Meet the Candidates

Meet the Candidates

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We've found the best progressive candidates running in races across the country for the 2013-2014 elections. Read below to learn more about our latest endorsements!

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Meet our 2013-2014 Candidates

Top Priority Senate Contests

Mark Udall (D-CO)

Mark Udall (D-CO)

Senator Mark Udall is a strong voice in the Senate for Council for a Livable World's positions on nuclear weapons reductions, ending the war in Afghanistan, and other issues.

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Bruce Braley (D-IA)

Bruce Braley (D-IA)

Bruce Braley (D) was elected to represent Iowa’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006. Council for a Livable World supported Braley in that race because of his strong opposition to the Iraq war and support for seeking multilateral solutions to global problems.

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Alison Lundergan Grimes (D-KY)

Alison Lundergan Grimes (D-KY)

Alison Lundergan Grimes is running as a Democrat in Kentucky, hoping to unseat Mitch McConnell after nearly three decades.

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Gary Peters (D-MI)

Gary Peters (D-MI)

Gary Peters has voted to end the Afghanistan war as soon as possible, as well as to eliminate funding for the wasteful B61 nuclear bomb program.

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Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

Shaheen has been a leader in the Senate on international issues and was a prominent advocate of New START.

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Natalie Tennant (D-WV)

Natalie Tennant (D-WV)

Natalie Tennant is a strong candidate to challenge longtime conservative Republican Shelley Moore Capito.

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Shenna Bellows (D-ME)

Shenna Bellows (D-ME)

Shenna Bellows is an experienced coalition-builder, a passionate progressive, and a strong underdog challenger to Senator Susan Collins.

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Rick Weiland (D-SD)

Rick Weiland (D-SD)

Rick Weiland is a progressive candidate who's focusing his Senate campaign on standing up to special interests.

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Top Priority House Contests

Ami Bera (D-CA)

Ami Bera (D-CA)

Bera, a strong supporter of nuclear reductions, narrowly defeated a Republican incumbent in 2012. This cycle, he's a top Republican target.

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Anne McLane Kuster (D-NH)

Anne McLane Kuster (D-NH)

Kuster is a longtime advocate for peace and human rights.

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Jim Mowrer (D-IA)

Jim Mowrer (D-IA)

Jim Mowrer is a dedicated public servant whose military experience overseas gives him important foreign policy insight.

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Rick Nolan (D-MN)

Rick Nolan (D-MN)

Rick Nolan is a lifelong progressive champion whose congressional career started with opposition to the Vietnam War in the 1970s, and who reentered public service to stand against the Tea Party's divisive rhetoric.

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Martha Robertson (D-NY)

Martha Robertson (D-NY)

Martha Robertson believes that foreign wars have had a negative effect on our economic development.

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Raul Ruiz (D-CA)

Raul Ruiz (D-CA)

Ruiz favors progressive foreign and defense policies, including continuing to reduce the size of U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals and bringing the troops home from Afghanistan.

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Other Senate Candidates

Cory Booker (D-NJ)

Cory Booker (D-NJ)

Cory Booker won a Senate seat in a 2013 special election in New Jersey. He is up for election again in 2014.

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Chris Coons (D-DE)

Chris Coons (D-DE)

Sen. Coons has a stated commitment to “a robust, engaged foreign policy, based on diplomacy and strategic partnerships with other nations.”

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Dick Durbin (D-IL)

Dick Durbin (D-IL)

Sen. Durbin is a strong progressive ally who has spoken out for a more sensible national security policy.

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Al Franken (D-MN)

Al Franken (D-MN)

Franken has earned a perfect 100% on the Council’s scorecard for his commitment to smart national security spending and ending the war in Afghanistan.

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Kay Hagan (D-NC)

Kay Hagan (D-NC)

Senator Hagan serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee and has a strong record on national security issues. She earned a 92% on Council for a Livable World's voting scorecard during her first term.

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Ed Markey (D-MA)

Ed Markey (D-MA)

Ed Markey, a principled voice on nuclear weapons and national security, won a Senate seat in a 2013 special election in Massachusetts. He is up for election again in 2014.

