FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 18, 2017
Contact: Ted Bordelon
314 Action Endorses Dr. Mai Khanh Tran for Congress in California’s 39th District
Dr. Tran Is a Vietnamese Refugee, Pediatric Physician with a Background in Scientific Research, and Two-Time Breast Cancer Survivor Who Has Seen Firsthand the Importance of Universal Healthcare
(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action announced its endorsement of Dr. Mai Khanh Tran, who is running for Congress in California. 314 Action is the nation’s largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office.
Dr. Mai Khanh Tran released the following statement:
"I'm proud to have earned the endorsement of 314 Action. As a doctor, I see so many patients come in with asthma and other breathing problems, and it's exactly what happens when facts and science don't matter in Washington. With hurricanes and flooding the the East of us, and wildfires that are worse than ever before right here at home in California, we don't need to go far to see what's happening. We cannot count on Ed Royce to stop Donald Trump’s assault on science, because Royce refuses to act on climate change and votes with Trump nearly 100 percent of the time. I will use my medical and science background in Congress to stand up for our families and our homes.”
Founder and Board President of 314 Action Shaughnessy Naughton released the following statement:
“We are thrilled to endorse Mai Khanh Tran for Congress. Mai Khanh’s experience embodies the American Dream, and her campaign is one of our top races in 2018. As a two-time breast cancer survivor, refugee and physician, Mai Khanh has proven that she will be nothing short of a fighter when elected to Congress. We need more leaders in Congress like Mai Khanh who have the experience, smarts and spirit to lead.”
About Mai Khanh:
A Vietnamese refugee who was one of the last children airlifted from Vietnam after the fall of Saigon, Mai Khanh was eventually reunited with her family and spent her summers as a farmworker to help her family make a living. After being accepted to Harvard, Mai Khanh worked as a janitor cleaning dorm bathrooms on campus and used Pell Grants to put herself through school.
Wanting to help the most vulnerable among us, Mai Khanh graduated Dartmouth-Brown Medical School and completed her residency in Pediatrics at UCLA before settling in Orange County where she has practiced as a pediatrician for over 25 years.
After traveling to Nevada to volunteer for the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, one of the first patients she saw after the election was a little girl with a brain tumor who stood to lose her insurance coverage with the repeal of the ACA. Mai Khanh decided she couldn't stand by and decided to step up to run for Congress.
Mai Khanh’s race:
Mai Khanh is taking on a longtime incumbent in Congressman Ed Royce who has not faced a strong challenge in years while he has lost touch with the district.
Once a Republican stronghold, Orange County and the 39th district shifted to Democrats at the top of the ticket by a large margin in 2016 and this district is already shaping up to be one of the top Democratic targets in the country to take back the House in 2018.
Mai Khanh is off to a strong start, but she is going up against one of the most well-funded incumbents in Congress and Republicans are sure to spend millions of dollars against her, she needs your help today.
314 Action has also endorsed challengers Hans Keirstead (CA-48) and Chrissy Houlahan (PA-6), as well as incumbents Jerry McNerney (CA-9), Paul Tonko (NY-20), and Louise Slaughter (NY-25).
314 Action is the largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office. 314 Action is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) that was founded by members of the STEM community, grassroots supporters and political activists. Formed in July 2016, 314 Action has over 225,000 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