Vote in 2018

Progressive Candidate Snapshots – Primary Dates: August 2 and 7, 2018

Last updated September 13, 2018

Tennessee holds its primary election on August 2. Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington hold their primaries on August 7. Get a quick snapshot of the progressive candidates running for national office in these state primaries. They all take a strong stand on one or both of the following two priorities:

  • Big money out of politics
  • Universal healthcare

Follow the links to see a candidate’s full platform on their website and/or their latest activities updated on social media.

Quick Scroll: TNKSMI, MOWA

Visit the hub page — “2018 Progressive Candidates: A Nationwide List” — to learn how this list was created and to find links to other left-leaning voter information, as well as general voter resources.

Election results are recorded as they become available. Follow your favorite progressive candidates right through to the Mid-Term General Election.

Happy voting!


Tennessee – Primary: August 2, 2018

Tennessee on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

2nd CD – Marc Whitmire (I-TN) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— 🐘 Independent Republican
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Big money out of politics
— Medicare for All
— Endorsed by Brand New Congress

2nd CD – Joshua Williams (D-TN) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare

3rd CD – Danielle Mitchell (D-TN) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Healthcare reform
— Campaign finance reform
— Endorsed by Brand New Congress

4th CD – Mariah Phillips (D-TN) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— Medicare for All
— Protect public lands

4th CD – Steven Reynolds (D-TN) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Single payer healthcare

5th CD – Jim Cooper (D-TN) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— Incumbent
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

6th CD – Lloyd Dunn (I-TN) – FacebookTwitter
— Single payer healthcare
— Big money out of politics
— Fund the arts

7th CD – Justin Kanew (D-TN) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Medicare for All
— Big money out of politics

Give corporations tax credits after they create the jobs, not tax cuts.

~ Justin Kanew

9th CD – Steve Cohen (D-TN) – FacebookTwitter – Youtube – WON primary
— Incumbent
— Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
— Animal welfare

Quick Scroll: TNKSMI, MOWA


Kansas – Primary: August 7, 2018

Kansas on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

2nd CD – Paul Davis (D-KS) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary, unopposed
— Former state representative
— Big money out of politics

3rd CD – Tom Niermann (D-KS) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Big money out of politics

3rd CD – Brent Welder (D-KS) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— No corporate PAC money
— Wrote DNC amendment to get big money out of politics
— Medicare for All
— The YoungTurks Rebel HQ
— Campaign video
— Endorsed by Our Revolution
— Endorsed by Brand New Congress
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats
— Endorsed by Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Endorsed by Bernie Sanders

4th CD – James Thompson (D-KS) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – WON primary
— Medicare for All
— Campaign finance reform
— Endorsed by Brand New Congress
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats

State House, District 47George Hanna (D-KS) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary, unopposed
— Healthcare reform
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

Quick Scroll: TNKSMI, MOWA


Michigan – Primary: August 7, 2018

Michigan on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

U.S. SenateMarcia Squier (G-MI) – Facebook

1st CD – Matt Morgan (D-MI) – Write-InFacebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Campaign finance reform
— Universal healthcare
— Interlochen Public Radio interview
— Campaign video
Rebel HQ interview
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats
— Only Democrat in Michigan Race Will Have to Run as Write-In Candidate | Detroit Free Press

2nd CD – Rob Davidson (D-MI) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – WON primary, unopposed
— No corporate PAC money
— Medicare for All
TYT Politics interview
— Work in Progress Radio interview
— Endorsed by Brand New Congress
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats

3rd CD – Cathy Albro (D-MI) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— Big money out of politics
— Universal healthcare

6th CD – David Benac (D-MI) – FacebookTwitter – Youtube – Lost primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Big money out of politics
— Single payer healthcare
— TYT Politics interview
— Endorsed by Brand New Congress
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats

6th CD – Rich Eichholz (D-MI) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare
— Election reform
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United

6th CD – Matt Longjohn (D-MI) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary
— Healthcare is a right
— Big money out of politics

7th CD – Steven Friday (D-MI) – Facebook – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United

8th CD – Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Campaign finance reform
— Healthcare reform

8th CD – Chris Smith (D-MI) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Election reform

9th CD – Ellen Lipton (D-MI) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Campaign finance reform

9th CD – Andy Levin (D-MI) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary
— Universal healthcare
— Election reform
— Endorsed by Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Endorsed by National Nurses United

