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2020 ENDORSED HOUSE CANDIDATES

PLEASE NOTE! Due to the COVID-19 disruption and uncertainty about when/if primaries will take place, DUH/PEP is going to list the candidates we planned to endorse whether their filing date is passed or not. There is only one person who knows how to adjust content on the website, so please be patient. More will be added as I have time to find videos and bio information.

CANDIDATES! IF YOU ARE A PROGRESSIVE RUNNING ON THE PEOPLE'S AGENDA AND MEET OUR ENDORSEMENT STANDARDS, SUBMIT YOUR NAME, STATE AND DISTRICT, AND WEBSITE URL TO duh4us@gmail.com. We know it's not fair and we're sorry, but if we've already endorsed a candidate in your district (see all endorsed candidates), we can't endorse you too.

Incumbents' Congressional websites are included in text. Click on the candidate's name to see linked videos. House candidates' photos appear on the left, Senate on the right.

ALABAMA

  • James made it through the March 3 primary with 40.3% of the vote and now faces a run-off on July 14 (so far) with Kiani Gardner who got 44.1%. Visit his website to see the number and scope of the issues listed. That, combined with his impressive military career adding to his electability, and the fact that he could flip a traditionally Republican seat earned our endorsement. Watch the linked video to hear James' reaction to the run-off. Visit his website at https://jamesaverhart.com.

ALASKA

  • Al is a commercial fisherman, an orthopedic surgeon, and a lifelong Alaskan. Al learned about the importance and work of public service from his parents at a young age. His father was Attorney General for Governor Jay Hammond. His mother was the first Executive Director of the United Fishermen of Alaska and founded the League of Women Voters Alaska. They instilled the strong Alaskan convictions – toughness, resilience, and independence - he finds are too rarely seen in politics and government these days. Unfortunately, Al's stand on healthcare echoes many specialized physicians' - he believes the public option lie. But his stances on the environment, education, worker's rights, and getting the money out of politics are excellent and he is pro-choice. Watch the breathtaking linked video and tell me you don't hope THAT guy gets to the Senate! His website is https://dralgrossak.com/.

  • Alyse is an Independent running to defeat Republican Don Young. By her own admission, she grew up "in a diverse Alaskan family of builders, butchers, bankers, mechanics, misfits and outlaws..[that ] struggled with addiction, mental illness, and abuse," but she was determined to break that cycle. She worked her way through earning a degree in political science from the University of California San Diego and then returned to Alaska to use that education and her lived experience to improve education and other community issues. Go to her website https://www.alyse4alaska.com/ to learn more about her ideas, especially her explanation of the "Nuka" healthcare program that has worked in areas of Alaska! Watch the linked video to see what she values most.

ARIZONA

  • MARK KELLY AZ SENATE

    MARK KELLY AZ SENATEMark is a retired U.S. Navy combat pilot, engineer, and NASA astronaut, having spent more than 50 days in space, and has lived on the International Space Station. In addition, he has survived cancer and helped his wife, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, recover from a gunshot wound, making healthcare and gun safety issues of personal importance to him. We were impressed by the skills he learned in space - as he says, "Unlike the federal government, the International Space Station can’t just shut down when people don’t get along. And when you’re orbiting the Earth at 25 times the speed of sound and bad stuff starts to happen, you have to work the problem as a team, and you can’t dismiss ideas based on the politics of the person offering them." We need that kind of wisdom as we continue to fight the coronavirus!
    Watch the linked video and then go to his website https://markkelly.com/ to learn more about what he stands for.

  • Representative Grijalva is a quiet warrior, but watch him talk about the wall, Native American sovereignty, and immigration as evidenced by the linked video. With his chairmanship of the Natural Resources Committee he's fighting the climate crisis. Visit his campaign website at https://standwithraul.com/ His Congressional website is https://grijalva.house.gov

  • Anita is running for the second time to unseat Republican David Schweikert. In 2018, she won her three-way primary, but the week of the general election tragedy struck. Anita’s husband, James, had a health emergency — brain abscesses, leading him to undergo six separate neurosurgeries and resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. The fact that Anita knows firsthand that life, work, health, and the economy all go together, along with her impressive background and experience, has earned her DUH's endorsement. Watch the linked video of her and her "in-home staff!" Learn more about her and her vision at https://www.anitaforarizona.com/

ARKANSAS

  • DAN WHITFIELD AR SENATE

    DAN WHITFIELD AR SENATEDan is running as an Independent for the Senate against Republican Tom Cotton. Because the Democratic primary was cancelled, Dan's Independent designation got him on the Nov. 3 ballot. He is another new candidate with honesty, authenticity, and vision for the future. His website is https://danwhitcongress.us/ and I highly recommend you keep scrolling and see the scope of his issues.

  • Celeste is a nurse practitioner running as a Democrat in a red state so she will probably never say the words we want to hear about Healthcare for All, but it's clear that she fully understands the dysfunction of our current system. Watch the linked video and visit her website http://www.CelesteWilliamsForArkansas.com

CALIFORNIA

  • Congratulations to Audrey for winninng her primary! Growing up on a farm, agriculture is Audrey's passion. She earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Agricultural Education from California State University, Chico and has worked on agricultural projects here and abroad. Today, Audrey is in her fourth year as a Senior Learning Designer at Vivayic, designing learning strategy and curriculum for worldwide agricultural companies and nonprofits. Watch the linked video - you'll know why we endorsed her. Visit her website to learn more! https://audreyforcongress.com/

  • Congratulations to Representative Huffman for his primary win! He may not be the strongest advocate for H4A, but he is a bulldog when it comes to the environment! Watch the linked video of his grilling of Daniel Jorjani, the Principal Deputy Solicitor of the Department of the Interior. His campaign website, https://www.jaredhuffman.com/, is old, but you can visit his FB page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/RepHuffman/. His Congressional website is https://huffman.house.gov

  • Running in a strong Republican district, Chris shifted to the right a bit when incumbent Republican Paul Cook decided not to run again. We congratulate her for making it through the primary. She'll have a good chance to flip the seat!
    It was the linked video launching her campaign that grabbed us. It's our hope that her position on the ACA will evolve, and that her more Progressive concerns about the environment, immigration, reproductive choice, and more will serve her well. Check out her website. https://www.chrisbubser.com/

  • Congratulations, Shahid, for winning second-place in the primary so that you'll be facing Nancy Pelosi in the general election! We hope all the young San Francisco crowd shows up for Shahid on Nov 3, This is his second run at Pelosi and he brings many talents and diverse experience to the table against the multi-millionaire who can retire to her gourmet ice cream. Since graduating from Stanford Law School in 2003, Shahid has worked in both San Francisco and Washington as a legal advocate, a non-profit leader, a grassroots activist (we definitely think he's a TREEROOTS organizer}, as well as a poet and musician. In addition to LGBTQ rights, privacy, and the right to encryption, Shahid’s work has also advanced immigrant rights, campaign finance reform, government transparency, international human rights, and police accountability. Watch the linked video to see Shahid's position on housing rights and then go to his website, https://shahidforchange.us/, and sign up to volunteer or get the money flooding in!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFWOphLsSlg." itemprop="url">CONGRESSMAN ERIC SWALWELL CA-15Representative Swalwell was right to withdraw from the presidential race - his excellent work on the Judiciary Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is exemplified by the way he goes after Corey Lewandowski in the linked video. We look forward to more since he's been re-elected!
    His campaign website is https://ericswawell.com
    His Congressional website: https://swalwell.house.gov

  • https://youtu.be/5NIgajqQFh8" itemprop="url">CONGRESSMAN RO KHANNA CA-17Always a winner in our book, we're cheering his primary victory. He is a champion for Healthcare for All, a leader in the Progressive Caucus and was a true (as opposed to transient) ally to Bernie. Watch Ro's great floor speech on Healthcare for All. He got our endorsement in 2018 and will continue to get it! We trust him to carry on Bernie's vision as Republicans and establishment Democrats continue to try to eradicate it. We would love to see him as Speaker of the House! His campaign website is: https://www.rokhanna.com/ and his Congressional website: https://khanna.house.gov

  • Phil is one of 2020's courageous candidates challenging one of the most heinous Republican Trump Puppets - Devin Nunes. After his primary victory, Phil will go heae-to-head with Nunes. A Fresno native, he was raised by his single mother who worked long hours to make sure her children had the opportunity to get ahead. He was the first in his family to attend college, working minimum wage jobs to pay his own way through Fresno State.
    Today, Phil runs his own small business in financial services. He’s a fixture in the local civic community through organizations like the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and as chairman of Fresno’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, he’s always willing to go the extra mile for his community. Phil has come up with a creative way to counter Nunes' absurd lawsuits against his own constituents. Watch the linked video to see what it is.
    Go to his website to learn that defeating Nunes isn't his only plan! https://philarballo.com/

  • Congratulations to Representative Barragan on her primary win! We've been impressed with her tenacious work on the Energy & Commerce Committee and on Homeland Security. Watch the linked video to see her take down Kirstjen Nielsen. Her campaign website is: http://barraganforcongress.com/ and her Congressional website: https://barragan.house.gov

  • Representative Porter is another incumbent candidate who we missed endorsing in 2018, but certainly won't miss this time around! I doubt that anyone would've predicted that this "coupon-clipping, mini-van driver" would turn out to be the most feared whiteboard-wielding interrogator of CEOs testifying in a Financial Services Committee hearing. Watch the linked video to see her "doing the math" with JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and he still doesn't get it. I recommend you go to C-SPAN's channel on YouTube and search for her - there are plenty more like this! Her campaign website is http://katieporter.com; her government website is https://porter.house.gov.

