FilAm Congresswoman Hopeful From Texas Files as “write-in” Candidate for CD-10

TEXAS (Aug. 4) — With four weeks left till the Special Election and calling her campaign a long-shot, Tiffany Estrella Attwood, known as the “Soccer Mom,” filed today as a “write-in” candidate for California’s 10th Congressional District.  “While we were filing the candidacy papers to be put on the ballot, the County Elections Clerk informed me that I was five days short of being an eligible Democratic Candidate.”  “I’ve been an undeclared voter since I was 18 but always voted Democrat.”  According to the Elections Department, there are roughly 49,500 “Declined to State” voters within Contra Costa alone.

“Over the past few weeks I’ve really been urged by the Filipino and Latino and community to give them a voice in this election.  Essentially, there’s a demographic of people that believe their issues aren’t being addressed,” Attwood said.   Attwood is currently the only woman to run with Filipino, Latino, American Indian and Portuguese ancestry.  “Tiffany is the epitome of Multi-Culture in America,” states her Campaign Manager for Congress. “When you look at her heritage, you can’t help saying, “Hey, isn’t that the Melting-Pot Mom?”

Historically, there have been only seven Congressional Candidates that have waged a successful write-in campaign:  Charles F. Curry, Jr. (R – Sacramento, CA), Dale Alford (D – Arkansas), Joe Skeen (R – New Mexico), Ron Packard (I – California), Charlie Wilson (D – Ohio), Shelley Sekula-Gibbs (R – Texas), Peter Welch (D – Vermont).  Strom Thurmond (Democrat, later Republican – South Carolina) is the only Senatorial Candidate to have ever won a U.S. Senate seat as a write-in.

Another write-in hopeful is Marianne Williamson (Democrat), who is Oprah Winfrey’s spiritual advisor and author of several self-help books.  Williamson was last reported to have visited the Contra Costa County Elections Department on July 23rd.  Sources close to Williamson said that she had inquired over the write-in requirements, but was not seen with any of the filing papers.  Williamson has yet to announce her intentions for Congress and could not be reached for comment.

On August 6th there will be a Protest Rally for all Filipinos whose voices should be heard at the Solano County Democratic Debate.  For the second time, Attwood was not invited to debate due to “logistical problems” and will not be allowed to express her concerns.

The Rally will start at 6:30 in front of the Solano County Old Court House (580 Texas Street) and may proceed to march over to the Plaza of the Solano County Administrative Center (675 Texas Street), which is across the street and start the activities.

“We expect to have Univision, Telemundo T.V. and newspaper coverage on this event.  “If you believe your voice needs to be heard for the future of you and your children, then you’ll want to be at this event” says Attwood.

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