June 11, 2012

OAK PARK, CA – Julia Brownley (CA-26) announced today that she earned a spot on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) highly competitive Red-to-Blue program. Brownley has surpassed demanding fundraising, organizing, and infrastructure goals and skillfully demonstrated to voters that she is a problem-solver who will protect the middle class when elected to Congress.

“I am honored that so many people in California’s 26th Congressional District have joined our campaign to stand up for middle class families, defend women’s health care rights, and protect Medicare and Social Security and reignite the American Dream,” said Julia Brownley. “The early strength we have demonstrated by being named to the Red-to-Blue program means we will have the support, confidence, and momentum it takes to win in November.”

“Julia Brownley is focused on solving problems for California families by creating good-paying jobs, protecting Medicare, rebuilding the middle class, and improving our schools. Republican Tony Strickland would march in lockstep with Republicans in Congress to protect tax breaks for millionaires, Big Oil, and companies shipping jobs overseas, while making deep cuts to Medicare. Julia Brownley has built a strong campaign and proven its strength in her primary so we are excited about her chances to win California’s 26th district in November.”

The DCCC’s Red to Blue program highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support. The program will introduce Democratic supporters to new, competitive candidates in order to help expand the fundraising base for these campaigns.

With the retirement of Republican Congressman Elton Gallegly, California’s newly drawn 26th Congressional district officially becomes an open seat that favors Democrats. The district has a 5% Democratic registration advantage and is one that President Obama won by 16% in 2008. The Cook Political Report rates the district as a “Democratic Toss Up,” making it one of the top pick up opportunities for Democrats in 2012.

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Brownley was elected to the Assembly in 2006, after being elected three times to serve as a Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board member. After graduating with a B.A. from George Washington University’s Mount Vernon College, and earning an M.B.A. from American University, Brownley worked in marketing in private industry. Brownley has two grown children, Hannah and Fred.

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