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The primary elections take place Tuesday June 26th in Colorado, Maryland, New York (Federal), Oklahoma and Utah. In addition, there are runoff elections in Mississippi and South Carolina on June 26th. Note also that there is a special election in Texas on June 30th, that I’m including in this post. Here are BKAS-recommended progressive candidates in those states. In general, these candidates are Berniecrats, with positions similar to Bernie. But not every candidate supports every position Bernie has, so check their linked webpage to be sure about supporting them. You may need to scroll down to find your state. Finally, scroll down all the way to the comments on this post, because sometimes people leave comments about other good progressives running in downballot races.
Note that Colorado has primaries that are open to unaffiliated voters, which means if you are not registered with any party, you can choose to affiliate with that party on election day and then you can vote in their primary. If you are already registered with a party, you have to vote on their ballot.
Cary Kennedy (Democrat) is pretty progressive and supports a public option for the ACA, 2 years free college tuition and raising the minimum wage. There is also a Green Party candidate Veronique Bellamy, but she only has a Facebook page and it’s not very active.
There is no US Senate race in Colorado this year.
CO-01: Saira Rao (Justice Democrat Candidate)
CO-03: Arn Menconi (Green Party Candidate) seems the most progressive choice. On the Democratic side, Diane Mitsch Bush says she would “advocate for universal, single-payer health care”. But she doesn’t mention free college tuition or raising the minimum wage.
CO-04: Steven “Chase” Kohne
CO-05: The most progressive choice seems to me to be a write-in candidate on the Democratic side Marcus Murphy. Stephany Rose Spaulding is a Justice Democrat candidate, but her website does not mention Medicare-for-All, free college tuition or raising the minimum wage. As a voter in this district, you’ll have to decide if you want to vote Spaulding (who has a better chance to win, but as I said, does not mention progressive positions on her website) or Marcus Murphy (who seems more progressive, but has a low chance of winning as a write-in candidate).
CO-07: Independent Nathan Clay is the most progressive choice.
Secretary of State: Jena Griswold is the only Democratic candidate.
Attorney General: Joe Salazar (endorsed by Our Revolution)
State Treasurer: Bernard Douthit (endorsed by Our Revolution)
State Senate Candidates:
Here is a list of candidates running for Colorado State Senate races. I have not had time to research them, so you will need to click on their linked webpages and see which ones you want to support.
State House Candidates:
Here is a list of candidates running for Colorado State House races. I have not had time to research them, so you will need to click on their linked webpages and see which ones you want to support.
I will note that Emily Sirota (wife of progressive journalist David Sirota) is running in District 9 and is a great choice. She is also endorsed by Our Revolution.
Note that Maryland has closed primaries, which means you need to registered in the party to vote for their candidates in the primary. There are lots of candidates endorsed by Our Revolution that are running in Maryland.
Ben Jealous (endorsed by Our Revolution and Justice Democrats)
MD-02: Jake Pretot seems significantly more progressive than the incumbent, although he does not mention Medicare-for-All on his website
MD-04: The incumbent Anthony Brown has cosponsored HR 676 (Medicare-for-All), though he is otherwise a rather moderate Democrat. He does not have a more progressive challenger.
MD-05: Dennis Fritz is much more progressive than the incumbent, Steny Hoyer, who is a quite conservative Democrat. However, Fritz does not specifically mention Medicare-for-All on his website. There is supposed to be a Green party candidate too, Patrick Elder, but I couldn’t find a website for him.
MD-07: The incumbent Elijah Cummings is very progressive, a member of the House Progressive Caucus and an original co-sponsor of HR 676 (Medicare-for-All).
MD-08: The incumbent Jamie Raskin is very progressive, a Vice Chair of the House Progressive Caucus and an early co-sponsor of Medicare-for-All (HR 676). He has been endorsed by Our Revolution
Secretary of State: In Maryland, the Secretary of State is appointed by the Governor. However, the Secretary of State does not oversee elections in Maryland. That job is done by the Maryland State Board of Elections, which is also appointed by the Governor.
Also, here are Ballotpedia links for the Maryland State House and State Senate races. I haven’t had time to research these candidates, so you’ll have to do your own research on them.
Here are some specific State Senate candidates endorsed by Our Revolution:
Tommi Makila, State Senate District 27
Robbie Leonard, State Senate District 42
Here are some specific House of Delegates candidates endorsed by Our Revolution:
Samir Paul, State House District 16
Vaughn Stewart, State House District 19
Wala Blegay, State House District 25
Kirkland Hall, State House District 38
Gabriel Acevero, State House District 39
Richard Bruno, House District 41
Other races endorsed by Our Revolution:
Baltimore County Council, District 1 – Sheila Ruth
Baltimore County Executive – John Olszewski Jr.
