Recommendations for progressive candidates in the primaries in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin. All taking place Tuesday August 14th.

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The primary elections take place Tuesday August 14th in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin. 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.


Connecticut

I usually post the recommended candidates a few days to a few weeks before the election, so people who are early voting or absentee voting can take advantage of that. This time for Connecticut, I'm late and have not pre-posted the recommendations. Sorry about that. Too many races this month to keep up with. But here they are now!

Note that Connecticut has closed primaries, which means you must be registered with a party to vote in their primary.


Governor:

There are two Democratic candidates, Joe Ganim and Ned Lamont. Neither one talks about Medicare-for-All. But Ned Lamont seems more progressive since he supports 2 yr free college tuition. Both support increasing minimum wage to $ 15/hr.


Lt. Governor:

Our Revolution has endorsed Eva Bermudez Zimmerman


US Senator:

There is only one Democratic candidate, incumbent Senator Chris Murphy, who is moderately progressive, but does not support Medicare-for-All. There is a Green Party candidate, Jeff Russell, but his Issues page doesn't mention healthcare. There is also a Socialist Action candidate Fred Linck, though he doesn't mention healthcare on his website either. I would say it is likely that Russell and Linck both support a universal healthcare system, but since they didn't mention it, I can't be sure.


US Representatives: Connecticut, unfortunately, you have a rather weak slate of candidates for Congress (not your fault I know). There is only one Democrat running in each district and that is the incumbent in each case. And none of these incumbents support Medicare-for-All or other Bernie-like positions. Districts 1 & 2 have Green Party candidates, but in District 3 & 4, there is only a Republican opposing the incumbent Democrat. In District 5 though, Elizabeth Etsy decided not to run for re-election, so you have a choice of two Democratic candidates and one of them is a progressive!

CT-01: Incumbent John Larson is the only Democrat running. He is a rather conservative Democrat and does not support Medicare-for-All. There is also a Green Party candidate, Tom McCormick. McCormick has a pretty strong progressive anti-war and pro-environment platform, but doesn't mention healthcare, college tuition or minimum wage.

CT-02: The only Democratic candidate is incumbent Joe Courtney, who is quite conservative for a Democrat. He does not support Medicare-for-All. There is a Green Party candidate Michelle Bicking, but her website does not mention healthcare, college tuition or minimum wage.

CT-03: The only Democratic candidate is incumbent Rosa DeLauro. She is a moderately progressive Democrat, but does not support Medicare-for-All.

CT-04: The only Democratic candidate is incumbent Jim Himes, another conservative Democrat who does not support Medicare-for-All.

CT-05: Jahana Hayes, a progressive that supports Medicare-for-All.


Secretary of State:

The current Democratic Secretary of State Denise Merrill is running for re-election. She doesn't really seem to have a campaign website, with information about her positions. There is also a Green Party candidate, Mike DeRosa, who seems like a strong candidate, since he's been involved in fighting for clean elections.


Here are some state-level elections. I didn't have time to research them, so you will need to do your own research.

State Senate:

https://ballotpedia.org/Connecticut_State_Senate_elections,_2018


State House:

https://ballotpedia.org/Connecticut_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2018


Attorney General:

https://ballotpedia.org/Connecticut_Attorney_General_election,_2018


Treasurer:

https://ballotpedia.org/Connecticut_Treasurer_election,_2018


Comptroller:

https://ballotpedia.org/Connecticut_Comptroller_election,_2018


Local Judges:

https://ballotpedia.org/Connecticut_local_trial_court_judicial_elections,_2018


State ballot measures:

https://ballotpedia.org/Connecticut_2018_ballot_measures


Minnesota

Note that Minnesota has open primaries, which means you can vote in whichever party’s primary that you want and do not need to be registered in that party.


Governor:

The current governor, Mark Dayton, is retiring at the end of his term. Erin Murphy is a strong progressive Berniecrat. Chris Wright, running on the Grassroots Party, also has a strong platform and supports single-payer healthcare. Tim Walz, who is quite conservative for a Democrat, supports a public option for the ACA.

US Senator:

There will be two Senate races in Minnesota this year. One regular election for Amy Klobuchar’s seat, who is coming to the end of her term and running for re-election, and one for former Senator Al Franken’s seat (currently held by Tina Smith, who was appointed by the Governor).

Klobuchar’s seat:

Amy Klobuchar is a pretty conservative Democrat and has not co-sponsored Medicare-for-All. But the other Dem candidates running against her don’t seem any better. There is a Green Party candidate, Paula Overby, with a good platform. There is also a candidate of the Legal Marijuana Now Party, Dennis Schuller, though his main issue is legalizing marijuana.

Franken’s former seat (currently held by Tina Smith):

Ali Chechem Ali or Nick Leonard (endorsed by Our Revolution). Richard Painter also says he supports Medicare-for-All and getting money out of politics, but note that he is a former Republican and a bit more conservative that some Democrats. He supports fiscal responsibility and balancing the federal budget. There is also a candidate of the Legal Marijuana Now Party, Sarah Wellington, though her main issue is legalizing marijuana.

