U.S. House & Senate Candidates
Audri Scott Williams (PD)
Audri is running for Congress in the 2nd District. She is an amazing woman. She is the Global Trustee for URI (United Religions Initiative),a former U.S. Army Reservist, former Dean at Charles County Community College, Author, World Peace Walker (walking with a group of peace activists over 2,000 miles), and activist. And her three sons have made her a grandmother 14 times!.
Dmitri Shein (PD)
Dmitri is running for the At-Large seat in the House. He and his mother immigrated to Alaska from Vladivostok, Russia when Dmitri was 12. His mother earned an engineering degree and Dmitri became a traveling CPA, assisting Tribal governments to balance their books and keep grant money flowing to much-needed projects. He is an innovator, too, selling products he's invented and designed on the Internet. His travels have taught him the struggles many Alaskans go through, especially with the unaffordable health insurance (the highest in the nation) there. Dmitri believes that "universal healthcare is the only logical healthcare model that can provide both the best patient outcome, and lower the cost of medicine."
Chris Russell (D)
Chris is running for Senate from Arizona. More will be added soon, but we liked his take on healthcare: " We can eliminate this cost by having non-profit health insurance available to all citizens. The mechanism already exists to do this quickly – through Medicare and/or Medicaid, which is a non-profit insurance program run by the people (through government), and which plays a big role in keeping costs down for its members. Every worker in this country is already paying premiums for Medicare out of every paycheck."
Mary Matiella (D)
Mary is running in the 2nd District for Congress. The daughter of farm workers, she knows the value of hard work. Her lovely intro video is great, but hard to get a bio from, so we recommend you go to her website and watch!
Mary obviously knows right from wrong, something we need desperately in Washington! As she says about healthcare, "While most prosperous countries have moved to a universal health care system, we have stayed in a “sick care” system that costs more and provides less. Medicare for All would drastically reduce administrative costs, help with negotiating drug prices, and encourage preventative care. Because Medicare for All will save billions of dollars annually, providing health care for all Americans is not only the right thing to do, it will actually save lives and money, too." You got it, Mary!
Joan Greene (PD)
Joan is running for the House in the 5th District. And she brings a bipartisan genetic tie to politics to this race. Her grandmother, her grandfather (both Democrat politicians), and her cousin, who was a three-term chairman of the Arizona Republican Party clearly fueled an interest in public policy, government and actively serving her community, as well as bipartisanship. Joan is also a successful entrepreneur with 30 years of success in marketing which started with serving non-profits and now has billion-dollar clients.
Joan brings some unique arguments to her support for universal healthcare. She vows to "make sure that Congress does not try to sneak in 'genetic predisposed' law or discriminate against the LGBTQA Community to stop them from receiving the coverage they deserve. And much to our delight, Joan would introduce a bill "that would allow sealed and unexpired medications to be donated to approved clinics for disbursement to those who need the medicine but cannot afford it."
We hope Joan will carry on her family's political legacy by being a tenacious fighter for Medicare for ALL!
Garrick McFadden (D)
Garrick is running from the 6th district and his love of learning was instilled in him early on by his public school teacher parents. It motivated him to Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. At BVU, he was selected to interview Nobel Peace Prize winner F.W. de Klerk who told Garrick how lawyers and activists were responsible for ending Apartheid. After that, he knew he wanted to be a force for good and he attended law school at USC. He later earned his Masters in Business Taxation and has used his knowledge to help small business and Internet start-ups reach their potential.
Garrick's statement on healthcare is one of the most unique. Not only is he a passionate advocate for the rights of the disabled, being directly impacted by disability himself, but he says something we all need to hear: "Transitioning to a Medicare-for-all, single-payer system is necessary. The transition, however, will likely not be easy and involve work." We agree wholeheartedly - that's why we need Garrick in Congress!
Scott Menor (I)
Scott is an Independent running for Congress in the 9th District and we are impressed by his ability to somehow state his platform without dogma or ideology attached to any one position. He is obviously not happy with our current healthcare system and lists salient facts as to what's wrong with it. What got us was "Making profit is great, but making exorbitant amounts from people who will suffer or die if they don't pay so that someone contributing nothing to society can have a second yacht is ridiculous." How can you argue with that?
Paul Spencer (PD)
Paul is running for Congress in the 2nd District. He understands that decisions made by legislators directly affect Arkansans, and how those policies rarely reflect the concerns of the people.
Following the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010, Paul formed a local group called Regnat Populus (“The People Rule”). Regnat Populus successfully influenced the passage of an Ethics Amendment in 2012. With the help of others, Paul also co-founded the Arkansas Democracy Coalition to unite organizational voices against dark money and corruption in politics.
Paul holds a B.S. in Anthropology from Franciscan University, where he met his wife Stephanie, who has worked as a registered nurse for the last 25 years and knows well the failings of the U.S. healthcare system. With their sons Paul, Ryan, and Isaac, in their "spare time," they grow pecans and keep bees.
Paul starts out his statement on healthcare with, "Despite their divisions, Americans agree we need to fix our broken healthcare system." We agree and appreciate him pointing out that this may be the issue that unites us most.
Robb Ryerse (PR)
Before you faint, yes, Virginia, there IS a Progressive Republican and he's running in the Arkansas 3rd! Brand New Congress found him first and we were...skeptical. But Robb reached out to us and Sue asked him some hard questions. After some email exchange, we were reassured by his answers (he believes in separation of church and state; while pro-life personally, he doesn't believe the government should tell a woman what she can and can't do reproductively and won't try to repeal Roe v. Wade; and he is 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 (PD)
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 a Justice Democrats candidate.
She has been a high school teacher where she saw income inequality and was inspired to act. She signed up to volunteer for Wolf-PAC where she joined the fight to end the corruptive influence of money in politics. She went from being a volunteer in California to being a National Director working on that and other issues of social justice.
As Feinstein sits back and adds to her $70M fortune, it's a fresh new voice like Alison's that we need in the Senate.
David Hildebrand (DSA)
David is the only Democratic Socialist running for the Senate in CA. Unfortunately, he had not yet filed when we endorsed Alison. Because we feel David has some valuable experience that is different from Alison's, we're violating the first rule of endorsement - only one candidate per office - adding him without taking our support away from her. Both are strong candidates and how great would it be to have to chose the GREATER of two GOODS?
David has a strong background, not only as an activist, but as a legislative analyst for the State of CA. We'll be looking for good video of the candidates debating! He has also taught us an important lesson - in 2020, we'll wait until the filing deadline in each state has passed before endorsing anyone!
Marge Doyle (PD)
Marge is running for the House in 8th district. Healthcare is her top priority, having decided in high school to
pursue a nursing career. She went on to work as an RN for over 40 years. She is currently Director of Operations for Pamorris Healthcare Solutions, a company dedicated to opening HIV clinics throughout the United States.
We took notice when Marge addressed an issue seldom discussed - the need for more doctors. "I support the bipartisan Conrad State 30 & Physician Access Act," Marge says, "which allows international doctors to remain in the U.S. upon completing their residency under the condition that they practice in rural and underserved communities, and I will oppose any immigration bans and visa restrictions that needlessly jeopardize our district’s ability to attract and retain quality medical professionals." We need someone like Marge to stand against Trump's racist and xenophobic policies!
Dotty Nygard (PD)
Dotty is another nurse who's sick of the health care mess! She's running in the 10th District. She frequently treats patients in the ER who come there out of desperation because, being uninsured, it is their only access to healthcare. Dotty acts as a patient advocate in addition to her nursing duties.
Her concerns aren't limited to healthcare - she worries about the tax plan and the economy, went to Standing Rock to be part of the medical team that cared for the Water Protectors and continues to act to protect the environment, and seems to be the kind of Representative who will indeed take her constituents' voices to Washington.
Stephen Jaffe (PD/DSA)
Stephen is running in California's 12th District, the seat of Nancy Pelosi. He is an attorney with a long history of fighting for the underdog, specializing in employment law (for employees only).
