Progressive Candidate Snapshots – Primary Date: June 26, 2018

Progressive Candidate Snapshots – Primary Date: June 26, 2018

Last updated November 8, 2018

Colorado, Maryland, New York (federal offices), Oklahoma, and Utah hold their state primary elections on June 26, 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!


Colorado’s Progressive 2018 Candidates

Colorado on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

1st CD – Diana DeGette (D-CO) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – WON primary – WON election
— Incumbent
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

1st CD – Saira Rao (D-CO) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Single payer healthcare
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats
Rebel HQ interview

The majority of Americans support a single-payer healthcare system. The Democratic Party must reject the for-profit healthcare lobby and lead on a single-payer bill that includes full prescription drug, mental, dental, and reproductive healthcare coverage.

~ Saira Rao

2nd CD – Joe Neguse (D-CO) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary – WON election
— Medicare for All
— Campaign finance reform
— Protect public lands
— Endorsed by Barack Obama

2nd CD – Mark Williams (D-CO) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Medicare for All
The Young Turks interview

3rd CD – Diane Mitsch Bush (D-CO) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary – LOST election
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Single payer healthcare
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United

3rd CD – Arn Menconi (D-CO) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Anti-war
— Election reform
— Campaign finance reform

4th CD – Chase Kohne (D-CO) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Universal healthcare
— Big money out of politics

The opportunity to serve in Congress is an honor and a privilege, not a retirement plan for wealthy elites. Citizens should run for office because they are dedicated to public service over personal ambition.

~ Chase Kohne

5th CD – Stephany Rose Spaulding (D-CO) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary, unopposed – LOST primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Universal healthcare
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats

6th CD – Levi Tillemann (D-CO) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Universal healthcare
— Big money out of politics
— American Anti-Corruption Act
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

Levi Tillemann compared to opponents

Secretly Taped Audio Reveals Democratic Leadership Pressuring Progressive to Leave Race | The Intercept

7th CD – Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) – FacebookTwitter – Youtube – WON primary, unopposed – WON election
— Incumbent
— Campaign finance reform
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

State Attorney GeneralJoseph Salazar (D-CO) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Currently serves Colorado House, 31st District
— Abolish death penalty
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State Treasurer – Bernie Douthit (D-CO) – Facebook – Lost primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— His campaign refuses corporate PAC donations
— Universal healthcare
— Supports public banking
— Endorsed by Our Revolution
TYT Politics interview

State Senate, District 6 – Guinn Unger (D-CO) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary, unopposed – LOST election
— Universal healthcare
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State Senate, District 13Phil Kelley (D-CO) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary, unopposed – LOST election
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State Senate, District 34Julie Gonzalez (D-CO) – Facebook – WON primary – WON election
— Universal healthcare
— Modern, efficient public transportation

State House, District 9Emily Sirota (D-CO) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary – WON election
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Medicare for All
— Campaign finance reform
— Endorsed by Our Revolution
TYT Politics interview

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Maryland’s Progressive 2018 Candidates

Maryland on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

U.S. SenateChelsea Manning (D-MD) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare
— Chelsea Manning for Md Senate Platform: Abolish Prisons, Dismantle Ice, Free Healthcare, Trans Rights | RealClearPolitics

U.S. Senate – Jerome Segal (D-MD) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Single payer healthcare
—  Dis-empower big money in politics

U.S. SenateNeil Simon (I-MD) – Facebook – Twitter – LOST election
— Political system reform
— Campaign finance reform

U.S. SenateRichard “Rikki” Vaughn (D-MD) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United

1st CD – Allison Galbraith (D-MD) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare
— Anti-corruption
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United
— TYT Politics interview

1st CD – Michael Pullen (D-MD) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare
— Big money out of politics

2nd CDGuy Mimoun (G-MD) – Facebook – LOST election
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Medicare for All
— Election reform

3rd CD – Adam Demarco (D-MD) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Congressional term limits
— Campaign finance reform

