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The election to replace guilty pleading-bribe accepting-Randy Duke Cunningham's seat in the House is just two months away, it's scheduled for April 11.  This is a swing district (CA-50) which presents a real opportunity to replace one conservative Republican in the House with a sensible, solid Democrat.

The Democratic candidate is Francine Busby, who last faced Dukey boy in 2004 and captured an admirable 37% of the vote (Duke received 58%)!  With the obvious advantage of incumbency taken away from her new Republican opponent (Duke held this seat for years), in addition to the the American (and San Diegan) public's distaste for the recent charges of corruption embroiling the GOP, this could easily be a pickup for us.  The district is just slightly more Republican than Democrat, meaning that turnout could be the deciding factor in this race!  The road to a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives could begin with this election.  Of course, this seat may still be an uphill battle for a member of our party, so the candidate will need all the help she can get.  You can find out how to contribute or get involved with the campaign here:

A little bit about our candidate (from Busby's website): Francine is an adjunct Professor of Women's Studies at Cal State U-San Marcos, is  currently serving as the elected trustee of the Cardiff School District Board, is the Past President of the Cardiff Education Foundation where she lead the effort to raise $450,000 for Cardiff Schools to improve technology in the classroom and hire educational specialists.  Francine is also the founding president of the Casa Theresa Central Guild to provide assistance to pregnant women (Busby is pro-choice).  She also serves as a Board Member of Friends of the Cardiff Library, Board Member of Cardiff Soccer Club, Past President of the Parent Staff Organization of the Cardiff School District and Scout Leader of Girl Scouts.

Originally posted to anthonyLA on Fri Feb 10, 2006 at 12:38 PM PST.

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