New Dems roll out 5 endorsements

The centrist New Democrat Coalition is throwing its weight behind five new House candidates.

The group is backing Iraq War veteran Dr. Manan Trivedi (D) in his race for retiring Rep. Jim Gerlach's (R-Pa.) seat.

It's also picked favorites in open-seat contested primaries. The group's PAC is supporting Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar (D), who's in a crowded primary to succeed Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.); Emily Cain, who's running to succeed Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine); former Virginia Lt. Gov. Don Beyer (D), who's running for retiring Rep. Jim Moran's (D-Va.) seat; and Kathleen Rice's (D) bid to succeed retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.).

"These candidates understand that the key to our nation's economic resurgence is a shared policy vision that will help to unlock our boundless innovative potential. As small-business owners, veterans, doctors and advocates, they represent America at its best," Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), the PAC's chairman, said in a statement.

The five join Gwen Graham (D), running against Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.), and Montana House candidate John Lewis (D) as endorsees.

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