I'm an extremely liberal Democrat who comes from a long line of extremely liberal Democrats, but I've become increasingly disillusioned with the national party apparatus over the past handful of years. Can you help me put together a list of progressive Democrat office-holders and up-and-coming candidates to buoy and inspire an otherwise devoted liberal's flagging enthusiasm?
I live in a state with a long history of progressivism that has been moving backward instead of forward for the past 4 years or so -- yes, it's Wisconsin, WHY DO YOU ASK? -- and we lost the best senator ever
in the execrable Tea Party sweep of 2010, although we did manage to elect the amazing Tammy Baldwin
in 2012. But nearly everything else about my state is pretty much fucked, and I still have a real 'wandering in the wilderness' feeling when it comes to figuring out where we are as a party in other states and at the national level.
FWIW, I'm a single-issue voter on the topic of reproductive choice.
The kind of traits I'm hoping to see, in addition to an adamantly pro-choice record:
* pro-civil rights
* pro-marriage equality
* pro-voting rights (specifically anti-voter ID)
* pro-labor rights
* pro-immigration reform
* pro-social safety net
* pro-universal healthcare, at least insofar as that is possible in modern American politics
* anti-capital punishment
* anti-prison-industrial complex
* anti-interventionist foreign policy
* anti-drug war
To give you an idea of the kind of folks I'm looking for, I'm head over heels for Barbara Lee
, Keith Ellison
, Howard Dean
, Luis Gutiérrez
, Alan Grayson
, and (of course) Paul Wellstone
. Primary-wise, I went for Bradley in 2000 and Dean all the way in 2004. I pulled the lever for Mike Gravel
in 2008, then wrote him in because he didn't even run in 2012. 2016 is a mystery to me!
Basically, I'm hoping to make a list of progressive candidates all across the United States, to whom money, time, effort, and volunteer chow (usually pizza
) can be readily donated. Door-to-door GOTV canvassing is my very favorite thing in the world, so candidates in the upper Midwest get bonus points.
Fellow progressive Democrats, who's our next great hope? Where do they live, who are their constituents? Even if you know a lone angry liberal running for dogcatcher in Wyoming, please post about them here.