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LA Times: Some New California Dems Running As Reaction to Trump

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By    |   Monday, 31 Jul 2017 11:56 AM

Some first-time candidates for congressional office in California are saying they entered the race as a reaction to the actions of President Donald Trump and Republicans.

Every Republican member of Congress from that state voting to repeal Obamacare spurred Mai Khanh Tran to run, she said Monday in The Los Angeles Times.

Tran said that she sees the impact of a possible Obamacare repeal in patients she sees in her work as a pediatrician.

"I just don't feel like their needs are being heard by the people who are making decisions that affect their lives so drastically," Tran said in The Times.

Katie Porter, a UC Irvine law professor and consumer advocate, said she decided to run in the belief that Trump's presidency would favor big banks.

Katie Hill, who is running against a two-term incumbent in Republican Rep. Ed Knight, said she knew the race would not be an easy task.

"This is a seat that's been held by a Republican for 30 years. You can't act like this is going to be easy just because Donald Trump is president," Hill said in the Times.

Most of the new challengers for Congress are Democrats, the LA Times reported.

"You have a lot of outsiders putting together really viable campaigns in a lot of these districts where they've never seen that from Democrats," said Andrew Godinich, a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman said in the report.

While the Democratic Party and other groups have provided some help to the new candidates, Run For Something, a group that recruits millennials to run for office in local elections, said that they issue warnings to new candidates who are taking aim at Congress.

"We pretty actively encourage people, if they're thinking about running for Congress, to reassess that decision. For a first-time candidate, it's really hard, it requires a lot of money and usually the problem that's inspiring you to run can be solved at the local level in a much more meaningful way," co-founder Amanda Litman said in The Times.

The increase in new candidates is not limited to California. Emerge America is offering classes in 18 states to train Democratic women to run for office. A'shanit Gholar, the group's political director, said it encourages women to pursue local races.

"I think the first thing to know is to evaluate the political terrain before you run for office . . . the next part is to get involved in your community, Gholar said.

Republican consultants say that the new candidates are running on "false assumptions."

"I think a lot of them have been led down a primrose path about how easy it's going to be to be elected to Congress," said Dave Gilliard, who is working for five of the most vulnerable incumbent Republicans, The Times reported.

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