BKAS Recommendations for Primaries in New York (June 26)

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New York primary

Note that New York has closed primaries, which means that can only vote in a primary if you are registered in that party. 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.


Below are candidates from our BKAS series that have progressive values. In general, the list contains candidates who have Bernie-like positions – Medicare-for-All, increased minimum wage, getting money out of politics, free college tuition, etc. However, not every candidate may support every position Bernie has. If you don’t know the candidate, check out their linked webpage. If you are not comfortable voting for any of these candidates, you can find others running in these races listed on the Green Papers or Ballotpedia for US Senate or Ballotpedia for US House. Also, here is the link to the BKAS posts on New York – New York, but note that it was written all the way back in October of 2017 and candidates have changed for some races. Check the Green Papers or Ballotpedia links above for the most up-to-date list of candidates in your district.


Finally, I may have missed some candidates, so if anyone else knows of a good progressive I’ve left off this list, let me know.


US Senator:

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.


US Representatives:

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 can win against the other candidates in this race).

I recommend David Pechefsky

NY-02: Liuba Grechen Shirley

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-06: The incumbent Grace Meng supports HR 676 (Medicare-for-All) and is fairly progressive; another option is Tom Hillgardner (Green Party Candidate)

NY-07: Nydia Velazquez

NY-08: The incumbent Hakeem Jeffries is fairly progressive and supports Medicare-for-All

NY-09: The incumbent Yvette Clark is pretty progressive and an original co-sponsor of Medicare-for-All, though she has an association with the Awan brothers; A better option is Adem Bunkeddeko

NY-10: Jerry Nadler

NY-11: Lots of good candidate who all support Medicare-for-All: Michael Devito Jr. or Michael DeCillis or Omar Vaid or Zach Emig or Paul Sperling or Henry Bardel (Green Party Candidate)

I recommend Omar Vaid

NY-12: The incumbent Carolyn Maloney has cosponsored HR676 (Medicare-for-All) and is moderately progressive; A more progressive choice is Suraj Patel or Green Party candidate Scott Hutchins

NY-13: Adriano Espaillat

NY-14: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress Candidate)

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

NY-23: There are lots of good choices here: Ian Golden or Eddie Sundquist or Linda Andrei or John G Hertzler (independent candidate)

I recommend Eddie Sundquist

NY-24: Dana Balter or Bill Bass (Independent candidate)

NY-25: Rachel Barnhart or Robin Wilt. Adam McFadden also says he supports universal healthcare, but he seems a little less strong in his wording of support than either Barnhart or Wilt.

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

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BKAS Recommendations for the Primaries in Oklahoma and Utah (Primaries on June 26, but early voting starts soon)

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Oklahoma primary

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.


Below are candidates from our BKAS series that have progressive values. In general, the list contains candidates who have Bernie-like positions – Medicare-for-All, increased minimum wage, getting money out of politics, free college tuition, etc. However, not every candidate may support every position Bernie has. If you don’t know the candidate, check out their linked webpage. If you are not comfortable voting for any of these candidates, you can find others running in these races listed on the Green Papers or Ballotpedia for US House or Ballotpedia for Governor. Also, here is the link to the BKAS post on Oklahoma – Oklahoma, but note that they were written way back in mid-April of 2018 and candidates may have changed since then. Check the Green Papers or Ballotpedia links above for the most up-to-date list of candidates in your district. The list below includes candidates that have declared since those original Florida posts were made.


Governor:

Connie Johnson

US Senator:

There is no US Senate race in Oklahoma this year.

US Representatives:

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

OK-05: Eddie Porter or Tom Guild


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.

State Senate:

https://ballotpedia.org/Oklahoma_State_Senate_elections,_2018


State House:

https://ballotpedia.org/Oklahoma_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2018

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


Utah Primary

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.


Below are candidates from our BKAS series that have progressive values. In general, the list contains candidates who have Bernie-like positions – Medicare-for-All, increased minimum wage, getting money out of politics, free college tuition, etc. However, not every candidate may support every position Bernie has. If you don’t know the candidate, check out their linked webpage. If you are not comfortable voting for any of these candidates, you can find others running in these races listed on the Green Papers or Ballotpedia for US Senate or Ballotpedia for US House. There is no Governor’s election this year in Utah. Also, here is the link to the BKAS post on Utah – Utah, but note it was written way back in late-July of 2017 and candidates will have changed since then. Check the Green Papers or Ballotpedia links above for the most up-to-date list of candidates in your district. The list below includes candidates that have declared since those original Florida posts were made.


I did not realize this, but Utah has a convention prior to the primary. At the convention, they choose candidates and a primary is needed only if no candidate receives 60% or more of the votes. Here is a link describing the convention process and outcome. If I had realized this in advance, I would have posted recommendations for voting prior to the convention (which was in late April). But I unfortunately missed that. So, for many of the races, the Democratic party nominee has already been chosen and is the only candidate left in the race. In Congressional District 1 is there a primary race between Lee Castillo and Kurt Weiland (I recommend Weiland). 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.


US Senator:

There is only one Democratic candidate on the ballot Jenny Wilson. She doesn’t mention Medicare-for-All, free college tuition or raising the minimum wage on her website.


US Representatives:

UT-01: Kurt WeilandNote this is the only US Congressional race in Utah with a Democratic primary. Weiland is facing Lee Castillo and Weiland has a much stronger progressive Berniecrat platform!! There is also a Green Party candidate Adam Davis

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.

