Founders of Ben & Jerry’s are creating new ice cream flavors to support progressive candidates — including Jess King

Garden City, N.Y.: Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of the Ben & Jerry's ice cream company at Performing Arts Center, Westermann Stage, Concert Hall at Adelphi University, in Garden City, New York on September 12, 2018. (Photo by Marisol Diaz-Gordon/Newsday via Getty Images)

VERMONT — Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, announced Monday they’re teaming up with MoveOn to support seven political candidates they consider to be “the best progressive candidates running for Congress” — including Lancaster County Democrat Jess King.

Cohen and Greenfield said they are creating ice cream flavors that reflect each candidate, and asked for help from the public in naming the flavors.

They will then make about 40 pints of ice cream for each candidate, which will be raffled off to support them.

The candidates other than King named in the announcement are Lauren Underwood in Illinois, Aftab Pureval in Ohio, J.D. Scholten in Iowa, Ammar Campa Najjar in California, Stephany Rose Spaulding in Colorado and James Thompson in Kansas.

King is running for Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District seat.

The statement from Cohen and Greenfield appears below:

Hi, we’re Ben and Jerry, the co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s. We’re teaming up with MoveOn to help 7 of the best progressive candidates running for Congress. We need a Democratic majority to check President Trump’s unrestrained power. And we also need to send progressive champions to Congress who will fix our health care system with Medicare for All, protect clean air and water, and get big money out of politics.

But we need your help! We need to come up with seven amazing ice cream flavors (and flavor names) that not only taste great but also capture the essence of what each candidate stands for. That’s a tall order, but we know that between all of us we can make it happen. We’ll select the winner and make a batch of each flavor that we’ll raffle off to support the candidates.

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