  • CONGRESSMAN HARLEY ROUDA CA-48

    CONGRESSMAN HARLEY ROUDA CA-48Rep. Rouda's race has finally been called and he wins the top spot on the ballot in November. We are glad to endorse him and sorry we missed putting him on this page earlier. We have been impressed by his bi-partisan work on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, as well as the Oversight Committee. Watch the linked video to see his questioning of the panel about the intersection of infrastructure and the climate crisis. His website is https://harleyforcongress.com/. Volunteer, donate and let's keep him working on the issues we care about!

  • We endorsed Ammar in 2018 when voters were stupid enough to re-elect indicted Duncan Hunter. This time, Hunter's guilty plea on 12/3 should be enough to boost Ammar to victory. He won 35.9% of the vote to incumbent Republican Darrell Issa's 23.8%. We're declaring him the winner of the top spot with Issa in the second! Watch the linked video of news coverage of his victory.
    Visit his website https://www.campacampaign.com/ to learn about his positions and more! He bills himself as a moderate, but we believe he has some progressive leanings. In any case, he has a real chance to flip a Republican seat against Issa who isn't from the district and has some political baggage of his own.

  • Georgette is running to fill the retiring Susan Davis' seat and is on the ballot for the general election. A first-generation Mexican-American, Georgette was born to working class immigrant parents and grew up in San Diego’s Barrio Logan community. She is a graduate of San Diego State University and holds a BA in Environmental and Natural Resource Geography. A longtime community organizer, Georgette is a former associate director of the Environmental Health Coalition, leading the Toxic Free Neighborhoods Campaign to protect kids from lead paint and keep polluting industries out of residential communities. Earlier in her career, Georgette worked as a victims’ advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Her activism led her to become the first LGBTQ Latina elected San Diego City Council President, and her legislative accomplishments include expanding affordable housing, strengthening protections for low-income renters, leading implementation of the city’s landmark Climate Action Plan and delivering millions in new funding for community priorities. Watch the linked video and hear her and her supporters speak. Georgette, like Bernie, reminds us of how important a hug can be. Visit her website - https://georgettegomez.org/ to learn more, volunteer, and donate!

COLORADO

  • Andrew is running to replace corporate Republican Cory Gardner.But he's also running in the primary against former governor, failed presidential candidate, and fracking proponent John Hickenlooper. Guess who the DNC is backing - yep, the guy desperate enough to drink fracking fluid because it's so safe. Anyone who takes the time to watch the linked video - it may be the best campaign video I've seen this cycle! - will know why Colorado and the rest of us need Andrew Romanoff in the Senate. His website (where you can also see the video) is: https://andrewromanoff.com/

  • We endorsed Joe in 2018 and endorse him now. Watch the linked video to see just one of the reasons he got our endorsement.
    His campaign website is: https://www.joeneguseforcongress.com/
    His government website is https://neguse.house.gov/

  • Jillian is running to "flip the fifth" and unseat Republican Doug Lamborn. She describes herself as a "Coupon clipping, solar-powered millennial mom of two gorgeous daughters," but she's more than that. Watch the linked video to hear about her experience as a midwife and healthcare advocate.
    Her website is: https://jillianfreeland.com/

  • Nathan is running as a DSA Democratic candidate against establishment Democrat Ed Perlmutter. Mr. Perlmutter spouts the DNC script on healthcare while Nathan is 100% for Healthcare for All and his multitude of Progressive issues is impressive. Though he may LOOK like he isn't old enough to vote, he's 31 and besides his positions on the issues, his creation of people-powered Initiatives belies a creative thoughtfulness rarely seen in politics. Check out his website to watch videos he's made and learn more! https://nathanclayforcongress.com/. Click on Nathan's photo to see one of his videos - even though it's from July 2019, it grabbed my attention!

CONNECTICUT

FLORIDA

  • Tom has been devoting the bulk of his time and effort to running for the U.S. House since 2016. We endorsed him then and are happy to do so again. Important to his campaign, exploring the issues raised by his would-be constituents and both defining solutions, what needs to be done, and developing political strategies to get it done. This problem-solving orientation is a natural consequence of his education & work experience. Tom earned his B.S. in physics at the California Institute of Technology, followed by a PhD in theoretical physics at the University of Maryland. The bulk of his work experience involved research, development, and engineering solutions to problems of the Department of Defense and the Air Force, as well as starting his own microwave technology company. This is a smartguy. Tom realized that in America the interface of science with life – politics - is broken. That the most desperate need now is to fix the system. And that is not rocket science - he's done rocket science. His platform is Progressive, his determination unshakeable and watch the linked video to hear him speak about something that no one brings up (but should)! Visit his website now! http://tomwellsforcongress.com/

  • Dana is running for the first time to unseat Republican Daniel Webster. She must be doing something right since a Republican PAC has targeted her for negative ads. Their money may go to waste since Dana is not a politician so "oppo research" won't find any scandals to latch on to unless they make them up. Dana graduated from the University of South Florida with an undergraduate degree in education, and a graduate degree in library and information science. She knows well the struggles teachers go through as she has taught in Hernando County for twelve years, and overseas for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools for thirteen years. Watch the linked video of one of her voters who not only has fun hair, but also speaks the truth, especially now. Please go to her website where you can see her full resume and volunteer or donate! Help her flip another seat! https://dana2020.com/

  • SHEILA CHERFILLUS FL-20

    SHEILA CHERFILLUS FL-20This is Sheila's second run for Congress. In 2018, Sheila became the first Haitian American woman to run for Congress in Broward and Palm Beach County. Although she didn't win the primary, Sheila made history when she secured close to 30% of the votes within 3 months against establishment Democrat Alcee Hastings who has served for 26 years.

    Before her political life, Sheila graduated from Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory, Howard University, and St. Thomas University School of Law. In addition, she completed extensive coursework toward an MBA from the University of Maryland University College. Her life as a single mother raising a daughter with a learning disability for whom the resources she needed weren't available, combined with student loan and mounting medical debt, soon turned her into a fierce advocate for social justice on many levels. Visit her website to learn more about her and her Progressive positions on the issues - https://www.sheilaforcongress.com/. And even though it's from her 2018 run, watch the linked video where she talks passionately about the same issues she is passionate about now.

GEORGIA

  • Sarah gave me a lesson in walking my talk and I'm grateful she did. As a Gaian Pagan, the hypocrisy of politicians who claim to be "Christian" produces a knee-jerk NO WAY response in me. But Sarah, like her former running mate Stacey Abrams, convinced me that there ARE people who actually live their faith and this endorsement allows me to live mine which would never condone rejecting someone on the basis of their religion. Watch the linked video to see someone who WOULD ask, "What would Jesus do?" and then listen to the answer!

    Her website is https://sarahforgeorgia.com/

  • We endorsed Lisa in 2018 and are happy to do so again! Lisa has obviously spent the time between 2018 and now expanding and honing her message. The linked video is just one of many "Carter vs. Ring"s on her channel at YouTube We suggest you watch them all - they're only a minute long. Her launch video from 2018 got her our vote and still holds true today. You can see it at https://www.facebook.com/LisaRingGA/videos/338970353525842/

    Her website is:https://www.lisaringforcongress.com

  • Antonio is running to unseat entrenched Democrat Hank Johnson. Born and raised in Macon, he learned from his parents early the values helping others, hard work, and integrity - all of which Congress could use more. He has also spent most of his career as an engineer, so he knows something about fixing broken things! The linked video has awful sound quality and features a panel of candidates answering questions at a forum. Antonio's thoughtful and articulate answer to a question about public education starts at 9:56. Go to his website https://www.antoniohicksforcongress.com/ to see his extensive issues page.

