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June 14, 2018                                                              Phone: (949) 371-3094

     
After one of Denham’s worst DACA failures on Tuesday,
Democratic Challenger Josh Harder and over 50 constituents gather for DREAMer protest demonstration in front of Incumbent’s office.

 

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(June 14, Modesto) - Over 50 locals gathered on a day’s notice after finding out Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-10) and Republican leadership effectively killed DACA on Tuesday.   Josh Harder, Democratic Challenger, along with over 16 community groups from United Farm Workers to California Dream Network to Modesto Junior College Democrats rallied in front of Denham’s office to protest Rep. Denham’s failure on Tuesday after learning that he dropped the Discharge petition, effectively ceding the immigration issue to Republican party leaders.  Constituents and political insiders allege that Jeff Denham was only participating in the discharge petition to score political points with immigrant communities crucial to his re-election, and that now he has failed in even that small step. Immigration activists and union organizers shared their personal stories about how Jeff Denham’s actions have failed them and their communities.

    Julissa Ruiz Ramirez from California Dream Network, pointed to her mom, an immigrant from Mexico, while holding back tears: “Denham doesn’t realize what his inactions are doing to our family. We don’t come here to leave everything behind only to be called rapists, animals and criminals. We come here because we want to live like everyone else and have a life and future.” (Video of Denham saying every undocumented immigrant should be “detained, arrested and deported’ HERE.) Julissa is a Stanislaus State student who was sponsored to go to Washington, D.C. There, she spoke with Denham and he assured her he would take care of Dreamers. Shortly after, he voted against bringing the DREAM Act to a vote. (Video HERE.)

Over 15 community leaders from educators to high school students to second generation immigrants all spoke of the need to support immigrant communities with successful immigration reform legislation. A list of the organizations involved are listed below.  Many demonstrators felt that Jeff Denham never intended to pass legislation protecting DACA recipients and creating a pathway to citizenship, and that his assurances to immigrants of his support were particularly empty words considering his multiple failures in any real immigration reform in Washington.  The protest was peppered with chants such as “surprise, surprise, Jeff Denham lies” and “immigration built our nation.” The rally featured a puppet Jeff Denham, and a “flip flop throne” meant to symbolize Jeff Denham’s pattern of misleading the public on how he plans to vote. One Dreamer was scheduled to speak, Hector, a Latino high schooler from Ceres High with a 4.3 GPA. Because he was worried for his safety and potential deportation, he had an attendee read a letter on his behalf:

“I feel American at heart I go to school with people who see me no different than any other person and am fearful that I live with the uncertainty of my future even though as long as I remember I have called California my home. I was brought at 1 and a half years old yet I am viewed as a criminal for calling this my home. I believe I am American and would like be a contributing member of society one day.”

Tim Robertson, Director of the Northern Valley Federation of Labor stood in front of Denham’s office criticizing the incumbent for his repeated failures on immigration: “[Denham’s] been saying he wants to help immigrants.  What progress have we seen? No longer does he get to say he is a friend of immigrants when the results are zero.”

Josh Harder, Democratic challenger addressed Denham’s talk about immigration reform as just that- cheap talk: “We have seen an incumbent member of Congress who loves to issue press releases about immigration. I have even received a couple of mailers discussed how much he supposedly loves Dreamers.  In reality, he certainly doesn’t do anything to show Dreamers have a place within our community...It’s time to elect change at the ballot box.” Harder addressed the incumbent member of Congress’s long record of immigration failure: Five years ago, there was a bipartisan bill that would have given legal status not only to the Dreamers but also to 9 million other undocumented immigrants then in the U.S. passed the Senate 68-32. A handful of Republican Congressmen stood against it, preventing a House vote. Denham first promised to support that bill, but then reversed his position and opposed even bringing the bill to the floor for a vote. That happened again on Tuesday. “This recent primary election showed Jeff Denham is the second least favorite member of Congress in the entire state. Voters are noticing Denham’s repeated failures. With less than 38% votes that Denham garnered in this election, Central Valley has shown clear bipartisan disgust toward the incumbent,” said Harder.