US Representatives:

MN-01: No recommendation

MN-02: Angie Craig says she wants to support the ACA and move toward universal healthcare. She also supports 2 years free college tuition and ending Citizens United.

MN-03: Dean Phillips has a strong platform, including support for Medicare-for-All. Cole Young is a millennial supporting free college tuition, but his platform has nothing on healthcare.

MN-04: Susan Prendergast is running on the Legal Marijuana Now Party line. She supports legalizing marijuana, but there is nothing on her other positions. Incumbent Betty McCollum is fairly progressive. She does not support Medicare-for-All, but has voiced support for a public option to the ACA. There is no other progressive in this race.

MN-05: Margaret Kelliher or Ilhan Omar (Justice Democrat candidate)

MN-06: Ian Todd

MN-07: No recommendation. The incumbent Collin Peterson does not support Medicare-for-All and also does not support a public option to the ACA.

MN-08: Lots of good candidates here that all support Medicare-for-All. But their other positions vary somewhat, so read their websites to know who to support. Kirsten Kennedy or Michelle Lee or Jason Metsa or Joe Radinovich. Soren Sorenson may also support progressive policies, but his website is vague. There is also a Green Party candidate, Skip Sandman.


Secretary of State:

There is only one Democratic candidate, Steve Simon, who is the current Secretary of State in Minnesota. He supports “making it easier to vote for all eligible Minnesotans”. There is also a candidate of the Independence Party, William Denney, who “believes that elections should be administered by someone independent of the influence of the major political parties and that our voting structures need to be protected from hacking, including a paper trail”. Denney also wants to make it easier for third parties to get ballot and debate access. I think Denney’s platform is stronger on voter protections.


Attorney General: I think there are strong candidates all around on the Democratic side. Keith Ellison is very strong and endorsed by Our Revolution. But the other candidates, Debra Hilstrom, Matt Pelikan and Mike Rothman also seem like a strong candidates interested in protecting consumers from shady practices and being taken advantage of by predatory individuals and businesses. Noah Johnson is running under the Legalize Cannabis Party and his main issue is legalizing homegrown, recreational marijuana.


Also, here are Ballotpedia links for the state-wide elections in Minnesota. I haven’t had time to research these candidates, so you’ll have to do your own research on them.

Auditor:

https://ballotpedia.org/Minnesota_Auditor_election,_2018


State Senate:

Next election is not until 2020 for the Minnesota State Senate


State House:

https://ballotpedia.org/Minnesota_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2018


Supreme Court:

https://ballotpedia.org/Minnesota_Supreme_Court_elections,_2018


Appellate Courts:

https://ballotpedia.org/Minnesota_intermediate_appellate_court_elections,_2018


Local Judges:

https://ballotpedia.org/Minnesota_local_trial_court_judicial_elections,_2018


Minneapolis Public School Board:

https://ballotpedia.org/Minneapolis_Public_Schools_elections_(2018)


Municipal elections:

Hennepin County – https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_Hennepin_County,_Minnesota_(2018)

Ramsey County – https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_Ramsey_County,_Minnesota_(2018)

St Paul – https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_St._Paul,_Minnesota_(2018)


Vermont

Note that Vermont has open primaries, so you can choose which party’s primary want to vote in when you get to the polls. Vermont has runoff elections in the event of a tie.


Governor: Note that if no candidate receives 50% of the vote for governor in the November General Election, the state Legislature chooses the next Governor. This doesn’t apply to the primaries, though it’s something to keep in mind.

James Ehlers. Christine Hallquist also supports Medicare-for-All and other progressive positions, but this article indicates she is in some ways rather conservative. However, Christine Hallquist is endorsed by Justice Democrats.


Lt. Governor: David Zuckerman is the only Democratic candidate. He seems pretty progressive, though he doesn't mention things like Medicare-for-All on his website.


US Senator:

Bernie Sanders ( 😀 – endorsed by Our Revolution). If you’re voting Republican, Jasdeep Pannu has a pretty strong platform, including 2 year paid maternity leave, ending the war on drugs and providing healthcare to all.


US Representatives:

VT-AL: Peter Welch or Ben Mitchell or Dan Freilich


Secretary of State: Jim Condos, the incumbent, is the only Democrat running and seems to have a decent platform


Attorney General: T.J. Donovan is the only Democratic candidate and he seems like a very good candidate.


I haven't had time to research the following state-level races, so you'll have to do your own research on them.

Treasurer:

https://ballotpedia.org/Vermont_Treasurer_election,_2018


Auditor:

https://ballotpedia.org/Vermont_Auditor_election,_2018


Local Judges:

https://ballotpedia.org/Vermont_local_trial_court_judicial_elections,_2018


State Senate Candidates:

Here is a list of candidates running for Vermont 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 Vermont 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.

