Steve Beren (born September 9, 1951, New York, New York) is an American speaker, writer, and political activist from Seattle, Washington. Beren was also the 2006 and 2008 Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in Washington State's 7th Congressional District against incumbent Democratic Congressman Jim McDermott.
Beren is a Tea Party activist, fiscal conservative, social conservative, and an outspoken advocate for victory against terrorism. His campaigns have emphasized the issues of limited government, fiscal conservatism, foreign policy, immigration, and social conservatism. His goal is to start rebuilding the Republican Party in Seattle, and to get dialogue going on major issues. Beren has been quoted by Fox News as saying that Republicans should "have bold colors, wave the Republican flag boldly; wave fiscal conservatism, social conservatism, immigration conservatism — boldly." During the 2012 GOP presidential primaries, Beren endorsed Newt Gingrich.
Regarding immigration policy, Beren says, “I’ve always been for immigration. I’m for immigration today, and that’s why I’m opposed to comprehensive immigration reform. I’m for securing the border first.” 
Involvement in "Tea Party" Protests
When Seattle blogger and conservative activist Keli Carender organized the first Tea Party protest rally in February 2009, Carender contacted Beren, who promoted the event on his blog four days before the protest and spoke at the rally.
On August 12, 2009, when McDermott was scheduled to speak on healthcare to a Democratic Party meeting in Seattle, Beren initiated a call for a Tea Party protest outside the meeting. Beren had addressed an open letter to President Barack Obama that concludes: "Your socialized medicine plan would restrict our liberty, increase government control over our lives...and contradict some already existing rights."
2008 Election Campaign
Of the six candidates on the August 19, 2008 mixed party "top two" primary ballot, Beren was the only Republican, placing second and qualifying for the general election ballot. A few days before the primary, the Seattle Times called Beren "the longest of longshots" to unseat Congressman McDermott despite being a "Republican rising star."
In the November 4, 2008 general election, Beren lost to McDermott by a margin of 84%-16%. Beren received 57,054 votes in the strongly Democratic 7th Congressional District, compared to McDermott's 291,963. Beren ran slightly ahead of Republican presidential candidate John McCain, who received 55,200 votes in the 7th Congressional District.
Beren had been mentioned as a possible candidate for city council in the Seattle 2007 elections.
2006 Election Campaign
Beren also opposed McDermott in 2006, receiving 16% of the vote against McDermott's 79%. In 2006, the main issues Beren's campaign focused on were victory in the war against terrorism, tough border security, limited government, and energy independence.
During the 2006 campaign, Seattle Times columnist David Postman criticized Beren's immigration stance and argued that Beren's candidacy would not "appeal to the state's most liberal congressional district." Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter Kristen Millares Bolt wrote that Beren had the "strident tones" of a true believer.
In reporting on one of Beren's 2006 debates with McDermott, Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist Joel Connelly said Beren resorted to "Vietnam-era sound bites" and "displays a convert's zealotry toward the Iraq conflict." Also in 2006, Seattle Times editorial writer Ryan Blethen questioned Beren's qualifications and chances against an incumbent who "is assured of winning again by a wide margin."
During their October 5, 2006 debate in Shoreline, Washington, Congressman McDermott said of Beren, "having listened to my opponent here, I think you have a clear choice.... If you like what George Bush has done to this country for the last six years, vote for Steve because he needs another one - he needs another vote."
Born in New York City, Beren states that he was raised in a nominal Jewish home and later became an atheist. From 1968 to 1990 he was an activist for the Socialist Workers Party and a defender of Fidel Castro. By 1990 he quit the SWP due to exhaustion with it. After that he joined the Democratic Party. In 1995 he converted to Christianity. He remained with the Democratic Party until 2004. The September 11, 2001 attacks led to his turn toward to the Political Right and at age 52 he became a Republican.
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- The Conservative Alternative to President Obama
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- Steve Beren's official campaign site
- Steve Beren On Election Night by Don Ward, Seattle Weekly, 11/4/08
- The Challenger to Jim McDermott by Bruce Ramsey, Seattle Times, 11/3/08
- Beren finally gets his debate by Emily Heffter, Seattle Times, 10/22/08
- 'C'mon, vote Republican for a change!' - Beren radio ad by Emily Heffter, Seattle Times, 10/2/08
- Sparks in Spokane: a GOP odyssey - Beren "increasingly impressive" by Scott St. Clair, Crosscut.com, 6/28/08
- GOP journal: Report from a county convention - Beren "one of the most optimistic" by Scott St. Clair, Crosscut.com, 4/28/08
- Credit 2 House long shots for challenging safe seats by Joel Connelly, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 7/26/06
- McKenna Consultant is Original Local Tea Party Activist and Former Socialist by Josh Feit, Publicola, 9/14/11