  • More about Nabilah soon, but please go to her great website: www.nabilahforcongress.com to learn more and sign up to volunteer or donate!
    Watch the linked video to see Ryan Grim interview her!

HAWAII

  • Though we decided months ago to endorse Kai, Gabbard's betrayal of Bernie today has motivated us to make this endorsement now instead of when Hawaii's filing date is met. But this isn't a knee-jerk reaction. Kai has an impressive record in Hawaii's state government. He currently serves as the Majority Floor Leader of the Hawaiʻi State Senate and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Water and Land. Kai is also an 18-year veteran, pilot and commissioned officer in the Hawaii Air National Guard, United States Air Force where he continues to serve as a Lt Col with the 201st Air Operations Group. Watch the linked video to hear about his ideas for higher education and please visit his website's extensive Priorities page at https://www.kaikahele.com/

ILLINOIS

  • Congratulations to Marie for being the winner against DINO (anti- choice, homophobic, misogynistic) Dan Lipinski. She was one of the first victims of DCCC Chair Cheri Bustos' strategy to squelch new Progressive candidates, but she wasn't deterred! Marie has shifted a bit to the Left, which we welcome, but she prioritizes the needs of her district above ideology. Watch the linked video to hear her positions on the issues. Marie's website is https://www.marienewmanforcongress.com/

  • I have observed Chuy Garcia's political career since he served as Alderman for the Little Village area where the HIV/AIDS agency where I worked was located; I voted for him in the first-ever run-off election for Mayor that resulted in the second term of Rahm Emmanuel - Chuy lost by 10 points; and I was thrilled when Luis Gutierrez decided to pass the baton to Chuy when he chose to retire to help the people of Puerto Rico. DUH enthusiastically endorsed Chuy in 2018 and now we congratulate him for his primary victory and continued good work in the House!

    Watch the linked video of Chuy nailing big bank CEOs in a Financial Services Committee hearing. Be sure to visit his website at http://jesuschuygarcia.com/chuy!
    His Congressional website is https://chuygarcia.house.gov

  • Dani won her primary and will try to unseat Republican Adam Kinzinger in November. Never having held elected office, she has a pretty steep mountain to climb, but she's obviously determined and not afraid of hard work! Unfortunately, we couldn't find a video, but if you click on her photo, it will take you to a radio interview where you can hear about her positions and strategy to win. We hope DUH's endorsement helps! Go to her website too - https://www.daniforillinois.com/

iNDIANA

  • Pat's campaign slogan is "Dignity and Justice for All" and she has fought for that throughout her career as an attorney. Watch the linked video to learn why those things are personal for her. She's aiming to unseat Republican Jackie Walorski. Go to her website https://pathackettforcongress.com/ to watch her launch video!

  • Jennifer is running to fill the seat of retiring Republican Susan Brooks. She is a scientist with degrees in chemistry and biology who also has a passion about healthcare. She is also, as I discovered in a delightful email exchange, a Mega-Mom with four young dancers, belongs to a network of Girl Scout moms and is a teacher of chemistry and biology. All that and an irresistable cheeriness that I hope doesn't get dented in Congress. Her vision is just as positive - watch the linked video to learn more. And visit her website at https://jenniferforindiana.com/

  • BRANDON HOOD IN-9
    BRANDON HOOD IN-9

    More about Brandon soon! Visit his website and volunteer or donate! https://www.hood2020.com/

IOWA

  • Kimberly is running to unseat pig castrator Joni Ernst who HASN'T made anyone in Congress squeal. Kimberly brings her life experience of growing up in a strong union family, descending from family farm owners, taking out student loans (which she is still paying off), and, as the guardian ad litem and attorney for kids of participants in Family Treatment Court, she has seen the toll that opioid and meth addiction can take on a family already traumatized by poverty, lack of mental health care and treatment, lack of affordable housing, and lack of education. Watch her introductory video here: https://youtu.be/AsKto8rE5MQ. And if you live in Iowa, I urge you to take the 45 minutes to watch the linked interview she did on The Humanist Report - it made me want to move to Iowa just so she could be my senator! Her website is: https://www.kimberlyforiowa.com/

  • This is JD's second run at the racist extremist Republican Steve King, A fifth-generation Iowan, JD embodies the best of wholesome Iowa values, Growing up in Sioux City, J.D.’s father coached baseball at Morningside College and his mother worked in public health, looking out for other mothers and their families. In his launch video you can see the result of good home cooking, baseball, and church on Sunday. As a student-athlete at Sioux City’s East High School, and then at Morningside College, J.D. emphasized both academics and athletics, making the Dean’s List and earning first-team academic all-conference. After turning down a chance to get drafted in the 2001 MLB draft, J.D. transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he would lead the College World Series-bound team in Earned Run Average while earning academic all-conference. After college, J.D. pursued a professional baseball career, playing in Canada, Europe, and for the Sioux City Explorers for four seasons. Between baseball seasons, J.D. began a career as a litigation paralegal, specializing in Intellectual Property and trials law. He found his true passion of helping others through pro-bono work, which included helping a Cameroonian man gain asylum after being tortured by his own government, and enabled a Minnesota company to protect its Intellectual Property rights against a giant corporation. Visit his website at https://www.scholten4iowa.com/. Watch the linked video to hear him speak about food the USPS.

KANSAS

  • USHA REDDI KS SENATE

    USHA REDDI KS SENATEUsha brings a great story to the table in her run for retiring Republican Pat Roberts' seat. Usha’s family immigrated from India to the United States in 1973, when she was eight years old. In 1988, Usha would earn her Bachelor's degree in Developmental Psychology at The Ohio State University. In 1992, her husband’s work moved her and her three children to Manhattan, KS where she achieved both another Bachelor's in Elementary Education, as well as a Master's degree in Educational Leadership at Kansas State University. Usha has been an educator at Ogden Elementary since 2005. She taught 1st Grade for ten years and was a Title 1 Math teacher till May 2019. She was also President of NEA Manhattan-Ogden where she worked tirelessly on better working conditions for teachers and students. Politically, Usha has been serving as Manhattan City Commissioner since 2013 and was mayor twice in 2016-2017 and currently. As a local elected leader, she has actively prioritized partnerships and built relationships with businesses, social service organizations, and state and federal government agencies. Her priorities included economic development, mental health, and quality of life initiatives in her community. Visit her website to learn more. https://ushareddi.com/

KENTUCKY

  • Charles brings his life experience living in one of the poorest zip codes in Kentucky; rationing insulin to manage his diabetes; incurring student debt he is still paying off; and now, with a family of his own, feeling the financial pressure Mitch McConnell will never feel. He earned DUH's endorsement not just for the Progressive vision he offers Kentucky, but also because he is authentically himself, something Mitch lost decades ago if he ever had it in the first place.

    Charles was elected to the Kentucky State House of Representatives, becoming the youngest black state legislator in 90 years. During his time in office, he has championed gun reform, voting rights, labor laws, and criminal justice, and passed bipartisan legislation to help Kentuckians get insulin in emergency situations. Charles is a proud member of the Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus. Watch the linked video of his interview with Ryan Grim to learn more.
    Go to his website at: www.bookerforkentucky.com

LOUISIANA

  • Antoine is a man of many talents - he is a musician, actor, writer and lover of the arts. That and a desire to use his degree in Child and Family Services to give back to his community inspired him to establish Better Boys Initiative, Inc., a nonprofit organization that uses the arts to develop character and bolster self-esteem among minority and underserved young men. Watch the linked video to hear his story. Please visit his website to learn more! http://www.antoinepierce.com/

MAINE

  • Betsy has a big job to do in defeating long-time corporate senator Susan Collins, but we believe she has what it takes to win thanks to her "can do" attitude and lifelong human rights activism, political organizing, owning a small business, and being a single mother. Go to her website https://betsysweet.com/ to read about her impressive work. The linked video is 12 minutes long but worth it!