His position on healthcare couldn't be more clear - "Universal health care does not cost more than our present system and reduces waste. Small and new businesses will flourish because entrepreneurs and employees will have their health expenses met by society. Single-payer now!"
Not only is he highly qualified, but there's just something delicious about an unapologetic Socialist beating a corporatist!
Ricardo Franco (PD)
Ricardo is running in the 22nd District. Heis the proud descendant of immigrants who fled war in Mexico over 100 years ago. Today, his family boasts farmworkers, small business owners, veterans, education pioneers, civil servants, church goers, doctors, employers, construction workers and agri-business managers, aswell as hopefully, a U.S. Congressman!
Ricardo left the Fresno area after high school to attend The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He then returned to the Central Valley to start a career in private business that would give him opportunities to work with businesses from small mom-and-pop stores to large, multi-national corporations.
Unique in his support of Medicare for All, Ricardo includes making healthy food affordable for all and eliminating food deserts which so often trap low income people into eating "food" that causes or exacerbates preventable health problems.
John Nelson (PD)
John is running in the 26th District. He was first exposed to the world of politics at the age of 17 when he started his freshman year at Texas Lutheran University. The university was a convenient stop for campaigners to "stump for a candidate they didn't know existed at breakfast, and would forget by dinner."
John grew up with his parents' stories of marching in Washington, D.C., and the civil rights movement. They had specifically moved from the the family farms of North Dakota to see if they could make a change to the world. He had a list of "must have"s that any Democratic candidate would possess before winning his support. But he was shocked to learn there, in a small Texas town. that most candidates were centrists, rather than the ideological purists that he'd expected. The line delineating candidates was often just the name Republican or Democrat.
Thanks to that "culture shock," he realized that he was unlikely to ever find a perfect candidate, but he was encouraged to find the candidate that would best represent him and he did. He dove head first into volunteering for Judith Zaffirini who was running for a State Senate seat because she felt people were not being represented by the politicians they elected. He did everything he could to make sure people knew about her. In what was one of the closest results ever for a Senate Seat, she won and for the past 30-plus years she has been serving the people of Texas.
When he decided to make the commitment to run for Congress, John recognized the feeling of drive and purpose he had back in college. "It is time to have someone who represents Ventura County and our ideals," he says.
He got us with, "I will never stop fighting until every single American is guaranteed Medicare. Healthcare is unquestionably a human right. The Affordable Care Act was a necessary first step in achieving our goal, but we cannot stop there. Every person living, working, and paying taxes in the United States should have complete access to healthcare for themselves and their families."
Angelica Duenas (G)
Angelica is running in the 29th District. She's the daughter of immigrants and was arrested on December 5 for protesting at Senator Feinstein's office in support of DACA.
Kenneth Mejia (G)
Kenneth is running in the 34th District. We highly recommend that you read the Meet Kenneth section at his scripted website. Kenneth and his family have overcome hardship and he is one Green candidate who's not close to destitute, having made many sacrifices to excel in his profession. He could've just sat back and banked his paycheck, but he's chosen instead to be an active warrior for justice in his community and hopes to in Congress as well.
Doug Applegate (PD)
Doug is running from California's 49th district. National Nurses United has endorsed him.
Tamika Lyles (PD)
Tamika is running for the Senate to unseat Bill Nelson and what a great replacement she would be! The daughter of a single mom who taught her a strong work ethic, she excelled in school, graduating early and pursuing a pre-med degree. However, a great teacher opened her eyes to the world of law and policy and she changed her focus to Law.
After serving in the Air Force Reserve medical squadron during the Iraq war, she returned to earn her law degree at the Birmingham School of Law.
After moving to Florida, Tamika recognized the unjust barriers many Americans encountered when pursuing social security or disability claims and she founded a non-profit organization specializing in mediation: negotiating fair treatment for victims of civil rights violations, and finding solutions for those facing homelessness due to eviction.
Tamika recognizes the intersection between healthcare and poverty, injustice, and quality of life. We have no doubt she will be a force to be reckoned with!
Tom Wells (PD)
Tom is running in the 3rd District, the seat that Republican Ted Yoho currently holds. This is a smart guy. He holds a PhD. in Physics/Nuclear Theory and has, over the course of his career, authored numerous papers, licensed software, and taught short courses in radome technology, microwave material
characterization, and design optimization at the Georgia Tech Research Institute.
In 2006, he founded World Radomes Inc. (WRI) "to pursue opportunities to advance the State of the Art in ground based radomes." And if you even know what a radome is, you might be blown away by all that WRI has accomplished! See his resume at his website!
One thing seems certain - Tom would be a welcome addition in Congress to the "Science Caucus" of progressive scientists we've endorsed! What a blissful thing - to have big, functional, thinking, MINDS in Congress instead of pea-brain, self-centered ideologues!
Like most of our scientists, Tom clears away the bullshit and got our vote by his first sentence on healthcare. "The time is now to implement a single-payer health care system and provide healthcare to every American as a right."
Monica DePaul (PD)
Monica is running in Florida's 4th District and gets a big thumbs up on several levels from Sue. They are both rebellious Aquarians, lovers of the English language and all its nuances, avid readers and writers, especially favoring Harry Potter and vampire books (Monica has written two published novels), and of course, Medicare for All advocates.
Born in NY but a Floridian since age 5, Monica excelled academically, graduating high school with honors and earning a full academic scholarship to the University of North Florida (UNF) where she double-majored in English and philosophy, and then earned a Masters in English, excelling at the art of breaking down opposing arguments and interpreting language, something that wll serve her well in Congress!
Many people go through a transition after college into their adult life. For Monica, her transition was into her real life. In 2012, Monica began the process of becoming her true self as she took on the long, arduous, and expensive journey of transitioning from male to female. This truly taught her who she was and what it meant to be both a woman and human. She also experienced the difficulty of navigating America’s healthcare system and she has the insight to know that Medicare for All is the only viable solution to fix America’s healthcare crisis.
We liked the way she put a point about profit and healthcare: "Removing the element of profit will remove the incentive for rates and prices to increase. "
And now Sue is going to order her books!
To this day, Monica is a powerful voice in the LGBT community of Northeast Florida. She helped push for Jacksonville’s recently-passed LGBT-inclusive Human Rights Ordinance. Her intense speaking and writing skills moved the Jacksonville City Council closer to making the right decision of protecting equal rights for everyone. Every day, Monica is a living contradiction to the made-up bathroom boogeyman the right-wing uses as a political scapegoat. Her voice counteracted the lying and fearmongering of the opposition.
In 2016, Monica made history. After volunteering for Bernie Sanders campaign during the Democratic primary, Monica was elected a pledged delegate for Senator Bernie Sanders. She attended the Democratic National Convention on behalf of Florida’s 4th Congressional District. This made her the first transgender delegate from Florida and a member of the largest transgender delegation to attend any national convention for a major political party. She also proudly participated in the Florida delegation’s historic protest of former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
Chardo Richardson (PD)
Chardo is running in Florida's 7th district. He's endorsed by Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats, but he is more than a cookie-cutter candidate. A native of Mississippi, Chardo was the guy who protected other kids from bullies, served in the Air Force and witnessed with compassion the injustice, oppression, and injustice that people struggle with in other countries. His response was to work with the oppressed, here and abroad, and to earn a law degree which he's put to good use fighting the endless battles the ACLU dedicates itself to. Ending mass incarceration is his special cause, but we'd love it if he would speak out against the fourth-world country healthcare most inmates are subjected to! We look forward to seeing and hearing more of Chardo's own words and feelings as debates begin!
Michael Hepburn (PD)
Michael is running for the House from the FL 27th. He is a Justice Democrat and also part of a Brand New Congress! Michael's story is one of inspiration and success through both education and early community service. A native of Miami, he bloomed while attending a magnet school and the world of possibility opened up when he and his team won the distinguished Miami Herald Silver Knight in Athletics from Miami Central Senior High. He attended college and entered the professional world with confidence, working in businesses like Target and Nike and then with the NFL.
