JDCA’S WINNING ENDORSED CANDIDATES
JDCA was proud to endorse these winning candidates who share our values and ran in districts and states where the Jewish community played a critical role in building the blue wave. We are also proud that more than 80% of our endorsed candidates won their races and that our endorsed candidates helped flip 28 seats from red to blue. We mobilized hundreds of volunteers and conducted one of the most sophisticated digital Get Out the Vote efforts targeting Jews and we saw results.
Allred is an attorney and former linebacker for the Tennessee Titans. He worked in the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama Administration, in both the General Counsel and Inspector General’s offices. Allred is challenging eleven-term incumbent Rep. Pete Sessions, and has the endorsement of former President Obama.
Rep. Cartwright was elected to represent Pennsylvania’s 17th District in 2012. He serves on the House Committees on Appropriations, and Oversight and Government Reform. Rep. Cartwright has a strong reputation of reaching across the aisle in the House to advocate for working families. Cartwright is being challenged by John Chrin.
Sean Casten is running to represent Illinois’ 6th District in the U.S. House. Casten is committed to preserving health care for hardworking families and preserving secure retirement for future generations. Casten, a successful entrepreneur and scientist, has focused the environment, health care and fair tax policy. Casten is challenging incumbent Rep. Peter Roskam.
Jason Crow is a veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division, where he earned the Bronze Star during the invasion of Iraq. Since leaving the Army in 2006, Jason has been a results-oriented advocate for his fellow veterans in Colorado and across the country, advising President Obama’s reelection campaign on military and veterans’ issues. Crow is running against Rep. Mike Coffman.
Delgado is a native of Upstate New York, a Rhodes Scholar, and graduate of Harvard Law School. While working as an attorney, he started his own company empowering young people to learn through music. He is focusing his campaign on protecting the jobs of teachers, healthcare workers, service workers, farmers, and factory workers in the district, and investing in those industries and communities.
Rep. Gottheimer, who was elected in 2016, currently serves on the House Financial Services Committee, where he has fought for American taxpayers. He has also served as an outspoken supporter of Israel and led efforts to combat anti-Semitism. Rep. Gottheimer’s Republican challenger, John McCann, brands himself as a “moderate” but has aligned closely to President Trump’s agenda.
Hill is a California native and non-profit veteran. She worked at PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), the largest non-profit provider of homes for the homeless in the state of California. She also helped pass historic ballot initiatives aiming to alleviate homelessness in Los Angeles County. She has been endorsed by former President Obama. Hill is running against Steve Knight for an open seat.
After serving as CEO of the Culinary Training Academy, the Nevada’s largest job training program, Steven Horsford become the fourth African American to serve as a NV State Senator, where he became the state’s first African American Majority Leader. He was elected to Congress in 2012, where he served for one term and made gun safety reform, affordable healthcare, and advancing women’s rights his legislative priorities.
Chrissy Houlahan is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, and has lived a life committed to service, including as an Air Force captain. After she left the military, Houlahan built two successful start-ups, and then spent a year at Teach For America. Houlahan supports a strong relationship between government and business, and advocates for a living wage for workers. She is running against Greg McCauley.
Kim is a former Rhodes Scholar and national security adviser in the Obama White House, where he advised the President on ISIS and other national security issues. Kim is a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act, reducing the role of special interests in politics, and ending voter suppression. He has been endorsed by former President Obama. Kim is running against Rep. Tom McArther.
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s years in Congress have helped her earn the reputation of a problem solver standing up for Democratic values. An Arizona native, Kirkpatrick has been a leader in the state since 1980 when she was elected as Coconino County’s first woman deputy county attorney. She has been elected to Congress twice since 2008 and has become a leading voice on healthcare, immigration, and gun safety reforms. Her opponent is Lea Marquez Peterson.
Rep. Conor Lamb was elected to the House in a special election in early 2018 that stunned the political establishment, and served as a bellwether of the Democratic victories to come in November. Lamb has gained widespread support in a district where Trump previously won by 20 points in 2016. Rep. Lamb will be running Congressional District 17 following extensive redistricting in Pennsylvania. His opponent is Rep. Keith Rothfus.
Susie Lee was the Founding Director of After-School All-Stars, a program which provides comprehensive after school programing to over 7,000 students every day after school to help them thrive in their academic and personal lives. Having had personal experience of a parent with a pre-existing condition, Lee is especially committed to ensure that all Americans are able to receive health care. She faces Danny Tarkanian, a staunch Trump supporter, in her election.
Andy Levin has a strong history of progressive activism and business acumen. Levin created and ran No Worker Left Behind, the largest job-retention program in the country, and founded his own clean energy business. He is involved with Detroit Jews for Justice, an organization he helped create to activate Jews to fight for racial and economic justice in Detroit. He is running against Candius Stearns.
Levin, an attorney specializing in environmental and energy issues, is running for an open seat currently held by Republican Rep. Darrell Issa. Levin is a champion of access to affordable healthcare and public education, and has advocated for both “Medicare for All” and “College for All.” Levin has stressed his support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and has talked about the anti-Semitism his family has experienced. Levin is facing Republican Diane Harkey in the midterms.
Elaine Luria is a graduate of the Naval Academy and served our country for 20 years as a surface warfare officer, nuclear engineer, and the executive and commanding officer on various ships. After retiring from the Navy in 2017, she created a business has donated over fifty thousand dollars of proceeds to charity.
Malinowski is a human rights and social justice advocate and national security expert who has served on former President Clinton’s National Security Council (1998-2001) and also served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor under President Obama (2014-2017). Republican incumbent Rep. Leonard Lance, a close ally of President Trump, is Malinowski’s opponent in the general election.
