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Support 314 Action, Which Helps Elect STEM Candidates to Office

This OTYCD entry originally posted in August 2017.

 

Support 314 Action, a nonprofit that helps get people with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) backgrounds elected to office, and advocates for laws founded on solid science and evidence-based reasoning.

 

One of the most obnoxious and infuriating aspects of Trump’s election, and of the modern Republican party, is its aggressive contempt for science and reason. 314 Action exists to combat that. (Yes, 314 is a reference to Pi.) It aims to get people with STEM experience elected to Congress, it supports laws that reflect and respect scientific knowledge. 314 Action also calls out members of Congress and high-ranking officials who undermine or flout the facts.

 

See the 314 Action home page:

http://www.314action.org/home/

 

Learn about its mission:

http://www.314action.org/mission-1

 

Sign up to volunteer for 314 Action:

http://go.314action.org/page/s/takeaction

 

Run for office with the help of 314 Action:

http://go.314action.org/page/s/run

 

Learn about incumbent pro-science members of Congress:

http://www.314action.org/stem-trailblazers-1/

 

Read a story from The Atlantic about how 314 Action is helping doctors run for Congress:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/05/congress-the-doctors-will-see-you-now/527244/

 

Follow 314 Action on Twitter:

@314action

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/314Action/

 

Donate to 314 Action:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/314act?refcode=website&amounts=15,25,50,100,250,500,1000&amount=25&recurring=true

 

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GOOD UPDATE! Democrat Andrew Zwicker WON RE-ELECTION to the New Jersey State Legislature (Reminder March 2019)

Update March 2019: We at OTYCD are nudging this back in the queue because Zwicker is up for re-election in 2020. Please keep him in mind when planning your donations and volunteer work for 2020 campaigns.

 

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.

 

YES YES YES! Democrat Andrew Zwicker won re-election to the New Jersey state legislature! Read more here:

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/elections/2017/11/08/bateman-zwicker-freiman-win-surprising-election/841885001/

 

 

Original text of the post follows.

 

Help re-elect Democrat Andrew Zwicker to the New Jersey state legislature. The election takes place on November 7, 2017.

 

In addition to spotlighting five Virginia state-level candidates chosen by Flippable for the upcoming race in November, we at OTYCD are also devoting posts to six candidates chosen by 314 Action whose races fall in 2017. 314 Action is an organization that boosts hopefuls who have STEM backgrounds.

 

Zwicker was first elected to the New Jersey legislature in January 2016, where he serves on the Judiciary Committee as well as the committees for regulated professions and also for telecommunications and utilities. 314 Action helped him then, and is helping him now. He is the only scientist currently serving in the New Jersey legislature. In addition, he is the first Democrat ever to represent his district. He beat his Republican rival by just 78 votes.

 

Zwicker holds a Ph.d in physics from Johns Hopkins University and is the Head of Science Education at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He is also a fellow of the American Physical Society and edits the organization’s newsletter.

 

In the legislature, he works to make college more affordable and to expand access to pre-K. He accepts climate change and wants the state to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas initiative, in which nine states joined forces to reduce climate-harming emissions. He wants to make sure that laws protecting the environment are enforced. And in all things, he will bring the rigor of a scientist, making decisions based on facts and evidence.

 

 

See his campaign website:

http://www.zwickerforassembly.com

 

 

See his About Andrew page:

http://www.zwickerforassembly.com

 

 

See his Issues page:

http://www.zwickerforassembly.com/issues

 

 

Donate to Zwicker’s campaign:

https://act.myngp.com/Forms/2831768608462735360

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

Like Zwicker on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ZwickerforAssembly/

 

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@AndrewZwicker

 

 

See his profile page on the New Jersey Legislature website:

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/bio.asp?Leg=386

 

 

See Zwicker’s page at 314 Action:

http://www.314action.org/andrew-zwicker

 

 

See 314 Action’s Endorsed Candidates page:

http://www.314action.org/endorsed-candidates/

 

 

Donate to 314 Action:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/314act?refcode=website&amounts=15,25,50,100,250,500,1000&amount=25&recurring=true

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GOOD NEWS! Democrat Chrissy Houlahan WON the Race for Pennsylvania’s 6th District in 2018

Update, March 24, 2018: Houlahan won the Pennsylvania 6th District seat on November 6, 2018, defeating Republican Greg McCauley with 58.9 percent of the vote to his 41.1 percent of the vote. Please consider her for your 2020 Core Four.

