While the President is elected every 4 years, and a Senator every 6, members of the House of Representatives are up for elections every two years. Which means every two years, every member of Congress must face off against whatever challenger happens to be running against them. John Boehner has been safe in his seat for many years, without a strong challenger running against him, and always enjoyed double-digit leads over any challenger, never getting under 60% of the vote. Many times, the Democratic Party did not even bother running a candidate against Congressman Boehner.
However, in 2014, times are changing.
Meet Andrew Hounshell, an Army Veteran, steelworker, father, husband.
He is still getting organized, but so far has been pounding the pavement, engaging in the old fashioned method of campaigning. Instead of fancy ad blitz campaigns paid for with big corporate money, he’s out there meeting people, taking his message to them. His donation page is set up for the small time donor. He has 20 months in which to get his message to the people of the 8th District of Ohio. And he is wasting no time in doing it.
(I have to say this guy seems like the real deal. Click the link to read more of his personal story and why he’s running.)