Midterm elections for the United States House of Representatives will take place November 7, 2006. Congressional districts redrawn after the 2000 census put most of the 435 seats into solid Democratic or solid Republican districts. Yet, there remain enough competitive races to shift the balance of power, with Democrats needing to pick up 15 seats to take control of the House. The IAM has targeted the following key races:
Illinois (District 8) – Bill Scheurer
Third-party candidate is gaining momentum thanks to his promise to protect the needs of working families and fix Illinois’ broken healthcare system.
Illinois (District 6) – Tammy Duckworth
Tammy Duckworth says leaders in Washington must ensure that corporations uphold their obligations to their workers while helping workers secure the funds they’ll need in retirement.
Illinois (District 17) – Phil Hare
Phil Hare says he will fight hard for an extension of Unemployment Insurance Benefits for workers who have lost their jobs.
Ohio (District 1) – John Cranley
John Cranley has said he will fight to increase the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour over the next two years.
Ohio (District 6) – Charlie Wilson
As a state senator in Columbus, Charlie Wilson has helped to create thousands of jobs and has pledged to do the same as a member of Congress. He has also pledged to oppose trade deals that are bad for working families and protect the retirement security of seniors.
Ohio (District 15) – Mary Jo Kilroy
Mary Jo Kilroy has said she supports Ohio’s ballot initiative to increase the minimum wage and will fight to increase the federal minimum wage.
Ohio (District 18) – Zack Space
Space strongly supports modifying current free trade agreements to impose restrictions on countries that do not play by the same rules that our own factories must contend with.
Iowa (District 1) – Bruce Braley
Bruce Braley has pledged to fight for the welfare of working families by supporting an increase in the minimum wage, providing retirement security for seniors and opposing free trade agreements that continue to cost the U.S. good-paying jobs.
Iowa (District 3) – Jeff Lamberti
Jeff Lamberti says he opposes the privatization of Social Security and any reduction in Social Security benefits.
Arizona (District 8) – Gabrielle Giffords
Represented Tucson in the Arizona Legislature from 2000-2005, serving on the Appropriations, Commerce and Economic Development and Finance Committees. During her service in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, Gabrielle worked on legislation to expand health care coverage for Arizona families; to create and attract high wage jobs to Arizona; and to protect Arizona’s environment and open spaces.
California (District 11) - Gerald McNerney
McNerney has said the country must develop an industrial strategy that includes ending our dependence on imported oil, creating good jobs here at home, and producing goods to sell abroad.
California (District 50) – Francine Busby
Francine Busby says Congress needs to fix prescription drug benefits to ensure Seniors have a simple and secure plan.
Connecticut (District 2) – Joe Courtney
As a State Representative, Joe Courtney was widely considered the Legislature’s leading authority on health care issues. Joe has also thrown his support behind the efforts of local communities to attract new businesses and create additional jobs.
Connecticut (District 5) – Chris Murphy
Chris Murphy has pledged to fight for reform of Medicare Part D that doesn’t gouge our seniors on prescription drug costs.
Connecticut (District 4) – Diane Farrell
Farrell has said she will support a real prescription drug plan and work toward the day when every Connecticut resident and American has access to affordable health care.
Pennsylvania (District 6) – Lois Murphy
Lois Murphy wants to reduce off shoring by creating greater tax incentives for companies to add jobs here in the United States.
Florida (District 22) – Ron Klein
Ron Klein believes we need to stop sending our jobs overseas and reign in skyrocketing health care costs.
New Mexico (District 1) – Patricia Madrid
Current New Mexico Attorney General Patricia Madrid believes in stronger communities and looking out for the interests of working men and women.
Pennsylvania (District 7) – Joe Sestak
Joe Sestak is planning on moving Pennsylvania and the country forward with a five step approach that includes such critical steps as restoring budget discipline and promoting job creation.
Pennsylvania (District 8) – Patrick Murphy
Patrick Murphy has said that it’s time the United States ensures health care security for all Americans.
Pennsylvania (District 10) – Christopher Carney
Christopher Carney has said he will work to bring healthcare benefits to the 45 million Americans that have no health care coverage.
Colorado (District 7) – Ed Perlmutter
Perlmutter has said he supports using the buying power of the federal government to lower the price of prescription drugs.
New York (District 24) – Michael Arcuri
Michael Arcuri says Congress must make health care a top priority and ensure that all Americans have access to quality health care coverage.
New York (District 25) – Dan Maffei
Dan Maffei says he will work to ensure job quality through steadfast support for employee free choice, fair work rules overtime pay, and a livable minimum wage.
North Carolina (District 11) – Heath Shuler
Heath Shuler says he will work to fix the flawed Medicare prescription drug plan and create a real prescription drug plan that is easy to understand and reduces the costs seniors pay for their prescriptions.
Indiana (District 2) – Joe Donnelly
Joe Donnelly pledges to vote against trade agreements that ship good-paying jobs overseas, such as the recent trade agreements with Chile and Singapore and CAFTA.
Indiana (District 8) – Brad Ellsworth
Brad Ellsworth says he will protect American jobs and fight against bad trade agreements.
Wisconsin (District 8) – Steve Kagen
Steve Kagen says he will expand access to public universities and technical colleges by making them more accessible and more affordable.
Minnesota (District 6) – Patty Wetterling
Patty Wetterling has said she will work hard to preserve and protect Medicare for both today’s seniors, and the generations to come.
Washington (District 8) – Darcy Burner
Darcy Burner says she will fight in Congress for working families who are struggling to pay skyrocketing health care bills.
To locate other states with House of Representative races, visit this easy to use Election 2006 Candidates & Information page (http://www.capwiz.com/iamaw/e4/), select your state by using the interactive map or use the the drop down menu to register to vote.
From your state’s page you can view the 2006 Mid-Term Election information and a listing of all the candidates in your state.
These webpages have been paid for by the Machinists Non-Partisan League.