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East County News Service

January 28, 2018 (San Diego) -- The California Democratic Party's Region 18 this week endorsed Ammar Campa-Najjar for Congress in the 50th district at its pre-endorsement conference, which included delegates from East County and San Diego. 

Campa-Najjar received 97% of the delegate vote in a four-way contest with candidate Josh Butner and potential candidates Patrick Malloy and Larry Tract. Since Campa-Najjar exceeded the threshold of 70% of the vote, the party's state convention is expected to ratify the region's recommendation on February 25th, which would give a major boost to Campa-Najjar in his effort to win the June primary and square off against incumbent Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter in November.

"I am humbled to have earned this endorsement by such a wide margin," said Campa-Najjar, who has raised over half a million dollars to date for his campaign.  He adds that during his campaign, he has been meeting people across the district at farms and rodeos, bars and diners, churches, mosques, synagogues, college campuses and senior centers, VFW halls and memorials, libraries, city halls, rallies, backyards, living rooms and dining rooms.

"Now is the time to lead - carrying the hopes, dreams, and fears of CA50 with me every step of the way,” he says, adding that he hopes to win to help return a Democratic majority to Congress. 

Campa-Najjar's strategy is to follow the Democratic Party's Alabama playbook by changing the electorate in his favor. “The Campa Campaign will inspire and deliver increased turnout among minorities, younger voters, progressives, independents and women,” his campaign indicates in a press release. Campa-Najjar is of Hispanic and Middle Eastern heritage; CA50 residents are 35% Latino, 15% Middle Eastern descent, and the district's four college campuses serve 74,000 students.

Campa-Najjar has garnered many prominent Democratic endorsements and significant labor support including:

Justice Democrats

Escondido Democratic Club

Fallbrook Democratic Club

Democrats of Southwest Riverside County

Democratic Women’s Club of San Diego

San Diego Democrats for Environmental Action

San Diego Progressive Democratic Club

San Diego Democrats for Equality

California College Democrats

San Diego Young Democrats

Communication Workers of America Local 9509

Plumbers Steamfitters HVACR Local 230

Indivisible CA50

Escondido Councilmember Olga Diaz

La Mesa Councilmember Colin Parent

Lemon Grove Councilmember Jennifer Mendoza

San Diego Councilmember David Alvarez

Carlsbad Councilmember Cori Schumacher

Former San Diego County Democratic Chair Jess Durfee

Imperial Beach Mayor Pro Tempore Mark West

A former Obama administration Labor Department official, he has also served with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. His platform includes job creation and economic growth, Medicare for All, a clean DREAM Act, investing in renewable energy and overturning Citizens United.

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