David Cruz Thayne

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David Cruz Thayne
Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 26
Date of birthMarch 10, 1971
Place of birthManchester, NH
ProfessionSmall business owner
Campaign website
David Cruz Thayne was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 26th Congressional District of California.


Thayne is a former professional tennis player and small businessman. He formerly served as chief of staff and campaign manager to Utah State Senate Minority Leader Scott Howell, a Democrat. After serving as Howell’s Chief of Staff over the next two legislative sessions, Thayne became campaign manager for Steven B. Wall, a Salt Lake Attorney running as a Democrat in Utah’s 9th State Senate District. He currently operates his own tennis-oriented small business and has also created two documentaries about tennis.[1][2][3]


Campaign themes


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

  • Get our Economy Moving Again
Excerpt: "People are hurting. Nearly one in 10 Americans cannot find work, and that does not include countless others who are underemployed or have stopped looking for a job. Though America’s working class did not precipitate the financial crisis, they have had to bear its most brutal consequences."
  • Fix our Public Education System for Our Kids
Excerpt: "My father taught high school Spanish and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. As a result, I have seen the countless hours of unrecognized work performed by our teachers. Yet, no one would agree that the status quo is acceptable."
  • Preserve our Environment
Excerpt: "A healthy environment means protecting our precious natural resources and creating sustainable urban communities. We cannot afford to think small and succumb to political pettiness because our reliance on oil is a threat both to America’s security and our planet."
  • Stop Washington Corruption and Restore Trust
Excerpt: "Our lawmakers are surrounded and outnumbered by lobbyists in Washington 5-1. This system has led to a corruption of our politics; a series of favors and legislative loopholes. Most likely, we cannot totally erase corruption but we can make it more difficult."
  • Show Some Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "The debt crisis has been decades in the making. Instead of responsible leaders wisely spending taxpayer dollars in the best interest of the country, we had zealous partisans maneuvering dollars for political advantage – whether to fund favored programs or finance tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans."



See also: California's 26th Congressional District elections, 2012

Thayne ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 26th District. He was defeated in the open primary on June 5, 2012.[5][6]

On August 18, 2011, Thayne announced his candidacy for Southern California’s newly drawn 26th Congressional District.[7][8]Two weeks before officially declaring his candidacy, Thayne added political consultant Garry South, named the “Carville of California” by the New York Times, to his campaign team as chief strategist.[9][10]

U.S. House, California District 26 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTony Strickland (R) 44.1% 49,043
Green check mark transparent.pngJulia Brownley (D) 26.9% 29,892
Linda Parks (NPP) 18.3% 20,301
Jess Herrera (D) 6.5% 7,244
David Cruz Thayne (D) 2.5% 2,809
Albert Maxwell Goldberg (D) 1.7% 1,880
Total Votes 111,169


Thayne and his wife, Katie, have four children.[11]

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