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Andrei Cherny

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Andrei Cherny
Andrei Cherny.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, Arizona, District 9
Bachelor'sHarvard University
J.D.University of California
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy Reserves
ProfessionPresident, 'Democracy' Journal
Campaign website
Andrei Cherny was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 9th Congressional District of Arizona.


Campaign themes


Cherny's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Build on Healthcare Reform
Excerpt: "Struggling middle class families need relief from ever rising costs and we need a health care system that works for patients. President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was a good start, but there is still more work to do."
  • A Real Record of Protecting Social Security
Excerpt: "Since his days working for President Clinton, Andrei has described Social Security as a “sacred trust between the American people and their government.” And he’s the only candidate in this race who has successfully beaten back right-wing attempts to privatize it."
  • Make Arizona the 'Solar State'
Excerpt: "Andrei will work to make Arizona the ‘Solar State’ – what Silicon Valley is to computers or Motor City was to cars. Congress can do much of this without spending new money, but instead changing its priorities and making a commitment to build a clean energy future."
  • Hold Wall Street Accountable
Excerpt: "The problem isn’t that Washington's not working – it’s that Washington's not working for us. Special interests buy high-powered lobbyists to get their way. They use their campaign contributions to gain special leverage, and get members of Congress to slip in special loopholes."
  • Build a New Economy
Excerpt: "We need more than a return to the status quo of a lost decade and a generation of diminished expectations, when flipping houses and shorting stocks took the place of innovation and effort, two-income couples maxed out their credit cards and took out second mortgages just so their families could tread water, and the nation piled enormous deficits on top of already monster debts with nothing to show for it."



See also: Arizona's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

Cherny ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 9th District. He was defeated by Kyrsten Sinema in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012.[2][3]

U.S. House, Arizona District 9 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKyrsten Sinema 40.8% 15,536
David Schapira 30% 11,419
Andrei Cherny 29.3% 11,146
Total Votes 38,101

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Cherny's reports.[4]

Andrei Cherny (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[5]April 15, 2012$0$433,078.35$(39,418.23)$393,660.12
July Quarterly[6]July 16, 2012$394,160.12$301,894.81$(226,994.54)$469,060.39
Pre-Primary[7]August 16, 2012$469,060.39$126,503.36$(306,475.89)$289,087.86
Running totals



Cherny was endorsed by former president Bill Clinton in his primary battle against David Schapira and Kyrsten Sinema.[8]

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