Francine Busby will formally announce her candidacy for California's 50th Congressional District at a press conference to be held April 16 at 12:00 p.m. at Cottonwood Park in Encinitas, 95 N. Vulcan Avenue.
President Barack Obama won the district by over 4% in the 2008 general election (51% to 46.8%). These figures represent a stark change in a political landscape that saw President George H.W. Bush carry the district by 11.3% in 2004.
Democrats have made significant strides in decreasing the voter registration gap from over 56,000 in 2004 to less than 36,000 in 2008. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has also put the 50th Congressional District on its target list for the 2010 election cycle.
Busby says, "Voters called for change in 2008 when they elected Barack Obama. (Incumbent Congressman) Bilbray didn't heed the message. He played a reckless, cruel game of politics with the lives of struggling San Diegans when he voted no on Recovery and Reimbursement Act that would bring millions of federal stimulus dollars into our economy.
Francine Busby first ran for Congress in 2004 against incumbent Randy "Duke" Cunningham, who is currently serving an eight-year sentence for conspiracy to commit bribery, tax evasion and other charges.
In the election to replace Cunningham, Busby garnered the highest percentage of voters in the primary (43%), but fell to Republican Brian Bilbray in what is to this day the most expensive Congressional campaign battle in history. Busby has served as a Cardiff school board district trustee and as the leader of the North County Democratic Unity PAC.