Gene Scharer

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Gene Scharer
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Arizona, District 8
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan, 1969
Date of birthFebruary 14, 1947
Place of birthMount Clemens, MI
ReligionUndenominational Christian
Campaign website
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Gene Scharer was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 8th Congressional District of Arizona.


Campaign themes


Scharer's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Economy & Employment
Excerpt: "Let me say that again: If we continue down this path for a few more years, America will be in 1928. This is not a scare tactic or a joke. This is exactly what happened in 1928 and it will happen again. American’s cannot give any more without giving up the engine that drives the economy."
  • Education
Excerpt: "As a 22-year public high school teacher I am very pro-public education. As a youngster I attended an old-fashioned one-room school and I am a firm believer in our traditional system of public education. Public education is one of the pillars of our democracy, the friend of the working class and a great unifying force in our society, but now it's under attack."
  • Environment & Energy
Excerpt: "The simultaneous destruction of the world's great forests and the wanton production of greenhouse gases is causing global warming and climate change, a threat to countless species, including our own. Therefore our goal must be to cut greenhouse gas emissions and move our energy system away from fossil fuels and into energy efficiency and renewable energy."
  • Immigration & Border Security
Excerpt: "In summary, immigration reform can be corrected without being inhuman and while still protecting America. The politicians do not want to fix it because this issue is used as a distraction to trick you into voting based on your emotions rather than facts. In the past, this trickery was less obvious, but now that illegal migration has stopped, the hysterical politicians are exposed as manipulative vote grabbers."
  • Luke Air Force Base
Excerpt: "Luke is vital to our nation’s defense and to our state and local economy. Luke is home to the nation’s largest fighter wing and its only F-16 pilot training base. This fall the Air Force will roll out its 5th generation stealth fighter, the F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter and Luke has been chosen to be its pilot training site. With this new mission, Luke seems assured of being around for years to come."



See also: Arizona's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

Scharer ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 8th District. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. He lost to incumbent Trent Franks (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

U.S. House, Arizona District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTrent Franks Incumbent 63.3% 172,809
     Democratic Gene Scharer 35.1% 95,635
     Libertarian Stephen Dolgos 1.6% 4,347
Total Votes 272,791
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors


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


Scharer and his wife, Victoria, have two children.[5]

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