Month: January 2018

Release: Grassroots Momentum Builds for Dave Min (CA-45)

Release: Grassroots Momentum Builds for Dave Min (CA-45)

Orange County Democrats are rallying behind Dave Min as our best chance to defeat Mimi Walters and turn CA-45 blue. This past Saturday, 66% of the Democratic Party’s pre-endorsement conference delegates voted to endorse Dave, which came on the heels of two straw polls taken in the past two weeks in which Dave took over 60% of the vote. Dave has now dominated every straw poll and other vote taken by voters who’ve heard the Democratic candidates.

Support of local elected officials and members of Congress is also continuing to consolidate behind him, with Mayor Pro Tem and Orange County Board of Education Member Beckie Gomez (Tustin), City Council Member Jesus Silva (Fullerton), Capistrano Unified School Board Trustee Amy Hanacek, Capistrano Unified School Board Trustee Dr. Gary Pritchard, and the UC Irvine College Democrats adding their names to the long list of local endorsements behind the Dave Min for Congress campaign.

“I’m so grateful and honored to have so many people from across our community joining our grassroots, people-powered campaign,” said Dave Min. “Our campaign’s approach of emphasizing the issues that matter to local Orange County working families, like climate change, our broken health care system, or the high costs of college, is resonating with the voters of our district. We’re proud of our broad coalition of supporters of all ages, genders, ethnicities, and political leanings.”

Dave Min’s Endorsements:

Congresswoman Judy Chu, California’s 27th District
Fiona Ma, Chair, CA Board of Equalization
Sharon Quirk-Silva, Assemblywoman of the 65th Assembly and Former Mayor of Fullerton
Jesus Silva, Fullerton City Councilmember
Ali Taj, Mayor of Artesia
Ross Chun, Mayor Pro Tem of Aliso Viejo
Beckie Gomez, Mayor Pro Tem of Tustin & Orange County Board of Education Member
Sukhee Kang, Former Mayor of Irvine
David Lau, Former Mayor of Monterey Park
Mike Eng, Former Mayor of Monterey Park and Assemblyman
Mary Ann Gaido, Former Irvine City Councilmember
Andrew Rodriguez, Walnut City Councilmember
John Palacio, Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education President
Valerie Amezcua, Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education Vice President
Dr. Gary Pritchard, Trustee, Capistrano Unified School Board
Amy Hanacek, Trustee, Capistrano Unified School Board
ASPIRE PAC
Korean American Democratic Club
AAA Fund
NewDemPAC Candidate Watch List
Teamsters Joint Council 42
Orange County High School Democrats
AAPI Victory Fund
UC-Irvine College Democrats

Overwhelming Majority of Democratic Party Delegates Vote to Endorse Dave Min

Overwhelming Majority of Democratic Party Delegates Vote to Endorse Dave Min

At today’s Democratic Party pre-endorsement conference, 67% of the Democratic Party’s delegates voted to endorse Dave Min. Pending a confirmation vote from 60% of the Endorsing Caucus at next month’s Democratic Party Convention, Min will receive the endorsement of the California Democratic Party in the race to unseat Republican Mimi Walters and is the clear choice of Democrats in the 45th.

“I am thrilled and humbled that our campaign received so many votes at our district’s pre-endorsement conference this morning. This is a huge victory for our whole team and a clear sign of consensus,” said Min. “We will continue working every day to talk with voters in the 45th District and offer them the leadership that Mimi Walters has not.”

 

Dave Min  67%
Katie Porter  15%
Brian Forde  7%
Kia Hamadanchy  5%
No Endorsement  6%
Min Calls on Walters to Return Tainted Donations

Min Calls on Walters to Return Tainted Donations

Following revelations that Republican Congressman Pat Meehan used taxpayer money to settle a secret sexual harassment suit with a former staffer, Democrat Dave Min is calling on his opponent, Republican Mimi Walters, to return the thousands of dollars in campaign contributions she has received from Meehan.

“Congressman Meehan abused the power he holds as a member of Congress to sexually harass one of his employees, and then abused the taxpayer dollars he is entrusted with to cover it up,” said Min. “Anyone who represents our community in Congress should send a clear message that Meehan’s behavior is wrong, both by calling for him to resign and refusing his money. Mimi Walters has taken $4,000 in contributions from Meehan and must return those funds immediately.”

Dave Takes Majority in Third Straw Poll

MISSION VIEJO, CA – At a candidate forum for CA-45 Democratic Congressional Candidates held Tuesday night, Dave Min won a straw poll of 4 candidates, taking 62.8%% of the vote, more than 34% ahead of the second place finisher. The forum was hosted by the Canyon Democrats club, who estimated that there were more than 400 people in attendance.

“I’m so grateful and honored to have earned the support of so many people from across our community Tuesday night,” said Dave Min. “Our campaign’s approach of emphasizing the issues that matter to local Orange County working families, like climate change, our broken health care system, or the high costs of college, is resonating with the voters of our district. We’re proud of our broad coalition of supporters of all ages, genders, ethnicities, and political leanings.”

