Let's Build the Majority 

We flipped the House in 2018 and need to hold it in 2020.

It took a historic Blue Wave of Democratic voters to squeak out close wins in many of the 40 districts that flipped in 2018. Force Multiplier targeted 15 of those races and we helped to win 13 of them. The Republicans need to win back only 18 of those seats to regain the majority. In many districts all that’s needed is a shift of a few thousand votes. The candidates on our Hold the House slate are all in races that are likely to have a high-impact on control of the House and in some cases may impact the Senate and/or the White House.

Our slate will change from time to time as the elections develop and the political landscape evolves.

 

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Meet the Force Multiplier Hold the House Slate 

Lucy McBath

Georgia 06

Elected by 1% in 2018 
Opponent: Karen Handel (R)
Cook/Lean D, Sabato/Lean D

Committees

Education & Labor

Judiciary

 

Lucy McBath, age 59, was born in Illinois. Her father was an official in the NAACP. McBath became a staunch gun-control advocate after losing her 17-year-old son in a shooting. She was the national spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action. ​McBath was a Delta Airlines flight attendant for 30 years. She is a two-time breast cancer survivor and an advocate for covering pre-existing conditions and accessibility for all. McBath has a BA in Political Science and English from Virginia State University. She is married and has one surviving son.

 

McBath will be facing the former incumbent, Karen Handel, who had served a partial term after winning a 2017 special election. Recent polling shows a statistically tied contest.

 

Endorsements

DCCC Frontline

End Citizens United
Congressional Black Caucus PAC

Giffords

Brady Campaign

Planned Parenthood

NARAL

Human Rights Campaign

Sierra Club

United Auto Workers

Georgia AFL-CIO

Cindy Axne

Iowa 03

Elected by 2.1% in 2018

Opponent: David Young (R)
Cook/Toss-Up, Sabato/Lean D

Committees

Agriculture
Financial Services Committees

Axne is a fifth-generation Iowan, a small business owner, a parent and a community activist. Axne performed extremely well in a very competitive Democratic primary, indicating very strong support. 

 

This district is about evenly split between Democratic and Republican registered voters, so turn-out is critical.

 

From 2005 to 2014, Axne worked for the State of Iowa, helping over twenty different state agencies deliver government services more effectively and efficiently for taxpayers. Since then, she has focused on growing the digital design firm she runs with her husband John. Axne graduated from the University of Iowa and earned a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Axne and her husband have two children.

 

Endorsements

DCCC Frontline

Emily’s List

Planned Parenthood

End Citizens United

The Human Rights Campaign

Candace Valenzuela

Texas 24

Challenger Open Seat

Oponent: Beth Van Duyne (R)

Cook/Toss Up, Sabato/Toss Up, Bitecofer/Lean D

Valenzuela clinched the Democratic nomination on July 14th after a run-off. She was born and raised in El Paso, Texas into a family with generations of military service, including both parents.

Valenzuela and her mother escaped a domestic abuse situation and overcame poverty. If elected to Congress, Valenzuela could become the first Black Latina woman elected to Congress in US history. Valenzuela was a first-generation college student, studying education on full scholarship at Claremont McKenna College.

Valenzuela has spent her career in education including working with special needs students. She was elected to the School Board in 2017 defeating an 18-year incumbent. She has focused on greater fiscal transparency, STEM education, vocational training, funding capital improvements and inclusiveness for students of all backgrounds.

Texas's 24th congressional district covers much of the northern suburban area between Fort Worth and Dallas It is a R+9 District but it is changing  with growing diversity and higher levels of education. Her opponent is Beth Van Duyne, former mayor of Irving, who has been endorsed by President Trump.

Endorsements

DCCC Red to Blue

Emily’s List

Giffords

ASPIRE PAC

Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Congressional Black Caucus

Christine Finello

Pennsylvania 01

Challenger

Opponent: Brian Fitzpatrick (R)

Cook/Lean R, Sabato/Lean R, Bitecofer/Lean R

Finello is a fifth generation Pennsylvanian who grew up in a middle-class Irish-Italian family. She has a joint JD/PHD from Villanova/Drexel.

