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2018 Progressive Candidates & Ballot Initiatives: a Nationwide List

Last updated March 22, 2018
NO Big Money.
Most progressive candidates reject Super PAC funds.
They fund their campaigns with small donations from
real people, like you and me.
Progressive candidates serve YOU and ME.

Click on any highlighted state to scroll directly to it.


(There are 5 Republican candidates in the mix. Can you spot them? Hint: ūüĆü)

Mid-Term Primaries

The 2018 mid-term primaries are fast approaching. Congress is one of the balancing powers of government, and electing members to U.S. Congress is as important as electing the President; perhaps more so, as only Congress can declare war. In any case, Congress makes the federal laws we must live by.

Many states require party registration long before the state primary election is held. The first state primary is in March. You may visit the following online voter tools to find details about your local elections.

  • U.S. Vote Foundation¬†–¬†Check voting dates and requirements¬†for your state.
  • Vote 411¬†– See who and what will be on your ballot.

Of course, state General Elections are held on the same day, all across the nation: November 6, 2018.

The Progressive Platform

Candidates may hold various views, but the following policies are distinctly Progressive — and have earned a great deal of nonpartisan popularity!

  • End Big Money in politics
  • Address income and wealth inequality
  • Universal health care is a right
  • Protect and expand Social Security
  • Climate change action & a renewable energy revolution
  • Diplomacy-first foreign policy
  • Racial, ethnic, LGBT, and gender equality
  • Empowering tribal nations and Puerto Rico
  • Take care of Veterans, and all disabled individuals
  • End the death penalty
  • Commonsense gun regulation
  • End homelessness, and boost affordable housing
  • Police and prison reform
  • Fair and humane immigration laws
  • Paid vacation time, sick time, family leave & childcare
  • Block bad trade deals and job outsourcing
  • Higher education is a right
  • Rebuild infrastructures & create good jobs
  • $15 living minimum wage, tied to inflation
  • Net Neutrality for a fair Internet

The more Members of Congress who are independent from Big Money, the sooner American voters gain the rights and benefits listed above.

The progressive direction

Look up, look left, the Progressive Direction

Supporting Progressive Candidates

Some candidates are more progressive than others, and some states have few progressives running in 2018. At the very least, a candidate must support either the anti-corruption movement or some form of universal health care in order to be included in the list. Most of the candidates listed have been endorsed by one of the following groups:

The list is updated as I become aware of progressive candidates and ballot measures. Please feel free to inform me, in the comments below, if I’ve missed a candidate or ballot initiative.

If you don’t have a progressive, anti-corruption candidate to support in your area, please consider financial contributions to progressive candidates in other states. No matter where you live, a Progressive Congress benefits the entire country.

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Progressive Candidates of 2018

Alabama (AL) – June 5, 2018

Alaska (AK) – Primary: August 21, 2018

Pending… Ballot Initiative:
Alaska Government Accountability Act

Arizona (AZ) – Primary: August 28, 2018

Some people will tell you that government can’t work. They are wrong. Government can work. Our government is¬†ours. It is created by and comes from us. When it does not work, that is our failing, not the nature of government.

~ Scott Menor

Pending… Getting Signatures… Ballot Initiative:
Outlaw Dirty Money

Arkansas (AR) – Primary: May 22, 2018

‚ÄúRugged individualism‚ÄĚ is not even a guiding concept for our military troops who value teamwork over self-glory. We as a society would benefit from a higher value given to the common sense concept of community.

~ Lee McQueen

California (CA) – Primary: June 5, 2018

I don’t think people and their needs are costs to be cut — I think they are the¬†only source of value outside of Nature itself.

~ Bryan Kim

Pending… Awaiting Approval… Ballot Initiative:
Ranked Choice Voting – Santa Clara, CA

Colorado (CO) – Primary: June 26, 2018

Pending… Policy Under Development… Ballot Initiative:
Ranked Choice Voting – Aurora, CO

Connecticut (CT) РPrimary: August 14, 2018

Delaware (DE)
District of Columbia (DC)

Florida (FL) – Primary: August 28, 2018

Pending… Gathering Signatures… Ballot Initiative:
Improved Ethics Policy – Naples, FL
Ballot Initiative:
Voting Rights Restoration for Felons

Georgia (GA) – Primary: May 22, 2018

Hawaii (HI) – Primary: August 11, 2018

Idaho (ID)

Illinois (IL) – Primary: March 20, 2018

Illinois Primary Election Results | The New York Times
Cook County Election Results (Countywide Races) | Chicago Sun Times

Indiana (IN) – Primary: May 8, 2018

Iowa (IA) РPrimary: June 5, 2018

Kansas (KS) – Primary: August 7, 2018

Kentucky (KY) – Primary: May 22, 2018

Louisiana (LA) – Primary : November 6, 2018 (same day as General Election)

Louisiana last held its state legislative election on November 21, 2015. See results.

Louisiana will elect six candidates to serve in the U.S. House on November 6, 2018. No progressive candidates are running in this election (as of 3-21-18.)

Maine (ME) – Primary: June 12, 2018

We are refusing to take money from corporations or PACs because power belongs in the hands of the people.

