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Our Endorsements: 2016

Angie Craig

U.S. House – Minnesota (MN-02)

Angie is committed to making debt-free college a top priority, and protecting unions and the right to organize. Angie will push for all trade deals — new and old — to be re-evaluated so they protect American workers, human rights, and the environment. A fun fact about Angie is that she and her wife are raising four teenage sons. The Republican congressman in this swing district just retired, so Angie is running for an open seat.

Zephyr Teachout

U.S. House – New York (NY-19)

Zephyr Teachout is a Constitutional law professor who wrote a book about corruption in American politics. She was the first national director of the Sunlight Foundation, an organization that works to make government more transparent and accountable, and helped fund the Antitrust League. She also worked for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign in 2004. She shocked political insiders when she ran against incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the 2014 Democratic primary, winning 34% of the vote. Now she’s running for Congress, for an open seat in a swing district.

Russ Feingold

U.S. Senate – Wisconsin

Russ Feingold led the fight for campaign finance reform before it was cool. Despite opposition from Republicans and powerful interests, he beat the odds and passed the strongest reforms since Watergate during his second term as U.S. Senator.

Colin Van Ostern

New Hampshire – Governor

When Gov. Hassan was considering a run for Senate, 85% of PCCC members said they wanted Colin Van Ostern to run for Governor to continue bringing progressive reform to New Hampshire. Colin’s progressive record and commitment to bold, new solutions have earned him the support of Labor unions, women’s health advocates like Planned Parenthood, newspapers like the Concord Monitor, progressive allies like Democracy for America, and over 50% of voters in his five-way primary.

Mike Honda

U.S. House – California (CA-17)

Mike Honda has dedicated his life to public service, first in 1965, when he heeded President Kennedy’s call to join the Peace Corps. He has taught high school science and has sat on his local school board. Mike will continue to stand up for economic justice and fairness for all communities. “My priority has always been and will always be defending and fighting for the progressive values that so many within this district share,” Mike recently wrote in the San Jose Mercury News. “I am proud of my track record of delivering for middle class families.” His Wall Street- and billionaire-backed opponent shopped around for a while before deciding which district to run in, while Mike Honda was in Congress standing up for civil rights, a living wage for all Americans, and expanding access to healthcare.