In this Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 photo, Nick Popaditch, center, candidate for 53rd congressional district and a United States Marine veteran who fought in Iraq and sustained serious injuries, works with his campaign volunteers in his office in La Mesa, Calif. "I was looking at my government and I wasn't happy with it," says the ex-gunnery sergeant. "So rather than complain, I decided to run myself. I thought I could do a better job, and I still feel that way." (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

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In this Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 photo, Nick Popaditch, center, candidate for 53rd congressional district and a United States Marine veteran who fought in Iraq and sustained serious injuries, works with his campaign volunteers in his office in La Mesa, Calif. "I was looking at my government and I wasn't happy with it," says the ex-gunnery sergeant. "So rather than complain, I decided to run myself. I thought I could do a better job, and I still feel that way." (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
In this Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 photo, Nick Popaditch, center, candidate for 53rd congressional district and a United States Marine veteran who fought in Iraq and sustained serious injuries, works with his campaign volunteers in his office in La Mesa, Calif. "I was looking at my government and I wasn't happy with it," says the ex-gunnery sergeant. "So rather than complain, I decided to run myself. I thought I could do a better job, and I still feel that way." (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
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