Joseph Morelle was first elected to the New York State Assembly in 1990, where he worked with area leaders to develop Rochester as a center for tourism and the arts in western New York. In 2005, Morelle was elected chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Committee, and held this position until 2014. He is committed to creating more green jobs and job training programs.
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is a first-generation immigrant who moved to the U.S. from Ecuador as a teenager. She has spent the last twenty-years working for non-profit organizations and the College of Health at Florida International University. She is running on increasing access to healthcare and education, and fast tracking a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers and their families. Mucarsel-Powell also advocates for universal background checks on gun sales, an issue important to her as her dad died due to gun violence.
Phillips is running to represent Minnesota’s 3rd District. As a successful businessman in Minneapolis, Phillips has focused on social justice and philanthropic work, as well as furthering youth, education and health and fighting discrimination. He is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen.
Porter has worked as a Consumer Protection Attorney for nearly twenty years, fighting corporate interests and advocating on behalf of the American consumer. Porter has the support of former President Obama, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA). Porter is challenging incumbent Rep. Mimi Walters.
Max Rose served as an active duty officer in Afghanistan from 2012-2013, where he earned a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman Badge. He continues his service today in the National Guard. After his military service, Rose worked as Director of Public Engagement and Special Assistant to the late Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson. He is also the former Chief of Staff for Brightpoint Health, a non-profit healthcare organization that has responded to the needs of underserved New Yorkers.
Harley Rouda is a businessman, philanthropist, attorney, and a tech and social entrepreneur. Running in California’s 48th congressional district, Rouda is challenging Republican incumbent Dana Rohrabacher, who has a close relationship with the Kremlin and has partnered with Holocaust deniers in his congressional office. President Barack Obama has endorsed Rouda because he believes he will bring positive change to the people of California’s 48th district.
Mary Gay Scanlon is a civil rights lawyer who began her career at the Support Center for Child Advocates. She has also acted as co-chair for the Legal Rights of Children Committee and for the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Commission on Children at Risk, and served eight years on her local school board. In 2018, Scanlon’s work as national Pro Bono Counsel at Ballard Spahr LLP received the American Bar Association’s pro bono award.
As a practicing pediatrician, Dr. Schrier will bring an important perspective to Congress. Her 16 years building a medical practice have helped her understand the need for expanding Medicare coverage to include pediatric care, reproductive care, and family planning services, and to preserve protections for pre-existing conditions. In Congress, she has committed to advocating for clean air and water and public education, as well as economic opportunity.
Donna Shalala was among the first volunteers to serve in the Peace Corps, and was later appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Clinton. Shalala created research agreements between the University of Miami and Ben Gurion University, which have become models for other academic U.S.-Israel partnerships nationwide. She is running against Maria Elvira Salazar.
Sherrill, a former Navy helicopter pilot, is running on a platform that stresses universal access to healthcare, support for pro-choice policies and a strong relationship with Israel. Her Republican opponent for this open seat, following the retirement of Republican Rep. Frelinghuysen, is Jay Webber, who is regarded as, “the conservative conscience” of the New Jersey State Legislature.
Slotkin is a national security expert who served three tours in Iraq with the CIA, and held high-ranking roles in the White House, Pentagon, and State Department in the Obama and Bush administrations. Slotkin is an advocate for affordable healthcare, continued investment in our country’s education system and infrastructure, environmental protections, and strengthening our national security. Slotkin, who has received former Vice President Biden’s endorsement, is challenging two-term incumbent Rep. Mike Bishop, who has championed President Trump’s agenda in the House.
Mayor Greg Stanton has had a long career serving the people of Arizona as a Phoenix city council member, Deputy Attorney General of Arizona, and Mayor of Phoenix. Mayor Stanton was critical in helping the city recover and thrive after the 2007 recession, and was recognized by Governing magazine as a Public Official of the Year for having expanded light rail, bike lanes, and sidewalks while reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Haley Stevens served as chief of staff on the Auto Task Force inside of the U.S. Treasury Department, the team responsible for returning the auto industry to financial stability and saving over 200,000 Michigan jobs during the Obama administration. Haley believes that our relationship with Israel must continue to thrive “unquestioned – and most importantly cannot become a partisan issue.” She is running against Lena Epstein.
Trone is a successful entrepreneur and businessman in Maryland running for the 6th Congressional District. Trone seeks a ban on assault weapons and supports universal background checks and universal Pre-K. He has also advocated for increased efforts to effectively combat the opioid epidemic. Trone is running against Amie Hoeber for an open seat.
New Jersey State Senator Jeff Van Drew is a dentist and small business owner known for his commitment to his community and ability to work across the aisle. Van Drew is the second Democratic state senator from his district, and the only one to ever be reelected. He has a demonstrated record as a pragmatic problem solver who embraces a bipartisan approach. As a Member of Congress, he will be focused on expanding economic opportunity for the people of New Jersey, particularly in Atlantic City.
Wexton is currently serving in the Virginia State Senate, where she represents the 33rd district and is known for her bipartisanship. In the VA State Senate, Wexton has championed legislation addressing gun control, sexual and domestic violence, and the opioid epidemic. Wexton is challenging incumbent Rep. Barbara Comstock.
Wild, an attorney, shepherded in a new era of accountability and transparency in her community as the first female Solicitor of the City of Allentown. Wild is running on a platform prioritizing the preservation of Social Security and Medicare, protecting the environment, strengthening of the Affordable Care Act, and making college debt free. Wild, who served on the board of her local Jewish Federation, is running against Republican Marty Nothstein, to fill the seat vacated by retired Rep. Charlie Dent.