“Dave has now dominated all three straw polls taken in this race, winning over 50% each time,” added Dave’s campaign manager, Paige Hutchinson. “At this point, it’s clear that Dave is the consensus choice of the local community. We look forward to continuing our momentum through the primary with Dave’s unifying message and unparalleled ground game.”

The results of this straw poll continue the trend of past straw polls held in May and November, where Min took 51% and 52% of the vote.

 

Dave Min Receives First Labor Endorsement in CA-45 Race

Dave Min Receives First Labor Endorsement in CA-45 Race

IRVINE, CA  –  Teamsters Joint Council 42 announced their endorsement of Democrat Dave Min’s candidacy for the 45th Congressional District. Min is running to unseat two-term Republican incumbent Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Niguel), who has a 98.3% Trump score and was a key vote and supporter for the disastrous GOP tax bill.

Randy Cammack, President of the Joint Council, and Raymond Whitmer, Political Screening Chairman, released the following statement:

“We are proud to support Dave Min’s campaign for Congress. We are impressed by the tremendous job Dave has done advocating for working families over his career and since announcing his candidacy in April. We know that when Dave is elected to Congress, he will be a champion for working families who will fight to strengthen our economy, create good paying jobs, fight for real tax reform that benefits the middle class instead of billionaires and foreign investors, and fix our healthcare system so that it works for everyone.”

The Teamsters are the first labor union to endorse in the race for the 45th. Teamsters Joint Council 42 represents 23 Teamsters Union Locals located in Southern California, Southern Nevada, Guam, Saipan and Hawaii. Nearly 250,000 working Teamsters and retirees are affiliated with the Joint Council.

“I am so honored and grateful to have the support of the Teamsters and their families. Teamsters are the backbone of our economy. They are our freight drivers, sanitation workers, airline mechanics and school bus drivers. I share their values of hard work and their commitment to grassroots organizing and community engagement,” Dave Min said. “I promise that when I am elected to Congress, I will do my best to represent those values and will work tirelessly to restore the foundations of economic opportunity for all Orange County working families.”

Release: Mayor Pro Tem Ross Chun & OC High School Democrats Endorse Dave Min

Release: Mayor Pro Tem Ross Chun & OC High School Democrats Endorse Dave Min

Mayor Pro Tem Ross Chun and OC HS Dems Endorse Dave Min for CA-45

Irvine, CA – Mayor Pro Tem Ross Chun (Aliso Viejo) and the Orange County High School Democrats announced their public support for Democrat Dave Min’s campaign for the 45th District.

“Dave Min is a community leader who has demonstrated a deep concern for the cities, businesses and families he will represent. His dedication to public outreach and tenacity for developing solutions to the challenges his constituents face brings a new enthusiasm and fresh perspective to the 45th District. Dave Min is a nationally recognized expert on financial law, a respected educator, and an active member of the local community. Dave shares his family time with friends, neighbors and the Orange County residents he will represent. I am proud to endorse Dave Min’s candidacy for the 45th Congressional District and look forward to the results of his hard work and dedication.”

Dave Min said he is humbled to have earned the endorsement of Mayor Chun, a well-respected leader in Orange County. “I share Ross’s commitment to strengthening our communities so that all Orange County children and families can prosper. I’m proud to have his support.”

Cathy Sun, Chair of the Orange County High School Democrats made the following statement:

“The Orange County High School Democrats voted unanimously to endorse Dave because we have seen his tireless efforts to engage every person in the community—he takes no constituent for granted. He has taken the time and effort to listen to the issues and concerns of the young people in Orange County, and genuinely values their input. We firmly believe that Dave will be the candidate who can turnout voters—of all ages and backgrounds—in the general election and truly represent the diverse constituency in the 45th district.”

Release: Dave Min’s Statement on Ed Royce’s Retirement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2018

Dave Min (CA-45) Statement on Royce’s Retirement

IRVINE, CA  – Democratic Candidate for Congress Dave Min made the following comments in response to Ed Royce’s (CA-39) announcement to not seek re-election:

“In the aftermath of his vote for a disastrous tax bill which prioritized Republican donors over working California families, Congressman Ed Royce is seeing the writing on the wall. Other California Republicans who have consistently voted against their constituents, including my opponent Rep. Mimi Walters, should pay attention. Orange County voters are going to hold you accountable this November.”

Release: Dave Min’s Statement on Offshore Drilling Announcement

Dave Min (CA-45) Statement on Trump’s Offshore Drilling Announcement

Irvine, CA – Democratic Congressional Candidate Dave Min released the following statement on Donald Trump’s expansion of offshore drilling:

“The evidence of climate change is overwhelming, and only the willfully ignorant could pretend otherwise. Donald Trump and his allies are ripping away the health, wealth, and well being of our kids and grandkids so that his donors in the Fossil Fuel industry can get a payday. The upcoming election this November is shaping up to be the most important one of our lifetimes, and it is imperative that we take back Congress and impose some checks and balances on this Administration. Future generations are depending on us.”