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Nominees

AZ-3: Herb Paine

http://www.paineforcongress.org

Herb Paine served in the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant in Military Intelligence. The former Executive Director of United Way of California, Paine previously taught college-level and graduate-level courses in social work, led several social welfare organizations, and currently runs his own consulting firm. He obtained his B.A. from Boston University, his M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and attended Harvard's Graduate School of Business Executive Management Program in the early 1980's.

CA-2: A.J. Sekhon

http://www.sekhon4uscongress.com/

A.J. Sekhon is a Colonel in the United States Army Reserve and has been proudly serving his country for over 22 years. His military education is extensive and he is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom. In civilian life, he is a medical doctor, board certified internist and pulmonologist. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and American College of chest physicians.

CA-3: Bill Durston

http://www.durstonforcongress.org

Bill Durston, Vietnam veteran and United States Marine, is running for Congress in California’s Third Congressional District. He has led a lifetime of service in the aid others, notably founding the UC Davis/Kaiser Emergency Medicine Residency in 1989. Bill currently serves as Chairperson for the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and has worked with legislators to craft bills related to injury prevention. In 2002, he received the Cal/ACEP Injury Prevention award in service to the people of California. He also served in Vietnam with the Marines 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company, and received the Navy Commendation medal for bravery in combat.

CA-4: Charles Brown

http://www.charliebrownforcongress.org

With a father who was a decorated World War II vet., and having received a congressional appointment to the Air Force Academy, Charles "Charlie" Brown has been involved in every military conflict from Vietnam to Desert Storm. He has served in a vast number of positions while in the military including as a rescue helicopter pilot, a flight instructor, a budget officer, and more. He is now ready to bring his diversity of military experience to the United States Congress, representing the people of California.

CA-46: Jim Brandt

http://www.friends4brandt.com

Jim Brandt served as a Navy-trained combat pilot and intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. The well rounded founder and CEO of Pyramid Software, a software development and distribution company, is also a proud father of three, raising all of his children as a single parent. Jim learned early the value of hard work, perseverance, and teamwork as an all-conference football player in college. With and extensive naval career, a bachelors degree in political science and economics, and a masters degree in public administration, Jim is ready to represent the people of California in the United States Congress.

CA-52: John Rinaldi

http://www.rinaldiforcongress.org/

John Rinaldi is a Minister and Veteran running for Congress in California. A former police officer and high school teacher, Rinaldi served as a commissioned officer in the United States Naval Reserve in Desert Storm. After completing his Masters in Divinity, Rinaldi served his church as full time minister for five years and then as an associate minister while pursing business interests. Rinaldi received his BA from Mount Saint Mary's University in Maryland.

CO-5: Jay Fawcett

http://www.fawcett4congress.com

Lt Colonel Jay Fawcett is a veteran of the Gulf War, an Air Force Academy graduate, and a former Air Force Academy professor who now writes defense policy. He has been endorsed by Wes Clark, Max Cleland, John Kerry and a number of others. After serving his country in combat and during the Cold War, Lt Colonel Fawcett retired from the Air Force in 1998 and went to work as a defense contractor. Fawcett received an MBA from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University.

CO-6: Bill Winter

http://www.winterforcongress.com

Bill Winter is running for Congress in Colorado’s Sixth Congressional District against the insufferable Tom Tancredo. After graduating high school, Bill joined the United States Marine Corps, but that wasn’t enough … Before completing college, he decided to take on another adventure and joined the Navy to work on F-14 fighter jets in San Diego. After completing his service and undergraduate degree almost simultaneously, Bill journeyed to Washington, D.C. and received a law degree from Catholic University. After a few years of practice in the South and East Coast, Bill returned to his home of Colorado to begin his own practice and coach high school football.

