- A history-maker in Ventura County
- A passionate, effective advocate for women, veterans, and education
- A “high-stakes, free-spending” race ahead
A history-maker braces for a rematch in 2014
Rep. Julia Brownley ran hard and fast through California’s first “jungle” House primary and defeated former state Sen. Tony Strickland in the general election – along with a deluge of right-wing outside spending – to become the first Democrat to represent Ventura County in 70 years. But Strickland, hoping to capitalize on a non-presidential election year, has already filed papers and started fundraising for a rematch. Given Julia’s margin of victory in 2012 closely matched the president’s take over GOP nominee Mitt Romney, she’ll need to turn out every one of her supporters to hold this seat in 2014.
Making her mark on women’s and veterans’ health
When it comes to protecting women’s health and reproductive choice Julia has already proven her mettle, voting against a draconian bill criminalizing abortions performed after 20 weeks, urging other members to support the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate and leading a hearing on sexual trauma care in the military. True to her word on the campaign trail, Julia voted against the latest Ryan budget, saying “it has all the wrong priorities, hurts middle-class families in Ventura County and turns back the clock on our economic recovery.” She’s opposed drastic GOP cuts to education.
A national GOP hoping to capitalize on Democratic drop-off in 2014
Julia, who calls the gridlock in Washington “disheartening,” is nonetheless determined to make her mark and get results for Ventura County. She’s hired a staff that reflects her diverse district while sponsoring legislation to improve sex education, reform the redistricting process and guarantee veterans’ health care benefits. But the National Republican Congressional Committee has kept up a steady drumbeat of attacks on Julia, and will go all out for Tony “Young Gun” Strickland. The Ventura County Star predicts “another high-stakes, free-spending campaign.” Julia will need the full support of the EMILY’s List community to mobilize her voters in a historically tough midterm election and keep this seat in Democratic hands.
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