Progressive Candidate Snapshots – Primary Date: June 12, 2018

Progressive Candidate Snapshots – Primary Date: June 12, 2018

Last updated November 19, 2018

Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Virginia hold their state primary elections on June 12, 2018. Get a quick snapshot of the progressive candidates running in these primaries, and click on the links when you want to learn more.

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Candidates are listed because they take a strong stand on at least one of the following two priorities: big money out of politics or universal healthcare. The hub page is “2018 Progressive Candidates: A Nationwide List” — where you’ll find general voter information, as well as the reference sources that were used to build this list of left-leaning contenders.

Election results are recorded as they become available. Follow your favorite progressive candidates right through to the 2018 General Election.

Happy voting!


Maine’s 2018 Progressive Candidates

Maine on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

Maine’s Primary a Pioneering Experiment in Ranked-Choice Voting | Reason

U.S. SenateZak Ringelstein (D-ME) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary unopposed – LOST election
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Big money out of politics
— Medicare for All
Rebel HQ interview

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

~ Zak Ringelstein

1st CD – Chellie Pingree (D-ME) – Facebook – TwitterYoutube – WON primary, unopposed – WON election
— Incumbent
— Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

2nd CD – Henry John Bear (G-ME) – LOST election

2nd CD – Jared Golden (D-ME) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary – WON election
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Universal healthcare
— Campaign finance reform
— Endorsed by National Nurses United
— Endorsed by Barack Obama

2nd CD – Craig Olson (D-ME) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare

2nd CD – Lucas St. Clair (D-ME) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Joined the lawsuit that seeks to compel the state to implement ranked choice voting, as demanded by a People’s Veto, in time for the June primary
— Healthcare is a right
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United

GovernorTerry Hayes (I-ME) – FacebookTwitter – LOST election
— Runs a Maine “Clean Elections” campaign
— Big money out of politics

Governor – Betsy Sweet (D-ME) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare
— Tribal sovereignty
— TYT Politics interview

State House, District 57Eryn Gilchrist (D-ME) – WON primary, unopposed – LOST election

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

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Nevada’s 2018 Progressive Candidates

Nevada on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

U.S. SenateDrew Knight (D-NV) – Facebook – Lost primary
— Single payer healthcare
— Big money out of politics

U.S. Senate – Bobby Mahendra (D-NV) – Twitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Big money out of politics

U.S. Senate – Jesse Sbaih (D-NV) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Campaign finance reform

1st CD – Reuben D’Silva (D-NV) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare
— Congressional term limits

1st CD – Dina Titus (D-NV) – FacebookTwitter – Youtube – WON primary – WON election
— Incumbent
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

2nd CD – Patrick Fogarty (D-NV) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Campaign finance reform
— AI and robotics policies

2nd CD – Rick Shepherd (D-NV) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United
— Supports civil service option (peaceful, nonmilitary service)
— End Daylight Savings Time

3rd CD – Jack Love (D-NV) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Big money out of politics
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United

3rd CD – Guy Pinjuv (D-NV) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Healthcare is a right
— Campaign finance reform

3rd CD – Michael Weiss (D-NV) – Facebook – TwitterYoutube – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Big money out of politics
— Animal welfare
— TYT Politics interview

4th CD – Patricia Spearman (D-NV) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All

4th CD – Amy Vilela (D-NV) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – Lost primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Medicare for All
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United
— Protect public lands
— Endorsed by Our Revolution
— Endorsed by Brand New Congress
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats
— TYT Politics interview
— Endorsed by National Nurses United

Gov – Chris Giunchigliani (D-NV) – Facebook – TwitterYoutube – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare
— Ethics and campaign finance reform

State House, District 4Tony T. Smith (D-NV) – Twitter – Lost primary

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North Dakota’s 2018 Progressive Candidates

North Dakota on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

U.S. SenateDustin Peyer (NPL-ND) – Withdrew from race
— Nonpartisan League Party, an affiliate of U.S. Democratic Party
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United

(Editor’s Note: 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!)

