A growing group of Black Democrats – mostly men – are trying to oust Republican House members in California, Georgia, Arizona, North Carolina and Illinois.
why it matters: Although independent analysts such as the Cook Political Report believe that the members’ districts are friendly GOP territory, a black political group supporting the challengers believes that the candidates have a better understanding of their local ties and the varying degrees of districts. There is a chance due to demographics.
Background: So far nine black Democrats are running to challenge Republicans in these states, but collective pac Tells Nerdshala that the number will increase by five or more. All but one black man.
- The group looked for candidates with experience in fields that directly serve the community, such as clergy, doctors, teachers, veterans, and community leaders.
- It is also supporting six Congressional Black Caucus members who are so-called frontline members and are running in a tough 2022 election race: Democratic Reps. Lauren Underwood (Ill.-14), Lucy McBath (Ga.-6), Steven Horsford (Nev.-4), Jahan Hayes (Con.-5), Colin Allred (TX-32) and Antonio Delgado (NY-19) ).
- Republicans they’ve been targeting so far include: Reps. Tom McClintock (California-4), David Schweickert (Ariz.-6), Devin Nunes (California-22), Mike Garcia (Cali.-25), Ken Calvert (Cali.-42), Marjorie Taylor Green (Ga.-14) ), Rodney Davis (Ill-13) and Madison Cawthorne (NC-11).
- They are also supporting Michelle Rainer, a black civil rights and justice attorney running in Florida’s 13th District, St. Petersburg-area district, organized by retired Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.).
What are they saying: “Our mission is about building black political power,” said Kevin Olasanoy, political director of The Collective PAC. It works to ensure equal black representation at all levels of government.
- “We are one of the loudest, strongest, most courageous voices out there supporting black candidates running for office across the country.”
- Kermit Jones, a physician running against Republican Rep. Tom McClintock in California’s Fourth District, calls Nerdshala his job, and the mother’s diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer prompted her to run for Congress.
- “We don’t have many [in the U.S. House of Representatives] Those who understand medicine, who have worked on the frontline and who have seen patients.”
- He said seeing his mother’s struggle to get quality access to her cancer care, he refocused on what he could do to help.
- “I figured that if I saw patients every day until I retired, I wouldn’t be able to do enough until I got there. [Congress] To really help people get the care they need,” Jones said.
Between the lines: These campaigns are still in their early stages and candidates have not even voted to find particular weaknesses in their Republican opponents.
- But Olasanoy of The Collective said it was coming soon, and the group identified districts where redistribution is likely to have the least impact on the current district and where there are not many black candidates running in the primary.
- The 117th Congress has 57 black representatives, but only two Republicans, According to Pew Research. However, Republicans brought in nine non-white new delegates to the current Congress.
what to watch: The Collective stated that it does not intend to engage in primary challenges for any current CBC members, including a Kina Collins. being mounted by Against Rep. Danny Davis in Ill-7.
- That said, the group is not ruling out joining other dam-on-dame primaries, Olasanoy said.