Fighting Dems, 2006
Fighting Dems is a phrase (short for "Fighting Democrats") that can have two similar meanings:
- A) Non incumbent military veterans who ran for Congress in 2006 as Democrats.
- B) Members of Veterans for a Secure America (all of which are also described by criteria A).
All of these candidates were challengers, and as usual, the incumbents won most of these elections. However, six Fighting Dems and two non Veteran parents of servicemen in Iraq won their races, and seven of those eight seats taken by Fighting Dems were previously held by Republicans. A number of fighting Dem's also came very close to being elected.
Further more the Fighting Dems forced Republicans to donate time, money etc. in districts and statesd that in previous years they had not. This allowed non Veteran Democrats in other Districts and states to win.
Everyone listed under U.S. Senate or U.S. House won their primaries, unless noted otherwise.
States from A - F
- Vivian Sheffield Beckerle (AL-01) (website)
- 'Chuck' Dean James (AL-02) (website)
- Greg Pierce (AL-03) http://www.dccc.org/races/veterans/
- Woodrow Anderson III (AR-03) website
- Herb Paine (AZ-03) website
- Bill Durston (CA-03) website
- Charles Brown (CA-04) website
- Jim Brandt (CA-46) website
- John Rinaldi (CA-52) website
- Jay Fawcett (CO-05) website
- Bill Winter (CO-06) website
- Dennis Spivack (DE-AL) website
- Joe Roberts (FL-01) website
- Dave Bruderly (FL-06) website
- John F. Chagnon (FL-07) website
- Bob Bowman (FL-15) website
- Dave Patlak (FL-18) website
States from G - L
- Jim Nelson (GA-01) website
- Tammy Duckworth (IL-06) website
- John Laesch (IL-14) webiste
- Richard Auman (IL-16) website
- Phil Hare (IL-17) website Nominated by convention. Elected
- Steve Waterworth (IL-18) website
- Tom Hayhurst (IN-03) website
- Mike Weaver (KY-02) website
- Ken Lucas (KY-04) website
- Ken Stepp (KY-05) website
States from M - N
- Andrew Duck (MD-06) website
- Jim Marcinkowski (MI-08) website
- Tim Walz (MN-01) website Elected
- George D. Weber (MO-02) website
- Jack Truman (MO-07) website
- Duane Burghard (MO-09) website
- Craig Weber (NC-03) website
- Rich Sexton (NJ-03) website
- Bob Johnson (NY-23) website
- Jack Davis (NY-26) website
- Eric Massa (NY-29) website
States from O - R
- J. Richard Chema (OH-03) website
- Richard Siferd (OH-04) website
- William Conner (OH-07) website
- Bob Shamansky (OH-12) website
- Hal Spake (OK-04) website
- Joseph A. Sestak Jr. (PA-07) website Elected
- Patrick Murphy (PA-08) website Elected
- Chris Carney (PA-10) website Elected
- Phil Avillo (PA-19) website
States from S - Z
- Lee Ballenger (SC-03) website
- William I. Griffith (SC-04) website
- Bill Morrison (TN-07) website
- Daniel A. Dodd TX-03 website
- Charlie Thompson TX-05 website
- Dave Harris TX-06 website
- Ted Ankrum TX-10 website
- Roger J. Waun TX-13 website
- John Courage TX-21 website
- Rick Bolanos (TX-23) website
- Al Weed (VA-05) website
- John M. Curry (WI-06) website - Write in candidate.
State Level Fighting Dems
Iowa Fighting Dems
- Ray Zirkelbach Incumbent member of the Iowa State House. Missed the 2006 session as he was serving in Iraq as a member of the Iowa Army National Guard. Re-elected.
- McKinley Bailey Elected to Iowa State House District #9. McKinley served in both Iraq and Afghanistan while he was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. Website
Minnesota Fighting Dems
Oregon Fighting Dems
- Paul Evans, candidate for State Senate,will be in Afghanistan on election day. Salem Statesman-Journal, Oct. 17, 2006
Pennsylvania Fighting Dems
- Bryan Lentz Withdrew from a Pennsylvania Congressional race to support the candidacy of Vice Adm. Joseph A. Sestak Jr. Lentz was elected to the State Legislature.