  • JARED GOLDEN ME-2

    JARED GOLDEN ME-2We missed endorsing Jared in 2018, but are glad to endorse him now. After the September 11th attacks, he enlisted in the Marine Corps infantry and served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. After returning home, Jared used his veterans’ benefits to attend Bates College. His career then turned toward politics and Jared was elected to represent Lewiston in the Maine House of Representatives in 2014, and in 2016, was chosen by his peers to serve as the Democratic Assistant Majority Leader. Jared defeated Republican Bruce Poliquin in 2018, helping Democrats to win the House. Though his stance on healthcare would normally disqualify him from our endorsement, his integrity impressed us, as well as his strong position on ending Citizens United and campaign funding reform. His website is https://jaredgoldenforcongress.com/.

MARYLAND

  • The linked video is of Congressman Sarbanes' 2017 argument on the floor of the House against repealing provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and other laws.
    His government website: https://sarbanes.house.gov.

  • We had originally endorsed Briana Urbina for this seat, but Briana has suspended her campaign and we can't ignore McKayla's strength as a candidate in such an important race. Hers is a story of overcoming hardship and considering that Hoyer is Pelosi's right-hand man and will have the full backing of the corporate-owned Democratic party, she will certainly need that skill! But if you've seen the great video ads she's put on YouTube and social media, you'll see that she is also truly dedicated to the mission of making lives in the 5th District better, as well as doing her part to drain the Swamp pf someone who puts party and profit before people. Watch the linked video and visit her website https://www.mckayla2020.com/ to learn how to help McKayla usher Steny into retirement! Volunteer, donate and VOTE for her on June 2!

  • Watch Jamie enumerate the damage Trump has done. His passion and fearless speaking of truth is why he will always have our vote!
    His Congressional website is https://raskin.house.gov

MASSACHUSETTS

  • Congressman McGovern has served in the House for 22 years and is ranked among the top liberal Representatives. As Chairman of the Rules Committee, he is also a quiet warrior, as evidenced by the reverence he demonstrated to Ady Barkan when opening a Rules Committee hearing on Healthcare for All. Though the linked video is over 2 hours long, Jim's speech starts at 24:00 and goes on for 9:17 minutes.
    His campaign website is https://www.jimmcgovern.com/

  • Nathaniel is a pretty amazing candidate. Though this is his first run for office, he has global experience dealing with governments of different kinds. He is an engineer and inventor who has invented a device that is literally saving the world. His intelligence, compassion, perception, and I believe, natural state of joy are "qualifications" that are too rare in the political world. The linked video is an hour long, but if you live in MA or if you're starved for hope, PLEASE watch it, especially if you were a Warren supporter. And to learn details and see photos of Nathaniel's impressive experience, go to https://www.mulcahy2020.com.

  • We missed Rep. Pressly in 2018, having endorsed someone else too early. We will not make the same mistake this year because she has proven herself to be just the kind of truthful warrior we need. This is also reflected in her personal and inspiring choice to embrace her own truth about her alopecia. We not only applaud her courage, but we think she's even more awesome without her hair! Her work in Congress has been fierce - you can watch her eviscerate Ben Carson in the linked video and learn about her first year as a Congresswoman at her website, https://ayannapressley.com/

  • Robbie is running to unseat Republican Stephen Lynch. He grew up in a small town in New York and was inspired to go into medicine by his parents who ran a dental practice and taught him by example the importance of caring for each patient that walked through their door. He moved to Massachusetts to go to college at Tufts University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree, MD, and a PhD in cancer genetics. From there, he joined Massachusetts General Hospital for his medical training and eventually joined the faculty. Robbie now works as a primary care doctor and an infectious disease specialist, particularly focused on those living with and at risk for HIV, a cause close to my heart. This work motivated him to push for the structural change needed to create the hospital’s Transgender Health Program. Over six years, Robbie worked with colleagues to build a clinical program dedicated to serving some of the most vulnerable in his community. He credits his husband of 12 years, Ryan, for supporting him throughout his journey and allowing him to live the importance of equality for all. Please go to his website at https://www.robbieforchange.com/ and watch his video. Watch the linked video to hear him articulate his commitment to healthcare, ending gun violence, climate change, and more. This guy is a winner and we are pleased and proud to endorse him.

  • Alex is running to take the seat of Richard Neal, chairman of the Ways & Means committee and foe of Healthcare for All. Alex has been so committed to public service that after attending Brown, he returned to Holyoke, his home town, and ran for mayor. At the age of 22, he was elected, the youngest and first openly gay mayor in the history of the city of Holyoke. He has served as Holyoke’s mayor since 2012, winning 4 elections. Please go to his website https://alexmorseforcongress.com/ to learn about the amazing things he has done while mayor and his commitment to bringing a similar vision to D.C. Watch the linked video to see that he'll never be like Trump!

MICHIGAN

  • Jon is running to flip the seat currently occupied by Republican Fred Upton. Jon comes from a family of educators, both parents were university professors and administrators and many family members are teachers. His parents taught Jon the values of serving his community, being there for family, working hard, having access to good education, and doing the right thing.

    As a small business owner, Jon experienced the pressure of making a payroll and providing healthcare. He worked hard to give a voice to equality organizations, labor groups, women’s rights organizations, and environmental causes. When he was elected five years ago to serve as State Representative representing over 90,000 people, he learned that it’s important to prioritize listening to the needs of the community. Serving on the Appropriations Committee that builds Michigan’s budget, Jon has fought to prioritize investments in things that help people – like healthcare, good schools, infrastructure, and clean water and a clean environment. Watch the linked video to hear his views on the environment and go to his website http://www.jonhoadley.com/. Volunteer, donate, and VOTE for Jon!

  • Elissa is another incumbent who flew under our radar in 2018 but who caught our eye in committee hearings, earning our endorsement this time around. Elissa is a third-generation Michigander and spent her early life on a working farm in Holly, Michigan where she currently lives today. The values of hard work, decency, and integrity that she learned from her family ultimately guided her into a life of service. The 9/11 attacks occurred during her first week of graduate school in New York City, and Elissa decided that she wanted to work in national security to prevent future attacks against the United States. She was recruited by the CIA to serve as a Middle East analyst, and ended up serving three tours in Iraq. Her tours in a combat zone led to national security roles at the White House under President Bush as a member of his national security staff and she was asked to stay on when President Obama took office. She took on a series of leadership roles at the Defense Department, and oversaw defense policy for Africa, the Middle East, and Europe at the Pentagon as the acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. Watch the linked video of Elissa questioning Kirstjen Nielson about border security. Of her current campaign, she says,"The fundamentals of our 2020 campaign will reflect what we successfully kicked off in 2018: our campaign will honestly and transparently engage with voters in all areas of the 8th district, in Oakland, Livingston, and Ingham counties. I believe in making myself as available and accessible as possible, which is why you can find me at public events across the district." Visit her website and volunteer, donate, and VOTE tokeep her doing her great work! https://elissaforcongress.com/ Her government website is http://slotkin.house,gov

  • Congressman Levin was onr of our endorsees in 2018 and he has proven, in his first term, to deserve it again. His position on healthcare is personal, having dealt with the medical needs of his two sons. He has also been a strong supporter of public education while serving on the Education & Labor Committee - Watch the linked video to hear his grilling of Betsy DeVos on the issues of student loan debt collection from those defrauded by their colleges.
    He's also strong on the environment being a former green energy entrepreneur and state workforce officer, and with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez they introduced the Electric Vehicle (EV) Freedom Act, a bill "that will create good-paying jobs nationwide, electrify America’s highway system and take necessary steps to combat climate change." Visit his website (same as in 2018) at https://www.andylevinforcongress.com/. His government website is https://andylevin.house.gov/.

  • Not one to toot her own horn, people know Debbie as "John Dingell's wife," but hardly ever know the activism and experience she brought to Congress after winning the seat her husband had held. Debbie’s activism started at a young age in her passion for issues important to women and children. She successfully fought to have women included in federally-funded health research and advocated for greater awareness of the impact oon women's health of breast cancer and heart health, among other issues. She is a founder and past chair of the National Women’s Health Resource Center and the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health. A lifelong advocate for young people, Debbie chaired the Michigan Infant Mortality Task Force that reduced infant mortality rates in the state, in addition to serving as Co-Chair of the Children’s Leadership Council, a business-led advocacy group that promotes investment in early childhood education. In her professional career, Debbie was an executive at General Motors, working to keep the auto industry strong before continuing her dedication to supporting charitable causes as President of the GM Foundation. Watch the linked video to see how she carried on for her husband with dignity when Trump insulted them both at a rally, as if to prove his cruelty and classlessness. Visit her website http://debbiedingellforcongress.com/!

