Nate Shinagawa

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Nate Shinagawa
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U.S. House, New York, District 23
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Nate Shinagawa was a 2012 Democratic and Working Families Party candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 23rd Congressional District of New York. He lost in the general election.[1]


Shinagawa is a county legislator.[2]



See also: New York's 23rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Shinagawa ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 23rd District. He sought the nomination on the Democratic and Working Families tickets[3] and defeated attorneys Leslie Danks Burke and Melissa Dobson in the June 26 Democratic primary. He took on Republican incumbent Tom Reed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4] Reed won.[1]

The national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee took an interest in the race, citing the three challengers as evidence of opposition to the Republican incumbent.[2]

Local Democratic officials and organizations split their endorsements mainly between Burke and Shinagawa.[5]

All three Democratic challengers supported Obamacare and opposed hydrofracking. In regards to the economy, Burke and Shinagawa wanted to tax corporations more heavily.[2]

U.S. House, New York District 23 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Reed Incumbent 49.2% 137,669
     Democratic Nate Shinagawa 45.6% 127,535
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 5.2% 14,592
Total Votes 279,796
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"
U.S. House, New York District 23 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNate Shinagawa 55.5% 5,697
Leslie Burke 37.4% 3,841
Melissa Dobson 7.1% 727
Total Votes 10,265

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

Shinagawa lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Shinagawa's campaign committee raised a total of $829,456 and spent $828,811.[6]

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