DE-AL: Dennis Spivack

http://www.spivackforcongress.org/

Between his BA and JD degrees, Dennis Spivack completed two volunteer tours of duty as a communications/intelligence officer in South East Asia. Back in the states, Spivack served as a Deputy Attorney General for Delaware. He is currently a senior member of a Wilmington law firm. Spivack received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

FL-1: Joe Roberts

http://www.joeroberts.us/

Joe Roberts served his country as a Marine in Vietnam. After Vietnam, he served as a member of the Army and Air National Guard, and participated in military operations in Central and South America as well as Bosnia and Eastern Europe. In 2005, Roberts retired from the Air Force Reserve, after serving on active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He also worked as a carpenter and was trained in the field of Aerospace Maintenance.

FL-6: Dave Bruderly

http://www.bruderly.com

Dave, a retired U. S. Naval Reserve Officer who served during the Vietnam-era, is looking to continue his service to country in Florida’s Sixth Congressional District. For 32 years, Dave has been an environmental engineering consultant and currently sits on the board of several non-profit organizations, including: Florida Hydrogen Business Council, Florida Defenders of the Environment and the Cross Creek Initiative.

FL-7: Jack Changon

http://www.johnchagnon2006.com/

With an undergraduate degree in government, and a Master's degree in secondary education, former United States Marine Jack Changnon is ready to serve the people of Florida in Washington. Changnon's commitment to public service is evident - he has worked with Habitat for Humanity, served as president of Informed Citizens of Palm Coast, and taught in inner-city schools.

FL-15: Dr. Bob Bowman

http://bowman2006.com

Dr. Robert M. Bowman is President of the Institute for Space and Security Studies, and Executive Vice President of Millennium III Corporation. The recipient of the Eisenhower Medal, the George F. Kennan Peace Prize, the President's Medal of Veterans for Peace, the Republic Aviation Airpower Award, The Society of American Military Engineers' Gold Medal (twice), the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters, and numerous other awards, Col. Bowman flew 101 combat missions in Vietnam. He is also active in national and international professional societies having received a PhD in Aeronautics and Nuclear Engineering from Caltech. Dr. Bowman has lectured at the National War College, the United Nations, Congressional Caucuses, the Academies of Science of six nations, and the House of Lords.

GA-1: Jim Nelson

http://www.electjimnelson.com

Jim Nelson lives in Savannah with his wife, Marty. They married 33 years ago in Augusta, GA while Nelson served as an Airborne Infantry Officer during the Vietnam War. Additionally, Jim spent more than a decade in the Army Reserve and National Guard. He holds four higher education degrees, including Political Science, History, and a Master & Doctorate of Divinity. Before entering ministry, he worked in the corporate world for such companies as: IBM, Lockheed, GE, and Apollo Computers. Jim was also a small business owner, starting Signatures Unlimited Fundraising Consultants.

IL-6: Tammy Duckworth

http://www.duckworthforcongress.com

From the moment she announced, Tammy Duckworth's campaign has shined favorably underneath the bright lights of the national media. While serving her country in Iraq, Tammy lost both of her legs when her helicopter was shot down in Iraq. After coming home and recuperating at Walter Reed hospital, she decided to run for for Congress. More than 30 volunteers rehabbed her home to be completely wheelchair-accessible, and when she finally arrived, the race was on. The Sixth Congressional District of Illinois boasts an open seat after the retirement of Henry Hyde. Hyde's annointed Republican successor, Peter Roskam, is best known as an ex-Tom DeLay staffer who has benefited from the fundraising tentacles of his former boss.

IL-14: John Laesch

http://www.john06.com

John Laesch was born into a missionary family in West Africa. In 1986, the Laesch family returned to the United States and settled on a small farm in Newark, Illinois. John joined the United States Navy and served our country as an intelligence analyst. Laesch was stationed in the Middle East for most of his military career where he was responsible for monitoring terrorist activity and analyzing foreign political and military structures. After his service, Laesch graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in History, and minors in Political Science and Communications. At the onset of the Iraq War, John got involved in politics; taking on higher leadership roles in each campaign. After his younger brother, Sgt. Pete Laesch, received orders for Iraq, John challenged the Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert and became the first “Fighting Dem” to get on the ballot for the 2006 election.

