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: March 2, 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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If prospective candidates do not manage to get on the election ballot, they’ll be removed from the REAL Progressive Candidates list. (Otherwise, the list grows too long!)

Table of Contents

REAL Progressive Candidates, State-by-State

Please double-check the primary and election dates in your area. Always vote in the primary, to help select nominees for the following election.

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Alabama’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Zero, 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, CD-12 – Shahid Buttar (D) – Exploring run for 2022 election
U.S. Representative, CD-30 – Shervin Aazami (D) – November 8, 2022 election
ADEM 33 Delegate – Alexis DeJesus (D) – January 27, 2021 election
ADEM 64 Delegate – Angelo Cartas (D) – January 27, 2021 election
ADEM 73 Delegate – James Bacon (D) – January 27, 2021 election
ADEM 73 Delegate – Jenna Beck (D) – January 27, 2021 election

Colorado’s REAL Progressive Candidates

Stay tuned for updates.

City Council, Arvada District At-Large – Lisa Smith (D) – November 2, 2021 election

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’ REAL Progressive Candidates

Check back later for updates.

Mayor, Evanston, IL – Daniel Biss (D) – February 23, 2021 primary, April 6, 2021 election

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

Alderman, Aurora Ward 10 – Arjun Nair (D) – April 6, 2021 election
Alderman, DeKalb Ward 2 – John “JJ” Wett (D) – April 6, 2021 election
City Council, Urbana Ward 5 – Chaundra Bishop (D) – February 23, 2021 election
County School Board, McLean Unit 5 – Gavin CunninghamApril 6, 2021 election
Trustee, Oak Park – Anthony Clark – February 23, 2021 primary, April 6, 2021 election

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. Senator – Dan Whitfield (D) – November 8, 2022
U.S. Representative, LA-02 – Gary Chambers (D) – March 20, 2021 primary, April 24, 2021 runoff (if necessary)

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 Progressive Candidates

Stay tuned for updates.

U.S. Representative, CD-05 – Mckayla Wilkes (D) – Exploring run for 2022 election

Massachusetts’ REAL Progressive Candidates

Stay tuned for more.

State Representative, 19th Suffolk District – Juan JaramilloMarch 2, 2021 election

City Council, Boston At-Large – Alex Gray (D) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, Boston District 6 – Kendra Hicks (D) – November 2, 2021 election
Cambridge School Committee – Ayesha Wilson (D) – November 2, 2021 election

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Michigan’s REAL Progressive Candidates

City Council, Chelsea – Tony IannelliNovember 2, 2021 election
City Council, Lansing Ward 2 – Nick Zande (D) – November 9, 2021 election

Minnesota’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Zero, so far.

Missouri’s REAL Progressive Candidates

Stay tuned for more.

City Council, Columbia Ward 2 – Andrea WarnerApril 6, 2021 election

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.

New York’s REAL Progressive Candidates

So far, so good.

U.S. Representative, CD-09 – Isiah James (D) – November 8, 2022 election
Mayor, NYC – Dianne MoralesJune 22, 2021 primary, November 2, 2021 election


Mayor, Saratoga Springs – David SnyderNovember 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 1 – Christopher Marte (D) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 5 – Tricia Shimamura (D) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 6 – Sara Lind (D) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 7 – Marti Allen-CummingsNovember 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 7 – Maria Ordoñez (D) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 11 – Mino Lora (D) – November 2, 2021 election

Mino Lora is an artist, activist, educator, and the Executive Director of the People’s Theatre Project (PTP) in Upper Manhattan. (Watch the English version of this campaign video here.)

City Council, NYC District 13 – Marjorie Velázquez (D) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 14 – Pierina Sanchez (D) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 14, NE – Adolfo Abreu (D) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 15 – Elisa Crespo (D) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 16 – Althea Stevens (D) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 18 – Amanda Farias (D) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 22 – Tiffany Cabán (D) – June 22, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 23 – Jaslin Kaur (D) – June 22, 2021 primary
City Council, NYC District 24 – Moumita Ahmed (D) – February 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 25 – Shekar Krishnan -(D) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 27 – Natasha Williams (D) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 29 – Aleda Gagarin – (D) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 30 – Juan Ardila (D) – February 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 32 – Shaeleigh Severino (D) – February 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 32 – Felicia Singh (D) – June 22, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 33 – Elizabeth Adams (D) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 33 – Lincoln Restler (D) – June 22, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 35 – Crystal Hudson (D) – February 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 36 – Chi Ossé (D) – February 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 37 – Sandy Nurse (D) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 38 – Jacui Painter (D) – June 2, 2021 election

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

City Council, NYC District 39 – Shahana Hanif (D) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 40 – Kenya Handy-Hilliard (D) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 42 – Wilfredo Florentino (D) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 48 – Amber Adler (D) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 49 – Amoy Barnes (D) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 45 – Anthony Beckford (D) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, NYC District 47 – Steven Patzer (D) – November 2, 2021 election
Common Council, Syracuse District 5 – Kristin Andrzejewski (D)- June 22, 2021 primary
County Board, Otsego District 14, NY – Jill Basile (D) – June 22, 2021 primary, November 2, 2021 election
Borough President, Manhattan – Lindsey Boylan (D) – November 2, 2021 election

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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.