District Windham 2-1 – Emilie Kornheiser (endorsed by Our Revolution)

District Addision 4 – Mari Cordes (endorsed by Our Revolution)


Wisconsin

As I mentioned above for Connecticut, I usually post the recommended candidates for a state a few days to a few weeks before the election, so people who are early voting or absentee voting can take advantage of that. This time for Wisconsin, I'm late and have not pre-posted the recommendations. Sorry about that. Too many races this month to keep up with. But here they are now!

Wisconsin has open primaries, which means that voters can choose which primary they want to vote in. You can register at the polls on the day of the election if you have not already registered to vote.


Governor:

There are a bunch of pretty good candidates. Read about them here and make your decision. Note also that two candidates, Andy Gronik and Dana Wachs, have dropped out but their names are still on the ballot.


Lt. Governor:

Kurt Kober wants to move towards universal healthcare in Wisconsin. There is also a Green Party candidate, Tiffany Anderson


US Senator:

Tammy Baldwin or independent Mary Jo Walters


US Representatives:

WI-01: Cathy Myers seems overall the strongest candidate. Randy Bryce is a Justice Democrat candidate, though there are questions about him that have worried some progressives (you can read about it here).

WI-02: Mark Pocan

WI-03: No recommendation.

WI-04: Gwen Moore

WI-05: Tom Palzewicz

WI-06: No recommendation.

WI-07: Margaret Engebretson

WI-08: No recommendation.


Secretary of State:

There are two Democratic candidates Doug LaFollette and Arvina Martin. I think LaFollette seems a stronger candidate.


Here are some additional state-level elections. I didn't have time to research them, so you will need to do your won research.

Attorney General:

https://ballotpedia.org/Wisconsin_Attorney_General_election,_2018


Treasurer:

https://ballotpedia.org/Wisconsin_Treasurer_election,_2018


State Senate:

https://ballotpedia.org/Wisconsin_State_Senate_elections,_2018


State Assembly:

https://ballotpedia.org/Wisconsin_State_Assembly_elections,_2018


Municipal elections:

Dane County – https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_Dane_County,_Wisconsin_(2018)

Milwaukee County – https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_Milwaukee_County,_Wisconsin_(2018)


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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Recommendations for Progressive Candidates in the Primary in Arizona (Primary on August 28, but early voting starting now)

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Arizona primary

Note that Arizona has primaries that are open to unaffiliated voters, which means that if you are registered with a party, you have to vote in their primary, but if you are not registered with any party, you can choose which primary to vote in.

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 is the link to the BKAS post on Arizona – Arizona , but note that it was written way back in early-August of 2017 and candidates 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 candidates that have declared since those original Arizona 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:

Kelly Fryer or David Garcia

US Senator:

Deedra Abboud (Justice Democrat Candidate). There is also a write-in Green Party candidate, Angela Green, though she describes herself as “a Democrat with a Republican background running as a Green Candidate” and also says “I want to be known as the Queen of Capitalism and make these Red and Blue states GREEN with money, organic farming and medicinal marijuana.” She doesn’t sound like a typical Green Party candidate and I question how committed she is to the Green Party agenda.

US Representatives:

AZ-01: Incumbent “Democrat” Tom O’Halleran is extremely conservative for a Democrat. Unfortunately, he does not have a Democratic challenger. The Republican candidates are also very conservative. There is a Libertarian running as a write-in candidate, Zhani Doko. There’s not a ton of information available about him, but he seems to have fairly typical Libertarian positions (free market, fewer regulations) and opposes US involvement in foreign wars.

AZ-02: There are lots of candidates that support Medicare-for-All and other progressive positions. I recommend one of these – Mary Matiella (Justice Democrat Candidate), Billy Kovacs, Barbara Sherry or Bruce Wheeler

AZ-03: Raul Grijalva (Justice Democrat Candidate)

AZ-04: Delina Disanto is the most progressive and supports Medicare-for-All. David Brill supports allowing people to buy into Medicare as a public option.

AZ-05: Joan Greene

AZ-06: Garrick McFadden

AZ-07: The incumbent Ruben Gallego is fairly progressive and signed on to support John Conyers Medicare-for-All bill (HR 676). However, note that he has not yet joined the Medicare-for-All Caucus in Congress, making me question his support… There is a Democratic primary challenger, Catherine Miranda, but she does not call for Medicare-for-All on her website. In addition, there is a write-in Green Party candidate, Gary Swing, though I’m not sure he’s a very serious candidate. I guess voters will have to decide who they prefer in this race.

AZ-08: The only Democrat running is Hiral Tipirneni, who supports allowing people to buy into Medicare as a public option, but does not support Medicare-for-All.

AZ-09: Current Mayor of Phoenix Greg Stanton is the only Democrat running. His website has no information on the policies he supports.


