National Nurses United


"We are proud to endorse Doug Applegate for Congress because he supports single-payer Medicare for All so that everyone gets the therapeutic health care they deserve",  said Deborah Burger, RN, NNU co-president.

“The people of the 49th Congressional District need a change of leadership in Washington,” Burger continued.  “Doug Applegate’s experience, progressive values and dedication to our communities prepare him well to be our Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

"I could not be prouder to stand shoulder to shoulder with National Nurses United in the pursuit of Medicare for All,” said Col. Applegate. “There is no group that has been more visionary and tireless in organizing to make quality healthcare a human right for ALL Americans. I am humbled and honored by their endorsement, and look forward to achieving our common cause in Congress."

The Progressive Democrats of America national organization has endorsed Doug Applegate as the one truly progressive Democratic candidate in his run for the 49th Congressional District. 

"Col. Applegate has not only served our country with honor, but is a stalwart champion on issues important to all of us.  We enthusiastically endorse him and look forward to him being a fighter for us all as CA-49's representative in DC.  Doug very nearly defeated the incumbent, Darrell Issa in 2016, and we're excited to be helping him win the seat in 2018."  Donna Smith, Executive Director, Progressive Democrats of America.

Read the press release.



“Doug Applegate has service in his blood.  Given his smarts, he could have done anything, but he followed the path of his father – a World War II veteran – and joined the Marines,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets. “When his country needed him, Doug was there. When his community needs him, Doug is there.  That kind of dedication, always putting others before himself, is so desperately needed in Washington. He’s going to be a tremendous Congressman for the 49th district.”

Founded in 2006, the mission of VoteVets.org Political Action Committee is to elect Veterans to public office, with a focus on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and hold public officials accountable for their words and actions that impact America's 21st century troops and veterans. Though VoteVets.org PAC is non-partisan, candidates it backs must support VoteVets.org's core mission and beliefs.

Teamsters Union Local 952


Teamsters endorse Doug Applegate for Congress at a joint press conference at the Local 952 Union Hall in Orange. Local 952 is one of hundreds of Teamster locals across America. The Teamsters are one of the largest and most diverse unions in America with over 1.4 million members who work in various trades and industries.
Patrick D. Kelly, the Teamsters Union Local 952 Secretary Treasurer, said, “Colonel Applegate will be a transformational Congress person who will fight to protect mortgage interest deductions and California state and local tax deductions instead of giving America more tent cities like we have right here on the Santa Ana river bank.”

“Washington needs leaders who will represent all men and women; stand up against income disparity; and deliver affordable housing, healthcare, higher education, apprenticeships and jobs,” said Doug Applegate.


Justice Democrats announced their 2017 slate of candidates, highlighting Col Doug Applegate in California’s 49th race.  Cenk Uygur, CEO of The Young Turks, and founder of Justice Democrats stated on-air, "l want to tell you about Doug Applegate. He's a Marine Colonel, unabashed Bernie supporter, and progressive... and he's running against Darrell Issa. He almost beat him last time. He only lost by [1621] votes. ...That's a REAL fighter. Issa is this close to losing. He's one of the worst Republicans in Congress. GO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.” Read the full press release here. 

Americans for Democratic Action


 "Applegate almost beat Republican Darrell Issa in 2016, losing by just 1600 votes.  Issa took the temperature of the district and realized he probably wouldn't win this one, so he bowed out, opening the door to a bought-and-paid for corporate Democrat to challenge Applegate.  We're sticking with the Progressive in this race". - Americans for Democratic Action  

State Senator Toni Atkins

In endorsing Colonel Applegate Senator Atkins said, "Doug Applegate's 2016 race against Darrell Issa made San Diegans believe that the 49th district was winnable. I know that he can and will finish in 2018 the work he started in the last election. He has been unwavering in his support for the issues that I’ve made my life's work and will decide the 2018 elections, foremost among them universal healthcare and affordable housing. I look forward to working with Doug to develop federal legislation that is responsive to the needs of local communities.”

Orange County Assemblymember Tom Daly

"Doug Applegate has already proven himself to be a fierce fighter for the 49th and he'd make an excellent Member of Congress," said Assemblymember Daly.  "Doug has a lifetime of leadership and service, and he's ready to apply his knowledge and experience from day one."

"I'm honored by Assemblymember Daly's endorsement," said Col Applegate. "Tom is a leader in addressing homelessness, affordable housing, mass-transit infrastructure and acting on climate. I look forward to finding ways we can work together on these issues, for the betterment of Orange County and the entire 49th." 

San Diego Democrats for Environmental Action

At their first endorsement meeting for the 2018 election cycle, San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action proudly endorsed the following candidates:
CA-49 Doug Applegate
San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Dist. 4 Nathan Fletcher
San Diego City Council, Dist. 8 Vivian Moreno

CA State Association of Letter Carriers

"Col. Applegate is the leader that will fight for California’s working families and stand-up to Washington Insiders," said CA State Association of Letter Carriers President Harold Kelso

“We need change in Washington DC and Col. Doug Applegate is the best candidate to send Darrell Issa packing to an early retirement,” said California State Association of Letter Carriers president, Harold Kelso. “Col. Applegate has the courage to stand-up to Donald Trump and the Washington insiders, he is not afraid to fight for workers, students and seniors. We urge our labor brothers and sisters and the residents of the 49th Congressional District to join us in supporting Col. Doug Applegate for Congress.”