~ Zak Ringelstein

Democrat Eryn Gilchrist of Greene announced today that she will run for Maine State House District 57 (Sabattus and Greene), challenging Republican candidate Les Gibson who recently garnered national headlines for insulting two students who survived the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. [Gibson dropped out of the race.]

~ ME Dems

Maryland (MD) – Primary: June 26, 2018

Massachusetts (MA) – Primary: September 4, 2018

The five foundations of democracy are the principles of¬†social equality, majority rule, minority rights, freedom, and integrity… I am here to address the fifth principle: integrity. Integrity is about honesty and passion as well as the absence of corruption.

~ Heidi Wellman

Michigan (MI) – Primary: August 7, 2018

Pending… Awaiting Approval… Ballot Initiative:
End Partisan Gerrymandering in Michigan

Minnesota (MN) – Primary: August 14, 2018

Mississippi (MS) – Primary: June 5, 2018

Mississippi held its state legislative election on November 6, 2017. See results.

Missouri (MO) – Primary: August 7, 2018

Montana (MT) – Primary: June 5, 2018

Nebraska (NE) – Primary: May 15, 2018

Nevada (NV) – Primary: June 12, 2018

New Hampshire (NH) – Primary: September 11, 2018

New Jersey (NJ) –¬†Primary: June 5, 2018

New Jersey held its state legislative election on November 7, 2017. See results.

We must rid our food of unnecessary chemicals that cause short and long-term harm to our bodies. Our country needs to endorse organic, chemical-free, healthy food for our citizens. We start by giving tax breaks to organic farmers and companies to encourage market growth and reduce consumer prices.

~ Sean Thom

Our model of doing politics is broken. And while there are many aspects to address in fixing this comprehensively, at the core of this problem is the modus operandi of today’s politicians. Politicians have become very intellectually lazy and remarkably superficial.

~ Andrew Hartford

New Mexico (NM) – Primary: June 5, 2018

New York (NY) – Primary: September 13, 2018

Special Elections: April 24th, 2018

First and foremost, workers are profit creators. Corporations make money only when people work for them. Unions protect profit creators, which is good for workers and corporations. ~ Elaine Dimasi

We need to prepare students to become participants in our democracy.  This requires knowing how all levels of government work, how to engage in public deliberation, and how to get along in a plural society.

~ Dana Balter

Running Against the Ringleader of NY’s IDC. Alessandra Biaggi Interview

North Carolina (NC) – Primary: May 8, 2018

North Dakota (ND) – Primary: June 12, 2018

  • Dustin Peyer (NPL-ND) – U.S. Senate
    • ūüĆü Nonpartisan League Party, an affiliate of U.S. Democratic Party
    • Facebook page

I was so excited to find a progressive 2018 candidate running in North Dakota, that I am leaving Peyer on the list, even though he dropped out of the race on March 18, 2018. If and when he runs again — the best of luck!

Ohio (OH)  РPrimary: May 8, 2018

Oklahoma (OK) – Primary: June 26, 2018

Oregon (OR) – Primary: May 15, 2018

Pennsylvania (PA) – Primary: May 15, 2018

Rhode Island (RI) – Primary: September 12, 2018

South Carolina (SC) – Primary: June 12, 2018

South Dakota (SD) – Primary: June 5, 2018

Ballot Initiative:
Amendment W
(SD Anti-Corruption Act Amendment)

Krebs Certifies IM 22 2.0 as Amendment W for 2018 Ballot | Dakota Free Press

Ethics Measure Approved to Be on South Dakota’s 2018 Ballot | U.S. News & World Report

The background story…

South Dakota Fights Back: the Anti-Corruption Amendment

“The South Dakota legislature used emergency powers to overturn the will of the people and repeal the South Dakota Anti-Corruption Act [of 2016]. Now, we’re going back to the ballot in 2018 with the South Dakota Anti-Corruption Amendment. And this time, self-serving politicians won’t be able to repeal it.

The South Dakota Anti-Corruption Amendment fights corruption and puts the voters of South Dakota back in charge. It will ban foreign money in elections, fight corruption, and hold politicians accountable.”

~ Represent South Dakota

Tennessee (TN) – Primary: August 2, 2018

Texas (TX) – Primary: March 6, 2018 | Runoff: May 22, 2018

Texas Primary Election Results | The New York Times

Dan Wood progressive Democrat for Texas CD 5

Dan Wood: a strong progressive for Texas CD 5.

"Can 'Our Revolution' Build a Blue Texas?" ~ John Nichols, The Nation

Utah (UT) – Primary: June 26, 2018

Vermont (VT) – Primary: August 14, 2018

Virginia (VA) – Primary: June 12, 2018

Virginia held its state legislative election on November 6, 2017. See results.

Virginia will elect one member to the U.S. Senate on November 6, 2018. No progressive candidates are running (as of 3-21-18.)

Washington (WA) – Primary: August 7, 2018

West Virginia (WV) – Primary: May 8, 2018

Wisconsin (WI) РPrimary: August 14, 2018

Wyoming (WY) – Primary: August 21, 2018

"Let's Wrench Power Back from the Billionaires" by Bernie Sanders


Last updated March 22, 2018




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