A roundup of recent movements in preparation for the 2014 House races:
CALIFORNIA: Former Rep. Joe Baca, a California Democrat, announced a bid in California’s 31st District to take on GOP Rep. Gary Miller. USA Today’s Catalina Camia reports Baca had previously indicated he would seek a rematch against Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, also a Democrat, in the 35th District. Because of past pro-gun votes, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super PAC ran ads against him, a factor that Baca contends was decisive.
GEORGIA: The AP reports that “Jody Hice, a conservative talk radio host and minister who made headlines when he fought the ACLU over displays of the Ten Commandments in courthouses, says he’ll be running for Congress in the 10th District.” Current Rep. Paul Broun, a Republican, will be leaving to run for U.S. Senate. Romney carried 62 percent of the vote in this district.
ILLINOIS: State Sen. Darlene Senger, a Republican, now has a web site in her bid against incumbent Democrat Bill Foster in the 11th District. Foster won a special election in the state’s 14th District (under different district lines) in 2007 after House Speaker Dennis Hastert resigned, won reelection in 2008, then lost in 2010 to Republican Randy Hultgren. He beat Republican Rep. Judy Biggert in 2012. Obama took nearly 58 percent of the vote in the 14th District.
IOWA: Former state Sen. Staci Appel, considered a strong candidate to challenge Republican Tom Latham, announced today that she has decided against a congressional bid, the Des Moines Register reports. This is a swing district that Obama carried with 51 percent of the vote in 2012.
MARYLAND: Dr. John LaFerla, who narrowly lost the 2012 Democratic primary in Maryland’s 1st District, announced he will run again. He lost to Wendy Rosen, who dropped out abruptly in 2012 after it was revealed she had voted in both Maryland and Florida in 2006 and 2008. The seat is currently held by Republican Andy Harris. Romney carried this district with 60 percent in 2012.
PENNSYLVANIA: Former City Controller Jonathan Saidel is not running in Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District, where incumbent Allyson Schwartz is running for governor. He cited interest from Marjorie Margolies, who once held the seat (and cast an infamous vote for HillaryCare). Years later, Margolies’ son married Chelsea Clinton.
Other declared candidates include State Rep. Brendan F. Boyle and State Sen. Daylin Leach. In addition, almost every Democrat with ambition and/or a pulse is mentioned as a possible candidate, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer: “State Sen. LeAnna Washington of Philadelphia; State Reps. Mark Cohen of Philadelphia; Madeleine Dean and Mary Jo Daley of Montgomery County; and Ed Neilson of Philadelphia; Mark Levy, the Montgomery County prothonotary; and Valerie A. Arkoosh, a physician and Democratic activist from Montgomery.” Obama carried this district with 66 percent of the vote, so the Democratic primary winner is a heavy favorite in the general election.