  • We missed endorsing Rashida in 2018 but aren't about to make that mistake again! If you don't already know her story, she is the eldest of 14 children born to working-class Palestinian immigrants in Detroit. Rashida came to Congress already made famous by the mainstream press and social media for her "impeach the motherfucker" remark. But some of us loved her for that and for her passion, be it expressed through anger or tears. Her work on the Oversight & Reform Committee. Watch the linked video, not because she "got emotional" (media code for "watch her cry"), but because she was asking an important question. Go to her website at https://www.rashidaforcongress.com/. Her government website is https://tlaib.house.gov/

MINNESOTA

  • Ilhan was one of our stars in 2018 and we are pleased to endorse her again with hope that the bigots and xenophobes within and outside of Congress will stop trying to scare her away. Her work on the Budget Committee in the linked video is emblematic of her power and growth in her freshman year. Her government website is https://omar.house.gov and her campaign website is https://www.ilhanomar.com/ - make sure she can continue her good work and volunteer, donate, and VOTE for herin August AND November!

  • Ian is a Minnesotan by choice. Born in Arkansas, a friend he served with in the military convinced him to move to Minnesota. After serving in the Air Force as a Geospatial Intelligence Analyst, Ian feels his time there helped instill in him the values he now intends to take to Congress: integrity, service, and excellence. Watch the linked video to hear his speech at the DFL convention and go to his website, https://www.iantoddforcongress.com/, to volunteer, donate, and VOTE for him on August 11!

MISSISSIPPI

MISSOURI

  • Cori's 2018 loss was heartbreaking and we're so happy to endorse her again in 2020. She has learned from her first campaign and now has a better chance, we believe, of unseating corporate-owned Democrat Lacey Clay. Watch the linked video to hear her vision and if you have Netflix, watch Knock Down the House, in which she is featured. Visit her website https://coribush.org/platform and if you live in MO-1, sign up to volunteer and anyone inspired by her, please donate!

  • KATHY ELLIS MO-8

    KATHY ELLIS MO-8Kathy is running to flip the seat occupied by Republican Jason Smith. A native of Missouri, she attended the University of Missouri – St. Louis where she received her Bachelor of Science focused on the Administration of Justice and later attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she received her Master of Social Work. Kathy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board Certified in Clinical Social Work; a Certified Reciprocal Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor; and a Certified Experiential Therapist III. Her platform is truly Progressive and we loved that, as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, the issue of inclusive healthcare for LGBTQ+ people is of the utmost priority for her and that doctors must be trained and equipped to treat LGBTQ+ people. Go to her website - https://www.ellisforcongress.com/ to learn more, sign up to volunteer, and donate! Watch the linked video, too!

  • DENNIS OGLESBY MO-3

    DENNIS OGLESBY MO-3Dennis is running to flip the seat currently held by Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer since 2009. The son of a now retired police chief and a bookkeeper, Dennis' parents taught him to be focused, loyal and honest at all times. The family faced countless struggles that many lower to middle class families face and Dennis watched his father work tirelessly to help support his three children. Dennis has inherited the work ethic of his parents and now, 20 years later, what began as an hourly job making folders on a fulfillment floor by hand for $7.50 an hour has progressed to Senior Management roles. While working I went back to school full-time and have earned advanced degrees in Business Management. Dennis is not your typical politician, saying of himself, "I am the average working class citizen who has fought hard to make a difference. Government is a non-for-profit business in the end, and those with significant business backgrounds can show great success. More importantly, though, I believe those who have a genuine concern for the average citizen and understand the struggles they face, will show the most success."

MONTANA

  • Wilmot came to the U.S. as a refugee from the Liberian Civil war. He and his wife Maddie fled in the midst of the war killed over 250,000 people. He has served Montana and the nation in the National Guard, US Army Reserves and the US Navy Reserves for over 20 years. During his career, he has worked as a teacher, at various organizations that helped troubled or at-risk youth, the VA at Fort Harrison, the Department of Homeland Security, and as a Child Protection Specialist at the State of Montana. In 2017 the city of Helena elected him as Montana's first Black mayor. He's running to unseat Republican Steve Daines on a progressive platform appropriate for his constituents. We really liked the three things he lives by:
    Take chances.
    Reach out to your communities.
    Get out of your comfort zones.

    https://wilmotcollins.com/

  • Tom is running for the seat currently occupied by Greg Gianforte who is running for governor. Watching the linked video made me wish that I lived in Montana! Tom is a native Montanan and healthcare is an issue he's known from the inside growing up with his sister who has a chronic illness. When his then-State Rep voted to cut the "freeloaders" off of their healthcare, Tom was compelled to challenge him in a solidly Republican district. He and his family knocked on doors repeatedly, making a total of 22,000 visits listening to the peoples' concerns. That tenacity bore him to victory and once in Helena, he followed up on every cam[paign promise, including ensuring Montanans with pre-existing conditions could get healthcare. Visit his website https://www.winterformontana.com/ to learn more and see the MSNBC interview he did on the coronavirus in rural Montana

    https://www.winterformontana.com/

NEBRASKA

  • Chris won the May 12 primary, beating our endorsed candidate Angie Phillips by 6.9%. Though we were sorry for Angie's loss, we are happy to be able to endorse Chris, as his platform is more Progressive than not. He also brings his experience as a successful small business owner, along with his passion for social justice to the table. And one potential "perk" for his fellow senators - the man bakes cakes and turns them into art (see http://www.omahacakes.com/ - if you're like me, he'll have your vote the instant you see the gorgeous cake on the Home page!). I'm sure he'd be happy to whip up one of his tiered beauties to celebrate the passage of Healthcare for All. The House will be so jealous! But seriously, Chris is originally from a farm family in David City and now lives in Omaha as the owner of Chris Janicek's Cake Box. Coming from a farm family, he understands the damage that's been done to Nebraska's farmers by the Trump administration. We were especially impressed by his campaign assembling a Climate Change Committee, four young people with fact-based interest in achieving low carbon emissions, developing sustainable energy sources, cutting pollution and recycling. Chris has already done what Congress should be doing by establishing advisors who know the facts, not lobbyists who are schilling for the fossil fuel industry. Watch the linked video to hear Chris explain some of his most important priorities and visit his website http://www.janicekforsenate2020.com/...man I wish I could have a bite of that cake!

  • Congratulations to Kara on her kick-ass primary win! She is running for the second time to unseat Republican Don Bacon who beat her in 2018 by only TWO points (51 to 49). We endorsed her then, we endorse her now and hope she follows in AOC's footsteps by shocking the Republicans and establishment Democrats by her victory! Watch the linked video to see her celebrate with Justice Democrats founder Cenk Uyger and TYT. Then go to her website and volunteer, donate, and VOTE for her in November! Her website is: https://www.eastmanforcongress.com/

NEW JERSEY

  • Larry is challenging corporate Dem Cory Booker. Booker will have millions plus the support of the DNC, but Larry has over 50 years of activism and consistent community service. He is truly another Bernie and we are proud to endorse him. Please visit his website https://hammforsenate.org/ to learn more about his leadership fighting for the people of New Jersey. Watch the linked video to see how he can excite a crowd!

  • Christine was a late discovery, it was already after 8:00pm when I responded to her campaign manager that I'd looked at her website and would be happy to endorse her. I must own right now that if I were young, well, and looked like she does, her website could be mine. She is a spiritual seeker as I have been for the last 25 years and her lessons color her approach to life, as mine do. You will not find an "Issues" page on her website, but rather a Vision page - it may be less specific about details of what she'll do in Congress, but no one could read it without knowing that Christine would bring intuitive gifts, as well as her experience in the "real" world, to the halls of Congress. She is a graduate of Georgetown University with a BS in Foreign Service, the and University of Miami with a MA in Education and Social Change. She moved on to become a Teach for America Miami-Dade alumna, former United Nations staffer for the Global Compact corporate sustainability initiative, and Mindfulness Schools Consultant for The Goldie Hawn Foundation. With such a variety , her lessons have, as she says, "led me to the most invaluable life lesson about what truly matters: happiness.. My only concern is that the House Establishment will do everything it can to replace her beautiful vision with cynicism. But she'll have allies, human AND spiritual to help her in that fight. Please go to her website https://www.christineconforti.com/ and watch the linked video.

    I started to be my authentic self when I stopped chasing these degrees and elite positions and started following my heart and purpose.

