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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 26, 2018

Contact: Ted Bordelon
(267) 469-7048
ted@314action.org

314 Action Endorses Ocean Engineer Joe Cunningham for Congress in SC-1

Cunningham's Opposition to Offshore Drilling Creating Stark Contrast with Opponent

 

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action endorsed ocean engineer Joe Cunningham for Congress in South Carolina’s First Congressional District, a seat formerly held by long-time incumbent, Mark Sanford. 314 Action is the nation’s largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office.

Joe worked as an ocean engineer designing, permitting and overseeing the construction of marina and coastline development. His work balanced the need for coastal development while reducing the impact on natural resources including coral reefs. Later Joe attended law school where he served as the President of the Chase College of Law Student Bar Association and was elected the American Bar Association’s Vice-Chair of the Law Student Division, where he fought to curtail the rising costs of higher education. 

Recently Joe was endorsed by two Republican mayors because of his stance opposing offshore drilling near South Carolina's beaches in stark contrast to his Republican opponent, Katie Arrington. 

 Joe Cunningham released the following statement:

 “As an ocean engineer, I know firsthand how devastating offshore drilling and seismic testing would be for the Lowcountry’s environment and economy. In Congress, I’ll use my science background to support evidence-based policies that protect the Lowcountry’s coastline and natural resources and prepare us for a clean energy future.”

 Shaughnessy Naughton, President of 314 Action, released the following statement:

 “314 Action is proud to endorse Joe Cunningham for Congress in South Carolina’s First District. With dysfunction in Congress at an all time high, sending a trained engineer who will focus on solving problems rather than partisan battles is a great idea. From protecting South Carolina’s coastal waters and communities to creating jobs, Joe will focus on delivering for his constituents—not corporate interests.”

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314 Action is the largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office. 314 Action was founded by members of the STEM community, grassroots supporters and political activists. Formed in July 2016, 314 Action has over 400,000 active members and donors across the United States. 314 Action is concerned that STEM education in the United States is falling further and further behind the rest of the world, that our political leaders continue to deny scientific facts and that Congress fails to fully fund scientific research so we can solve pressing issues. For more information, visit 314action.org