 

Update, May 26, 2018: Houlahan ran unopposed in the May 15 primary and will meet Republican Greg McCauley in the general election on November 6.

 

Support Chrissy Houlahan, a Democratic candidate for a house seat in Pennsylvania’s 6th District in 2018.

 

Houlahan is an Air Force veteran who earned her Stanford engineering degree by participating in ROTC. She later earned an M.S. in technology and policy from MIT. She’s been a COO for businesses as well as a nonprofit. She taught chemistry in Philadelphia. She’s the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and a naval officer, and the mother of two grown children. She was moved to run by the outcome of the November 2016 presidential election.

 

She believes health care, public safety, and public education are all basic rights, and she would legislate accordingly. She wants campaign finance reform. She’d fight climate change and attacks on scientific facts as well.

 

Houlahan is endorsed by 314 Action, a nonprofit that is devoted to promoting a pro-science agenda on all levels of government, and electing more candidates with STEM backgrounds to office. She’s also endorsed by Emily’s List, VoteVets.org, and End Citizens United, among others. She is committed to defending Planned Parenthood and would resist attempts to undermine Roe v Wade. She supports getting veterans what they need to transition to civilian life and treat their injuries.

 

The Democratic primary takes place on May 15, 2018. Two other Democrats are running against her. If Houlahan wins the primary, she would face Republican Ryan Costello, who is in his second term as a house rep.

 

Update March 25, 2018: Costello announced that he would retire from Congress. The candidate filing deadline passed on March 20, so it looks like Houlahan will face Republican Greg McCauley. The two other Democrats have since dropped out, so Houlahan will be the sole candidate on the primary ballot in May.

 

In 2016, Ballotpedia considered Pennsylvania’s 6th district race safely Republican. Costello won 57.2 percent of the vote to his Democratic challenger’s 42.8 percent.

 

 

Visit Chrissy Houlahan’s campaign website:

https://www.chrissyhoulahanforcongress.com

 

 

See her Priorities page:

https://www.chrissyhoulahanforcongress.com/priorities-2/

 

 

*Consider her for your Core Four for 2018:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/24/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

Donate to Houlahan’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/314action_houlahan?refcode=314website

 

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/HoulahanForPA/

 

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@HoulahanForPA

 

 

Visit the Mission page for 314 Action:

http://www.314action.org/mission-1

 

 

Follow 314 Action on Twitter:

@314Action

 

 

Like 314 Action on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/314Action/

 

 

Read pieces about Houlahan and her campaign:

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/congressional/key-womens-group-backs-dem-congressional-challenger-houlahan-20170612.html

http://www.dailylocal.com/article/DL/20170411/NEWS/170419965

 

 

Read Ballotpedia’s page on Pennsylvania’s 6th District:

https://ballotpedia.org/Pennsylvania%27s_6th_Congressional_District

 

 

*Sarah Jane Smith, lead writer and editor at OTYCD, chose Houlahan for her Core Four.

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Support Democrat Mai Khanh Tran’s Bid to Unseat California House Rep Ed Royce (Update June 9, 2018)

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.

 

Update, June 9, 2018: Tran came eighth in the top-two primary held in California’s 39th District on June 5. Democrat Gil Cisneros came in second, with just over 19 percent of votes cast. He will face Republican Young Kim in the fall, as Ed Royce has since decided to retire from Congress. We thank Tran for running and we hope she’ll run for public office again in the future.

 

Support Democrat Mai Khanh Tran in her effort to push longtime Republican incumbent Ed Royce out of his Congressional House seat in California in 2018.

 

Tran is a pediatrician who was among the last of the children airlifted from Vietnam. She worked her way through her Harvard undergraduate degree as a janitor. (Pell grants helped, too.) She went on to Dartmouth-Brown Medical School.

 

She was moved to run after the election when she ministered to a girl suffering from a brain tumor who would lose her insurance coverage if the Affordable Care Act was repealed, as Republicans were threatening to do. She herself is a two-time breast cancer survivor and became a mother at age 46 following eight rounds of IVF treatment.