President Obama's election inspired Michael to to decide to return to grad school where today he uses his Masters degree in Higher Education Administration as a Senior Academic Advisor for the School of Business at the University of Miami.
Though he has thoughtfully broken down "the healthcare mess" into several solutions, we liked his simple statement: "There has always been a simple solution to our health care mess: cover everyone with Medicare." Touchdown!
Lisa Ring (PD)
Lisa is running in the Georgia 1st. As a military wife, a military mother, and a former corrections officer, we have no doubt that she's tough enough to handle Congress! We were pleased to see Medicare for All listed as her first priority and part of her progressive agenda.
Josh McCall (PD)
Josh is running in GA's 9th District. The son of two factory workers, Josh learned about hard work early. He also learned about job lock as his father , now retired from Lockheed, drove 100 miles each way to work every day, in large part so that he could get good insurance for his family.
Josh earned a B.A. in English and a Masters in English Education from the University of North Georgia, as well as a Masters in Classical Languages from the University of Georgia. He's been teaching high school since 2003, with some of those years spent as an instructor in college at UNG. Josh, his wife Jenifer, and heir three girls have resided in Gainesville, GA.
Josh has a unique view of the path to single-payer. He favors a "National American Health Service, similar to the British NHS. We may very welll get there someday, but for now we really liked his reasoning - "From birth to death, every American must have guaranteed access to life-saving health care without a price tag, because our lives are worth more than money."
Jimmy Cooper (G)
Kaniela Ing (PD)
Kaniela is running in Hawaii's 1st District. Raised by a single mother, he saw hardship in his community that inspired him to run, at age 22 in a Republican District, for the State House. He won and held office for six years.Though he doesn't say much about Medicare for All, Kaniela is the only candidate who even mentions it. That, his progressive record, and extensive platform won us over!
Dion Douglas (PD)https://www.diondouglasforcongress.com
Dion is running in the 5th district. In the process of researching our candidates, we often encounter personal stories that are portraits in survival and courage and Dion's is an amazing one. We urge you to read his biography on his website - it will not only make you admire him, it will inspire you!
He grew up in Hammond, IN, raised by his mother and step-father who he was close to after losing his biological father at age 4. In high School he was in the marching band and show choir and went to Covenant Presbyterian Church. So far, so good.
But he took a wrong turn, marrying at age 18 and becoming a father way too soon. That marriage ended in divorce, but he then married his current wife Kristy and despite unimaginable tragedy and hardship, they're still married and have three chidren. However, the daughter they were a month away from having, Kaitlyn, was stillborn and Dion spiraled downwards.
Unlike most politicians who try as hard as they can to hide their crimes, legal or moral, Dion owns his and may be the only candidate we endorse who did time in prison before he was elected instead of after! In a deep depression, he stole from his employer to pay for the funeral, gambling, and drinking. He's this"dark stain" on his past to be motivation to "try every day to be a better person than I was the day before." He's done that by taking every chance he can find to help out in his community, especially providing food to the hungry, but also, as he says, "If someone needs help with just about anything, I try to be there for them. As a congressman, I promise to keep doing the same. I won't be able to help people move furniture or fix cars, but you can bet that anything that I can do to help people I will. When you call my office my staff will have priority orders to see what we can do for anyone needing help. Constituent services is what they call it in Washington. I call it just being a good neighbor. When we all work together, the world is a better place."
In addition to dealing with the death of his daughter, his time being incarcerated, keeping his marriage together and navigating the world of being a candidate, Dion is also bi-polar. He was diagnosed in his teens, but was in denial about it until he was in his 30s. He realized then that " my disability was no different than any other disability that people are born with. I didn't choose to have bipolar, just like one doesn't choose to be born with kidney disease, or epilepsy. Having bipolar has made me a stronger person for friends, family, and community." We believe that his personal experience will also make him a strong voice for the care and treatment Medicare for All will provide for those living with mental health issues.
He got our vote with: "If we believe in life, liberty and happiness, we need to put our money where our mouth is. I support Medicare for all."
Lane Siekman (D)
Lane is running for Indiana's 6th District. He got his Bachelors degree in finance and economics before earning his law degree at Indiana University. He then returned to Rising Sun, the optimistic-sounding town where he opened and still has his law office. We expected him to focus on the financial benefits of Medicare for All - and, indeed he has a firm grip on those facts - but we were pleasantly surprised to find a "money man" with morals and heart!
It was these words that got him DUH's endorsement: "Yet, when it comes to caring about our people, we stumble as a nation. We are told that we can't do what is right because it would be too expensive, too much government, or even 'take away freedom.' It's time to put solutions over politics."
Sue Spicer (PD)
Sue is running in the 7th District of Indiana and has been in and around politics and public service for nearly her entire life. Her father was a local Teamster steward in Terre Haute, IN so she learned about power sharing, compromise and cooperation all throughout her upbringing.
Throughout her work history, Sue has succeeded at every job she’s had, from managing a pizza franchise to managing the warehouse at a large local supply store to the restaurant industry to factory and retail to logistics. Currently, Sue and her partner of 14 years Kay co-own Basic Roots Community Foods, their local food economy rebuilding business. Sue is also a Beekeeper at Fruit Loop Acres, their two-acre scattered site urban permaculture fruit forest and in her “spare time” she is also Catering Manager at the Refresh Cafe at the Central Library in Indianapolis. To say she’s a hard worker is an understatement! Such variety has given her opportunities to use the lessons she learned from her father.
Her public service career includes: serving as President of Willard Park of Holy Cross-Westmenster Civic Alliance; Voting Precinct Inspector since November of 2012; Head Shepherd at Green Shepherd Project (Green Picket Fences), and Treasurer for Willard Park HCW.
Sue was extensively involved in the Presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders (I-VT), campaigning in Iowa, South Carolina, Georgia and Indiana. As a state convention delegate she was elected to be a National Delegate at the DNC in Philadelphia. These experiences crystallized her “Berniecrat” issues platform and honed her desire to become an active part of our political workings. As she says, “Let’s end this great divide by concentrating on voting in a government focused on the issues which impact our lives today and well into the future. A government interested in justice and freedom. One of pragmatism, not rhetoric.”
Like Bernie, she supports single-payer healthcare and we liked her statement, “The real ’Death Panels’ are insurance companies informing people they have “maxed out their coverage.”
Dan Canon (D)
Dan is running in Indiana's 9th District. At age 17, he dropped out of high school, but then got his GED and worked as a music teacher while putting himself through college. The first in his family to graduate from a university, he'd never even met a lawyer before starting law school, but he finally beat the odds and graduated with honors in 2007. Dan has had a civil rights practice with a small firm since then.
As a civil rights lawyer, he considers himself fortunate to represent people from all walks of life and hear their stories. He's seen ordinary, hardworking people get taken advantage of over and over again by the wealthy and the powerful. In Indiana and Kentucky, he's represented teachers, union laborers, veterans, police officers, and inmates. He was honored to help committed couples achieve the equal dignity of marriage before the United States Supreme Court in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. And he's proud to represent immigrants and refugees seeking a better life through America’s promise of liberty and justice for all.
Dan is married and has a son and two daughters. He knows what it is to be self-employed both as a teacher and as a lawyer and one of the “working poor,” living paycheck to paycheck and barely getting by. He credits his experiences, good and bad, with learning empathy and how to listen. I’ve learned to listen.
But he values honesty and transparency, something sorely lacking in Congress. As he says, "...this election can’t be about who I am, who my opponent is, or how much money we’ve raised. This election has to be about issues. We have to discuss the problems that really matter to Hoosiers, and offer sound solutions to those problems...I have also come to the conclusion that many of our politicians have been lying to us for a long time. As a result, good people everywhere are suffering. The only way for us to meaningfully alleviate that suffering is to get on the inside, run for office, and tell the truth." We think he's got that right.
While he includes the public option in his healthcare policy statement, he also says he'll support HR 676 and is familiar with the PNHP. We'll recommend he read some of the articles they've published on the public option! The rest of his policy positions are definitely progressive, though many are also incremental. However, he favors foresight, something that, like transparency and truth, we need more of!
