Meet America's New Generation of Leaders

 

In the Marines, I served with great Americans from all over the country. We came together with different backgrounds and different beliefs, but we put aside those differences to do what’s best for America.

That ethic of service is lacking in our nation’s capital and in state capitals across the country.

The status quo isn't working. We're not going to fix the problems facing Americans today without a fresh perspective and a new approach. The American people need more service-driven leaders who put people over politics—who have the courage to do what is right, not just what is politically expedient. And the Democratic Party needs a new generation of leadership—one focused on the future. I proudly endorse these candidates, and I hope you'll join me in supporting their campaigns.

-Seth Moulton
Congressman, Sixth District, Massachusetts

 
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Service Leaders - Congressional

 

Ron DiNicola  | 16th District, Pennsylvania

The son of an immigrant bricklayer, Ron grew up in the house his father built. He joined the Marines and went on to win the All-Marine boxing title. After serving his country, Ron attended college on the GI Bill before getting his law degree. 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 Muhammad Ali was his long-term client. Ron and his wife, Monica, are the parents of three girls.

 
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MJ Hegar | 31st District, Texas

Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar served on the frontlines as a helicopter pilot in the Air Force and Air National Guard. In 2009, her helicopter was shot down by enemy fire and, despite being wounded, she helped save the lives of her crew. For her actions, MJ earned a Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device, making her the second woman in history to receive the honor. After serving three tours in Afghanistan, she worked with the Pentagon and advocacy groups to end the ban on women serving in combat roles - making our military and country stronger.

Now as the mother of two young boys, MJ is running for Congress in the district she was raised in to bring change to Washington and continue fighting to protect Texas families.

 
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Abigail Spanberger | 7th District, Virginia

Abigail began her career in public service as a federal law enforcement officer working narcotics and money laundering cases with the US Postal Inspection Service. Following her love of country, public service, and languages, Abigail joined the CIA as an Operations Officer where she traveled and lived abroad collecting intelligence, managing assets, and overseeing high-profile programs in service to the United States. In 2014, Abigail left the CIA and moved back to her hometown in Virginia to work in the private sector. At that time, she started a Girl Scout troop and began advocacy work with Moms Demand Action.

Abigail is running to represent Virginia’s 7th District because she believes we need leaders in Washington who are working every day to make the lives of their constituents better. As a member of Congress, Abigail will bridge divides by listening to all sides and work for solutions that serve the people of the district, rather than escalating everything to a partisan fight. Her commitment to Virginia’s working families include the following priorities: safeguarding Social Security and Medicare into the future, fighting to ensure that every person has access to affordable and quality healthcare, addressing gun violence in our communities and protecting our children in schools, strengthening our public education system and providing more opportunities for job training and apprenticeships, promoting economic growth that leads to higher wages and better jobs, protecting women’s healthcare, pursuing infrastructure programs such as broadband internet, and legislating in support of renewable energy efforts.

 
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Josh Welle | 4th District, New Jersey

Josh Welle believes a life of service is a life of purpose, and that it is a “New Day for Democracy.” Elected officials should focus on kitchen-table issues, reinforcing to voters that a proactive and honest government will help everyday people, no matter their race, religion, or where they come from. 

Josh is an Afghanistan veteran and entrepreneur. Born and raised in Jersey, he graduated the U.S. Naval Academy after 9/11. On active duty, he led missions in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. In 2015, after earning the rank of Commander, Josh transitioned to the U.S. Navy Reserve, now serving at Earle Naval Weapons Station. Using the Post-9/11 GI Bill, he attended graduate school and founded a software company with other veterans developing workflow efficiency solutions. 

Welle is a problem-solver and is ready to lead in Washington having earned master’s degrees in Public Administration from Harvard University and Business Administration and International Relations from University of Maryland, College Park. As a Congressman, Josh will advance common sense gun reform for schools and public spaces, increased access to universal health care, and ensure economic justice for all.

 

Elaine Luria | 2nd District, Virginia

Elaine Luria is a retired Navy commander running for Congress in Virginia’s 2nd District. Elaine served at sea on six ships 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 in combatant ships. Elaine graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and received a Master’s in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.

 

Maura Sullivan | 1st District, New Hampshire

 

Maura Sullivan has dedicated her life to serving our country and fighting for the causes she believes in. As an Iraq veteran and Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs appointed by President Obama, Maura has spent her career fighting to address opioid abuse among veterans and standing up for a better family leave policy and expanded fertility options for women and families in the military. At this critical time in our country’s history, Maura will use her experience in military and government to take on Donald Trump when he irresponsibly threatens our national security and ensure that our elected officials have all the facts before they make decisions that affect our troops.

 
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Gil Cisneros | 39th District, California

Gil Cisneros is a former U.S. Naval Officer and president and co-founder of The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation, an organization committed to improving the level of Hispanic education in the country. Gilbert’s dedication to philanthropy began when he purchased a winning California Mega Millions lottery ticket in 2010. Gil’s commitment to education led him to be appointed to Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative’s Advisory Board and President Obama’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.

 
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Jared Golden | 2nd District, Maine

Jared Golden is the Democratic Assistant Majority Leader, or Whip, in the Maine House of Representatives. Born in Maine, Jared enlisted in the Marine Corps infantry after the 9/11 attacks and served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He returned home in 2006 and attended Bates College. Jared is in his second term in the state legislature representing the blue-collar city of Lewiston. He lives there today with his wife, Isobel.

 
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Chrissy Houlahan | 6th District, Pennsylvania

Chrissy Houlahan has been a resident of Pennsylvania’s 6th District for over 20 years. She is the mother of Molly and Carly, and lives with her husband, Bart, in Devon. A manufacturing engineer with degrees from Stanford University and MIT, Chrissy began her career as an officer in the Air Force. After serving her country, Chrissy joined AND 1 Basketball in Paoli, PA, and helped build the startup to over $250 million in sales. She later joined Teach for America. Most recently, she served as President and COO/CFO for a Philadelphia-based nonprofit focused on improving early childhood literacy in inner city schools country-wide.

