Our 2018 Candidate Slate: Nominated by You

Last year, every single candidate endorsed was suggested by you — and nearly every single one of the won. Meet some of our 2018 candidates and tell us who you think Joe Biden should endorse in 2018!

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Federal Candidates

Senator Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin

Suggested by: Donald, Waukesha, WI

Born and raised in the Badger State, Tammy became Wisconsin’s first female member of Congress and America’s first openly-gay non-incumbent elected to Congress. In 2012, Tammy Baldwin ran for Senate and Wisconsin made history again. Tammy became the first woman Wisconsin sent to the Senate and the first openly LGBTQ Senator in history. In the Senate, Tammy is putting Wisconsin first and doing right by working families across the state. Tammy is building a stronger Made in Wisconsin manufacturing economy by championing Buy American rules, confronting unfair trade deals, and helping create good-paying Wisconsin jobs. She is working across party lines to make sure our veterans are supported with the health care, jobs, and community support that they have earned and deserve. And when some in Washington pushed partisan repeal efforts that would have ripped health care away from millions of Americans, Tammy led the fight to protect our health care. Tammy will sit down with anyone, no matter their party, and she’ll take on anyone, no matter how powerful, if it means getting the job done for Wisconsinites. Donate to support Tammy.

Representative Cheri Bustos (IL-17)

Suggested by: Steve, Hampton, IL

Cheri Bustos is currently serving in her third term in Congress. She was recently elected by her colleagues to House Leadership as Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee where she is shaping the party’s message to help promote our values. She is currently the only Midwesterner in elected Democratic House Leadership. As one of only a handful of Democrats left in rural districts, Cheri was tapped as Chair of Heartland Engagement at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee where she has been charged to mentor promising candidates in targeted districts to help Democrats reclaim the House. In Congress, Cheri is focused on ways to grow our economy and strengthen working families. A fierce advocate for the health and safety of families, she is proud of her work to replace lead pipes that were endangering children in her district. She is a member of the House Agriculture Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. A lifelong Illinois resident, Cheri followed her passion into journalism where she uncovered numerous stories of corruption in government and earned recognition for her work in the community. She went on to work for one of the nation’s largest non-profit, non-denominational health systems. Donate to support Cheri.

Representative Abby Finkenauer (IA-1)

Suggested by: John, Poweshiek, IA

Abby Finkenauer has a proven track record of standing up for hardworking Iowans and progressive causes. As a State Representative Abby has fought for middle-class values, living wages, and equal rights. She hasn’t shied away from speaking up for ideals she believes in and the people she represents. Abby grew up a daughter of a Union Pipefitter Welder and a Dubuque Community Schools employee. She was raised in a working-class household, and was taught that when there was work to be done, you do it. If elected to Congress, Abby will take the values she learned from her family and her experiences growing up in a blue-collar community to Washington, where she will be the fighter that Iowa’s working families deserve. At age 29, Abby would bring a fresh generation of leadership to Congress. She is running to unseat an extreme GOP Freedom Caucus Member who is the most vulnerable incumbent in the House. IA-01 is one of the top targets for Democrats to pick up this cycle. Abby has been named to the DCCC’s Red to Blue list and she was one of EMILY’s List’s first challenger endorsements of the cycle. Donate to support Abby.

Chrissy Houlahan, US Congress (PA-6)

Suggested by: Sara, Philadelphia, PA

Chrissy is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and career naval office. She earned her engineering degree from Stanford with an ROTC scholarship and received her M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT. Chrissy served as a Captain in the USAFR; 3 years Active and 13 years Inactive Reserves. She also served as COO of AND1 Basketball, helping transform the company from a startup to a major apparel and footwear brand. Chrissy also worked as a chemistry teacher in North Philadelphia and was a Teach for America Corps member. Most recently, Chrissy served as President and COO/CFO for Springboard Collaborative, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit focused on improving early childhood literacy in underserved communities country-wide Chrissy is the mother of Molly and Carly, and lives with her husband, Bart, in Devon. Donate to support Chrissy.