Howard County Council, District 3 – Hiruy Hadgu
Montgomery County Executive – Marc Elrich
New York (Federal)
Note that New York has closed primaries, which means that can only vote in a primary if you are registered in that party (and you had to be already registered 11 months prior to the primary). Also, New York (unlike any other state that I know about) has separate primaries for Federal races (US House and US Senate) and state and local races (Governor, State House, State Senate, local races, etc). The Federal race primary is on June 26 and is covered in this post. The state-level primary will be on September 13 and will be covered later.
In New York City and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Dutchess and Erie, POLLS OPEN AT 6 AM – CLOSE AT 9 PM. In all other counties, POLLS OPEN AT 12 NOON and CLOSE AT 9 PM.
The incumbent is Kirsten Gillibrand. She supports Bernie’s Medicare-for-All bill in the Senate. She also has some other progressive stances, but in the past, she was a member of the neoliberal New Democratic Coalition. She is unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Some of these races have a lot of progressive candidates. For those races, I’m recommending a candidate. Feel free to ignore my recommendation and vote for who you want. I’m just trying to not split up the progressive vote too much, so we hopefully won’t lose the primary.
NY-01: Lots of good candidates in this district: David Pechefsky or Perry Gershon or Vivian Viloria-Fisher. It seems like Elaine DiMasi might also support single-payer healthcare, but her website is a little vague on that. The Working Families Party also has a candidate Patricia Latzman (no website yet), but she is unopposed. If you plan to vote for the WFP candidate in the Fall, you might consider voting for one of the progressive Democrats in the Dem primary (assuming of course that you are a registered Democrat), so that one of the progressives can win against the other candidates in this race).
I recommend David Pechefsky
NY-02: Liuba Grechen Shirley (endorsed by Our Revolution)
NY-03: No recommendation
NY-04: No recommendation
NY-05: The incumbent Gregory Meeks cosponsored HR 676 (Medicare-for-All), but is otherwise quite conservative and has an association with the Awan brothers. If you don’t like Meeks, an option is Mizan Choudhoury, though he doesn’t mention Medicare-for-All, free college tuition or raising the minimum wage on his website.
NY-07: Nydia Velazquez
NY-08: The incumbent Hakeem Jeffries is fairly progressive and supports Medicare-for-All
NY-10: Jerry Nadler
NY-11: Lots of good candidate who all support Medicare-for-All: Michael Devito Jr. (Justice Democrat Candidate) or Michael DeCillis or Omar Vaid or Zach Emig or Paul Sperling or Henry Bardel (Green Party Candidate)
I recommend Omar Vaid
NY-13: Adriano Espaillat
NY-14: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress Candidate and endorsed by Our Revolution)
NY-15: Jose Serrano
NY-16: The incumbent Ellliot Engel has cosponsored HR 676 (Medicare-for-All), though he’s overall fairly conservative. Jonathan Lewis is a much better progressive who supports Medicare-for-All and other strong stances. Joyce Briscoe has a really nice platform, but doesn’t mention Medicare-for-All unfortunately.
NY-17: The incumbent Nita Lowey is cosponsoring the Medicare-for-All bill in Congress. She is not that progressive, but she does not have any progressive challengers.
NY-18: The incumbent Sean Maloney is very conservative and has not cosponsored Medicare-for-All. He does not have a Democratic primary challenger, but Scott Smith will be challenging him as an independent in the Fall election. Smith doesn’t seem to have a website yet (so I don’t know his policy positions), but here is an article about his candidacy.
NY-19: Dave Clegg or Brian Flynn. Antonio Delgado is also a decent candidate, though his commitment to Medicare-for-All does not seem as strong as Clegg or Flynn. Note that I am NOT recommending the Justice Democrat Candidate in this race (Jeff Beals) because of this article detailing his links to the CIA and the Clinton wing of the Democratic party. There is also a Green Party candidate Steve Greenfield and a Working Families Party Candidate Bob Cohen (no website yet). Two independents Luisa Parker and Diane Neal also seem to support a Medicare-for-All type system, though their websites are not as clear as they could be.
Lots of candidates here, who will likely split the progressive vote!! I recommend Dave Clegg.
NY-20: The incumbent Paul Tonko is pretty progressive and supports HR 676 (Medicare-for-All)
NY-21: Patrick Nelson (Justice Democrat Candidate) or Dylan Ratigan or David Mastrianni – Mastrianni’s main issue is Medicare-for-All, but I’m not sure where he stands on other issues; Nelson and Ratigan both support many progressive positions including Medicare-for-All. Tedra Cobb says “Provide comprehensive health insurance for all United States residents, such as what is detailed in the United States National Health Care Act (H.R. 676)”, though it is a bit hard to determine how committed she is to Medicare-for-All. There is also a Green Party candidate Lynn Kahn.
