Candidates

Michigan

Abraham Aiyash for Senate District 2 Abraham is a first generation Yemeni-American who has a track record of proven leadership in his community. He’s running a people-powered campaign, with hundreds of volunteers and donors from the community. He’s deeply committed to transparent, accessible government and building an economy that works for all.

Alex Garza for House District 12 Alex Garza is currently serving on the Taylor City Council, and he is the youngest and first Latinx elected official in Taylor’s history. He knows the importance of making sustainable local changes to better his community, and that’s why LaunchProgress is thrilled to endorse him.

Allison Quast-Lents for House District 99 Allison Quast-Lents is the Mayor of Mt. Pleasant, a small business owner, and a mother of two. Now, she is ready to go to Lansing and fight for economic opportunities, quality education, and safe communities for everyone in Michigan. She is far and above the best person to flip the 99th House District.

Chris Jackson for House District 29 With his background in entrepreneurship, Chris Jackson is the right choice to bring innovation and good jobs to Pontiac. He’s also focused on criminal justice reform, including lessening the disproportionate impact of marijuana arrests in communities of color.

Dan Centers for House District 19 Dan Centers knows that without a strong public education system, Michigan families cannot succeed. Dan is a teacher and elected member of the Livonia School Board, and is the best candidate to flip the 19th House District.

Darrin Camilleri for House District 23 Another former teacher, Darrin Camilleri has been a progressive leader for the 23rd District. He is currently the youngest Latino and first Maltese-American elected to the Michigan State House, and fights every day for good jobs and public schools.

Derrell Slaughter for Ingham County Commission We’re so thrilled to endorse Derrell Slaughter, who we first met in 2014, when he was helping to elect other young progressives in Michigan. A leader on progressive issues, Derrell is on the Board of the ACLU and involved in the Michigan NAACP. He’s running for county commission to stand up for health care access and good jobs for Lansing.

Kyra Harris-Bolden for House District 35 Kyra Harris-Bolden has been deeply involved in her Southfield community since she was a child. Now, she is an attorney who knows her district backwards and forwards and is running to make sure her district has strong progressive leadership.

Mallory McMorrow for Senate District 13 A former automotive designer, Mallory McMorrow is the right choice to flip the 13th Senate district. She’s committed to transparent and accountable government, and creating good jobs for Michiganders.

Mari Manoogian for House District 40 Mari Manoogian has a fresh, global experience with deep Michigan roots. She grew up with a union father and small business owning mother, and she went on to work in international affairs. Now, she’s running in her home town to flip the 40th state house district and bring progressive leadership to her community.  

Meredith Place for Kalamazoo County Commission Raised by a public school teacher and a disabled Vietnam veteran, Meredith knows that a strong social safety net can make all the difference. A leader in the labor movement, we’re excited to fight for Meredith as she fights for working people.

Ricardo White for House District 6 From his experience working in the state house, Ricardo White knows what it takes to pass good, progressive policy. Born and raised in HD-6, Ricardo is intimately familiar with the challenges faced by the district, and the opportunities that exist for making it better.  

Sarah Anthony for House District 68 Sarah has spent her career fighting for her community, both in the state legislature and as Chair of the Ingham County Board of Commissions, where she was the youngest African-American County Commissioner in the county. Now, she’s running a campaign to maintain progressive leadership a that centers working people.

Stephen Wooden for Kent County Commission Stephen Wooden is an advocate for for affordable housing and renewable energy. He’s running for Kent County Commission in Betsy De Vos’s backyard, making progressive inroads in a conservative part of the state.

Wisam Naoum for House District 30 The son of Assyrian and Armenian immigrants, Wisam Naoum knows that good policy can make all the difference for working families. He’s running to fight corruption and invest in infrastructure.

North Carolina

Antoine Marshall for State House District 33: Antoine is a former legal aid attorney who knows that bad policy hurts marginalized people the most. He's running for the North Carolina General Assembly to allow municipalities to build more affordable housing and change laws to end gerrymandering. 