 
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Gina Ortiz Jones | 23rd District, Texas

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.

 
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Brendan Kelly | 12th District, Illinois

Brendan came to Southern Illinois over thirty years ago when his parents were stationed as DoD employees at Scott Air Force Base.  After graduating from Notre Dame with a ROTC scholarship, Brendan was commissioned in the United States Navy. After his service, Brendan attended law school, and in 2010 he was elected State’s Attorney in the largest county in IL-12. As the top prosecutor, Brendan has spent his career standing up for victims, protecting public safety and treating people fairly.

 
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Conor Lamb | 18th District, Pennsylvania

Conor Lamb grew up in Mt. Lebanon, the suburb of Pittsburgh where he now resides. After graduating from Central Catholic High School in 2002, he attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he later earned his law degree. Lamb served as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps completing active duty service in 2013. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 2014-2017, Lamb helped establish the Justice Department’s Pittsburgh office as a national leader in the fight against the opioid epidemic, working to build partnerships between law enforcement and community members while also leading prosecutions against drug dealers, violent criminals and gun traffickers.

 
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Max Rose | 11th District, New York

Max Rose is a Staten Islander and the first post-9/11 combat veteran to run for office in NYC history. He was awarded a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan. Most recently, Max was the Chief of Staff at Brightpoint Health, a nonprofit healthcare provider in NYC. Prior to Brightpoint, Max was a Special Assistant to former Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson. Max is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the London School of Economics. He remains an Infantry Captain in the NY National Guard.

 
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Elissa Slotkin | 8th District, Michigan

Elissa Slotkin is a life-long public servant. Elissa was recruited into CIA directly out of graduate school, where she was trained as a Middle East analyst and served three tours in Iraq. Elissa served in the White House under both President Bush and President Obama and as a senior leader in the Pentagon, where she negotiated some of the department’s most sensitive national security matters. Elissa met her husband Dave on her third tour in Iraq, a career Army officer and Apache helicopter pilot.

 
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Jason Crow | 6th District, Colorado

During college Jason decided to join the ROTC and serve in the active duty Army, eventually finishing at the top of his class as the Distinguished Military Graduate. After the horrific 9/11 attacks, he served in the Army’s storied 82nd Airborne Division. Shortly after returning from Iraq he joined the U.S. Army’s elite 75th Ranger Regiment, serving two additional tours – this time in Afghanistan, as part of the Joint Special Operations Task Force, where Jason served along the Pakistan border and achieved the rank of Captain. Since leaving the Army in 2006, Jason has been an outspoken and results-oriented advocate for his fellow veterans in Colorado and across the country.

 
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Dan Feehan | 1st District, Minnesota

Dan signed up for Army ROTC after witnessing the September 11th attacks firsthand as a college student in Washington, D.C. From 2005 through 2009, he completed two combat tours of duty as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After leaving active duty, he spent two years teaching math to high needs students in Gary, Indiana, before serving in the Obama Administration, becoming an Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon. In that role, he worked to ensure our millions of service members are ready to fight, and that our veterans have the tools needed to lead quality lives when their service is over. In Congress, Dan will focus on bringing new economic growth opportunities to southern Minnesota, expanding quality, affordable healthcare for all, and defending our national security at a time of global challenges.

 
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Ken Harbaugh | 7th District, Ohio

A former Navy pilot, Ken comes from a family of veterans and has continued to straddle the military / civilian divide throughout his career, with a particular focus on re-integration of veterans. As president and Chief Operating Officer of Team Rubicon Global, Ken helped to recruit and deploy tens of thousands of military veterans into international disaster relief zones.

 
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Joseph Kopser | 21st District, Texas

Joseph Kopser spent 20 years serving the country, including two trips to Iraq before he entered the private sector where he built and sold a high tech company focused on transportation. His new company focuses on clean energy and innovation.  

 
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Dan McCready | 9th District, North Carolina

Dan first felt called to serve our country in the years after 9/11, which happened while he was a college freshman. Dan didn't come from a military family, but he joined the Marines after graduation and led 65 Marines during combat operations in the 2007 Iraq surge. After returning home, he established a company that has helped build dozens of solar farms in North Carolina. He now feels called to serve again.

 
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Amy McGrath | 6th District, Kentucky

Amy McGrath is a recently retired Marine Corps Lt. Colonel with 20 years of service. Amy was the first female Marine to fly in an F/A-18 in combat. Amy served three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, including 89 combat missions. She was an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy prior to her June 2017 retirement.

 
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Mikie Sherrill | 11th District, New Jersey

Naval Academy graduate, Navy Pilot and former federal prosecutor – Mikie Sherrill is running for Congress to fight back against Donald Trump and to fight for our future. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1994, Mikie Sherrill spent almost 10 years on active duty in the United States Navy. As a Sea King Helicopter pilot, Mikie flew missions throughout Europe and the Middle East. After leaving the Navy in 2003, Mikie attended law school, earning a degree from Georgetown University. She worked in private practice and eventually joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey.

 

Next Generation Leaders - Congressional

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Jahana Hayes | 5th District, Connecticut

Jahana Hayes is the recipient of the 2016 National Teacher of the Year Award and the Democratic nominee for the 5th Congressional District of the U.S. House of Representatives. Hayes is a lifelong CT resident. A former social studies teacher at John F. Kennedy High School, she currently serves as the Talent and Professional Development Supervisor for Waterbury Public Schools. Hayes is known for her passion, energy, commitment to community and unifying presence. Hayes grew up in the Berkeley Heights housing project in Waterbury and her life was illustrated by the predictable cycle of poverty. Her family struggled with addiction, relied on public assistance, and at one point lost their apartment. Hayes got pregnant as a teenager and all hopes for any upward mobility seemed beyond her grasp She has dedicated herself to being of service in the city of Waterbury and traveled the country and the world engaging stakeholders on topics related to education and equity. These experiences have shown her that all people are facing similar challenges, and she welcomes the opportunity to become a more well-rounded advocate for the entire 5th district.

