Progressive Candidates 2020
Electing Public Servants Who Accept…
No Corporate Money
There are two requirements in order to make the 2020 Progressive Candidate List. 1) No corporate money, and 2) full support of Medicare for All. This policy combo identifies candidates who are capable of leading us on a progressive course of action that will restore democracy and the American Dream — in time to avoid climate catastrophe.
Last updated on February 20, 2019
Progressive Candidates, Nation-Wide
Welcome to the Progressive Candidates 2020 list. Who makes the list this election? Strong Progressives who refuse corporate money (and consultations with Wall Street) AND support Medicare for All (in full). You’ll find a quick snapshot of each candidate’s campaign platform and a link to his or her official campaign website. In addition, there are links to other tools and resources that may help you and your friends with further candidate research.
On this page, presidential candidates are featured. For candidates running for the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives, as well as those running for state Senate or House, see the state links below.
Such a list is a living document. Check back often. Until the 2020 election takes place, the list will be updated frequently!
Progressive Presidential Candidates of 2020
The following Progressives will run for U.S. President in 2020, or are seriously exploring the possibility. Their campaigns accept NO corporate PAC money.
- Ryan A Farber (D) – “The pillaging of the American citizen ends right now.” Supports… $16 Minimum Wage • Abolish Electoral College • Affordable Housing • Antitrust Enforcement • Anti-War • Arts & Humanities • Civil Liberties • Climate Action • Economic Justice • End Corporate Welfare • End War on Drugs • Environmental Protections • Free College Tuition • Gun Control • Immigration reform • Human Rights & Equality for All • Legalize Marijuana • Medicare for All • Net neutrality • Pro Black Lives Matter • Reduce Military Industrial Complex • Renewable Energy • Social Security Expansion • Tax Corporations & Billionaires to Pay Their Fair Share • Unions & Collective Bargaining • Value-Added Tax • Universal Pre-K
- Tulsi Gabbard (D)
Bernie Sanders (I) “Not me. Us.”
Elizabeth Warren (D)
Marianne Williamson (D) – “Join the evolution.” Supports… Antitrust Enforcement • Banking Reform • Big Money Out of Politics • Campaign Finance Reform • Child Advocacy • Climate Action • Climate Justice • Crime & Violence Prevention • Diplomacy-First Foreign Policy • Disabled Persons Protections • Economic Justice • Election Reform • End Corporate Welfare • End Gerrymandering • End Homelessness • Environmental Protections • Equal Pay • Fight Opiate Crisis • Food Safety • Free College Tuition • Green New Deal • Gun Control • Immigration reform • Human Rights & Equality for All • Medicare for All/Single Payer • Military Reduction • National Service • Native American Reconciliation • Paid Vacation Time, Sick Time, Family Leave & Childcare • Prison Reform • Prisoner Rehabilitation • Public Funded Elections • Public Schools • Racial Reconciliation • Rebuild Infrastructure • Renewable Energy • Reproductive Rights • Social Security Protections • Student Loan Debt Forgiveness • Tax Corporations & Billionaires Fair Share • Unions & Collective Bargaining • Universal Pre-K • Veteran Benefits Expansion • Voting Rights • World Peace Advocacy
Abortion is a moral issue, but in my mind, it is an issue of private, not public morality. I do not believe the government of the United States has the right to legislate our private morals. ~ Marianne Williamson
Andrew Yang (D) – “The focus of our economy should be to maximize human welfare.” Supports… Arts & Humanities • Big Money Out of Politics • Campaign Finance Reform • Climate Action • End War on Drugs • Environmental Protections • Equal Pay • Equality of Economic Opportunity • Expand Veteran Benefits • Fight Opiate Crisis • Free College Tuition • Guaranteed Federal Jobs Program • Gun Control • Immigration reform • Human Rights & Equality for All • Journalism & Independent News • Legalize Marijuana • Make Puerto Rico a State • Medicare for All • Net neutrality • Paid Family Leave • Police Reform • Post Office Banking Services • Prison Reform • Pro-Choice • Public Funded Elections • Rebuild Infrastructure • Reform Military • Renewable Energy • Social Capitalism • Social Security Expansion • Student Loan Reform • Universal Basic Income • Universal Pre-K • Value-Added Tax
National & State Progressive Candidates
Progressive candidates running for U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives, as well those running for state Senate or House positions, are listed by state. (Coming soon. As candidates file to run for political office, active links will appear below.)
Dist. of Columbia
New York (Nat’l)
New York (State)
How to Evaluate Political Candidates
Not all Progressive candidates are created equal. Keep the following aspects firmly in mind when you evaluate political candidates.
- Past Record
For instance, Progressive voters should be wary of candidates who seek support from Wall Street.
Based upon the information contained in the article linked above, I chose to remove Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris from the 2020 Progressive Presidential Candidate List. It’s impossible to reconcile their previous promises to refuse corporate PAC money with Wall Street consultations intended to boost their presidential campaigns. Which isn’t to say Gillibrand and Harris aren’t very nice Democratic candidates, infinitely preferred to most Republican presidential candidates, but they just are not that Progressive.
Democratic Primary Debates
Another important way to assess a candidate is to listen to them debate their opponent during the Primary. There will be twelve Democratic Primary debates. Tentatively, they begin in June of 2019 and will continue through April of 2020.
- Bold Progressives (Also check for decent moderate Democrats not listed here.)
- Brand New Congress (Strong progressives!)
- Campaign for Guaranteed Healthcare (Candidates who stand up for Single Payer Healthcare)
- Candidates With a Contract (Candidates, from a broad political spectrum, who signed an anti-corruption contract.)
- Congressional Progressive Caucus (Some members are more progressive than others.)
- Contract for American Renewal (Strong progressives!)
- Democracy for America (Also check for decent moderate Democrats not listed here.)
- DUH! Demand Universal Healthcare (Also check for decent moderate Democrats not listed here.)
- End Citizens United – Champions of Campaign Finance Reform (Also check for decent moderate Democrats not listed here.)
- Free Thought Equity Fund PAC (Also check for decent moderate Democrats not listed here.)
- GovTrack.us – Track federal legislation by subject or member of Congress
- Green Party U.S. (Check for Greens not listed here, particularly for down-ballot races and write-in candidates.)
- Green New Deal (includes single payer Medicare for All and getting big money out of politics; all Green candidates are progressive, and refuse corporate PAC money)
- H.R.1 – For the People Act of 2019 Sponsor/Co-Sponsors
- Indivisible – (Grassroots progressive policies) Candidates and Campaigns (ballot, electoral, federal, state)
- Justice Democrats (Strong progressives!)
- Open Secrets – Check campaign funding sources of national candidates
- Our Revolution (Strong progressives!)
- Progressive Electoral Politics Organizations
- Rebel HQ (Progressive candidate interviews)
- Run for Something (Check for young Progressives running in down-ballot races.)
- S.1804 – Medicare for All Act of 2017 Sponsor/Co-Sponsors
- S.3357 – American Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act Sponsor/Co-Sponsors
- Working Families Party (Also check for decent moderate Democrats not listed here.)
For Reference: 2018 Progressive Candidates: A Nationwide List
Progressive Candidates 2018
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