 

Tran is going up against Republican Ed Royce, a 12-term House rep in California’s 39th District. The area and Orange County in general used to be a Republican stronghold, but it’s been gradually shifting blue. Tran hopes to take advantage of those facts, but she knows she faces a real fight.

 

 

See Tran’s campaign website, and scroll down for her bio and key issues:

https://doctran2018.com

 

 

Consider her for your Core Four for 2018:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/24/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

Donate to Tran:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/314action_tran?refcode=314website

 

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/DocTran2018/

 

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@DocTran2018

 

 

See her 314 Action page:

http://www.314action.org/mai-khanh-tran

 

 

See 314 Action’s Endorsed Candidates page:

http://www.314action.org/endorsed-candidates/

 

 

Donate to 314 Action:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/314act?refcode=website&amounts=15,25,50,100,250,500,1000&amount=25&recurring=true

 

 

See her Emily’s List page:

http://www.emilyslist.org/candidates/mai-khanh-tran

 

 

See all of the Emily’s List candidates:

https://www.emilyslist.org/donate

 

 

Donate to Emily’s List:

https://secure.emilyslist.org/page/contribute/donate-to-emily

 

 

Read more stories about Tran and her candidacy:

http://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/news/a46875/mai-khanh-california-congress-pediatrician/

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/05/congress-the-doctors-will-see-you-now/527244/

 

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Support Democrat Joseph Kopser, Who Hopes to Fill the Texas House Seat Being Vacated by Republican Lamar Smith (Update May 26, 2018)

Update, May 2018: Kopser won the May 22, 2018 Democratic primary. Hooray! The general election takes place November 6, 2018.

 

Support Democrat Joseph Kopser, who is running in 2018 for the seat being vacated by Texas Republican Lamar Smith.

 

Kopser is a West Point Graduate who served 20 years in the U.S. Army and multiple deployments to Iraq. He earned the Bronze Star and the Combat Action Badge. He earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University. He founded Ridescout, a tech company in Austin, and ultimately sold it to a Fortune 100 company.

 

Kopser came second in the March 6, 2018 Democratic primary and advanced to the May 22 runoff against Mary Street Wilson. She won 31 percent of the vote to his 29 percent.

 

Smith had held his House seat for more than 30 years before announcing that he would not run again in 2018. Smith chairs the House Science Committee, and has done a poor job at it, trying to subject National Science Foundation grant reviews to politically-motivated review, among other shenanigans. Worse still, Smith supported Trump early and often. Of course he voted for the GOP’s reckless partisan health care bill.

 

Kopser promises to be smarter, better, and saner than Smith, as well as a hell of a lot more responsive to the district’s constituents.

 

 

See Kopser’s campaign website:

https://www.kopserforcongress.com

 

 

See his Meet Joseph page:

https://www.kopserforcongress.com/meet-joseph/

 

 

See his Why I’m Running page:

https://www.kopserforcongress.com/why-im-running/

 

 

Consider Kopser for your Core Four for 2018:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/24/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

Donate to Kopser’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/314action_kopser?refcode=website

 

 

Like him on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/KopserforCongress/

 

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@Kopser4Congress

 

 

See his 314 Action page:

http://www.314action.org/joseph-kopser

 

 

See 314 Action’s Endorsed Candidates page:

http://www.314action.org/endorsed-candidates/

 

 

Donate to 314 Action:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/314act?refcode=website&amounts=15,25,50,100,250,500,1000&amount=25&recurring=true

 

 

 

Read a March 2017 interview with Kopser on whether he’ll run:

http://www.xconomy.com/texas/2017/03/20/why-austin-tech-entrepreneur-joseph-kopser-might-run-for-congress/

 

 

Read a March 2018 story on the Texas Democratic primary results:

https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/06/texas-primary-election-open-congressional-seats/

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Support Democrat Aruna Miller, Who Is Running for a House Seat in Maryland’s 6th District

Support Democrat Aruna Miller, who is running for a House of Representatives seat in Maryland’s 6th District.

 

Miller’s family moved from India to America when she was seven. She relied on Pell Grants, student loans, and her job earnings to get her college education as a civil engineer. She has more than two decades of experience working as a transportation engineer in local governments in California, Virginia, Hawaii, and Maryland.

 

In 2010, she ran and won a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates from the state’s 15th District, and has held that elected position ever since. Her state-level accomplishments include pursuing bills that repealed the death penalty, established marriage equality, prevented the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, expanded background checks for gun purchases, and increasing the minimum wage.