California State American Postal Workers Union

"We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Colonel Applegate in his bid to replace Darrel Issa," said California State APWU President Mike Evans

“Darrel Issa is no friend to working families and Colonel Applegate is the candidate that will send him home packing,” said California State APWU president, Mike Evans. “In Congress, Colonel Applegate will fight against privatization of the postal service, maintain direct home delivery, push for postal reform including for some basic banking transactions at post offices, as well as restoring mail delivery standards that were in effect on July 2012.”

Former Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez Endorses Colonel Doug Applegate for Congress

“Congressional Representatives face many tough decisions on the economy, national security, and healthcare, and I trust Doug Applegate will fight to protect seniors, veterans, and working families,” said Loretta Sanchez. “I’m proud to endorse his candidacy and encourage others to join me in supporting Doug Applegate for Congress.” 

International Union of Painters & Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 36

“Colonel Applegate promises to effectively advocate for public policies and legislative actions that will improve employment and wages in California, improve worker safety, and ensure protection for working families and communities,” said District Council 36, Painters & Allied Trades Political Director, Robert Smith. 


Orange County Professional Firefighters Association Local 3631



Plumbers, Steamfitters, Welders & Apprentices Union Local 582 Endorses Col Applegate for Congress

Mr. Anthony Novello, Business Manager, representing Local 582 of the Plumbers, Steamfitters, Welders & Apprentices Union, today endorsed Colonel Doug Applegate for California’s 49th Congressional District, saying “Colonel Applegate will be taking a strong stance against the Republicans' "Right-to-Work" law which is an attack on unions all over the country. Doug will stand up for American workers and families by fighting for increased wages, fighting for better benefits, and fighting for stronger unions."

Plasterers Union Local 200 

“We stand hand in hand with Colonel Applegate in his bid to replace Darrell Issa,” said Plasterers Union Local 200 Business Agent, Christian Bettencourt.  “Together we will fight for better jobs, union quality trained workers, and health care for all.”

Roofers, Waterproofers & Allied Workers Local 220

“Colonel Applegate has proven himself, time and again, that he is a warrior for working families,” said United Union of Roofers Waterproofers Business Manager Brent Beasley. “I believe Col. Applegate will work hard to represent the constituents of the District."

Ironworkers 433 

“Colonel Applegate will promote policies and legislation that encourage a fair and even playing field for our members and the community,” said Ironworkers 433 Business Agent Keith Harkey. “His support for apprenticeship programs will give opportunities to men and women to become highly trained and to excel."

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 441 

“As a resident of the 49th Congressional District, former Marine, and Vietnam Veteran, I support Colonel Doug Applegate for Congress. A Marine Colonel is taught his first responsibility is to his men and the mission,” said Doug Mangione, IBEW Local 441 Political Director. “I know Colonel Doug Applegate will bring the same pride and sense of responsibility to take care of the needs of our country, state, and district.  Whether it’s for veterans, working families, or the environment, Colonel Applegate will stand with us.”

IBEW Local 47

Pat Lavin representing Local 47 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, endorsed Colonel Doug Applegate for California’s 49th Congressional District, saying “USMC Marines are Brothers always and forever!  Every one of our Corps, till the day we die and beyond, has a duty to all the citizens of the USA, to protect and defend the principles of democracy that our great republic is built upon! I'm confident that my friend, Col Doug Applegate will uphold that sacred obligation in the halls of Congress upon his arrival, to the very best of his considerable ability!!
Semper Fi.” 

Chuck Lowery, Deputy Mayor Oceanside 

Gina Clayton-Tarvin, Ocean View School District Board President

Rich Alderson, Vista School Board President

Cipriano Vargas, Vista School Board

Sunday Gover, Candidate 77th Assembly District 

Former San Diego Supervisor Pam Slater-Price

 “Colonel Doug Applegate truly fits the needs of the 49th district. His legal and military expertise combined with his strong platform is the winning combination for CA-49. As our Congressman, Applegate will work on legislation that leaves no one behind and brings back economic growth to the constituents. That’s why it is my honor to endorse Doug Applegate for Congress,” said Supervisor Pam Slater-Price. Read the full press release here. 

Former Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton


“I am proud to endorse Colonel Doug Applegate for Congress. He is the perfect candidate to represent the needs of the Camp Pendleton community, Southern California, veterans and promotion of economic growth for the 21st century. His many years of legal and military experience combined with his ideals is what CA-49 needs.” said former Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton.  Read the press release here. 


Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson is an American spiritual teacher, author and lecturer. She has published twelve books, including four New York Times number one bestsellers.

 “People like Doug Applegate of the Democrats are going to restore not only the soul of the Democratic Party, but the soul of our country. And we’ll reclaim our democracy. If you are in California 49, please vote for Doug. Let’s make it happen.” Marianne Williamson.




South Orange County Democratic Club

San Diego Progressive Democratic Club



San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action


Democrats of MiraCosta College

Palomar College Democrats

Saddleback Young Democrats

Mission Vista High School Democrats


"Today the Democratic Club of Vista endorsed Doug.  The members of the Democratic Club of Vista voted for Doug based on relationships that he has developed with the club members. The vote for Applegate substantiated club members’ belief in him as the person who will carry the progressive message." Sue Alderson, President.