July 11th, 2017
To: Interested Parties
From: Nicole DeMont, Bryan Caforio for Congress Campaign Manager
Re: Bryan Caforio’s Strong Start to His Campaign for California’s 25th Congressional District
May 13th: Caforio Launches Campaign for California’s 25th District
Among hundreds of local leaders, friends, and neighbors, Bryan Caforio kicked off his campaign for California’s 25th Congressional District in Palmdale on May 13th. Since then, the energy and momentum from the largest kick-off in the history of the 25th District has continued to grow.
Strong Fundraising Reflects Early Momentum
Caforio raised $223,018 in the second quarter, even though he didn’t launch his campaign until halfway through the quarter. Eighty percent of those contributions were less than $200, and the median contribution was $25. Caforio’s early fundraising reflects Caforio’s widespread support and ensures he will have the resources necessary to communicate with voters and spread his positive message throughout the 25th District.
25 for the 25th: Community Leaders Support Caforio
In the first few weeks of the campaign, dozens of local community leaders endorsed Caforio’s campaign. These twenty-five local elected and appointed officials came together from all levels of local government throughout the 25th District. From school boards and water boards, planning commissions and agricultural associations, neighborhood councils and advisory committees, these community leaders know what kind of leadership the 25th District needs, and know they can count on Caforio to always put our community first.
Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom Endorses Caforio
In a testament to the strength of Caforio’s candidacy, Lieutenant Governor and 2018 gubernatorial frontrunner Gavin Newsom endorsed Caforio’s campaign just two weeks after launching and highlighted Caforio’s commitment to fight “until every family has quality healthcare they can rely on.”
Labor Comes Out Strong for Caforio
The son of two union members, Caforio is proud to stand with the hard-working men and women in labor who know that he will stand up for good-paying jobs and strong retirement benefits for middle-class workers throughout the 25th District. In these first few weeks, Caforio has already announced endorsements from the United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Welders Local 761, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 40, Sheet Metal Workers Local 105, and the United Aerospace Workers Local 887.
The Horse Race: Caforio Outperforms All Other Democratic Challengers Combined
It’s clear that the continued momentum and support from the hard-fought 2016 race gives Caforio a convincing lead amongst Democrats and puts him in a prime position to defeat Steve Knight. Seventeen months before the election, the first poll of the cycle showed Caforio with more than a 3:1 lead in the primary thanks to strong support from a broad coalition of Democratic voters, including women, Latinos, and millennials. Even among this more conservative primary electorate, Caforio is already tied with Rep. Knight.
Caforio was born and raised in Southern California by two public school teachers, attended UCLA and Yale Law School, worked for a United States federal judge, and practices as an attorney taking on some of the world’s biggest banks and corporations. Bryan lives in Santa Clarita with his wife Lisa, who serves as a Deputy City Attorney at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.
California’s 25th Congressional District covers northern Los Angeles County and part of Ventura County, including the Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley, and Simi Valley. Hillary Clinton won the district by more than six points in 2016, registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans, and the district is majority-minority. The district is now considered a “toss-up” and is held by Tea Party Republican Steve Knight, whom national Republicans have publicly identified as one of their most vulnerable incumbents.