Courtney Rowe (PD)
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.
Paul Knupp, Jr. (G)
Paul is running for the House in Iowa's 3rd District. He is a psychologist and a multi-denominational minister. He bills himself as a "Green Socialist" and he has one of the most optimistic visions of how to "Rebuild America" of any candidate we've seen. We heartily encourage you to check out his website!
Medicare for All is the first thing on his issues page and he's adamant about making a woman's right to choose a permanent law.
Brent Welder (PD)
Brent is running in the 3rd District. we are thrilled that there is a powerful progressive like Brent to take over our 3rd District endorsement! Brent is a labor lawyer who has supported Bernie Sanders and fought to get big money out of politics. His legal expertise has made him quite familiar with fighting large corporations, something he's prepared to do on a whole different level in Congress.
He won our endorsement by pledging to support Medicare for All and "fight to end the double standard in health care—where members of Congress give themselves premium health care while everyone else gets second-rate insurance or goes without."
Reggie Thomas (PD)
Reggie, elected to the Kentucky State Senate in 2013, is now running for Congress from KY's 6th District. He will be aiming for Republican Andy Barr's seat and is taking full advantage of his power as a speaker as he launches videos explaining where he stands on the issues and why. His strong stance on Medicare for All may be influenced by his family's experience with the U.S. healthcare system, as his wife Lynda lost her battle with cancer in 2015. Whatever his reasons, we're sure that Reggie is the breath of progressive fresh air Kentucky needs!
Zak Ringelstein (PD)
Zak is running for the Senate and comes to the table with a strong background in education. He has taught in Maine's public schools, worked on early childhood education policy at the White House, gave a TEDx Talk on standardized testing, and collaborated with Senator Mark Warner and Representative Gabby Giffords to facilitate nationwide civics lessons in schools (clearly urgently needed!). He states clearly that Medicare for All will be his top priority - DUH approves!
Jonathan Fulford (PD)https://www.fulfordforcongress.com/
Jonathan is running in Maine's 2nd District. He is truly a man of the people, making his living as a farmer, co-owner of Neptune Maritime, president of Artisan Builders and enjoying Maine's bountiful natural beauty.
He credits the access to care he got with the ACA for enabling him to fight prostate cancer (of which he's free), but he's also been active with MaineAllCare, one of DUH's allies, as an advocate of single-payer.
Patrick Littlefield (PD)
Patrick is running in the 3rd District and brings an impressive resume to the job, especially where healthcare is concerned. He has been a successful entrepreneur, founding WaveMark Inc. in the district, providing software services to hospitals and medical device companies. Though he sold the business after almost a decade, it continues to employ more than 200 people in the district and worldwide.
In 2012, Patrick joined the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as the Executive Director at the Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation, where he brought his private sector experience into the largest integrated health system in the country, delivering dozens of new healthcare capabilities. During this period, Patrick led a team that worked with Veteran stakeholders to develop, negotiate, and ultimately pass the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, which made Veterans appeals easier and faster. The bill gained unanimous bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate and was signed into law in August 2017. Patrick's commitment to caring for our veterans continues today
Patrick brings a proven track record in both business and government, along with a deep knowledge of the healthcare industry. "If elected, his commitment is to improve our healthcare system, create the jobs of the future, expand access to education, and make government work for all, not just the wealthy few.
Rob Davidson (PD)
Dr. Rob Davidson, like the vast majority of ER doctors, is a strong advocate for NIMA. He's running from Michigan's 2nd district. A lifelong Michigander, Rob serves families in small communities across West Michigan, caring for and saving the lives of thousands of patients each year. He’s running for Congress because he believes that all Americans deserve quality, comprehensive healthcare. Healthcare for all ensures all families have peace of mind knowing that a medical emergency, a major surgery, a trip to the ER, or a child with special needs won’t lead to bankruptcy and financial ruin. All too often Rob’s seen how patients put off treatment because they couldn’t afford going to a doctor, putting their lives and the lives of their loved ones at risk.
Dion Adams (PD)
Dion is running in the 5th District. He has, like many MI candidates, decided to challenge the status quo which, in Michigan, has been worse in the last eight years than in most places. He is a true progressive, but also a "regular guy," set to represent people like him. He's the retired owner of a small business - Underdog Diesel - and the current vice-chair of the Mecosta County Democratic Party.
Dion is a true advocate for M4A, but we give him special applause for this - "You will hear a lot of rhetoric this election cycle about "access" to affordable health insurance. As nice as that sounds, it doesn't address who gets what type of access, or what's defined as affordable. It also leaves insurance companies in the driver's seat, deciding the kind of care you receive."
David Benac (PD)
David is running from the 6th district. He grew up in Alpena, Michigan, in a large family that has roots in the area that go back four generations. His grandparents' farm and their small, family sawmill dominated his early days. Then, after high school, he headed to East Lansing, where he earned a B.A. in history at Michigan State. He continued on to the University of Missouri to complete his Masters and PhD in history.
His education led him to Louisiana, where he began his career as a history professor. He credits his years there as offering “experiences that I could have found nowhere else on earth,” but when the chance came to return home to Michigan in 2013, he took it and joined the history faculty at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.
Teaching wasn’t his only focus, though. In his first months on the job, the faculty elected him as a member of the Association Council of the American Association of University Professors. Within his first year, he was also serving on the Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Council. In the years that followed, he helped found Organize West Michigan, became co-chair of the Environmental Task Force of ProKzoo, joined the steering committee for the Kalamazoo Complete Streets Initiative, co-chaired the Kalamazoo Earth Day Festival, won election to Vice Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party Environmental Caucus, and was a delegate for Senator Bernie Sanders to the Platform Committee of the Democratic National Committee.
His obviously well-informed position on healthcare is definitely worth reading completely and we urge you to go to his website and do so. One of the most effective points he makes is, “Health care costs for employees often account for the largest portion of American businesses’ expenses. The three biggest U.S. automakers combined spend almost seven billion dollars per year just in health care costs.”
We also loved his challenge to the current scam of the public option being pushed by corporate Democrats in Congress. “In its most current incarnation, the public option would be little different from private health insurance other than it would be available to every American. This version of the public option would compete with private insurance but would not offer significantly lower costs other than to the least healthy or those in the most need of significant health care...The public option, much like proposals to expand Medicare or Medicaid, presents an opportunity to make a great leap forward but does not go far enough to solve the persistent problems in our healthcare system.”
And the cherry on top of the sundae, “The real solution to our health care crisis is a single-payer, universal system of health care coverage provided by the federal government. This is the only approach that offers the opportunity to control costs, ensure that every single person in the country is covered, and guarantees the highest quality.” Yep, David was our first endorsee from Michigan and that’s why.
Steve Friday (PD)
Steve is running in the Michigan 7th District. He was born and raised in Metro Detroit and Steve’s parents provided great examples of a strong work ethic and instilled in their children very idealistic views of what it means to be a good person, despite hard times. Steve continues to hold those values. He feels strongly that it is important to strive to put people and relationships before personal gain. Steve has vowed to himself that he will never get ahead by holding someone else back, or by exploiting people to get what he wants.
Although Steve initially worked in fast food, retail, manufacturing and other service industries, he has spent most of his career working in the fields of social work, case management, research, and community organizing. In his experience working with people, he has assisted them with issues including special health care needs, financial hardships, disabilities, health crises, Medicare, Medicaid, social security-disability benefits, sexual abuse, substance abuse, violence, serious mental health issues, unemployment, aging, and death and dying. Steve is also a proud Air Force veteran and understands the importance of treating others with unconditional positive regard and has been gifted with the ability to connect with people from all walks of life.
Steve strongly believes in fairness and equality for everyone and believes that it is imperative to apply any influence one has to pressure leaders and the systems in which they function to guarantee that others without such influence or privilege are treated fairly. It is his firm belief that it is always the responsibility of those who have experienced success to prioritize giving back and supporting those who face difficult challenges.