Andy Kim, US Congress (NJ-3)

Suggested by: Kate, Medford, NJ

Andy Kim was born and raised in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. He’s the son of immigrants and a former Rhodes Scholar. He became a diplomat at the State Department, where he worked to secure critical international alliances. He served as an advisor to Generals David Petraeus and John Allen in Afghanistan. In the Obama-Biden White House, he was the director for Iraq at the National Security Council. In Congress, he’ll bring a lifelong commitment to public service and a deep understanding of foreign policy and our military. Donate to support Andy.

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, US Congress (FL-26)

Suggested by: Michael, Redland, FL

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell immigrated to the United States from Ecuador as a young girl with her mother and sisters in search of opportunities to better their lives. Debbie has early memories of the one-room apartment they lived in, while her mother worked double shifts as a home health care provider and attended school in the evenings and on the weekends to learn English. To help her family make ends meet, Debbie started working the early-morning shift at a doughnut shop starting when she was 15 years old. Debbie has spent the last twenty-years dedicated to improving the lives of underserved communities in Miami-Dade, working for non-profit organizations such as the Hope Center, Zoo Miami Foundation, and the Coral Restoration Foundation, and since 2003 at the College of Health at Florida International University and, since its inception, the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Debbie has worked tirelessly to establish and grow the Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP program at FIU and improve healthcare access for more Floridians. As someone that has spent her life’s work on expanding access to quality healthcare – impacting the lives of thousands, she knows that it’s inconceivable that politicians in D.C. would consider ripping away healthcare access from our families. Debbie understands we must continue to improve on what’s working and fix what’s broken in our health care system, not abandon people who need it the most. Donate to support Debbie.

Representative Stephanie Murphy (FL-7)

Suggested by: Susan, Seminole, FL

U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy proudly represents central Florida in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is a former educator, businesswoman, and national security specialist. Congresswoman Murphy is working to create jobs, strengthen our Armed Forces, and take care of our veterans as a member of the powerful House Armed Services Committee. She is also vigorously promoting central Florida entrepreneurs and small businesses as a member of the House Small Business Committee. Previous to her service in Congress, Congresswoman Murphy was an educator at Rollins College and businesswoman in the private sector. She also previously served as a national security specialist in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. She worked on a wide range of security issues from counterterrorism, foreign military relations to strategic planning for the department. Prior to her public service, Congresswoman Murphy was a strategy consultant at Deloitte Consulting. Donate to support Stephanie.

Gina Ortiz Jones, US Congress (TX-23)

Suggested by: Carolina, Bexar, TX

Gina Ortiz Jones is an Iraq War veteran, and she served as a U.S. Air Force intelligence officer under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. Gina advised on intelligence operations in Latin America and Africa, and would later advise on economic and national security issues in the Executive Office of the President. Having served in countries where the middle class was hollowed out, Gina is running for Congress, because she knows a strong middle class is key to our national security. Donate to support Gina.

Representative Jacky Rosen (NV-3), Senate Candidate in Nevada

Suggested by: Megan, Clark County, NV

Jacky Rosen has lived in Nevada for nearly 40 years. As the first in her family to graduate from college, Jacky worked two jobs and took out student loans to make ends meet. She waited tables over the summers, including at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and she was a proud member of Culinary Workers Union Local 226. When Jacky started her career as a computer programmer and software developer, she broke barriers in the male-dominated tech industry, working for major companies in Nevada. Since being elected to Congress in 2016, she’s been rated one of the most bipartisan freshmen. Jacky is a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, working across party lines to try to find common ground and deliver results for Nevadans. Donate to support Jacky.

Mikie Sherrill, US Congress (NJ-11)

Suggested by: Connie, Montclair, NJ

Mikie Sherrill is running for Congress in New Jersey to bring new leadership to Washington focused on putting the interests of our families ahead of partisan politics. She supports access to quality and affordable healthcare for each and every American, a tax plan that invests in our families, and an infrastructure plan that grows our economy and improves our quality of life here in New Jersey. Mikie Sherrill graduated from the United States Naval Academy and spent almost 10 years on active duty in the United States Navy as a Sea King Helicopter pilot and on her last tour served as a Russian policy officer. After leaving the Navy, Mikie attended law school, and eventually joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey. Mikie served as an Outreach and Reentry Coordinator developing programs to help people leaving prison to gain employment, housing, and education in order to restart their lives. She then went on to serve as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, helping to keep illegal guns off the streets of New Jersey. Donate to support Mikie.

