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DCCC Announces Changes To Its 2022 House Battlefield, Names Third Round Of Candidates To Coveted Red To Blue List

Following the closing of the redistricting process, today the DCCC announced additions to its battle-tested Frontline Program – designed to support members of Congress in competitive seats – who we look forward to re-electing. House Democrats, including these Frontline additions, have tenaciously fought to create jobs, grow the economy, improve infrastructure, and pass historic legislation to reduce gun violence.

DCCC also announced a third round of candidates are being added to the coveted Red to Blue program for the 2022 cycle. House Republicans and their candidates have been hellbent on banning abortion nationwide, prolonging debunked election fraud claims and trying to cover up what happened on January 6th as the select committee continues its investigation. Republicans are on the wrong side of every issue and with strong candidates like these, it will cost them in November.

“Democrats have a deep bench of talented, committed, and fired-up public servants who have a record of service and accomplishment that voters across the country deserve fighting for their families in Washington,” DCCC Chairman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “Extremist MAGA Republicans’ disastrous agenda for America is on the ballot this November and voters are going to reject it.”

Frontline Additions
With redistricting making four more seats competitive, Reps. Trone (MD-06), Kuster (NH-02), Leger-Fernandez (NM-03), and Mrvan (IN-01) have been added to the DCCC’s battle-tested Frontline program. These members have successfully run disciplined, winning campaigns and we have every confidence they’ll help make our Democratic House Majority this November.

Red to Blue Additions
The following candidates have been added to the DCCC’s Red to Blue list:

  • AZ-01: Jevin Hodge is a business and community leader with a proven record of getting results for Arizona families. Jevin leads organizations like the Booker T. Washington Child Development Center, the longest running Head Start in Arizona. Jevin is a problem solver who is committed to helping small businesses, non-profits, and governments find solutions to their most pressing issues, like combating the COVID-19 pandemic or expanding access to high-quality public education. He’ll be facing entrenched GOP incumbent David Schweikert whose ethics violations for misusing campaign and taxpayer funds continue to haunt him.

  • FL-27: Annette Taddeo is the first Latina Democrat elected to the State Senate in Florida. Annette fled Colombia at 17 years old after her father, a U.S. fighter pilot in WW2, was kidnapped by a Marxist terrorist group funded by the Cuban regime. After living and working her way through college waiting tables in Alabama, Annette moved to Miami in the wake of Hurricane Andrew to help her parents rebuild their lives. She has spent her career fighting for core Democratic issues like a living wage for all Floridians, defending a woman’s right to make choices about her own body, economic growth through helping small businesses, affordable healthcare for all Floridians, safe drinking water, and stronger and safer schools. Annette will be facing vulnerable Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, who has a record of being anti-LGBT, voted against codifying Roe, and has been hit with multiple FEC violations for accepting illegal contributions, most notably from an attorney representing a Venezuelan dictator.

  • NC-01: Don Davis is a veteran, educator, minister, and dedicated public servant who is running to keep North Carolina’s First Congressional District blue. Don is a former mayor and current State Senator and he has a proven record for delivering, including expanding high-speed internet, raising teacher pay, ensuring that military pensions are tax exempt, and securing over $215 million in funding to expand access to quality health care in rural North Carolina. His opponent, Sandy Smith, is a far-right extremist who has been accused of a pattern of domestic violence toward her family, continues to spread the Big Lie, and marched at the Capitol on January 6th.

  • NC-13: As a criminal defense attorney for the past decade, Wiley Nickel works every day to see that his clients are treated fairly by the North Carolina justice system. Before opening his criminal defense law practice, Wiley worked for two White House administrations, including President Obama’s. From voting rights to a quality public education to reproductive health care, Wiley has fought tooth and nail for the issues important to North Carolinians. As a state senator, Wiley worked across the aisle to get things done, including passing legislation to expand rural broadband and protect victims of domestic abuse. His 26-year-old opponent, Bo Hines, barely won the GOP primary on the backs of MAGA Republican dark money groups  and promises to put America first, yet passes out “Made In China” campaign swag.

