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David Larsen
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Candidate for
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 7
PartyRepublican
Education
Bachelor'sCollege of Staten Island
Personal
ProfessionSmall-business owner
Websites
Campaign website
David Larsen was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of New Jersey.[1] He was defeated by Leonard Lance in the Republican primary on June 3, 2014.

Larsen was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of New Jersey. He lost in the primary.[2]

Biography

Larsen runs his family's home construction business.[3]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Larsen lists the following themes on his campaign website. See his website for Larsen's position on other issues.

  • Pro-Life: "Protect the sanctity of innocent human life from conception to natural death."
  • Firearms: "Protect the Second Amendment right to bear arms and defend our families and property. Promote our strong sporting heritage."
  • Government: "The size and scope of the federal government ought to be reduced to those powers and responsibilities specifically enumerated in the Constitution and the federal budget reduced accordingly."
  • National Security: "President Reagan correctly pointed out that no nation was ever attacked because it was too strong. One of the prime responsibilities of our government is to defend our nation. At the same time, we must not sacrifice our Constitutional rights in the pursuit of greater security. David Larsen will work to make sure we maintain our military supremacy. We must also remember and take care of those that fought and sacrificed on our behalf. We must stand with those nations that stand with us and are aligned with our beliefs. We must not cede any aspect of our sovereignty to an outside entity."
  • Cut Spending: "Over the years, numerous studies have been commissioned on how to cut wasteful spending and balance our budget. Time after time, little or nothing is done after these commissions post their reports indicating ways to save billions of dollars. The first place David Larsen will work to end wasteful government spending will be by pushing these cuts Congress already knows about. He will vigilantly oppose wasteful spending by both parties and work towards the enactment of a balanced budget amendment where taxes cannot be raised without the approval of a super majority in both chambers of Congress."

[4]

—David Larsen, [5]

2012

According to his website, Larsen's campaign platform included the following issues[6]:

  • Pro-life policies
  • Constitutionally limited government
  • Reduced regulations

Elections

2014

See also: New Jersey's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

Larsen ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 7th District. Larsen sought the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014, but lost to incumbent Leonard Lance.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 7 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLeonard Lance Incumbent 54.4% 15,900
David Larsen 45.6% 13,308
Total Votes 29,208
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections - Official Election Results

2012

See also: New Jersey's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Larsen ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 7th District. He lost to incumbent Leonard Lance in the June 5 Republican primary.[2]

In a rematch of the 2010 primary, Larsen challenged incumbent Lance. In 2010, Larsen received 31 percent of the vote, and Lance received 55 percent.[7][8]

Larsen considered his chances better this time, with the redrawn 7th District including a large number of conservative voters.[9][7] There was also less primary competition in 2012, with just Lance and Larsen running for the Republican nomination.[9][10]

New Jersey's 7th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLeonard Lance Incumbent 60.6% 23,432
David Larsen 39.4% 15,253
Total Votes 38,685

Issues

Larsen ran as a more conservative candidate than Lance, saying Lance was one of the politicians who "call themselves conservatives, but support the Obama agenda." In response, Lance highlighted his conservative votes, including those against Obamacare.[7]

Endorsements

Lance was endorsed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.[7]

Larsen was endorsed by the American Conservative Union and the Republican National Coalition for Life.[7]

Campaign funding

Lance vastly outraised Larsen, with over $651,228 raised compared to Larsen's $15,387.[7]

2010

Larsen faced incumbent Leonard Lance in the Republican primary in 2010 and lost.[7]

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 Larsen's reports.[11]

David Larsen (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[12]April 15, 2014$0.00$14,999.90$(14,999.90)$0.00
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2014$0.00$15,010.59$(15,010.59)$0.00
Running totals
$30,010.49$(30,010.49)

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