Representative Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9), Senate Candidate in Arizona

Suggested by: Jaime, Maricopa, AZ

Kyrsten knows firsthand the challenges everyday families face. Born in Tucson, Kyrsten faced tough times as a kid, but through it all she learned the power of hard work and the importance of helping others. Education was Kyrsten’s ticket to a better life, and after graduating, she worked with students and families in Arizona who faced some of the same challenges she did. Now Kyrsten works every day to deliver for Arizona families – expanding access to quality, affordable health care, helping veterans get the benefits they’ve earned, creating good-paying jobs for Arizonans, and keeping Americans safe at home and abroad. Ranked the third most independent member of Congress, Kyrsten is running to serve as an independent voice for Arizona. Kyrsten feels a duty to serve and give back to the communities and country that gave her so much. She got her shot at the American Dream, and she’ll keep working to make sure all Arizonans get theirs too. Donate to support Kyrsten.

Elissa Slotkin, US Congress (MI-8)

Suggested by: Carolyn, Oakland, MI

Elissa Slotkin is a third-generation Michigander who has spent her career in national service, serving three tours in Iraq alongside the U.S. military, and working as a national security expert for both Democratic and Republican administrations. She has served at the White House and in top roles at the Pentagon, including as Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs under the Obama Administration. She is married to Dave Moore, a former Apache pilot, who retired as a colonel from the U.S. Army after 30 years of service. Slotkin ultimately decided to enter the Congressional race after she saw her opponent, Rep. Mike Bishop, celebrate his vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The issue especially hit home for Elissa because her mom, who had a pre-existing condition of breast cancer, died of ovarian cancer in 2011 after struggling for years to get affordable health insurance. Donate to support Elissa.

Senator Jon Tester, Montana

Suggested by: Jean, Billings, MT

Jon Tester is a third-generation Montana farmer and a former school teacher, who was first elected to the Senate in 2006. He’s an outspoken defender of Medicare and Social Security, and he’s an advocate for public education. More than anything, Jon is a guy who gets things done. Even in this polarized climate, two bills Jon wrote to support veterans were signed into law last year: the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act and the Veterans Choice Improvement Act. Donate to support Jon.

Xochitl Torres Small, US Congress (NM-2)

Suggested by: Mary, Socorro, NM

Xochitl Torres Small is a water attorney and former staffer for Sen. Tom Udall. After attending college, she returned home to work on then Rep. Tom Udall’s successful run for the Senate. Following his victory, she helped to set up his southern New Mexico district office, which was responsible for serving much of the current 2nd Congressional District. As a Field Representative for Sen. Udall, Xochitl worked on issues ranging from water conservation and infrastructure development to education and health care accessibility. Inspired by her work on water for Sen. Udall, Xochitl left his office to attend law school at the University of New Mexico (UNM), where she specialized in natural resources and conservation. Immediately after completing her degree, she clerked for a New Mexico federal judge with one of the heaviest criminal dockets in the country. Most recently, Xochitl practiced law at Kemp Smith focusing mostly on water law. Donate to support Xochitl.

State & Local Candidates

Stacey Abrams, Gubernatorial Candidate in Georgia

Suggested by: Patricia, Gwinnett, GA

Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia and former House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams received degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and Yale Law School. Dedicated to civic engagement, she founded the New Georgia Project, which submitted more than 200,000 registrations from voters of color between 2014 and 2016. Under the pen name Selena Montgomery, Stacey is the award-winning author of eight romantic suspense novels, which have sold more than 100,000 copies. 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. And 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. During her tenure, she has stopped legislation to raise taxes on the poor and middle class and to roll back reproductive healthcare. She has brokered compromises that led to progress on transportation, infrastructure, and education. Most recently, she passed legislation to improve the welfare of grandparents and other kin raising children and secured increased funding to support these families. Stacey and 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 led the family to Georgia. Stacey’s parents attended Emory University to pursue graduate studies in Divinity and become United Methodist ministers. Stacey and her younger siblings attended DeKalb County Schools, and she graduated from Avondale High School. Donate to support Stacey.

Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-1), Gubernatorial Candidate in New Mexico

Suggested by: Victoria, Albuquerque, NM

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham is a 12th-generation New Mexican who has dedicated her life to serving her community while fighting for families, seniors, and veterans, and building an economy that works for all New Mexicans. In her third term as US Congresswoman, she is currently serving as chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and serves on the Budget Committee and the Agriculture Committee. After providing free legal services for seniors with the state bar’s lawyer referral for the elderly program, Michelle served as director of the state agency on aging for 14 years, pioneering innovative practices now used nationwide, including undercover inspections of nursing home facilities. In 2004, Michelle was appointed Secretary of the Department of Health where she expanded the number of school-based health centers and instituted teen pregnancy prevention programs. In Congress, she has passed legislation to help local tribes, public schools and pay for training for law enforcement. She also took on the VA to increase veterans’ access to health care, convinced the Social Security Administration to hire more judges, and held bureaucrats accountable for cleaning up a jet-fuel spill that threatened Albuquerque’s drinking water. Michelle has two daughters, Taylor and Erin; one granddaughter, Avery; and a dog, Kiwi. Donate to support Michelle.

Nelson Araujo, Secretary of State Candidate in Nevada

Nelson is a proud Nevada native, born in Las Vegas to parents who fled the civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s for a better life in the United States. His mother, who raised Nelson’s family in a single-parent household, worked long shifts as a hotel housekeeper, and is a proud Culinary Workers Union Local 226 member to this day. Nelson is the first in his immediate family to graduate high school and college. As Assemblyman, Nelson Araujo has always stood up for everyday Nevadans. He protected small businesses from unnecessary tax increases, aided first responders suffering health issues, and protected foster care children. As Secretary of State, he will defend the fundamental right to free, fair, and secure elections. Donate to support Nelson.

Jocelyn Benson, Secretary of State Candidate in Michigan

Jocelyn Benson wrote the book on Secretaries of State — literally. She is the author of Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process — the first major book on the role of the Secretary of State in enforcing election and campaign finance laws — and has more than a decade of experience as a national leader in election law and administration. As the former dean of Wayne State University Law School, she froze tuition, expanded access to scholarship funds for all students, and bolstered the school’s reputation and bar passage rates. She also established programs to promote government oversight, provide free legal services for veterans, and help aspiring entrepreneurs participate in the economic revival of Detroit. As Michigan’s next Secretary of State, she’ll put her wealth of experience toward promoting fair, accessible, and secure elections. Donate to support Jocelyn.

Kathleen Clyde, Secretary of State Candidate in Ohio

Growing up in the working-class town of Garrettsville, Ohio, Kathleen learned how special it is to grow up in a country where everyone has the right and opportunity to make their voice heard. As a State Representative in Ohio’s 75th district, Kathleen fought to restore the busiest days of early voting and extend early voting days and hours. She introduced legislation for automatic voting registration that will ensure Ohioans are added to the rolls when they do everyday things like get a driver’s license, seek disability services, or simply turn eighteen. Now, she wants to take her life’s work to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office to secure and modernize Ohio elections so every Ohioan’s vote counts. Donate to support Kathleen.

Jena Griswold, Secretary of State Candidate in Colorado

Jena Griswold is a lawyer and small business owner who has spent her career fighting for justice and fairness. Growing up working-class, Jena realized that she wanted to help even the playing field for Coloradans. That’s why, after law school, Jena left her law firm to work to protect Coloradans’ voting rights as part of President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign. During that election, she saw firsthand how the Secretary of State’s policies affect the right to vote. Jena is running for Secretary of State to ensure that every Coloradan can exercise his or her constitutional right to vote, to increase campaign finance transparency, and to make government easier for Coloradans. Jena has the knowledge, experience, and backbone Coloradans need in this important office. Donate to support Jena. Donate to support Jena.


Let America Vote

Led by Jason Kander, the first millennial in the country to be elected to statewide office, Let America Vote launched in February 2017 to help fight back against proposals across the country that make it harder for eligible voters to cast a ballot. Today, through online and grassroots organizing, an aggressive earned media strategy, and advertising, they’re playing a key role in the network of organizations fighting for voting rights. Donate to support Let America Vote.