Though we started out intending to endorse state legislature candidates, as well as potential governors, we weren't prepared at all for the Blue Tsunami of House and Senate candidates that keeps growing. In 2016, we had nine federal candidates - at present, we have 130 and growing. We regrettably just don't have the time or staff to cover state and local legislative races, so no more than the ones already here will be added. We will, however, continue to cover gubernatorial races in hopes to help replace the evil Republicans like Snyder, Walker, Lepage, etc.
In March, Illinois made yet another fatal mistake that, like the 2016 presidential race, has left us with no choice but the "lesser of three evils" situation (disgusted with the Republican incumbent, a Republican state senator is now running as a Constitution Party candidate) when we could have had a state senator and former state Rep, who lives simply on $40,000 a year, is smart (a mathematician!), visionary, honest, and truly of and for the people of Illinois. But no, after four years of failure, increased state debt, third-world level healthcare everywhere but Chicago, nothing but cuts to social services and anything that helps the poor, we'll either have four more years of the same from a Republican mini-Trump, four years of an ultra conservative who'd never win Chicago, or another billionaire, this time in Democratic costume, with NO governing experience, connected to the infamously corrupt Chicago Machine, with more concern about which watch to wear than he has about the people of Illinois.
DON'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE! We allowed Pritzker's money to hypnotize us with big flashy mailers, TV and radio ads, and even Internet pop-ups. Illinois voters were STUPID, refusing to learn from the evidence right in front of us. Pay attention, find out about ALL your choices and be a knowledgeable voter!
David won the Democratic primary for governor and will run against Republican incumbent Doug Ducey. Since he's a Progressive, he'll have little to no support from the Democratic Party Machine, so if you live in AZand you've not yet DemExited and were about to respond to one of their ubiquitous fundraising letters, send your money to David instead!
David is a kid from the neighborhood. His dad was a commercial painter and Vietnam-era veteran and his mom juggled parenting along with a job at an electronics factory to help make ends meet. David's family did not have a lot, but he credits his success to one simple constant in his life -- "they loved the hell out of each other."
David has a soldier’s sense of duty. At 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry. His time as an infantryman instilled values that guide his life to this day: discipline, accountability and duty. “Discipline is doing the right thing when no one is looking,” was the mantra that his Drill Sergeant instilled in him and other young soldiers.
David was a leader, trained as a chemical warfare specialist, qualified as an expert marksman and decorated with the Army Achievement Medal and the Humanitarian Award for fighting wildfires in Yellowstone National Park. Serving in the Army remains one of his proudest life accomplishments.
The military, along with one of our most successful government programs, the GI Bill, changed David’s life. He is the first in his family to finish college and earn a quality education that allowed him to realize his American dream. Today, he's a national education expert who will invest in our schools so all children have the best shot at opportunity and their American dream.
David has childhood memories about healthcare. "When we first got health insurance," David recalls, "my sisters and I went to the dentist and eye doctor right away. We had never been to either before then." He also has a plan for Arizona, unlike his opponent who went along with Trump's failed plan.
David supports Arizonans being able to see a doctor when they get sick and believes that Arizona should begin moving towards Medicare for All. In the meantime, Arizona has a cost-efficient and successful Medicaid program that should be expanded and made available to healthier and younger Arizonans who choose to buy in.
David understands that it’s not just about putting people on insurance or getting them to the doctor. It’s also about improving the quality of life for families, reducing disease, and building a productive economy for the long run. "We need to build a better health system across the board, from our hospitals and doctors offices, mental and behavioral health system to our environmental policies, to our schools, nursing homes, and community centers," David says.
David will fight to maintain the protections in the Affordable Care Act like ensuring those with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage, making sure lifetime caps are never allowed to return, and that essential healthcare benefits actually include basic and necessary health treatments. He will also fight to expand the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) to make sure it covers the working poor or those who make too much to qualify for Medicaid today but not enough to afford insurance on the marketplace; he will also work to make sure AHCCCS covers all mental and behavioral health care needs. His leadership on healthcare is what Arizonans need!
Jared is escaping the Swamp after 10 years in Congress in order to serve the people of Colorado as their governor. He has always been a favorite of DUH since he eagerly supported H.R. 676 year after year and for his personal courage and integrity as an openly gay Representative and, with his partner Marlon Reis, the first gay parent in Congress, having a son and a daughter.
