The key to winning back a Democratic House is right here -- with diverse candidates like those below. Red to Blue is a highly competitive and battle-tested program at the DCCC that arms top-tier candidates with organizational and fundraising support to help them continue to run strong campaigns. Come November, these candidates and others will take the fight to Paul Ryan’s House Republicans -- and fight to flip these seats from red to blue.
Clarke is a seventh-generation Arkansan and a State Representative respected on both sides of the aisle. As young cancer survivor, Clarke's bipartisan work to protect access to health care is personal. His decision to run for Congress was spurred by his opponent's vote to drive up the cost of coverage and strip away protections for people who, like Clarke, live with pre-existing conditions. Clarke's deep roots in this community, ability to build consensus across party lines, and proven fundraising ability make him the right candidate to win back this seat with Democratic roots.
Armed with experience as a prosecutor and elected leader in this state, Ann Kirkpatrick is uniquely qualified to fight for families in Arizona’s 2nd district. This district leans Democratic: Sec. Hillary Clinton won by 5 points in 2016, and early polling shows that voters prefer a Democrat to a Republican by 7 points. Bolstered by endorsements from Reps. Gabby Giffords and Ron Barber, Kirkpatrick is poised for victory in 2018.
Jessica Morse is a fifth generation Northern Californian. An outdoorswoman, Jessica grew up hiking, fishing, and hunting with her family throughout Northern California. Jessica is a national security consultant who worked on behalf of our country at home and abroad, including in Iraq and as an advisor to the Commander of US Pacific Command. At the State Department, Jessica cut waste from the Iraq aid budget and will continue to cut wasteful spending in Washington. She is running to safeguard our community by funding proactive wildfire prevention programs, increasing vocational training, and ensuring access to quality, affordable health care.
Democrat Josh Harder is a 5th-generation resident of the Central Valley. After graduating from Modesto High, Josh worked his way through Stanford, and then Harvard Business and Harvard Kennedy School, earning degrees in business and public policy. Josh has spent the last 10 years working with entrepreneurs and small businesses, helping them grow and create thousands of new jobs. He is also proud to have worked with the Gates Foundation and other nonprofits to organize small farmers in Kenya and Uganda. Josh is currently a business instructor at Modesto Junior College.
The son of immigrants, TJ Cox is a community development leader, health care advocate, and entrepreneur. TJ has invested and created hundreds of jobs in the Central Valley. His work has led to the development and opening of community health clinics, job-training facilities, clean energy plants and affordable housing. In one of the most Democratic districts in the country still held by a Republican, TJ has the life story and campaign that can compete and win this critical race. TJ lives in Fresno with his wife, Kathleen Murphy, M.D., a pediatric intensive care physician, and their four children.
The daughter of a police officer and a registered nurse, Katie Hill is a lifelong resident of the 25th Congressional District. Before running for Congress, Katie served as Executive Director of PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), the largest homeless services organization in California. Under Katie’s leadership, in just four years PATH helped more than 7,000 individuals, veterans, and families move off the streets and into permanent housing. Katie attended public schools in the 25th District and holds a BA and Master’s from Cal State University Northridge. Katie lives with her husband on a small farm in Agua Dulce.
The son of a public-school cafeteria worker and Vietnam veteran, Gil attended college on an R.O.T.C. scholarship and served our country as a naval officer for ten years. An education policy expert, he started a foundation to create more opportunities for local students and give back to his community after winning the lottery in 2010. Gil has worked extensively to strengthen schools and has established scholarships for underprivileged kids. He serves on the board of Michelle Obama’s college access initiative, Reach Higher.
As a consumer protection attorney, Katie Porter has spent decades taking on the big banks that hurt middle-class families -- and winning. In 2012, then–California Attorney General Kamala Harris appointed Katie to be California’s banking watchdog. The banks had promised to pay billions to homeowners they cheated, and Harris appointed Katie to make sure they followed through. Katie and her team held the banks’ feet to the fire, securing over $18 billion and helping tens of thousands of families in California move forward with their lives. Katie lives in Irvine with her three children, and is a tenured consumer law professor at University of California Irvine.
Harley Rouda is a technology entrepreneur, businessman, and advocate who is running for Congress to protect the California way of life for the next generation. A longtime community leader in Orange County, Harley has founded and managed companies that are leaders in the sustainability movement. His message of building economic opportunity, ensuring quality affordable health care for all, and fighting for gun violence prevention has resonated in his district and led to a groundswell of grassroots support for his campaign. He lives in Laguna Beach with his wife Kaira and their four children.
Democratic candidate Mike Levin was raised in South Orange County, and later attended Stanford University. After college, Mike served in the Coro Fellows Program and then attended Duke University School of Law. He then served as Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Orange County, and has worked as an attorney focused on environmental and energy regulatory compliance and government affairs. Mike is a passionate believer in clean energy and has over a decade of experience in the industry, helping to accelerate the transition towards more sustainable power generation and transportation options. Mike has served for several years on the board of the Center for Sustainable Energy, based in San Diego, and co-founded Sustain OC in Orange County. Mike lives in San Juan Capistrano with his wife, Chrissy, and their two young children.