 
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Antonio Delgado | 19th District, New York

Born and raised in Schenectady, Antonio is a native of upstate New York. His parents worked for General Electric and worked hard to pursue the American Dream. Antonio attended Colgate University, where he earned a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford. Thereafter, he went to law school at Harvard, which is where he met his wife Lacey, a native of Woodstock and graduate of Kingston high school. The values Antonio learned growing up – hard work, discipline, service and character – helped him get a great education, allowed him the opportunity to start his own company designed to empower young people to learn through music, and to pursue a second career as an attorney fighting for what’s fair and just.

 
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Cindy Axne | 3rd District, Iowa

Cindy Axne is a small business owner, mother and community activist running for Congress to fight for Iowa working families. A fifth-generation Iowan, Cindy grew up on the south side of Des Moines and worked for the state government across a variety of departments for nearly a decade, helping hold over twenty different state agencies accountable to taxpayers. A champion for equality, Cindy successfully fought for full-day kindergarten to be available to all children in West Des Moines public schools, not just those who won a lottery. In addition to co-running a digital design and consulting firm with her husband, Cindy currently serves as a mentor with the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa, her alma mater. She lives in West Des Moines with her husband and two teenage sons, and is an active member of her church.

 
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Colin Allred | 32nd District, Texas

Born and raised in North Dallas 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 that opened the door him to fulfill his other dream-- becoming a civil rights attorney. After serving in President Obama's administration, Colin moved home to Dallas and is running for Congress to represent the district he grew up in. Colin will bring North Texas values, fresh ideas and new leadership to Washington. He'll work to lower healthcare costs, protect Medicare and Social Security, and expand job training programs so everyone has a chance at the American Dream.

 
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Joe Neguse | 2nd District, Colorado

As a 34-year-old son of refugees, Joe is not your typical candidate for Congress. His parents immigrated to the United States from a war-torn country in East-Africa, drawn here by America’s promise and the opportunity to live the American Dream. But that dream is under assault now as never before. That’s why Joe is running for Congress—to push back against the Trump administration, fight for real change in Washington D.C., and to give everyone the chance to pursue the American Dream. Joe is an attorney, civic leader, and public servant who has spent his career fighting to expand opportunities for families across our state. As the co-founder of Colorado's largest youth voter registration non-profit, and the former leader of Colorado's consumer protection agency, Joe has fought for progressive legislation at the state level. And as CU Regent for the 2nd Congressional District, Joe spent six years fighting to make college more accessible and protect our workers. His public service is rooted in his firm belief that we should be expanding—not restricting—opportunities for all Coloradans, and he has spent his career doing the same. He’s ready to fight for these opportunities every day in the United States Congress.

 
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Chris Hunter | 12th District, Florida

Chris Hunter served with the United States Department of Justice as a senior federal prosecutor on our nation’s health care fraud strike force. He shut down scammers and con artists and defended Medicare, TRICARE, and health care programs we all depend on. Chris previously served as an FBI agent, focusing on foreign counterintelligence, counterterrorism, and international fugitive investigations under the leadership of Robert Mueller. Chris is the son of a school teacher and United States Marine. His parents and grandparents worked at a school for economically disadvantaged children. His uncle served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Chris embraces a deep commitment to service and believes in helping fulfill the American promise through service. Chris resigned from the Justice Department to run for Congress because he knows we need a new generation of leaders who are committed to our country, have served before, and are ready to answer the call serve again.

 
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Susie Lee | 3rd District, Nevada

Susie Lee was born to a working class family in Canton, Ohio. She learned the values of hard work and stretching a dollar, starting with a paper route at the age of eight. Her father was a military veteran who worked at a steel plant, while her mother stayed home to care for the family of 8 kids. After graduating from public schools, Susie worked her way through Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with a combination of scholarships, loans and part-time jobs. After moving to Las Vegas in 1993, Susie became the Founding Director of After-School All-Stars, which serves over 7,000 students every day after school. Since 2010, Susie served as President of Communities In Schools of Nevada (CIS), a leading dropout prevention organization. Under Susie’s leadership, CIS has grown to serve over 67,000 students in 63 Nevada schools. Susie has launched and worked with nonprofits that produce real results for the most needy Nevadans. She was the founding director of a homeless crisis intervention center, and a founding member of a women’s group that has supported dozens of vital nonprofits in Nevada. Susie lives in Las Vegas with her husband, Dan, and their two children.

 
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Nancy Soderberg | 6th District, Florida

Nancy is an experienced leader and a lifelong public servant running for Congress to fight for Florida families. She is the daughter of an 82nd Airborne Korean War veteran and a public school teacher, and has over thirty years of experience in foreign policy and national security. Ambassador Soderberg has served in the United States Senate, the White House and at the United Nations. In the White House, she was the first female Deputy National Security Advisor, and as an Ambassador to the United Nations, she was instrumental in bringing peace to the conflict in Northern Ireland. She’s represented the United States on a wide range of national security issues, including conflict resolution, trade policy, and arms control. She’s taken on terrorists, negotiated with allies, and has spent her career promoting democracy and American values around the world. With her deep understanding of policy-making and negotiations at the highest levels of government, she is ready to get results for Florida families on day one. Nancy is a resident of Crescent Beach, Florida and has been a professor at the University of North Florida for the last 15 years.