The son of a physicist and a school teacher who decided to pursue their true passions: art and poetry. They combined his painting with her poetry to create a small Colorado business called Blue Mountain Arts. Their entrepreneurship gave Jared an example to follow as, from his college dorm room, he launched American Information Systems, a dial-up service provider that brought the internet into many homes for the first time. He also helped take the family greeting card business online, and founded ProFlowers, a startup where he did everything from loading the trucks to taking the business public. Later, Jared co-founded Techstars, a startup accelerator where he mentored entrepreneurs from all walks of life, and Patriot Boot Camp, which helps veterans start their own small businesses after coming home from their service.
In in 2000, Jared was elected to the Colorado Board of Education where, as Chairman, he fought to raise pay for teachers while reducing class size for students. He also founded several non-profit public schools for at-risk children and served as superintendent of the New America School, which helps new immigrants earn their high school diploma.
During his decade in Congress, he supported and helped pass the ACA, as well as legislation that would rein in the excesses of Wall Street, provide more opportunities to young immigrants, and protect national iconic public lands. Continuing his dedication to education, he led the charge to replace the one-size-fits-all mandates of No Child Left Behind with a new system to help students from every background get the quality education they deserve.
On healthcare, he says, "I believe passionately in universal health care, and I always will...As with so many other issues, politicians in Washington will stop at nothing to make life harder for Coloradans for the benefit of special interests. In Colorado, we have an opportunity to aggressively reduce the costs of care, expand access to the services people depend on, and put Coloradans first.
Andrew shocked the pundits (and quite a few Republicans, we're sure!) by unexpectedly winning his primary over establishment Dem Gwen Graham. We think it would be a great idea for Alexandria, Randy, and Andrew to stump for each other!
Andrew was born in Miami where his mother drove a school bus and his father was a construction worker. He was the first in his family to graduate college and he went on to become the youngest person in history elected to the Tallahassee City Commission, before later becoming Mayor. He has a proud record of 15 years in public service.
As Mayor, Andrew developed a thriving innovation economy, beat the gun lobby in court to protect commonsense reform and stood up to President Trump and Governor Rick Scott to defend immigrants.
Under Andrew’s leadership, Tallahassee advanced workforce training programs for underrepresented workers as one of only 50 cities in the nation included in President Obama’s TechHire program. Andrew also helped lower violent crime in the City by more than 8 percent through increased investments in law enforcement, community policing, re-entry programs, and an expansion of social service funding.
Andrew is one of the few gubernatorial candidates to mention national healthcare, in his endorsement of S.1804. However, like many Southern candidates, Medicaid expansion is a priority for his state. Florida never received the benefits of the full impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or "Obamacare") due to Governor Rick Scott’s refusal to extend Medicaid to over 1 million Floridians. As Governor, Andrew will work to accept that expansion and he has also proposed a Florida law protecting people with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage, being charged more for their care due to a pre-existing condition, or women being charged more than men. He was also the only candidate who proposed a law protecting women’s access to no-cost contraceptive care under the ACA.
Andrew is committed to restoring Floridians’ healthcare security. He believes, "With that security comes an entire economy of good-paying jobs around it. People visit their doctor; they speak with a nurse or specialist; they undergo a test or a scan — those all require skilled workers, machines, and facilities."
We are thrilled to endorse Stacey, who will be a powerhouse for her state. Along with our GA Congressional candidates Lisa Ring and Josh McCall, we believe Stacey offers hope for real, progressive change!
Stacey her five siblings grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi with three tenets: go to school, go to church, and take care of each other. Despite struggling to make ends meet for their family, her parents made service a way of life for their children – if someone was less fortunate, it was their job to serve that person. This ethic – and her parents’ unwavering commitment to providing educational opportunity for their children – led the family to Georgia.
While her parents Stacey’s parents attended Emory University to become United Methodist ministers, Stacey graduated from Avondale High School and went on to receive degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and Yale Law School.
She put her education and law degree to work through the government, nonprofit, and business sectors. She founded the New Georgia Project, which submitted more than 200,000 registrations for voters of color between 2014 and 2016. As co-founder of NOW Account – a financial services firm that helps small businesses grow – Stacey has helped create and retain jobs in Georgia. And through her various business ventures, Stacey has helped employ even more Georgians, including hundreds of young people starting out.
In 2010, Stacey became the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and the first African American to lead in the House of Representatives. As House Minority Leader, she has worked strategically to recruit, train, elect, and defend Democrats to prevent a Republican supermajority in the House, and has worked across the aisle on behalf of all Georgians. Please go to her website to learn more about her many legislative accomplishments!
Stacey has met with families and small businesses in more than 150 counties, and she has proven her ability to find solutions across divides. Stacey has received the Friend of Labor award and an A-rating from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in the same year. She is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the proud 2012 Grand Champion of the Georgia National Fair Legislative Livestock Roundup. Stacey has received recognition from the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Georgia), the National Urban League, EMILY’s List, and Planned Parenthood, among others.