Jason Crow has a stellar record of service. The son of small business owners, Jason worked minimum-wage jobs during high school, enlisted in the National Guard, and worked construction to help pay his way through college. After the horrific 9/11 attacks, he served as a paratrooper in the invasion of Iraq where he earned a Bronze Star. Jason then served two combat tours in Afghanistan as an Army Ranger. Now he’s an attorney and veterans advocate. President Obama, Sec. Hillary Clinton, and Gov. Hickenlooper have all won this district. Crow is the candidate to flip this seat in 2018.
2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes’ inspirational life story has been profiled in major publications across the country. Jahana grew up surrounded by poverty, drugs, and violence in a housing project in Waterbury, and became pregnant at 17. While supporting her young family, Jahana enrolled in community college, then earned a four-year degree and two advanced degrees. She became a high school history teacher in the same town where she grew up. In 2016, President Obama honored Jahana as the National Teacher of the Year for her dedication to her students and community.
Ambassador Nancy Soderberg has worked to resolve conflicts worldwide. She served as an Ambassador to the United Nations and in the White House as Deputy National Security Advisor, where she was instrumental in brokering peace in Northern Ireland. She is President of Soderberg Global Solutions and Director of the Public Service Leadership Program at the University of North Florida. She was previously President of Connect U.S. Fund, Vice President of the International Crisis Group, and served as an advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy. She lives in Crescent Beach, Florida and has called Florida home for more than a decade.
Kristen Carlson is an attorney, an advocate, a mother, and a fighter for hardworking Floridians. Kristen started her law career as a prosecutor in Pasco County and then served as the first female general counsel for the Florida Department of Citrus in Lakeland. A tough negotiator, Kristen fought to protect Florida’s citrus growers, manufacturers, and consumers from fraud. Kristen’s mother was a frontline Army surgical nurse who served in WWII and her father was a career fighter pilot with the Air Force. She understands the meaning of service and she has spent her career serving the people of Florida.
David is an attorney who has spent 30 years protecting people in Florida from predatory insurance companies and big corporations. David began working early, starting at his family’s dry cleaning business when he was just 11 years old. He continued to work through college and law school, doing everything from bussing tables to selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door. David is an active member of his community. He served as the treasurer and vice president of Children First, an early-education head start program. As a small business owner, he’s a trustee member of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. He’s served on the Board of Directors for the Sarasota Film Festival and Temple Emanu-El, and on the advisory board of the West Coast Black Theater Troupe.
Lauren Baer brings more than a decade of national security and legal expertise to her run for Congress in Florida’s 18th Congressional District, where she was raised and her family's roots run deep. Lauren served as an official in the Obama Administration from 2011-2017, acting as a senior advisor to two Secretaries of State and to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Prior to her State Department service, she was a litigator at WilmerHale LLP, where she focused on transnational disputes and federal appeals. Since she launched her campaign, Lauren has racked up strong local and national endorsements and turned heads with her impressive fundraising out of the gate.
Mary Barzee Flores was born and raised in Miami. Her parents served in the military and her own career in public service began as a federal Public Defender in Miami prior to being elected to serve as a Florida Circuit Court Judge. In 2015, President Barack Obama nominated Mary for a seat on the U.S. District Court -- but Senator Marco Rubio blocked her nomination and she was never given a hearing. Mary’s record of service and commitment to her community is the reason she is running for Congress and she will fight for South Florida in Washington.
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell immigrated to the United States with her family as a young girl, working her first job at age 15 to help her family make ends meet and pay her way through college. Mucarsel-Powell has dedicated more than twenty years to improving access to healthcare, protecting the environment, and increasing educational opportunities in South Florida. Mucarsel-Powell is running for Congress because the opportunities this country offered enabled her family to achieve the American Dream and those same opportunities are disappearing for too many families. Florida's 26th district is one of the top swing districts in the country and Mucarsel-Powell has built a grassroots campaign that can turn this seat blue.
Lucy McBath is a mother, wife, and businesswoman who became an advocate for social justice following the fatal shooting of her son, Jordan Davis. After a 30-year career with Delta Airlines, Lucy’s second career has been focused on fighting for safer communities and reducing gun violence. Lucy is a two-time breast cancer survivor who recognizes that access to quality insurance and health care made the difference in battles against cancer. Now, she is fighting to ensure everyone has access to affordable care. Congress needs more people like Lucy McBath willing to step up and fight for her neighbors.