11th CD – Cooper Nye (I-MI) – FacebookTwitter
— American Anti-Corruption Act
— Stop crony capitalism

11th CD – Fayrouz Saad (D-MI) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Medicare for All
— Uncomfortable with Amna Nawaz interview
— Campaign video
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats

12th CD – Debbie Dingell (D-MI) – Facebook – TwitterYoutube – WON primary, unopposed
— Incumbent
— Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

12th CDSteve Young (G-MI) – Facebook

13th CD – Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— Former state representative
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— End corporate welfare
— Medicare for All
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats
The Young Turks 7/21 interview
—  Democracy Now! interview

14th CD – Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary, unopposed
— Incumbent
— Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

GovernorAbdul El-Sayed (D-MI) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Big money out of politics
— Single payer healthcare
— TYT Interviews
— Endorsed by Our Revolution
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats
— Endorsed by Bernie Sanders

Abdul El-Sayed, Progressive Candidate in Michigan’s Democratic Primary

…The former director of Detroit’s Health Department, Dr. El-Sayed supports “Medicare for All,” making college tuition-free, and raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. He’s been endorsed by both Sen. Bernie Sanders and democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the shock winner of the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th Congressional District, who has come out to Michigan to campaign for him…

~ The Intercept

Governor – Jennifer Kurland (G-MI) – FacebookTwitter
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Single payer healthcare

State Senate, District 18Michelle Deatrick (D-MI) – FacebookTwitterLost primary
— Single payer healthcare
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State Senate, District 19Jason Noble (D-MI) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary, unopposed
— Big money out of politics
— Healthcare reform

State Senate, District 28 – Ryan Jeanette (D-MI) – Facebook – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United

State Senate, District 33 – Mark Bignell (D-MI) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— Single Payer healthcare
— Anti-corruption contract
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United

State House, District 49 – LaShaya Darisaw (D-MI) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
TYT Politics interview

State House, District 68Kelly Collison (D-MI) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare
— Big money out of politics
Rebel HQ interview

Honorable mention (although neither healthcare nor political corruption are spotlighted)…
Attorney GeneralDana Nessel – (D-MI) – FacebookTwitterYoutube – Expected to be nominated at August 25-26 MI Democratic Party Nominating Convention 
— Human and civil rights

Ballot Initiative:
End Partisan Gerrymandering in Michigan

Naturally… Conservative Group Moves to Block Michigan Gerrymandering Reform | Huffington Post
… but the court rejected the lawsuit.

Count MI Vote
Voters Not Politicians
TYT Politics Report

Quick Scroll: TNKSMI, MOWA


Missouri – Primary: August 7, 2018

Missouri on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

U.S. SenateAngelica Earl (D-MO) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – Lost primary
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United
— Universal healthcare

U.S. Senate – Travis Gonzalez (D-MO) – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare
— Campaign finance reform

1st CD – Cori Bush (D-MO) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Big money out of politics
— Medicare for All
— TYT Politics Interview
— Endorsed by Brand New Congress
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats

1st CD – William Lacy Clay (D-MO) – Facebook – WON primary
— Incumbent
— Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

1st CD – Demarco Davidson (D-MO) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Campaign finance reform
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United

2nd CD – Robert Hazel (D-MO) – Facebook – Lost primary
— Race reparations
— Medicare for All

2nd CD – John Messmer (D-MO) – Facebook – TwitterYoutube – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare
— Big money out of politics

2nd CD – Mark Osmack (D-MO) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United
Rebel HQ interview

2nd CD – Cort VanOstran (D-MO) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Campaign finance reform

3rd CD – Katy Geppert (D-MO) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary, unopposed
— Universal healthcare

We must rebuild our economy from the bottom up. I am in favor of raising the minimum wage to $15/hr and ensuring all employees can be represented by a union.

