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Since 2004, Progressive Majority has helped elect 457 progressive champions to office and we have no intention of slowing down.

Progressive Majority supports the strongest progressives to run for office in the toughest states in the nation.

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Theresa Abed

State Representative, District 71
2014
Incumbent
Theresa Abed is serving her first term as a Michigan state representative.  She serves on the Education, Insurance and Regulatory Reform committees. She is a lifelong Michigan resident and has worked as a school social worker for over thirty years. 
 
Theresa served two terms as a Eaton County Commissioner, where she spearheaded the creation of the Communications Committee. She was a leader in increasing the transparency and accessibility of local government, fighting for board and committee meetings to be held in the evenings and open to the public.
 
Pam Faris

State Representative, District 48
2014
Incumbent

Pam Faris is serving her first term representing Michigan’s 48th House District.

 

Before serving in the Legislature, Faris served on the Mott Community College Board of Trustees. Pam showed her passion for education and women’s issues with her service on such state-level entities as the Early Childhood Investment Corp. and the Michigan Women’s Commission.

 

In 1989, Pam went to work in the Prosecutors office as a Case Coordinator and Jury Coordinator for Genesee County. In the court system, she was instrumental in shortening the number of days jurors are on call from two weeks to two days. When she retired she was president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 916, Chapter 10. Pam's husband, John Cherry, is a former lieutenant governor of Michigan. 

 
Hoon-Yung Hopgood

State Senate, District 8
2014
Incumbent

Hoon-Yung Hopgood is serving his first term in the Michigan State Senate.  He is the only Korean American in the Michigan legislature and is the first to serve in the Senate.  

 

Progressive Majority considers Hoon-Yung to be a pipeline leader who not only leads with his values, but is committed to helping elect other progressives to office.

 

Hoon-Yung had served as a state representative since 2002.  He serves on the Appropriations Committee as the Minority Vice-Chair of its Agriculture, Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Natural Resources and the K-12 School Aid and Education subcommittees. He also serves as Minority Vice-Chair of the Education Committee and the Energy and Technology Committee.

 
Mary Parker

State Representative, District 22
2014
Challenger

Mary Parker is running for State Representative in District 22. After taking early retirement, Mary and her husband Steve started a small consulting business. Mary also works as a Truancy Special Advocate (TSA) and serves as a member of the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee for the Jefferson County School District.

 

Mary was recruited into the Progressive Majority Farm Team in February of 2012. She faces a rematch with incumbent Justin Everett. Mary was endorsed by Progressive Majority during her 2012 run. This is a Progressive Majority-targeted district in 2014.

Alan Rosenfeld

Boulder County Commissioner, District 3
2014
Challenger

Alan Rosenfeld is running for Boulder County Commissioner, District 3. Alan's an attorney who focuses his skills on victims of domestic abuse. He has 20 years of experience providing legal representation for battered women and mothers of sexually abused children across Colorado. 

 

Alan was admitted to the Progressive Majority Farm Team in August 2013. He is running against incumbent Cindy Domenico, who was appointed to the commission in 2007, reelected in 2008 and 2010, and voted for fracking along the way.

Faith Winter

State Representative, District 35
2014
Open Seat

Faith Winter is running for State Representative in District 35. She is currently the Mayor Pro Tem of Westminster and the Executive Director of Emerge Colorado. 

 

Faith has spent her entire career inspiring people to action, whether it is training thousands of women to run for office at the White House Project, turning out young voters or engaging her constituents. 

 

Faith is running to succeed current Farm Team member Cherylin Peniston, who has been term-limited out of the office.

Anthony Fossaceca

State Representative, District 6
2014
Challenger

Anthony Fossaceca is running for State Representative in District 6. Anthony has been politically active over the past 20 years as an activist and campaign manager. He was born in Youngstown, raised in Lyndhurst, and graduated from Brush High School and the University of Akron. Prior to his political involvement, Anthony ran a small marketing company. He is a blogger for OhioDaily.com.

 

Anthony was recruited into the farm team in October of 2011. He is seeking a rematch with Republican incumbent Marlene Anielski, who was elected to the House in 2010 representing District 17 and elected in District 6 in the 2012 cycle.

