The state of politics in America these days is a big stinking mess. Every time I hear the news, I feel more and more disgusted. Our elected offices are full of old, wealthy, white men who make a profit off of the suffering of others. In my eyes, that corruption is simply unacceptable; it’s time to vote them out.
There happen to be a number of candidates running in federal and state level elections on Tuesday who don’t fit that mold; they are young, female, people of color, and/or people who identify as queer. Many of these candidates have never held office before in their lives, and a good number of them would be setting records if they win (check out this excellent article in the New York Times that breaks down the diversity in this election).
If you are angry, sad, fearful, or hopeless right now, if you hate what Trump and the GOP are doing with their power, then this is your call to step up and do something about it. Help elect these candidates who are not corrupt, career politicians, but real people who see the need for real representation in this country. Here are some of the standout candidates running for office on Tuesday – go vote, donate, and volunteer for them now!
P.s. Do you have a plan to vote on Tuesday? Check your polling place here, make sure you note open and close times, and schedule a time to go vote! Bonus points for dragging friends and family along with you ;)
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1. Kyrsten Sinema, running for Senate in Arizona
If she wins, not only would Kyrsten Sinema be the first openly bisexual Senator in the country, she would also be the first woman to ever represent Arizona in the Senate. Sinema is up against Republican Martha McSally in the race to fill retiring Senator Jeff Flake’s seat, so at least the seat is going to a woman either way. Unfortunately, McSally is a climate denier who Donald Trump named “the second-greatest vote you ever cast” (the first vote being, of course, for himself) at a rally he held for the candidate. Sinema, on the other hand, knows that climate change is a real threat caused by humans, is pro-choice, and an advocate for women’s and LGBTQ rights.
This is a really close race, with Sinema and McSally polling nearly neck and neck just a few days out from the election. Arizona has not voted for a Democratic Senator since 1988, so flipping this seat from red to blue would be a huge upset for the GOP.
2. Stacey Abrams, running for Governor in Georgia
Stacey Abrams has gained a lot of press this election season, and for good reason. If she wins, Abrams will be the first black women to be elected governor in the entire country. It’s not going to be an easy win by any means, though – Abrams is running in a notoriously conservative state experiencing severe issues with voter suppression, especially in black communities. Yet Abrams’ story (she grew up in Mississippi in a poor working family) and her progressive policies (she wants to stop drilling for oil, stop voter suppression, and reform the criminal justice system) have inspired voters across the state and even Oprah to help her build a strong campaign.
This is another really close race. Stacey Abrams is running against Georgia’s sitting Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Kemp has been polling ahead of Abrams, but only by a small margin.
3. Ilhan Omar, running for Congress in Minnesota’s 5th District
Polling way ahead of her opponent, Ilhan Omar is expected to become the first ever Muslim-American Congresswoman. Omar’s background is a representation of the American Dream that is especially inspiring in this political climate; born in Somalia, she and her family were forced to flee during the country’s civil war. After living as refugees in Kenya, Omar’s family eventually immigrated to Minnesota, where the candidate has lived and worked for the past 20 years. Omar’s policies are far to the left – she supports “Medicare for All, tuition and debt free college, housing as a human right, a clean environment for future generations, and elections that cannot be bought.”
4. Jahana Hayes, running for Congress in Connecticut’s 5th District
Jahana Hayes is also polling ahead of her opponent and is expected to become Connecticut’s first African-American Democrat in Congress, as well as the first African-American Congresswoman from any state in New England. Hayes is not a career politician, but a devoted public school teacher (Obama named her Teacher of the Year in 2016) who grew up in housing projects, raised by a mother who struggled with addiction. Hayes became a mother herself at 17 and still managed to put herself through college – though she, much like many of us, is still paying off her student debt. She says that her life experience inspired her to run for Congress, and she is supporting progressive policies such as single payer healthcare, banning assault weapons, and protecting the environment.
5. Katie Hill, running for Congress in California’s 25th District
Katie Hill represents a new wave of young people getting involved in politics; she is 30 years old, openly bisexual, and running for office for the first time. Hill is refusing to take donations from corporate PAC’s, despite running against Republican incumbent Steve Knight who is backed by the GOP and a number of corporate groups (including the California Independent Petroleum Association). Knight has also continuously voted with Trump and was apparently unable to answer Hill when she asked him to explain his motivation for voting to repeal the AHCA. Hill, on the other hand, supports expanding California Medicaid, is committed to protecting LGBTQ and women’s rights, and is “actively working to break down the barriers between representatives and those they want to represent.”
Despite flipping her own father from Republican to Democrat, Hill is only polling slightly ahead of her opponent in this close race.
Want to help Katie Hill get elected? You can donate here and those who live out of state can volunteer here! If you live in the area, you can volunteer to get out the vote and drive voters to the polls here.