 
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Andy Kim | 3rd District, New Jersey

Andy Kim is a former national security official from New Jersey. Throughout his career, Andy has been guided by the belief that service isn't just a job, it's a way of life. A product of South Jersey public schools, Andy worked in counterterrorism in both Democratic and Republican administrations. As a career public servant, Andy served two years at the White House as the Director for Iraq at the National Security Council where he was a point person for coordinating the counter-ISIS war.  He previously served in Kabul, Afghanistan as a diplomat and strategic adviser to General David Petraeus and General John Allen when they led coalition forces in Afghanistan, and also worked at the Pentagon, State Department, USAID, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Andy has always been focused on serving the American people instead of partisan politics. In Congress, Andy will stand up for regular New Jerseyans and against the corporate special interests because that’s what he’s been doing all his life. Andy will work with both parties to lower the costs of healthcare and create economic opportunity in South Jersey. He will work hard to support veterans and Joint Military Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst down the road from his home. 

 
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Lauren Underwood | 14th District of Illinois

Lauren Underwood grew up in Naperville, IL. As a Girl Scout, she took a pledge to “Help People at All Times,” a motto that still guides her life and career. When Lauren was eight, she learned that she had a pre-existing heart condition. Her experience with the doctors and nurses who treated her inspired Lauren to pursue a career in health care.

While pursuing a graduate degree in nursing at Johns Hopkins, Lauren cared for patients and helped families navigate the complex health care system. Because of her health policy expertise, Lauren was appointed by President Obama as a Senior Advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Lauren also worked as a professor at Georgetown University where she prepared future nurse practitioners through the university’s online master’s program.

Lauren’s personal and professional experience gives her a deep understanding that anyone’s life and financial situation can change in an instant due to an illness or accident. The Illinois 14th Congressional District needs Lauren’s leadership in Washington as an advocate for working families.
 

 
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Aftab Pureval | 1st District of Ohio

Aftab Pureval is the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts, and the Democrat running for Congress in Ohio’s 1st Congressional district.  

As the first Democrat to be elected Clerk of Courts in over 100 years, Aftab has revolutionized the courthouse.  He is paying all of his employees a living wage of $15 an hour, and he is the first countywide officeholder in Ohio to offer paid family leave.  He also cut waste, and helped save taxpayers nearly a million dollars last year.
 
Aftab was born and raised in Southwest Ohio.  He attended The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati College of Law where he represented battered women who could not afford an attorney.  He’s also served as a special assistant U.S. attorney, fighting crimes against children, and as an attorney at Procter & Gamble.  Aftab serves on the boards of the Women’s Fund and the Ohio Innocence Project.  He’s been awarded the Cincinnati Business Courier’s 40 under 40 and the NAACP Leadership and Service Award. 
 
He and his wife Whitney live in Cincinnati.

 
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Abby Finkenauer | 1st District of Iowa

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, DC where she will be the fighter Iowa’s working families deserve. At age 29, Abby would be the youngest woman ever elected 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.

 
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Tom Malinowski | 7th District of New Jersey

Tom immigrated to the United States from Communist Poland at the age of 6 and grew up in Princeton.  He began his career serving President Clinton on his National Security Council working to end some of the 20th Century’s bloodiest humanitarian crises.  Later, Tom became the chief advocate for Human Rights Watch, leading the bipartisan effort with Senator John McCain to end the Bush Administration’s use of torture.  

Most recently, Tom served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor under President Obama, where he fought to defend the human rights of women and LGBTQ people, to protect workers in our trade agreements, to root out corruption in autocratic regimes, and to stand up to dictators like Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un. Tom is currently running for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District to unseat Rep. Leonard Lance. 

Next Generation - State and Local

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Stacey Abrams | Georgia Governor

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.

 
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Sarah Riggs Amico | Georgia Lt. Governor

I grew up in a small rural town. From an early age, my family taught me the values that make our country great: family, faith, education, hard work, serving others, and being a good neighbor.
I went to public schools. The education I received afforded me the opportunity to attend Washington & Lee University and earn my MBA from the Harvard Business School. Today, I choose to send my kids to public school in Cobb County because I believe in Georgia’s education system.
I have learned that long-term growth and competitiveness come from investing in our people. As Executive Chairperson at Jack Cooper, I introduced initiatives to pay for employees health benefits, hire veterans, and provide paid parental leave, because I understand the what a good paying job, with great benefits, means to families.
I’ve spent my career fixing problems people thought weren’t fixable, and I want to do the same for Georgians. I want everyone to have access to quality, affordable healthcare, a great public school education, and an equal opportunity to build their American Dream. As your next Lt. Governor, I promise to end the excuses and deliver for all Georgians.

 
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Mandela Barnes | Wisconsin Lt. Governor

Mandela Barnes was born in Milwaukee, WI in the 53206 ZIP Code; the city’s poorest and the nation’s most incarcerated zip code. The difference for him was opportunity. He was raised in a middle class union household and learned the value of hard work early in life. Making sure that every child in our state has a fair shot remains a top priority. At age 25, Mandela was elected to the State Assembly where he emerged as a champion on issues of the economy, criminal justice reform, and healthcare. He became the chair of the legislature’s Black and Latino Caucus in his first term, became a national leader on gun violence prevention, and was recognized as one of the top pro-growth progressive leaders in the country. He is running for Lieutenant Governor to restore and expand opportunity across Wisconsin.

 
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Aisha Yaqoob | Georgia House District 97

Aisha is a professional advocate for immigrant rights with experience working with legislators on both sides of the aisle to push for civil rights for immigrants and people of color. As policy director for a nonprofit legal and advocacy center, Aisha monitors local, state, and federal policies that affect immigrants and works to fight for their rights.
Aisha is passionate about voting rights, access to healthcare and education, and immigration. She believes in upholding the civil rights and civil liberties for all people, especially those whom have been historically underrepresented.
In college, Aisha took a special interest in working with students with disabilities and worked at the University’s Disability Resource Center. After her undergraduate career, she continued her passion for individuals with disabilities working at Gwinnett Technical College in the Disability Services department. Shortly thereafter, she joined her graduate program to study Public Administration & Policy to learn more about how to make an impact in government.

