One is a Democrat from Florida, the other a Republican from Arizona, but they’re both radiologists who are drawing support from RADPAC for their first-time bids to win House seats in the 2018 fall election.
Mammographer Steve Sevigny, MD, an 18-year resident of Ormond Beach, just north of Daytona Beach, FL, announced in January that he is running to represent Florida’s 6th District to replace Rep. Ron DiSantis, who is seeking election as Florida’s governor.
Sevigny will face two Democrat opponents in an August 28 primary. The district is ranked by Charlie Cook’s Political Report as a partisan voter index (PVI) Republican +7. The PVI is a measurement of how strongly a U.S. congressional district or state leans toward the Democratic or Republican Party, compared to the rest of the country.
Sevigny is a partner in Radiology Associates Imaging and has been medical director of Twin Lakes Imaging Center since 2005. He has privileges at Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach. Sevigny, who grew up in Sarasota, has also served on the board of Reunion Bank of Florida and is a director of The National Bank of Commerce in Birmingham, Alabama. More information about Sevigny can be found on his election website.
Interventional radiologist Steve Ferrara, MD, also hopes to replace an incumbent who is seeking higher office. Ferrara is running to become the Republican nominee in the election for the next representative for Arizona’s 9th congressional district. He quickly lost the label of political neophyte when he launched his campaign in May 2017 to become the Republican frontrunner after incumbent Rep. Kyrsten Sinema announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate in September. This congressional district is ranked by Charlie Cook’s Political Report as a PVI D +4.
Ferrara is in a strong position with $600,000 in campaign contributions, including support from eight different specialty physician organizations. He has additional backing from many high-profile members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee based on his work as a legislative aide during his year as a National Academy of Sciences Congressional Health Policy Fellow.
Ferrara’s 25-year medical career climaxed in 2016 with appointment as the Navy’s chief medical officer and command over a health care system covering about 9.5 million beneficiaries. His career was defined by pioneering achievements including the introduction of endovascular therapies to the battlefield and leading Navy Medicine’s transition to becoming a High Reliability Organization. For more, see Ferrara’s campaign website.
RADPAC is happy to support both radiologist candidates, according to Ted Burnes, director of the political action committee.
“The party label does not matter to RADPAC,” Burnes said. “What matters when supporting radiologist candidates is the credibility of their candidacy. Do they have a realistic path to victory? Are they willing to work with the College and the radiology community on issues important to the profession and for patients?”
In addition to these federal candidates, RADPAC has seen more radiologists running in local races. In Louisville, KY, Karen Berg, MD, a radiologist specializing in mammography, is running for the State Senate in the 26th district.
In Billings, MT, Anne Giuliano, MD, is running for State House District 46. And in 2017, Nicole Saphier, MD, a RADPAC board member and director of breast imaging at Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute, ran the Morris Township Committee in New Jersey.
As a federal political action committee, RADPAC does not contribute to state and local races, but it will actively promote these radiologists in their state and local races.