The REAL Progressive Candidates of 2021 & 2022 — A Nationwide Super List

As genuine progressive candidates announce their run for election, they’re added to this list: “The REAL Progressive Candidates of 2021-2022.” These are the special men and women we want to elect, for a progressive Congress and for a civilized progressive nation.

LAST UPDATED: January 16, 2021

What qualities make a candidate REAL-ly progressive? There are two main criteria:

  1. Real progressive candidates reject corporate money.
  2. Real progressive candidates fight for the progressive trinity:
    1. Universal Healthcare
    2. The Green New Deal
    3. Free Public Higher Education (including student loan debt forgiveness).

Yes. REAL progressive candidates fight for all three: your health, your climate, and your education — and, most likely, ALL OTHER progressive policies! REAL progressive candidates advocate for life-affirming and future-proofing policies.

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REAL Progressive Candidates, State-by-State

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Alabama’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

None, so far.

Alaska’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Nada, so far.

Arkansas’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Zip, so far.

California’s REAL Progressive Candidates

Stay tuned for updates.

U.S. Representative, CA-12 – Shahid Buttar (D) – Currently exploring a run in the 2022 Election

Colorado’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

None, so far.

Connecticut’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Nada, so far.

Delaware’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Zip, so far.

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Florida’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Zero, so far.

Georgia’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

None, so far.

Hawaii’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Nada, so far.

Idaho’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Zip, so far.

Illinois’s REAL Progressive Candidates

Check back later for updates.

Mayor, Evanston, IL – Daniel Biss (D) – Primary Election on February 23, 2021 & regular Election on April 6, 2021

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Our Revolution of Illinois endorsed Daniel Biss for Mayor of Evanston.

Indiana’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Zilch, so far.

Iowa’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

None, so far.

Kansas’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Nada, so far.

Kentucky’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Zip, so far.

Louisiana’s REAL Progressive Candidates

Stay tuned for updates.

U.S. Representative, LA-02 – Gary Chambers (D) – Special Election in March, 2021 (presumably)

Gary Chambers announced his run for Congress (LA-02) on January 4, 2021 — with a powerful message.

Maine’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Nil, so far.

Maryland’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

None, so far.

Massachusetts’ REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Nada, so far.

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Michigan’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Zip, so far.

Minnesota’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Zero, so far.

Missouri’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

None, so far.

Montana’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Nada, so far.

Nebraska’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Zip, so far.

Nevada’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Zero, so far.

New Hampshire’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Zilch, so far.

New Jersey’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

None, so far.

New Mexico’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Nada, so far.

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New York’s REAL Progressive Candidates

Stay turned for more updates.

NYC Council, 38th District – Jacui Painter (D) – Election on June 2, 2021

This is a grassroots, people powered campaign that’s only possible because of small community donations. We do not accept any money from corporate PACs, corporate lobbyists, real estate developers, fossil fuel companies, Police unions, racist, sexist, anti-LGBTQ or xenophobic organizations, and any for-profit entity.

~ Jacui Painter

North Carolina’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Zero, so far.

North Dakota’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

None, so far.

Ohio’s REAL Progressive Candidates

Stay tuned for updates.

OH-11 – Nina Turner (D) – Special Election in February, 2021 (presumably)

The Democratic Party can’t just whisper sweet nothings anymore.

~ Nina Turner

Oklahoma’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Nada, so far.

Oregon’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Zip, so far.

Pennsylvania’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Zero, so far.

Rhode Island’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Zilch, so far.

South Carolina’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

None, so far.

South Dakota’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Nada, so far.

Tennessee’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Nil, so far.

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Texas’ REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Zip, so far.

Utah’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Zero, so far.

Vermont’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Zilch, so far.

Virginia’s REAL Progressive Candidates

Stay tuned for updates.

Governor – Lee Carter (D) – Election on November 2, 2021

“It’s no secret that Virginia is divided, but it’s not red versus blue. Virginia is divided between the haves and the have-nots.” ~ Lee Carter

State House, 49th District – Karishma Mehta (D)

Washington’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Nada, so far.

West Virginia’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Nil, so far.

Wisconsin’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Zip, so far.

Wyoming’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Zero, so far.

Giving: For a REAL Progressive Country

REAL progressive candidates are doing their part. They expend personal time, energy, and financial resources in order to run for office — so they may represent us. We must do our part…

To help elect a REAL progressive to Congress, please make a small donation to all the REAL progressive candidates on the list, who are running for national office. Give extra to your favorite REAL progressive candidates, whether they’re running in your state or not. And, most generously support your local REAL progressive candidates. ❤️

Official Endorsements of REAL Progressive Candidates

Being listed on “REAL Progressive Candidates” is not an endorsement. But the following progressive organizations DO make official political endorsements — for national candidates, down-ballot candidates, even some decent Democratic candidates (for when REAL progressive candidates are not available), and local ballot initiatives.

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16 thoughts on “The REAL Progressive Candidates of 2021 & 2022 — A Nationwide Super List”

  1. Real Representation

    Trump could do a lot of damage in two weeks. He could start a war with Iran. He needs to be removed from office immediately. Inciting mob violence is more than sufficient cause.

    Under either the 25th Amendment (which really was intended to apply to situations where the president is physically incapacitated) or impeachment, removal requires a 2/3rds vote in the Senate. Are there enough decent Republicans in the Senate who would vote for removal?