Ashton Clemmons for State House District 57: Ashton is a former public school teacher, principal, and current assistant superintendent. Unsurprisingly, her platform is focused on investing in North Carolina's public education system and providing opportunities for all children to learn and grow. 

Chaz Beasley for State House District 92: Raised by a single mother in rural North Carolina, Chaz knows the importance of a strong social safety net. Chaz has been a progressive champion, fighting for environmental justice, police accountability, and financial literacy. He's running in a competitive district that includes parts of Charlotte. 

D. Cole Phelps for State Senate District 1: Attorney Cole Phelps has seen the General Assembly ignore the needs of rural residents. He's running for State Senate in Northeastern North Carolina, focusing on investment in public schools, rural broadband and telecom infrastructure, and ending the opioid crisis. 

Da'Quan Love for State House District 4: A longtime advocate and lifetime member of the NAACP, Da'Quan is running for General Assembly on a platform of four E's: education, economic development, environment, and equality. A dynamic, energetic leader, Da'Quan will bring a fresh voice for Eastern North Carolina to the General Assembly. 

Erica McAdoo for State House District 63: Erica is running to represent Alamance County in the General Assembly, fighting for public schools, the Medicaid expansion, and an increased minimum wage. Erica's seat is one of the top Democratic pickup opportunities in the state, and we're excited to help her win. 

Kristen Powers for Alamance County Commission: A recent graduate, Kristen has spent several years working as a racial justice organizer and is now running for County Commission to increase accessibility, fight for a living wage, and combat hate in Alamance County.  

Luis Toledo for State Senate District 16: A U.S. Air Force veteran, Luis is running for state senate to expand Medicaid, end gerrymandering, and make it easier for North Carolinians to vote. Luis would be the first Hispanic member of the North Carolina General Assembly. 

Matt Calabria for Wake County Commission: As a Wake County Commissioner, Matt has fought for school meals to combat childhood hunger, a higher minimum wage, and provide services for returning citizens. We know that Matt will continue to stand strong for our progressive values. 

Mujtaba Mohammed for State Senate District 38: A public defender and former children's rights attorney, Mujtaba is fighting for a government that works for all. That includes ending cash bail, eliminating contracts with private prisons, and bringing back the Earned Income Tax Credit. 

Ohio

Christine Fisher for State House District 27: Christine is a private sector leader who believes fiscal responsibility means investing in needed local services, not passing the buck and leaving necessary programs unfunded. She’s running a strong campaign in a suburban district that we believe we can flip.

Jessica Miranda for State House District 28: Jessica is a current school board member running in one of the most competitive districts in the state. A long-time education advocate, Jessica will work to reverse the stripmining of Ohio’s public schools.

Joe Helle for State House District 89: Joe has dedicated his life to service, first as an Airborne Infantry Sergeant in the Army and now as mayor of Oak Harbor in Northwest Ohio. He’s willing to fight for what he believes in and made national news standing up to Jon Husted. Now he’s running for State House to invest in our schools and to protect Lake Erie.

Louise Valentine for State Senate District 19: Louise grew up in a working-class family in Elyria and now lives in Central Ohio. She is running a strong progressive campaign focused on fixing the broken educational funding formula, expanding access to health care, and investing in green energy.

Paul Bradley for State Senate District 1: Paul is dedicated to Dayton and Montgomery County, having served as a regional representative for Senator Sherrod Brown. Nows he’s running to take back a winnable state senate race on a platform to fund public schools, oppose right to work and tackle the opioid crisis.

Rachel Crooks for State House District 88: Rachel drew national attention when she accused Donald Trump of sexual assault. She’s born and raised in Northwestern Ohio, where she’s currently a leader at Heidelberg University. Her campaign is focused on equitable education and healthcare for all.

Sedrick Denson for State House District 33: Sedrick is a political organizer in Cincinnati, most recently with the Ohio Environmental Council. Sedrick is running to fight for early childhood education and criminal justice reform.

Taylor Sappington for State House District 94: Taylor is a true organizer who was first elected to the Nelsonville City Council at age 24. Now he’s putting his organizing skills to work to stand up for Southeast Ohio, committed to health care access, infrastructure investment, and bringing jobs to his community.

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