Having seen people mistreated by our government on numerous occasions, Steve routinely organizes resistance to these attacks. There is now a critical mass of people willing to combat this corruption. As he says, "This is not a fight to save the democracy we thought we had: this is a fight to create a true democracy."
He lists 16 issues he deems vital to that goal, with "Healthcare For All" at the top of the list. With each issue, he provides a sentence or two about his position. This is healthcare's: "Healthcare is a human right and should be provided to all people from conception to death. We believe healthcare should include any hospital, convalescent hospital, health maintenance organization, health clinic, nursing home, extended care facility, or other institution devoted to the care of sick, infirm, or aged person." Not a ringing endorsement of Medicare for All, but we know he's working with Medicare for All Michigan who will no doubt make sure he knows the facts and benefits of H.R. 676 before he's in Congress!
Chris Smith (PD)
Chris is running in MI's 8th District. Coming soon! But his healthcare position is great!
"If we do not make Medicare for All our goal, we will not work toward this important objective. It is not adequate to simply revise the Affordable Care Act. We know from sad experience that the Republicans picked apart the ACA with lawsuits, governors prevented the expansion of Medicaid in several states, and the law always left several million Americans unprotected. We need comprehensive, universal, single-payer health care that includes prescription coverage."
Andy Levin (PD)
Andy is running for the 9th District. His knowledge of the healthcare system is undebateable. He not only has two children who suffer from Crohn's disease, but he is a two-time cancer survivor himself. He gets it - "Health care must be universal. I am sick and tired – and I believe most Americans are sick and tired – of talking about health insurance and coverage when we should be talking about quality care...I am not shy to tell you that Mary and I would have gone bankrupt three or four times over if we did not have good health insurance.
"Enough is enough. Let us say plainly that as a matter of basic morality there are a few things that should not be left to the market to decide, and one is that every man, woman and child will have proper medical care from birth to old age."
Brian Santa Maria (PD)
Brian is running in Minnesota's 3rd District and man!, is he running! It doesn't hurt that he's been a comedy writer, but this has to be one of the best reads in all the websites we've poured over in the last weeks. His page on healthcare made it clear that he GETS it. As he says, "...I believe, deeply, in the soul my God gave me, in not-for-profit medicine because it saved my life. "
Angelica Earl (PD)
Angelica is the only Democrat running against Blue Dog Claire McCaskill. As an ACA insurance verifier she heard enough horror stories to motivate her to run against the DINO McCaskill who "feel[s] that Obamacare can be fixed, that the budget is in such a huge deficit that we can't possibly afford universal healthcare." To Angelica - and DUH - that is not okay. Of course she will receive not a penny from the Democratic Party, anti-Progressive as they are, but Angelica has the guts to run anyway so we endorse her and urge you to send her a few bucks. Only by challenging the corrupt status quo (McCaskill took roughly $900,000 from healthcare industries in 2012) will we win the kind of Congress we're SUPPOSED to have!
Cori Bush (PD)
Cori is running in the 1st District which includes St. Louis. She has compelling proof that she knows exactly what people in her District worry about - what it's like to live paycheck to paycheck, how to put food on the table for her children, how to survive homelessness and domestic violence. Cori plans to take those experiences with her to Congress, using them to fight for the disadvantaged, the disenfranchised, and the voiceless. As a former registered nurse in the mental health field, she also has a passion for improving our healthcare system, especially for the mentally ill.
Robert Hazel (PD)
Robert is running in Missouri's 2nd District as " an old-fashioned, New Deal Democrat without equivocation, qualification or apology..." and we like him! He goes on to say, "I abhor the fear, hatred and prejudice prevalent in this country and want instead to see us offer Medicare for All, Equal Rights for Everyone, and Common Sense Gun Control, just to name three positions I support." Us, too, Robert!
But what would he say about healthcare? "MEDICARE FOR ALL looks like it is the very best way to dramatically reduce rising health care costs and perhaps the only way possible. In contract to what we currently have, which is unsustainable, the 12 point plan outlined in the link below [text fromHR 676] is workable, equitable and practical. If elected, I would add my name to the list of co-sponsors of this legislation."
John Heenan (PD)
John is running for Montana's at-large Congressional seat. He and his family live in Billings. John is a small businessman, owning and managing both a restaurant and a law firm. In his law practice, John is a consumer protection lawyer, spending his entire law career helping people stand up against powerful banks, insurance companies and corporations.
John believes that we need to put people’s health above insurance company and health industry profits and he would vote for Medicare for All.
Paul Theobald (D)
Paul is running for Congress in Nebraska's 3rd District. He's a strong advocate for people in rural areas and has taught and written about rural life. What caught our eye was his comparison of Medicare for All to the strong community ethic that results in farmers pulling together to bring in a harvest if their neighbor gets sick. That kind of caring for each other is exactly what we need!
Reuben D'Silva (PD)
Reuben is running Congress in Nevada's 1st District. Reuben was born in Mumbai, India and immigrated to the U.S. as a toddler. Until the late 1990's, he and his family lived as undocumented immigrants, but Reuben is a perfect example of a Dreamer who grew up to excel academically, serve his country in the military and his community in a variety of ways, inspiring young people through his teaching and mentorship, and even saving lives.
He graduated Rancho High School where he served as Senior Class President and then attended the College of Southern Nevada and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He enlisted in the Marine Corps and was deployed to Iraq where he was shot through the forearm, but still managed to return fire and suppress the enemy until his fellow Marines could escape. He was awarded both the Purple Heart and Naval Achievement Medal for his heroics, but spent the following year in a military hospital recovering from his wounds. After his rehabilitation and medical discharge from the Marine Corps, Reuben returned to Las Vegas and graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor's degree in History. He then earned his first Master’s degree in Global Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and a second Master's degree in Comparative Religion and Politics at Yale University. Despite lucrative job offers, Reuben returned to Nevada teach history at his high school alma mater, coach girls' basketball, and promote college, career, and civic readiness in his classroom.
"It is time for the United States of America to implement a universal health care system. A single-payer healthcare model is what we must orient ourselves towards," says Reuben. We appreciated his insistence that "We cannot forget the health issues plaguing the poor, the pregnant, the migrants, the terminally ill, the homeless, and other vulnerable populations.
Amy Vilela (PD)
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. DUH first heard Amy's story when she spoke at the National Single-Payer Conference in New York City in 2016, before she ever decided to run for office.
Amy has had a lifetime of struggle. Raised by a single mother from age 9, she became one myself when a high school marriage didn't work out. She depended on public programs like Medicaid, WIC, and food stamps to survive. She attributes this public assistance, along with determination, for enabling her to get through college and start a career in accounting, as well as marrying her husband David and raising four girls.
The death of Shalynn brought tragedy to the family, but it also ignited in Amy a fierce determination to prevent other families from going through the same needless grief. In addition to her support for HR 676, Amy also supports the Nurse Staffing Standards for Hospital Patient Safety and Quality Care Act and mandated nurse-to-patient ratios in our nation’s hospitals. She also supports repealing the heinous Hyde Amendment (which S. 1804 would do) and the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman Act) which prohibits political interference with private health insurance companies’ decisions to cover terminating a pregnancy.
Amy is truly a warrior for our cause and for the advancement of public policy that provides food, housing, mental health and medical care to all those in need.
Lincoln Soldati (D)
Lincoln's running in the New Hampshire 1st District. He has a long history of community activism, as well as ascending the Democratic Party ladder, despite adhering to his progressive values in his positions on the school board, as County Attorney and as Mayor of Somersworth. His statement on healthcare may not be new or different, but in that he sort of reminded us of a certain other progressive from New England.
Lisa McCormick (PD)
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.
Jim Keady (PD)
Jim is running in the 4th District. Remember when Governor Christie screamed at that guy to "sit down and shut up"? That guy was Jim and his persistence in sticking to his principles, even if it meant being the target of negativity seems to us like a good qualification to have for a Congressman!
Jim is undoubtedly the kind of fighter we need in order to achieve a single-payer Medicare for All system in this country. He has personally experienced dealing with our current system - happily, with good results - but, as he says, "Had we not had health insurance through my mother’s employer, my father’s last few years with us and our family’s financial stability would have suffered immeasurably, possibly bankrupting us. Unfortunately, this is the reality for millions of Americans: being forced between the rock and hard place of taking care of their loved ones, while having to manage their own financial interests."
To DUH, Jim's personal experience, his compassion towards others, and his pragmatic belief that our healthcare system must be funded by a FAIR tax plan was more than enough to get our vote - making Christie mad enough to yell at him was just the cherry on top of the sundae!
Javahn Walker (PD)
Javahn is running in NJ's 6th District. We mistakenly deleted him once,but will provide more info later. After high school Javahn moved to New Brunswick to attend Rutgers University and earn a degree in Econoics. He currently works as an auditor.
Javahn will support HR 676 and in the interim supports regulating drug prices.
Peter Jacob (PD)
Peter is running from New Jersey's 7th district and has the endorsement of Justice Democrats. Raised in Union, New Jersey, in an Indian-American family, Peter attended Union County College, continuing his undergraduate studies in Sociology at Kean University. Soon after, Peter earned a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis, the top-ranked program in the nation.
During his college years, Peter was a student activist and leader. He worked with the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), the YWCA, and the International Institute. Meanwhile, he continued to proudly campaign for health care reform, environmental sustainability, and immigrant integration in the United States. After moving back to New Jersey, he immediately began work as a community organizer, developing and maintaining a homeless shelter program through a coalition of churches, businesses, schools, hospitals, and individuals. Peter witnessed the impact of the financial crisis helping people to rebuild after losing homes, jobs, and health insurance. These experiences assisting the most vulnerable sticks with Peter to this day.
Progressive to the core, Peter follows the People's Platform which includes prioritizing universal healthcare, among the other issues promoted by the platforms of several people-based organizations. There's no doubt in our minds that he will be a bulldog in the fight for M4A!
Pat Davis (PD)
Pat is running for New Mexico's 1st District seat. A former police officer, executive director of ProgressNowNM, and an Albuquerque City Councilman, Pat would be NM's first openly gay Representative.
"It’s time to do the right thing. Let’s end the debate about who should have health care and acknowledge health care as a basic human right. That’s why I’ve always supported a single-payer 'Medicare for All' system." That's Pat's battle cry on healthcare and he has personal reasons for supporting M4A. As someone who experienced seizures in his early adulthood, he will always be identified by insurance companies as someone with a pre-existing condition, though he's been seizure-free for years. And his grandmother, at the age of 102 lives at home with his parents, getting the healthcare she needs through Medicare. Pat wants everyone to have the same opportunity to live and die with dignity, secure in the knowledge that healthcare is not an issue to worry about. May Pat's grandma live to see him sworn into Congress!
Madeline Hildebrandt (PD)
Mad is running for the House in the 2nd District of New Mexico. Born into a large working-class family in 1961, Mad spent her early years in the Denver area, her father working as an auto mechanic, and the family taking in foster children to help care for needy kids. The family then moved to the countryside where they kept a small farm and raised livestock. She was active in 4-H, and has served as an adult 4-H leader. Her upbringing allows her to not simply relate to southern New Mexico’s ‘hardworking people’ but to be one of them.
In her early twenties, Mad enlisted in the US Coast Guard, and served at USCG TRACEN Petaluma as Military Police, then went on to become a Radioman. As a Veteran, and a military spouse, she understands the importance of the uniformed services to the country, and the responsibilities of the country to its Veterans.
Taking advantage of the GI Bill, she received an Associates and a Bachelor’s degree in Individual Studies — History with a concentration in Middle East Terrorism — at Columbia College’s military facility branch on Treasure Island Naval Station, San Francisco. She then attained a Master’s degree in History at San Francisco State University, specializing in Labor History, and went on to earn a PhD in History at University of Maine. She and her husband settled in Socorro, NM when he retired from the Coast Guard.
Mad has spent the last 18 years as an online History Instructor at Rowan College at Burlington County, a community college situated in New Jersey. She has also taught in the classroom at various colleges and universities, including Central New Mexico Community College (formerly Albuquerque TVI). She has been active in church, school and community activities in the many locations where she’s resided.
We liked her statement on Healthcare. " I support Medicare For All. In Congress, I will do everything in my power to address the injustices in our health care system."
Michael DeVito, Jr. (D)
Michael is running in the 11th District. His views on healthcare are personal as well as factual - his wife Natalie has an incurable genetic disease that requires frequent treatment. Michael is a Marine vet, having enlisted at the age of 17 and earning many medals, including the Bronze Star, before he retired. He began his career in public service with the New York Center for Interpersonal Development as a Personal Advocate for the Staten Island Young Adult Borough Center program, and has helped over 2,000 “at-risk” students get their high school diplomas. He's currently chair of the Youth WINS Partnership, a collaboration of organizations creating pathways to employment for young adults.
His slogan is "Let's run together" and he actually is a runner, having won Staten Island’s Triple Crown Award at the age of 43.
Elaine DiMasi (PD)
Elaine is running in NY's 1st District. She has spent 21 years as a federal contractor and project
manager at the Brookhaven National Lab, delivering world-leading solutions in energy, environment and health. She's enthusiastically supported by a national grass roots movement seeking to elect more people with scientific backgrounds to Congress.
We loved how she started her statement on healthcare - ”Health. Life. Freedom. You can't have one without the other two. If you have a serious illness or injury but have no health care, you're not free. You're not free to live your life and move around the way you normally would." True! And we love supporting scientists with their affinity for truth!
Pat Ryan (PD)
Pat is running from NY's 19th District, hoping to take the seat away from freshman Republican John Faso. We liked that he was focused on the people and specific concerns of the district, calling attention to the access problems for healthcare in the rural parts of his area. But he really got us with his opening line on healthcare: "A good healthcare system is central to a strong community: It keeps families healthy, provides quality jobs, and allows each of us to achieve economic security." All true and yet seldom made points.
Patrick Nelson (PD)
Patrick is running in NY's 21st District, his motto being, “21st Century Policies for 21st Congressional District."
After high school, Patrick attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics. He attended the School of Law at St. John's University from 2012 to 2013 where he was a Dean's List Student and represented low-income defendants being sued by large financial institutions and vulture capitalists as a Public Interest Fellow with the NYS Unified Court System.
As a Delegate to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA, Patrick fought for marriage equality with an amendment to the Presbyterian constitution which was finally adopted by a super-majority at the 2014 Presbyterian General Assembly.
Patrick has also tried his hand at entrepreneurship, working with two early-stage nanobiotechnology companies. This taught him about the challenges faced by new businesses and he came to see how universal healthcare and student debt relief could help small businesses grow and thrive.
He's another who likes bullet points, but the first bullet under "Healthcare" is "Improved and expanded Medicare for All." That's good enough for us!
Scott Comegas (PD)
Scott is running in the 24th District. He has a touch of Libertarianism in his knowledge and reverence for the constitution - he makes a good argument for healthcare to be included in "the general welfare" - as well as the individual's right to thrive and prosper. But he could also be a Green as an alpaca farmer and a proponent of unity or a Democratic Socialist in his commitment to sustainability and fierce independence. He has obviously spent some time learning about S 1804 and we're always glad to see candidates who can correctly list the benefits of M4A.
Wendy May (D)
Wendy is running in NC' 2nd District and is the first LGBTQ candidate from that area. She's a disabled vet and has done a lot of work within the Democratic structure - now she has a chance to effect more change from within.
Jenny Marshall (PD)
Jenny is running in NC's 5th District. She's a teacher, NEA member, and worked on Bernie's campaign, as well as many other local political organizations.
Gerald Wong (PD)
Gerald is running in the 6th District and we were impressed by his statement on healthcare and we loved his tag line - Make America Create Again! But he got Sue with two things - his ink (they both have tattoos, though his is way more dramatic) and his great story of overcoming the opposing forces in his life by being open to possibility.