U.S. Representative, CD-11 – Nina Turner (D) – May 4, 2021 election

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

~ Nina Turner

Trustee, Franklin Township – Aryeh Alex (D) – November 2, 2021 election

Oklahoma’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Nada, so far.

Oregon’s REAL-ly Progressive Candidates

Zip, so far.

Pennsylvania’s REAL Progressive Candidates

Stay tuned for more.

U.S. Senate – John Fetterman (D) – November 8, 2022 election

Progressive U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman puts the focus on rebuilding communities, so they can thrive once again.

U.S. Representative, CD-02 – Salem Snow (D) – November 8, 2022 election
Mayor, Monessen – Matt Shorraw (incumbent)
Court of Common Pleas Judge, Philadelphia – Cortez PattonMay 18, 2021 primary, November 2, 2021 election
City Council, Easton District 3 – Taiba SultanaMay 18, 2021 primary, November 2, 2021 election
City Council, Pittsburgh District 4 – Connor Mulvaney (G) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, Pittsburgh District 4 – Bethani Cameron (D) – November 2, 2021 election

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 Progressive Candidates

Stay tuned for updates.

City Council, Dallas District 7 – Adam Bazaldua (D) incumbent – May 1, 2021 election
City Council, San Antonio District 2 – Jalen Mckee-Rodriguez (D) – May 1, 2021 election

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) – November 2, 2021 election

“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

U.S. Representative, District 11 – Ally Dalsimer (D) – November 8, 2022 election
State House, District 45 – Elizabeth Bennett-Parker (D) – November 2, 2021 election
State House, District 49 – Karishma Mehta (D) – November 2, 2021 election
City Council, Alexandria – Alyia Gaskins -(D) – June 8, 2021 primary, November 2, 2021 election

Washington’s REAL Progressive Candidates

Stay tuned for updates.

U.S. Representative, CD-02 – Jason Call (D) – Exploring run for 2022 election
City Council, Spokane District 3 Position 2 – Zack Zappone (D) – August 3, 2021 primary, November 2, 2021 election

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.

Check out the super progressives who won office in 2020.

Tips for a Great Campaign Website

I’ve visited 1000s of campaign websites — with the intention of learning more about a candidate. Please allow me to offer feedback on what makes a great campaign website.

First of all, have a website. Where else can you publish your policy platform, so people can find it? Consider your website the hub of your online campaign. REAL Progressive candidates aren’t afraid of transparency.

Second of all, have a platform. People aren’t going to vote for you because of your nice smile. (Your opponent has a nice smile, too.) REAL progressive candidates build REAL progressive platforms. Prove it. Publish your platform.

With a campaign website that hosts your policy platform, REAL progressive candidates are 90% of the way there. But a few more niceties will make your campaign website shine:

  • If you reject corporate money, as all REAL progressive candidates do, please say so — in large letters, placed prominently on the front page. (Rejecting corporate money is a progressive bragging right.)
  • If you mention “Medicare for All,” you must mean “single-payer” and say so. (“Single-payer” is a genuine progressive bragging right.) Please do not suggest that you’d (accidentally?) write better healthcare legislation than Bernie Sanders (S.1129) or Pramila Jayapal (H.R.1384).
    • Do you have a Congressional budget for policy research and consultation?
    • Do you have a research staff? Have you consulted with national healthcare experts from around the world?
    • What do you know about insurance risk pools?
    • How much experience do you have developing policies and writing legislation, particularly at the federal level?
    • Do you accept that “universal” healthcare means everyone gets it, rich or poor, and that it’s the same quality for everyone — so nobody is jealous of people poorer than themselves, and that healthcare standards remain high?
    • Do you understand that healthcare terms like “access” and “public-option” may reveal that you’re not one of the REAL Progressive Candidates, but rather a candidate who is prepared to serve wealthy special interests like private insurance companies?
  • Provide links to your social networks. Make sure the links work!
  • Include your primary and election dates. State your political affiliation. And, yes, your district area. Basic information is useful for search engine optimization, as well as website visitors.
  • Do you need a “donate” button reminder? I didn’t think so. I’ve never seen a campaign website that forgot one. Sometimes, a “donate” button is all they have! (REAL progressive candidates never do that.)

First Grassroots, Then Washington

Are you a progressive organizer/activist/leader in your community? Or do you know someone like that? Maybe it’s time to think about running for local office.

All good things begin at the grassroots. THEN they go to Washington.

Sen. Jabari Brisport, a Democratic Socialist now serving in the New York State Senate, explains how you can win office as a socialist.

Thank you for reading about REAL progressive candidates. Please share this “Progressive Graffiti” discovery tool with your friends and social networks. Sharing quality information, from the Left point of view, helps to advance the Progressive Justice Movement.


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