Kay Hendrikson

State Representative, District 53B
2014
Challenger

Kay Hendrikson is running for State Representative in District 53B.

 

She currently serves on the Woodbury Planning Commission and works in the State Ombudsman’s Office for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. She has worked in education, human services and information technology at the city, county and state levels. Additionally, she serves as faculty at Metropolitan State University.

 

Kay joined the Progressive Majority Farm Team in February 2009. She will most likely face Republican incumbent Andrea Kieffer, who was elected to the House of Representatives in the 2010 Republican sweep.

Connie Pillich

State Treasurer
2014
Challenger

Connie Pillich is running for State Treasurer. Connie is a military veteran, lawyer and public servant.  She is currently serving her third term in the Ohio House of Representatives.  

 

Immediately after graduating college, she joined the U.S. Air Force, serving eight years of active duty and achieving the rank of Captain.  She served in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield.  She dedicates time to United Cerebral Palsy, Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor and the Kennedy Heights Montessori Center.

 

Connie was recruited into the Progressive Majority Farm Team in 2010. She will be opposing the current State Treasurer, Republican Josh Mandel.  Mandel was elected in the 2010 Republican statewide sweep and lost his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in 2012.

Crisanta Duran

State Representative, District 5
2014
Incumbent

Crisanta Duran is serving her first term in the Colorado House of Representatives.  She is a native of Colorado. After graduating from law school, Crisanta went to work for UFCW Local 7 as their counsel. In this role, she fought for better contracts for their union members across the state. She has served on the board of directors of La Rasa, Democrats Work, Voto Latino and on Progressive Majority's Colorado Advisory Council. She served as president of the Colorado Young Democrats and as an Obama Delegate. She was first elected in 2012.

Dianne Primavera

State Representative, District 33
2014
Incumbent

Dianne Primavera is a Colorado native.  She was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2006.  She lost her bid for a third term in 2010 by 314 votes – less than 1% – but won her seat back in 2012.  Dianne now serves as Chair of the Public Health and Human Services Committee and is a member of the Health Insurance and Environment committees.  

 

Dianne has worked in the public-service and non-profit sectors for over three decades. Beyond her service as an elected official, she has worked as a vocational counselor and government manager.

Collene Lamonte

state Representative, District 91
2014
Incumbent

Collene Lamonte is serving her first term in the Michigan House of Representatives.

 

She is a high-school math and science teacher who saw the damage first-hand in her classrooms as Republicans' drastic education funding cuts resulted in overcrowding and a lack of supplies for her students. 

 

Collene's family was affected as well.  When the economy slowed in Michigan, her husband lost a job in a tool and die shop that supplied the automotive industry. She knows the anxiety of unemployment and the heartbreak of foreclosure. The Lamontes worked hard to put their lives back together and start over again, and now Collene is helping others who are fighting the same battle.

Sarah Roberts

State Representative, District 18
2014
Incumbent
Sarah Roberts is running for re-election for State Representative in District 18. This young leader has already shown how she is a progressive pipeline leader. Prior to being elected to the state house in 2008, Sarah served on the Macomb County Commission. 
 
As a state legislator, Sarah has demonstrated her leadership in helping lead the effort to form a Progressive Caucus within the Democratic Caucus. Having worked as a Clean Water Action community organizer and representing a district that borders Lake St. Clair, Sarah has been a strong advocate for progressive environmental policies. 
Harvey Santana

State Representative, District 9
2014
Incumbent
Harvey is finishing his first term as a Michigan State Representative. He is a Detroit native and Navy veteran who stands out as a progressive leader.  He is among the youngest members of the Michigan legislature and is the only Puerto Rican serving there. 
 
Professionally, Harvey is an urban planner.  He brings a unique perspective on how to redevelop and revitalize Detroit and the state's other urban areas.
 
Andy Schor

State Representative, District 68
2014
Incumbent

Andy Schor is serving his first term as a Michigan State representative.  Before going to the state house, he was elected to the Ingham County Commission five times, starting in 2002. 

 

He serves on three committees: Elections and Ethics, Michigan Competitiveness and Regulatory Reform.

 

Prior to entering public service, Andy served in numerous roles in the State Legislature and in former Governor Jennifer Granholm’s administration.