Secretary of State:

There is only one Democratic candidate, Katie Hobbs. She says that “she will act to end the outrageously long lines and crippling incompetence that are preventing Arizonans from participating in our elections”.


Attorney General:

There is one Democratic candidate January Contreras. She previously worked at the Department of Homeland Security under Janet Napolitano.


Other State Executive Offices:

State Superintendent for Public Instruction – David Schapira (endorsed by Our Revolution)


Also, here are Ballotpedia links for other State-level 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/Arizona_State_Senate_elections,_2018

District 22 – Brianna Westbrook

District 29 – Martin Quezada

State House:

https://ballotpedia.org/Arizona_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2018

District 18 – LaDawn Stuben

District 24 – Marcus Ferrell

Supreme Court:

https://ballotpedia.org/Arizona_Supreme_Court_elections,_2018

Appellate Courts:

https://ballotpedia.org/Arizona_intermediate_appellate_court_elections,_2018

Local Judges:

https://ballotpedia.org/Arizona_local_trial_court_judicial_elections,_2018

State Ballot Measures:

https://ballotpedia.org/Arizona_2018_ballot_measures

Note that one of the four ballot measures would prohibit state and local governments from increasing taxes on services. This includes any kind of tax or fee. Services that are often taxed include things like hair salons, barbers, lawn care, cleaning services, etc. Now, no one wants to pay taxes, but by limiting the ability of locales to increase taxes when needed, you force cuts in government services. I’d argue that allowing state and local governments flexibility in taxing services is a good idea and I would vote “no” on this measure.

Local Ballot Measures:

https://ballotpedia.org/August_28,_2018_ballot_measures_in_Arizona

School Boards

https://ballotpedia.org/Arizona_school_board_elections,_2018

Municipal

Chandler – https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_Chandler,_Arizona_(2018)

Gilbert – https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_Gilbert,_Arizona_(2018)

Glendale – https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_Glendale,_Arizona_(2018)

Maricopa County – https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_Maricopa_County,_Arizona_(2018)

Mesa – https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_Mesa,_Arizona_(2018)

Phoenix – https://ballotpedia.org/Mayoral_election_in_Phoenix,_Arizona_(2018)

Scottsdale – https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_Scottsdale,_Arizona_(2018)


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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Kansas State House 67 (Manhattan) FINALLY has a Democrat on the November ballot – and a progressive one at that. His name is Alex Van Dyke, and he needs our help!

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Van Dyke will be the 1st challenger the Republican incumbent had in 6 years. He stands for equal pay, equal rights, equitable taxes, education, and expanding Medicaid in a State that has been buried under destructive Republican policies for the last decade.

Van Dyke has been endorsed by Run For Something, Everytown for Gun Safety, and the Kansas organizations for Planned Parenthood and LGBTQ+.

Check him out on the links below and swing by his AMA: r/littleapple 7-9PM 8/27.

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Hello there every one my name is Tyler Shipley and I'm the Democratic nominee for the 72nd district of the Ohio State House of Representatives. I'm running against the incumbent Larry Householder who is a shinning example of the corruption that has been going on for far too long in our great country.

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Recommendations for progressive candidates in the primaries in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington. Plus a bonus special election in Ohio. All taking place Tuesday August 7th.

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The primary elections take place Tuesday August 7th in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington. In addition, there is a special election in Ohio on the same day in Congressional District 12. 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.


Kansas

Note that Kansas has primaries that are open to unaffiliated voters, which means that if you are registered with a party, you will need to vote in their primary. But if you are not registered with any party, you can choose which primary to vote in.


Governor:

Jack Bergeson is the most progressive candidate and supports Medicare-for-All, but he is only 17 years old and will be in his senior year in high school. I’m not sure how many voters are willing to elect a high school student to be Governor. The next most progressive option is probably Arden Andersen.

US Senator:

There is no US Senate race in Kansas this year.

US Representatives:

KS-01: There is only one Democrat running, Alan LaPolice, but his website is quite vague making it difficult to know if he supports progressive policies like Medicare-for-All.

KS-02: There is only one Democrat running, Paul Davis. Davis is a moderate Democrat and does not mention healthcare, college tuition, raising the minimum wage, etc. on his website.

KS-03: Brent Welder (Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress Candidate and endorsed by Our Revolution)

KS-04: James Thompson (Justice Democrat Candidate and BrandNew Congress Candidate and endorsed by Our Revolution)


Secretary of State:

There is only one Democratic candidate, Brian “BAM” McClendon, but his website is not very inspiring in terms of ensuring integrity of the vote. Republicans Dennis Taylor and Craig McCullach both seem to have stronger platforms on protecting the integrity of the vote. Taylor proposes “auditing elections, backing up votes with paper ballots in all counties, and constantly verifying systems security.” McCullach says “Although Kansas has some of the strongest election laws in the country, we must ensure county election officials have access to the most modern and secure election equipment available. Increased auditing frequency and capabilities and election observation is crucial to maintaining citizen confidence in our democratic processes”.