Philip Price (D)
Philip is running in the Western N Carolina 11th District. While his statement on healthcare was not the fiercest, he got us with the last 14 words!
Samuel Ronan (Himself)
Samuel is running for Ohio's 1st District. Sam is an Air Force veteran, moving steadily upward in the ranks due to his work ethic and strong leadership skills. When he was honorably discharged from the Air Force he used what he experienced and witnessed of the "gross misconduct of our nation's elected leaders and their abuse of power that resulted in a two week government shutdown..." to fuel his passion to "build a platform and a political base focusing on putting the American Citizen first and politics second!" He started the Average Joe Initiative to show all Americans that they can, and will make a difference in their nation by simply believing in their own strength. Today, he is dedicated to bringing the voice of Ohioans to Washington.
It was hard to pick one quote from his Healthcare issue page, but this is one thing we haven't read from anyone else - "You are an integral part of this nation, and it owes you a debt of gratitude. By being a member of this country and paying taxes, you deserve to be treated like a human being, and part of that involves being secure in your life should the unthinkable happen to you!"
J. Michael Galbraith (D)
Mike is running in the 5th District, currently the seat of Republican Bob Latta who voted against CHIP and for the draconian AHCA. A financial analyst, Mike obviously understands the benefits of Medicare for All to business and the economy.
Joe Manchik (G)
Joe is running in the 12th District. More on Joewill be coming soon,but I have to say he has the best website of any Green Party candidate we've ever seen and like all Greens, universal healthcare is included in their Ten Key Values.
Rob Jarvis (D)
Rob is running in Ohio's 15th District. More about him will be coming soon, but his statement on healthcare included, "The United States will have a single payer health care system. The rising cost of health care in this country, combined with the growing chasm of wealth inequality in this nation, will lead to a unanimous public outcry for health caroutcry!e for all." We look forward to that
Jim Crary (PD)
Jim is running in Oregon's 2nd District. His strong statement on healthcare includes details about what Medicare for All would cover and how people in his district would be affected.
Steve Bacher (PD)
Steve is running in the 1st District. He has a carrer that spans more than seven years as the first Director of Digital Marketing for Bucks County Community College, five years as the first Executive Director of Cape May’s Center for Community Arts, and co-founder Vortex Repertory Company in Austin, Texas, where he served for four years as Managing Director. He also served as an Intergovernmental Relations Officer at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Clinton Administration.
While most of his dedicated activism has been environmental, he places healthcare high on his priority list. "Single Payer, or Medicare for All, would provide health insurance coverage for everyone, at a lower cost than our current system."
is a strong environmentalist
Molly Sheehan (PD)
Molly's now running for PA's 5th District (used to be 7th) and her issue statement on healthcare was one of the best we've ever read. We would argue with her over her call for slow implementation (a hard lesson learned from the ACA), but she did a masterful job combining her scientific background, her strong sense of morality, and her consideration of how single-payer would benefit her constituents.
Greg Edwards (PD)
Greg is running in PA's 7th District. He has along history of community service, starting with an education in the 2016 inaugural class of the Martin Luther King, Jr. College of Pastoral Leadership at Morehouse College, for his exemplary leadership in advancing Martin Luther King’s Beloved Community through peace, truth, justice and nonviolent direct action. In 2017, during their Sesquicentennial celebration, Morehouse further honored Greg, inducting him into the college’s prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers with Rev. Dr. William Barber.
A graduate of Geneva College (Bachelor of Science in Urban Ministry Leadership), the University of Delaware’s Graduate School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs (Certification in Community Economic Development), Drew University (Master of Divinity), and the New Brunswick Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry in Prisons, Transformative Justice and Public Policy), Greg has been awarded the NAACP Man of Vision Award, the Peace Pilgrim of the Year Award, the Community Development Award by the Allentown Human Relations Commission, the William Gray III Leadership Award, and the prize for Multi-Cultural Church Leadership from Drew University, where he simultaneously served as President of the Theological Student Association and the Black Ministerial Caucus.
He states that as a Congressman, he would fight for "Medicare for All legislation that centers people over politics."
Jess King (PD)
Jess King is running from the PA 11th (used to be 16th). We like her slogan, "America is for all of us." Jess is a working mom who is living her Mennonite faith. After graduating Bard College with an MBA, she fulfilled her commitment to a year of unpaid service to the community. But her love of serving the people in her community didn't stop there. She went on to become founding Executive Director of the Union Project, an effort that restored an abandoned church into an arts and social enterprise incubator. Jess has been Executive Director at ASSETS since 2010 and has expanded the organization's impact ten-fold, helping new businesses to start and established ones to flourish, transforming Pennsylvania communities through business.
Chris Rieger (D)
Chris' district was changed from the 3rd to the 16th District where he seeks to replace the Republican incumbent, Mike Kelly. He's an attorney, helping people with debt relief (he's well-versed in how many bankruptcies are caused by medical debt), landlord-tenant disputes, and consumer protection cases.
Tom Prigg (PD)
Tom is running in the PA 17th, the district where Conor Lamb won his court case. Tom used to run in the 12th District. He's a Renaissance man, having served in the Army, earned a degree in Neural-Psychology and Sociology, attained a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Public Health Preparedness, climbed mountains, extracted core samples from icebergs, earned another Bachelors for Creative Non-fiction writing and subsequently became a contributing writer for USA Today – College, as well as being published by National Geographic, among others. Oh! And he appears as a stunt double climbing the side of a NYC apartment building in "A New York Heartbeat." Come to think of it, Congress may bore him!
Dmitri Cherny (American*)
We're endorsing Dmitri running as a Republican for the June 12 open primary in the 1st District. Much more to come - see his website until later- but we're proud and happy to endorse him!
*Watch this for more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG9_6bUs1t0&feature=youtu.be
Joe Cunningham (PD)
Joe is running to defeat Mark Sanford in SC's 1st District. He brings a rich variety of life experience to his campaign, with fatherhood being very recently added with the birth of his first son, Boone. In addition to now learning the process of diaper-changing, Joe earned his Bachelor's degree in Oceanic Engineering from the College of Charleston, working as a runner for a small law firm and as a deckhand on tugs and barges in the summers, saving his money to help pay for his education.
After graduating, Joe worked at a small firm designing, permitting and overseeing the construction of marina and coastline development. During that time, Joe worked with various state, local and federal agencies and environmental groups in acquiring all necessary permits and striving to ensure the development did not negatively impact the marine environment. In addition to having his private pilot’s license, Joe also earned his SCUBA certification.
Joe then began his education in law. While in law school, Joe worked several jobs, gaining valuable experience in both civil and criminal areas of the legal profession. At the prosecutor’s office, and with a limited license to practice law, Joe worked with local and state law enforcement agencies, presenting indictments, arguing motions and prosecuting felonies. He also served as President of the school’s Student Bar Association and was eventually elected as the American Bar Association’s Vice-Chair of the Law Student Division, where he fought to curtail the ever-rising costs of legal education. Upon graduating law school, Joe accepted a position at a small boutique firm in Charleston, where he continues to practice.
Sean Carrigan (D)
Sean is running in S. Carolina's 2nd District. He retired from the Army in 2015 after 28 years of service, during which he was selected to run the largest general medicine ward at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. We had a dilemna about Sean in that he mistakenly thinks the ACA can be fixed by a Medicare buy-in (how much on top of what we've already paid in?) for 55-year-olds. He also seems to favor the erroneous idea of a long-term implementation (using the establishment language of "responsibly" replacing the ACA with Medicare for All. But his support of Roe v. Wade, his concern for veterans' care and his understanding that M4A "will create a win-win-win scenario for our citizens, our businesses, and our communities," as well as his strong character won us over. Besides, we happen to know that there's a kick-ass advocate down there who can educate him on the realities of the buy-in approach!