Jim Townsend

State Representative, District 26
2014
Incumbent
State Representative Jim Townsend is serving his second term as the voice of Michigan's 26th House District.
 
As a local small business owner, Jim is committed to standing up for working people and small businesses to help them create jobs and turn Michigan's economy around.
 
Prior to joining the Michigan House of Representatives, Jim served as the Executive Director of the Tourism Economic Development Council, where he led economic development in Metro Detroit. 
 
Henry Yanez

State Representative, District 25
2014
Incumbent
Henry is serving his first term representing Michigan’s 25th House District.
 
Before serving in the Legislature, Henry worked as a Sterling Heights firefighter and paramedic since 1995. He is a member of the International Association of Firefighters, Local 1557, and previously served as a member on the Board of Health and Safety Compliance and Appeals since 2010. Henry graduated from Oakland Community College with a degree in fire science.
 
Henry serves on three committees: Commerce, Energy and Technology and Military and Veterans Affairs.
Zachary Dorholt

State Representative, District 14B
2014
Incumbent
Zachary Dorholt is serving his first term in the Minnesota House of Representatives.  He is a native Minnesotan, raised in Maple Grove. 
 
Zachary graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.A. in Community Development and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology. 
 
Currently Zachary is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor working at a non-profit mental health center. Zachary helps people living with mental illness gain independent living and employment skills. Much of his work is focused on helping people get back into the work force.
 
In the House, he is Vice-Chair of the Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee and also serves on the Government Operations and Transportation Policy committees.
Jerry Newton

State Representative, District 37A
2014
Incumbent
Jerry is serving his second term in the Minnesota House of Representatives.  
 
Jerry served in the United States Army for 23 years, retiring as a sergeant major.  He served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War as well as seven years in the Middle East. The Bronze Star and the Vietnamese Medal of Valor are among his many awards and decorations. 
 
Before being elected to the statehouse, Jerry served on the Coon Rapids City Council and the Anoka Hennepin School Board.  
 
In the Minnesota House, Jerry serves on five committees: State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs; Education Finance; Health and Human Services Finance; Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy; and the Select Committee on Veterans Housing.
 
Rena Moran

State Representative, District 65A
2014
Incumbent
Rena Moran is serving her second term in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
 
Rena is a community organizer and dynamic progressive. When elected, she was the only African-American woman in the Minnesota legislature. 
 
Rena was at the forefront in organizing the African-American community in St. Paul and the immediate suburbs.  She worked for the Urban Embassy, where she led the efforts to engage the African-American community during the 2008 election.
 
Kevin Boyce

State Representative, District 25
2014
Incumbent

State Representative Kevin L. Boyce was appointed to the Ohio House in May 2012. 

 

Kevin returned to public life after serving as the Managing Director for Rice Financial, a New York investment banking firm that exclusively focused on assisting State, County, and City governments in financing capital projects.

 

Kevin previously served as Ohio's State Treasurer from 2009-2011. He also served on the Columbus City Council for 8 years, where he was Chairman of the Finance and Appropriations Committee. As State Treasurer, Kevin sought to reduce the state’s operating costs and launched the nation’s first web training for treasurers’ continued education.

Edna Brown

State Senate, District 11
2014
Incumbent

Edna Brown has represented Ohio's 11th District in the state Senate since 2011.  She served in the Ohio House from 2002-2010. 

 

Edna is a lifelong resident of Toledo and one of its most trusted leaders. Brown has had a 32-year career as an employee with the city of Toledo, followed by a six-year tenure on Toledo City Council.  She was involved in the founding of the Greater Toledo Urban League, and is the first African American person to represent Toledo in the Ohio Senate.

Debbie Phillips

State Representative, District 92
2014
Incumbent
Debbie Phillips is serving her third term in the Ohio House, where she serves in the Democratic leadership as Assistant House Minority Leader.  
 
Prior to her election to the House, Debbie served on the Athens City Council and on its Planning and Development Committee, which oversees proposed developments, subdivisions, and implementation of the Comprehensive Plan in Athens.
 