Wisconsin Fighting Dems
Herb Kohl, U.S. Senator – Army Reserves
Roger Breske, State Senator, 12th District – Army
Robert Jauch, State Senator, 25th District – Army
Mark Miller, State Senator, 16th District – Air Guard
Fred Risser, State Senator, 26th District – Navy
Bob Wirch, State Senator, 22nd District – Army Reserves
Jamie Aulik, Candidate for State Senate, 9th District – Army Reserves (currently serving)
L.D. “Red” Rockwell, Candidate for State Senate, 11th District – Army
Jim Sullivan, Candidate for State Senate, 5th District – Navy Reserves (currently serving)
John Simonson, Candidate for State Senate, 17th District – Army
Gary Sherman, Assembly Member, 74th District – Air Force
Robert Turner, Assembly Member, 61st District – Air Force
Carl Arnoldi, Candidate for Assembly, 90th District – Army
Walt Christensen, Candidate for Assembly, 37th District – Army
Dan Jardine, Candidate for Assembly, 47th District – Marines
Dan Naylor, Candidate for Assembly, 40th District – Army
Kelly Parsons, Candidate for Assembly, 36th District – Army
- Andre Araujo (Cranston, Rhode Island School Board)
No longer in the race
- Carl Sheeler (RI-Sen) website - Lost primary.
- John Verkamp (AZ-Sen) - Didn't get on ballot
- Paul Hackett (OH-Sen) - Withdrew.
- Gene Scherer (AZ-02) website - Lost primary.
- Jeff Latas (AZ-08) website - Lost primary.
- Bill Falzett (CA-02) Lost primary to another fighting dem.
- Steve Filson (CA-11) Lost primary to Jerry McNerney  who has a son in Iraq.
- Karen Marie Otter (CA-52) Lost primary to another fighting dem
- Derek Casady (CA-52) Lost primary to another fighting dem
- Rick Penberthy (FL-05) website Lost primary.
- Rick Cornstuble (IN-04) - Lost primary.
- Andrew Horne (KY-03) - Lost primary.
- Eric Streit (KY-01) - Lost primary.
- Mishonda Baldwin (MD-03) website - Lost primary
- Daryl Campbell (MI-07) website - Lost primary
- Fred Strack (MI-07) website - Lost primary
- Tommy Johnson (MN-03) website - Lost primary
- Tim Dunn (NC-08) - Withdrew and endorsed Larry Kissell.
- Peter Sullivan (NH-01) website - Lost primary
- Ken Howland (NY-25) website - Whthdrew and endorsed Dan Maffei.
- David Fierst (OH-03) - Lost primary. (pro vet vote was split)
- Charles W. Sanders (OH-03) - Lost a special primary to Fightng Dem J. Richard Chema
- Gary Kucinich (OH-13) - Lost primary. (pro vet vote was split)
- Norbert Dennerll (OH-13) - Lost primary. (pro vet vote was split)
- John Wolfe (OH-13) - Lost primary. (pro vet vote was split)
- Joe Sulzer (OH-18) - Lost primary.
- Bert Smith (OK-05) website - Lost primary
- Thomas Kovach (PA-18) - Lost close primary.
- Terry Stulce (TN-03) website - Lost primary
- David Ashe (VA-02) - Withdrew from race to work for Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine
- Bern Ewert (VA-05) - Lost primary. (pro vet vote was split)
- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
- Parents of Iraq War Servicemen who have run for congress
- Fighting Dems, 2007
- Fighting Dems, 2008
- Taking the Hill: Documentary on the Fighitng Dems
- Band of Brothers 2006 - Official site of Veterans for a Secure America.
- Vote Vets - PAC supporting veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan
- DNC Fighting Dems website
- Fighting-Dems.com - Muster roll.
- Fighting Dems Blog - occassional diaries from candidates.
- site saver
- Retrospect article