  • ​Dr. Arati Kreibich is a Councilmember in Glen Rock, a neuroscientist, and a mom. She immigrated to the U.S. when she was 11 years old with her parents and two younger brothers because they believed in the promise of America.
    Growing up, Arati always wanted to be a scientist. She earned her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and became a neuroscientist. Her research focus on opiate addiction and her experience working with pharmaceutical companies gave her an unvarnished look at the serious shortcomings of for-profit healthcare. The 2016 election inspired her to run for Glen Rock’s Borough Council in 2017. She won, becoming the first South Asian elected to the council. Arati has made the climate crisis a priority, leading a successful charge for town-wide clean energy consumption and a plastic bag ban. As a medical researcher whose husband, a neurologist, treats patients daily, Arati sees the need for Healthcare for All. As a scientist, she understands the urgency of adopting bold action to address climate change. And as an activist, she's seen first-hand the corrupting influence of corporate money on government. Watvh her linked launch video and visit her website, https://www.aratiforcongress.com/ - volunteer, donate, and VOTE for Arati!

  • Russ was one of the first candidates we discovered and we're happy to finally get him on the page. Watch the linked video to see what his priorities are and be sure to watch the video on his website before you sign up to volunteer or send him a generous donation. https://www.russforus2020.com/

  • HECTOR OSEGUERA NJ-8

    HECTOR OSEGUERA NJ-8Born in Hoboken and raised in West New York, Hector is running for the first time to take the seat of establishment Dem Albio SIres. Hector’s mother emigrated from the Dominican Republic and raised him and his younger sister on her own while making ends meet. Her tenacity and determination set an example for Hector that he would carry throughout his life. Hector has used those virtues as he began participating in political campaigns as a volunteer for Elizabeth Warren in 2012, Bernie Sanders in 2016 and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2018. He also worked his way through school at New England Law-Boston and then took his knowledge of organizing and forming coalitions, taking his activism home as part of Hudson Civic Action, whose advocacy succeeded in protecting the immigrant community by ending Hudson County’s 287(g) agreement with ICE.

    After gaining admission to the New York and New Jersey bars in 2015, Hector struggled to find a job. Despite his overqualification, he eventually found a job at a Five Guys, flipping burgers in order to make ends meet, and later settled for a temp job as a Paralegal in Newark. Today, Hector lives in an apartment in Union City and works as an Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, preventing fraudsters, criminals, and terrorists from moving illicit funds through our financial system. Hector knows first-hand what it means to "pull on your bootstraps until they tear off and still not having enough to pay the bills.” His experiences confronting the injustices imposed by an economy rigged against working class people and the progress that can be made when workers come together is what fuels his run for Congress. Visit his website to learn more! https://www.oseguera2020.com/

NEW MEXICO Primary 6/2/20

  • A Congressman since 2010, Ben Ray is now going for the seat of retiring Democrat Tom Udall. He was born and raised on a small family farm in Nambé, New Mexico by a union ironworker and a public school employee, Ben learned the values of hard work and community service from a young age. Ben Ray has dedicated his career to improving the lives of those in his community and his state. As a representative, he has been a consistent, thoughtful voice for his constituents as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, as well as the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. As Assistant Speaker of the House, Ben Ray is the highest-ranking Hispanic in Congress and has helped put forward a people-first legislative agenda that addresses disparities to help all Americans achieve equity, whether in access to clean water, criminal justice, lowering prescription drug prices, preventing gun violence, ensuring protections for our immigrant communities, or removing the influence of dark money in our politics.In 2018, Ben Ray successfully chaired the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, leading the Democratic effort to take back the majority in the U.S. House while electing the most diverse and youngest Congress in history. A passionate supporter of the Equality Act, Ben Ray believes that all individuals, regardless of how they identify or who they love, should be protected from discrimination under the law. Ben Ray has also worked to combat the opioid epidemic in New Mexico by securing millions of dollars in treatment, education, and prevention funds for rural communities plagued by addiction. A staunch advocate of campaign finance reform, Ben Ray has refused to accept corporate PAC money for his U.S. Senate campaign. Watch the linked video for proof of his views. The bottom line is that Ben Ray has been a strong voice for the People while in the House - now New Mexico should send him to the Senate! His campaign website is https://benrlujan.com/ and his governmental website is https://lujan.house.gov

  • We were thrilled in 2018 to endorse Deb and even more thrilled when she won and became one of the two first Native American women in Congress, She has served on the Armed Services Committee, as well as the Natural Resources Committee. Before winning her Congressional seat, Deb built a reputation of organizing for the benefit of Native Americans, getting them to register and vote, passing legislation to provide in-state tuition at state colleges for all Native Americans, regardless of where they live. But she not only fights for indigenous rights - in 2017, she partnered with state LGBTQ civil rights leaders to help pass a ban on Conversion Therapy in New Mexico - one of few progressive bills in the State Legislature that was signed by the Governor. In Congress, Deb has continued her passionate fight for the rights of tribal peoples, as you can see in the linked video during a hearing about copper mining on sacred Apache land. Please visit her website https://debforcongress.com/ to learn more, volunteer, donate, and VOTE to send Deb back to Congress. Her government website is https://haaland.house.gov.

    https://haaland.house.gov/

  • Valerie is running for the first time to fill the seat of Congressman Ben Ray Lujan who is now running (also with our endorsement) for Senate. Valerie comes into the race with name recognition. Back in 2003, her husband, then Ambassador Joe Wilson wrote a New York Times Op-Ed asserting that the intelligence used to invade Iraq was “cherry picked” and an imminent Iraqi nuclear threat was, in fact, false. A group of Bush White House senior advisers, including Scooter Libby, retaliated against Ambassador Wilson by compromising the CIA covert status of his wife, Valerie Plame – putting her and others at great risk. After Libby's trial, Valerie and her family sought refuge from the public eye and moved to NM in 2007. Watch the linked video to see what her new assignment will be! Her website is https://valerieplameforcongress.com/

NEW YORK

  • Michael is truly a remarkable man. If elected, he will be the first 911 volunteer firefighter in Congress! He has displayed great courage - not only on that day, but in telling his story of struggling with PTSD afterward. His stand on healthcare is influenced by opposition talking points, but he is a man of good heart and integrity and we hope that some of his union constituents who are also H4A advocates will educate him on what every union member would GAIN. Please visit his website https://weinstockforcongress.com and help him do some rescuing in Congress!

  • Melquiades Gagarin is a Queens native, a community organizer, a policy advocate, a father of three, and a punk rocker running for Congress to fight for the people of NY's 6th District. He's going up against Democratic incumbent Grace Meng who was first elected in 2012 and today serves on the powerful Appropriations Committee. But Mel brings experience and skill to the table. Mel was born in Elmhurst to a Puerto Rican working-class mother and a Filipino immigrant father and raised by his mom and grandmother. He went to Resurrection Ascension and Archbishop Molloy in the district before attending American University in Washington, DC. He worked as a congressional aide representing large parts of the 6th Congressional District, advocated on the Hill alongside criminal justice reformers, and organized across Queens as part of a movement to build a more just future for the nation’s most diverse county. He won’t be accepting any money from corporations, the fossil fuel industry or real estate developers so go to his website and DONATE. and learn more about his plans to fight for "a government that puts people before politics, human interest above corporate greed, and the needs of the many above the benefit of the wealthy and powerful." Watch the linked video with TYT's John Iadarola too!

    https://melforprogress.com/

  • Isiah is running to unseat DINO Yvette Clark. He is a dedicated activist in his Brooklyn community and seems not to be intimidated at all by the idea of joining Congress with the express intent of changing how things are done. If you like Marvel's Luke Cage, he's your guy! Perhaps in the 117th Congress, he'll be a pillar of the Man Squad! Watch the linked seven-minute video (AOC is pictured) of his interview on TYT's Damage Report - his articulate confidence shines! Visit his website at https://www.isiahforcongress.com/ and donate or volunteer!

  • Jonathan is running against an establishment Democrat. That's hard enough, but after his work as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment process, Jerry Nadler could be called an icon to many voters. Enter Jonathan, 25 (or 26 by now), son of Israeli immigrants, born and raised on the border of Hell's Kitchen and the Upper West Side of Manhattan, first in his class at Harvard, on to an MBA from NYU Stern and then back to Harvard Law School, which he left to help with Andrew Yang's presidential campaign. Watch the linked video (from August 2019) of his interview with Cenk on TYT to hear more about his platform or watch his launch video here: https://youtu.be/YN2z2tt5jxo. His website is https://www.herzog2020.com/ and we challenge you not to smile when he does. He's just so CUTE!

