New Political 'Reality TV' Show to Launch Campaign on Tuesday in Downtown Seattle

Northwest Native, Lisa Witter is One of 12 'Candidates'

In Showtime's New Election Reality Show



08 Jun, 2004, 01:00 ET from Fenton Communications

    SEATTLE, June 8 /PRNewswire/ --
 
      Where:   Edgewater Hotel, 2411 Alaskan Way (Pier 67), 4th Floor Ballroom
      When:    6 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., TUESDAY JUNE 8th
      What:    The first test of "American Candidate" is building a large crowd
               for the campaign kick-off. She will be eliminated if she does
               not turnout a big enough crowd. Supporters must show-up between
               6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to be counted.
 
     The upcoming Showtime political reality television show will do it's first
 filming in Seattle on Tuesday where Northwest native Lisa Witter will kick-off
 her campaign by holding a rally.  She was given the assignment with 32 hours
 to plan and $100 to spend. Lisa beat out thousands of initial applicants and
 make it this far.
     "This is a great opportunity to get out a progressive message, inspire new
 voters and have fun," Witter, 30, said. "Too often, politics seems
 unapproachable to people, and this is a way for someone from a working-class
 background to show that it's not just all about stuffy men in dark suits with
 big checkbooks."
     Witter, originally from Everett, Washington, worked in Seattle for
 prominent groups such as the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Leadership
 Tomorrow and leaders such as Seattle City Council President Peter Steinbreuck.
 Currently, Lisa runs the country's largest public interest strategy and media
 firm, Fenton Communications, with offices in New York City, San Francisco and
 Washington, D.C.  Lisa advises organizations and ventures like MoveOn.org, the
 American Lung Association, the "new" Air America Radio station featuring Al
 Franken, and the Polly Klaas Foundation.
     "My campaign is not only about empowering people, but about all of the
 issues that progressives care about -- affordable health care for all,
 improving the economy, fair taxes, strengthening education, protecting our
 environment," Witter said. "For too long, there have been two Americas.
 There's an America -- the city on the hill -- where the sun always shines and
 the tax breaks keep on coming for those who don't need it. The other America
 is a very different place -- an America where our sons and daughters are in
 harms way in Iraq...an America where families are out of work...an America
 with 44 million of our people without health care. I believe it's time for a
 new direction. I believe that it's time that we have One America -- A fair
 America."
     "We learned about basic principles of fairness at very early age -- at
 home -- in school -- at the playground. And, we are deeply offended by those
 that don't play by the rules. In One America, the rules work for everyone, not
 just the rich and powerful. In One America, our values aren't for sale. In One
 America, the American dream is available for all," Witter said.
     Lisa Witter's been raring to go from the moment her mom went into labor on
 the 4th of July at a demolition derby near her blue-collar town of Everett,
 Washington. She naturally shared her family's love for fast cars and monster
 trucks, but her passion for politics was all her own.
     When Lisa's parents were asked where she got her interest in politics her
 mother Linda Witter replied, "It must have come from all her sports
 concussions because it didn't surely didn't come from us. We're proud of her
 values and patriotism -- we taught Lisa and her brother to be compassionate
 and hard-working citizens."
     Lisa's resume includes managing the campaign for Washington's first Latina
 woman to run for statewide office. She was named a 'Rising Star' by the
 Washington State Democrats for co-founding the Institute for a Democratic
 Future, an organization that develops and promotes emerging generations of
 Democratic leaders. Lisa was also named a Fearless Leader by Oxygen.com and is
 a co-founder of EMERGE: Women Leaders for a Democratic Future.
     AMERICAN CANDIDATE will attempt to identify one individual who has the
 qualifications and qualities to be President of the United States. Over the
 course of 10 weeks, 12 candidates will face-off against each other in a series
 of challenges designed to test their presidential mettle. Made by R.J. Cutler,
 the Producer of the War Room, the original pool of candidates will be winnowed
 down weekly. More information can be found at
 http://www.americancandidate.com. *
 
     *Note: Due to technical difficulties Lisa's profile does not yet appear on
 the Web site. Showtime is working to post it as soon as possible.
 
