Dig into a comprehensive list of diverse progressive candidates running in the 2018 elections. Click on a state’s abbreviation or a primary date to quickly link to that specific section.
Last updated November 19, 2018
See also: Progressive Candidates of 2020
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(8 Republican candidates are in the mix. Hint: 🐘)
March 6 Primary – Texas
March 20 Primary – Illinois
May 8 Primaries – Indiana, North Caroline, Ohio, West Virginia
May 15 Primaries – Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania
May 22 and June 19 Primaries – Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, District of Columbia
June 5 Primaries – Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota
June 12 Primaries – Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia
June 26 Primaries – Colorado, Maryland, New York (national), Oklahoma, Utah
August 2 and 7 Primaries – Tennessee, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Washington
August 11 and 14 Primaries – Hawaii, Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, Wisconsin
August 21 and 28 Primaries – Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona, Florida
September & November Primaries – Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York (state), Rhode Island, Louisiana
Making the List
Some candidates are more progressive than others. How did they make the list? A minimal standard was set. Candidates prioritize at least one of the following two topics in his or her platform:
- Medicare for All (i.e., universal healthcare, single-payer)
- Get big money out of politics (campaign finance reform, end gerrymandering, overturn Citizens United, etc.)
Because of the nonpartisan nature of the latter issue, some Republicans made the list. By virtue of their strong opposition to the corrupting influence of money in politics, progressives may consider these conservatives to be allies in the fight against systemic political corruption.
(Inclusion on the list ≠ endorsement. Study and verify for yourself.)
The list is intended to be a quick information source, as well as a launching pad for further candidate research. As it was compiled, it also grew into a bolstering testimony of America’s modern Progressive Movement. If you explore the list, follow the links, and verify for yourself, you will be astounded by the gathering progressive force in our nation.
The focus of this list is on progressive candidates who are running for national office. Although I sometimes list candidates running for state office, they are actually outside the scope of this project. Their occasional inclusion is merely a reminder that they exist. In order to discover all the progressive down-ballet candidates in your area, I encourage you to do a Google search for your state or regional chapter of Our Revolution, which makes a point to endorse strong, progressive candidates at the state and community levels.
Using the List
Other criteria may carry more weight for you than healthcare or political corruption. Follow a candidate’s website and social media links to learn where he or she stands on various progressive topics.
Most of the candidates on the list are running for a national office. Follow your state’s Ballotpedia link to view the down-ballot races in your area.
Though not listed here, there are plenty of nice, decent, moderate Democrats running in 2018. If no progressives run in your state or district, one of the moderates may well be your best voting option. Follow the pertinent Ballotpedia link to drill down and find them.
General Voter Information
Remind your friends and family to vote in your state’s Primary Election — if they want more progressives on the ballot in November.
Many states require party registration long before their state primary election is held. The first 2018 primary is in March. You may visit the following online voter resources for more information about your local elections, the candidates, and ballot initiatives.
- U.S. Vote Foundation – Voting dates and requirements for your state
- Ballotpedia – “The Encyclopedia of American Politics,” including ballot initiatives and sample ballots
- US Elections – At-a-glance one-page election info (does a good job covering D.C. races)
- Open Secrets – Check the campaign funding sources of national candidates
- GovTrack.us – Track federal legislation by subject or member of Congress
Supporting Progressive Candidates
It is difficult for up-and-coming candidates to gain a toehold on the political scene. You may support them in the following ways:
Money – Send financial contributions to your favorite candidates. If you don’t have a progressive running in your own area, consider making a donation to a worthy candidate in another state. A Progressive Congress benefits the entire country.
Word of Mouth – Discuss progressive candidates and the Progressive Movement with your friends. Allow people to make up their own mind, and do…
Share this list as a helpful information resource. The links take people right to the horse’s mouth, where they may evaluate a candidate on their own terms.
The Progressive Wave
371 progressive candidates made it through the primaries and advanced to the November 6th Midterm Election. The total does not include independent or Green Party candidates who did not participate in a primary — or progressive candidates I may have missed. We are on a Progressive Wave!