    Elected official Chi-Chi Jack, Trustee of Stanislaus County Board Of Education charged up the crowd by elaborating how important it is to elect an effective member of Congress willing to produce results on immigration: “We need to elect Josh Harder for the sake of Dreamers. Voters are you ready to elect a new Congressman?!”

    Organizations: DREAMers, Indivisible Stanislaus, Our Revolution Turlock, Our Revolution CA-10, Indivisible Manteca, Patterson Progressive Alliance, Be the Change Turlock, Modesto Progressive Democrats, SwingLeft Stanislaus, United Farm Workers, MECHA - CSU Stanislaus, Modesto Junior College Young Democrats, Indivisible Tracy, Central Valley Democratic Club, North Valley Labor Federation, SEIU-UHW, Women Democratic Club of Stanislaus, Teamsters JC7, Modesto Junior College Democrats, California Dream Network, MECHA, United Farm Workers, Teamsters, Democrat challenging Jeff Denham (CA-10) Josh Harder
   

CONTACT for questions, interviews or introductions to Activists: Nicole Nabulsi, Deputy Campaign Manager for Harder for Congress, Nicole@HarderforCongress.com, 949-371-3094

RELEVANT ARTICLES and SEGMENTS on Denham’s Dropping of the Discharge:

http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/moderates-punt-discharge-petition-gop-stumbles-immigration-messagin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIMqLC1etFA&app=desktop

 

 

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June 12, 2018                                                              Phone: (949) 371-3094

Election Results show CA-10 Race (Harder v Denham) is the Center of the Blue Wave,
turning out the Most Democrats of any Toss Up Race  

(June 12, 2018) With CA-10 turning out the Most Voters in any of the Toss Up races, Josh Harder’s campaign to unseat Republican incumbent Jeff Denham indicates Central Valley’s CA-10 race is the center of the Blue Wave. After tallying votes, CNN moved CA-10 from Lean Republican to Toss-Up through its historical mobilization of Democrats in the district.

Key Takeaways from the CA-10 Election:

1. Jeff Denham’s numbers show serious trouble with his conservative base. Denham garnered the lowest percentage of votes of his career in Congress at a resoundingly low percentage for a sitting incumbent: 37.8%. Denham's total is 10 points lower than his 2016 primary total, and 20 points less than his 2014 primary total.

2. Democratic TurnOut skyrocketed from the last midterm with 50% more Democrats turning out in CA-10 than the 2014 primary.

3. Election Numbers indicate presidential level turn out levels for the 2018 MidTerms, which is great news for Harder considering higher turnout in CA-10 has historically meant more votes for Democratic federal candidates.

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4. The Republican surplus of CA-10 votes in the primary dropped from +16% to a pithy +3% from last primary election. The Republican surplus in primary elections plummeted 5 fold within 2 years, pointing to serious trouble for Denham in the 2018 midterms.

Josh Harder’s Interview Availability:

In the next two weeks, Josh Harder is available to meet via phone, conference call, and in-person to discuss the results of the race in depth and the strategy. Contact: Nicole@HarderforCongress.com or 949-371-3094 to set up a time.

Harder for Congress Volunteer Leaders to Interview about Blue Wave mobilization:

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A product of California’s Central Valley, Josh Harder is a Modesto Junior College instructor running as a Democrat in California’s 10th District–currently represented by Republican Jeff Denham. Denham won re-election in 2016 by the 3rd narrowest margin of any Republican Congressman nationwide. The race has been listed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) as a top target in the 2018 midterms and is one of the 23 districts currently held by a Republican that voted for Hillary.

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May 17, 2018                                                                                                      Phone: (949) 371-3094

 

Harder Releases Second Ad

Shifts focus to Denham 19 days before the Primary

(May 17, 2018)—CA-10 Democratic Challenger Josh Harder launched his second TV ad continuing his focus on healthcare. While his first ad focused exclusively on Harder’s personal story of his brother’s pre-existing condition, this ad begins by hitting Rep. Denham on flip-flopping and voting for Trumpcare last May. However, the ad continues, Harder can be trusted as his reasons are personal and he can be counted on to fight for affordable healthcare for everyone. View the ad here.