Also, here are Ballotpedia links for the State-level races. I haven’t had time to research these candidates, so you’ll have to do your own research on them.

State Senate:

There is no state senate election in Kansas this year. The next one will be in 2020.


State House:

https://ballotpedia.org/Kansas_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2018

In State House District 4, George Hanna is endorsed by Our Revolution.


Attorney General:

https://ballotpedia.org/Kansas_Attorney_General_election,_2018


Treasurer:

https://ballotpedia.org/Kansas_Treasurer_election,_2018


Insurance Commissioner:

https://ballotpedia.org/Kansas_Insurance_Commissioner_election,_2018


State Board of Education:

https://ballotpedia.org/Kansas_State_Board_of_Education_election,_2018


Appellate Courts:

https://ballotpedia.org/Kansas_intermediate_appellate_court_elections,_2018


Local Judges:

https://ballotpedia.org/Kansas_local_trial_court_judicial_elections,_2018


Michigan

Note that Michigan has open primaries so you can choose which party’s primary you want to vote in when you get to the polling place.


Governor:

Abdul El-Sayed (Justice Democrat Candidate and endorsed by Our Revolution, Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) or Jennifer Kurland (Green Party Candidate). Write-in Democratic candidate William “Bill” Cobbs has a reasonable platform too, but doesn’t mention Medicare-for-All.

US Senator:

Marcia Squier (Green Party Candidate)

US Representatives:

MI-01: The incumbent Republican is unopposed except for a write-in Democratic candidate, Matthew “Matt” Morgan. Morgan failed to qualify for the ballot because of a technical issue about his address. However, he is running as a write-in candidate. Morgan supports Medicare-for-All and other progressive positions. Here is how you can write him in and get a progressive challenger to Jack Bergman for the Fall election.

MI-02: Robert Davidson (Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress Candidate)

MI-03: There are two Democratic candidates Cathy Albro and Fred Wooden. Neither of them directly states support for Medicare-for-All, though both kind of dance around that idea on their websites and talk about needing to cover everyone. You can read their platforms and see who you want to support. I think Albro might be more progressive overall.

MI-04: There are two Democratic candidates Ziggy Kozicki and Jerry Hilliard. Both suggest that we should move towards Medicare-for-All. Their other platform positions are a bit sketchy, but Kozicki also says that he supports a living wage.

MI-05: Kathy Goodwin (Working Class Party)

MI-06: David Benac (Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress Candidate) or Rich Eichholz

MI-07: Steve Friday (endorsed by Our Revolution)

MI-08: Chris Smith

MI-09: Andy Levin or Ellen Lipton or Andrea Kirby (Working Class Party). Note that there is also a Green Party candidate, John McDermott, but website does not really talk at all about the issues and I don’t think he’s a viable candidate. I would not recommend voting for him.

MI-10: I think Mike McCarthy is probably the most progressive Democratic candidate choice. Here is an article about him. There is also a Green Party candidate, Harley Mikkelson, who supports Medicare-for-All and other progressive positions.

MI-11: Fayrouz Saad (Justice Democrat Candidate)

MI-12: Incumbent Debbie Dingell supports Medicare-for-All and was one of the founders of the Medicare-for-All Caucus in Congress. Another option is Niles Niemuth running on the Socialist Equality Party line, though his website has no details on his policy positions. Gary Walkowitz is also running on the Working Class Party line.

MI-13: This race is a bit confusing, since John Conyers resigned. There will be a special election to fill the seat until the end of Conyers term (January 2019) and a separate race to elect a new Congressman who will start in 2019 and continue until January 2021. Slightly different candidates are running in these two elections. For the Special election to fill the seat until January 2019, the progressive choices are Rashida Tlaib (Justice Democrat Candidate and endorsed by Our Revolution) or Brenda Jones. Bill Wild also says he supports Medicare-for-All, but I don’t feel his platform is as strong as Tlaib or Jones. For the regular election to fill the seat from January 2019 to January 2021, the same three candidates are running (Tlaib, Jones and Wild), but there is also a Green Party candidate, Etta Wilcoxon (I couldn’t find a website for her), and a Working Class Party candidate, Sam Johnson.

MI-14: The incumbent Brenda Lawrence is quite progressive and an original co-sponsor of Medicare-for-All (HR 676). There are no other progressives in this race.


