Update March 24, 2019: YES YES YES! Democrat Mike Levin won the seat vacated by Darrell Issa in California’s 49th District. He defeated Republican challenger Diane Harkey by getting 56.4 percent of the vote to her 43.6 percent.
Because he’s a member of the House of Representatives, Levin will be up for re-election in 2020. Please consider him for your next Core Four.
Update, June 9, 2018: Congratulations to Mike Levin, who placed second in the top-two primary held on June 5 in California’s 49th District! Please support his campaign so that Democrats can win this House seat in the fall.
Support Mike Levin, a Democrat who’s running against incumbent Republican Darrell Issa for the House of Representatives seat in California’s 49th District.
Darrell Issa was long considered vulnerable to defeat in 2018. He won reelection in 2016 by just one point. Nate Cohn, writing for The Upshot in the New York Times, deemed him “probably the nation’s most vulnerable incumbent.”
Issa, evidently seeing the writing on the wall, announced on January 10, 2018, that he would not run for a tenth term.
Mike Levin, a California lawyer and a married father of two, entered the race before Issa retired. He’s a democrat who embraces sustainable energy and has long experience with it, having co-founded Sustain OC (Orange County) and serving on the board of the San Diego-based Center for Sustainable Energy.
Levin also supports campaign finance reform, defends public education, and wants to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health. He favors shoring up the ACA with an eye toward shifting to Medicare for all in the future. He is pro-choice and pro-LGBT rights.
Issa’s departure invited a scrum of candidates to sign up for the June 5, 2018 primary. Remember also that California uses a top two primary system, which means the top two vote-getters proceed to the general.
As of late May, 2018, there were three other Democrats in the race, as well as eight Republicans, representatives from three other parties, and someone who bills himself as ‘nonpartisan’. The Cook Political Report rates California’s 49th Congressional District as Lean Democrat.
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