Harder’s campaign continues to gain momentum - recently gaining the endorsement of the Modesto Bee and his 10th labor union. This comes shortly after Harder released a poll showing him leading the pack of Democratic Challengers in CA-10 going into early voting. Harder began as the only candidate in CA-10 to go up on broadcast television several weeks ago, only recently to be joined by incumbent Rep. Denham. Last February Harder released a poll showing him neck and neck after messaging in a general election matchup with Rep. Denham.

A product of California’s Central Valley, Josh Harder is running as a Democrat in California’s 10th District–currently represented by Republican Jeff Denham. Denham won re-election in 2016 by the 3rd narrowest margin of any Republican Congressman nationwide. The race has been listed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) as a top target in the 2018 midterms and is one of the 23 districts currently held by a Republican that voted for Hillary.

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May 15, 2018                                                                                        Phone: (949) 371-3094

 

Harder gaining momentum with endorsements from
Modesto Bee and California Teachers Association (CTA)

With the Modesto Bee and CTA Endorsements, Harder consolidates more labor union and paper endorsements than any other Democrat in CA-10

(May 15, 2018)—CA-10 Democratic Challenger Josh Harder earned the sole endorsement of The Modesto Bee–the largest printed publication in the district. Furthermore, Harder secured the California Teachers Association (CTA). Representing over 325,000 classroom teachers, librarians, counselors, nurses and social workers in over 1,000 school districts in the state, this is a major stepping stone for Harder who now has 8 Union Endorsements.

“As a former paperboy, and now as a teacher at Modesto Junior College, it is energizing to receive the support of so many different corners of the community,” said Harder. “As a paper that is in tune with the needs of the community, the Modesto Bee’s nod of support means a lot and represents that its time for new representation in Congress of Modesto and the rest of the district.  Those that live in CA-10 understand how critical the teachers are to our local economy and I am honored to receive the teachers’ endorsement.  I look forward to working with our community to build schools and institutions that teach the students of today to become the Central Valley’s members of Congress, farmers and teachers of tomorrow.”

Harder is the first Democrat that the Modesto Bee has endorsed for Congress since 2010. Furthermore, the Bee endorsed Denham in 2010, 2012, and 2014, only breaking with him in 2016 over Denham’s refusal to denounce Trump, yet not going so far as to endorse challenger Michael Eggman. The Bee continued their spurn of Eggman hitting him on lack of experience, backing and candor. Furthermore, the Bee hit other CA-10 challenger Virginia Madueño on her lackluster fundraising numbers and her failed electoral runs like that in the Assembly two years ago.

Modesto Bee wrote, “Harder also is encouraging Medicare for all – which makes a lot of sense since the Republicans gutted the ACA’s foundation and sent health-insurance rates through the roof. He’s also the strongest on sensible gun rules.” Furthermore, after an analysis of each candidate, the Bee finished, “If Democrats want a real choice in November, a candidate who is smart, will grow with the job and has a chance to actually win, they should choose Harder in June.”

CTA, which represents the vast majority of public school teachers in Congressional District 10, has also endorsed Denham in previous elections. However, this cycle they have pledged to do everything in their power to turn out their many thousands of active members and retirees for Harder in his election. Harder was the direct recipient of an outstanding public school education and attended Modesto High School where he enrolled in the prestigious International Baccalaureate program. There are very few other organizational endorsements that brings the large, motivated, respected and active membership like CTA.

“As a teacher at Modesto Junior College, Harder understands the key issues our young people face in education in Central Valley. Harder’s commitment to ensuring Central Valley kids have access to a good education and apprenticeship programs really stood out. At this critical juncture, when our nation’s public schools are under unprecedented attack by Betsy DeVos, we need effective leaders like Josh representing us in Washington, D.C.” stated Christopher Aguilar, elementary school teacher in the Sylvan Union School District in Modesto.  

