Vote in 2018

Progressive Candidate Snapshots – Primary Dates: August 21 and 28, 2018

Last updated October 18, 2018

Alaska and Wyoming hold their primaries on August 21. Arizona and Florida hold their primaries on August 28. 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

Click on the provided links to visit a candidate’s website for his or her full platform or to follow a candidate’s latest activities on social media.

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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!


Alaska – Primary: August 21, 2018

Alaska on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

At Large CD – Carol Hafner (D-AK) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United
— Abolish ICE
— Congressional term limits

At Large CD – Dmitri Shein (D-AK) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – Lost primary
— No corporate PAC money
— Medicare for All
— Campaign finance reform
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State House, District 10 – Patricia Faye-Brazel (D) – Facebook – WON primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

Ballot Initiative:
Alaska Government Accountability Act

A similar bill, Legislature: Ethics, Conflicts, per Diem, was signed into law on July 23, 2018.

Alaskans Made Government Accountable to the People | Juneau Empire

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Wyoming – Primary: August 21, 2018

Wyoming on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

U.S. SenateGary Trauner (D-WY) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – WON primary, unopposed
— Big money out of politics
— Healthcare reform

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Arizona – Primary: August 28, 2018

Arizona on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

U.S. SenateDeedra Abboud (D-AZ) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United
— Medicare for All
— On MSNBC
— Campaign video
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats

1st CD – Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – WON primary, unopposed
— Incumbent
— Campaign finance reform
— Increase lobbying ban

2nd CD – Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – WON primary
— Former US representative
— Campaign finance reform
— Universal healthcare

2nd CD – Matt Heinz (D-AZ) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare
— Campaign finance reform

Matt has… treated gunshot wounds in the hospital and knows that gun safety is an issue of public health. He supports an end to the ban imposed on the CDC that prevents them researching gun violence as a health epidemic. The very fact this ban was ever imposed is evidence of just how powerful gun lobbies have become.

~ HeinzeForArizona.com

2nd CD – Mary Matiella (D-AZ) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Medicare for All
— Campaign finance reform
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats

Meet Mary Matiella

2nd CD – Barbara Sherry (D-AZ) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All

2nd CD – Bruce Wheeler (D-AZ) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Campaign finance reform

2nd CD – Yahya Yuksel (D-AZ) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Universal Healthcare
— Campaign finance reform

3rd CD – Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary, unopposed
— Incumbent
— Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.3848 – We the People Democracy Reform Act of 2017
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Endorsed by Our Revolution
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats

4th CD – Delina DiSanto (D-AZ) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All

5th CD – Joan Greene (D-AZ) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— Single payer healthcare
— Anti-corruption

6th CD – Anita Malik (D-AZ) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— Anti-corruption
— Rebel HQ interview

6th CD – Garrick McFadden (D-AZ) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Supports animal welfare
— Medicare for All

7th CD – Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— Incumbent
— Vice-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
— Campaign finance reform

8th CD – Hiral Tipirneni (D-AZ) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary, unopposed
— Healthcare reform

GovernorKelly Fryer (D-AZ) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Sovereignty of tribal nations
— Protect public lands
— Medicare for All
Rebel HQ interview

Rep. Raul Grijalva endorses Kelly Fryer for Governor.

GovernorDavid Garcia (D-AZ) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Medicare for All
— Endorsed by Barack Obama

State Senate, District 22Brianna Westbrook (D-AZ) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Wall Street Tax
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State Senate, District 29Martin Quezado (D-AZ) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary, unopposed
— State Senator
— Universal healthcare
— Election reform
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State House, District 12Joe Bisaccia (D-AZ) – Facebook – Twitter – Won primary
— Healthcare is a right
— Climate action

State House, District 18LaDawn Stuben (D-AZ) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State House, District 24 – Marcus Ferrel (D-AZ) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

Pending… Getting Signatures… Ballot Initiative:
Outlaw Dirty Money

Amend AZ Constitution to end undisclosed political expenditures
Outlaw Dirty Money

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Florida – Primary: August 28, 2018

Florida on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

3rd CD – Yvonne Hayes Hinson (D-FL) – Facebook – Twitter – Won primary
— Medicare for All
— Climate action

3rd CD – Tom Wells (D-FL) – Facebook – TwitterYoutube – Lost primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Big money out of politics
— Single payer healthcare

5th CD – Al Lawson (D-FL) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— Incumbent
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
— Campaign finance reform

7th CD – Chardo Richardson (D-FL) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Anti-corruption
— Medicare for All
— Rebel HQ interview
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats
— Endorsed by Brand New Congress

8th CDSanjay Patel (D-FL) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary, unopposed
— Medicare for All
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

9th CDAlan Grayson (D-FL) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Big money out of politics
— Universal healthcare
— Endorsed by Our Revolution
— Alan Grayson Returns to Seek Old Seat in Congress | Orlando Sentinel

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

10th CD – Val Demings (D-FL) – Facebook – TwitterYoutube – WON primary
— Incumbent
— Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Campaign finance reform

12th CDStephen Perenich (D-FL) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare
— Congressional term limits
— Lobbyist prohibitions

We need to end the bureaucracy-for-profit system that is literally killing us. I do not believe the market will solve this problem. We need the government to step in to ensure that this industry is positioned as a public utility…

~ Stephen Perenich

12th CD – Robert Matthew Tager (D-FL) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Election reform
— Climate action

14th CD – Kathy Castor (D-FL) – Facebook – TwitterYoutube – WON primary, unopposed
— Incumbent
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

15th CD – Raymond Peña (D-FL) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare

16th CD – Jan Schneider (D-FL) – Facebook – Lost primary
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United
— Single payer healthcare

17th CD – Bill Pollard (D-FL) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United
— Medicare for All
— Animal welfare

18th CDPam Keith (D-FL) – FacebookTwitter – Youtube – Lost primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Closing income gap
Rebel HQ interview
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats

What is often lost in the economic discussion is that one company’s worker, is another company’s customer. The strength of our economy comes from the ability of people to earn sufficient wages to participate in a consumption economy.

