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Elizabeth Warren

U.S. Senate – Massachusetts

Elizabeth Warren demonstrated her fighting spirit long before becoming the first woman Senator from Massachusetts. In the Senate, she's pushed bank regulators to do their jobs, and fights for vital priorities like post office banking, a new Glass-Steagall, expanding Social Security, and debt-free college.

Stacey Abrams

Governor – Georgia

Stacey is the former Georgia House Minority Leader, and the founder of the New Georgia Project, which registered more than 200,000 voters of color between 2014 and 2016. She’s campaigning on a platform of investment in small business (instead of big business) to make Georgia’s economy grow. If Stacey wins, she’ll make history by becoming the first black woman governor in the country.

Dana Balter

U.S. House – New York (NY-24)

Dana is running to flip the congressional seat held by Republican John Katko. She’s a community organizer, professor, and researcher into publicly funded elections. She’s also a lifelong advocate for people with disabilities, starting with her beloved younger brother Jonathan. She’s running for Medicare for All, women’s rights, universal pre-K, and higher wages. A conservative candidate who identifies herself as “secretly pro-life” was just recruited to run against Dana in the primary -- we need to have Dana’s back! Her primary is June 26.

Jocelyn Benson

Secretary of State – Michigan

Jocelyn is running for Michigan Secretary of State to protect voting rights, especially during the all-important elections in 2020. She is also running on a smart platform of the “30 minute guarantee” — pledging that no one will have to wait more than 30 minutes to renew their drivers' license, register their vehicle, or cast their ballot. Oh yeah, and she's a former Elizabeth Warren student! She has no opponent in the primary, so she’s focused on running a strong race to beat the Republican.

Randy Bryce

U.S. House – Wisconsin (WI-01)

Randy Bryce is a U.S. Army veteran, cancer survivor, and union ironworker. He is currently challenging Republican Paul Ryan to represent Wisconsin’s first congressional district. Randy is running as a proud working dad for single payer health care and more manufacturing jobs — and to stop the devastating Ryan agenda. He is famous on Twitter as @IronStache.

Ammar Campa-Najjar

California – (CA-50)

Ammar is the son of a Mexican-American mother and Middle Eastern immigrant father, born and raised in East San Diego county. He helped support his struggling family by working as a church janitor in high school, working his way up to a position in the White House during President Obama’s administration. He developed an apprenticeship program at the U.S. Department of Labor to “earn while you learn,” and is running for Medicare for All, immigrant rights, and overturning Citizens United. He’s running to flip the congressional seat held by Republican Duncan Hunter.

Kara Eastman

U.S. House – Nebraska (NE-02)

Kara Eastman decided to run for Congress after watching her mom, dying of cancer, struggle to afford medicine that cost $2,500 per pill. She is a community leader and social worker who runs the Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, working on issues like getting lead out of drinking water and standing up to the big corporations on fracking and pipelines. The current congressman voted to repeal people’s health care and is one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the nation -- having won by just 1% in 2016. But first, Kara has to win the primary — where she’s running against an old-time politician who was recently a Republican and is endorsed by the corporate New Dems and conservative Blue Dogs. Kara can win this seat and is campaigning on Medicare For All, debt-free college, a $15 minimum wage, and combating climate change and gun violence.

Abdul El-Sayed

Governor – Michigan

Abdul is a Detroit doctor who became an activist when he saw the lead water crisis in Flint —and the catastrophic failure of the state government to help. He’s running for single payer healthcare, a higher minimum wage, universal pre-k, and debt-free college, among other progressive priorities. He also supports ending the so-called “Right to Work” anti-union laws in Michigan. And last but not least, he plans to tackle the ongoing public health crisis in Flint. His main opponent is a piece of work — a businessman who fought efforts to save puppies at one of his research labs. (We’re not kidding.) The primary is August 7.

