Names in the news: Congressional candidates look ahead

As one national convention closes and another prepares to begin, PAW has collected updates on the Princeton alumni running for Congress in November. By our count, 10 Princetonians remain after the primaries – five Democats and five Republicans. If you know of other alumni candidates, please contact us.

 
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Ricky Gill ’08, a candidate in California’s 9th Congressional District, addressed the Republican National Convention Aug. 28. (Photo: © Harry E. Walker/Mct/MCT/ZUMAPRESS.com)
On the Republican side, two alumni delivered speeches at the national convention in Tampa: Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz ’92, who in his remarks predicted a “free-market tidal wave” in November; and 25-year-old Ricky Gill ’08, running for a House seat in California, who later noted that it was his first time using a teleprompter.
 
In other convention news, House Speaker John Boehner billed Randy Altschuler ’93 as one of four New York GOP candidates who could unseat a Democratic incumbent. Princeton’s other two Republican candidates are incumbents: Rep. Nan Hayworth ’81 of New York and Rep. Leonard Lance *82 of New Jersey.
 
Among Democrats, only one Tiger candidate has been scheduled to speak at next week’s convention in Charlotte: Rep. Jared Schutz Polis ’96 of Colorado, who plans to share his vision for “an inclusive and prosperous future.” First lady Michelle Obama ’85 also will address the delegates.
 

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Democrat Derek Kilmer ’96 won his primary in Washington’s 6th Congressional District. (Photo: Courtesy Port of Tacoma)
Derek Kilmer ’96, who recently won his House primary in Washington state, will watch President Barack Obama’s Sept. 6 speech with supporters at a theater in his home district. Hayden Rogers ’95, a first-time House candidate in North Carolina, plans to skip the convention and campaign locally, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times. The other Princeton candidates on the Democratic side are incumbents: Rep. John Sarbanes ’84 of Maryland and Rep. Terri Sewell ’86 of Alabama.