210 progressive candidates won in the 2018 Midterm Election. While the majority of winners are incumbents, 79 candidates won a new office.
Alaska – 1 – 0 elected
Arizona – 9 – 5 elected
Arkansas – 3 – 0 elected
California – 44 – 31 elected
Colorado – 7 – 5 elected
Connecticut – 3 – 3 elected
Delaware – 2 – 1 elected
Dist. of Columbia – 1 – 1 elected
Florida – 16 – 8 elected
Georgia – 10 – 6 elected
Hawaii – 3 – 2 elected
Idaho – 1 – 0 elected
Illinois – 16 – 13 elected
Indiana – 6- 2 elected
Iowa – 5 – 3 elected
Kansas – 3 – 0 elected
Kentucky – 6 – 2 elected
Louisiana – 4 – 0 elected
Maine – 4 – 2 elected
Maryland – 12 – 7 elected
Massachusetts – 9 – 7 elected
Michigan – 10 – 7 elected
Minnesota – 10 – 8 elected
Mississippi – 3 – 1 elected
Missouri – 11 – 2 elected
Montana – 3 – 0 elected
Nevada – 2 – 1 elected
New Hampshire – 0 primary wins
New Jersey – 9 – 8 elected
New Mexico – 2 – 2 elected
New York (Nat’l) – 24 – 19 elected
New York (State) – 8 – 7 elected
North Carolina – 10 – 3 elected
North Dakota – 0 primary wins
Ohio – 12 – 5 elected
Oklahoma – 4 – 0 elected
Oregon – 8 – 5 elected
Pennsylvania – 17 – 9 elected
Rhode Island – 5 – 5 elected
South Carolina – 6 – 3 elected
South Dakota – 2 – 0 elected
Tennessee – 5 – 2 elected
Texas – 20 – 9 elected
Utah – 2 – 0 elected
Vermont – 4 – 3 elected
Virginia – 8 – 4 elected
Washington – 8 – 4 elected
West Virginia – 3 – 0 elected
Wisconsin – 8 – 5 elected
Wyoming – 3 – 0 elected
Most of the listed progressive candidates have been endorsed by, or belong to, one of the following groups.
- The American Promise Candidate Pledge (28th Amendment to reverse Citizens United)
- Bold Progressives (Also check for decent moderate Democrats not listed here.)
- Brand New Congress (Strong progressives!)
- Campaign for Guaranteed Healthcare (Candidates who stand up for Single Payer Healthcare)
- Candidates With a Contract (Candidates, from a broad political spectrum, who signed an anti-corruption contract.)
- Congressional Progressive Caucus (Some members are more progressive than others.)
- Contract for American Renewal (Strong progressives!)
- Democracy for America (Also check for decent moderate Democrats not listed here.)
- DUH! Demand Universal Healthcare (Also check for decent moderate Democrats not listed here.)
- End Citizens United – Champions of Campaign Finance Reform (Also check for decent moderate Democrats not listed here.)
- Free Thought Equity Fund PAC (Also check for decent moderate Democrats not listed here.)
- Green Party U.S. (Check for Greens not listed here, particularly for down-ballot races and write-in candidates.)
- H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act Sponsor/Co-Sponsors
- H.R.3848 – We the People Democracy Reform Act of 2017 Sponsor/Co-Sponsors
- Indivisible – (Grassroots progressive policies) Candidates and Campaigns (ballot, electoral, federal, state)
- Justice Democrats (Strong progressives!)
- Our Revolution (Strong progressives!)
- Progressive Electoral Politics Organizations
- Rebel HQ (The Young Turks follow progressive movement and candidates)
- Run for Something (Check for young Progressives running in down-ballot races.)
- S.1804 – Medicare for All Act of 2017 Sponsor/Co-Sponsors
- S.3357 – American Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act Sponsor/Co-Sponsors
- Working Families Party (Also check for decent moderate Democrats not listed here.)
- The Green New Deal (includes single payer Medicare for All and getting big money out of politics; all Green candidates are progressive, and refuse corporate PAC money)
See also: Progressive Candidates of 2020
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