Jessica Ehrlich

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Jessica Ehrlich
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Florida, District 13
PartyDemocratic
Education
High schoolShorecrest Preparatory School, Canterbury School Of Florida
Bachelor'sVanderbilt University
J.D.Southern Methodist University Law School
Personal
Place of birthSaint Petersburg, FL
Websites
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Jessica Ehrlich was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 13th Congressional District of Florida.

She announced on April 18, 2013, that she planned to challenge incumbent C.W. Bill Young in 2014.[1] Young died on October 18, 2013, following complications resulting from a chronic injury.[2][3][4]

Ehrlich announced in early November 2013 that she no longer plans to run in the special election for the seat.[5]

She was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 13th Congressional District of Florida. Ehrlich ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. She was defeated by C.W. Bill Young on November 6, 2012.[6]

Biography

Ehrlich was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida.[7]

Education:[8]

  • Southern Methodist University Law School, Dedman School of Law
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Shorecrest Preparatory School
  • Canterbury School Of Florida

Issues

Letter from Beverly Young

Beverly Young, the widow of former Florida congressman Bill Young, sent a message to former governor Charlie Crist telling him not to attend her late husband's funeral service on October 24, 2013.[9]

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Mrs. Young wrote in the message: “This e-mail is to officially advise you that your presence at my husband’s memorial services will be unacceptable. I have watched over the years, as Bill had, your transparent attempts to manipulate the political arena. I don’t want my husband’s memorial service to be another opportunity for that and I will not tolerate anyone turning this into a platform for political gain. Please honor my family’s request.”[9]

Young sent a similar message to Ehrlich as well as to Charlie Justice, both of whom previously ran against her late husband.[9]

Campaign themes

2012

Ehrlich's campaign website listed the following issues:[10]

  • Seniors
Excerpt: "As a Member of Congress, Jessica will always be a fighter for Pinellas County’s seniors and she will staunchly oppose efforts to dismantle or weaken Medicare and Social Security."
  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "Jessica believes the foundation of a strong economy is a strong middle class, and in Congress she will always be an advocate for hardworking families. It’s time we take a fresh approach to building a stronger economy now and for the future. That means supporting our small businesses, revitalizing our manufacturing sector, and ensuring smart, efficient spending of our hard-earned tax dollars."
  • Energy and Environment
Excerpt: "Energy independence and job creation are of vital importance, but they must not come at the expense or the destruction of our most valuable natural resources. As a Member of Congress, Jessica will work to ensure the beautiful beaches of Pinellas County she grew up on remain national treasures for generations to come. To achieve true energy independence, we must invest in clean energy technologies and fight to stop tax breaks for big oil companies."
  • Women and Families
Excerpt: "Jessica will always be a strong advocate for women and families, whether protecting women’s access to basic health care services or working for equal pay for equal work. Jessica has served on the New York board of the United Nations Fund for Women and she is proud to be “On the List” with EMILY’s List."

Elections

2014

See also: Florida's 13th Congressional District special election, 2014

Ehrlich was running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 13th District.[11] She announced in early November 2013 that she no longer planned to run in the special election for the seat.[12]

In April 2014, Ehrlich announced she would not run for the seat in the regularly scheduled election.[13] '

2012

See also: Florida's 13th Congressional District elections, 2012

Ehrlich ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 13th District. She won the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[14] Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the signature filing deadline of June 8, 2012. The primary elections were held on August 14, 2012. Ehrlich ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. She was defeated by C.W. Bill Young on November 6, 2012.[15]

U.S. House, Florida District 13 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngC.W. Bill Young Incumbent 57.6% 189,605
     Democratic Jessica Ehrlich 42.4% 139,742
Total Votes 329,347
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

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 Ehrlich's reports.[16]

Jessica Ehrlich (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2013$8,496.71$0.00$(38.00)$8,458.71
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2013$8,458.71$153,737.41$(31,323.80)$130,872.32
October Quarterly[19]October 16, 2013$122,971.21$115,591.20$(78,038.99)$160,523.42
Running totals
$269,328.61$(109,400.79)

2012

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

Ehrlich lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Ehrlich's campaign committee raised a total of $517,094 and spent $516,873.[20]

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References

  1. Tampa Bay Times, "Attorney Jessica Ehrlich to Challenge Rep. C.W. Bill Young" accessed April 19, 2013
  2. CNN.com, "Rep. Bill Young, longest-serving GOP member in House, dies at age 82," accessed October 18, 2013
  3. Politico, "Bill Young, longest-serving House Republican, dies," accessed October 18, 2013
  4. Tampa Bay Times, "U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young's death leaves political void," accessed October 21, 2013
  5. Tampa Bay Times, "In Pinellas, Alex Sink chooses a house and gets a clearer path to Democratic congressional nomination," accessed November 7, 2013
  6. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  7. Ehrlich for Congress, "About" accessed June 28, 2012
  8. Jessica Ehrlich for Congress Facebook Page, "Info" accessed June 28, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Politico, "Bill Young’s wife warns Charlie Crist: Stay away," accessed October 22, 2013
  10. Campaign website, Issues
  11. Tampa Bay Times, "Attorney Jessica Ehrlich to Challenge Rep. C.W. Bill Young" accessed April 19, 2013
  12. Tampa Bay Times, "In Pinellas, Alex Sink chooses a house and gets a clearer path to Democratic congressional nomination," accessed November 7, 2013
  13. CL Tampa, "Jessica Ehrlich will NOT run for the CD13 seat this fall," accessed April 29, 2014
  14. The Hill, "Democrat Jessica Ehrlich to challenge Rep. Young" accessed February 29, 2012
  15. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Jessica Ehrlich 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 4, 2013
  17. Federal Election commission "April Quarterly" accessed July 29, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 29, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 4, 2013
  20. OpenSecrets, "2012 Election" accessed March 18, 2013