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 lists 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

Cole ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 2nd District. Cole sought the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014, but lost to Bill Hughes, Jr.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 2 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Hughes, Jr. 81.6% 10,922
Dave Cole 18.4% 2,462
Total Votes 13,384
Source: 99% reporting, Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Campaign strategy

As a software engineer, Cole has 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 will allow him to get an idea of what voters want and to apply changes to his own work based on their suggestions.[6]


Cole discusses his run for Congress.[7]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cole's reports.[8]

Dave Cole (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]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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