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Dave Roberts Rises to Become Top Contender to Challenge Bilbray

(SAN DIEGO) - Dave Roberts, Democratic candidate for the 50th Congressional District, announced yesterday that his campaign is off to a strong start since declaring his candidacy on September 3, 2009. The campaign raised $153,000 from over 300 contributors in just 27 days.

"I appreciate and am humbled by the overwhelming support our campaign has received from San Diegans who are looking for committed leadership and a dedication to tackling head on the challenges we face," said Dave Roberts. "Voters have been consistently telling us that they want a new type of candidate who is committed to finding solutions that are fiscally responsible and viable to help our community."

In just his first few weeks in the race, Roberts drew on a broad base of support, receiving contributions from Democrats, Independents and Republicans dissatisfied with the status quo.

With his years of experience as a local elected official, careers in the Air Force and the private sector, Roberts understands the economic conditions of the 50th Congressional District.

Dave Roberts, 48, is a two-term councilman and former Mayor, small businessman, and nationally recognized health policy advisor who has been working hard for his neighbors in San Diego County for many years. Roberts recently received a two-year federal appointment to serve on the national Advisory Panel for Medicare Education in the Obama Administration. In addition, he is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Leadership Institute, University of Virginia's Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership, as well as the U.S. Air Forces' Air Command and Staff College and Squadron Officer School. Dave holds an Associate of Science, Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Public Administration degrees.