Also, here are Ballotpedia links for other State-level 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/Michigan_State_Senate_elections,_2018

Endorsed by Our Revolution:

District 18: Michelle Deatrick

District 33: Mark Bignell


State House:

https://ballotpedia.org/Michigan_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2018

Endorsed by Our Revolution:

District 68: Kelly Collison


Appellate Courts:

https://ballotpedia.org/Michigan_intermediate_appellate_court_elections,_2018


Local Judges:

https://ballotpedia.org/Michigan_local_trial_court_judicial_elections,_2018


State Ballot Measures:

https://ballotpedia.org/Michigan_2018_ballot_measures


Local Ballot Measures:

https://ballotpedia.org/August_7,_2018_ballot_measures_in_Michigan


School Boards: (this is not the State Board of Education (see below), but local school districts)

https://ballotpedia.org/Michigan_school_board_elections,_2018


Municipal:

Wayne County: https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_Wayne_County,_Michigan_(2018)


Other races endorsed by Our Revolution:

Kent County Commission, District 12: Katy Barone


Candidates nominated by Convention:

In Michigan, political parties nominate candidates for some offices at their conventions instead of holding a primary. Candidates for lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, Supreme Court, and the boards of Michigan State University, Wayne State University, the University of Michigan and the state Board of Education are nominated by political parties. The Democratic Party state convention and the Republican Party state convention will both be held from August 25 to August 26.

Note, these are some very important positions in the state. For instance, the Secretary of State controls voting in the state, the attorney general controls which corporations will be sued if they break laws, state boards of education control the standards for teaching, etc. So, it is important that progressives have a voice in this process. However, I think the delegates to these conventions have already been selected (if I’m wrong about that, someone in Michigan let me know). If so, your only option to sway the choice of the candidates is to find out which delegate is representing your part of the state and ask them to vote for progressive choices.


Missouri

Note that Missouri has open primaries where you do not need to be registered with any particular party to vote in their primary.


Governor:

There is no Governor’s race in Missouri this year.

US Senator:

There are a lot of candidates running. The incumbent Claire McCaskill is a very conservative Democrat and has voted with Republicans on several key issues such as weakening Dodd-Frank and mortgage regulations on banking and voting to confirm Ajit Pai to the FCC and Mike Pompeo as the Secretary of State. She supports the Keystone Pipeline and opposes Medicare-for-All. She is facing a primary challenge by Berniecrat Angelica Earl. Other progressive Democratic choices include Travis Gonzalez (he has a super basic website, but seems to support many progressive policies) and Coffee Wright. There are also two Green Party candidates, Jerome Bauer and Jo Crain.

US Representatives:

MO-01: The incumbent William Lacy Clay actually is fairly progressive and was an original sponsor of Medicare-for-All. There are several good candidates challenging him. The strongest one is Cori Bush (Justice Democrat candidate, BrandNew Congress Candidate and endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez), who is significantly more progressive than Clay. Demarco Davidson is also quite progressive and supports Medicare-for-All.

MO-02: Both Robert Hazel and Mark Osmack support Medicare-for-All and other progressive positions. Bill Haas seems fairly progressive, but his website has minimal detail. John Messmer has a very strong anti-corruption platform, but only supports a public option to the ACA, not Medicare-for-All.

MO-03: Katy Geppert

MO-04: Suzanne ‘Renee’ Hoagenson

MO-05: The incumbent Emanuel Cleaver is one of the original sponsors of Medicare-for-All (HR 676), but is otherwise not that progressive. There is a Green Party candidate, Maurice Copeland, though there is not a lot of information about him available online.

MO-06: Gary “Winston” Apple

MO-07: Jamie Schoolcraft (Justice Democrat candidate) or John Farmer de la Torre. Vince Jennings also seems fairly progressive, though he only seems to have a Facebook page.

MO-08: Kathryn Ellis


Here are links to various state and local elections. I have not had time to research these, so you’ll have to do the research yourself. Sometimes, if a candidate’s website is not linked on the pages below, you can still find it by doing a search of the internet.

Secretary of State:

This seat is not up for re-election until 2020.


Attorney General:

This seat is not up for re-election until 2020.


Auditor:

https://ballotpedia.org/Missouri_Auditor_election,_2018


Also, here are Ballotpedia links for other State-level 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/Missouri_State_Senate_elections,_2018


State House:

https://ballotpedia.org/Missouri_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2018


Supreme Court:

https://ballotpedia.org/Missouri_Supreme_Court_elections,_2018


Appellate Courts:

https://ballotpedia.org/Missouri_intermediate_appellate_court_elections,_2018


Local Judges:

https://ballotpedia.org/Missouri_local_trial_court_judicial_elections,_2018


State Ballot Measures:

https://ballotpedia.org/Missouri_2018_ballot_measures


Local Ballot Measures:

https://ballotpedia.org/August_7,_2018_ballot_measures_in_Missouri


School Boards

https://ballotpedia.org/Missouri_school_board_elections,_2018


Municipal:

Clay County – https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_Clay_County,_Missouri_(2018)

Jackson County – https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_Jackson_County,_Missouri_(2018)

Platte County – https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_Platte_County,_Missouri_(2018)

St. Louis – https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_St._Louis,_Missouri_(2018)


Washington

Note that Washington has top two primaries where all candidates of whichever party are listed on a common ballot and the top two vote getters in each race, regardless of party, advance to the general election. That means we need to get some progressives into the top two or else they will not make it into the general election. August 7th is the last day to return your ballot.


