Though we just don't have the time or staff to cover state and local races fully, the following are significant enough to earn our endorsement. These candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, state legislatures, town or city councils and other offices are researched as we do with the federal candidates, first using Politics1 and Ballotpedia if their office is listed, then using candidates' websites and/or Facebook pages (sorry, but our social media search is limited to Facebook Issues tabs - if you don't have one and you want voters to know where you stand, GET ONE!), local news stories, and videos. In some cases, candidates or their campaign managers have reached out asking for DUH's endorsement, which always pleasantly surprises us, but for which they gain no extra favor.
Unfortunately, because there are so many Congressional candidates, there is no time to feature these candidates except on this page. We encourage voters who will be voting in these races to see if a candidate from their state or district is listed, but always find out as much as you can about all the candidates you have to choose from. Be an educated voter who votes IN your own interest, but above all, BE A VOTER!
Daniel Biss (D) ILLINOIS
Daniel is one of five Democrats running to challenge abysmal billionaire-with-no-experience governor Bruce Rauner. He is the only Democrat for whom universal healthcare is a plank of his platform. His two major opponents, both million-or-billionaires-with-no-governing-experience (trying the same thing repeatedly, expecting different results...HOW many times do we have to do this???), have adopted the corporate Democratic Party line promoting the mistake of adding the famous public option to whatever we end up with when Congress is done slashing chunks off the ACA. Biss doesn't want to waste more time on increments that studies have proven will achieve nothing but reinforcing a two-tiered system as all the elderly, sick, and poor people flock to the public option while insurance companies sit back and rake in profits from the young and healthy. Competition? While the lack of a mandate may take a significant number of 26+ consumers out of the market, there will also be an increasing number of baby boomers hitting the danger zone for which we'll need insurance, as well as showing our "invincible" grandchildren that their time will come too. Why should an insurance company pay for my rare, expensive liver disease when they could make thousands collecting premiums and deductibles from my 30-something neighbor who's worst medical issue is her occasional hangovers? Have we learned nothing from the ACA? Daniel Biss has. And his legislative record proves it, both as a state representative and a state senator. He is also the only one of the top three who have governing experience. Perhaps he made an unfortunate choice letting go of his first running mate, but we can't fault a man for sticking to his principles and his heritage. and he defied all who assumed he'd quit. Daniel Biss is no quitter and, as DUH knows well, some things are worth the struggle to stick with them. If you can't stay in it, you can't win it, whether it's healthcare or the governor's office.
Abdul El-Sayed (D) MI
If there were such a thing as DUH Magazine, Abdul El-Sayed is a likely candidate for "cover doc." Not only is he handsome with a great smile, but he's an internationally known expert in public health policy
Abdul went on to become a Rhodes Scholar, earning a doctorate from Oxford University and a medical degree from Columbia University. As a public health professor, Abdul became an internationally recognized expert in health policy and health inequalities.
At the age of 30, Abdul became the youngest health official of a major American city was tasked with rebuilding Detroit's Health Department after it was privatized during the city's bankruptcy. As Health Director, he worked tirelessly to improve government accountability and transparency, as well as instituting several programs that benefited the children of Detroit, ensuring lead-free water in schools and daycare centers, providing glasses to children in need, and reducing asthma by working with polluters to reduce emissions and create parks and other green spaces..
After the tyranny of "Emergency Financial Managers," the blatant crimes against the people of Flint, the culture of racism and violence between police and the citizenry, and the general destruction of the state's economy wrought by the Snyder administration, the people of Michigan deserve a governor with love, not hate, in his heart; logic and knowledge, not selfish ignorance, in his mind; and compassion and concern, not scorn and disregard, for the people of Michigan.
Though the work continues, under Abdul’s leadership, the Detroit Health Department has become a state and national leader in public health innovation and environmental justice, in one of the fastest municipal public health turnarounds in American history.
Bob Massie (PD) MA
Bob Massie is running for Governor of Massachusetts. We weren't going to weigh in on this race, but then we read that Bob's knowledge and experience with both American and foreign healthcare systems has fueled a passion in him to bring the single-payer healthcare he got in another country to the U.S. Born with hemophilia, he says, "I am able to walk today because I received health care in another country where I was a foreign resident. In other words, my commitment to single-payer care and to healthcare as a right has been burned into my bones." We hear you, Bob!
Dennis Kucinich (PD) OH
State Legislature Candidates
Mark Bignell (PD) MI State Senate
Mark is still "delivering progress," only now it's to Michigan's State Senate instead of Congress. DUH respects his wisdom in choosing to climb the State legislative ladder, which will give him experience that will benefit his future political career.
Mark has plenty of experience choosing to defer his own immediate goals in order to take care of the needs of others. He did it for his family when they faced severe poverty; he's done it for his wife and kids, re-educating himself and finding an occupation that would support them; and now he seeks to do it for the people of Michigan's 33rd legislative district.
He knows what his would-be constituents want and need because he's been there with them, as one of them, as the Snyder administration has hurt their democracy, the economy, and the people. He knows how urgently change is needed and, as he's always done, he's stepping up to be an agent of that change. DUH endorses his platform which includes a single-payer system for Michigan, but we also applaud his desire to make a positive difference.
Robert Van Kirk (PD) MI State House
Robert is another awesome MI candidate, running for the State House in District 77. He credits his mother and grandparents for raising him with values that included defending those that cannot defend themselves and speaking truth to power which he witnessed his mother doing after his biological father abused her after he was born.
The desire to serve his community was also deeply instilled in Robert, which led to political awareness and action. DUH was impressed by his early healthcare advocacy while he was in graduate school at Michigan State earning his Masters degree in Criminal Justice. He chaired the Council of Graduate Students' Health Care Subcommittee which addressed the health care crisis graduate students faced when the university attempted to shift more of student health care costs onto the backs of students who could not afford such a move.
He currently serves as Parliamentarian of the Progressive Caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party as well as the Membership Director of the Young Democrats of Michigan. He is also active with his local Progressive Caucus in Kent County and the Grand Rapids United Progressives, a group of activists committed to bettering their community.
As an openly gay man, acceptance and inclusiveness are also foundational to his goal of representing all people in the 77th District. DUH believes his passion for bettering his District will serve the people, as well as providing a strong first step into what could be a long, successful political career.
Darin Mann (DSA) UT State House