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Lesli Gooch
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 31
Ph.D.University of Oklahoma
ProfessionPolicy director for Rep. Gary Miller
Campaign website
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Lesli Elaine McCollum Gooch was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 31st Congressional District of California. She is currently the senior policy director to retiring Rep. Gary Miller.[1]


Gooch served as an intern for the Clerk of the United States Supreme Court while in college. She then earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma. She is currently the policy director for retiring Rep. Gary Miller.[2]



See also: California's 31st Congressional District elections, 2014

Gooch ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 31st District. Gooch was defeated in the blanket primary on June 3, 2014.[3]

U.S. House, California District 31 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Chabot 26.6% 14,163
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPete Aguilar 17.4% 9,242
     Republican Lesli Gooch 17% 9,033
     Democratic Eloise Reyes 15.9% 8,461
     Democratic Joe Baca 11.2% 5,954
     Democratic Danny Tillman 8.7% 4,659
     Republican Ryan Downing 3.3% 1,737
Total Votes 53,249
Source: California Secretary of State

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Gooch's reports.

Lesli Gooch (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[4]April 15, 2014$0$200,163$(17,829)$182,334
Pre-Primary[5]May 22, 2014$182,334$72,120$(153,579)$100,874
Running totals

**As of the 2014 Pre-Primary Report, Gooch's committee owed $135,000 in outstanding loans to Lesli Gooch.


Gooch is married to her husband, Gary, who is a retired U.S. Army field artillery officer.[2]

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