  • SURAJ PATEL NY-12

    SURAJ PATEL NY-12 Suraj is the son of parents who emigrated from India in the late 1960s in search of economic opportunity. He grew up with three generations of his family crammed into a two-bedroom apartment over the bodega they were running. His dad got a job working the night shift fixing subway tracks, and eventually, they started a family business in hospitality. Suraj grew up bussing tables, filling vending machines, doing motel laundry, and helping out on construction sites. The family business struggled when the economic crisis hit and having graduated from college, Suraj and his brothers had to step up and guide the family’s hospitality company through immense financial hardship and back to growth. He knows what it's like to make payroll when times are tough. Empty storefronts are personal to him. Today, he is an attorney, activist, business leader, and lecturer on business ethics at New York University after working on both of President Obama's campaigns and as an associate on the White House Advance Team. After Donald Trump’s election, he became a full-time organizer and took to the streets - marching and fighting for the most marginalized among us, including serving as a volunteer attorney for the ACLU when Trump’s Muslim Ban came down. He has and is doing more to his credit - please watch his launch video on his website https://www.surajpatel.nyc/

    I’m a long-time Board Member of Atlas:DIY, a youth immigrant legal services organization in Brooklyn on the front lines of fighting back against Trump and ICE. I’m also on the Board of Urban Upbound, an organization dedicated to breaking cycles of poverty around public housing in New York. I serve as a visiting fellow at The Century Foundation writing on progressive policy, and on the Adjunct Faculty at New York University’s Stern School of Business teaching business ethics.

    I'm running for Congress because over the past thirty years our infrastructure has deteriorated, rents have skyrocketed, and public housing has crumbled. It's become too expensive to go to college, and too costly not to. Upward mobility is the promise of New York, but lately it feels like the exception rather than the rule. After three decades of no progress, and three decades of the same representation, we need leaders with vision that is bold and progressive. Working people, small business owners, immigrants, activists, and educators on both sides of the East River deserve to be heard, and I will represent each and every one of us. ,

  • What can we say? We're so proud that we endorsed AOC in 2018 and even prouder to do it again now. Unlike typical liberals who evidently don't understand the concept of loyalty and are now in knee-jerk mode, insisting on dimming their own brightest lights, DUH will be on her and Bernie's sides until there is no more DUH. There are so many videos I could link, but I chose my favorite, her speech to her colleagues on the Oversight Committee about the Green New Deal. Her website - revamped from 2018 despite the URL - is https://ocasio2018.com. When you are a change-maker, the forces who want the status quo paint a target on your forehead and Wall Street puppet Michelle Caruso-Cabrera has been sucking up cash from billionaire donors and trying to sell herself as a "centrist." Our confidence in Alexandria comes from her constituents who see her fighting for THEM every day, not how much money she's raised from their small donations. Keep kicking ass, AOC!

  • Eliot came from humble beginnings, the son of an ironworker and a homemaker, born in the Bronx and raised in public housing. Eliot’s family instilled in him a love of country and the importance for community service. We decided to endorse Congressman Engel because he has been a consistent, level-headed voice for social justice causes since he was first elected as an independent reform Democrat. He has dedicated his time in Congress to pursuing progressive values, driven by a true commitment to humanity, justice and equality. He has been named one of the “The Top Ten Most Effective Democratic Member of Congress” for two Congresses in a row by the independent Center for Effective Lawmaking. He is neither a corporate-owned Democrat (BallotPedia has his net worth at $56,502) nor a hypocrite and we want Representatives like him in Congress to not only continue his good work, but also to provide an example and mentorship for the new Progressives who will be elected. Watch the linked video to hear him speak about the articles of impeachment. Please visit his website https://engelforcongress.com/ and send him back to Congress!

  • Mondaire is rinning against a crowded field seeking to take over from long-time Democrat Nita Lowey who's retiring. He is a Harvard Law School graduate who chose to put his legal skills to work serving his community, first as a public defender and most recently, as an attorney in Westchester County’s Law Department. Mondaire is the co-founder of the non-profit Rising Leaders, Inc., which teaches leadership skills to underserved middle-school students in three cities. Watch the linked video to see that he is a man with authentic integrity. And please visit his website to learn about his Progressive priorities. https://mondaireforcongress.com/ Volunteer, donate, and VOTE for Mondaire

  • Tedra is running to flip this seat away from the Trump-puppet Elise Stefanik. She has lived in Northern New York for over 30 years and much of her work has focused on improving access to quality healthcare. After graduating from SUNY Potsdam in 1989, she worked at Riverview Correctional Facility as a Spanish-speaking corrections counselor and became a volunteer firefighter. She then worked for North Country AIDS Outreach, providing HIV/AIDS testing and education in rural communities. In 1999, she started a community health agency through the St. Lawrence Health Initiative to provide access to critical health screenings and treatment. Unfortunately, her position on Healthcare for All is more the DNC party line, but one of the things she lists as her vision of healthcare is, "Transform the healthcare delivery system from complicated and confusing to simple and straightforward." If she truly wants to do that, she'll support H.R.1384, the Medicare for ALL Act.

    Her political career began in 2002 when Tedra was elected to a seat on the St. Lawrence County Legislature by winning a long-shot campaign against an entrenched incumbent and then she was re-elected after her first term. Some of her most significant achievements included authorship and passage of substantial ethics reform and a successful initiative to lower the cost of prescription drugs. Her ethics work earned her an appointment to the NYS Committee on Open Government, where she worked to improve local government’s transparency and openness to constituents. Visit her website at https://www.tedracobb.com/. Watch the linked video coverage of her campaign annoucement.

OREGON

  • Albert is running against Establishment Democrat Earl Blumenauer who has been in the House for 24 years - time for some new energy! Albert brings a mile-wide variety of impressive life experience and we hope you'll go to his website https://albertlee2020.com/ to see why he relates so well to voters who understand something about where he's been and who can see that he respects their story and will fight to improve things for the 4th District, Oregon, and the country! Watch his introductory video on the website or YouTube! The linked video is the 11-minute interview he did on TYT's The Conversation. We are excited about endorsing Albert and thank him for his patience!

  • Mark has executive governing experience as the mayor of Milwaukie, OR. Before diving into the swamp of politics, he dove into the ocean with sharks as a photojournalist for National Geographic and the sweat of locker rooms for Sports Illustrated. Throughout his 30-year career with the camera, he traveled around the world and developed a passion for Nature which has translated into his success as the mayor who created one of the most aggressive climate action plans for a city the size of Milwaukie in the state. He has also addressed homelessness, led the city council in passing a construction excise tax, and is currently partnering with the county to expand an affordable housing
    project. Go to his website to learn more! https://www.markgamba.com/

    Watch the linked video to hear his speech at the Our Revolution Summit - we're proud to join them in endorsing Mark!

PENNSYLVANIA

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    SKYLAR HURWITZ PA-1Skylar is running to unseat Republican Brian Fitzpatrick. More about Skylar to follow, but please visit his website at https://www.skylarforcongress.com/ and volunteer or donate!

  • DUH endorsed Mary Gay in 2018 and we're pleased to do so again. We've been impressed by her defense of trans people in the military, her pro-choice stance, and her work on the Judiciary Committee during the hearings leading up to impeachment. Watch the linked video addressing the Attorney General and Trump being in contempt of the process and the request by Congress to turn over crucial documents. Her campaign website is https://www.scanlonforcongress.com/ and her government website is https://scanlon.house.gov

RHODE ISLAND

SOUTH CAROLINA

  • Jaime is running to unseat the horrible hypocrite Lindsay Graham and that is the main reason he gets our endorsement. His position on healthcare is the DNC party line about how everyone should have "affordable and accessible," healthcare, completely out of touch with the realities of what average or poor Americans have to deal with, He has adopted more progressive positions on infrastructure and broadband, the environment, and education, however. Watch the linked video to see one of the important parts of his support of education. And please go to his website https://jaimeharrison.com/ to learn more and volunteer or donate.

TENNESSEE

  • Larry is running to unseat Republican David Roe. He's a history professor and has studied the shifts that have happened in our politics since the 1800s. He has observed that " the working people of the United States have been pummeled by disastrous economic policies. Beginning in the mid-1970s, those with wealth and power systematically destroyed the labor movement and the middle class in the United States, while also guaranteeing that wages for those at the bottom stagnated and even decreased over time when considering inflation." He understands history and has moved from being an observer to stepping up to take action to see that the country takes the right path from here. Watch the linked video to hear Larry's positions on the issues. You can also see it at his website https://www.larrysmithforcongress.com/. Volunteer, donate and VOTE for Larry!

