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March 5, 2013
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel named 26 of his colleagues to the Frontline program, a committee program designed to protect their most vulnerable incumbents.
“We call this program Frontline for a reason – these Members are on the vanguard of protecting and expanding the middle class,” Israel said in a written statement released Tuesday morning.
“While the 2014 campaign will be dominated by a strong offense taking on the Tea Party Republican Congress, our success begins with our Members,” added Israel, a Democrat from New York. “These battle-tested men and women have proven time and again that they can win because no one better reflects the values of their districts.”
Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn. will spearhead the program as its chairman. He’s a Frontline alumnus as recently as the 2012 cycle.
Otherwise, the list includes several freshman members and Blue Dog Democrats:
June 5, 2012
Newark City Council President Donald Payne Jr. easily won today’s Democratic primary to replace his father, the late Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.), and will likely become the district’s next Member of Congress in November.
Payne was well out in front in both the regularly scheduled and special election primaries that were held concurrently today. With 79 percent of precincts reporting, he took 60 percent of the vote, while Newark Councilman Ron Rice Jr. and state Sen. Nia Gill followed with 20 percent and 15 percent, respectively.
Payne began the race as the prohibitive frontrunner because of his name identification and establishment support, and he never lost that position.
Payne will appear on the ballot twice on Election Day in November. One contest will be to fill out the remainder of his father’s term this Congress and the other will be for the full two-year term that begins in January 2013. This is a heavily Democratic district, and he should be able to hold this seat for as long as he wants it.
March 30, 2012
As most New Jersey politicos expected, Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) issued a writ setting the special election primary and general dates to fill the term of the late Rep. Donald Payne as concurrent with the previously scheduled state primary and general election dates for 2012.
State tradition has it that special elections are rarely held because of the costs associated. Instead, the special election is held in conjunction with the state’s scheduled primary and general elections. A candidate’s name appears twice on the ballot, once for the special election and again in the contest for a full term.
The winner of the special election will fill out the lame-duck term after the November election.
In other 10th district news, Newark City Councilman Ron Rice picked up the endorsements of two of his colleagues, Newark South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka and Central Ward Councilman Darrin Sharif.
March 19, 2012
The son of the late Rep. Donald Payne is running for his father’s seat in Congress, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger.
“I’ve had discussions with the chairman in Essex County and I’ve told him my intention to run,” Newark City Council President Donald Payne Jr. told the paper. “I have petitions out.”
Obtaining the backing of the Essex County Democratic Committee is crucial to winning this race.
Newark Councilman Ron Rice had already planned to run against Donald Payne Sr., and he will continue that campaign for the open seat.
March 12, 2012
As constituents of the 10th district are paying their final respects to the late Rep. Donald Payne, New Jersey Democrats are beginning to look ahead to the future of his Congressional seat. Full story
March 6, 2012
The special election to succeed the late Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.) isn’t likely to be held until November — meaning the seat will remain vacant for eight months.
The New Jersey Constitution includes provisions for a special election to fill a Congressional vacancy. But state tradition has it that special elections are rarely held because of the costs associated. Instead, the special election is held in conjunction with the state’s scheduled primary and general elections. A candidate’s name appears twice on the ballot, once for the special election and again in the contest for a full term.
The 10th district is a safe Democratic seat, so whichever candidate wins the June 5 regular and special election primary is all but assured of winning the November contests. The winner of the special would be sworn in at the beginning of the lame-duck session. Full story
February 13, 2012
Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.) announced Friday that he is battling colon cancer, but he remains optimistic about his prognosis and said he will seek re-election.