“The Teamsters and Marine Colonel Doug Applegate sound the alarm to wealth disparity and attacks on middle class working families,” said Teamsters Union Local 952 Secretary Treasurer Patrick D. Kelly.

Orange, CA – Today, 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.

Doug Applegate will again challenge controversial incumbent Rep. Darrell Issa to represent the 49th District in the June 2018 primary. The Colonel in his first political contest fought to overcome the narrowest vote gap (1,621) in the 2016 Congressional election cycle. His race was the very last one finally called on December 8th, 2016.

Momentum for the Applegate campaign continues to grow. Some notable endorsements include California State Senator Toni Atkins, VoteVets, National Nurses United, former Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Assemblymember Tom Daly, CA State American Postal Workers Union, CA State Association of Letter Carriers, IBEW Locals 47 & 441, Ironworkers 433, Plasters Union Local 200, and Teamsters Joint Council 42.


Douglas Applegate is a Colonel USMCR (retired). Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Marine Corps, the Department of the Navy, or the Department of Defense.