A graduate of Ohio University, Debbie has built a career fighting for educational opportunities for Ohio’s children. She was the founding Executive Director of the Ohio Fair Schools Campaign, which promotes quality public education. Debbie is a qualified mediator who has provided training in peer mediation and conflict resolution in schools.
Randy Friese

State Representative, District 9
2014
Challenger
Randy Friese is running for Arizona House of Representatives in District 9. In 1997, Randy entered active duty military service with the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. For the next four years he served as a surgeon in Okinawa, Japan and Camp Pendleton, California. In 2008, Randy joined the University of Arizona College of Medicine as the Associate Trauma Medical Director. In that role, Randy was the surgeon who initially treated Congresswoman Gabby Giffords when she was shot. That experience is what spurred him to greater interest in public office.
 
Randy is also a graduate of Leading for Change, Arizona’s candidate training program for progressives. 
 
This seat is a must-win for Democrats in order to be able to flip the House in a future cycle.
Amy Schwabenlender

State Representative, District 20
2014
Open Seat
Amy Schwabendlender is running for Arizona House of Representatives in District 20. Amy works for the Valley of the Sun United Way, where she leads the “Plan for Hunger Free Communities in Maricopa County,” the first strategic vision and plan for ending hunger in Phoenix.  She leads a permanent supportive housing initiative for the chronically homeless that has housed nearly 500 individuals in three years. 
 
She also expanded Project Connect from Tempe to more than 15,000 families throughout Maricopa County to end and prevent homelessness. Project Connect connects individuals and families who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness with life‐changing services. 
 
Amy serves as the Chair of the Maricopa County Community Services Commission and is on the Board of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits. Because of her good work, Amy received the 2013 Heart in Hand Award from the Arizona Community Action Association. 
Kelly Garrett

State Representative, District 35
2014
Open Seat
Kelly Garrett is running for the Michigan State House, District 35, which is outside of Detroit. She currently serves as Councilwoman for Lathrup Village.  Recently, she was unanimously elected as Mayor Pro Tem, making her the first African American person in the position. 
 
Kelly is also a member of the Norup International PTA in Oak Park, which her son attends, as well as a parent board member at the Sickle Cell Anemia Association and the Family‐Centered Care Advisory Council at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
 
Kelly is a life‐long resident of Michigan. She works full-time at the University of Phoenix in the Workforce Development Department. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration degree.  
Clarence Gayles

State Representative, District 3
2014
Challenger
Clarence Gayles is running for election to the Michigan House of Representatives, District 3. After attending Jackson State University, Clarence worked for the Detroit Public School System. His most recent position was in Government Relations and Community Engagement with the Children’s Center of Wayne County, advocating on behalf of children with developmental disabilities. 
 
Clarence is a strong supporter of women and families and helped organize the paid sick days campaign with Mothering Justice. He has also been a longtime committed volunteer with Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan, traveling as far as Mississippi to fight back against attacks on access to women’s healthcare. 
 
Clarence’s election will place a true progressive in the state House, where there currently is not one. He is committed to the rebuilding of Detroit.
Theresa Rich

State Representative, District 37
2014
Challenger
Theresa Rich is running for election to the Michigan House of Representatives in District 37.  She is currently vice president of the Oakland Schools Board of Education.
 
Theresa leads a training group for GM serving people in 60+ countries. A tireless advocate for increasing the minimum wage, funding public education, and women’s and equality issues, she is a fearless fighter for progressive causes.
 
Theresa’s seat is a must‐hold for the Democrats to have a chance in regaining the House this cycle. The seat leans Democratic, but a weak Democratic candidate could make this seat vulnerable in November.
Rebecca Thompson

State Representative, District 1
2014
Challenger
Rebecca Thompson is running for election to the Michigan House of Representatives in District 1.  Raised by a single mother with three siblings, her family was often plagued by unemployment, poverty, and at times, homelessness. 
 
Rebecca serves the United Way for Southeastern Michigan as its Senior Director of Engagement, where she oversees the organization’s Community Engagement and Public Policy and Advocacy efforts. She led the Front Line Leaders Academy (FLLA), a national program that trains young progressive candidates to run for elected office and serve as campaign managers. She also serves as a national trainer for ElectHer, which trains college women to run for student government. 
 
Rebecca has also undergone extensive leadership training herself, including training from the Women's Campaign School at Yale, the White House Project, the Center for Progressive Leadership, and the Michigan Political Leadership Program.
 
