2018 Candidates Endorsed by DUH
DUH has chosen not to seek 501(c)(3) status deliberately so that we can endorse specific candidates and legislation. In order to gain DUH's endorsement, a candidate must not only say he or she supports NIMA, Medicare for All, or single-payer (no politispeak about "affordable" healthcare!), but they must walk their talk consistently when speaking, appearing at public events, in what they write, and most importantly, in their voting record if they have held public office. If that consistency is absent, they will not be endorsed.
For example, of the 16 co-sponsors of S. 1804, the following have chosen to abandon Bernie and Medicare for All in favor of the Alexander-Murray "bipartisan" plan: Tammy Baldwin, Al Franken, Heidi Heitkamp and Amy Klobuchar. Obviously, none of them would be endorsed by DUH.
November 6, 2018 will be an election day upon which we will have a chance to cause a tsunami of change in Congress. All 435 seats in the House and 33 of 100 seats in the Senate will be up for grabs. Though we can't begin to cover all state and local races, there will be 36 states that will elect new governors and we'll try to weigh in on those races when possible, as well as mayoral and other races that may provide precedent and impetus to parties other than the Dems and Reps.
Only if we on the Left - Progressive Democrats in more than name only, Independents, and third-party voters - are informed and make choices that serve our own interests and the best results for the country can that wave hit and wash away the corrupt, fraudulent, hate-filled, profit-driven morass that is our current government. But we have to get off our asses and turn the traditional "Lefties don't turn out to vote" into "The Progressives' turn out was massive!"
The method we use to determine and support our endorsees is:
- Consulting politics1.com and ballotpedia.org to gather names and URLs of candidates' websites
- Visiting each website to see where the candidate stands on healthcare and other issues. Just because they've been endorsed by Justice Democrats, Brand New Congress, or Our Revolution, doesn't necessarily mean they're for NIMA. Note: EVERY candidate should have an "Issues" page on a website. Making people scroll through Facebook reports or tweets from the fish fry you went to on Thursday is NOT good strategy!
- Consulting https://www.opensecrets.org/ to determine incumbents' or repeat candidates' donations from health insurance, pharma, and health-related companies
- Adding candidate to this page - those running for the Senate will be pictured on the right, those for the House and for offices other than federal on the left.
- Informing the candidates that they have DUH's endorsement (that's the fun part!)
- Promoting candidates on the People Overcoming Politics Facebook page
This is time-consuming and tedious, but also exciting when we find candidates that reflect our values and positions on issues. If you are or know of an Independent, third-party or progressive Democratic candidate that has already filed, please let us know! Email us the name, office they're running for, city, state, and district, and a URL to email@example.com or send us a Facebook message!
NOTE: Before the primaries begin, there may be multiple candidates from the same race listed. If that's the case, the final decision on who we endorse will be made three (3) months before that state's primary. Only ONE candidate will be endorsed from each district or race. After the primaries have decided the final candidates, we will reassess and endorse, for the general election, candidates that meet our criteria.
Dmitri Shein (D)
Dmitri is running for the At-Large seat in the House
Mary Matiella (D)
Mary is running in the 2nd District for Congress.
Joan Greene (D)
Joan is running for the House in the 5th District.
Garrick McFadden (D)
Garrick is running from the 6th district and his statement on healthcare is one of the best we've seen.
Augie Beyer (I)
Augie is an Independent running for the House in the 8th District. Trent Franks, one of the worst Republicans, is the incumbent in his district. Not only is there a Republican challenging him, but three Democrats (none as progressive as Augie) join him in hoping to unseat Franks. Unfortunately, his photo wouldn't download.
Scott Menor (I)
Though it's only petition time right now (October 2017), Scott is an Independent running for Congress in the 9th District and is smart enough to put his stand on major issues in a paragraph on his one-page website, including his support for single-payer.
Paul Spencer (D)
Paul is running for Congress in the 2nd District - he's a solid supporter of Medicare for All.
Lee McQueen (I)
Lee is running for the House from District 4 as an Independent. The majority of her positions are progressive, as is her stance on healthcare, but her approach is to present it as fiscally responsible which will appeal to the more conservative voters in her district.