 

SOURCE Fenton Communications
    SEATTLE, June 8 /PRNewswire/ --
 
      Where:   Edgewater Hotel, 2411 Alaskan Way (Pier 67), 4th Floor Ballroom
      When:    6 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., TUESDAY JUNE 8th
      What:    The first test of "American Candidate" is building a large crowd
               for the campaign kick-off. She will be eliminated if she does
               not turnout a big enough crowd. Supporters must show-up between
               6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to be counted.
 
     The upcoming Showtime political reality television show will do it's first
 filming in Seattle on Tuesday where Northwest native Lisa Witter will kick-off
 her campaign by holding a rally.  She was given the assignment with 32 hours
 to plan and $100 to spend. Lisa beat out thousands of initial applicants and
 make it this far.
     "This is a great opportunity to get out a progressive message, inspire new
 voters and have fun," Witter, 30, said. "Too often, politics seems
 unapproachable to people, and this is a way for someone from a working-class
 background to show that it's not just all about stuffy men in dark suits with
 big checkbooks."
     Witter, originally from Everett, Washington, worked in Seattle for
 prominent groups such as the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Leadership
 Tomorrow and leaders such as Seattle City Council President Peter Steinbreuck.
 Currently, Lisa runs the country's largest public interest strategy and media
 firm, Fenton Communications, with offices in New York City, San Francisco and
 Washington, D.C.  Lisa advises organizations and ventures like MoveOn.org, the
 American Lung Association, the "new" Air America Radio station featuring Al
 Franken, and the Polly Klaas Foundation.
     "My campaign is not only about empowering people, but about all of the
 issues that progressives care about -- affordable health care for all,
 improving the economy, fair taxes, strengthening education, protecting our
 environment," Witter said. "For too long, there have been two Americas.
 There's an America -- the city on the hill -- where the sun always shines and
 the tax breaks keep on coming for those who don't need it. The other America
 is a very different place -- an America where our sons and daughters are in
 harms way in Iraq...an America where families are out of work...an America
 with 44 million of our people without health care. I believe it's time for a
 new direction. I believe that it's time that we have One America -- A fair
 America."
     "We learned about basic principles of fairness at very early age -- at
 home -- in school -- at the playground. And, we are deeply offended by those
 that don't play by the rules. In One America, the rules work for everyone, not
 just the rich and powerful. In One America, our values aren't for sale. In One
 America, the American dream is available for all," Witter said.
     Lisa Witter's been raring to go from the moment her mom went into labor on
 the 4th of July at a demolition derby near her blue-collar town of Everett,
 Washington. She naturally shared her family's love for fast cars and monster
 trucks, but her passion for politics was all her own.
     When Lisa's parents were asked where she got her interest in politics her
 mother Linda Witter replied, "It must have come from all her sports
 concussions because it didn't surely didn't come from us. We're proud of her
 values and patriotism -- we taught Lisa and her brother to be compassionate
 and hard-working citizens."
     Lisa's resume includes managing the campaign for Washington's first Latina
 woman to run for statewide office. She was named a 'Rising Star' by the
 Washington State Democrats for co-founding the Institute for a Democratic
 Future, an organization that develops and promotes emerging generations of
 Democratic leaders. Lisa was also named a Fearless Leader by Oxygen.com and is
 a co-founder of EMERGE: Women Leaders for a Democratic Future.
     AMERICAN CANDIDATE will attempt to identify one individual who has the
 qualifications and qualities to be President of the United States. Over the
 course of 10 weeks, 12 candidates will face-off against each other in a series
 of challenges designed to test their presidential mettle. Made by R.J. Cutler,
 the Producer of the War Room, the original pool of candidates will be winnowed
 down weekly. More information can be found at
 http://www.americancandidate.com. *
 
     *Note: Due to technical difficulties Lisa's profile does not yet appear on
 the Web site. Showtime is working to post it as soon as possible.
 
 SOURCE  Fenton Communications