Updated: Sep 24, 2019
Biotech veteran raises more than any Democrat has ever reported for a quarter in current CA-08 and more than Paul Cook has raised in a quarter since 2012
For Immediate Release: (July 11, 2019)
Mammoth Lakes, CA— Democrat Chris Bubser, an engineer and former biotech executive turned community organizer, will report raising nearly $205,000 since beginning her campaign for California’s 8th Congressional District 10 weeks before June 30. She is challenging four-term Republican Congressman Paul Cook.
Bubser’s Q2 fundraising total is the most any Democrat has raised in a single quarter in the current 8th District and more than Paul Cook has raised in a quarter outside of his October 2012 report. Cook posted $89,000 for his first quarter report, with 75% of that coming from Washington political action committees. Bubser is refusing contributions from corporate PACs.
“Washington needs a dose of truth for a change,” said Bubser. “I’ve spent my career promoting fact-based solutions to help improve lives. That’s what we need in a representative, not someone who puts their partisan interests or big corporate donors ahead of us. People here work too hard to be left behind. I’m so grateful for the outpouring of support for our campaign and look forward to growing our momentum.”
Chris Bubser started her campaign on April 22, Earth Day, and her effort has been met with excitement and support throughout the district - a district in which Democrats have narrowed the Republican party registration advantage to under 4 percentage points.
“Families here deserve access to quality and more affordable health care, opportunities for good jobs, and safe neighborhoods,” said Bubser. “And we must protect the natural spaces that are critical for a thriving economy in our vast part of California.”
A daughter of Pennsylvania coal country, Chris moved to Southern California after earning a degree in engineering at Lehigh University. Following her MBA at UCLA, Chris spent nearly three decades working in and for health care companies advancing groundbreaking medical treatments, working with doctors and patients. But she also saw that many who needed those treatments couldn’t afford them. Last year, she left the business world to stand up for those people.
“I know through my long career in health care that medical advances are often out of reach for so many Americans - I’ve seen it professionally and personally and it’s just unacceptable,” Bubser said. “When Paul Cook voted to abolish the ACA, which would have robbed 100,000 residents of the 8th District of their health insurance, I got off the sidelines to fight the repeal of the ACA. But that one win was not enough, because the attacks kept coming. I learned through experience that a vote in Washington is the only way to make sure that the families and children here are protected, and that it takes political courage to stand up to the special interests and the current administration. But that is what the people of CA-08 deserve and need.”
Chris launched her campaign on Earth Day because the accelerating climate crisis represents a mounting threat to the health of the district.
“As a mother of two and lover of the outdoors, addressing climate change is extremely personal to me,” said Bubser. “The national parks and environmental wonders of our district are treasures that are also inextricably linked to the health of our economy and our jobs. We must protect our natural spaces so the people of this district can thrive. To do this we need a fundamental change in how our district is represented. I will put the hardworking people first.”
Chris is active in the Mammoth Lakes community where she and husband David share a home and their two children grew up skiing, backpacking, hiking, fishing and mountain biking. Chris is a volunteer with Eastern Sierra Disabled Sports and the National Wounded Warrior Center.
The 8th District stretches along much of California’s eastern border, and includes parts of San Bernardino County, and all of Inyo and Mono counties. The district includes the communities of Apple Valley, Barstow, Bishop, Hesperia, Highland, Mammoth Lakes, Trona, Twentynine Palms, Victorville, Yucaipa, Yucca Valley, and Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Parks.