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Shaughnessy Naughton
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 8
Elections and appointments
Next primaryMay 20, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBryn Mawr College, 1999
ProfessionSmall business owner
Campaign website
Shaughnessy Naughton campaign logo
Shaughnessy Naughton was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 8th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.[1]


Naughton graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1999 with a degree in chemistry. She then joined a team at Wyeth Laboratories as a member of the infectious disease research group. Naughton began working for her family's publishing business in 2003 when it began facing some challenges. She currently owns and manages all of the company's operations.[2]


Campaign themes


Naughton's campaign website lists the following issues:[3]

  • Standing Up for the Eighth District
Excerpt: "Middle class families across Bucks and Montgomery Counties deserve a voice at the table that understands our values and priorities. I was born and raised here. I went to school here and, when asked, I stepped in to help my family’s small business when it was in trouble. I believe that the policies being made by Washington-insiders are squeezing the middle class. The Eighth District deserves a Member of Congress who will fight for us."
  • Helping Small Businesses Recover and Create Jobs
Excerpt: "Unfortunately, too many Bucks and Montgomery County employers, including my own small publishing company, were hit hard during the economic downturn. That’s why I stayed on with my family’s small business – to keep our company alive. Today, our publishing company is on sound footing, but even as we are on the road to recovery, too many small businesses are still feeling the squeeze."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I was fortunate enough to have received a great college education. Now I want all kids in Bucks and Montgomery Counties to have the same opportunity to get a good education and go on to higher learning."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "Having spent thousands of hours in a lab researching a new synthesis of a breast cancer drug and new antibiotics to treat “superbugs,” I know how important it is to champion research and innovation in the health care industry. But I also know that no matter how many breakthroughs we have, it won’t matter if the cures are out of reach of middle class families."
  • Protecting Social Security and Medicare
Excerpt: "I know how hard it is for our seniors to make ends meet on a fixed income. I paid (and still pay) my mom’s mortgage so that she is able to stay in her home when Social Security isn’t enough. There are thousands of seniors just like my mom who are struggling to pay the bills on a meager retirement savings. It’s just not right."



See also: Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

Naughton ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania's 8th District. Naughton sought the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Democratic Super PAC House Majority PAC listed incumbent Michael G. Fitzpatrick as one of 10 vulnerable, Republican incumbents in 2014.[4] In May 2013, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched Jumpstart, a program that “provides early financial, communications, operational and strategic support to help top-tier candidates get a head start in these highly-targeted races,” according to the DCCC memo. Kevin Strouse was one of the eight Democratic candidates on the list. He was chosen based on polling figures, which indicated Fitzpatrick's vulnerability to losing re-election in 2014.[5] Due to this vulnerability, Fitzpatrick, along with 11 other House Republicans, qualified for financial assistance under the Patriot Program.[6] The program was run by the National Republican Congressional Committee and helped raise money to protect GOP incumbents who were deemed in danger of being unseated.[7]


Naughton received the support of the Women’s Campaign Fund, the Women Under Forty PAC and the Ironworkers Local Union 401, an AFL-CIO affiliate.[8][9] She received an endorsement from EMILY'S List on November 19, 2013.[10]

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Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Naughton's reports.[11]

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