IL-16: Dick Auman

http://www.www.aumanforcongress.com

Dick Auman is running for Congress in the 16th District of Illinois challenging seven-term Republican incumbent Don Manzullo. Dick grew up in northwestern Illinois. Dick enlisted in the Marine Corps three weeks after graduating from Galena High School in June of 1957. He was assigned to HMR 161 helicopter squadron at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii as a helicopter mechanic and logbook yeoman and was honorably discharged in May of 1960 as an E-4 Corporal. Dick holds bachelors and masters degrees in education and a masters degree in English. Dick spent most of his professional career as a teacher and counselor. Dick served as the mayor of Galena, Illinois for eight years from 1997 to 2005. His tenure marked an exceptionally busy period of public works projects totally over $35 million dollars funded partially by $5,225,000 in federal and state grants. Dick has been married to Mary Racey Auman since 1966. Mary and Dick have two adult children, Elizabeth and Christopher, both living and working in Chicago.

IL-17: Phil Hare

http://www.friendsofphilhare.com/

Phil Hare joined the United States Army Reserve where he served his country for six years. Simultaneously, he went to work at a clothing factory, where Hare served as President of his union. Hare became Congressman Evans' District Director when Evans was elected, serving in the position for 24 years. After Evans retired, Hare decided to run for Evans' seat when he announced he was retiring.

IN-3: Tom Hayhurst

http://www.tomhayhurstforcongress.com/

Tom Hayhurst's life is grounded in hard work, hope, and hometown values - all things that make Northeast Indiana strong. His life is a testament to his beliefs. As a doctor, an air force veteran, and city councilman, he has dedicated his life to helping others.

KY-2: Mike Weaver

http://www.weaver2006.org

Mike Weaver’s lifetime of service began at age seventeen when he joined the U.S. Navy, serving on a Destroyer Escort as an electronics technician for three and a half years. After attending college, Mike enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent to Korea for an unaccompanied tour with the First Calvary Division. After becoming a commissioned officer and just three days after the birth of his third daughter, Mike was assigned as a Calvary Troop Commander with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam. After retiring from the Army, he was elected to serve as a State Representative in Kentucky’s 26th District, where he served until 2004.

KY-4: Ken Lucas

http://www.weneedkenlucas.com/

Ken Lucas was raised on a tobacco and dairy farm in Grant County, Kentucky. He has devoted much of his life to public service in northern Kentucky. After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1955, he served as a pilot in the United States Air Force and in the Air National Guard. Lucas served his community as a member of the Florence City Council, as Boone County Commissioner, as Boone County judge-executive, and in the United States House of Representatives.

KY-5: Kenneth Stepp

http://www.steppforcongress.blogspot.com/

Kenneth Stepp is a veteran of the US Navy, and served during the Vietnam War. He currently works as an attorney, as has been admitted to the bar in several states. Stepp is a graduate of Clemson University and the University of Georgia Law School. He also holds a Masters from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.

MD-6: Andrew Duck

http://www.duckforcongress.org/

Serving over 20 years in the United States Army, which includes 3 tours in Bosnia and 1 tour in Iraq in 2003, Andrew Duck aspires to be the next congressman representing Maryland's 6th district. Beginning his military career as a private first class, Duck worked his way up through the ranks, becoming a commissioned officer focusing on military intelligence. After concluding his military career, he now works as an intelligence advisor for Northrop Grumman, is a member of Citizens for Responsible Growth in New Market, Maryland, and was a co-founder of Frederick For Kerry in 2004.

MI-8: Jim Marcinkowski

http://www.marcinkowskiforcongress.com

After completing a clerical position with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1974, Jim enlisted in the United States Navy where as an Operations Specialist he became an expert in anti-submarine warfare, was an air controller, and collected shipboard intelligence on the Soviet Navy during the Cold War. Joining the Central Intelligence Agency upon graduation from law school, he completed the Career Trainee Program and the Operations Course to become a case officer in the Agency’s Directorate of Operations. It was in the CIA where Jim first met Valerie Plame, a classmate whose identity as an undercover CIA officer would later be exposed by the Bush White House. With strong middle-class family roots in the automobile industry, Jim has seen firsthand the issues that matter most to working people and is also a member of Teamsters Local 214.

