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Progressive Candidates: “Sleeper Hits” Who Win Elections

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Written by JoAnn Chateau

Don’t look for faces of progressive candidates on the corporate media networks. Mainstream media and political elites barely notice true progressives. What could such candidates possibly add to the easy, greasy ride of The Establishment Gravy Train?

No matter. As it turns out, progressive candidates are the  “sleeper hits” of the political world — the kind who win elections.

A Progressive Electoral Wave Is Sweeping the Country | The Nation – June 15, 2017

Progressives Win Big in Ballot Measures Nationwide | Huffington Post

Election Day 2017: Progressives Rack up Wins from Coast to Coast | People’s World

Fed up with Corporate-Rigged Politics, Ordinary People Are Working Together to Win Elections | The Hightower Lowdown

More outstanding progressive candidates have recently announced their 2018 run for office, or been recognized by a leading progressive endorsement organization. They include:

  • Gayle McLaughlin (I-CA) – Lieutenant Governor
  • Lisa Ring (D-GA) – 1st Congressional District
  • Rusty Oliver (D-GA) – 3rd Congressional District
  • Josh McCall (D-GA) – 9th Congressional District
  • Trent Nesmith (D-GA) – 12th Congressional District
  • Daniel Biss (D-IL) – Governor
  • Cathy Glasson (D-IA) – Governor
  • Chelsea Manning (D-MD) – U.S. Senate
  • Wendy Ella May (D-NC) – 2nd Congressional District
  • Jim Keady (D-NJ) – 4th Congressional District
  • Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) – Governor
  • Tom Wakely – (D-TX) – Governor
  • Brian Cronin (D-TX) 5th Congressional District
  • Dale Mantey (D-TX) – 17th Congressional District
  • Julie Oliver (D-TX) – 25th Congressional District
  • Will Fisher (D-TX) – 26th Congressional District
  • Hector Morales (D-TX) – 29th Congressional District
  • Carina Driscoll (I-VT) – Mayor of Burlington
  • Dave Heaster (D-WI) – Governor
  • Cathy Myers (D-WI) – 1st Congressional District (Running against Paul Ryan (R-WI), two progressives competing in this district!)
  • Gary Trauner (D-WY) – U.S. Senate

Learn more about these candidates from the 2018 Progressive Candidates & Ballot Initiatives — a Nationwide List.

A Progressive 2018 or Bust!


About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • This might be obvious to you. How can I really tell a progressive who runs as a Democrat? The word liberal seems very subjective in this sense.

    • Thanks for asking.

      ‘Real’ progressives embrace the economic side of equality (along with social equality). They are against money in politics, the best of them refusing PAC campaign contributions all together. They are for Medicare for all, not just better “access” to health care. They support a $15 minimum wage. On the other hand, liberals are all for social equality for immigrants, minorities, etc…. but are weak on economic policies that actually level the playing field for such demographics.

      Liberals are comfortable with the present political system, which is intertwined with corporate and billionaire donors. Progressives consider the corporate influence on our lawmakers to be a damaging blow to democracy, and want Big Money out of politics. Examples: Bernie Sanders is progressive, and Hillary Clinton is liberal.

      Hope that helps. :-)

  • Yes, we need more women, more non-white people and more people with compassion, intelligence, and courage in politics. And less pathetic obedient types who’ll sell their souls to corporate executives.

    I’m excited about Dennis Kucinich getting back into politics. People from all over the country should help get him elected even though he’s running for governor. He’s compassionate, intelligent and courageous.

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