Rich Javorek

State Representative, District 69
2014
Open Seat
Rich Javorek is running for election to the Ohio House of Representatives in District 69. Rich is a first‐generation American. He taught in Ohio public schools for over 30 years and held various leadership positions within the OEA. 
 
Rich is currently an Adjunct Instructor for Bryant & Stratton College and was recently appointed to the zoning commission for his township. He is currently the only Democrat serving in his township. Rich first ran for Ohio State Board of Education’s fifth district in 2008 as a Progressive Majority farm team member. He lost his race but was appointed to the seat by Gov. Strickland in 2010. 
 
Unfortunately, the Ohio State Senate rejected his appointment after Gov. Kasich took office. Rich ran again for that the seat in 2012 as a Progressive Majority-endorsed candidate and lost.
 
Sandra Williams

State Senate, District 21
2014
Open Seat
Sandra Williams is running for election to the Ohio State Senate in District 21. Sandra currently serves as an Ohio State Representative for the 11th district. She is currently serving her fourth and final term under term limits. 
 
Sandra currently serves as President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus. As President, she established a scholarship fund for the organization focused on increasing African‐American access to higher education. 
 
As a State Representative, Sandra led initiatives to expand job training opportunities for Ohioans transitioning into new fields, development and passage of initiatives that revise criminal sentencing and re‐entry laws that removed significant barriers to employment. 
 
Sandra grew up in Cleveland as the daughter of a UAW autoworker. She served in the United States Army Reserve and was honorably discharged in 1995.
 
Art Haywood

State Senate, District 4
2014
Challenger
Art Haywood is running for election to the Pennsylvania State Senate in District 4. Art was elected in 2009 as Commissioner of Cheltenham Township’s second ward and has served as President of the Board of Commissioners for the past two years. Art is an active member of Local Progress. 
 
As a Commissioner, Art has led in the creation of the SEPTA Ogontz Bus Loop, the enactment of an anti‐discrimination ordinance and the adoption of an equal opportunity in contracting policy. 
 
Art originally moved to Philadelphia to work as a Staff Attorney at Community Legal Services in 1985. His private law practice evolved to assist organizations to revitalize neighborhoods, create hundreds of affordable homes, apartments and jobs in legal services, private practice with Phil Lord and as Legal Counsel for Esperanza. Art has represented many organizations that seek to create jobs, businesses and affordable housing.
 
Lynne Pancrazi

State Senate, District 4
2014
Incumbent
Lynne is serving her first term in the Arizona Senate.  She was appointed to the Senate seat in January 2013 after serving since January 2007 in the Arizona House of Representatives. 
 
For 28 years, Lynne served as a teacher, instructor and athletic coach in the Yuma Elementary School District Number One.  She retired and then returned because the district lacked teachers. 
 
She is the former president of the Yuma Elementary Education Association and is a member of the National Education Association.  
 
Dwight Dudley

State Representative, District 68
2014
Incumbent
Dwight Dudley is serving his first term in the Florida House of Representatives.
 
He graduated from Florida State University and later its law school.  He then worked as a legislative aide in the Florida House. He later worked as an Assistant Public Defender in the Felony Division in St. Petersburg. 
 
Practicing law with his own law firm for 16 years, he understands both the importance of justice and the challenges of running a small business. Dwight was elected in 2012 because he had a progressive vision and the government experience to represent all Floridians.
Ricardo Rangel

State Representative, District 43
2014
Incumbent
Ricardo Rangel was elected to State House District 43 in 2012.  Ricardo is a second-generation NCO veteran of the U.S. Army.  Following his honorable discharge, Ricardo continued to serve the public through community activism. 
 
In recognition of his activism, Ricardo was awarded the "Emerging Leaders Award" by the Central Brevard NAACP and the "National Leadership Award" by the Business Council. Ricardo is also active in politics and local government. He was instrumental in passing Amendments 5 and 6 in Brevard County to ensure fair federal and state legislative districts.  He served on the Citizens Advisory Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment for the City of Melbourne.  In 2003, his peers elected him as "Florida Young Democrat of the Year."
 
Joe Saunders

State Representative, District 49
2014
Incumbent
Joe Saunders is serving his first term in the Florida House of Representatives.  When he took office in 2012, he became one of the first two openly gay members of the Florida Legislature.
 