Carolyn Bourdeaux has dedicated her life to public service. During the Great Recession, she served as Director of Georgia’s Senate Budget and Evaluation Office, developing bipartisan solutions to the state’s budget crisis. She was the founding Director of Georgia State’s Center for State and Local Finance. She is now a professor of public policy with the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. In Congress, she will fight for affordable health care, a world-class public education system, and a government that is accountable to the people.
Abby, a first-generation college graduate and Iowa State Representative, launched her campaign in April and is a proven advocate for working families. This is a historically Democratic district -- President Obama won twice -- that represents a top takeover opportunity for Democrats. An NBC News profile designated Abby as the candidate with what it takes to win.
Democratic candidate Cindy Axne is a 5th-generation Iowan, small business owner, mother, and first-time candidate running in this district. She grew up in Des Moines and worked for nearly a decade in state government to hold it accountable and successfully advocated for all-day kindergarten for every child in West Des Moines. In Congress, she will work to get results for Iowa families and advocate for better jobs, higher wages and access to affordable health care.
For two decades, building his own companies and advising others, Sean Casten has been at the forefront of discovering ways to make reducing carbon emissions a successful business strategy. As a job creator, Casten understands the critical need to rebuild our infrastructure and promote economic growth. As a husband and father, he also knows that nothing terrifies families more than the thought of their health care being put at risk by Republicans in Congress. A respected scientist, clean energy entrepreneur, and problem solver, Sean Casten lives in Downers Grove, IL with his wife and two young children.
As the top prosecutor of the largest county in IL-12 and veteran of the US Navy, Brendan Kelly has carved out an impressive independent profile in this community. Since his launch, he’s raised notable funds -- already outpacing the incumbent Rep. Mike Bost. President Obama won this district twice and Sen. Tammy Duckworth won by 9 points, making this a prime pick-up opportunity for Democrats.
Betsy Dirksen Londrigan’s roots in Central Illinois go back generations, to when her great-grandparents moved there searching for a better life. A mother, self-employed entrepreneur, and non-profit leader, Londrigan stepped up to run for Congress when she saw Republican incumbent Rep. Rodney Davis and Washington Republicans vote to take health care away from families like hers and raise the cost of their health care. After watching her son fight a life-threatening illness, Londrigan appreciates the importance of access to quality, affordable health care. Londrigan understands the needs of working families and will always put them ahead of Washington special interests.
Lauren Underwood brings a critical perspective to this race as a registered nurse, with hands-on health care experience. She is the first woman to receive the Democratic nomination in her district. Lauren began her career helping to implement the ACA, and President Obama appointed Lauren to serve as a Senior Advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services. There, she helped communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror threats, and public health emergencies. During a swimming lesson when she was 8 years old, Lauren discovered that she had a heart condition. The doctors and nurses who helped her through her initial treatment inspired her career in nursing. Recently, Lauren worked with a Medicaid plan in Chicago to ensure it provided high-quality, cost-efficient care. Lauren is training future nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online master’s program.
Liz Watson is a fifth-generation Hoosier, working mom and workers’ rights attorney. She’s spent a lifetime fighting for working families to get ahead. Liz fought to ensure working people earn a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, helped people juggle work and family life, and safeguarded the freedom of working people to come together to negotiate for their fair share. She was the Labor Policy Director for the Democrats in the U.S. Congress, and she’s represented people treated unfairly at work. She’s fed up with her representative putting special interests ahead of Hoosiers. She will work for health care for everyone, good jobs, and great public schools.
Paul is the former Kansas House Minority Leader and is in a unique position to fight for Kansas values and win this district. As the 2014 Democratic nominee for Kansas governor, Paul won Kansas’s 2nd district by 6 points. Paul has built a strong, centrist brand in comparison to Kansas Republicans who will have to defend unpopular Gov. Brownback and who have openly admitted they have a weak bench. Paul recently outraised the entire Republican field combined and has widespread support heading into 2018.
Sharice Davids was raised by her mom, a single parent who spent more than 20 years in the Army. Since graduating from Johnson County Community College, Sharice earned her law degree from Cornell Law School and focused her career on bringing equity and opportunity to underserved communities. She has lived and worked on Native American reservations, helping tribes to create economic development opportunities, programs, and initiatives. Sharice is a Native American and member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, and regularly speaks at conferences as a nationally recognized expert on economic and community development in Native communities.
Amy McGrath’s inspirational story has excited voters and made her one of the fiercest challengers in the country. Her campaign is rooted in her strong commitment to public service. She answered the call to serve in the Marine Corps, becoming the first female Marine to fly a combat mission in an F-18 Hornet and carrying out missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. Seeing a government that doesn’t work for the people of Kentucky, Amy is again answering the call to serve to move the economy forward for regular people in central Kentucky and stand up to anyone who tries to attack affordable health care.