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South Carolina’s 2018 Progressive Candidates

South Carolina on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

1st CD – Dimitri Cherny (R-SC) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— 🐘 Republican (Not a Republican. Not a Democrat. Just an American.)
— Big money out of politics

1st CD – Joe Cunningham (D-SC) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary – WON election
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Healthcare is a right
— Big money out of politics

2nd CD – Sean Carrigan (D-SC) – Facebook – TwitterYoutube – WON primary – LOST election
— Medicare for All

2nd CD – Annabelle Robertson (D-SC) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare

3rd CD – Mary Geren (D-SC) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary – LOST election
— Medicare for All
— Campaign finance reform
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

3rd CD – Dave Moore (A-SC) – Facebook – WON primary, unopposed – LOST election
— American Party of South Carolina
— Single payer healthcare
— Supports student loan debt jubilee

Since Wall Street got saved it’s time for them to return the favor to us working people. It’s time to give our economy the boost it needs. For this reason, it is time for Wall Street to forgive and absorb all student debt as well as home mortgages.

~ Dave Moore

4th CD – Will Morin (D-SC) – Twitter – Lost primary
— Single payer healthcare

5th CD – Steve Lough (D-SC) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Single payer healthcare
— Campaign finance reform
TYT Politics interview

6th CD – James Clyburn (D-SC) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – WON primary, unopposed – WON election
— Incumbent
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

6th CD – Bryan Pugh (G-SC) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary, unopposed – LOST election
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Medicare for All
— Big money out of politics

I will not accept corporate bribes.

~ Bryan Pugh

7th CD – Bruce Fischer (D-SC) – Facebook – Lost primary
— Medicare for All

7th CD – Mal Hyman (D-SC) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— International law enforcement

State House, District 70Wendy Brawley (D-SC) – WON Primary, unopposed – WON election
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

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Virginia’s 2018 Progressive Candidates

Virginia on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

1st CD – Edwin Santana (D-VA) –  Facebook – Lost primary
— Single payer healthcare

1st CD – John Suddarth (D-VA) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Single payer healthcare
— Big money out of politics
— East Coast Strategic Transportation Initiative

1st CDVangie Williams (D-VA) – FacebookTwitterWON primary – LOST election
— Medicare for All
— Climate action

A failure to plan and protect our natural resources leads to more corporations determining the fate of our planet.

~ Vangie Williams

2nd CDElaine Luria (D-VA) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary – WON election
— Campaign finance reform
— Animal welfare
— Endorsed by Barack Obama

2nd CD – Karen Mallard (D-VA) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare

3rd CD – Bobby Scott (D-VA) – FacebookTwitter – Youtube – WON primary, unopposed – WON election
— Incumbent
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

5th CD – Leslie Cockburn (D-VA) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – WON May 5 nominating convention – LOST election
— Medicare for All

6th CD – Jennifer Lewis (D-VA) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary – LOST election
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

7th CD – Helen Alli (W-VA) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – LOST election
— Whig Party of Virginia
— Medicare for All
— Big money out of politics
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United

7th CD – Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary – WON election
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Universal healthcare
— Campaign finance reform
— Endorsed by Barack Obama

8th CD – Don Beyer (D-VA) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary, unopposed – WON election
— Incumbent, member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

9th CD – Anthony Flaccavento (D-VA) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary – LOST primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Medicare for All
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

10th CD – Alison Kiehl Friedman (D-VA) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Campaign finance reform

10th CD – Dan Helmer (D-VA) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Get big money out of politics
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United

10th CD – Lindsey Davis Stover (D-VA) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Get big money out of politics

11th CD – Pete Carey (W-VA) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Whig Party of Virginia
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United

A country can be wealthy and allow some of its citizens to suffer, but it cannot be great if it can stop suffering within its borders and it chooses not to. Education, immigration, political violence, social security, and healthcare should all be high priorities…

~ The Modern Whig Party

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