For the past 10 years Finello has worked to improve government systems for care delivery as Deputy Director of the Bucks County Department of Housing and Human Services and working with the Philadelphia Veterans Court, connecting Pennsylvania's veterans with high-quality services. She has served on the board of Alpha Bravo Canine, helping connect veterans with combat-related injuries with well-trained service dogs. Finello serves on the 7-member elected Ivyland Borough Council.

 

Pennsylvania 01st is a pivotal battleground district in a battleground state. Clinton won the district in 2016.In 2018 the weak Democratic challenger only lost by 2.6 points.

 

The Incumbent, Brian Fitzpatrick, a former FBI agent and Special US Attorney, “inherited” the seat in 2016 from his brother who had served four terms. He won in 2018 even though Pennsylvania was redistricted and the new PA-01 was more favorable to Democrats. This is thought to be due to the weakness of the self-funded Democratic nominee that year. This seat is thought to be in reach in 2020.

 

Endorsements

DCCC Red to Blue

Emily’s List

Planned Parenthood

NARAL

End Citizens United

And many others.

Carolyn Bourdeaux

Georgia 07

Challenger

Opponent: Rich McCormick (R)

Cook/Toss-Up, Sabato/Toss-Up, Bitecofer/Lean D

Bourdeaux is a graduate of Yale University, earned a Masters from the University of Southern California, and received a PhD in public administration from Syracuse University. Since 2003, Carolyn has been a professor at the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia State University. From 2007-10, she worked as the State Senate Budget Director.

In 2018, she came within 433 votes of ousting a 4 term Republican incumbent in this district. When the incumbent announced his retirement, the district became one of the top prospects for Democratic pickup in the country. 

        

Georgia's 7th Congressional District covers suburban areas of northeastern Atlanta. Along with Lucy McBath’s 6th District this district is thought to hold the key to potential victories in the two Senate races and possibly the Electoral College. It is a tight race.

Bourdeaux’s opponent is Rich McCormick (R), an  Emergency room physician who has defended the President’s coronavirus response. Endorsed by the Club for Growth – an anti-regulation, corporate special interests’ group that invested heavily in his primary. Aggressively anti-choice. Frequently appears on QAnon and right-wing talk shows.

Endorsements

Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Emily’s List

Brady PAC

End Citizens United

NARAL Pro-Choice America

DCCC Red-to-Blue Program

League of Conservation Voters

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Florida 26

Elected by 1.5%

Opponent: Carlos Giminez (R)

Cook/Toss Up, Sabato/Lean D

 

Committees

Judiciary

Housing

Infrastructure

 

Mucarsel-Powell immigrated to the United States from Ecuador as a young girl with her single mother. She worked to help her family make ends meet and pay her way through college. She dedicated more than twenty years to her work as an executive in non-profit organizations, improving access to healthcare, protecting the environment, and increasing educational opportunities in South Florida. She defeated an incumbent in a tight race in 2018. Debbie stood out in the freshman class of the 116th Congress when she was appointed to the House Judiciary Committee, where she sits on the Immigration & Citizenship Subcommittee and Crime, Terrorism, & Homeland Security Subcommittee. She immediately got to work on the Judiciary Committee fighting for immigration reform and commonsense gun safety.

 

Mucarsel-Powell’s opponent is Miami Mayor Carlos Giminez who is considered one of the Republicans’ strongest challengers in the 2020 cycle. Polling is sparse but is showing that Gimenez is a strong opponent. Mucarsel-Powell needs our help to retain her seat and continue her work.