MN-1: Tim Walz

http://www.timwalz.org

At the age of seventeen, Tim enlisted in the Army National Guard retiring in 2005 after twenty-four years of service that included overseas duty with his battalion in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In addition to military service, Tim taught overseas in China for Harvard University and developed a program of cooperation between American and Chinese students through a scholarship funding American students to travel and study in China – a program that continues to this day. Walz also established a small business called Educational Travel Adventures, Inc.

MO-2: George Weber

http://www.georgedweber.com/

George Weber served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. After returning home, he became a farmer, a real estate broker, and state Corrections officer. Weber has been extremely active in his community, serving as a state representative, president of his local Chamber of Commerce, a volunteer and Board Member of the St. Louis Red Cross, and president of his local Lions Club. A licensed pilot, Weber is a longtime member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, as well as a lifetime Knights of Columbus member. Weber attended the University of Missouri in Columbia - known as Mizzou.

MO-7: Jack Truman

http://trumanforcongress.tripod.com/

Jack Truman served in the US Army, taught at a Texas A&M system school, and had several bit parts in movies. A former filmmaker, Truman is a small business owner. He attended Missouri Southern State College.

MO-9: Duane Burghard

http://burghardforcongress.com

As a commissioned United States Naval Officer, Duane served onboard the USS-KIDD and at the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, Rhode Island. While on Active Duty, Duane began writing software for Macintosh computers and founded Mardun Software in 1989. Duane also created Tranquility.Net in 1996, one of Central Missouri’s most popular Internet Service Providers. He is a member of the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans' Commanders Club.

NC-3: Craig Weber

http://weberinthehouse.com/

Craig Weber served in the United States Marine Corps, where he received Military Meteorology Training. After serving in the Marines, he received his bachelor's degree from East Carolina University. Weber then spent four years as a radio meteorologist. At one point wheelchair-bound, he sent in a resume to a TV station when he regained use of his legs. Weber became a top television meteorologist, eventually becoming one of the original personalities on "The Weather Channel."

NJ-3: Rich Sexton

http://richsextonforcongress.com

At the age of eighteen, Rich left home for the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland where he was commissioned an Ensign. He was subsequently stationed on the U.S.S. Enterprise for over four years, including three overseas tours in the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, and the Northern Arabian Sea. During his time on the Enterprise, he was awarded the Pacific Fleet Shiphandler of the Year Award. After completing his active duty service in the Navy, Rich joined the Drug Enforcement Agency of the Delaware State Attorney General’s office while attending Rutgers Law School at night. He currently serves as a volunteer in the local community, working with environmental groups, providing aid to the homeless, and coaching youth sports.

NY-23: Bob Johnson

http://www.johnsonforcongress.org

Robert (Bob) J. Johnson served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Medical Corp from 1989-1991 for the U.S. Army Reserve. As a father of two and a proud husband for 27 years, Bob understands the meaning of the words commitment, devotion, and integrity. In his overall 28 year career as a physician, extending from as close as Watertown, NY to as far away as London, England, Bob has been a longtime advocate for patient’s rights and quality healthcare.

NY-26: Jack Davis

http://www.jackdavis.org/

Jack Davis served as a deck officer in the Coast Guard and also spent time in the Marine Corp Reserves. Trained as an engineer, he left the military to found a furnace part manufacturing business which he still owns and manages over forty years later. Davis graduated from the University of Buffalo.