~ Katy Geppert

4th CD – Renee Hoagenson (D-MO) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— Campaign finance reform
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United
— Medicare for All

5th CD – Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) – FacebookTwitter – Youtube – WON primary, unopposed
— Incumbent
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

5th CD – Maurice Copeland (G-MO) – Facebook

6th CD – Winston Apple (D-MO) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Abolish Electoral College
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

6th CD – Henry Martin (D-MO) – Twitter – WON primary
— Campaign finance reform
— Single payer healthcare

7th CD – John Farmer de la Torre (D-MO) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Campaign finance reform

7th CD – Vince Jennings (D-MO) – Facebook – Lost primary
— No corporate PAC money
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United
Act.TV interview

7th CDJamie Schoolcraft (D-MO) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Universal healthcare
— Climate action
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats
Rebel HQ interview

We were told from the beginning of time that we were to take care and manage and bring forth sustenance from the earth—not that we were to take it for what it had and drain it of energy and life. I promise that I will support legislation which takes into account the environmental and health impact of every policy.

~ Jamie Schoolcraft

8th CD – Kathy Ellis (D-MO) Twitter – WON primary, unopposed
— Single payer healthcare
— Supports arts and humanities

State House, District 47Adrian Plank (D-MO) – FacebookWON primary, unopposed
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State House, District 50Michela Skelton (D-MO) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary, unopposed
— Anti-corruption
— Medicare for All
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State House, District 107Curtis Wylde (D-MO) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary, unopposed
— Big money out of politics
— Universal healthcare

Quick Scroll: TNKSMI, MOWA


Washington – Primary: August 7, 2018

Washington on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

August 8th Note: Some election results are delayed by Washington’s vote-by-mail process.

U.S. SenateMaria Cantwell D-WA) – Facebook – TwitterYoutube – WON primary
— Incumbent
— Her campaign refuses corporate PAC donations

U.S. SenateJennifer “Gigi” Ferguson (I-WA) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Single payer healthcare
— Campaign finance reform

U.S. Senate – Dave Strider (I-WA) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Single payer healthcare
— Election reform

U.S. SenateClint Tannehill (D-WA) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All

3rd CD – Dorothy Gasque (D-WA) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Big money out of politics
— American Anti-Corruption Act
— Jimmy Dore interview
— Endorsed by Our Revolution
— Endorsed by Brand New Congress
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats

3rd CD – Carolyn Long (D-WA) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary
— Universal healthcare
— Campaign finance reform

3rd CD – David McDevitt (D-WA) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Single payer healthcare
— Campaign finance reform

4th CD – Christine Brown (D-WA) – FacebookTwitter – Youtube – WON primary
— Medicare for All

5th CD – Lisa Brown (D-WA) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary, unopposed
— Universal healthcare
— Campaign finance reform
— Endorsed by Congressional Progressive Caucus

7th CD – Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) – Twitter – WON primary, unopposed
— Incumbent
— Champion of campaign finance reform
— First Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
— Member of the NO PAC Caucus
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats
— Endorsed by National Nurses United

8th CD – Kim Schrier (D-WA) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Campaign finance reform
— Healthcare reform

9th CD – Adam Smith (D-WA) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – WON primary
— Incumbent
— Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

9th CD – Sarah Smith (D-WA) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Big money out of politics
— Medicare for All
— The Humanist Report interview
— An Intimate Interview with Progressive Candidate Sarah Smith (WA, 9th) | JoAnnChateau.com
— Endorsed by Brand New Congress
— Endorsed by Our Revolution
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats

Fox News Schooled By Justice Democrat On Health Care

10th CD – Tambourine Borelli (D-WA) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Big money out of politics
— Constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United
— Single payer healthcare
— Peace driven foreign policy

State Senate, District 6Jessa Lewis (D-WA) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary, unopposed
— Healthcare reform
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State Senate, District 32Maralyn Chase (D-WA) – FacebookTwitter
— Universal healthcare
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State House, District 19Erin Frasier (D-WA) – Facebook – WON primary, unopposed
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State House, District 40A – Alex Ramel (D-WA) – FacebookTwitter
— Universal healthcare
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

Quick Scroll: TNKSMI, MOWA

Back to Candidate Hub Page


Did I Miss Anyone? Anything?

Do you know of a progressive candidate who is missing from the list? Should it be noted that a candidate refuses corporate PAC money? Are important endorsements up-to-date?

Tell me in the comment section below. Please include the candidate’s campaign website URL, so I may confirm where he or she stands on the issues. A page link to a candidate’s no-PAC-money statement is very helpful. Endorsement links should lead to the endorsing organization’s website or social account, for verification.

Thanks for being involved and for supporting the progressive cause.

There’s just one more thing you can do: Share this list far and wide. Use the share buttons below — thank you.


Keep your friends in the loop…

Your input, please...

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: