John LaFerla

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John LaFerla
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Maryland, District 1
Bachelor'sRensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Master'sUniversity of Michigan School of Public Health (1988)
M.D.Albany Medical College (1972)
Campaign website
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John LaFerla was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Maryland. He was defeated by Bill Tilghman in the Democratic primary on June 24, 2014.[1]

On April 10, 2013, he filed as a candidate for the 2014 race in the 1st Congressional District of Maryland.[2]

He was a 2012 Democratic write-in candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Maryland. LaFerla lost to Republican incumbent Andrew Harris on November 6, 2012.[3]



  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York
  • 1972: Albany Medical College, MD
  • 1988: University of Michigan School of Public Health, Master’s


Before settling into private practice in obstetrics and gynecology in Maryland LaFerla practiced, taught in medical schools, and worked in an HMO in the Midwest.[5]



See also: Maryland's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

LaFerla filed papers to run as a candidate in the 1st District race.[2]. He was defeated by Bill Tilghman in the Democratic primary on June 24, 2014.[1]


See also: Maryland's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

LaFerla ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Maryland's 1st District. LaFerla lost in the Democratic primary against Wendy Rosen.[6] However, he was being backed by Democrats as a write-in candidate after Rosen withdrew from the race following voter fraud allegations. He faced incumbent Andy Harris, Michael Calpino (I) and Muir Boda (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7]

U.S. House, Maryland District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Harris Incumbent 63.4% 214,204
     Democratic Wendy Rosen 27.5% 92,812
     Libertarian Muir Boda 3.8% 12,857
     Democratic John LaFerla (Write-in) 4.4% 14,858
     Independent Michael Calpino (Write-in) 0% 71
     Independent Douglas Dryden Rae (Write-in) 0% 26
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.9% 2,932
Total Votes 337,760
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"
U.S House, Maryland District 1 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWendy Rosen 43.1% 10,907
John LaFerla 42.8% 10,850
Kim Letke 14.1% 3,564
Total Votes 25,321

Campaign issues

LaFerla highlights the following four issues on his campaign website.[8]

  • Jobs & the Economy- "We need to take both immediate and long-term steps to grow our economy and create good-paying jobs throughout the first Congressional District."[9]
  • Protecting the Bay- "Making the bay healthy again means we need to work with the agricultural community to prevent harmful runoff and take steps to prevent urban sprawl that threatens to create more pollutants that harm the Bay. We need stronger penalties for the worst polluters, make sure that polluters pay to clean up the mess they make and do everything we can to prevent off shore drilling close to the Chesapeake."[10]
  • Preserving Medicare & Social Security- "In Congress, I will oppose efforts to weaken Medicare. Our current Representative voted for the Ryan plan, which would have ended Medicare as we know it and throw seniors to the wolves of the health insurance companies."[11]
  • Education- "We need to encourage innovation in our schools. To do so we need scrap the one size fits all federal mandates of No Child Left Behind."[12]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are LaFerla's reports.[13]


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

LaFerla lost the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, LaFerla's campaign committee raised a total of $202,444 and spent $199,492.[19]


LaFerla is married and has 4 grown children, and a stepson currently in college. He also has 2 grandchildren.[5]

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