Jared grew up in Lewiston, Maine, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after September 11th, serving combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. After earning his college education through veterans education benefits, Jared served in the Maine legislature. As a State Representative, Jared has fought to improve mental health care for veterans, spoken up for working families, and led the charge to expand Medicaid for Mainers.
Matt Longjohn is running for Congress to fight for middle class families who have seen their healthcare costs continue to rise while Washington Republicans try to gut protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions. As a doctor and former National Health Officer for the YMCA, Matt is uniquely qualified to deliver solutions that will improve access to affordable, quality health care. Matt is committed to improving health care and quality of life for everyone in Southwest Michigan.
Coming from a family of Navy veterans, Gretchen Driskell grew up learning that we have an obligation to give back. Her journey to help her community started as a young mother in Saline, where she saw a need for a recreation center for families and helped build the Saline Recreation Complex. Gretchen’s passion for her community never wavered. She went on to be elected to City Council and became the first female and longest-serving Mayor of Saline. In 2012 she defeated an incumbent to be elected to the state legislature. Gretchen is the proud mother of Ryan, Matthew, a U.S. Navy Ensign, and Marielle, and grandmother of Chloe.
Elissa Slotkin is a third-generation Michigander and has spent her career in national service. She served with the Central Intelligence Agency -- including three tours in Iraq -- and worked directly for President Bush and President Obama on the White House National Security Council. Her entry into this race is a game-changer, and there’s a clear path to victory: Democratic Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow routinely win Michigan’s 8th.
Haley Stevens was born and raised in Oakland County, Michigan. She is the daughter of a small-business owner and a public school teacher. Haley has dedicated her career to public service and ensuring that good-paying jobs are available to the people of Michigan. Haley served as a policy advisor in the Economic Development Administration and as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Treasury Department’s Auto Task Force -- the team responsible for helping return the auto industry to financial stability and saving over 200,000 Michigan jobs.
Dan Feehan is a fifth-generation Minnesotan who, like current Rep. Tim Walz, is a former teacher and veteran who served his country overseas. Prior to his run for Congress, Dan served two tours in Iraq, taught in classrooms in low-income communities, and served in the Pentagon as acting Assistant Secretary of Defense. Feehan has earned the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party endorsement and has successfully branded himself as an independent leader who can carry on Rep. Tim Walz’ legacy in a district that President Obama won twice.
Raised by a single mother in a mobile home park, Angie Craig worked two jobs to pay her way through college. She went on to lead a workforce of over 16,000 at a major Minnesota manufacturer. Angie Craig nearly won in 2016 in one of the most expensive races in the country. She is primed to win in 2018.
Dean Phillips is part of a 6th generation Minnesota family and is a successful business owner and community leader who is a first-time candidate for office. After receiving his MBA from the University of Minnesota, Phillips served as CEO of Phillips Distilling Company before helping build Talenti Gelato into one of the best-selling ice cream brands in the country. He currently co-owns Penny's Coffee, a small business that pays its employees a living wage. He is running in a swing district that Senator Klobuchar, Secretary Clinton, and President Obama all won. Phillips has been praised for the innovative grassroots campaign he is running, promoting accessibility and encouraging conversation in Minnesota’s 3rd District.
Joe Radinovich is a fourth-generation Cuyuna Iron Ranger, a hunter, and a fisherman. He was raised in a family of miners, electricians, and health care workers. He experienced personal tragedy when his mother was shot and killed in their kitchen by another family member. But with the support of his family, Joe soldiered on. The experience instilled in him the importance of community. Joe got involved in politics because of cuts to rural schools, like the one he attended. Since then he’s been on the frontlines fighting for public education, better pay and benefits for working families. Joe is running for Congress because working people need health care, childcare, good education, and the support system that comes with those things.
Cort VanOstran, a lifelong Missourian, is an attorney, advocate and educator who was raised by a single mom after his father passed away. As an attorney, Cort works on behalf of farmers and other hardworking Missourians. As a son, he saw his mother battle a terminal cancer diagnosis and watched Washington Republicans vote to take away the healthcare protections that families like his relied on. In Congress, he’ll fight for affordable health care for every Missouri family.
Kathleen Williams won a tough primary and has emerged as an even tougher opponent for her Republican opponent, Congressman Greg Gianforte. When she was young, Kathleen’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, so Kathleen and her father had to become her caretakers. Two years ago, tragedy struck again, with the untimely and sudden passing of her husband. These major life events gave Kathleen an understanding of what healthcare crises mean for families. As a state representative, she fought to require insurance companies to cover life-saving cancer treatments, and she’ll continue to fight for middle class families health care in Congress.
Linda Coleman grew up in a close-knit community, where she learned the value of hard work by spending her summers working on a tobacco farm. Linda started her career as a classroom teacher, before running for public office. Linda served as chair of the Wake County Commissioners and was elected to serve three terms as a Democratic representative in the North Carolina General Assembly, where she fought to increase funding for schools and the minimum wage. She’s never forgotten where she came from and will fight for working families in Washington.