Alison Hartson (D)
Alison is running for the Senate challenging Diane Feinstein, who has held the seat for 25 years and is now a classic corporate Democrat. Alison is endorsed by the Justice Democrats.
Doug Applegate (D)
Doug is running from California's 49th district. National Nurses United has endorsed him.
Marge is a nurse running for the House in 8th district. Healthcare is her top priority.
Chardo Richardson (D)
Chardo is running in Florida's 7th district. He's endorsed by Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats.
Michael Hepburn (D)
Michael is running for the House from the FL 27th. He is a Justice Democrat and also part of a Brand New Congress!
Matt Tomkowiak (I)
Matt is an Independent running for Congress in the 3rd District. He has a PhD from Princeton and his dissertation was on "the nature, historical origins and policy consequences of health politics in America." On his website, he says, "If elected, I will fight with every fiber of my being for single payer." He'll be up against machine Dem Dan Lipinski, so if you want a smart, single-payer activist in office, send him some money, volunteer, and VOTE for him!
David Gill (D)
David is running for Congress in the 13th District and is the first candidate to earn DUH's endorsement for 2018! An ER doc and family medicine practitioner, he's seen the harm the current system can do. David has been endorsed by Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress.
Anthony Clark (D)
Anthony is running to unseat long-time corporate Democrat Danny Davis in Illinois' 7th district in Chicago. He is a Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress candidate.
Courtney Rowe (D)
Courtney is running for the House from Iowa's 1st district. She is a Justice Democrats candidate and would replace Tammy Baldwin, now a senator, as the only openly lesbian member of the House.
Rob Davidson (D)
Dr. Rob Davidson, like the vast majority of ER doctors, is a strong advocate for NIMA. He's running from Michigan's 2nd district with the intent to push H.R. 676 further toward passage. Rob is a Justice Democrats candidate.
David Benac (D)
David is running from the 6th district. He is endorsed by Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress. DUH is impressed by his connection of health to other issues - he obviously sees the big picture!
Cori Bush (D)
As evidenced by the URL, Cori has the support of Brand New Congress. She's also been endorsed by Justice Democrats. She's running from Missouri's 1st district.
Reuben D'Silva (D)
Reuben is running Congress in Nevada's 1st District. He is the only candidate who advocates for single-payer.
Amy Vilela (D)
Amy is running for the House in Nevada's 4th District. She and her husband have become healthcare activists after losing their daughter because she was denied access to the medical care she needed.
Note to Amy: You might want to put your last name on at least the Home page of your website!
Lisa is running for the Senate against embattled Democratic incumbent Bob Menendez. She is a true progressive and her stance on abortion is the most courageous we've seen from a politician in a long time.
Peter Jacob (D)
Peter is running from New Jersey's 7th district and has the endorsement of Justice Democrats.
Jess King (D)
Jess King is another Justice Democrats candidate running from the PA 16th. We like her slogan, "America is for all of us."
Marc is running from Tennessee's 2nd district. He's endorsed by Brand New Congress.
Rick Trevino (D)
After working for the Sanders campaign in 2016, Rick is now running for the House from the Texas 23rd district. He has the endorsement of Justice Democrats.
Dorothy Gasque (D)
Dorothy is running from Washington state's 3rd district and has a trifecta of endorsements - Brand New Congress, Justice Democrats and DUH! She also has a kick-ass website (not to candidates using social media only - GET A WEBSITE like hers so people seeking to endorse you can see where you stand on the issues!)
Sarah Smith (D)
As indicated, Sarah is another Brand New Congress candidate. Her story about Medicare saving her father's life, as well as her statement on healthcare as a right earns her DUH's endorsement. She also made a kick-ass video about the DNC denying her and other progressive candidates access to a crucial tool used to activate likely Democratic voters. Watch! https://www.facebook.com/pg/humanistreport/videos/?ref=page_internal
Christine Brown (D)
Christine may turn out to be a party-line Dem, but DUH liked her thoughtful and pragmatic examination of the history and controversy of healthcare in this country. She's the only challenger to Republican incumbent Dan Newhouse and we suspect she's a fighter!