Dave Cole

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Dave Cole
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Candidate for
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 2
Bachelor'sRutgers University
Campaign website
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Dave Cole was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of New Jersey.[1] 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.[2][3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Cole's academic, professional and political career:[2][3]

  • 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


Campaign themes


Cole listed the following themes on his campaign website.[4] 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/



See also: New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

The 2nd Congressional District of New Jersey held an election for the 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).[6] 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.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 2 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Hughes, Jr. 81.8% 11,455
Dave Cole 18.2% 2,554
Total Votes 14,009
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections - Official Election Results

Campaign strategy

As a software engineer, Cole outlined his usage of a website called GitHub. 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 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.[7]


Cole 2014 campaign video discussing his run for U.S. Congress[8]

Campaign donors


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.[9]

Dave Cole (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2014$0.00$19,210.70$(8,101.25)$11,109.45
Running totals


Cole lives in Mantua Township with his wife.[2]

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