Record number of scientists running for office in 2018

At least 200 individuals with backgrounds in science, math, engineering and technology have launched bids for state House seats across the country, according to HuffPost.

The number marks the largest number of scientists to run for office in modern history. 

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The PAC 314 Action told the outlet that the candidates were running in elections for 7,000 state legislature seats. 

“The sheer number is really astonishing,” the group's founder, Shaughnessy Naughton, told the outlet. 

The PAC's membership expanded from 4,000 to 400,000 in 2017. 

Numerous members of the science community have expressed opposition to various Trump administration environmental policies, especially those on climate change. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpReturn hope to the Middle East by returning to the Iran Deal Government shutdowns tend to increase government spending 'Full Frontal' gives six-bedroom house to group that works with detained immigrants MORE pulled the U.S. from the Paris climate accord last year and has announced plans to scrap the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. 

The PAC is looking to recruit and train candidates for every level of government, from school boards to the federal government. 

Jason Westin, who worked in Texas at one of the country’s top cancer hospitals, announced last year he would challenge Rep. John CulbersonJohn Abney CulbersonNASA lost key support to explore Jupiter's moon Texas New Members 2019 Republicans must learn from the election mistake on immigration MORE (R-Texas), who is the chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee on commerce, justice and science that oversees NASA and the National Science Foundation.