3rd CD – John Sarbanes (D-MD) – FacebookTwitter – Youtube – WON primary – WON election
— Incumbent
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
— Introduced H.R.20 – Government By the People Act of 2017
— Member of the NO PAC Caucus

4th CD – Anthony Brown (D-MD) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – WON primary, unopposed – WON election
— Incumbent
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
— Champion of campaign finance reform

5th CDPat Elder (G-MD) – FacebookTwitter – LOST election
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Single payer healthcare
— Big money out of politics

6th CD – Andrew Duck (D-MD) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Campaign finance reform

6th CD – George Gluck (G-MD) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Campaign finance reform
— Medicare for All

6th CD – Roger Manno (D-MD) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Currently serves in State Senate
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Medicare for All
— Endorsed by Our Revolution
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats

6th CD – Aruna Miller (D-MD) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— No corporate money
— Single payer healthcare

7th CD – Elijah Cummings (D-MD) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary – WON election
— Incumbent
— Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
— Campaign finance reform

8th CD – Jamie Raskin (D-MD) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary – WON election
— Incumbent
— Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
— Campaign finance reform
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

Gov – Ben Jealous (D-MD) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary – LOST election
— Medicare for All
— Police reform
— Democracy Now! interview
— Endorsed by Our Revolution
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats
— Endorsed by Barack Obama

Lt. Gov – Susan Turnbull (D-MD) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary – LOST election
— Running mate of Ben Jealous
— TYT Politics interview
— Endorsed by Barack Obama

State Senate, District 27Tommi Makila (D-MD) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State Senate, District 40Antonio Hayes (D-MD) – FacebookTwitterWON primary – WON election
— Big money out of politics
Wolf-PAC-Backed Antonio Hayes Wins Big | The Young Turks

State Senate, District 42Robbie Leonard (D-MD) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary – LOST election
— Universal healthcare
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State House, District 7Allison Berkowitz (D-MD) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary, unopposed – LOST election
— Universal healthcare

State House, District 16Samir Paul (D-MD) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare
— Campaign finance reform
— Ranked choice voting
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State House, District 18Mila Johns (D-MD) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Single payer healthcare
— Death with dignity

State House, District 19Vaughn Stewart (D-MD) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary – WON election
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Universal healthcare
— Big money out of politics
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State House, District 25Wala Blegay (D-MD) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State House, District 38AKirkland Hall (D-MD) – Facebook – WON primary, unopposed – LOST election
— Healthcare reform
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State House, District 39Gabriel Acevero (D-MD) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary – WON election
— Universal healthcare
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State House, District 41Richard Bruno (D-MD) – FacebookTwitter – Youtube – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
Justice Framework
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

The antidote to poverty is not wealth. It’s justice.

~ Dr. Richard Bruno

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New York’s Progressive 2018 Candidates

This is the national-level primary. New York will hold its primary for state offices on September 13th.

New York on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

U.S. Senate – Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) – Facebook – TwitterWON primary, unopposed – WON election
— Incumbent
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Campaign finance reform
— Guaranteed jobs program
— Co-Sponsor of S.1804 – Medicare for All Act of 2017

1st CD – Elaine DiMasi (D-NY) – Facebook – TwitterLost primary
— Single payer healthcare

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

1st CD – Vivian Viloria-Fisher (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – YoutubeLost primary
— Medicare for All
— Campaign finance reform

1st CD – Perry Gershon (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary – LOST election
— Medicare for All

1st CD – Brendon Henry (D-NY) – Facebook – Lost primary
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United

1st CD – David Pechefsky (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Campaign finance reform

2nd CD – DuWayne Gregory (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Campaign finance reform

2nd CD – Liuba Grechen Shirely (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary – LOST election
— Medicare for All
— Campaign finance reform
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

5th CD – Gregory Meeks (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – WON primary – WON election
— Incumbent
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

6th CD – Grace Meng (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – YoutubeWON primary, unopposed – WON election
— Incumbent
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
— Champion of campaign finance reform