I recommend Patrick Nelson
NY-22: No recommendation
I recommend Eddie Sundquist
I recommend Robin Wilt
NY-26: The incumbent Brian Higgins is cosponsoring the Medicare-for-All bill (HR 676), though he is not as progressive as I’d like. He has no challengers.
NY-27: Nathan McMurray
Note that Oklahoma has partially closed primaries, which means the parties can decide whether or not to allow unaffiliated voters to participate in their primaries. The Democratic party in Oklahoma has decided to allow independents as well as registered Democrats to vote in their primary (but if you’re a registered Republican, you won’t be able to vote in the Democratic primary). Only registered Republicans can vote in the Republican primary. Note also that Oklahoma has runoff elections if no candidate receives 50% of the vote.
Connie Johnson (endorsed by Our Revolution)
There is no US Senate race in Oklahoma this year.
OK-01: Gwendolyn Fields
OK-02: Jason Nichols seems the best candidate, though he does not mention Medicare-for-All, free college tuition or raising the minimum wage. But he does mention Net Neutrality, infrastructure spending and gun background checks.
OK-03: Murray Thibodeaux
OK-04: Roxann Klutts
Secretary of State:
The Secretary of State is an appointed position in Oklahoma (appointed by the Governor). But elections are overseen by the Oklahoma State Election Board, a three member board, also appointed by the Governor.
Also, here are Ballotpedia links for the Oklahoma State House and State Senate races. I haven’t had time to research these candidates, so you’ll have to do your own research on them.
Here are some candidates endorsed by Our Revolution:
Angela Graham, State House District 66 is endorsed by Our Revolution
Shay White, State House District 77 is endorsed by Our Revolution
Note that Utah also has partially closed primaries, which means the parties can decide whether or not to allow unaffiliated voters to participate in their primaries. If you are unaffiliated, you can affiliate with a party at the polling location on the day of voting. The Democratic party in Utah has decided to allow independents as well as registered Democrats to vote in their primary (but if you’re a registered Republican, you won’t be able to vote in the Democratic primary). Only registered Republicans can vote in the Republican primary.
Note that Utah had a convention prior to the primary. At the convention, they chose candidates for each race. Only if no candidate received 60% or more of the votes, would there be a primary. So, in most of these races, the candidate is already set. In Congressional District 1, no candidate received 60% of the vote at the convention. So, there is a primary race in District 1. Some of the state-level races also have primaries with multiple candidates, so be sure to vote, even if the Dem candidate for Congress has already been chosen in your district.
The Democratic candidate is Jenny Wilson. She doesn’t mention Medicare-for-All, free college tuition or raising the minimum wage on her website.
UT-02: Shireen Ghorbani won at the convention, so she is the only Dem running; she supports raising the minimum wage and free college tuition, but didn’t mention Medicare-for-All (though she would protect Medicare and Medicaid)
UT-03: James Singer won at the convention and is a strong Berniecrat.
UT-04: Ben McAdams won at the convention and is an establishment Dem, who doesn’t mention Medicare-for-All on his website.
Secretary of State: Utah does not have a Secretary of State position. Elections are overseen by the Lt. Governor’s Office. There is no Lt. Governor election this year in Utah. The next one will take place in 2020.
Also, here are Ballotpedia links for the Utah State House and State Senate races. Some of them have only one candidate on the Democratic side, but some have challengers. Be sure to read up on the candidates in your district (I didn’t have time to research all the state-level races myself). I’ve also listed the races where there will be a Green Party candidate in the November general election.
One Green Party Candidate for Utah State Senate
Abrian Velarde, District 12
Two Green Party Candidates for Utah House
Edward Bodily, District 33
Matt Styles, District 61
Mississippi Runoff Election:
There is a runoff election for the Democratic candidate for Roger Wicker’s seat in the Senate. David Baria and Howard Sherman are competing. Sherman seems more progressive and supports Medicaid expansion in Mississippi. Baria did not even mention Medicaid expansion, much less a universal healthcare program. Also, if you’re in Congressional District 3 and voted Republican in the June 5th primary or did not vote at all on June 5th, then you can participate in a runoff for the Republican candidate – Michael Guest vs Whit Hughes. Both seem pretty conservative.
South Carolina Runoff Election:
Voters who voted in a party's primary on June 12th, can only vote only in the runoff of the same party. Voters who did not vote in the primary, may vote in either party's runoff.
There are runoffs in the following races (and possibly also in some downballot races as well). Note that I have only listed the progressive option for the Democratic races, but both options for the Republicans (since I didn’t research the Republican candidates myself):
Democratic candidate for Congressional District 2 – Sean Carrigan is the progressive in this race!
Democratic candidate for Congressional District 4 – Doris Lee Turner
Democratic candidate for Congressional District 7 – Mal Hyman (endorsed by Our Revolution)
Texas Special Election on June 30
Also, heads up that there is a special election in Texas Congressional District 27 on Saturday June 30, with progressive Eric Holguin competing as a Democrat.