Veronica Escobar

U.S. House – Texas (TX-16)

Veronica is running in a primary for a Democratic open seat in Texas. She has a long record of progressive action as a County Commissioner and County Judge. She took on the local police chief when he called Black Lives Matter “a radical hate group,” and sued the state of Texas over a bill that would have allowed local police officers to become de facto border patrol agents. She also led the effort to build public clinics in El Paso so poor and working families could access world-class care. If she wins, Veronica would be the first Latina elected to Congress from Texas. She’s running against a former Republican who has raised half her money from Republicans — we can’t let Republicans steal this blue seat! Her primary is March 6, so we need to act fast to give Veronica support.

David Garcia

Governor – Arizona

David is a veteran and teacher running on local investment in family-owned farms, breweries and vineyards, as well as making Arizona a “solar superpower.” He is also pushing for free community college, to train more skilled workers like nurses and firefighters, and a ban on assault weapons. He’s endorsed by Democracy for America and People for the American Way. The primary is August 28.

Andrew Gillum

Governor – Florida

As the mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew fought the NRA, even winning a lawsuit against them. Lately he’s been a national voice for gun control, and has been campaigning on other bold progressive issues like corporate tax hikes and marijuana legalization. Andrew is the real deal — an activist who isn’t afraid to take on powerful opponents. He’s running in the primary against two establishment candidates. The primary is August 28.

Kaniela Ing

U.S. House – Hawaii (HI-01)

Kaniela is a progressive state legislator in Hawaii. He first started working in the pineapple fields as a teenager after his father unexpectedly passed away, and then became the first in his family to graduate college. When he was 23 years old, he ran against a Tea Party millionaire in a Republican state legislative district. He was outspent 10-to-1, and he still won. Kaniela is a powerful voice for Medicare For All and fighting the climate crisis. As he says, “People are being left behind, and need a representative who understands today’s struggle of paying for college, buying a home, and raising a family.” He’s running for an open Democratic seat.

Andy Kim

U.S. House – New Jersey (NJ-03)

Andy is the son of immigrants, and became a Rhodes Scholar and diplomat, spending his early career as a strategic Pentagon advisor on the war against ISIS. But his experience with homeless advocacy shaped him the most, as he saw how many working families are living one paycheck away from catastrophe. He is running against Republican Tom MacArthur, who led the congressional push for Trump’s terrible health care proposal.

Jess King

U.S. House – Pennsylvania (PA-11)

Jess is running to unseat a Republican congressman who is the top NRA recipient in the nation. She was born and raised in her district, and runs a nonprofit that trains and lends money to people in the community trying to start small businesses. She and her husband, a Mennonite minister, have two daughters, and she makes a strong moral argument about her progressive values. She supports “guarding our farms, homes, and planet” and is campaigning on Medicare For All, debt-free college, banning fracking, and getting big money out of politics. She’s running an amazing grassroots campaign — she’s raising more money than her Republican opponent, and has hundreds of volunteers mobilized to knock doors and make phone calls.

Mike Levin

U.S. House – California (CA-49)

Mike is a clean energy entrepreneur and non-profit director. He believes strongly in the power of clean energy to create jobs, and will also fight for Medicare for All, debt-free college, and a $15 minimum wage. Mike says he is proud to be part of the Elizabeth Warren wing of American politics! He’s running to take on Darrell Issa, one of the most vulnerable Republicans in Congress, and he’s been participating in local protests outside Issa’s office each week — and then inviting protestors back to his office to call voters! We believe in this type of grassroots organizing, and the way he’s turning the Resistance into electoral power.

Cynthia Nixon

Governor – New York

Cynthia is best known as an actress who starred on the New York show “Sex and the City.” But she’s also an LGBT activist who is running in the primary against Andrew Cuomo for governor of New York. As Governor, Cuomo has been under investigation for corruption, refused to fix the New York subway, and fought progressive activism in the state. We’re standing with our allies at the Working Families Party in support of Cynthia Nixon. The primary is September 13.