 
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Jennifer O'Mara | Pennsylvania House District 165

Jennifer O’Mara is running to bring honest governance back to Harrisburg. As the daughter of two union workers, a first-generation college graduate, a certified teacher, a wife of a two-time Purple Heart combat veteran, and a full-time employee at the University of Pennsylvania, Jenn knows the struggles facing working-class families throughout the 165th District and across Pennsylvania. After losing her father to gun-suicide at a young age, her family relied on vital public services like public education and CHIP. Jenn knows from her life experiences that government can be a force for good in our lives, and that is why she is running. Voters from every town in the 165th have connected with Jenn’s powerful personal story, and recognize her commitment to public service and to fight for the needs of everyone in Delaware County. Since starting her campaign, Jenn has talked to thousands of people on both sides of the aisle who are ready for a new, progressive voice fighting for them in Harrisburg.

 
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Christina Eckert | Massachusetts House of Representatives 2nd Essex

Christina Eckert’s interest in public service is inspired by her family and her community. The mother of three boys, Christina served as President of Boxford PTO, and co-founder of Masconomet Education Foundation, where she helped raise over $300,000 for Masconomet’s new STEM Labs. For the past 11 years, Christina has also supervised Boxford’s Summer Park Program, a healthy summer activity for 450 local children. In 2009, Christina joined the staff of Community Giving Tree, a non-profit providing clothing and cribs to children in need throughout Essex County. Since then, she has helped expand the organization from serving several hundred children per year, to serving 10,000 per year. Christina currently serves on Boxford’s Recreation Committee; is President of Masconomet Education Foundation, and Co-Chair of Boxford’s Scouting for Food Drive. When she sees a need in the community, she is eager to fill it; her motto is “Let’s Get Things Done.” Christina was born and raised in Stoneham, MA. She earned her BA from Harvard and MFA from UCLA. Before children, she pursued a career in television writing. She earned two Emmy® Awards for her work on “All My Children,” and also wrote for “The Commish” and “As the World Turns.”

 
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David Robertson | Massachusetts House of Representatives 19th Middlesex

David Robertson is a life-long Tewksbury resident, graduating from Tewksbury High before attending the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He graduated with dual majors in Political Science and Economics, before working with pro-democracy groups both in the US and abroad. Originally working as a full-time intern, David later worked as Representative Miceli's legislative aide, then Chief of Staff. During this time he helped thousands of individuals with constituent cases ranging from broken streetlights to much more serious issues, including residents stranded abroad. He also played vital roles in researching and publishing information on local issues, such as preventing the downsizing and discharge of Tewksbury Hospital patients, passing a state-wide holiday in memorial of fallen first responders, and promoting responsible economic development.

 
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Christina Minicucci | Massachusetts House of Representatives 14th Essex

When it comes to government, Christina truly believes that democracy is not a spectator sport. No matter the level, she is motivated to give back. This is why she currently serves as Vice-Chair of the North Andover School Building Committee, member of the Master Plan Advisory Committee, and is the Expo Coordinator for the Feaster Five Road Race. Christina is also an active member of the Franklin School PTO, North Andover Parent Advisory Council (NAPAC), her local Boy Scout Troop, and the Merrimack Valley Striders running club. She is a former member of the YWCA Board of Directors, and a sexual assault hotline advocate. Christina and her husband, Eric Loth, are raising their two sons and one daughter in North Andover. She is a founder of Bowdoin Capital Group. Christina has a BA in Spanish from Bowdoin College, an MBA from Suffolk University, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Degree Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

 
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Allison Gustavson | Massachusetts House of Representatives 4th Essex

Allison is a parent, former teacher, small business manager, and community volunteer running for state representative to bring fresh, proactive leadership to the crucial issues facing Ipswich, Topsfield, Manchester, Hamilton, Wenham and Rowley: education, economic and fiscal well-being, and protecting the rivers, beaches, marshes and open spaces that define our area. A pro-choice and pro-common sense gun safety proponent, Allison will bring the same passion and determination to Beacon Hill that she brought to Essex County #6 Indivisible, which she founded in 2016 to create a new and vigorous forum for civic engagement on the North Shore. She is challenging a 20-year incumbent Republican who has opposed women’s reproductive rights and access to essential health services and who has received an A rating from the NRA. Her candidacy is rooted in her belief that “it’s not enough to raise our children to be prepared for the world; we must also raise the world to be worthy of our children.”

 

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Neil Rafferty | Alabama House District 54

Neil Rafferty is a Marine veteran, a health program director, and a Birmingham native—born, raised, and educated. He lives in Crestwood North, with his partner of over fourteen years. He entered this race to serve Birmingham’s diverse communities and continue his lifetime of service. His dedication to veterans, devotion to community, and work at Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO) have all been the backdrop for his life in public service.
After his honorable service in the Marine Corps, I used my G.I. Bill benefits and earned a B.A. in Political Science/English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Service has been at the core of his work. In addition to military service, Neil Rafferty has a worked hard for many years advancing the interests of community and country as a public health worker, particularly at BAO. His career involves work as the Program Director of the Birmingham Comprehensive High Impact Prevention Project (B-CHIP). His B-CHIP team addresses gaps in the HIV care continuum through intensive collaboration with community members, partner nonprofits, state and county health departments, and clinics to implement community coordinated, public health strategies.

 
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Marcia Morgan | North Carolina House District 18

The youngest of four raised by a single parent, I learned firsthand the challenges faced by many in our country. Through a combination of hard work and scholarships, I paid my way through college, earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, after which I was awarded a fellowship for graduate work at The Ohio State University.
Following completion of my Ph.D., I worked as Director of Master’s Theses for the Department of Physical Education at Smith College for two years before my career path took an abrupt turn and, after months of prayer and trying to bargain with God, I enlisted in the Army. The military provided an entirely different set of opportunities that included assignments in Korea, Germany, the Netherlands, and the Pentagon. Each promotion brought greater levels of responsibility and leadership opportunities. After retiring as a Colonel, I was asked by former Army supervisors to return as a contractor and continued to provide quality logistical support to the soldiers of this country.
As an educator and member of the armed forces, I learned that the best way to reach an objective is through collaboration, cooperation, and communication--and I’ll bring these skills to the NC General Assembly.