NY-29: Eric Massa

http://www.massaforcongress.com

Commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy, Eric spent a total of twenty-four years on active duty and was on station in the Middle East during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and throughout the opening of Desert Storm. Eric also served as a Special Assistant to General Wesley Clark in Panama and when he became the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO. His career ended when he was diagnosed with terminal non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma … but he beat the cancer. After returning to New York, Eric took a job and was laid off from the Photonics division of Corning, Inc. His next stop was to take a position as a Professional Staff Member to the House Armed Services Committee for the United States Congress. He left that job after sharp disagreement with the House over the invasion of Iraq and went on to join Wesley Clark’s presidential campaign.

OH-4: Richard Siferd

http://www.siferdforcongress.com

After earning two varsity letters on the The Ohio State University hockey team, Richard enlisted in the United States Army two days after his twenty-first birthday. After rotating out of Vietnam in 1968 he returned home, attending Drill Sergeant Academy and subsequently trained soldiers in preparation for combat before receiving an honorable discharge as a Staff Sergeant. Richard currently practices law and is a small business owner of the firm at Siferd & McCluskey.

OH-7: William Conner

http://www.connerforus.com/

William Conner served in the US Air Force and retired as a Major. Trained as an engineer, after the Air Force, he worked for several defense contractors, primarily doing software development. Conner is a graduate of Purdue University.

OK-4: Hal Spake

http://www.halspake.com/

Hal Spake is a veteran of the Air Force. Spake attended Central State University under the GI Bill, and he continued to serve in the National Guard. A 22-year veteran of the State Department, Spake has lived all over the world on assignment as a foreign service officer.

PA-7: Joe Sestak

http://www.sestakforcongress.com

In January, Navy Vice Admiral Joe Sestak retired after 31 years of service to run for Congress in Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District against Republican incumbent Curt Weldon. Sestak's impressive resume includes service as the Director of the Navy Quadrennial Defense Review, Director of Defense Policy on the National Security Council staff at the Whie House, and has a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard. Sestak's campaign for Congress burst on to the national scene on successive days in early April. First Sestak announced that his campaign had raised an impressive $420,000 in the first sixty days after kicking off the effort. The next day, his opponent Curt Weldon "tried to score political points on a residency issue" suggesting "to a Washington newspaper that Sestak should have sent his daughter [being treated for a malignant brain tumor] to a hospital in Pennsylvania or Delaware." [Philadelphia Daily News - 4/6/05]

PA-8: Patrick Murphy

http://www.murphy06.com/

Patrick Murphy is a leader of character. He is an Iraq War veteran, former West Point professor, criminal prosecutor, and most importantly, a good family man. Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia – the youngest of three to a Philadelphia police officer and career legal secretary – he learned at an early age that hard work, sacrifice, and focus will lead you to achieve your dreams.

PA-10: Chris Carney

http://www.carneyforcongress.com

A Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve, Chris Carney served multiple tours overseas and was activated for Pperation Enduring Freedom, Noble Eagle, and Southern Watch. After 9/11, Chris served at the Pentagon as an intelligence analyst and senior advisor on intelligence and counterterrorism issues. Chris coordinated counterterrorism activities in the Middle East and later worked on the integration of national-level intelligence products in the effort to destroy international terrorist networks. Chris is currently an Associate Professor at Penn State teaching courses in U.S. Foreign Policy, American Government, and U.S. Security Policy.

PA-19: Phil Avillo

http://www.avilloforcongress.com/

Enlisting in the United States Marine Corps at age 17, Phil Avillo was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation from college and eventually succeeded to the rank of Captain. Understanding what it means to be a leader, Phil volunteered to serve in Vietnam during the first months of the war. Receiving 3 Air Medals and the Purple Heart, Phil has proudly defended his country and is ready to serve the people of Pennsylvania in Congress. As a Professor of History and Department Chair for the History and Political Science Department at York College as well as a 12 year school board member, Phil has been educating and representing the people of Pennsylvania throughout his career.