In 2003, while a student at University of Central Florida, Joe organized rallies and press conferences following a gay hate crime. While at UCF, Joe served as Chair of the UCF Progressive Council and President of the UCF LGBT Student Union. For the past seven years, he has worked with Equality Florida, fighting for policies to protect citizens from discrimination. He is also involved with the Orange County Democratic Party.
 
Geraldine Thompson

State Senate, District 12
2014
Incumbent
Geraldine Thompson is serving her first term in the Florida state Senate.  She has devoted her life to advocating for the rights of women, children, minorities and the disadvantaged. 
 
After receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Miami in 1970 and a Master of Science Degree from the Florida State University in 1973, Geraldine worked as a teacher for six years in the Orange County Public Schools. She later served as Director of Equal Opportunity and Assistant to the President of Valencia College. 
 
In 2006, she was elected to the Florida House of Representatives District 39. She is the first African-American female to represent Orange County. During her service in the House, Geraldine filed legislation to increase access to health care and fund breast cancer research. Her colleagues elected her to serve as Democratic Leader Pro Tempore, the second-highest ranking Democrat in the Florida House, in 2008.
 
Karen Castor Dentel

State Representative, District 30
2014
Incumbent
Karen Castor Dentel is serving her first term in the Florida House of Representatives. She is a mother, educator and activist. 
 
Karen has taught in Orange County Public Schools for more than a decade. She is a member of the Florida Education Association.
 
Karen's family's political roots go deep. Her mother, Betty Castor, served in the Florida Senate and as state Education Commissioner. Her sister, Kathy Castor, has represented Florida’s 11th Congressional District since 2007. Her brother, Frank Castor, a Palm Beach County judge, was elected in 2006, and her father, Don Castor, retired from the bench in Hillsborough County in 1996. 
Jennifer Williamson

State Representative, District 36
2014
Incumbent
Jennifer is in her first term as an Oregon State Representative.  She is a 4th-generation Oregonian, was born and raised on a farm in Washington County and was the first member of her family to graduate from college. Growing up in a union family as a reduced and free lunch kid, seeing her family rely on food stamps many times and having to put herself through college, Jennifer understands the challenges that families in Oregon are facing because she’s lived them. 
 
She became involved in politics early and by accident. While putting herself through the University of Oregon, proposed cuts in Pell Grants and work-study programs threatened her ability to stay in college. Not willing to go down without a fight, she became an education activist, which led her to work for Senator Mark Hatfield to ensure all Oregonians have access to higher education. The attacks on children and families living in poverty are what pushed Jennifer to run for office. Now that she is elected, Jennifer is fighting to make sure kids today have the same opportunities she did.
 
Frank Dermody

State Representative, District 33
2014
Incumbent
Frank has represented the 33rd Legislative District of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 1991.  He has served as the House Minority Leader since 2011.  
 
Criminal justice and sentencing reform have been enduring legislative interests for Frank. He served on the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing from 1991 to 2010, including 14 years as commission chairman.
Michael O'Brien

State Representative, District 175
2014
Incumbent
Mike has served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 2007.  He is a leading advocate for women's health and working family issues. He has fought for funding in the state budget for obstetric and neonatal services, breast and cervical cancer screening, maternal and child health and child care assistance, among others.
 
Mike is a strong proponent of public education and has fought for state support for funding full-day kindergarten, smaller class sizes, tutoring, pre-K learning and other programs that have been proven to help kids succeed. He continues to be at the forefront of making sure Pennsylvania’s gambling industry upholds its promise to taxpayers and those neighborhoods and residents directly impacted by casinos.
 
Pam DeLissio

State Representative, District 194
2014
Incumbent
Pam DeLissio is serving her first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
 
Pam is an adult long-term care consultant. She is recognized for her strong leadership skills and has volunteered in various capacities for professional associations and community organizations. 
 
She has held two prominent positions helping to serve older, limited-income Pennsylvanians with affordable housing and services, first as administrator of the Roxborough Home for Women, and then as president of the Kearsley Retirement Community, both in Philadelphia.
 
Pam is running to improve the quality and accessibility of health care, protect a woman's right to choose, and achieve marriage equality. 
 