 
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David Garcia | Arizona Governor

David Garcia is a kid from a West Mesa neighborhood whose dad was a commercial painter and Vietnam-era veteran. His mom juggled parenting along with a job at an electronics factory to help make ends meet and still lives in the home where David was raised. David married his high school sweetheart, Lori, a fellow Mesa High Jackrabbit. Together, they have two daughters Lola and Olivia who attend Arizona public schools. 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. He is the first in his family to finish college. After graduating from the Honors College at Arizona State University, he received a masters and doctorate from the University of Chicago and has become a nationally-recognized expert in education research and policy. In 2014 he led the Democratic ticket in votes and came within a half-percent of being the only Democratic statewide elected official in Arizona. Now, he is a professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University where he teaches research and policy to Arizona’s next generation of leaders.

 
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Lupe Valdez | Texas Governor

Lupe Valdez is running for governor to ensure ALL Texans have an opportunity and a fighting chance.
Lupe grew up the daughter of migrant farm workers in the poorest neighborhood in San Antonio. She had a fighting chance because she received a quality public education, served in the United States military, earned a living wage and had access to healthcare.
Lupe is a veteran, a former federal agent, a four-term Sheriff of Dallas County - and she’s not done fighting for Texans. She became the first openly LGBTQ and Latina major party candidate for Governor in Texas and in the United States. Her candidacy is a signal to every child that no matter the color of your skin, who you love, or where you come from, in Texas, you should have a fair shot. Lupe is running to give the everyday Texan a voice.

 
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JD Wooten | North Carolina Senate District 24

JD Wooten is an attorney and former U.S. Air Force officer. He was appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2003, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering and a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. During his time in the Air Force, JD had the privilege to serve in a variety of roles – as an engineer, program manager, aide to a senior general, and as an honor guardsman providing final military honors for those who had served honorably. After a decade in uniform, JD left active duty to attend Wake Forest University School of Law. After graduation, JD joined the intellectual property litigation group at Womble Bond Dickinson where he helps clients secure and protect their creative rights through vigorous enforcement of patents, trademarks, and copyrights. JD’s family has called North Carolina home for over twenty generations, and he is proud that he and his family still call North Carolina home today. JD is running because the North Carolina he came home to after a decade of military service is not the North Carolina he left when he left to serve his country, and he knows North Carolina can do better.

 
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Tizzy Lockman | Delaware Senate District 3

S. Elizabeth “Tizzy” Lockman is the Democratic nominee for Delaware’s 3rd District State Senate seat. Tizzy has long been an outspoken advocate for stronger communities, more responsive government, and education reform. Through the years, she has transitioned from concerned parent, to local activist, to professional community organizer. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission (WEIC), as well as Director of the Parent Advocacy Council for Education (PACE) at the Christina Cultural Arts Center in downtown Wilmington, Delaware.
Tizzy grew up in Wilmington, attended Red Clay public schools, and her personal and work experiences have connected her with communities across the 3rd District. She has seen firsthand how some residents repeatedly get left behind and is committed to fighting for well resourced schools, safe and healthy communities, transparent and responsive government, and economic opportunity for everyone. Tizzy does not intend to simply be the voice for residents of SD3; she wants to use her platform as state senator to ensure communities across the district build power through their own voices and actions.

 
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Matt Wilhelm | New Hampshire House District 42

Thirteen years ago, Matt Wilhelm moved to Manchester to lead a team of AmeriCorps members serving with City Year New Hampshire in high-need public schools. Following two terms of civilian service, he put down roots in the Queen City and launched a career in the nonprofit sector focused on expanding opportunities for young people to address their communities’ most pressing challenges through service. Matt earned his master's in public administration from UNH’s Carsey School of Public Policy and is currently developing two national service programs: Concert Corps and Granite Service Scholars, which was recently awarded an AmeriCorps planning grant. In his campaign for New Hampshire’s citizen legislature, Matt is committed to putting public service before politics as usual and fighting for students, young professionals, working families, and others who have been underrepresented at the State House.

 
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Nicki Arnold - Swindle | Alabama House District 36

Anniston-native Nicki Arnold-Swindle is a foster, adoptive, biological, and bonus mother with six forever children. She is the granddaughter of a WWII Veteran, daughter of a Vietnam Veteran, wife of a retired Army Combat Veteran, and Blue Star Mother of an Active Duty Soldier. Nicki is a minister and a Chaplain Candidate in the Alabama Army National Guard. She has been a community volunteer and advocate for “the least of these” for most of the last twenty years. Nicki and her family understand hard work and service.
Nicki was the first person in her family to graduate from college and has bachelor’s degrees from Jacksonville State University in Social Work (BSW '17) and political science (BA '02). She has recently completed her Master of Theological Studies (MTS) with a concentration in pastoral care and counseling and Clinical Pastoral Education, and she is currently pursuing her Master of Divinity (MDiv) at the Pacific School of Religion.
Nicki Arnold-Swindle is a member of the Alabama Army National Guard. Use of her military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform do not imply endorsement by the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, the Alabama National Guard, or any other entity.

 
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Patrick Kearney | Massachusetts House of Representatives 4th Plymouth

Patrick Joseph Kearney is a business owner, naval reservist, and lifelong mariner who is running for State Representative in the Plymouth 4th District, consisting of Marshfield and Scituate. A proud graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Patrick took his first fishing job when he was twelve years old and has been a mariner ever sense. He is U.S. Coast Guard certified captain with experience in both charter and commercial fishing. Recently, Patrick started a company developing educational software for mariners studying for their captain’s license. Additionally, he is the Vice President of Business Develop at Priceblocks, a technology company. As a commissioned officer in the naval reserve, Patrick could be called up to serve his country at any time. He is running for State Representative for the same reason he volunteered for the navy – to give back to the country and community that has given him so much opportunity.