SC-3: Lee Ballenger

http://www.voteballenger.com

In 1985, Lee joined the United States Navy, and as a missile fire control technician was assigned to the U.S.S. Strett patrolling the Subic Bay in the Philipines. In 1987, Lee was deployed in the Persian Gulf during the Iran-Iraq War when a sister ship, the U.S.S. Stark was hit by an Iraqi missile, killing thirty-one. Lee grew up in the south, the son of a minister and high school English teacher.

SC-4: William Griffith

http://www.votegriff.com/

William Griffith spent 13 years in the Army Reserve, earning the rank of captain. An engineer by trade, Griffith became a candidate after learning that there are currently only ten engineers and scientists serving in the U.S. House. Griffith is active with the United Way, and is a member of the American Legion.

TN-7: Bill Morrison

http://www.morrisonfortennessee.com/

Bill Morrison is a veteran of the US Army, and is currently in the Army Reserves. A middle school Social Studies teacher who walks with a prosthetic leg, Morrison was nominated as Disney Teacher of the year in 2005. Morrison is a graduate of the University of Memphis.

TX-3: Dan Dodd

http://www.dandodd.us

Dan is a West Point graduate and served two consecutive tours in Vietnam as a member of the United States Air Force. He was assigned to the “Star Wars” program by the Pentagon for four years and has participated in avionics and weapons research for the military. Dan is an avid hunter and fisherman, and is currently a systems engineer and marketing sales director.

TX-5: Charlie Thompson

http://www.charliethompson.org

Charlie retired from the United States Navy with the impressive rank of Commander where he served as Deputy Director for the Surface Electronic Warfare Directorate at the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington. After retiring, he worked as the regional director for Chrysler Technologies in Saudi Arabia and is currently a general consultant for community and economic development.

TX-6: David Harris

http://followmetodc.com

Before graduating college in 1992, David Harris decided to enlist in the United States Army where he served as an infantryman and received his commission two years later. David was deployed to Iraq with his Army Reserve unit in February of 2003 and spent fourteen months in theatre as a Logistics Officer. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Military Science and Training Officer for the Department of Military Science at the University of Texas at Arlington. He also serves as a Strategic Planner for a support unit in Houston, Texas for U.S. forces in Korea.

TX-10: Ted Ankrum

http://tedankrum.com/cs/

During his time in the United States Navy, Ted Ankrum spent 15 years in active duty and 15 years in reserve service, including serving four tours in the Vietnam War. A Purple Heart recipient and retired Naval Captain, Ankrum attended the University of Colorado and received his MBA from Loyola University. With his proven dedication, education, and commitment to service, he is now ready set sail to Washington to represent the people of Texas in the 10th Congressional District.

TX-13: Roger Waun

http://www.rogerwaun.com

Roger served sixteen years in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Strategic Intelligence Officer. During that time, he held a Top Secret security clearance during active duty tours at the NSA, Defense Intelligence Agency and Headquarters of the U.S. Army’s Recruiting Command. For the past ten years, Roger has owned and operated a regional wholesale distributorship and has a Masters Degree in Speech Communication.

VA-Senate: Jim Webb

http://www.webbforsenate.com/

Jim Webb's illustrious military career began as a cadet at the U.S. Naval Academy. Out of the 841 cadets in Jim's graduating class, only he and seventeen other people chose a commission in the United states Marine Corps. After a tour of duty in Vietnam and serving on the immediate staff of the Secretary of the Navy, Webb moved on to his next achievement, a law degree from Georgetown University. Still dedicated to his life of service, Webb did six years of pro bono work for Marine convicted of a war crime in Vietnam until the conviction was overturned. Ready to face his next challenge, Webb wants to represent the people of Virginia in the U.S. Senate.

VA-5: Al Weed

http://www.alweedforcongress.com/

With 42 years of military service, which began on a Naval ROTC scholarship, Al Weed proves that you can overcome the challenges of growing up in public housing projects and the welfare system. Prior to college completion, he volunteered for active duty in the Army Special Forces, and was sent to Vietnam as a Green Beret Medical Sergeant. Now Weed is ready to serve his country in a different way, as a United States Congressman, representing the people of Virginia.