Together, in 2018, we endorsed a slate of 133 candidates. More than half of those endorsements were women. A quarter were people of color. Almost half of those candidates were under 50 years of age.
Through the course of the campaign, I traveled to 24 states in support of 65 of our candidates. In the final six days before November 7, I visited 13 different cities — helping to turn out the vote. And thanks to supporters everywhere, we were able to make a direct investment in these races. Altogether, we contributed more than $600,000 to candidates this cycle.
All that effort paid off — and helped some exceptional leaders win tough races.
Senator Doug Jones
NM State Convention
MT State Convention
ND State Convention
Senator Joe Donnelly
Gil Cisneros; TJ Cox; Katie Porter; Harley Rouda; Mike Levin
Gov. Gina Raimondo; Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
James Smith, Joe Cunningham, and Rosalynn Glenn
Rep. Jacky Rosen; Steve Sisolak; Nelson Araujo; Susan Lee; Steven Horsford; Aaron Ford; Rep. Dina Titus
Sen. Bill Nelson and Andrew Gillum
Sen. Bill Nelson and Gillum Rally
Sen. Bill Nelson
Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Stephanie Murphy
Jahana Hayes and Ned Lamont
Last year, every single candidate endorsed was suggested by you — and nearly every single one of them won. At the beginning of this year, we made a pledge to each other — to do everything we could to help a new generation of Democratic leaders get elected all over the country.
Senator Sherrod Brown is running for reelection to continue fighting for Ohio workers. Sherrod believes that our nation is strongest when our economy grows from the middle out, and when workers share in the growth they create. In Congress, he has stood up to unfair trade policies that put workers at a disadvantage; worked to protect and expand access to quality, affordable health care; and as ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, Sherrod has led efforts to hold big banks and shady special interests accountable. If reelected, he will continue to stand up for working families in Ohio and across the country.
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.
Born and raised in Schenectady to a working class family, Antonio Delgado is a native of upstate New York. His parents worked for General Electric and worked hard to make the American Dream a reality. Antonio attended Colgate University, where he earned a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford. Afterwards, he went to law school at Harvard where he met his wife Lacey. He started his own company designed to empower young people to learn through music, and later became a successful attorney. Antonio and Lacey now live in Rhinebeck, where they are raising their young twin boys.
A first-term member, Josh Gottheimer represents New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District in the northernmost part of the state. President Trump won his Republican-leaning District in 2016. Josh serves as Co-Chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, where he works across party lines to find areas of agreement on key issues, including gun safety, infrastructure, tax reform, and health care. Josh serves on the House Financial Services Committee and was recently named the most bipartisan freshman Democrat in Congress.
Born and raised in Nevada, Steven Horsford has been fighting for working families for his entire career. He led the state’s largest nonprofit career training program helping thousands of workers find good jobs and made history as Nevada’s first African-American Senate Majority Leader. There, he worked across party lines to pass landmark legislation to create clean energy jobs and solve the worst budget crisis in state history. In 2012, Horsford ran and won this congressional seat and fought for legislation that protected seniors, veterans, and women. Steven is now a small business owner.
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.
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.
Haley Stevens is running for Congress in Michigan’s 11th District. Haley served as chief of staff on the Auto Task Force, the team responsible for returning the auto industry to financial stability and saving over 200,000 Michigan jobs. She has spent her career in economic and workforce development, creating jobs and bringing economic opportunity to communities throughout the Midwest. Most recently she led a job training program and created the country’s first online certification program for digital manufacturing, which is already changing lives.
Susan Wild has advocated her entire career for hardworking, middle-class families in the Lehigh Valley. She is an experienced, tough negotiator that can find common ground for compromise while never losing sight of the values that drive her. Susan will work tirelessly to create good-paying jobs, improve access to quality, affordable health care, and protect vital programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
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.