Marc Whitmire (PR)
Marc is running from Tennessee's 2nd district. Like Arkansas' Rob Ryerse, he is that rarest of candidates - a Progressive REPUBLICAN! He's endorsed by Brand New Congress and his stand on healthcare is exemplary of the kind of fact-based, fiscally responsible argument all Republicans should be embracing. Marc is, however, also informed about the corruptive influence of big-money corporate donors on both sides of the aisle and his determination to end that is also why he has DUH's vote!
Steven Reynolds (PD)
Steven is running for the 4th District. More info on him will be coming soon, but his stand on healthcare got our endorsement.
"How we treat our sick, poor, and most vulnerable defines our country, which is why I fully support Universal, Single-Payer Healthcare. It is the best return on investment AND it is the moral choice."
Stephen Brandon (PD)
Stephen is running in TN's 6th District. He's a veteran (with a very cute baby) and he pledges, "I will fight for a Single Payer Health Care system that will ensure that all of us can be healthy and receive treatment, and not be beholden to any Insurance Company or any one employer. You shouldn’t have to risk your life, or that of your family’s to change a job." More coming soon!
Veronica Escobar (D)
Veronica is running in the 16th District. Beto O'Rourke, the current Rep.,is a corporate Democrat who has not signed on to HR 676 and supports the Medicare buy-in notion. Veronica is a former El Paso County judge who has a history of expanding access to care through the hospital system, as well as helping to create the El Paso Children’s Hospital, the only stand-alone children’s hospital on the border.
Rick Trevino (PD)
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.
Chris Perri (PD)
Chris is running from the 25th District. He's a defense lawyer who has served as supervising attorney for UT Law’s pro bono Texas Expunction Project which has helped hundreds of indigent Texans clear wrongful arrests from their backgrounds so that they can get jobs and find housing.
Tom Taylor (PD)
Tom is running in the 4th District and has called Salt Lake City, Utah his home for nearly his entire life. He attended school in the Granite school district, pursuing study in hard sciences at Cottonwood High School. After graduation, he attended the University of Utah where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering with an undergrad specialization in simple robotics. He then became a PhD candidate at the University of Utah in the highly-regarded Robotics Track program where he created a completely mobile motion capture system that would allow the wearer to record their movements in any environment. Tom has a deep love for the sciences and sees technology as a vital piece of our nation's growth.
Tom believes the healthcare system we have is completely broken, rife with waste and corruption. He supports expanding Medicare to cover all Americans. As he says, "The craziest part of all of this is that we already have a solution that guarantees healthcare while being incredibly cost-efficient when compared to private insurance. It's called Medicare and it works."
Bernie Sanders (PD/DS)
We could just put "LOL" here, but since Bernie is the fuel that lights our fire, we should go on and on and on. But we'll let him tell you about the issues. You'll notice on this campaign website page that Bernie includes several things other candidates hardly, if ever, mention - the creation of an HIV/AIDS-free generation, plans for Puerto Rico and Guam, and the empowerment of Tribal nations and Native Hawaiians. If that's not enough for the people of Vermont, let alone the nation, then, as Mrs. Landingham famously said, "Well, Jed, then I don't even want to know ya."
Dan Freilich (PD)
Dr. Dan is running for the At-Large seat currently held by Peter Welch. As a career physician, he says, "I know that single-payer health care (Medicare for All) is the only way we can achieve affordable, quality, and portable healthcare. I have never seen patients with government-sponsored health insurance (e.g., Medicare) not get the care they need. But I have seen it countless times with patients who have private health insurance, even those with expensive employer-based private policies."
More about his accomplished life soon!
Dorothy Gasque (PD)
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!)
Christine Brown (D)
Christine is running in the 4th District. She 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, as well as her established advocacy for M4A. The energy and enthusiasm with which she participates in marches and rallies is not just political - we believe she really enjoys it! She's the only challenger to Republican incumbent Dan Newhouse and we suspect she's a fighter!
Robert Hunziker (PD)
Robert is running in the 8th District. His family was working-class, and the paycheck-to-paycheck life, for Robert, it's impossible to forget what it means to choose between late bills and a proper trip to the grocery store. The recession hit him hard - newly married, without a home, car, or job, in a suddenly grim job market. he and his wife moved around, staying in hotels, chasing down any work available. He took far less than his work as an IT contractor was worth more often than not. Though the wages in his industry are livable, "the pay structures of the gig economy are only contributing to America’s 45-year streak of wage stagnation."
Robert is a Candidate with a Contract, pledging he won’t take a dime of PAC, superPAC, or corporate money, now or ever. he says, "I have no interest in representing entities whose sole purpose is the generation of profit, especially when that pursuit leads to the damage or destruction of already-vulnerable communities."
Though he website is weak on healthcare, mentioning only standardization of costs, we've heard him speak at a forum and his support for M4A is solid. He's running in a crowded field, most of the other candidates have more money, so we hope that DIH's endorsement will help him even the playing field and keep his promise not to take corporate money. Send him a few bucks!
Sarah Smith (PD)
Sarah is running in the 9th District and 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
Tambourine Borelli (PD)
Tamborine is running in WA's 10th District for the seat currently held by Denny Heck who acts more like a Republican than the corporate Democrat he is when it comes to healthcare. Tamborine's political fire was lit, as so many others were, by Bernie's campaign and she has carried on by getting involved in Election Justice USA and Represent US, organizations looking for solutions to our electoral system mess.
Paula Jean Swearengin (PD)
This is the biggest smile we've seen on Paula Jean's face and that's fine with us because she's a fighter who's serious about saving W. Virginia's water, Appalachian families, and making sure everyone, especially the coal miners, has the healthcare they need. She is challenging Joe Manchin for his Senate seat and she will take no shit once she's there.
Randy Bryce (PD)
Randy is running for Congress from the Wisconsin 1st against the reviled Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House and co-author of the cruel American Health Care Act. Randy is a vet, a cancer survivor, and an iron worker. Paul Ryan is a...well, you can fill that in.
Tom Palzewicz (D)
Tom is running in the 5th District, the seat Jim Sensenbrenner now occupies. It would be great if a Democrat could replace that Republican! Tom has a variety of experience, including in the Navy on a nuclear sub; as a banker helping people understand investment and financial strategy, and as a small business owner. Though he tends to be brief and to the point in his issue statements, he declares (rightly) that "Universal healthcare is the only logical solution to our country’s healthcare needs."
Margaret Engebretson (D)
Margaret is running in the 7th District of Wisconsin. She joined the Navy right out of high school and credits her 24-year experience there, as well asin the Naval Reserve and Minnesota Air National Guard, with teaching her the values of honor, courage, and commitment which have guided her decision to run for Congress. Margaret has also been a union railroad worker, repairing locomotives and then dispatching BNSF freight trains across the country before deciding to take advantage of her GI Bill benefits to attend college.
She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2004 with a degree in history. She later attended the University of Wisconsin Law School and focuses much of her work now on guardian ad litem cases to protect children and people with disabilities in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin.
Following the 2016 elections, Margaret joined together with people in Polk County to help organize their local Democratic Party.
About healthcare, she says, "As a veteran of the United States military, I’m fortunate to have never had to worry about my health care. That should true for every American. We need a Medicare for All public health insurance program that guarantees everyone their coverage." She goes further,, "We must also defend Medicaid. Wisconsin’s failure to accept the federal Medicare expansion has had a devastating effect on our rural hospitals. Proposed federal cuts to Medicaid would just make things worse. Rural Wisconsinites need the same access to health care as anyone else."
Gary Trauner (D)https://traunerforwy.com/about/
Gary is running for Republican John Barasso's seat in the Senate. We LOVED the video on his Home page and his comprehensive understanding of our healthcare mess. Sue especially appreciated his observation that while technological advances are necessary and beneficial in medicine, they aren't always what works best. Going to the doctor used to include the squirmy-yet-somehow-reassuring experience of your doctor seeing you naked. Gary seems to understand the harm done by the extinction of that experience. In any case, we want to see him ride a buffalo into the Senate!