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Friday, 06 August 2010 09:49



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Rep. Steve Austria’s Seat at Stake in November Mid-Term General Elections
C HICAGO (jGLi) – Filipino-American Congressman Steven Austria will be staking his office on the line as Ohio’s 7th District member of the U.S. House of Representatives when he faces four other candidates in the Nov. 2nd general elections.


Mr. Austria breezed through the primary elections last May 4th and he is in the thick of the campaign to retain his two-year term, no-term limit congressional seat. He beat out fellow Republican challenger John Mitchel for the Beavercreek district during the primary by collecting 83-percent to 17-percent of the votes, according to the records of the Ohio Secretary of State office.


“We’re very pleased,” Representative Austria said. “It’s been a privilege to represent the residents of the district. I’ve worked very hard to listen to the residents and represent them in Washington.”


Mr. Mitchel is a retired U.S. Air Force instructor pilot and acquisition officer who was on his third run for the seat.

Although a prohibitive candidate to win re-election,
Austria’s strongest challenge will come from Democrat primary winner William “Bill” Russell Conner, who has raised $6,846 and spent $2,953 as of June 30 for his campaign against Mr. Austria’s $599,775 in contributions and $307,237 in expenditure that they reported to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Editor’s Notes: Please see also other articles published in this website that mentioned or were about Steve Austria: Republican Party Delivers First Filipino-American Congressman , Textiles & Apparels’ SAVE ACT Introduced in U.S. Congress,   Fil-Am Solon Says Fight for “Full Benefits” for Filvets Not Over and Filipinos in Indonesia Are Top Earners, as Overseas-Filipino Facts Cited in NaFFAA Regional Conference

Austria also be up against Libertarian Party’s John David Anderson, who has raised $39,338 and spent $37,857; Independent Party’s Chad Kreemer, who raised $225 and spent $214; and Constitution Party’s David W. Easton, whose campaign collections and expenses were not reported.

Steve Austria, a first-term lawmaker who won 58-percent of the vote in 2008, was reported to have raised a large chunk of his campaign cash in the second quarter from political action committees organized by well-known U.S. companies.

He accepted $1,000 each from Boeing Aircraft, Exxon-Mobile, Eastman-Kodak and Halliburton, a Houston energy company whose chairman from 1995 to 2000 was former Vice President Richard Cheney.


In addition, he received $1,500 from Wellpoint, a major health insurance company; $2,000 from Cardinal Health of suburban Columbus, and $2,500 from the American Dental PAC.


S teve Austria’s late father, Dr. Clemente Austria, is a native of Tiaong, Quezon in the Philippines.


Mr. Austria was privately criticized for not supporting the Filipino Veterans Equity bill although his father was a guerilla under Gen. Douglas Macarthur during World War II. But he told this reporter in an interview because the Filipino Veterans Equity bill was inserted in the Stimulus bill without the knowledge of his party mates, he did not support what became the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by President Barack Obama.


Editor’s Note: Mr. Lariosa wrote an earlier article that defined Congressman Austria’s stand on the Filipino-Veterans’ Equity Bill. To read it, please click this link, Fil-Am Solon Says Fight for “Full Benefits” for Filvets Not Over


Steve Austria is the first second-generation Filipino American to be elected in the U.S. Congress. Both Representatives Bobby C. Scott, a Democrat from Virginia, and John Ensign, Jr., a Republican from Las Vegas, Nevada, are “30 percent Filipino-Americans" legislators. # # #


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