TO: Friends and AlliesFR: Kelly Ward, DCCC Executive Director RE:
First “Jumpstart” Candidates for 2014
DT: Thursday, May 9Since the beginning of the cycle, we have said that we will win in 2014 because of the success of our recruitment efforts in 2013. To that end we are excited to announce the
program,the next phase in our recruitment efforts which are already ahead of schedule. DCCC ChairmanSteve Israel created this new initiative this cycle to provide critical, early support to top-tier Democratic candidates in competitive districts.The newly-created
program provides early financial, communications, operational andstrategic support to help top-tier candidates get a head start in these highly-targeted races. The
candidates named to this program are running to put problem-solving ahead of ideology and getresults for the middle class families in their districts. Voters are fed up with the partisan ideologyand obstructionism of this Republican Congress, and these candidates will offer the antidote.These Democratic candidates are well-positioned to win. The most recent Quinnipiac poll fromlast week had Democrats leading the generic Congressional ballot by 4 points (41 percent to 37 percent) and the newest Washington Post-ABC poll found that 70 percent of the public thinks theRepublican Party is out of touch with average Americans.Here are the eight initial Jumpstart candidates:
Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar (CA-31).
In the most Democratic district held by aRepublican, Mayor Aguilar has a proven record of delivering for families of theInland Empire.
Judge Ann Callis (IL-13).
Third Judicial Circuit Chief
Judge Ann Callis isrunning for Congress to take her record of reform to Washington and be a strongvoice for downstate Illinois families.
Farmer Michael Eggman (CA-10).
Michael Eggman is a local farmer and beekeeper in the central valley who understands what farms and small businessesneed to succeed.
Attorney Gwen Graham (FL-02).
Gwen Graham, the daughter of former Governor Bob Graham, grew up in a family dedicated to public service, worked in the LeonCounty Public Schools and is committed to getting results for North Florida families.
Businessman Jim Graves (MN-06).
Businessman Jim Graves will take hissuccessful record as a job creator to get results for Minnesota middle class families