In the past two weeks, Harder was officially endorsed by Iron Workers 118 and Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, making Harder’s labor support 4 times that of any other challenger. He has been endorsed by several local organizations and individuals such as the Women Democratic Club of Stanislaus County, Stanislaus State Democratic Club, the Chair of the Stanislaus County Democratic Club, Teamsters Joint Council 7, IBEW 595 and 684, and the Bricklayers, Tilesetters, and Allied Craftworkers Local 3.  Furthermore, Harder has secured the support of several prominent national groups including the New Dems, The Arena, J Street, and Council for a Livable World. Furthermore, in the past three months, Harder’s campaign also announced they contacted over 40,000 voters in the district at least once—a milestone no other candidate in the district can attest to. Harder is set to announce yet another labor endorsement in mid-May.

A product of California’s Central Valley, Josh Harder is running as a Democrat in California’s 10th District–currently represented by Republican Jeff Denham. Denham won re-election in 2016 by the 3rd narrowest margin of any Republican Congressman nationwide. The race has been listed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) as a top target in the 2018 midterms and is one of the 23 districts currently held by a Republican that voted for Hillary.

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May 8, 2018                                                                                                                                         (949) 371-3094                                                                                                                                                                                                Harder takes the lead in Primary Poll
Benenson Strategy Group releases polling that shows Harder surging as voters learn about him

(May 8th, 2018) —With early ballots beginning to hit doors, CA-10 Democratic Challenger Josh Harder released a poll showing Harder up 10 points since February, coming in 2nd overall in the horserace for June 5th. Conducted by Benenson Strategy Group with 550 likely primary voters in CA-10, Harder surpassed Democratic opponents Eggman and Madueño by 3 and 7 points respectively. More importantly, Harder’s message is resonating with voters with 28% favorable (up 21 points since February) and 11% unfavorable (up just 7 points). Finally, a previous poll conducted by Benenson of the general election universe showed Harder pulling within one point of Denham (46 Harder - 47 Denham) when voters heard messaging from both candidates. See the full results and methodology here

       For further information on the methodology of the poll, reach out to Nicole Nabulsi, contact information listed above. 


    For further information on the methodology of the poll, reach out to Nicole Nabulsi, contact information listed above. 

“We are excited about the outpouring of support that we’ve had over the last few months”, said Harder. “Our community has been left behind for too long and we’ll continue building momentum through June and defeat Denham in November.”

A product of California’s Central Valley, Josh Harder is running as a Democrat in California’s 10th District–currently represented by Republican Jeff Denham. Denham won re-election in 2016 by the 3rd narrowest margin of any Republican Congressman nationwide. The race has been listed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) as a top target in the 2018 midterms and is one of the 23 districts currently held by a Republican that voted for Hillary.
 

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April 30, 2018                                                                                                                       Phone: (949) 371-3094

Josh Harder continues momentum for CA-10, earning the sole endorsement of
Democratic Women’s Club of Stanislaus County for CA-10.

After announcing 5x more union endorsements and raising 5x more than any other CA-10 challenger, Harder announces the sole endorsement of Democratic Women’s Club of Stanislaus County (Democratic Women’s Club).

(April 29, 2018)—On Saturday, CA-10 Democratic Challenger Josh Harder (20 votes cast for Harder) earned the Democratic Women Club’s sole endorsement, over Michael Eggman (4 votes), Virginia Madueno (6 votes), and Sue Zwhalen (6 votes). This is just one aspect of Harder’s continued momentum—piling on the majority of union support in the district and raising over $350,000 in contributions during the 1st quarter-- raising a total of over $1,280,000.

“I’m honored to have earned the endorsement of the Stanislaus Democratic Women’s Club.  It’s yet another sign of consensus here in CA-10,” said Josh Harder. “Leaders in the district understand our campaign has what it takes to defeat Jeff Denham in November, and labor unions, grassroots clubs and local leaders are continuing to join forces with my campaign to knock on doors and make calls to take back the house in November.”

