June 28, 2018

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314 Action Announces 3 New Endorsements in Key Districts

Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, Sean Casten and Dr. Matt Longjohn Endorsed for U.S. House

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action, the largest organization created to support STEM professionals running for public office, announced three new federal endorsements for the 2018 election cycle:
Dr. Hiral Tipirneni (AZ-08): An ER physician and cancer research advocate running against Republican Debbie Lesko, who opposes universal health coverage.
Sean Casten (IL-06): A biochemical engineer, scientist and clean energy entrepreneur running in a closely watched district against incumbent Congressman Peter Roskam, who once called climate change “junk science.”
Dr. Matt Longjohn (MI-6): A physician and former National Health Officer for the YMCA who is emerging as the frontrunner in his primary and will face Fred Upton, who has voted against women’s health and has served in Congress since 1987.
These endorsements mark the latest round of federal candidates backed by 314 Action. More than 7,000 scientists have reached out for training and support since January 2017 when 314 Action launched its candidate recruitment effort.
Shaughnessy Naughton, President of 314 Action, released the following statement;
“314 Action is proud to support Dr. Hiral Tipirneni because her experience as an ER physician makes her uniquely suited to understand and offer solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing Arizonans, including ensuring quality and affordable healthcare for all and protecting the Medicare and Social Security benefits of hard-working Americans.”
“Sean Casten will use facts and evidence to guide his policy decisions, and 314 Action’s network of nearly 500,000 members is proud to stand with him. Sean’s background, experience and training as a scientist make me certain he will be a fierce advocate for evidence-based policy in Washington, and we are thrilled to support his campaign.”
“As a physician and former National Health Officer for the YMCA, Dr. Matt Longjohn has what it takes to tackle crucial issues like healthcare, Social Security and Medicare using fact-based, data-driven solutions. 314 Action is excited to endorse Matt because his expertise will be invaluable in Congress when it comes to these issues and more.”
Hiral Tipirneni released the following statement:
“Our nation faces complex issues from health care to immigration, and we should be using a bipartisan, evidence-based approach to address them. That’s not the case in Washington right now, but I’m incredibly proud that a data-driven approach to policy making helped us close a partisan gap by 16 points just a couple of months ago in our special election. I’m so honored to receive this endorsement again, and I believe we will be that change we seek in November."
Sean Casten released the following statement:
“I’m proud to have the support of  314 Action, which recognizes the importance of sending scientists to Congress. Their efforts in assisting candidates with backgrounds in science, technology, and engineering will help return much needed fact based policy solutions to Washington.”
Matt Longjohn released the following statement:
“I'm honored to have earned the endorsement of 314 Action, which represents the interests of more than 400,000 people who want to see doctors, engineers, and other people with science backgrounds elected to office. I obviously share their commitment to winning fact-based campaigns and to drive fact-based policies in Congress. I look forward to working with them throughout my campaign to defeat Fred Upton, who has been increasingly putting corporate and partisan interests ahead of science, facts, and the people in Southwest Michigan.”

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