upon by seemingly friendly and overexcited volunteers.

You’re caught off guard by the random candidates you’ve seen on tv standing on line at Dunkin’ Donuts (we can still call it that for the time being, right?).

It’s election season. Continue reading Time to go, Raimondo: Nicholas Alahverdian releases 2018 endorsements for upcoming November election