was a 2014
candidate seeking election to the
the 2nd Congressional District
He was defeated by
Bill Hughes, Jr.
in the Democratic primary on June 3, 2014.
Cole is a native of southern New Jersey, and he earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Rutgers University.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Cole's academic, professional and political career:
2011-2014: General manager and software engineer for MapBox
2010-2011: Senior Advisor for Technology at the White House
2007-2008: Volunteer organizer for
Barack Obama's 2008 campaign in New Jersey
Cole listed the following themes on his campaign website.
To read about his position on these issues, see Cole's  website.
Economy: A Job for Everyone
Education: Investing in the Future
Protecting Our Environment and Meeting Tomorrow’s Energy Needs
Equality for All
Gun Safety: Common sense for our cities and schools
Affordable Health Care for All
Modernizing Our Government
Protecting Social Security and Medicare
Tech Policy: Promoting privacy, freedom, and innovation
Women and Families: Economic Fairness and Quality Health Care
—Dave Cole, http://coleforcongress.com/issues/
New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014
held an election for the 2nd Congressional District of New Jersey U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Frank LoBiondo (R) defeated Bill Hughes, Jr. (D), Gary Stein (I), Bayode Olabisi (I), Costantino Rozzo ( American Labor Party) and Alexander Spano ( Democratic-Republican). LoBiondo defeated  Mike Assad in the Republican primary on June 3, 2014, while Hughes defeated Dave Cole for the Democratic nomination.
New Jersey's 2nd was considered a battleground district in 2014. Although LoBiondo won re-election in 2012 by a safe 17.4 percent margin of victory, the 2012 presidential race went Democratic, with
Barack Obama winning the district by an 8.1 percent margin of victory.
As a software engineer, Cole outlined his usage of a website called
. The site is normally used by people working on computer coding to collaborate and edit one another's work. When used in the political realm, it allows constituents to comment on and edit a candidate's documents. In an interview with GitHub Wired, Cole expressed his belief that this crowd sourcing would allow him to get an idea of what voters wanted and to apply changes to his own work based on their suggestions.
VIDEO Cole 2014 campaign video discussing his run for U.S. Congress
Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the
Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cole's reports.
Dave Cole (2014) Campaign Finance Reports Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Total Contributions for Reporting Period Expenditures Cash on Hand April Quarterly  April 15, 2014 $0.00 $19,210.70 $(8,101.25) $11,109.45 Running totals $19,210.7 $(8,101.25)
Cole lives in Mantua Township with his wife.
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New Jersey Department of State, "Candidates for House of Representatives," accessed March 31, 2014
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Dave Cole for Congress, "About Dave," accessed April 7, 2014 ( dead link)
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LinkedIn, "Dave Cole," accessed April 7, 2014
Dave Cole for Congress, "Issues," accessed April 4, 2014
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Politico, "2014 New Jersey House Election Results," accessed November 6, 2014
Wired, "Hacker Opens His Congressional Platform for Editing on GitHub," accessed April 10, 2014
YouTube, "Dave Cole Announces Campaign for Congress (NJ-2)," accessed April 15, 2014
Federal Election Commission, "Dave Cole Summary Report," accessed April 16, 2014
Federal Election Commission, "Dave Cole April Quarterly," accessed April 16, 2014