~ Pam Keith

19th CD – Todd James Truax (D-FL) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— End homelessness

20th CDSheila Cherfilus (D-FL) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
Rebel HQ interview

20th CD – Alcee Hastings (D-FL) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— Incumbent
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

21st CD – Lois Frankel (D-FL) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – Won primary, unopposed
— Incumbent
— Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

22nd CD – Ted Deutch (D-FL) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— Incumbent
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
— Big money out of politics

23rd CD – Tim Canova (I-FL) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube
— Running against former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United
— Medicare for All
— Climate action
— Impact with Jackie Nespral interview
— The Jimmy Dore Show interview (on election fraud)

24th CD – Frederica Wilson (D-FL) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – WON primary
— Incumbent
— Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

25th CD – Mary Barzee Flores (D-FL) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary, unopposed
— Former federal judge
— Universal healthcare
— Climate action

27th CD – Michael A. Hepburn (D-FL) – Facebook – Lost primary
— His campaign refuses corporate PAC donations
— Medicare for All
— Endorsed by Brand New Congress
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats

27th CD – David Richardson (D-FL) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
—  State representative
—  Single payer healthcare

GovernorAndrew Gillum (D-FL) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— Mayor of Tallahassee
— Medicare for All
— Climate action
— Endorsed by Our Revolution
— Endorsed by Bernie Sanders
— Endorsed by Barack Obama

Lt. GovernorChris King (D-FL) – Facebook – Twitter
— Lost primary for governor, now Andrew Gillum’s running mate
— Anti-corruption
— Climate action
— Endorsed by Barack Obama

State Senate, District 8Olysha Magruder (D-FL) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Single payer healthcare
Rebel HQ interview

State House, District 36Linda Jack (D-FL) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary, unopposed
— Single payer healthcare

It is hypocritical to say we are “pro-life” if we support legislation that cuts women off from healthcare services (cancer screenings, counseling, birth control, etc.) offered by Planned Parenthood and other providers.

~ Linda Jack

State House, District 47Anna Eskamani (D-FL) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary, unopposed
— Healthcare is a right
— Supports the arts
— Endorsed by Barack Obama

State House, District 66Alex Heeren (D-FL) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary, unopposed
— Climate action
— Public schools
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State House, District 78Parisima Taeb (D-FL) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary, unopposed
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Endorsed by Run for Something

State House, District 87Samson LeBeau Kpadenou (G-FL) – FacebookTwitter
— Medicare for All
— Money out of politics

State House, District 93Emma Collum (D-FL) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary, unopposed
— Endorsed by Working Families Party
— Endorsed by Barack Obama

Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida’s Recommendations on the Proposed Amendments to the Florida Constitution

Informed Voters’ Guide to the Amendments | Progress Florida

Ballot Initiative:
Voting Rights Restoration for Felons

Florida Voters Will Be Able to Restore Voting Rights to Over a Million Former Felons in November | Think Progress

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6 Comments

  • I think you should add Jeff Greene for Governor in FL. He has pledged not to take any PAC money and is paying for his own campaign. His office is accessible and he is highly supportive of healthcare, education, and the environment. I believe he has the moxie to take on Donald Trump and work hard for Florida. His website: https://www.jeffgreeneforflorida.com/

    • I have 2 criteria for the list: Anti-corruption and/or Universal Healthcare. Greene doesn’t make the list. 1) “Access to affordable healthcare” is weak sauce, nowhere near Single Payer or Medicare for All. 2) The point of rejecting corporate PAC $$$s is so Big Money cannot overly influence, or buy, an election. As you point out, $3.3 billionaire Jeff Greene is funding his own campaign. Don’t you see? Greene IS Big Money.

  • Hi, Tamika Lyles did not make the deadline to run so she isn’t on the ballot. Andrew Gillum has an abundance of additional endorsements from progressive groups including Bernie Sanders now. Also, I volunteer with Dr. Parisima Taeb for FL House 78 (www.parisimataeb.com) and she does not take corporate money and supports all the progressive policies/candidates, though as a working doctor she has not had time to seek a multitude of endorsements.

    • Thanks for the info, Danielle. I will add Dr. Taeb, based on your statement that she does not accept corp $$$. However, I would urge her to clearly proclaim that on her website — also, if she supports universal or single payer healthcare.

      Thought I had noted Bernie’s endorsement of Gillum — will add — significant. While indicating every endorsement is outside the scope of this project, there is a list of endorsing groups on the Candidate Hub Page.

      Lyles off. Too bad.

      Here comes the Sun… a Progressive Florida or Bust! 🌞

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