 Josh with members of the Women's Democratic Club the day of the Endorsement for CA-10.

Josh with members of the Women's Democratic Club the day of the Endorsement for CA-10.

 

"The Democratic Women's Club endorses Josh Harder for Congress, a strong advocate for women and families who will bring leadership and desperately needed vital resources back to the 10th congressional district" said Patty Hughes, President of the Stanislaus Women Democratic Club. "This endorsement continues our mission as we know Josh Harder will fight for equality for women by working hard to pass key legislation such as equal pay for equal work, expanding paid family leave, and protecting a woman’s right to choose in Washington, DC. Harder's bold agenda is dedicated to strongly pursuing the passage of health care for all, immigration reform, and common sense gun laws.”

In the past week, Harder was officially endorsed by Iron Workers 118, making Harder’s labor support 5 times that of any other challenger. He has been endorsed by several local organizations and individuals such as the Stanislaus State Democratic Club, the Chair of the Stanislaus County Democratic Club, Teamsters Joint Council 7, IBEW 595 and 684, and the Bricklayers, Tilesetters, and Allied Craftworkers Local 3.  Furthermore, Harder has secured the support of several prominent national groups including the New Dems, The Arena, J Street, and Council for a Livable World.

In the past three months, Harder’s campaign also announced they contacted over 40,000 voters in the district at least once—a milestone no other candidate in the district can attest to.

Harder is set to announce yet another labor endorsement in mid-May.

A product of California’s Central Valley, Josh Harder is running as a Democrat in California’s 10th District–currently represented by Republican Jeff Denham. Denham won re-election in 2016 by the 3rd narrowest margin of any Republican Congressman nationwide. The race has been listed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) as a top target in the 2018 midterms and is one of the 23 districts currently held by a Republican that voted for Hillary.

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April 6, 2018                                                                                                                            Phone: (949) 371-3094

Josh Harder accelerates momentum to take back CA-10 and
raises over $350,000 in Q1

After announcing union endorsements, Harder has now raised nearly $1.3 million - more than 2014 Democratic nominee Michael Eggman raised that entire election cycle

(April 6, 2018)-- Josh Harder started the year on a strong note raising $350,000 in contributions during the 1st quarter with over $800,000 cash on hand in the bank. In the last 12 months, Harder has now raised over $1,280,000, more than 3rd time CA-10 candidate Michael Eggman raised over the entire two-year cycle in 2014, the last midterm election in CA-10

“I’m incredibly excited and humbled by the outpouring of support,” said Josh Harder. “The energy in the district is ripe for change and I’m honored to be the choice of so many to defeat Denham.”

Harder opened his main campaign office in Modesto this January to capitalize on the energy and has since contacted tens of thousands of voters over the phone or by door to door canvassing. He has been endorsed by several local organizations and individuals such as the Stanislaus State Democratic Club, the Chair of the Stanislaus County Democratic Club, Internatinoal Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 595 and 684, and the Bricklayers, Tilesetters, and Allied Craftworkers Local 3.

Furthermore, Harder has secured the support of several prominent national groups including the New Dems, The Arena, J Street, and Council for a Livable World. 

The Harder Campaign also released the results of an independent poll conducted by Benenson Strategy Group with 577 likely general election voters in CA-10 comparing Josh Harder to incumbent Congressman Jeff Denham. 

After hearing information about both candidates, 41% of voters selected Michael Eggman compared to 52% for Jeff Denham. Harder is able to get within a point of Denham with 46% to Denham’s 47%-- after both positive and negative information about him, with a margin of error of 4.1%.  

A product of California’s Central Valley, Josh Harder is running as a Democrat in California’s 10th District–currently represented by Republican Jeff Denham. Denham won re-election in 2016 by the 3rd narrowest margin of any Republican Congressman nationwide. The race has been listed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) as a top target in the 2018 midterms and is one of the 23 districts currently held by a Republican that voted for Hillary. 

 

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