    You know someone is taking a head count in the Senate now. I wish we knew which Republicans would vote in favor of removal.

    Impeachment and removal could be done in a day if the Senate votes were there.

  2. Real Representation

    I followed #ForceTheVote fairly closely. It was Jimmy Dore’s idea, and because he yells a lot when he’s triggered, some people don’t like him. When he first pitched the idea, he invited The Squad and other progressives to join him, including people who don’t like him personally. Most of the progressive commentators with YouTube shows and their viewers jumped onboard. Unfortunately, most elected progressives including The Squad wouldn’t respond, or if they did, like AOC and Mark Pocan, they gave unsatisfying or even evasive responses. AOC wouldn’t even give Jimmy a direct response. She was happy to be on his show when she was running, but now she won’t even answer him on Twitter. Of course this triggered Jimmy, and the vitriol started.

    As a monthly contributor to some Squad members and to the Justice Democrats, I think I am owed the real explanation for why they didn’t want to condition their votes for Pelosi on her commitment to bring M4All to the floor for a vote. It’s obvious they don’t want to say what it is. Why? Because they bargained their votes away on something less important to us? What happened to transparency?

    I am confident The Squad wants M4All. I don’t think they have sold out like Pelosi did many years ago, but maybe they aren’t as brave as they said they were. Maybe they don’t want to put their careers on the line for this issue. The thing is, most of their supporters want them to. We sent them there. They should do something we want. We haven’t been very demanding before this.

    The most important thing about forcing the vote is that a vote would put M4All on the front burner and force a national conversation. We need that.

    1. Real Representation

      I don’t want to send money to politicians and political organizations that don’t think I’m worth a response to my questions and concerns. Therefore, I have cancelled my monthly donations to Justice Democrats and to individual JD candidates and incumbents. I am now donating that money to the Movement for a People’s Party on a monthly basis. They promise to actually do what the JDs said they were going to do: fight for our policies. If they don’t, I think they will at least have the courtesy to tell me why.

      1. Heaven knows, we need a major 3rd party. I’ll look forward to seeing People’s Party candidates. Have you heard anything about who will be running under the PP banner? BTW, is it now officially a registered party?

      2. Real Representation

        Last I heard, the People’s Party is registered in Maine so far, but they are working on registration in all 50 states. They don’t have any announced candidates yet that I know of, but the hope is that Nina Turner will join at some point.

  3. Real Representation

    The Movement for a People’s Party is the most exciting new progressive organization IMO. I am really disappointed in the elected Justice Dems. They just voted for Pelosi without demanding that she bring Medicare for All to the floor for a vote.

    What the use of supporting and voting for progressive candidates if they demand nothing and vote with the neoliberal establishment when they get in office?

    https://peoplesparty.org/

    1. I think the pressure of movements like #ForceTheVote can give The Squad power to act effectively — the #NotMeUs idea. However, I’d like to see the vitriol aimed at the Corporate Dems, as they’re the ones who need to fear political loss.

      1. Real Representation

        Maybe the lesson is that you don’t change the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party changes you.

      2. We cannot underestimate the power of corruption in the Democratic Party. As the Progressive Movement, we keep forgetting that our first priority needs to be: Get Big Money Out of Politics. Until then, we can’t achieve anything.

        Yes, another aspect of corruption is the loss of good men and women who enter politics. They get consumed, or they get ejected. (I suspect Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama started out good.) They take the carrot, or they get the stick. They’re not so much “turncoats,” as they’re vulnerable human beings. Either they fall into temptation (or fear), or they’re outmaneuvered. Anyone else, including you and me, would also be gravely tempted. Most of US would fall. (One of the reasons Bernie Sanders is so exceptional.)

        I think #ForceTheVote was a brilliant idea. Except, it was initiated with accusations of “turncoats” and threats to “primary” our progressive representatives, even the ones who were stepping into Congress on their first day. It was demeaning to our political leaders and allies, and the DNC clearly saw that. If M4A had been brought to a vote, no one expected it to be passed. The only victory of #ForceTheVote would have been to show the DNC the amplifying People Power behind The Squad — to scare them, to start putting them into their place, on the first of the year.

        We already know which Democratic Reps are hypocrites on healthcare. It’s an “open secret,” anyone can get in on, at OpenSecrets.org. The most interesting info is in the “PACs” tabs, to see who is taking corporate money.

        AOC – https://www.opensecrets.org/members-of-congress/alexandria-ocasio-cortez/pacs?cid=N00041162&cycle=2020

        Pelosi – https://www.opensecrets.org/members-of-congress/nancy-pelosi/pacs?cid=N00007360&cycle=2020

    2. A major 3rd party has a big advantage: it’s not part of the Democratic Party.

      I admire People’s Party. But I wonder how their candidates can be elected to national office without a fair voting system like RCV. Otherwise, voters are caught in the lesser-evil dilemma. PP and the Greens know this.

      I’m joining a conference call next week for FL Green Party members — to talk about RCV. I’m sure this is happening around the country, and hope many people get involved.

      1. Real Representation

        Absolutely. RCV is a must-have electoral reform, along with multi-winner districts. Both reforms should be on the platforms of all parties.

        The Democrats never mention it. No surprise there.

    3. Real Representation

      The People’s Party Advisory Council includes Dr. Cornel West, Susan Sarandon, Justin Jackson, Jimmy Dore, and Medea Benjamin.

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