Interventional radiologist Steve Ferrara, MD, has released fundraising totals from his first quarter as a congressional candidate.
In his first eight weeks as a candidate, Ferrara raised $256,243 and ended the fundraising quarter with more than $245,000 cash on hand. The amount raised by Dr. Ferrara in his first quarter is believed to be a record for a first-time congressional candidate in Arizona. In Washington, DC, political circles, raising $200,000 per quarter is a threshold for a candidate’s viability.
Ferrara outraised four of the five Republican incumbent House members in the Arizona congressional delegation. His campaign’s early performance attracted coverage from political publications such as POLITICO Pro Campaigns and the National Journal.
Ferrara is running in the Arizona’s 9th congressional district for a seat held by Rep. Kyrsten Sinema. Located near Phoenix, the 9th congressional district is considered one of a few competitive congressional districts in the country.
Ferrara has recently been endorsed by Congressman Michael Burgess, MD, Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee: “Dr. Steve Ferrara has served America’s bravest on the front lines, and now he deserves an opportunity to serve America in Congress. His experience in the medical field and in the armed forces would be so tremendously valuable to future policy making ... as a physician serving in Congress, I am pleased to endorse Dr. Steve Ferrara.”
RADPAC has also endorsed Dr. Ferrara’s campaign: “The radiology community enthusiastically supports Dr. Ferrara as a physician, a health policy expert and someone whose lifelong commitment to service means that he will be an effective advocate for our patients in Washington. We're delighted to see his campaign off to such a strong start,” RADPAC Chair Geraldine McGinty, MD, FACR.
Ferrara was born and raised in Phoenix before joining the U.S. Navy at the outset of the first Gulf War. As a combat doctor, he pioneered new lifesaving therapies on the battlefields of Afghanistan. As the Navy’s chief medical officer, he ran a military health care system that cared for over 9.5 million active and retired service members and their families around the world. He is now practices interventional radiology at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix.
To learn more about Dr. Ferrara’s campaign, visit Ferrara’s website to learn more about his campaign.