Gabriela Saucedo Mercer

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Gabriela Saucedo Mercer
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Arizona, District 3
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Associate'sCochise College, 1999
Personal
ReligionChristian
Websites
Campaign website
Gabriela Saucedo Mercer campaign logo

Gabriela Saucedo Mercer is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Arizona. She previously ran for the same seat in 2012.

Biography

Mercer legally emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico in 1986 and became a U.S. citizen in 1991. She previously worked for a defense electronics firm but stopped to raise her three children.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Mercer's campaign website lists the following issues:[2]

  • National Security: "The United States is a sovereign nation. We need to maintain the integrity of our borders while finding reasonable, balanced, and sustainable immigration policies to accommodate those good people from other nations who want to join us. I support LEGAL immigration. People who would like to become citizens of the United States should apply from their home country and follow the proper procedures, which need to be streamlined and improved."
  • Economic Security: "Jobs and economic growth are essential for this generation and beyond. We must support the return to the free-market principles that made our economy the envy of the world and provided prosperity for our families. I support lowering tax rates and reducing regulations so individuals and companies can flourish."
  • Energy Security: "America is rich in natural resources that are abundantly available to us so that we can become energy independent. Developing our abundant domestic oil, natural gas, and coal deposits has become an issue of economic security. We can no longer afford to ship billions of dollars overseas to purchase oil from countries that are not always friends to the U.S.A."
  • Healthcare Security: "The American health care system is excellent but the cost of care and insurance coverage are too high. We need real reforms that increase competition and more customer choice. I support the purchase of insurance across state lines, improving the options for personal health savings accounts, personal tax deductions for the cost of health care premiums, and tort reform to address the hidden cost of defensive medicine. It is these free market solutions that will lead to truly affordable and sustainable care which allows consumers to decide what type of healthcare they want or need."
  • Support Our Troops, Veterans and Diplomats: "I appreciate all military troops, past and present, who risk life and limb for our security. My gratitude also extends to diplomats and all other Americans who work to promote our interests overseas. For everyone in these positions I support all efforts to assure safety and efficiency in their endeavors. I will always support our troops by making sure they have the best equipment and our complete backing while they are fighting to protect freedom. I will fully support our veterans as they transition back to civilian life."

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—Gabriela Saucedo Mercer's campaign website, http://saucedomercer.com/issues/

2012

Mercer's campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • Jobs and the Economic Growth
Excerpt: "This is one of my top priorities. We must return to the free-market principles that made our economy the envy of the world and provided prosperity for our families. I support lowering tax rates and reducing regulations so individuals and companies can once again expand and create new jobs."
  • Energy Security
Excerpt: "Developing our abundant domestic oil, natural gas, and coal deposits has become an issue of economic security. We can no longer afford to ship billions of dollars overseas to purchase oil from countries that are not always friends to the U.S. Exploring and drilling for energy right here in America would immediately put Americans back to work in good paying jobs and lower our trade deficit"
  • Support our Troops and Veterans
Excerpt: "As the mother of a USMC daughter, the brave men and women in the U.S. Military hold a special place in my heart. I will always support our troops by making sure they have the best equipment and our complete backing while they are fighting to protect freedom."
  • Healthcare Reform
Excerpt: We have great health care but the cost of care and insurance coverage are too high. We need real reforms that increase competition and more customer choice. I support the purchase of insurance across state lines, improving the options for personal health savings accounts, personal tax deductions for the cost of health care premiums, and tort reform to address the hidden cost of defensive medicine.""
  • Obamacare
Excerpt: "When elected, I will make it one of my priorities to push for the repeal of Obamacare in the next Congressional session. We do not need Socialized medicine we must end the creation of more bureaucracy and let the free market and consumers decide what type of healthcare they want or need."

Elections

2014

See also: Arizona's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Mercer is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 3rd District. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.[5]

2012

See also: Arizona's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Mercer ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 3rd District. She defeated Jaime Vasquez in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. She was defeated by Raul Grijalva (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

U.S. House, Arizona District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRaul Grijalva Incumbent 58.4% 98,468
     Republican Gabriela Saucedo Mercer 37.1% 62,663
     Libertarian Blanca Guerra 4.5% 7,567
Total Votes 168,698
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors

2014

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

Gabriela Saucedo Mercer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[8]April 9, 2013$10,008.29$175.00$(7,400.29)$2,783.00
July Quarterly[9]July 12, 2013$2,783.00$13,182.00$(11,310.67)$4,654.33
October Quarterly[10]October 11, 2013$4,654.33$3,634.30$(6,223.80)$2,064.83
Year-End[11]January 15, 2014$2,064$5,795$(7,086)$773
April Quarterly[12]April 11, 2014$773$1,951$(2,880)$-155
Running totals
$24,737.3$(34,900.76)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Mercer's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Mercer did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Mercer's campaign committee raised a total of $242,590 and spent $228,934.[13]

Personal

Mercer and her husband, Ted, have three children.[14]

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