As is true for most Southern states run by Republicans, Georgia is also a victim of the refusal to expand Medicaid. As Minority Leader, Stacey introduced legislation to expand Medicaid in Georgia, and led the House Democratic Caucus in a statewide campaign to raise awareness about the crucial nature of expansion for health care access, rural hospital support, and job creation. Stacey's progressive vision for Georgia will move the state forward in many ways. "A critical component of that vision is ensuring our workers and their families have access to quality, affordable health care, and expanding Medicaid will be her first step in achieving this goal," according to an article posted on Medium, a platform that people can use to follow political candidates. You'll be taken there automatically when you hit the "Health" tab on her Issues page.
Ben Jealous is a civil rights leader, community organizer, investor in startups for good, educator, former investigative journalist. and a Rhodes Scholar who has spent his life bringing people together to get big things done. While his name recognition may stem from his time leading the NAACP, he is now a political rising star running for Governor of Maryland.
Ben’s Maryland roots go back generations and includes activists before him. His grandmother worked at Planned Parenthood while his grandfather worked on the B&O Railroad. Ben’s mother helped to integrate Western High School in 1954 as a member of the NAACP’s Youth and College Division. Ben’s father was one of a small number of white men jailed during the Congress of Racial Equality’s efforts to desegregate Baltimore’s downtown business district.
Ben is a Rhodes Scholar and graduate of Columbia and Oxford University He is also the proud father of two children who attend public schools.
As a community organizer Ben helped lead successful campaigns to abolish the death penalty for children, stop Mississippi’s governor from turning a public historically black university into a prison, and pass federal legislation against prison rape.
While working as a journalist in Mississippi, Ben’s investigations were credited with helping save the life of a white inmate who was being threatened for helping convict corrupt prison guards, free a black small farmer who was being framed for arson, and spur official investigations into law enforcement corruption.
Ben has extensive experience as a non-profit executive, serving as the past president of the Rosenberg Foundation, and the founding director of Amnesty International’s U.S. Domestic Human Rights Program. At age 35, Ben was named the youngest ever National President and CEO of the NAACP. During the depths of a national recession, Ben guided the NAACP through an unprecedented era of growth, nearly doubling the organization’s revenue in just five years. The NAACP’s membership increased three years consecutively for the first time in 20 years under Ben’s leadership.
In 2013, Ben was named Marylander of the Year by the Baltimore Sun because of the role he played in leading the effort to abolish the death penalty, helping assure the effort to pass marriage equality was successful, chairing the effort to pass the DREAM Act, and expand voting rights.
Ben currently works as an investor for Kapor Capital, an investment firm that invests in companies working to create progressive social change. At Kapor, Ben manages the firm’s Baltimore office where he has invested in several Maryland companies working to make his state stronger.
His 21-page MD-Care plan is available for download on his website (and in DUH's Info & Resources Legislation section) and it won our endorsement, along with this in the introdyction : "A true Medicare for All system that extends affordable and quality healthcare to every Marylander – and saves countless lives in the process – is well within our grasp. Getting it done requires the courage to stand up to both the special interests who profit off our current system’s shortcomings and to those whose lack of political will continues
to hold us back."
Jay is running for governor againsy popular Republican incumbent Charlie Baker. This means he REALLY needs our support!
Inspired by Governor Deval Patrick’s vision and leadership, he joined the Patrick Administration in 2007 and served as the Governor’s Secretary of Administration and Finance during the Great Recession. He also served as Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Health Connector, where he oversaw implementation of Massachusetts’ health care reform, and he co-chaired the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. Before joining Governor Deval Patrick’s administration, Jay was a partner at a Boston law firm where he specialized in public finance.
Jay has been active in his community since arriving to Massachusetts from Ohio in 1998. He has served on the boards of many community organizations, and he currently serves on the boards of the Dimock Center, Project Hope and the Trust for Public Land. As a former Brookline resident, Jay was an elected Town Meeting Member, Co-Chair of the Town Meeting Members Association, and a member of the Advisory Committee in the Town of Brookline.
Jay has been a fierce advocate for high-quality early education for all of our children, and is the former Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care.
Most recently, Jay served as President and CEO of CeltiCare Health and New Hampshire Healthy Families, where he system that is cheaper, simpler and better. Under his leadership, Jay turned CeltiCare Health around, launched New Hampshire Healthy Families, grew the company’s regional presence by multiple times and added hundreds of jobs. He credits this job with giving him the knowledge base for his awesome, strong stance on healthcare.