  • NC-14: Jeff Jackson is a veteran, former assistant district attorney, state senator, and current Major in the Army National Guard. After a year-long deployment in Afghanistan, Jeff attended law school at UNC-Chapel Hill with help from the G.I. Bill before serving as an assistant district attorney in Gaston County. As a state senator, Jeff fought to lower costs for working families, create jobs, and kickstart the economy. He supported legislation to increase the minimum wage, expand Medicaid, invest in public schools and universities, and make housing more affordable. He’s championed access to safe, legal abortion while voting against devastating Republican anti-abortion legislation. His opponent, Pat Harrigan, is a far-right Republican who would be another rubber stamp for the MAGA party and disastrous for North Carolinians.

  • NY-01: Bridget Fleming is a county legislator and former prosecutor, who has spent her career standing up for Long Island families. Bridget worked for almost a decade as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Bridget went on to become Managing Attorney for pro bono programs at the New York City Bar Association. As an elected official, Bridget has championed tax relief, environmental protection, and was a steady presence for residents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. Newsday called her “one of the most active and effective lawmakers in the county.” Bridget is facing GOP-backed candidate Nicholas LaLota who attempted to defy New York election laws in 2020 – overseeing elections while running for office. LaLota has already failed at previous attempts to win local elections, making this a prime opportunity to flip this seat.

  • NY-22: Francis Conole is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Iraq War Veteran, and Defense Secretary Policy Advisor. Following his deployments after 9/11, Francis served in the Office of Naval Intelligence where he led a branch of analysts to produce critical intelligence, and in 2008, he volunteered to serve on President Obama’s Armed Forces Inaugural Committee. Francis also served as a policy advisor to Secretaries of Defense Ash Carter and Jim Mattis. He advised on U.S. Defense Policy for Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel, which resulted in being awarded the Defense Meritorious Achievement Medal. As the GOP scrambles to find a replacement for retiring Rep. John Katko, Francis has an opportunity to reach voters with the truth about what’s at stake and win their support to flip NY-22 blue.

  • OR-04: Val Hoyle has served as Oregon’s Labor Commissioner for years, fighting to ensure workers are paid the wages and benefits they’re owed and overseeing enforcement of civil rights and housing discrimination protections. During the pandemic, Val fought to expand the Oregon Family Leave Act and ensure workers could continue to earn money part-time while retaining their unemployment benefits. As Oregon’s State House Majority Leader, Val successfully advocated for policies that help families and communities thrive. She will be an effective voice in Congress and continue to make real progress. Val is facing well-known and well-funded Republican Alek Skarlatos, who is facing an FEC complaint after funneling campaign cash to a dark money group he controls in order to fund his campaign.

  • OR-05: Jamie McLeod Skinner is an emergency response coordinator, small business owner, engineer, and attorney. Jamie began her public service repairing schools and hospitals in Bosnia and Kosovo before returning to the U.S. to manage refugee resettlement programs. In 2021, Jamie led wildfire recovery efforts as Talent’s Interim City Manager, bringing in millions of dollars in aid and emergency housing. Jamie understands the challenges Oregon families are facing, and will be a fierce advocate for Oregon workers, families, and the environment in Congress. She’s facing extremist Lori Chavez-DeRemer, who backs banning abortions, repealing the Affordable Care Act, sides with election deniers, and would be a rubber stamp for the MAGA agenda.

  • OR-06: Andrea Salinas has been an advocate for Oregon families her entire career and is running to make Oregon’s new 6th District blue. As a pro-choice advocate, Andrea led the fight for more accessible, affordable health care, including helping pass the nation’s most progressive reproductive health care policy that covers everybody in Oregon. And as an Oregon state Representative, she has worked to raise the minimum wage and pass the nation’s most progressive paid family leave bill.  In Congress, she will fight to expand access to abortion care, tackle the climate crisis, and solve the issues that matter to families in her district and across the country. She’s facing an anti-choice, anti-climate opponent Mike Erickson who has run for office four times and lost four times. Oregon’s 6th District is a prime pick-up opportunity for Democrats.

  • PA-17: Chris Deluzio is an Iraq War veteran and civil rights attorney. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, Chris served as an officer in the Navy and deployed overseas multiple times. He received his law degree and has been fearlessly working to protect voting rights and our elections. In Congress, Chris will fight for better jobs and greater opportunities while defending union, worker, and women’s rights. Chris is facing a MAGA wolf, Jeremy Shaffer, pretending to be a moderate sheep who will vote to strip away health care protections, abortion rights, and force the far-right agenda on the constituents of this swing district.


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