Dan McCready is a USMC veteran and a clean energy entrepreneur in North Carolina. McCready founded a solar energy business with a fellow Marine that helped bring hundreds of jobs to North Carolina. His candidacy is driven by the same call to serve he felt in the years after 9/11 when he joined the Marines. State and local election results, as well as McCready’s own profile and strong fundraising numbers, make this district a strong pick-up opportunity in 2018.
A business person, mother, community leader, and attorney, Kathy Manning has spent the last 25 years bringing people together in Greensboro, North Carolina to solve problems and create economic opportunity. A product of the American dream, Kathy’s great-grandparents fled religious persecution overseas and worked to provide their children with a better future. Kathy now strives to pay it forward. As the first woman to lead one of the largest charitable organizations in the world, Kathy brought people together to improve education and provide relief to people who lost their jobs during the economic downturn, including job retraining and mortgage assistance.
Democratic candidate Kara Eastman is a social worker and longtime community leader in Omaha. Kara started Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance (OHKA) and grew it from a small start-up focused on lead poisoning prevention into a nationally recognized, award-winning nonprofit that has raised more than $13 million to support green, safe, and healthy housing in Omaha. OHKA has directly served over 4,000 Nebraska families over the last decade. Through partnerships with small businesses and contractors, Kara created dozens of jobs within the organization and in city government. Kara believes in serving others, and it’s why she is running for Congress.
Chris Pappas is the 4th-generation co-owner of his family’s small business, the Puritan Backroom in Manchester, NH. The Puritan backroom is a family restaurant that employs more than 230 people. Chris provided health insurance to his employees long before it was required by the ACA and he offers paid leave as well, leading by example with New Hampshire values like decency, integrity, and community. As an Executive Councilor, Chris fought to restore Planned Parenthood funding, expand Medicaid and fight for renewable energy projects on the state level. Chris knows how to win tough elections and fight for Granite Staters.
Jeff Van Drew has long been at the top of Democrats' recruitment list. A dentist, state Senator, and lifelong advocate for South Jersey, Sen. Van Drew has delivered real results for veterans, seniors, consumers and children. In the New Jersey State Senate, Van Drew was recognized as a bipartisan consensus builder, working across the aisle to crack down on predatory lenders, safeguard veterans and their families, and ensure that children with learning disabilities got the attention and curriculum they needed. He is one of the most popular Democratic elected officials in South Jersey, regularly winning his Republican leaning Senate seat by double digits.
Andy Kim is a national security expert and a Rhodes Scholar who served two years as President Obama’s Director for Iraq in the White House National Security Council. He previously served at the Pentagon, where he helped our nation build a strong military and provide for the men and women in our armed forces, and also served in Afghanistan as strategic adviser to Generals David Petraeus and John Allen during their tenures as Commanding Generals. Andy grew up in South Jersey and is raising his two baby boys there.
Born in Poland, Democratic candidate Tom Malinowski came with his mother to America at the age of six, seeking refuge from Communism and the Cold War. They settled in central New Jersey. After college, Tom became a Rhodes Scholar and eventually served on President Clinton’s National Security Council, where he focused on strengthening NATO and ending the wars in the Balkans. In 2014, President Obama appointed Tom to serve as the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. In this role, he earned national acclaim for standing up to dictators like Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un for their human rights abuses, and for blowing the whistle on Russian meddling in U.S. Elections.
Mikie Sherrill is a Naval Academy graduate, pilot and former federal prosecutor. As a Sea King Helicopter pilot, Sherrill flew missions throughout Europe and the Middle East. She worked on the Battle Watch Floor in the European Theater during Operation Iraqi Freedom and served as a flag aide to the deputy commander of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Sherrill later joined the U.S. Attorney’s office, where she took on violent and white-collar criminals and developed programs to help prevent crime in the community. The Cook Political Report rates New Jersey's 11th district -- which Hillary Clinton lost by only 1 point in 2016 -- as a “Toss-Up” in 2018.
Xochitl Torres Small, a water attorney and former staffer for Senator Tom Udall, is a first-time candidate running for the open seat vacated by Rep. Steve Pearce. As a child growing up in Las Cruces, NM, Torres Small heard stories about her grandmother, who immigrated from Mexico and worked in the fields to build her American dream. While her family never had a lot of money, she learned that through hard work and a good education she could not only succeed, but also give back to the community that made her success possible. Torres Small would bring a wealth of experience to Congress, having worked in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and clerked for a New Mexico federal judge with one of the heaviest criminal dockets in the country. She’s quickly stacking up local endorsements and putting together a strong campaign to take back this open seat in 2018.
Susie, a Las Vegas education advocate and nonprofit leader, has earned endorsements from Nevada’s entire Democratic Congressional delegation and Sen. Harry Reid -- all while building an impressive campaign and outraising all of her Republican challengers combined. President Obama won this district twice, and after President Trump’s 1-point victory in 2016, Susie is a candidate with the ability to win in 2018.