"Simply put, we need a single-payer system that is cheaper, simpler and better.
"As the former CEO of a health insurance company that covered low-income people in the Medicaid program, I know our health care system. I know the many inefficiencies and unnecessary complexities that exist as a result of our multi-payer system, and I know the pitfalls we need to avoid to make sure a single-payer system is done right and achieves the outcomes we need: a sustainable health care system that works better for people.
With Jay's leadership. Massachusetts canmaintain its proud history of leading in health care. As Jay says, "We were the first state in the nation to make near universal health insurance coverage a reality. But that coverage is too expensive and too limited for too many, and growth in health care costs threatens the sustainability of our system."
Howie Hawkins (G) NY
Howie Hawkins will be challenging Democratic machine incumbent Andrew Cuomo for NY Governor. Howie doesn't begin to have themoney or "connections" of Cuomo, but he DOES have the historical creds, integrity, and balls to run in full-throated support of the New York Health Act (the NY single-payer bill currently almost passed in the state legislature), which Cuomo seems to have no awareness of as evidenced by his failure to even mention it on his website.
Howie is a contender, one of the few Greens who managed to win enough votes in the 2014 gubernatorial race (184,419) to move the party up on the ballot. And this time, he has added a much-needed element of fierceness to his campaign. His upgraded website declares, ""Demand More!" and ""We are demanding more than piecemeal reforms. We are demanding system change." With all that demanding, it seems only right that DEMAND Universal Healthcare be one of his first endorsers!
His issue page on Healthcare outlines the provisions of the NY Health Act, summarized by, "The New York Health Act will provide comprehensive, universal health coverage for every New Yorker and would replace private insurance coverage. You and your health care providers work to keep you healthy. New York Health pays the bill." Familiar language to those of us who know H.R.676.
While Cuomo is probably being wined and dined by insurance company lobbyistspouring money into his campaign, Howie is the candidate who knows and can provide what people in the whole state (not just the city) need.
James Smith won the Democratic primary for governor and will face Republican Henry McMaster in the General. Though Southe Carolina is not yet ready to pursue a state single-payer system, the expansion of Medicaid (refused by McMaster) is the major healthcare issue they deal with there. James won our endorsement by vowing to accept that expansion and also because our indispensable Donna Ellington personally has endorsed him!
James was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. He is married to Kirkland (Thomas) of Mount Pleasant and they have three sons ad a daughter - Emerson, Thomas, Paul, and Shannon.
James is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and University of South Carolina School of Law. He's currently a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, a Major in the South Carolina Army National Guard, a small business owner, and practicing attorney in Columbia, South Carolina.
James can trace military service to every generation of his family dating back to the Revolutionary War, and his parents instilled in him those values of duty, service and leadership. He had served eight years as a JAG officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard when a 2001 visit to Ground Zero in New York stirred something inside of him. “It had a profound impact on me,” he recalls. It motivated him to resign his Officer Commission so that he could enlist as an infantryman, and, at age 37, begin basic training.
In February 2007, Smith deployed as an infantry officer as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. For a year there, he served as a Combat Advisor to Afghan Security Forces operating in remote areas in southern Afghanistan. Always crediting his infantry for any success and to his very survival, Smith worked side by side with Afghans to enforce the rule of law. His service was recognized by him receiving the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Purple Heart.
In the SC General Assembly, James has been a tireless advocate for a variety of issues. He has championed issues facing our veterans and active military. He has been a vocal leader for public education and governmental and ethics reform; fought for increased jobs and economic development across the state; provided protections for the environment, healthcare and the arts – all to make South Carolina the best it can be and a great place to live and raise a family. During his tenure, he has earned the respect of legislators from both sides of aisle and has established a solid reputation as someone who gets things done for South Carolinians.
His public service in the House can be characterized as “service before self.” The needs of his constituency are always first and foremost. He expects and demands holding accountable the forces too often seen in politics, which care more about their personal future rather than South Carolina’s future.
On healthcare his website says, "On the first day of the job as your Governor, with the stroke of his pen James will expand Medicaid and deliver healthcare to over 150,000 South Carolinians who are being denied access to health care simply because they live in the Palmetto State.
"By not accepting Medicaid expansion, Henry McMaster is sending our tax dollars to other states while our own citizens are using emergency rooms for their own healthcare needs. We need to expand coverage to increase access to high quality, affordable healthcare and keep our hard-earned tax money at home."
We're hoping that South Carolina will start there and then go on, under James Smith's governorship, to join other states in the process of passing single-payer laws.