 

Endorsements

DCCC Frontline

Emily’s List

Planned Parenthood

End Citizen’s United

Brady Campaign

Sierra Club

MoveOn.org and others

Hiral Tipirneni

Arizona 06

Challenger

Opponent: incumbent
David Schweikert (R)

Cook/Toss Up, Sabato/Lean R

 

Dr. Tipirneni immigrated from India at age 3 and was, raised in Ohio. She has an MD from Northeast Ohio Medical University and worked as an emergency room physician in Arizona for many years. Later she worked as an administrator in cancer research.

 

Her district includes mostly the affluent northeastern suburbs of Phoenix including Scottsdale.

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The incumbent, David Schweikert was elected in 2010 in District 5 and then redistricted to District 6 in 2012. He has voted with Trump about 90% or the time. In July 2020 the House voted to reprimand him for numerous ethics violations related to misusing campaign funds and recommended a $50,000 fine.

 

The incumbent’s ethics violations and the strength of Dr. Tipirneni as a candidate put this race within reach. Arizona is a state rated Lean D for Senate and Toss-Up for the Electoral College. The benefits of a strong Congressional campaign in this district may favorably affect up-ticket races.

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Endorsements

DCCC Red to Blue,

Emily’s List,

314 Action

Aspire PAC

End Citizen’s United

Planned Parenthood Action Fund,

Brady Campaign

League of Conservation Voters 

Eugene DePasquale

Pennsylvania 10

Challenger

Opponent: incumbent
Rep. Scott Perry (R)

Cook/Toss Up, Sabato/Lean R

DePasquale, a Pittsburgh native, received his bachelors from the College of Wooster, an MPA from the University of Pittsburgh and a JD from Widener University. DePasquale was a state representative in York County from 2006 through 2012. In 2012 he won a hotly contested statewide race for State Auditor General. He is well known for working to protect the state's water supply from the effects of gas drilling.

His opponent, Scott Perry, is a Freedom Caucus member who didn't face a competitive election until 2018 after redistricting. The new district is more balanced and  supports Auditor DePasquale. 

 

Pennsylvania is one of the most important battleground states and investments here may favorably influence turnout to support the Presidential race.

 

Endorsements

DCCC Red to Blue

League of Conservation Voters

Brady

Naral

NewDem Action Fund

National Education Association

Equality PAC

Abby Finkenauer

Iowa 01

Elected by 5%

Opponent: Ashley Hinson (R)
Cook/Toss Up, Sabato/Toss-Up​

Committees

Small Business

Transportation

Infrastructure

At 29-years-old, Finkenauer was one of the youngest women ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2018, she and Cindy Axne became the first two women elected to represent Iowa in the House.

Elected by a narrow margin, her race is rated a toss-up by both Cook and Sabato. 

Finkenauer, a first-generation college graduate and
second-term Iowa State Representative, advocates for working families, women, and the people of Iowa.  Finkenauer graduated from Drake University. She and her family have lived in Iowa for generations.

 

Endorsements

DCCC Frontline

Emily’s List

Planned Parenthood

End Citizens United

League of Conservation Voters

As promised, Force Multiplier reviews the political landscape and periodically makes changes to our slates of candidates. As ratings and finances change, we shift our focus to races where we believe donations will make the greatest impact. We are committed to ALWAYS MAKING AN INFORMED INVESTMENT.
 
But don't worry, you can still contribute to your favorite alumni candidates through FM! 

Each of FM’s CANDIDATES AFFIRMS for me the notion of public service
as a potentially venerable vocation. 
SUSAN BROOKS

We are SO GRATEFUL  for Force Multiplier’s investment in our campaign.
Their grassroots network of supporters is well informed, highly organized, and a
pleasure to work with. Force Multiplier is a force to be reckoned with! 

WHITNEY HOLT FROM REP. ABIGAIL SPANBERGER'S CAMPAIGN

Force Multiplier is a true example of a small group of committed citizens CHANGING THE WORLD. Their dedication to electing Democrats is unwavering, and their support 
has made a real impact in my campaign. In these unprecedented circumstances, I'm so proud to have the support of Force Multiplier as we work to keep PA-07 blue together.

REP.  SUSAN WILD, (PA-07)

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