 
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Tom Sullivan | 37th District of Colorado

Tom Sullivan and his family have actually lived the middle-class lifestyle so many Coloradans find out of reach today. As a retired Air Force Veteran, U.S. Postal Worker and resident of Colorado’s House District 37 for nearly 27 years, you can count on Tom to fight for working families and their communities beginning on his first day in office. Tom hopes to work with his colleagues to properly fund Colorado’s schools and address the teacher shortage facing the state. He also recognizes the need to invest skills training and apprenticeship programs so more Coloradans can enter the work force and take care of their families. Tom will also protect Colorado’s open spaces and invest in clean energy to protect the Colorado way of life and create good, local jobs. Tom is also a victim of gun violence, having lost his son Alex when he was murdered at the Aurora theater massacre in 2012. As the next state representative from HD-37, you can count on Tom to fight for safe schools and communities. Tom’s campaign is a prime opportunity to flip a red district blue and elect someone who will stay true to his principles throughout his time in office.

 
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Felicia French | Arizona House District 6

As a 32-year veteran of the U.S. Army and Arizona National Guard, Felicia has a proven commitment to public service and is an experienced leader. During her military career she worked her way up from Private to Colonel and served as a medical evacuation helicopter pilot, an Army nurse, and as a senior medical advisor in Afghanistan. She was a commander for a total of seven years and completed medical humanitarian missions in the Dominican Republic and Honduras. She has master’s degrees in Systems Management from University of Southern California and Sustainable Solutions from Arizona State University. She also graduated from both the U.S. Air and U.S. Army War Colleges, where she learned how geopolitics and climate change affect each of us down to the state and local levels. Especially in Arizona as a border state with climate and political refugees and perpetual drought. As a legislator, Felicia will bring a solutions-oriented approach to improving the quality of the Arizona education system, making healthcare more accessible and affordable for all Arizonans, improving services for veterans and families, advocating for responsible gun ownership, and fighting for sustainable economic growth that benefits our economy, improves rural infrastructure, and protects our environment.

 
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Cathleen Fountain | New Hampshire House District 7

Cathleen Fountain is a U.S. Navy Veteran with a strong sense of community, integrity and an understanding of the need to dedicate one’s self to public service. Cathy understands the value of healthcare and can overcome challenges. She was born with Spina Bifida, undergoing successful surgery at the age of two. Her next challenge was as 1 of an expected 500 women enlisted in the Naval Nuclear Power Program between 1978 and 1980. Cathleen’s contributions include tutoring fellow students. Her most rewarding moment was the day a veteran recovering from two surgeries for Brain tumors passed his collage Algebra. These experiences led Cathleen on the path to becoming a Supervisor of the Checklist, Planning Board Secretary, Trustee of the Library, and Trustee of the Trust Funds for the town of Dalton. This path has now led her to run for the NH legislature, Coös District 7.

 
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Marty Wilde | Oregon House District 11

Marty grew up poor on a small organic farm in Oregon's Coast Range. Thanks to food stamps, Medicaid, and strong public school supported by his neighbors, he graduated college and law school and joined the military. He's continued to serve, active and reserve, through 24 years, 3 deployments, and 2 domestic contingencies, currently serving as a Colonel working on domestic operations. In his civilian capacity, he works for better healthcare as the Executive Director of the Lane County Medical Society. Marty holds a BS in Astronomy, a JD, an LLM in Health Law, and an MS in Healthcare Administration. In addition to his work in the non-profit sector, Marty has served as a deputy district attorney and family lawyer specializing in LGBTQ families.

 
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Lauren Friedman | Ohio Senate District 29

Lauren Friedman has an intense commitment to public service and is a tireless advocate for her community and its people. Lauren’s dedication to serving her country developed early, as the daughter of a Korean War veteran and the sister of a Marine, and she knew that she would pursue military service. Lauren entered the United States Naval Academy in 1998. Lauren was in her final year in Annapolis when the attacks of 9/11 occurred. She graduated and was trained as an Intelligence Officer. She completed two OEF and OIF deployments (onboard the aircraft carrier USS John F Kennedy, and in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba). Lauren was honorably discharged in 2007. Her transition home after nine years of Active Duty, like that of many veterans, was not easy. Nevertheless, she worked for 11 years in public service positions, and helped people with disabilities, and young adults struggling with Opioid addiction. The current political climate and intense need for new and competent leadership propelled Lauren to continue serving the community where she has been a life-long resident by running for State Senate in 2018. Lauren is a member of Wounded Warrior Project, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and Disabled American Veterans.

 
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Steven Kling | Texas Senate District 25

Steven, a fifth-generation Texan, has lived in Central Texas since 2001 with his wife Kelsey and twin boys, Everett and Elliott. The son of two generations of educators, Steven grew up in San Angelo, TX, attending Central High School, and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1995 with a BBA in Marketing. Steven has answered the call to service before, and his story exemplifies his commitment to his country, state and community. After 9/11, he placed his career in IT on hold, joining a Special Operations unit of the U.S. Army known as Civil Affairs. Its mission: to protect refugees and rebuild societies torn apart by war. Steven served two combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and is a recipient of the Bronze Star, the Combat Action Badge and the Joint Services Commendation Medal. Steven left the Reserve after 11 years of distinguished service, serving as both enlisted and officer, and achieving the rank of Captain. He currently is a small business owner in the IT industry.

