Gwen Graham

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Gwen Graham
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General electionNovember 4, 2014
Candidate for
U.S. House, Florida, District 2
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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Campaign website
Gwen Graham is a Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 2014 elections. She is running in the 2nd Congressional District of Florida.[1]

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) launched a new program in May 2013, dubbed the Jumpstart program, aimed at cultivating strong candidates in targeted districts for the 2014 elections. Graham was included on the list of eight Democratic challengers included in the program.[2]

Graham is the daughter of former Florida Gov. Bob Graham.[2]

Issues

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Graham urged Steve Southerland II to donate his congressional salary to charity until a budget is passed to keep the government open.[3]

“I think that would be the right statement to make, when literally hundreds of thousands of Americans aren’t being paid,” said Graham. “Southerland talks about special benefits not being available for members of Congress, and it is special to be able to behave like children and still keep their jobs.”[3]

Graham described the shutdown as a “human disaster,” citing it as a budgetary issue and not an issue with the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare.[3]

“People are fed up with Congress acting like children,” she said. “We need to fund the government and get the doors back open, get the parks back open and get the people back to work.”[3]

Elections

2014

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See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 2014

Graham is running for election to the U.S. House, representing the 2nd Congressional District of Florida. Graham is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.[1]

Graham is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program, which is designed to provide early support to top-tier Democratic challengers.[4]

The Jumpstart program sets out to “provide early financial, communications, operational and strategic support to help top-tier candidates get a head start in these highly-targeted races,” according to a memo sent to donors and supporters.[2] Eight Democrats have been included on a list for the program so far, including Graham.[2]

In the second quarter of reporting campaign finance contributions in 2013, the most financially competitive race was in District 2, where Graham drew $377,448 between April and June 2013, the best for any Florida congressional challenger.[5]

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Graham's reports.[6]

Gwen Graham (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[7]July 15, 2013$0.00$377,448.96$(73,492.79)$303,956.17
October Quarterly[8]October 15, 2013$303,956.17$453,159.84$(91,128.09)$665,987.92
Year End[9]January 31, 2014$665,987$474,779$(91,262)$1,049,504
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2014$1,049,504$485,258$(120,480)$1,414,282
Running totals
$1,790,645.8$(376,362.88)

Personal

Graham is the daughter of former Florida Gov. Bob Graham.[2]

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