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DCCC Jan. 2012 Candidate List

DCCC Jan. 2012 Candidate List

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David Nir <davidnyc@gmail.com>
More Democratic Candidates Lining Up, MomentumBuilds
DCCC Press <dccc_press@dccc.org>Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 4:13 PM
To: Jennifer Crider <Crider@dccc.org>, Jesse Ferguson <Ferguson@dccc.org>
 More Democratic Candidates Lining Up, Momentum Builds
 
In the latest proof of Democratic momentum, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee now hasstrong candidates running in 75 Republican and open districts. This surpasses the DCCC’s recruitment goalsfor the election cycle and puts triple the number of seats in play needed to win the Majority. The candidatesrunning reflect the values of their districts and these newest candidates include mayors, veterans andprosecutors. The DCCC will announce the first round of candidates to qualify for the ‘Red to Blue’ program inthe coming weeks.
 
This week a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that voters would support a Democratic candidate over a Republicancandidate in their district by 4 points (48 percent – 44 percent).
 
“Momentum is at our backs as strong Democratic candidates have now stepped forward in 75 Republican andopen districts — more than we ever could have predicted or imagined,” said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel.“These candidates not only fit their districts but they’re real problem solvers who are committed to reignitingthe American dream and rebuilding the middle class. Thanks to the work of DCCC Recruiting CommitteeChairwoman Allyson Schwartz and others, we continue to expand the map of competitive races and havesurpassed our recruitment goals for the entire cycle.”
 
The National Journal has called this Democrats’ “strongest recruiting class since ‘06, no small feat.”Additionally, the DCCC has outraised the NRCC by $4.3 million this year despite being in the minority.
 
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Newest Highlighted Democratic Candidates PA-08: Kathryn Boockvar (v. Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick)
“Bucks County attorney Kathryn Boockvar, who last year sought a judgeship on the Pa. CommonwealthCourt, has officially announced her bid for Congress against Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick. [
] ‘I am running for Congress because so many people are having trouble supporting their families, covering their college tuition,and paying for their prescriptions, while our current Congress does nothing,’ she said. She doesn’t pullpunches, either, accusing Fitzpatrick of voting with the far right. ‘Congressman Fitzpatrick has spent the pastyear voting with the Tea Party to end Medicare, cut benefits to veterans, gut environmental protections, anddeny tax breaks for the middle class, all for partisan power politics.’” [Politics PA, 1/12/12]
 
CA-31: Pete Aguilar (v. Congressman Gary Miller)
“Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar this morning formally announced he is running for California's new 31stCongressional District. Aguilar, 32, a self-described moderate Democrat, said he would work across partylines in Washington to address local concerns, including the region's need for improved infrastructure and itshousing foreclosure crisis. ‘There is too much partisan bickering in Washington and not enough problem-solving, and the middle class are the ones who are suffering. We need to get serious about putting peopleback to work," Aguilar said. "In Congress, I will work to strengthen our economy and create jobs by improvingtransportation and infrastructure, while protecting the community and helping homeowners stay in their homes.’” [The Press Enterprise, 1/12/12]
 
OH-10: Sharen Neuhardt (v. Congressman Michael Turner)
“’I am excited to announce that I am a candidate to represent the citizens of the Miami Valley in Ohio's newTenth Congressional District,’ Neuhardt said. ‘We need new voices to break the stalemate that exists inWashington. I will work with community and business leaders, without regard to party affiliation, to do what'sbest for our community and our country.’ Neuhardt, a Democrat, said that her priorities will be jobs, restoringour economic security, and protecting and strengthening Miami Valley workers and families.” [SharenNeuhardt for Congress, 1/3/12] 
OH-07: Joyce Healy Abrams (v. Congressman Bob Gibbs)
“In the 7th Congressional District
Joyce R. Healy-Abrams of Hills and Dales for the Democratic nominationfor a U.S. House seat. Healy-Abrams, who is a new entrant into the congressional race, is the sister of Canton Mayor William J. Healy II.” [The Canton Rep, 12/30/11, 1/12] 
TX-27: (v. Congressman Blake Farenthold) Armando Villalobos. “
Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos has announced his bidfor the 2012 Democratic Party’s nomination for Texas’ newly drawn 27th Congressional District. ‘Thisrace is about a leadership with a vision for economic growth in our district. We want to put an end tothe chaos in Washington,’ Villalobos said in his written announcement. ‘We have too many problems
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facing our nation to continue down this path. We need leadership that believes the American peopleare more important than politics. I’m ready to help get America moving again.’ [
] ‘I will fight for what’s right, but I know how to compromise when it’s in the best interest of the people and families Iserve,’ Villalobos said. [The Brownsville Herald, 12/8/11] 
Anthony Troiani. “
Anthony Troiani has announced his candidacy to the 2012 Democratic Party’snomination to Texas’ 27th Congressional District seat. [
] ‘My focus is to create jobs, improve SouthTexas infrastructure, port capacity, energy production and educational opportunities while protectingthose who have served and continue to serve our nation,’ Troiani said. [
] Troiani said he believes ineconomic development such as increased international trade zones and infrastructure developmentprojects like the I-69 corridor. He also believes in the need for a strong government to bring economicattention to small businesses and the working class. [The Brownsville Herald, 12/19/11]
 
TX-14: Nick Lampson (OPEN)
“Nick's back. ‘I am. I have sent in the filing papers, so that means I am in the race (for the 14th CongressionalDistrict),’ said Former Rep. Nick Lampson, 66, who held the Ninth Congressional District for eight years [
]‘The culture we've created in Congress really and truly is about what can be done to keep control of your party in Congress,’ he said, adding that this tends to push elected officials to the far left and far right, ‘tickingoff everyone in the middle and they don't want to go vote.’” [The Beaumont Enterprise, 12/19/11] 
CO-06: Perry Haney (v. Congressman Mike Coffman)
“It looks like state Rep. Joe Miklosi could face a well-funded Democratic primary opponent after all. [
]‘Washington is broken and corrupt,’ Haney said in his announcement. ‘Congress has been bought and paidfor by special interests. Those on the right want to destroy Medicare and hand it over to big insurancecompanies, and Congress simply hasn’t been tough enough on Wall Street or bold enough in fixing our economy.’” [The Colorado Statesman, 12/16/11] 
IL-12: (OPEN) Brad Harriman.
“‘I’m running for Congress because I believe that our children shouldn’t have toleave this district or this state just to find jobs,’ Harriman said in a written statement. Harriman, theformer St. Clair County regional school superintendent, has received endorsements from theDemocratic Parties of St. Clair and Madison counties.” [BND, 12/13/11] 
Chris Miller.
“‘Somebody’s got to be the first,’ says the decorated Iraq War veteran of Carbondale of his desire to stand on the floor of Congress and tell anybody who’ll listen, ‘You’ve got to make serviceabout service again. You’ve got to save the Middle Class. You can’t drown the crew to save the ship.’[
] In 2004 he was awarded the Purple Heart after his military vehicle was attacked by a suicidebomber who drove an explosives-laden truck into his vehicle showering him with glass shrapnel andbursting both his ear drums.” [Du Quoin Evening Call, 12/12/11]
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