Born and raised in Nevada, Steven Horsford has been fighting for working families for his entire career. He led the state’s largest 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.
After graduating from Yale, Democratic candidate Perry Gershon started a successful New York sports bar. He followed that with a 25-year career as a lender to commercial real estate owners. Perry and his family have worked consistently for social justice through their synagogue and community. In the aftermath of the 2016 election, disturbed by a Washington political class that cares more about themselves than the American people, Perry decided to run. In Congress, he will fight for affordable health care and the middle class families of Long Island.
Max Rose is a U.S. Army veteran, an infantry company commander in the National Guard, and the former chief of staff for nonprofit Brightpoint Healthcare. Rose was deployed to Afghanistan from 2012-2013, where he served as an active duty officer, earning a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman Badge. Rose is the first post-9/11 combat veteran to seek office in New York City. Following his military service, Rose worked as director of public engagement and special assistant to late Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, where he helped develop nationally recognized programs to restore trust between the justice system and the community.
Born and raised in Schenectady to a working class family, Democratic nominee 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.
Anthony Brindisi was born and raised in this district and currently serves the community as a State Assemblyman. He is known as a bipartisan consensus builder in Albany. His deep ties to the area, well-respected independent reputation, and strong support across the political spectrum make this district highly competitive for Democrats. Public polling already has Brindisi ahead of Rep. Tenney.
Democratic candidate Dana Balter is a lifelong educator. Inspired by her brother who has developmental disabilities, Dana worked as a teacher at a nonprofit organization that provides support services to adults with cognitive disabilities -- then she served as Director of Education. Working with parents of children and adults with disabilities across the country who were desperate to find the services their children needed led Dana to study public policy and pursue her most recent work, teaching citizenship, policy, administration, and democracy at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Dana has spent her life standing up for the underdog and is ready to do the same in Congress.
Aftab Pureval made history in 2016 when he was elected Hamilton County Clerk of Courts, defeating a Republican incumbent and becoming the first Democratic clerk in more than 100 years. During his tenure, Aftab ended patronage, cut fees, and saved taxpayers nearly $900,000. He invested in the people who serve at the courthouse by paying a living wage and offering paid family leave. The Cincinnati Enquirer said Aftab’s leadership is making a real difference for the people of Hamilton County. Previously, Aftab worked as an attorney at Procter and Gamble and was a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, prosecuting crimes against children. Aftab and his fiancée live in Cincinnati.
Ken is a former Navy pilot, an Ohioan, and a lifelong champion of military veterans. He served on the front lines of some of our nation’s toughest challenges, both in and out of uniform. As an Aircraft Commander, Ken led reconnaissance missions in the Middle East and off of North Korea. As President of Team Rubicon Global, a disaster-relief organization that has helped train more than 50,000 veterans to deploy to disaster zones, Ken learned how to get things done in a crisis. Like his father and grandfather who served before him, Ken learned that duty and honor are not just words. They are promises.
Danny O’Connor was born and raised in rural Ohio. His mom was a teacher and his family taught him the value of service and giving back. Danny joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, served his community as a lawyer and small business owner, and as Franklin County Recorder. Danny’s mom is a breast cancer survivor. Thanks to a new drug and good health insurance, she was able to afford the life-saving care she needed. Danny will fight to ensure every family has access to affordable health care and to protect the Medicare and Social Security benefits Ohioans have earned.
Democratic nominee Betsy Rader was raised by a single mother who struggled to make ends meet while raising four kids. Betsy attended The Ohio State University and Yale Law School. At a young age, she decided she wanted to empower people and give them a voice. Throughout her career, she has run a child advocacy program for abused children, helped create jobs as an executive for local small businesses, and practiced as Senior Counsel of the Cleveland Clinic. Now she has her own employment law firm where she represents those who have faced discrimination and sexual harassment. Betsy has spent her entire life being an advocate for her community.
Democratic candidate Scott Wallace was born and raised in Bucks County. The Wallace family has a long history of public service. His great grandfather served both President Harding and Coolidge as Secretary of Agriculture. His grandfather served as Vice President under President Franklin Roosevelt. After graduating from Haverford College and Villanova Law School, Scott worked as counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, under Pennsylvania’s Senator Arlen Specter and as general counsel to the Senate Veterans affairs committee. For the last two decades, Scott and his wife Christy have run the Wallace Global Fund, a charitable foundation working to empower women, fight climate change, and create the clean energy jobs of the future.
Chrissy Houlahan is a former teacher, former U.S. Air Force Captain, and a successful businesswoman who helped to create hundreds of jobs in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Her bipartisan appeal will help her win over Democrats and Republicans alike in this suburban swing district -- a district that Hillary Clinton, Gov. Tom Wolf, and Sen. Bob Casey all won. Both Republicans and Democrats acknowledge that she’s a top recruit.