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Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

Council for a Livable World endorsed Jeff Merkley in his first Senate run because in addition to being an electoral winner, he is also an expert on nuclear weapons and acutely aware of the dangers they pose.

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Jack Reed (D-RI)

Jack Reed (D-RI)

Jack Reed (D-RI) is a strong progressive leader when it comes to national security.

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Brian Schatz (D-HI)

Brian Schatz (D-HI)

Schatz is committed to representing Hawaii modeled after the careers of the late Senators Akaka and Inouye– by valuing humility and hard work above all else.

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Tom Udall (D-NM)

Tom Udall (D-NM)

Sen. Udall has maintained a 100% score on the Council's scorecard for his votes on the ratification of New START, the acceleration of troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and many others.

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Other House Contests

Pete Aguilar (D-CA)

Pete Aguilar (D-CA)

Pete Aguilar is running in the most Democratic district in the country represented by a Republican

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Don Beyer (D-VA)

Don Beyer (D-VA)

Don Beyer brings a long record of public service to his race for Virginia's 8th District.

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Tim Bishop (D-NY)

Tim Bishop (D-NY)

Tim Bishop is a reliable progressive voice on national security issues, including nuclear weapons reductions and curbing the use of military force.

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Cheri Bustos (D-IL)

Cheri Bustos (D-IL)

Cheri Bustos is a strong progressive incumbent who is defending her seat against the Tea Party.

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Suzan DelBene (D-WA)

Suzan DelBene (D-WA)

A committed progressive with a lifetime of business experience and community involvement.

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Michael Eggman (D-CA)

Michael Eggman (D-CA)

Eggman is a farmer and small businessman taking on a Tea Party Republican.

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Bill Foster (D-IL)

Bill Foster (D-IL)

As a physicist, Foster understands the dangers of nuclear weapons and is dedicated to Council for a Livable World's vision of a nuclear weapons-free world.

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John Foust (D-VA)

John Foust (D-VA)

John Foust is running for an open seat in northern Virginia.

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Joe Garcia (D-FL)

Joe Garcia (D-FL)

Garcia has earned a 90% score on the PeacePAC voting record and understands that nuclear weapons pose one of the greatest threats to international security.

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Patrick Murphy (D-FL)

Patrick Murphy (D-FL)

Patrick Murphy believes in confronting global threats through careful diplomacy rather than reckless use of military force.

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Suzanne Patrick (D-VA)

Suzanne Patrick (D-VA)

Suzanne Patrick has experience in both business and the military, making her a perfect fit for Virginia's 2nd district.

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Brad Schneider (D-IL)

Brad Schneider (D-IL)

This June, the New York Times identified Illinois’ 10th Congressional District as the most Democratic district in the country currently represented by a Republican.

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Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH)

Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH)

In 2006 Carol Shea-Porter became the first woman to hold federal office from New Hampshire.

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Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)

Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)

Kyrsten Sinema is a principled antiwar progressive, whose seat is a top Republican target this cycle.

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Kevin Strouse (D-PA)

Kevin Strouse (D-PA)

Kevin Strouse brings extensive national security credentials to his race against Republican Mike Fitzpatrick.

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John Tierney (D-MA)

John Tierney (D-MA)

John Tierney is a progressive leader who's committed to ending the war in Afghanistan.

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Our 2012 Candidates

2012 Senate Victories

Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Chris Murphy (D-CT) Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jon Tester (D-MT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

2012 House Victories

Ron Barber (D-AZ), Ami Bera (D-CA), Tim Bishop (D-NY) Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Bruce Braley (D-IA), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Lois Capps (D-CA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Lois Frankel (D-FL), John Garamendi (D-CA), Joe Garcia (D-FL), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), Denny Heck (D-WA), Steven Horsford (D-NV), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Anne McClane Kuster (D-NH), Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Patrick Murphy (D-FL), Rick Nolan (D-MN), Raul Ruiz (D-CA), Brad Schneider(D-IL), Carol Shea–Porter(D–NH), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Mark Takano(D-CA) and John Tierney(D-MA).


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