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André Carson

“I see a society where we are economically secure, have an education system that truly prepares our children, are treating our seniors with the respect they deserve, and have ended the war in Iraq. But most importantly, I would like to live in a community, and a country, where we are all respected and all given a voice so that we can shape our own futures.”
The past year has been a roller coaster ride for newly elected Congressman André Carson. His beloved grandmother, Congresswoman Julia Carson, served Indiana’s 7th District from 1996 until her death from lung cancer in December of last year. While he had initially planned to run in the May Primary for her seat, her death resulted in an additional January caucus and March Special Election.

After putting together a team to prevail in the spring, André as the new Member of Congress still had to fend off seven challengers in the May Primary. He will also face a rematch with Republican Jon Elrod and Libertarian Sean Shepard in the November election. André, as we’ve seen from his quick success, is well prepared for the fight and is dedicated to public service. He served on the Indianapolis/Marion County City-County Council in Indianapolis and was a strong advocate for neighborhood concerns. His decade long career in law enforcement began with a degree from Concordia University- Wisconsin and has most recently included working for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s Intelligence Fusion Center.

André has pledged to enact a responsible plan to end the Iraq war and bring our troops home. “We have lost thousands of lives, and spent a trillion dollars on a war based on lies and deceptions that has not made America safer or more secure.” Carson knows the funds for the failed war will be better spent on caring for senior citizens, creating jobs that can never be sent overseas, reducing barriers to affordable quality health care, and achieving energy independence.

From his own high quality public education to his wife’s career as an educator, André knows the rewards of investing in education. He is passionate about reforming No Child Left Behind with more funding and flexibility. The economic investment he wants America to make in education will attract the best and the brightest to teach and ensure our children are prepared for the jobs of the 21st Century.

The caring community André envisions for America necessitates providing for senior citizens who have spent their lifetime caring for others. He is committed to responsible management of Social Security and living up to the promises of Medicare. A dignified retirement in André’s view includes a straightforward prescription drug plan, health benefits that do not limit coverage while lining the pockets of big drug companies, and assurances against financial insecurity.

The holistic approach André has to improving American quality of life makes him focus strongly on protecting middle class families. Andre will strive to strengthen the children’s health insurance program, advocate for middle class tax relief and use corporate tax incentives to reward companies who keep jobs here rather than sending them overseas.

The American dream for working class families is to raise children in a home they own, pay for a college education and plan for a financially secure future; André believes that government can help families fulfill this dream. André is proud to be a voice for the next generation of leaders while carrying out his family’s tradition of public service. At 21st Century Democrats, we are proud to support his candidacy.

Race Facts

Race Type: Democratic Protect
Primary Opponent(s): Woody Myers, David Orentlicher and others
Primary Date: May 6, 2008
Primary Status: Won Primary
General Opponent(s): Jon Elrod (GOP), Sean Sheppard (Libertarian)
General Election Date: November 4, 2008
General Election Results: Won, 65.1% – 34.9%


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