Katie Porter

U.S. House – California (CA-45)

Katie has spent twenty years fighting Wall Street and powerful interests as an attorney and consumer advocate. She was one of the first to sound the alarm about the big foreclosure crisis, and served as California’s watchdog on the banks. She even wrote a book with Senator Elizabeth Warren! Katie is taking on Mimi Walters, one of the most vulnerable Republicans in Congress.

Rashida Tlaib

U.S. House – Michigan (MI-13)

Rashida was born and raised in Detroit, the daughter of working-class immigrants and the oldest of 14 kids. She became the first Muslim woman ever to serve in the Michigan legislature -- where she fought predatory lenders, big polluters, and big corporations. She also fought for free health clinics and Meals on Wheels. Rashida talks about “taking on corporate billionaires, crony capitalists, industrial polluters, and government officials who would prefer to be unaccountable.” She’s running for an open Democratic seat.

Liz Watson

U.S. House – Indiana (IN-09)

Liz is running for Congress in Indiana against Republican Trey Hollingsworth. She is taking a no-nonsense approach to her campaign, talking to voters about the kitchen table issues that matter most to them, like good manufacturing jobs. As a former policy director in Congress, she wrote the Schedules That Work Act, the first-of-its-kind legislation to give employees more certainty around their work schedules, making it easier for them to arrange child care or hold a second job. If Liz wins, she will become a model for how populists can win red districts. She reminds us a lot of another “Liz” — Elizabeth Warren.

Brent Welder

U.S. House – Kansas (KS-03)

Brent has worked as an organizer and lawyer for the Teamsters and other unions. Senator Bernie Sanders nominated him to the Democratic National Platform Committee, where Brent wrote an amendment to ban corporate money from elections. As he says, he’s running for Congress because “billionaires and giant corporations have too much control over our government.” By contrast, the Republican Congressman, Kevin Yoder, has one of the worst records when it comes to taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the payday lending industry and other bad corporate actors, and then pushing legislation that benefits those corporations at the expense of regular people. Brent’s primary is August 7.

Nanette Barragán

U.S. House – California (CA-44)

The youngest of 11 children born to Mexican immigrants, Nanette worked her way through college and law school, and dedicated her legal career to helping communities like her own. As the first-ever Latina elected to the Hermosa Beach City Council, Barragán prioritized bold progressives values, including leading the fight against oil drilling in Santa Monica Bay. In Congress, she's working to ensure that every student has access to a debt-free education, to expand Social Security and Medicare, and to create a public option for every American to have access to quality health insurance.

Keith Ellison

U.S. House – Minnesota (MN-05)

Keith Ellison has never wavered from the four key priorities he first ran on: peace, prosperity for working families, environmental sustainability, and support for civil and human rights. As Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, he's one of the most progressive members of Congress, pushing fundamental legislation like the People's Budget and advocating for our nation’s working families. He's also an organizer and a great partner to grassroots groups across the nation who knows how to motivate people, build power, and win votes for Democrats on the local, state, and federal levels.

Pramila Jayapal

U.S. House – Washington (WA-07)

Pramila has spent the last 25 years as a Seattle organizer and activist — leading the charge for a $15 minimum wage, founding an immigrant rights’ organization, and passing legislation to help rape survivors. In 2016, she was elected to succeed retiring Congressman Jim McDermott, a huge progressive champion.

Jamie Raskin

U.S. House – Maryland (MD-08)

Before his election to the U.S. House of Representatives, Jamie led the Maryland State Senate's fight for marriage equality, ending the death penalty, passing criminal justice reform, and opposing corporate spending in political campaigns. A former law professor, he’s an expert on the Constitution, voting rights, and gerrymandering.

Attica Scott

Kentucky House of Representatives – District 41

Attica has been a grassroots partner to the PCCC for years, culminating in our joint press conference at Senator McConnell's Kentucky office demanding that he ‘do his job’ and allow a vote on President Obama's Supreme Court nominee. She is an activist, community leader, and a mother who prioritizes protecting women's rights, workers' rights, and fair wages in the Kentucky State Legislature.

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