TEXAS

  • Mike Siegel is a civil rights lawyer and former public school teacher running for Congress in the Texas 10th to challenge Republican Michael McCaul. He has served the people for 20 years, first as an educator to ensure equal opportunity for his students, and then as an advocate, fighting for the rights of his clients. As you'll hear him say, Texas' 10th District used to be a Lyndon Johnson district before it was gerrymandered to be Red. But Mike has a plan! Watch the linked video to find out what his strategy is! And visit his website at https:siegelfortexas.org/

  • Veronica is another 2018 endorsee who we're proud to endorse again. She has served during her first term on the Armed Services and Judiciary Committees, bringing her experience as a judge to her work in Congress. She has also been an unflagging supporter of immigration reform. Watch the linked video to see her passionate speech on the House Floor. Her campaign website is https://veronicaescobar.com and her Congressional website is https://escobar.house.gov

  • After 2 years of having to listen to Chip Roy's bloviating melodrama (coached by Jim Johnson?) remembering Wendy's filibuster in 2013 and the dignity with which she stood there in her pink sneakers and talked for 13 hours was a breath of fresh air. Her time away from politics has strengthened her progressive positions on women's reproductive rights, education, immigration and support for the LGBTQ community. Her non-profit, Deeds Not Words reflects her belief that talk isn't enough - you have to ACT. YOUR action will prove her right when you volunteer, donate, and VOTE for her so the 21st District can be represented with dignity and determination to improve the lives of its residents, not partisan, childish temper tantrums. Visit her website https://www.wendydavisforcongress.com/

  • Julie is a "bootstrap" success story, though she would give the credit to her community that supported her when she was 17, unmarried and pregnant. She has the one thing no politician can buy or learn - authenticity and obviously, a calling since nothing was too big a challenge that it stopped her! Watch her linked video to learn more about her story of resilience and life experience that will serve her well in Congress! Go to her website - https://www.julieoliver.org - and support her in whatever way you can!

  • Sylvia Garcia is a native of Palito Blanco, a South Texas farming community. The eighth of ten children, Sylvia saw her parents struggle to raise her and her siblings, but her parents taught her that with hard work and a good education she could accomplish anything. She earned a degree in social work and political science at Texas Woman's University and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in Houston. Before being elected to the House in 2018, Sylvia built up an impressive legislative resume, starting with serving as Director and Presiding Judge of the Houston Municipal System for an unprecedented five terms under two mayors. In 1998, she was elected City Controller and in 2013, Sylvia Senator Garcia was elected to the Texas State Senate, where she served three terms. In Congress, she serves on the Judiciary Committee and was a member of the impeachment House Managers. Watch the linked video to see her in action. Visit her website http://sylviaforcongress.com/ to learn more. Her government website is https://sylviagarcia.house.gov

  • Christine is running against Republican John Carter in order to combine her passions -- service to others and public policy -- to benefit her constituents and the nation. She has been.a family practice physician in Cedar Park, Texas with 30 years of experience training and working in the healthcare industry, as well as owning a small business for 11 years. Christine has also been involved in various community service and political activities for two decades, working at the local, state, and federal levels to enact policies that benefit the community as a whole. Watch the linked video (you can also see it on her website). Visit her website at https://wwwchristine4congress.com to learn more and volunteer, donate, and VOTE for her in November!

  • Serving the people of the 35th District since 1995, Congressman Doggett has been a consistent co-sponsor of H.R. 676 and now H.R.1384. He serves on the House Ways & Means Committee and is also the Chair of the Subcommittee on Health, working to lower the costs of prescription drugs and make healthcare more accessible and affordable. He is a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal and as you'll see in the linked video, a fighter for those harmed by Trump's cruelty at our Southern border. His campaign website is https://www.votedoggett.com and his government website is https://doggett.house.gov

VERMONT

  • First elected in 2007, Peter has gained a reputation for working well with Republicans though he is a member of the Progressive caucus and supports most of the progressive agenda. He serves on the Energy & Commerce, Oversight & Reform Committees, as well as the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Watch the linked video to see his service during the impeachment hearings when the odious Jim Jordan tried to distract from the point of the hearing. Peter calmly brought the focus back and demonstrated his effectiveness as a voice of reason. Go to his website to learn more. https://www.welchforcongress.com/

WASHINGTON

  • Congresswoman Jayapal has always been a supporter of Healthcare for All, immigration reform, and many other social justice issues. In 2019, she introduced H.R. 1384, the House bill for Medicare for All. Watch the linked video to see Democracy Now's coverage. We have also been impressed by her work on the House Judiciary Committee, especially during the impeachment process. She has no Democratic challengers, but go to her website
    https://www.pramilaforcongress.com/ and help her defeat the Republican one! Her government website is https://jayapal.house.gov

  • Rebecca is running to unseat do-nothing Dem Derek Kilmer and brings an impressive humanitarian resume and experience as a small business owner to the table. Please go to her website https://rebeccaforwa.com/ and hit the About tab to learn more. Her stands on healthcare and the People's Platform make her exactly the kind of candidate we want to see in Congress. The linked video is her interview with Michael Brooks two months ago - we loved what she had to say about the Green New Deal!

WEST VIRGINIA

  • She's back! The fierce fighter for West Virginia's coal miners' health, her battle against poverty, the visionary Progressive platform that drove her into the "hollers" and down ramshackle streets in 2018, taking her heart and determination to topple multi-millionaire and Democrat in Republican clothing Joe Manchin to the people is back to flip another Republican Senate seat. Only THIS time she HAS name recognition, is raising money the same way Bernie is - from those coal miners and their families, from young voters concerned about clean air and water, from the people who live in the hollers and on country roads. And she's even more determined this time. Watch the linked video to see Paula in action!

  • Natalie is a native West Virginian, the daughter of two small business owners and granddaughter of two union grandfathers. She is also a lover of learning, graduating from West Liberty University, Salem International University and West Virginia University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in International Studies, Master of Business Administration in International Business, and a Master of Arts in Linguistics in 2013 respectively. We're sure her linguistic skills and knowledge of international business will serve her well in Congress! I wish it was her talking in the linked video, but maybe she'll make more! At least the lady speaking is an avid supporter!

  • Cathy may be a new candidate but she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. She is an energy policy expert and advocate. She has analyzed the economic and financial impact of natural gas drilling and pipelines in the region, researched absentee land ownership in West Virginia, and fought electric utility corporate bailouts. Her research has been cited by many respected news sources and even by members of Congress. Her activism includes co-founding Advocates for a Safe Water System in the aftermath of the January 2014 Freedom Industries chemical spill. Cathy also co-founded Rise Up WV, an organization in Charleston that advocates for healthcare for all, quality public education, better services for those suffering from addiction, and more. Rise Up WV has helped elect a wave of first-time public officials in Kanawha County who are fighting for working families. Watch the linked video of her interview with John Iadarola

WISCONSIN

  • There is so much that Mark Pocan has done, first in the Wisconsin legislature, and now in Congress where he is co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. But we chose to link a video that reveals one of - in our opinion - the most important qualities; his commitment to the separation of Church and State. On a personal note, I like him because of his dimply smile which is seen more often than not. He is too overlooked, not a seeker of the limelight, but a quiet, effective leader with the courage to endorse Bernie! His campaign website is: https://pocanforcongress.com and his government website is: https://pocan.house.gov.

  • Mark brings a unique life experience to his challenge to Democratic incumbent Ron Kind. He began his service to others as a Franciscan brother for twenty years with six of those years as a medical missionary in the central African country that was called Zaire at the time. He served as a pediatrician for thirty-five years and is a husband and father in the La Crosse community. We were impressed by his clear understanding of the intersection of health for People and Planet, as he believes "the purpose of our government is to achieve healthy people and a healthy planet." Watch the linked video (10+ mins.) to hear him explain why the cost myth is wrong. Visit his website at http://www.markneumannforcongress.com/

  • We endorsed Tom in 2018 and are happy to be able to endorse him again. This time, he has the advantage of having built name recognition throughout his first run, as well as long-time Republican Jim Sensenbrenner choosing to retire. Watch the linked video to learn more about the great variety of skills Tom will bring to Congress. His website is https://www.tomforwi.com/