Growing up in a military family, Susan moved frequently throughout her childhood, but the Lehigh Valley, where she moved more than three decades ago, is where she calls home. She is a well-respected lawyer specializing in health care, civil rights, and employment law. In 2015, the Allentown City Council unanimously appointed her to serve as the Solicitor of the City of Allentown, the first woman to do so. She is a mother of two, and has been a community leader and activist for over three decades. Susan proved her strength as a candidate by winning a tough primary against two other well-funded Democrats with over a third of the vote.
Democratic nominee George Scott has devoted his life to service. George grew up on a south central Pennsylvania farm and went on to become a decorated Army battalion commander, deploying for Hurricane Hugo relief and Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Enduring Freedom. After serving around the world, he came back home with his family to serve the community as a Lutheran pastor. George Scott is running with a mission to bring greater integrity, service, and compassion to Congress.
Ron DiNicola is the son of an immigrant bricklayer and grew up in the house his father built. He joined the Marines and won the All-Marine boxing title. After serving his country, Ron attended college on the GI Bill before getting his law degree. Active in the community, Ron has been a leader in expanding pre-K and access to skills and vocational training. He successfully represented more than 1,000 laid-off GE workers when the federal government denied them the benefits they deserved. He never lost his passion for boxing and later served as Muhammad Ali's long-term attorney.
Joe Cunningham is an ocean engineer, construction attorney, and new father. Joe is the youngest of five siblings and worked his way through school by working on tugs and barges. Joe is running for Congress to stand up for what is right and is tired of the us-versus-them mentality in Washington. He opposes offshore drilling and has been endorsed by local mayors from both political parties. Joe lives in West Ashley with his wife, Amanda, and their newborn son, Boone.
Democratic candidate Todd Litton will bring common sense and civility to Washington, D.C. A sixth-generation Texan and native Houstonian, he has served as an education reformer, lawyer and investment professional. Todd will fight for health insurance for those with pre-existing medical conditions, major flood control measures for Houston and surrounding areas, and create a pipeline of lifelong learning and expanded national service for our country. He received his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law and his MBA from Rice University. He and his wife, Jennifer, met at Duke University and have twin daughters and a son.
Lizzie Fletcher is a lifelong Houstonian who has worked across her community - representing people from all walks of life -- helping them solve complex problems. Her record of results for Houston includes becoming her law firm’s first female partner, co-founding Planned Parenthood Young Leaders to recruit a new generation of leaders, and volunteering her legal services to help Texas Appleseed with critical research in their work to dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Now Lizzie is running for Congress in TX-07, a district that voted for Secretary Clinton after swinging more than 22-points towards Democrats in 2016.
Democratic candidate Joseph Kopser is a West Point graduate who served 20 years in the military, including two tours in Iraq, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. Joseph founded a technology company, creating jobs in central Texas, and also founded a nonprofit in his community that helps veterans start their own businesses. Joseph is an independent-minded political outsider and is committed to forcing Washington to solve problems, do what is right, and get things done for central Texas.
Gina Ortiz Jones is an Iraq War veteran who went to college on an ROTC scholarship and served as a U.S. Air Force intelligence officer under "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell." After her career in the Air Force, she advised on intelligence operations in Latin America and Africa, before advising on economic and national security issues in the Executive Office of the President. Gina is running for Congress in the district she grew up in and a district that Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Her national security experience and commitment to middle-class families is why she is the candidate to flip this district in 2018.
MJ Hegar is a decorated Air Force and Air National Guard helicopter pilot who served three tours in Afghanistan. After she was shot down flying a search and rescue medevac mission, she rescued her crew and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor. In 2012, she sued the Department of Defense over its now-repealed policy excluding women from ground combat operations. As a veteran wounded in battle, MJ knows that our health care system is broken. She will fight to improve the affordability and quality of care for veterans, seniors, and families. She is a lifelong resident of her congressional district.
Born in North Dallas and raised by a single mom who was a Dallas public school teacher, Colin Allred was an All-Star athlete at Hillcrest High School and earned a full-ride football scholarship to Baylor University. Diploma in hand and prepared to attend law school, Colin deferred his acceptance to play in the NFL. He was a linebacker for five seasons before sustaining a career-ending injury. After the NFL, he fulfilled his dream of becoming a civil rights attorney. After serving in President Obama's administration, Colin moved home to Dallas and is now running to represent the community where he grew up and a district that swung more than 17 points toward Democrats in 2016.
