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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

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

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

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.”

Release: Working Californians Deserve Real Tax Relief


Dave Min (CA-45): Working Californians Deserve Real Tax Relief

IRVINE, CA  – Democratic Candidate for Congress Dave Min made the following comments in response to the passage of the GOP’s tax reform bill:

“This tax bill is an abomination. It is an attack on working Americans and is punitive towards California families in particular. It is unbelievable that any California representative could vote for it. When elected to Congress next year, my top priority will be to replace this tax bill with comprehensive tax reform that prioritizes the middle class and brings real relief to working Californians.”

“The final version of this bill is evidence of Walters’ inability to be an effective leader and fight for her constituents,” continued Paige Hutchinson, Min’s campaign manager. “Representative Mimi Walters repeatedly told us she was working to bring relief to ‘middle income families’ in in her district but Walters’ constituents are still left paying more so that billionaires and multinational corporations can get a massive tax break.”

Release: Dave Min’s Statement on Net Neutrality Decision

Irvine, CA – Dave Min, candidate for Congress in California’s 45th Congressional district released the following statement in response to the FCC’s decision to end net neutrality:

“Ending Net Neutrality is wrong and will harm economic growth. The Internet is the infrastructure of the 21st century, just as roads and highways were the infrastructure of the 20th century. America didn’t become the greatest economy in the world by charging tolls and hidden fees depending on which cities you visited, and our economic competitiveness will suffer if we allow this to happen to our Internet.

“Unfortunately, too many of our politicians in Washington, DC, including Congresswoman Mimi Walters, are bought and paid for by Big Telecom, which is chomping at the bit to charge us more for how we use the Internet. We need to elect members of Congress who will stand up to the Trump Administration and recognize the importance of a free Internet. When I replace Mimi Walters in Congress in 2019, I promise I will fight to restore net neutrality.”

We must act now to save Net Neutrality and internet freedom.

We must act now to save Net Neutrality and internet freedom.

When I announced my campaign for Congress, I knew I would be fighting for the core values of our country, but I never thought I would have to defend the very freedom of information on the Internet. But here we are.

In two days, the FCC will vote on repealing net neutrality, the set of rules that keep our Internet open, equal, and accessible. The Internet has always been viewed as a public good akin to highways or roads- once you get onto the Internet, you don’t have to worry about unexpected tolls because you decide to visit a certain website or service. But the Trump administration is poised to reclassify and hijack our Internet in just this way, at the behest of the big Telecom companies.

If net neutrality is repealed, ISPs (internet service providers) will be able to prioritize certain traffic over others. You’ll have to pay premiums for the information you get online every day. Websites and products owned by the ISPs could be given preferential treatment. Smaller companies won’t be able to compete with the corporate giants. It’s an abuse of power, and it could very well happen.

The Internet is no longer a novelty. We use it every day of our lives. Companies are built on it, employees perform their jobs through it, students need it to learn and many use it to obtain health insurance. It is the infrastructure of the 21st Century, and it’s now under attack.

Earlier this year, Congressional Republicans, including my opponent Congresswoman Mimi Walters, who has taken nearly $50,000 from the telecommunications industry, voted to erase Internet privacy rules preventing ISPs from selling our data. Now, the Trump administration is poised to go much further and eliminate net neutrality, one of the core consumer protections that has been key to the development of the Internet. Republicans in Congress, acting on behalf of the telecom companies that support them, are more than comfortable if the FCC repeals these rules. The fight will continue in every piece of legislation they have a hand in drafting. It’s why we need to elect members of Congress that will defend the freedom of the Internet well after this decision is made.

We have a lot of work to do in this country. We can’t let the Internet become a place that only prioritizes the interests of big corporations and the wealthy. The FCC needs to keep it free and open.

And if they don’t, then we’ll work to get it back.

Call your member of Congress now and ask them to save net neutrality: 202-224-3121

Release: Democrat Dave Min (CA-45) Statement on Muslim Travel Ban

Release: Democrat Dave Min (CA-45) Statement on Muslim Travel Ban

December 5, 2017

Democrat Dave Min (CA-45) Statement on Muslim Travel Ban

Irvine, CA – Following the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Muslim Travel Ban, Democratic candidate for Congress Dave Min released the following statement:

“As a law professor and son of Korean immigrants, I know that banning people from entering this country simply because our President doesn’t like their religion or national origin is wrong. Whether Trump’s Muslim Ban is ruled constitutional or not, it is fundamentally un-American and contrary to everything that this country stands for. I promise that I will fight to reverse it when I’m elected to Congress. Now more than ever, it is imperative we place a check on Donald Trump, and we can only do that by unseating his closest allies like Congresswoman Mimi Walters, who continually provide a blank check to his actions.”

Release: Democratic Congressional Candidate  Dave Min (CA-45) Clears 51% in Straw Poll

Release: Democratic Congressional Candidate Dave Min (CA-45) Clears 51% in Straw Poll


November 8, 2017

Democratic Congressional Candidate Dave Min (CA-45) Clears 51% in Straw Poll

IRVINE, CA – At a candidate forum for CA-45 Congressional Candidates held last night, Dave Min dominated a straw poll of 5 candidates with 51.9% of the vote, more than 23% ahead of the second place finisher.

The forum was hosted by the College Democrats at UCI and sponsored by NARAL Pro-Choice California, Equality California, Democrats of Greater Irvine, Orange County Young Democrats, National Women’s Political Caucus, DEMOC PAC and the Laguna Woods Democratic Club.

“With so many Democratic victories across the country last night, it’s clear that Congresswoman Mimi Walters is more vulnerable than ever,” Min said. “We have a real opportunity to flip this seat and I’m humbled to have earned the support of so many people from our community last night. My ‘Dad Agenda’ of investing in long-term priorities is resonating with the voters of our district, and they know I’ll fight to advocate their interests. I’ll continue to work hard to get that message out there so we can unseat Mimi Walters and send a message to Donald Trump next November.”

Min’s performance in this straw poll mirrors the results of a previous straw poll taken by the Democratic Women of Orange County following a candidate forum they held in May, in which Min earned 51% of the vote out of 4 candidates, with the second place finisher trailing at 33%.