Politics

New Democrats’ PAC Adds 16 Candidates to Watch List

Inclusion comes with a check and potential for endorsement

Texas Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, center, has been added to the NewDemPAC watch list. (Courtesy Lizzie Pannill Fletcher for U.S. Congress/Flickr)

The political arm of the moderate New Democrat Coalition is adding 16 more candidates to its watch list Monday.

The latest additions by NewDemPAC include Democratic challengers in open and Republican-held seats. Inclusion on the list comes with a $1,000 check, but it does not signify a full endorsement. The PAC made its first 16 endorsements earlier this month.

NewDemPAC plans to add more candidates to its watch list over the course of the cycle and make additional endorsements.

“These candidates have committed themselves to the bridge-building and big ideas that define the New Democrat Coalition. We welcome them to the team and expect big things from them this year,” NewDemPAC political director Jon Boughtin said in a statement.

The latest additions are:

  • Josh Harder (CA-10)
  • Katie Hill (CA-25)
  • Josh Butner (CA-50)
  • Nancy Soderberg (FL-06)
  • Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26)
  • Mel Hall (IN-02)
  • Sean Casten (IL-06)
  • Brendan Kelly (IL-12)
  • Kathy Manning (NC-13)
  • Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02)
  • Tom Malinowski (NJ-07)
  • Archie Parnell (SC-05)
  • Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (TX-07)
  • Elaine Luria (VA-02)
  • Abigail Spanberger (VA-07)
  • Lisa Brown (WA-05)

NewDemPAC started the watch list last fall as a way to get involved in races earlier. It named 12 Democratic challengers to the list in September, adding another 10 in November. The list has included candidates running for the same seat.

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