Ben McAdams is a seventh generation Utahn and father of four who currently represents 1.2 million people as Mayor of Salt Lake County. As a state legislator and as Mayor, McAdams earned a reputation as a leader who worked with Republicans and Democrats to create jobs, improve education, and reduce homelessness – all while balancing the budget. McAdams was reelected in 2016 by an even greater margin than in 2012. His congressional bid brought national attention to Utah's 4th District and earned it a designation as a ‘race to watch.’ Republicans in Utah and Washington have acknowledged that McAdams is a top recruit who puts this seat in play.
Elaine Luria is a small business owner and retired Navy commander running for Congress in Virginia’s 2nd District. Elaine was deployed six times to the Middle East and Western Pacific as a nuclear-trained Surface Warfare Officer and culminated her 20-year Navy career by commanding a combat-ready unit of 400 sailors. Elaine was one of the first women in the Navy’s nuclear power program and among the first women to serve the entirety of her career on combatant ships. Elaine then transformed an idea into reality when creating her thriving retail and art business, Mermaid Factory, which now has two locations. Elaine graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and received a Master’s in Engineering Management from ODU, and lives in Norfolk with her husband and daughter.
Raised in Henrico County, Abigail has always served her country and community. A former CIA operations officer, Abigail worked overseas collecting intelligence and overseeing high-profile programs. Abigail is the mother to three daughters and made the final decision to run for Congress when she saw her Congressman vote to repeal health care without considering the negative impact the bill would have on Virginia families like hers. Her compelling profile and competitive campaign are essential to putting this rapidly-changing district in play.
State Senator and Democratic candidate Jennifer Wexton is an accomplished leader and public servant who has served her community as a county prosecutor and court appointed attorney for abused and neglected children. She has been a leader in the bipartisan fight to expand Medicaid to nearly 400,000 Virginia families, painting a stark contrast with her opponent’s numerous votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Jennifer’s commanding performance in the Democratic primary against a crowded, well-funded Democratic field demonstrates her strength and momentum heading into the general election.
Carolyn Long grew up in a rural community on the Pacific Northwest coastline. Carolyn’s mother worked as a waitress while her father managed their small family business, John’s Fresh Produce, where Carolyn and her siblings worked to help out the family. Carolyn worked at Safeway and, as a proud journeyman with UFCW Local 555, she earned enough to pay her way through college at the University of Oregon. Carolyn later attended graduate school at Rutgers University and for the last 23 years has taught at Washington State University-Vancouver, where she is a tenured professor.
Lisa Brown is an educator and public servant who has been one of the most prominent progressive voices in Washington State for over two decades. In the state legislature, Lisa spearheaded health care and education initiatives, fought to pass same-sex marriage, and earned plaudits for her bipartisan efforts to diversify and strengthen Eastern Washington’s economy. Lisa’s aggressive, well-funded campaign against Republican incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her fight for the rights of rural and working people has garnered statewide and national attention.
Dr. Kim Schrier has spent her career as a pediatrician helping thousands of families across the 8th District. Since being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a teenager, Kim understands what it means to worry about health insurance and the rising costs of health care. As a doctor, Kim’s voice is a vital one sorely missing from conversations on women’s health care and reproductive rights. Kim is the product of public education, from elementary through medical school, including a degree in astrophysics from UC Berkeley. She lives in Issaquah with her husband and 9-year-old son.
Randy Bryce is a U.S. Army veteran, father, cancer survivor, and union ironworker. Randy was raised in southeastern Wisconsin. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and was posted in Honduras, where he earned the Army Achievement Medal. After returning home, Randy worked to help homeless veterans find housing and jobs until funding for the program ran out. Shortly thereafter he was diagnosed with cancer. While he was recovering, he began an apprenticeship as an ironworker, and that was his ticket to the middle class. He has now worked the iron for more than twenty years. He’s been active in Ironworkers Local 8, on the Milwaukee Area Labor Council, and currently serves as president of the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce.
Dan is a businessman, non-profit leader, and a third-generation Wisconsinite who grew up and raised his family in Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District. After graduating law school, Dan served as assistant general manager for the Milwaukee Bucks. Seeking to reground American foreign policy in the wake of the Iraq War, Dan joined J Street as Vice President of Political Affairs in 2009, and oversaw the development of the nation’s largest pro-Israel political action committee. In addition to his work at J Street, Dan has represented the Children’s Hospital Association and Major League Baseball, where he worked extensively on the reauthorization of CHIP and MLB’s Welcome Back Veterans military mental health initiative. Dan is the nephew of former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl.
Richard has a long record of service to our community and country as a veteran, educator, and current State Senator. After graduating from Logan High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was trained as an engineer. During his 24 years in the military, he served in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea, and Germany. In 2007, he returned to Iraq where he was responsible for the operations of 7,000 engineers. Following his service, in 2016, Richard was elected to the West Virginia State Senate. During his time in the State Senate, he has been one of the most effective members, spearheading the passage of a bill to help combat the opioid epidemic by legalizing medical marijuana and was a bold leader in the teacher strikes that started in West Virginia and are now sweeping the country.