7th CD – Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – YoutubeWON primary, unopposed – WON election
— Incumbent
— Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus

8th CD – Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – YoutubeWON primary, unopposed – WON election
— Incumbent
— Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
— Champion of campaign finance reform

9th CD – Adem Bunkeddeko (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – YoutubeLost primary
— Medicare for All

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

10th CD – Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – YoutubeWON primary, unopposed – WON election
— Incumbent
— Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
— 28th Amendment to reverse Citizens United

11th CD – Michael Devito (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United
— Medicare for All

11th CD – Zach Emig (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare
— Big money out of politics

11th CD – Max Rose (D-NY) – Facebook – TwitterWON primary – WON election
— His campaign refuses corporate PAC donations
— Campaign finance reform
— Healthcare reform
— Endorsed by Barack Obama

11th CD – Paul Sperling (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All

11th CD – Omar Vaid (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Medicare for All

Will you join me in taking on the most powerful people in the world in an effort to reduce their influence on Washington? I don’t believe there is any other way forward. We must recalibrate our economy…

~ Omar Vaid

12th CD – Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – YoutubeWON primary – WON election
— Incumbent
— Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
— Campaign finance reform

12th CD – Suraj Patel (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – YoutubeLost primary
— Medicare for All
— Campaign finance and election reforms

13th CD – Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) – Facebook – TwitterYoutubeWON primary, unopposed – WON election
— Incumbent
— Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
— Campaign finance reform

14th CD – Joseph Crowley (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – YoutubeLost primary
— Incumbent
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
— Campaign finance reform

14th CD – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary – WON election
— Her campaign refuses corporate PAC donations
— Medicare for All
— Campaign finance reform
— The Humanist Report interview
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Joe Crowley Debate – June 15th, 2018 | Uphill Media
— Endorsed by Our Revolution
— Endorsed by Brand New Congress
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats
— Endorsed by Barack Obama

The Courage to Change | Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

15th CD – José Serrano (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary, unopposed – WON election
— Incumbent
— Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

16th CD – Eliot Engel (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – YoutubeWON primary – WON election
— Incumbent
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
— Animal rights

16th CD – Jonathan Lewis (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— His campaign refuses corporate PAC donations
— Medicare for All

17th CD – Nita Lowey (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – YoutubeWON primary, unopposed – WON election
— Incumbent
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

19th CD – Jeff Beals (D-NY) Facebook – TwitterYoutube – Lost primary
— No corporate PAC money
— Medicare for All
— Campaign Kickoff video
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats

19th CD – David Clegg (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Big money out of politics

19th CD – Antonio Delgado (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary – WON election
— Big money out of politics
— Universal healthcare
— Endorsed by Barack Obama

19th CD – Brian Flynn (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – Lost primary
— No corporate PAC money
— Medicare for All
— Campaign finance reform

19th CD – Steven Greenfield (G-NY) – Facebook – LOST election

19th CD – Diane Neal (I-NY) – Facebook – TwitterLost primary
— Single payer healthcare

19th CD – Luisa Parker (I-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – LOST election
— Single payer healthcare

19th CD – Gareth Rhodes (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Single payer healthcare

19th CD – Pat Ryan (D-NY) – Facebook – TwitterLost primary
— Universal healthcare

20th CD – Paul Tonko (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary, unopposed – WON election
— Incumbent
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
— Campaign finance reform

21st CDTedra Cobb (D-NY) – FacebookTwitter – LOST election
— Single payer healthcare
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

21st CD – Lynn Kahn (G-NY) – Twitter – LOST election
— Universal healthcare

21st CD – Emily Martz (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare

21st CD – Patrick Nelson (D-NY) – Facebook – TwitterYoutube – Lost primary
— Delegate for Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Medicare for All
— Political and election reforms
— Look TV interview
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

21st CD – Dylan Ratigan (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Campaign finance reform
— 7 News at Noon interview
— TYT Interviews

