Alieta Eck

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Alieta Eck
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 12
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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Alieta Eck was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 12th Congressional District of New Jersey.[1] She ran uncontested for the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014.[2] Eck was defeated by Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3]

Eck was also a 2013 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from New Jersey.[4][5] She was defeated by Steve Lonegan in the Republican primary on August 13, 2013.[3]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Eck listed the following themes on her campaign website:

  • Obamacare: "The Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare” is a massive federal intrusion into our health care system, which will limit consumer choice and erode the high quality of care that Americans are accustomed to receiving. Dr. Eck will fight every day to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a more sensible solution that leverages free market solutions to lower costs for everyone, protects choice in health care providers, and fosters innovation."
  • Job Growth & The Middle Class: "Taxes are too high and are climbing higher, and the tax code is growing increasingly complex, to the disadvantage of middle-class Americans and small businesses. The time is now for real tax reform, coupled with a reduction in government spending."
  • Financial Accountability: "Despite many members of Congress claiming to be serious about reducing spending levels, we are yet to see real cuts. We haven’t seen a balanced budget passed by Congress since 2001. Dr. Eck is not beholden to any special interests, and she will fight to reduce spending across the board. She favors passing a Balanced Budget Amendment and putting a permanent end to earmarks."
  • Education: "Washington, DC continues to put pressure on the public school systems, but the quality of education provided by America’s public schools continues to decline. Choice in schools and curriculum is paramount to fostering an innovative and effective education system, and each state needs more leeway in determining what is best for its children. The people closest to the children— parents, teachers, principals and towns— ought to have the greatest input in determining the best for our kids."
  • Overregulation: "As the budget deficits have grown, so too has the overregulation of industries in this country. Excessive regulation curbs the creation of new businesses, and often forces businesses to close or relocate jobs to other countries. Dr. Eck would see through the repeal of many burdensome regulations. She would also seek to end the practice of having unaccountable federal bureaucrats set many of these implementation rules for legislation, and return this duty to the elected officials of Congress."

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—Alieta Eck[7]

Elections

2014

See also: New Jersey's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

Eck ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 12th District. Eck ran uncontested for the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014, but lost to Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) in the general election.[3] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 12 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBonnie Watson Coleman 61% 90,430
     Republican Alieta Eck 36.5% 54,168
     Green Steven Welzer 0.6% 890
     Truth Vision Hope Kenneth Cody 0.4% 567
     Democratic-Republican Allen Cannon 0.3% 450
     Legalize Marijuana Don Dezarn 0.9% 1,330
     Start the Conversation Jack Freudenheim 0.4% 531
Total Votes 148,366
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections

Race background

Eck's opposition to Obamacare was a central tenant of her 2013 Senate run and was also a key issue in the 2014 House race. The district's incumbent heading into the race, Rep. Rush Holt, was one of the most liberal members of congress, and while he voted in favor of Obamacare, he preferred the more expansive single-payer option.[8]

2013

See also: United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013

Eck sought election to the United States Senate seat vacated by Frank Lautenberg, after his death on June 3, 2013. The Republican primary took place on August 13, 2013. Eck was defeated by Steve Lonegan in the primary.[3][4][5]

U.S. Senate, New Jersey Special Republican Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Lonegan 80.1% 103,280
Alieta Eck 19.9% 25,669
Total Votes 128,949
Source: Official Election Results from New Jersey Division of Elections[9]

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Eck's reports.[10]

Alieta Eck (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 14, 2014$0.00$100,105.00$(2,946.52)$97,158.48
Running totals
$100,105$(2,946.52)

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