 

If elected she would fight Trump’s attempts to trample on civil rights, reproductive rights, and voters’ rights. She would protect veterans’ benefits, Social Security, and Medicare. She believes health care is a right and would vote accordingly. She wants to expand STEM education and make college more affordable.

 

Three-term Democratic incumbent John Delaney is vacating the seat to run for president in 2020. The Cook Political Report rates Maryland’s 6th District as Solid Democrat.

 

Miller will face seven other Democrats in the June 26, 2018 primary. Four Republicans, a Green Party candidate, an Independent, and a Libertarian have all committed to run.

 

 

See Miller’s campaign website:

https://www.arunamillerforcongress.com

 

 

Donate to Miller’s campaign:

https://act.myngp.com/Forms/6774900445360818944

 

 

Volunteer for her campaign:

http://aruna.mvarhost.com/page/form/volunteer

 

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ArunaMillerForCongress

 

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@arunamiller

 

 

Choose Miller for your Core Four:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/24/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

Miller is endorsed by 314 Action. See her page on its site:

http://www.314action.org/aruna-miller

 

 

Miller is endorsed by Emily’s List. See her page on its site:

https://www.emilyslist.org/candidates/aruna-miller

 

 

Read a July 2017 India Abroad interview with Miller about her time in Maryland’s state legislature:

https://www.indiaabroad.com/politics/aruna-miller-talks-about-her-role-in-maryland-s-house/article_e7236b86-73ec-11e7-a859-67ba4bca3af9.html

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GOOD UPDATE: Democrat Cheryl Turpin Wins a Seat In The Virginia State Legislature

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.

 

YES YES YES! This was a bit of a nail-biter, but Cheryl Turpin defeated Rocky Holcomb by 51 to 49 to take a seat in the Virginia state legislature. She had lost to him in a January special election.

 

Read more here (scroll down for results in Turpin’s race, district 85:

https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/virginia-general-elections

https://pilotonline.com/news/government/politics/virginia/cox-high-school-teacher-leads-a-sheriff-s-deputy-in/article_817a22ac-5908-5f3b-bb82-c77d7c30b16f.html

 

 

Read the original blog text here:

 

Support Democrat Cheryl Turpin’s run for the Virginia state legislature. The election happens on November 7, 2017.

 

In addition to spotlighting five Virginia state-level candidates chosen by Flippable for the upcoming race in November, we at OTYCD are also devoting posts to six candidates chosen by 314 Action whose races fall in 2017. 314 Action is an organization that boosts hopefuls who have STEM backgrounds.

 

If Turpin seems vaguely familiar, she should. She ran for the Virginia state legislature in a special election in early January and lost, earning 47 percent of the vote to Republican Rocky Holcomb’s 53 percent. She faces him again in November.

 

Turpin has served as a high school science teacher for 24 years. She supports full-day public kindergarten, a living wage, and defending the environment. She wants to encourage young entrepreneurs by offering them loans to start small businesses. She wants to expand broadband access. She supports overhauls of the state’s criminal justice and mental health systems. She would promote recycling. She would increase spending on infrastructure to improve roads and alleviate traffic jams.

 

 

See Turpin’s campaign website:

https://cherylturpinforvb.com

 

 

See her About page:

https://cherylturpinforvb.com/about/

 

 

Donate to Turpin’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/314action_turpin?refcode=314website

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/CT4VAB

 

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@ct_4_vab

 

 

See 314 Action’s Endorsed Candidates page:

http://www.314action.org/endorsed-candidates/

 

 

Donate to 314 Action:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/314act?refcode=website&amounts=15,25,50,100,250,500,1000&amount=25&recurring=true

 

 

See her page on Ballotpedia:

https://ballotpedia.org/Cheryl_Turpin

 

 

See an old OTYCD post on Turpin and two other Virginia candidates in the January 2017 special election:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/09/24/spread-the-word-and-vote-for-these-three-democrats-in-virginia-on-jan-10/

 

 

Read about the outcome of the January special election:

https://pilotonline.com/news/government/politics/virginia/republican-holcomb-wins-special-election-to-fill-scott-taylor-s/article_662a0f4a-6779-5478-a869-869cffe4e0cb.html