21st CD – Kate Wilson (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Healthcare reform
— Campaign finance reform

22nd CD – Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) – Facebook – TwitterWON primary, unopposed – WON election
— Currently serves as State Assemblyman
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Campaign finance reform
— Universal healthcare

23rd CD – Linda Andrei (D-NY) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Single payer healthcare
— Campaign finance reform

23rd CD – Ian Golden (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Medicare for All
— Campaign finance reform
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats
Rebel HQ interview

23rd CD – JG Hertzler (I-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – LOST election
— Single payer healthcare
— Election reform

23rd CD – Tracy Mitrano  (D-NY) – Facebook – TwitterWON primary – LOST election
— Single payer healthcare

23rd CD – Max Della Pia (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare
— Campaign finance reform

23rd CD – Eddie Sundquist (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare
— Campaign finance reform

24th CD – Dana Balter (D-NY) – Facebook – TwitterWON primary – LOST election
— Medicare for All
— Supports civics education
— Endorsed by Our Revolution
— Endorsed by Barack Obama

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

24th CD – Bill Bass (I-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – VimeoLost primary
— His campaign refuses corporate PAC donations
— Big money out of politics
— Medicare for All

25th CDJoe Morelle (D-NY) – FacebookTwitterWON primary – WON election
— State assemblyman
— Endorsed by Congressional Progressive Caucus

25th CD – Robin Wilt (D-NY) – Facebook – TwitterLost primary
— Single payer healthcare
— Election reform

26th CD – Brian Higgins (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – YoutubeWON primary, unopposed – WON election
— Incumbent
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

27th CD – Nate McMurray (D-NY) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary, unopposed – LOST election
— Currently serving as town supervisor of Grand Island
— Medicare for All

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Oklahoma’s Progressive 2018 Candidates

Oklahoma on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

1st CD – Amanda Douglas (D-OK) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary runoff
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Medicare for All
— Big money out of politics

4th CD – Fred Gipson (D-OK) – Facebook – Twitter – LOST primary runoff
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Campaign finance reform

5th CD – Tom Guild (D-OK) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary runoff
— Supports state public banks
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United
— Medicare for All

5th CD – Ed Porter (D-OK) – Facebook – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare
— Government reform

Medical associations, drug companies and insurance companies…have fought for decades against universal healthcare in our country. They simply make too much money putting profits before patients. In the past, labeling the common sense solution as “socialism,” they have been able to keep us accepting the unacceptable.

~ Ed Porter

GovernorConnie Johnson (D-OK) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Former state senator for 33 years
— Healthcare reform
— Endorsed by Our Revolution
TYT Politics interview
— Could a Berniecrat Running on Marijuana Reform Become the First Black Woman Governor? | Truthout

State House, District 66Angela Graham (D-OK) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary – LOST election
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State House, District 76Forrest Mayer (D-OK) – Facebook – Won primary – LOST election
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State House, 77th DistrictShay White (D-OK) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State House, District 100Zack Pearson (D-OK) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary – LOST election
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

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Utah’s Progressive 2018 Candidates

Utah on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

U.S. Senate – Jenny Wilson (D-UT) – Facebook – Twitter – Selected via convention – LOST election
— Currently serves on the Salt Lake County Council
— Big money out of politics
— Campaign finance reform

1st CD – Adam Davis (G-UT) – Facebook – Twitter – LOST election
— Single payer healthcare
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United

3rd CD – James Singer (D-UT) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary, unopposed – LOST election
— Universal healthcare
— Protect public lands
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

Economic inequality is one of the most pressing issues facing our country today. We need representatives in Congress to help hard-working families get their fair share, not create the conditions where the rich get richer off the hard work and labor of everyone else.

~ James Singer

State Senate, District 12Abrian Velarde (G-UT) – Facebook – LOST election

State House, District 33Edward Bodily (G-UT) – Facebook –  LOST election

State House, District 61Matt Styles (G-UT) – Facebook – LOST election

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