Governor:

There is no Governor’s race in Washington this year.

US Senator:

There are a lot of candidates running. The incumbent Maria Cantwell is moderately progressive, but does not support Medicare-for-All. Candidates who are more progressive and support Medicare-for-All include Jennifer Gigi Ferguson and Clint Tannehill. Socialist candidate Steve Hoffman would probably support a Medicare-for-All type program, but his website is vague about healthcare.

US Representatives:

WA-01: The incumbent Suzan DelBene is quite conservative for a Democrat and does not support Medicare-for-All. The only real option is Adam Pilskog, who is something of a Libertarian and a bit on the fiscally conservative side. However, he says “The insurance companies are where the cost-savings live, and by targeting them for reform and instituting a fair, simplified single-payer system, every American will have the care they need.” That sounds like he may support a single-payer healthcare plan. Pilskog also supports criminal justice reform, decriminalizing drugs, abolishing the death penalty, fighting climate change and campaign finance reform.

WA-02: Stonewall Bird (Green Party candidate) or Collin Carlson or possibly Gary Franco, though his website is vague and it is hard to know exactly where he stands on the issues.

WA-03: Dorothy Gasque (Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress Candidate and endorsed by Our Revolution) or David MccDevitt

WA-04: There is only one candidate (other than the incumbent Dan Newhouse). That candidate, Christine Brown, talks about Medicare-for-All, but in a slightly confusing manner. I think she may be open to it or maybe to a watered-down version of Medicare-for-All. But her position is an improvement on Dan Newhouse, who voted to repeal Obamacare, without any replacement plan in place.

WA-05: Lisa Brown is the only Democrat running and the other candidates seem very conservative. Brown does not say she supports Medicare-for-All, but indicates she supports “affordable and comprehensive universal health care”.

WA-06: Tyler Vega

WA-07: Pramila Jayapal (Justice Democrat Candidate)

WA-08: Jason Rittereiser says on his website that he’s the only candidate in the race supporting Medicare-for-All. But several other candidates suggest they are for universal, single-payer healthcare now or moving towards it in steps, including Kim Schrier, Tom Cramer, Shannon Hader and possibly Keith Arnold. Check out their webpages and see which one you want to support.

WA-09: Sarah Smith (Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress Candidate)

WA-10: Tamborine Borrelli


Secretary of State:

This seat is not up for re-election until 2020.


Attorney General:

This seat is not up for re-election until 2020.


Also, here are Ballotpedia links for other State-level 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/Washington_State_Senate_elections,_2018

Our Revolution endorsed candidates for State Senate:

District 6: Jessa Lewis

District 32: Maralyn Chase


State House:

https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2018

Our Revolution endorsed candidates for State House:

District 19: Erin Frasier

District 32, position 2: Christopher Roberts

District 40: Alex Ramel


Supreme Court:

https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_Supreme_Court_elections,_2018


Appellate Courts:

https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_intermediate_appellate_court_elections,_2018


Local Judges:

https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_local_trial_court_judicial_elections,_2018


State Ballot Measures:

https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_2018_ballot_measures


Local Ballot Measures:

https://ballotpedia.org/August_7,_2018_ballot_measures_in_Washington


Municipal:

King County – https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_King_County,_Washington_(2018)

Seattle – https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_Seattle,_Washington_(2018)


Ohio Special Election

There is also a special election for Ohio Congressional District 12. This is the seat formerly held by Pat Tiberi, who resigned from Congress to lead the Ohio Business Roundtable.


There is a Republican candidate Troy Balderson, who is quite conservative has been endorsed by Trump.

On the Democratic side, the candidate is Danny O'Connor, who is quite conservative for a Democrat and has specifically stated that he is opposed to Medicare-for-All or tuition-free college – link.


Don't feel comfortable voting for O'Connor? I probably wouldn't either. But you have a choice, because Green Party Candidate Joe Manchik is also running. Manchik supports Medicare-for-All, free college tuition, urgently fighting climate change and getting off fossil fuels, getting out of wars, fighting government corruption, etc.


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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Recommendations for Progressive Candidates in the Michigan Primary (Primary August 7, but early voting happening now)

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Michigan primary

Note that Michigan has open primaries so you can choose which party’s primary you want to vote in when you get to the polling place.

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 the links to the BKAS posts on Michigan – Michigan 1 and Michigan 2, but note that they were written way back in mid-October of 2017 and candidates 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 all the up-to-date candidates that have declared.


Governor:

Abdul El-Sayed (Justice Democrat Candidate and endorsed by Our Revolution, Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) or Jennifer Kurland (Green Party Candidate). Write-in Democratic candidate William “Bill” Cobbs has a reasonable platform too, but doesn’t mention Medicare-for-All.

