Democrats need to pick up 17 seats to take back the House, a tall order in an off-year, when the party holding the White House typically loses seats.
But the nine new recruits bring the overall number of Jumpstart candidates to 16, a solid recruiting class at this point in the cycle. In a statement, DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) said recruitment is proceeding apace.
“Our recruiting is already ahead of schedule, and these Jumpstart candidates are standouts – women and men who have spent their careers solving problems and putting the middle class ahead of partisan ideology,” he said.
The new Jumpstart candidates are:
—Former state Sen. Staci Appel, challenging Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa)
—Businesswoman Erin Bilbray-Kohn, challenging Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.)
—Former state Rep. Pam Byrnes, challenging Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.)
—Retired Army Maj. Gen. Jerry Cannon, challenging Rep. San Benishek (R-Mich.)
—Former state Rep. Jennifer Garrison, challenging Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio)
—Attorney Roxanne Lara, challenging Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.)
—John Lewis, who worked as Sen. Max BaucusMax BaucusThe mysterious sealed opioid report fuels speculation Lobbying World Even Steven: How would a 50-50 Senate operate? MORE' (D-Mont.) state director, running for Montana's at-large district, which is currently held by Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who may run for Senate
—Retired Navy commander Suzanne Patrick, challenging Rep. Scott RigellScott RigellGOP rushes to embrace Trump GOP lawmaker appears in Gary Johnson ad Some in GOP say Trump has gone too far MORE (R-Va.)
—Tompkins County Legislator Martha Robertson, challenging Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.).