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!.
Jesse Smith (PD)
Jesse is running for Congress in the 3rd District. An Army veteran, Jesse served for 14 years in various active duty locations. His leadership skills led to his induction into the Sergeant Audie Leon Murphy Leadership Club, an honor awarded to the top 2% of enlisted Army leaders. Jesse's support for Medicare for All is strong and we hope he will soon be a commanding presence in OUR army!
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."
Mary Matiella (D)
Mary is running in the 2nd District for Congress.
Joan Greene (PD)
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 most unique.
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 (PD)
Paul is running for Congress in the 2nd District - he's a solid supporter of Medicare for All.
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 endorsed by the Justice Democrats.
Marge Doyle (PD)
Marge is a nurse running for the House in 8th district. Healthcare is her top priority.
Stephen Jaffe (PD/DSA)
Stephen is running in California's 12th District, the seat of Nancy Pelosi. Though a lifelong Democrat, he recently joined the Democratic Socialists of America. He is an attorney with a long history of fighting for the underdog, specializing in employment law (for employees only). Not only is he highly qualified, but there's just something delicious about an unapologetic Socialist beating a corporatist!
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.
Julio Castenada (NPA/I)
Julio is running in the 39th District as "NPA" - No Party Affiliation - CA 's designation for Independents. He has experience with the military in both the Army and the Air Force and as an IT analyst, he was involved with implementation of the ACA. Perhaps the latter has encouraged him to "fight for single-payer."
Doug Applegate (PD)
Doug is running from California's 49th district. National Nurses United has endorsed him.
Chardo Richardson (PD)
Chardo is running in Florida's 7th district. He's endorsed by Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats. Not his fault that they have turned both their websites into money-first/info-later devices. Chardo, get your own website where people can read about YOU, not be blocked by ActBlue begging!
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!
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.
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!
Mat 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!
Anthony Clark (PD)
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. He calls it like it is! "It’s time to end the destruction of American healthcare by rapacious, price gouging, for-profit, private health insurance middlemen."
David Gill (PD)
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.
Dan Canon (D)
Dan is running in Indiana's 9th District and 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 Bernie exemplifies and which we need more of!
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."
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. (PD)
Paul is running for the House in Iowa's 3rd. Medicare for All is the first thing on his issues page and he has an interesting idea about how to fund it.
Chris Haulmark (PD)
Chris is running in the Kansas 3rd District. Having been Deaf since the age of 1, his stance on healthcare is rightly colored by his awareness and concern for the Deaf community's endangerment if the ACA's pre-existing conditions clause is repealed. As he says, "Will America become a country where people are considered less for what marks their minds or their bodies? Or will we make sure that a person’s color, beliefs or disability does not say who they are or how they should be treated?" Chris Haulmark knows what the right answer is!
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!
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 with the intent to push H.R. 676 further toward passage. Rob is a Justice Democrats candidate.
David Benac (PD)
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!
Dion Adams (PD)https://www.facebook.com/dion.adams.56
When we started out, Mark Bignell was running for this seat, but Mark has decided to run for the MI State Senate so we're happy to now endorse Dion Adams. Dion 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.
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 comelling 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.
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. He is the only candidate who advocates for single-payer.
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.
Note to Amy: You might want to put your last name on at least the Home page of your website!
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.
Javahn Walker (PD)
Javahn is running in NJ's 6th District. A degree from Rutgers in Economics led us to suspect he would be informed about the financial plus side of Medicare for All and indeed, he did not disappoint, listing the elimination of balance billing as one of his goals. But his first sentence was an unequivocal statement of support for H.R. 676, so he gets our endorsement!
Peter Jacob (PD)
Peter is running from New Jersey's 7th district and has the endorsement of Justice Democrats.
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.
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
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 truenand yet seldom made points.
JG Hertzler (PD)
JG is running in the NY 23rd District. Trekkies may recognize him, as will fans of Mark Twain, as his acting career has encompassed such a range. Personally, Sue thinks he could be the Dos Equis' Most Interesting Man in the World. But he's not just a Variety coverboy. He says he's been an actor for 45 years and an activist for 55; he's a union man three times over and proud of it; and for the last four years, he's served on the Ulysses town council. He IS an exceedingly interesting candidate and his passion for single-payer (you get the feeling every time he says it he speaks in capital letters!) makes it one of his top priorities. We hope he will soon be elected to go "where no Klingon has gone before!"
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 (PD)
Samuel is running for Ohio's 1st District. An eight-year Air Force veteran, Sam's most cherished duty as he rose in the ranks was serving on the Base Honor Guard. Today, he is dedicated to bringing the voice of Ohioans to Washington.
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.
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.
Chris Rieger (D)
Chris is running in the 3rd District where he would challenge 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.
Marc Friedenberg (PD)
Marc is running in PA's 5th District. He's a Penn State graduate and a lawyer and has represented clients who were suing Wall Street banks. His position on healthcare is strong and unequivocal and he includes funding for public health and research.
Molly Sheehan (PD)
Molly's running for PA's 7th District 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.
Tom Prigg (PD)
Tom is running in the PA 12th. 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!
Jess King (PD)
Jess King is running from the PA 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.
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!
John W. Duncan (PD)
John is running from the 6th District. The incumbent, Republican Joe Barton, announced in November that he wouldn't run again in 2018, so John won't be the only new candidate! He could very well be the first married gay candidate (husband Tim is a minister) and he won special points with Sue, as both are veterans of working at the largest HIV/AIDS service organizations in their cities.
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 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.
Will Fisher (PD)
Will is running in the 26th District and is endorsed by former gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis
Todd Maternowski (PD)
Todd is running in the 32nd District. We haveheardthe battlecry, "Every in. Nobody out!" for years. But Todd got us not only with his words abouthealthcare, but by his "Texasizing" of that cry to, "Everybody ropes. Everybody rides." We LOVE it!
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."
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 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!
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."
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!