State Senate:

https://ballotpedia.org/Utah_State_Senate_elections,_2018

One Green Party Candidate for Utah State Senate

Abrian Velarde, District 12


State House:

https://ballotpedia.org/Utah_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2018

Two Green Party Candidates for Utah House

Edward Bodily, District 33

Matt Styles, District 61


Finally, I may have missed some candidates, so if anyone else knows of a good progressive I’ve left off this list, let me know.

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BKAS Recommendations for the primary in Maryland (early voting starts tomorrow and the primary is on June 26)

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Maryland primary

Note that Maryland has closed primaries, which means you need to registered in the party to vote for their candidates in the primary.

Below are candidates from our BKAS series that have progressive values. In general, the list contains candidates who have Bernie-like positions – Medicare-for-All, increased minimum wage, getting money out of politics, free college tuition, etc. However, not every candidate may support every position Bernie has. If you don’t know the candidate, check out their linked webpage. If you are not comfortable voting for any of these candidates, you can find others running in these races listed on the Green Papers or Ballotpedia for US Senate, Ballotpedia for US House or Ballotpedia for Governor. Also, here are links to the BKAS posts on Maryland – Maryland 1, and Maryland 2, but note that they were written early-January of 2018 and candidates will have changed. Check the Green Papers or Ballotpedia links above for the most up-to-date list of candidates in your district. The list below includes some candidates that have declared since those original Maryland posts were made.


Finally, I may have missed some candidates, so if anyone else knows of a good progressive I’ve left off this list, let me know.


Governor:

Ben Jealous (endorsed by Our Revolution and Justice Democrats)

US Senator:

Chelsea Manning or Jerome Segal

US Representatives:

MD-01: Allison Galbraith or Michael Pullen

MD-02: Jake Pretot seems significantly more progressive than the incumbent, though he doesn’t mention Medicare-for-All on his website

MD-03: The incumbent John Sarbanes has co-sponsored HR676 (Medicare-for-All bill in Congress), but his challenger Adam DeMarco seems overall more progressive

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-06: There are lots of good candidates in this district. Roger Manno (endorsed by Our Revolution and Justice Democrats) or Andrew Duck or George English or Chris Graves or Ted Athey (Independent candidate)

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.

State Senate:

Here are some specific House of Delegates candidates endorsed by Our Revolution:

Tommi Makila, State Senate District 27

Robbie Leonard, State Senate District 42


State House:

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

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Primary Victories From June 5, 2018

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CA

Monica Montgomery [San Diego City Council] (OR)

Audrey Denney (OR/JD)

Ro Khanna (JD)

Ammar Campa-Najjar (OR/JD)

Measure F (giving legal counsel to tenants) WON!

Proposition H (Giving Cops Tasers+No oversight) was Defeated [DSA]

IA

Deidre DeJear (OR)

J.D. Scholten [challenging Steve King] (OR)

MT

Jennifer Merecki (OR)

Jade Bahr (DSA)

Amelia Marquez (DSA)

NM

Susan Herrera (WFP)

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BKAS recommendations for the primary in Colorado (primary date on June 26th, but early voting ongoing now)

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Colorado primary

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.

Below are candidates from our BKAS series that have progressive values. In general, the list contains candidates who have Bernie-like positions – Medicare-for-All, increased minimum wage, getting money out of politics, free college tuition, etc. However, not every candidate may support every position Bernie has. If you don’t know the candidate, check out their linked webpage. If you are not comfortable voting for any of these candidates, you can find others running in these races listed on the Green Papers or Ballotpedia for US House or Ballotpedia for Governor. Also, here is the link to the BKAS posts on Colorado – Colorado, but note that it was written way back in early-August of 2017 and candidates will have changed since then. Check the Green Papers or Ballotpedia links above for the most up-to-date list of candidates in your district. The list of recommendations below includes candidates that have declared since those original Colorado posts were made.


You can find a list of candidates for State Senate here and for State House here. I haven’t made specific recommendations for State Senate or State House You’ll need to do a quick websearch on the candidates and decide if you want to support them.


Finally, I may have missed some candidates, so if anyone else knows of a good progressive I’ve left off this list, let me know.


Governor:

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 but it’s not very active (last post in December 2017).

US Senator:

There is no US Senate race in Colorado this year.

US Representatives:

CO-01: Saira Rao (Justice Democrat Candidate)

CO-02: Joe Neguse or Mark Williams

CO-03: Arn Menconi seems the most progressive choice; 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 is 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. I think Marcus Murphy is a stronger candidate.

CO-06: Levi Tilleman. He has a nice chart comparing his positions to those of the other Democrat, Jason Crow, and the incumbent Republican, Mike Coffman. Independent Dan Chapin also has very progressive positions.

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)

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Utah Voting Highlights – Primary Registration Deadline: June 19, 2018

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Utah Voting Highlights

Primary Registration Deadline: June 19, 2018

Primary: June 26, 2018 – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

General Election: November 6, 2018 – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Election Information: https://vote.utah.gov/vote/menu/index

Register to Vote: https://secure.utah.gov/voterreg/login.html?selection=REGISTER

Vote by mail: https://secure.utah.gov/voterreg/login.html?selection=VOTE_BY_MAIL

Find your polling station: https://vote.utah.gov/vote/menu/index

ID Requirement: Yes – https://vote.utah.gov/vote/menu/requirements.html

Bernie State Subreddit: /r/Utah4Sanders

Our Revolution Salt Lake City Chapter: https://ourrevolution.com/groups/our-revolution-salt-lake-valley

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