US Senator:

Marcia Squier (Green Party Candidate)

US Representatives:

MI-01: The incumbent Republican is unopposed except for a write-in Democratic candidate, Matthew “Matt” Morgan. Morgan had failed to get enough valid signatures to get on the ballot, but is running as a write-in candidate. Morgan supports Medicare-for-All and other progressive positions. Here is how you can write him in and get a progressive challenger to Jack Bergman for the Fall election.

MI-02: Robert Davidson (Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress Candidate)

MI-03: There are two Democratic candidates Cathy Albro and Fred Wooden. Neither of them directly states support for Medicare-for-All, though both kind of dance around that idea on their websites and talk about needing to cover everyone. You can read their platforms and see who you want to support. I think Albro might be more progressive overall.

MI-04: There are two Democratic candidates Ziggy Kozicki and Jerry Hilliard. Both suggest that we should move towards Medicare-for-All. Their other platform positions are a bit sketchy, but Kozicki also says that he supports a living wage.

MI-05: Kathy Goodwin (Working Class Party)

MI-06: David Benac (Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress Candidate) or Rich Eichholz

MI-07: Steve Friday (endorsed by Our Revolution)

MI-08: Chris Smith

MI-09: Andy Levin or Ellen Lipton or Andrea Kirby (Working Class Party). Note that there is also a Green Party candidate, John McDermott, but website does not really talk at all about the issues and I don’t think he’s a viable candidate. I would not recommend voting for him.

MI-10: I think Mike McCarthy is probably the most progressive Democratic candidate choice. Here is an article about him. There is also a Green Party candidate, Harley Mikkelson, who supports Medicare-for-All and other progressive positions.

MI-11: Fayrouz Saad (Justice Democrat Candidate)

MI-12: Incumbent Debbie Dingell supports Medicare-for-All and was one of the founders of the Medicare-for-All Caucus in Congress. Another option is Niles Niemuth running on the Socialist Equality Party line, though his website has no details on his policy positions. Gary Walkowitz is also running on the Working Class Party line.

MI-13: This race is a bit confusing, since John Conyers resigned. There will be a special election to fill the seat until the end of Conyers term (January 2019) and a separate race to elect a new Congressman who will start in 2019 and continue until January 2021. Slightly different candidates are running in these two elections. For the Special election to fill the seat until January 2019, the progressive choices are Rashida Tlaib (Justice Democrat Candidate and endorsed by Our Revolution) or Brenda Jones. Bill Wild also says he supports Medicare-for-All, but I don’t feel his platform is as strong as Tlaib or Jones. For the regular election to fill the seat from January 2019 to January 2021, the same three candidates are running (Tlaib, Jones and Wild), but there is also a Green Party candidate, Etta Wilcoxon (I couldn’t find a website for her), and a Working Class Party candidate, Sam Johnson.

MI-14: The incumbent Brenda Lawrence is quite progressive and an original co-sponsor of Medicare-for-All (HR 676). There are no other progressives in this race.


Also, here are Ballotpedia links for other State-level 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/Michigan_State_Senate_elections,_2018

Endorsed by Our Revolution:

District 18: Michelle Deatrick

District 33: Mark Bignell


State House:

https://ballotpedia.org/Michigan_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2018

Endorsed by Our Revolution:

District 68: Kelly Collison


Appellate Courts:

https://ballotpedia.org/Michigan_intermediate_appellate_court_elections,_2018


Local Judges:

https://ballotpedia.org/Michigan_local_trial_court_judicial_elections,_2018


State Ballot Measures:

https://ballotpedia.org/Michigan_2018_ballot_measures


Local Ballot Measures:

https://ballotpedia.org/August_7,_2018_ballot_measures_in_Michigan


School Boards: (this is not the State Board of Education (see below), but local school districts)

https://ballotpedia.org/Michigan_school_board_elections,_2018


Municipal:

Wayne County: https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_Wayne_County,_Michigan_(2018)


Other races endorsed by Our Revolution:

Kent County Commission, District 12: Katy Barone


Candidates nominated by Convention:

In Michigan, political parties nominate candidates for some offices at their conventions instead of holding a primary. Candidates for lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, Supreme Court, and the boards of Michigan State University, Wayne State University, the University of Michigan and the state Board of Education are nominated by political parties. The Democratic Party state convention and the Republican Party state convention will both be held from August 25 to August 26.

Note, these are some very important positions in the state. For instance, the Secretary of State controls voting in the state, the attorney general controls which corporations will be sued if they break laws, state boards of education control the standards for teaching, etc. So, it is important that progressives have a voice in this process. However, I think the delegates to these conventions have already been selected (if I’m wrong about that, someone in Michigan let me know). If so, your only option to sway the choice of the candidates is to find out which delegate is representing your part of the state and ask them to vote for progressive choices.


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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