 
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Aaron Gladd | New York Senate District 43

Aaron Gladd is a proud and life-long Upstate New Yorker who has devoted his life to public service – putting neighbors and nation first. As a father, husband, combat veteran and experienced public servant, he understands what keeps us up at night. And today he’s standing up for our communities, families, veterans, farmers and small business owners alike. Aaron grew up poor, but through hard work and perseverance, he became the first member of his family to go to college, earning a BA and MPA at SUNY Albany. After graduating, he worked in the State Legislature and in 2011 he joined the US Army where he served as a Platoon Leader in the 1st Cavalry Division, including a combat tour to Afghanistan. After four years of service, Aaron moved back home to raise a family and joined the Governor’s office, where he served as the Deputy Director of Policy, leaving that position to run as a full-time candidate for State Senate. Aaron has deep roots in his district, a commitment to public service at home and abroad, and a track record of implementing policy that impacts working and middle-class families.

 
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Zahra Karinshak | Georgia Senate District 48

The Democratic nominee for Georgia’s 48th senatorial district, Zahra Karinshak is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy who served as an intelligence officer during the first Gulf War. She comes from humble beginnings in rural North Georgia, served as counsel to former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, and served eight years as a federal prosecutor. Today, Zahra is a whistleblower attorney at an Atlanta law firm where she works with her clients expose fraud and government corruption thereby saving millions of taxpayer dollars. Inspired by her two daughters who observed that “no one is being kind to each other and you, mom, have to do something to bring us together,” Zahra is running to bridge the political divide and restore trust, civility, and kindness back into our public discourse.

 
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James Smith | South Carolina Governor

James Smith’s entire life has been dedicated to service. It’s a tradition in his family, with each generation serving in the military back to the Revolutionary War. An attorney serving in the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps in the National Guard, he sought a transfer combat infantry after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He was told that he would have to resign his commission as a JAG officer, enlist, and go through basic training. He did, at an age when he was old enough to be the father of many of his fellow recruits. He went on lead troops in combat in Afghanistan, where he was wounded in action. In addition to the Purple Heart, he received the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Afghanistan Campaign Medal. He has served his House district in the state legislature for 22 years, earning a reputation as a leader in finding bipartisan solutions to issues. Now, he seeks to serve the entire state as governor, seeking pragmatic solutions for the challenges facing South Carolina. For him, it’s not about big government or small government, it’s about smart government.

 
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Tim Walz | Minnesota Governor

Tim is the highest-ranking enlisted service member ever to serve in Congress, an award-winning high-school teacher, a champion football coach, and a leader in Congress.

 
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Kim Olson | Texas Commissioner of Agriculture

Kim Olson, Colonel, United States Air Force, retired,is the Democratic nominee for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture. As a 25-year veteran of the Air Force, Kim was a part of the first generation of female military pilots, and commanded troops in several combat zones, including Iraq. After the Air Force, Kim volunteered with the Texas State Guard for three years as Director of IT and personnel systems; worked as HR director with Dallas ISD; and was President of Grace After Fire. Kim was a 2014 inductee into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.  She is a fourth-generation farmer, and on her farm in Palo Pinto County, Kim raises vegetables, keeps bees, and cultivates native grasses. Kim is dedicated to a sustainable future for agriculture, improving domestic and export markets for our state’s farmers and ranchers, promoting rural development, and ensuring access to healthy food for all Texans.

 
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Casey Weinstein | Ohio House of Representatives

Casey grew up in a military family and has lived all over the country, but is proud to call Ohio home. He is a 2004 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, and served as Officer in Charge of Maintenance Support at Wright-Patterson. 

Casey received an MBA from The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business and now works for Gartner, Inc., an information technology firm. Casey manages a team responsible for business development, sales, and account management activities for the U.S. Air Force.
Casey proudly serves as Hudson, Ohio’s Ward 2 City Councilman. He was first elected in 2015, and has championed young family, economic and renewable energy initiatives during his time in office. He is a graduate of Leadership Hudson’s Class of 2014, and led the classes' successful project to fund and implement the Solar Training and Education Center at Barlow Community Center. 

Casey is a member of Senator Sherrod Brown's Service Academy Nomination Committee and served on Republican Congressman Steve Austria's Blue Ribbon Task Force for Economic Development. Casey is married to his Air Force Academy classmate, Amanda, who is a Professor at The University of Akron. They have two daughters, Nora and Emilia. 
 

 
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Joe Tate | Michigan House of Representatives

Joe Tate currently serves as program manager at the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, focused on promoting local procurement within the city of Detroit.

Joe is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business (M.B.A.) School of Natural Resources (M.S.). From 2015 - 2016 Joe served as president of the Student Government Association at the Ross School of Business, promoting the needs and interests of the student body to Ross’ administration. 

Prior to graduate school, Joe served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps from 2009 to 2013. While in the Marine Corps he conducted two deployments to Helmand Province, Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, holding roles as both a platoon commander and company executive officer. Joe received his undergraduate degree in public policy studies from Michigan State University (MSU). At MSU, he was a three-year starter on their varsity football team and served as team captain his senior year. That opportunity allowed him play two seasons in the National Football League from 2004 to 2006.

Joe’s father, Coleman Sr., was a firefighter for the City of Detroit at Engine 52, Ladder 31, while his mother, Debra, was a Detroit public school teacher.

 
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Adrian Perkins | Shreveport, LA Mayor

Adrian Perkins  was born in the Cedar Grove neighborhood of Shreveport. The grandson of a sharecropper and the youngest of three boys raised by a single mother, he understands both the struggles that Shreveport's families face as well as their ability to succeed against all odds.

After 9/11, Adrian felt compelled to join the Army. He accepted a nomination to West Point, where he was the first African-American cadet elected class president in school history, and subsequently fought multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He achieved the rank of Captain and Company Commander. One of his proudest moments—a feat he attributes to the grace of God—was ensuring that all members of his platoon returned home safe.

After serving, Adrian attended Harvard Law School and was elected its student body president. While a law student, he focused his scholarship on criminal justice reform and the importance of innovation in small and mid-sized cities. 

In all steps of his life, Adrian has kept Shreveport close to his heart. He returned to Shreveport to fight for working families and the community that raised him.

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