Matthew Bradford

State Representative, District 70
2014
Incumbent
Matt Bradford is serving his first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.  
 
Matt distinguished himself as municipal administrator and chief executive officer of Norristown Borough, where he worked to steer the financially distressed community away from bankruptcy. As a result of uncovering hundreds of thousands of dollars of waste, fraud and abuse, as well as from debt restructuring and contract concessions, Norristown – after nearly a decade of red ink – has seen a return to balanced budgets, a tremendous increase in public and private investment, and massive improvements in public services.
 
Matt also served as Chief of Staff to former Congressman and current County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel.  He is a past member of the United Steel Workers Union. 
Sherri Connell

Justice of the Peace
2014
Challenger
Sherri Connell is running for Justice of the Peace in Tempe.  She previously served on the Tempe Elementary School District Governing Board.  
 
Presently, Sherri works as a Management Analyst for the Workforce Development Division in Maricopa County. She has been a member of the National Association of Housing Redevelopment Officials, East Valley Alliance and the National Association of Workforce Boards,  She is currently an associate of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council Economic Development Directors' Team. She is the Social Committee Chair of Legislative District 17.  
 
Recently, Sherri was appointed Treasurer of AZ Schoolworks, an organization dedicated to helping school board candidates get elected.  Sherri is also a graduate of the Arizona Emerge program.  
 
Joe Neguse

Secretary of State
2014
Challenger
Joe Neguse is running for Secretary of State. He currently serves on the University of Colorado Regents Board.  As a Regent, Joe has worked to build consensus on tough issues, sponsoring several resolutions that received bipartisan and unanimous support.  In 2011, he authored a resolution to make voter registration more accessible to students, an effort that was applauded nationally and which the Board of Regents ultimately approved unanimously.  Prior to his election as Regent, Joe was appointed by the Boulder City Council to serve as a Commissioner on the Boulder Housing Authority, and also worked at the State Capitol for then-Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff.
 
Joe is a first-generation American.  His parents emigrated from Africa.  In 2006, Joe co-founded New Era Colorado, a non-profit foundation aimed at fostering the involvement of youth in the political process. New Era Colorado has since registered tens of thousands of young voters across the State, and has been at the forefront in championing legislation to ensure fair and accessible elections.
 
Stephanie Chang

State Representative, District 6
2014
Open Seat
Stephanie Chang is running for the Michigan House of Representatives.  She currently serves as a community engagement organizer with the James and Grace Boggs School in Detroit and recently began as the alumni engagement and evaluation coordinator for the Center for Progressive Leadership in Michigan. 
 
Stephanie previously served as the deputy director for the Campaign for Justice, which heads a broad-based coalition fighting for a fair and effective public defense system in Michigan. 
 
Stephanie served as an organizer for Michigan United/One United Michigan, building local volunteer-led coalitions to educate the public about affirmative action and mobilize voter opposition against Proposal 2 in 2006. She is a co-founder of and the immediate past president of APIAVote-Michigan, which serves the Asian & Pacific Islander American community through civic participation, advocacy and education. 
 
Scott Dianda

State Representative, District 110
2014
Incumbent
Scott Dianda is running for re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in District 110.  Scott is currently serving his first term and was a Progressive Majority-endorsed candidate when he ran in 2012.  He is a lifelong resident of the Upper Peninsula. Scott previously worked as a transportation maintenance worker for the Michigan Department of Transportation after owning a small retail store in Calumet. He also served as the president of Calumet Village and the Michigan State Employees Association.
 
 
Scott is running in a targeted district that is a necessary hold for a path to the majority in the Michigan House of Representatives.  Scott has been a strong progressive champion in the Michigan state house, particularly in standing up for the rights of his union brothers and sisters. 
Jennifer Wexton

State Senate, District 33
2014
Open Seat
Jennifer Wexton is running in the special election for State Senate District 33 to replace the Attorney General-elect.  From 2001 to 2005, Jennifer served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Loudoun County, prosecuting felony and misdemeanor criminal and traffic cases in all of the Loudoun County courts. 
 
Jennifer has a strong interest in mental health issues as a result of her legal work. This work led her to serve for two years as a member of the Loudoun Community Services Board, an advisory policy board that oversees the County's Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services.  
 
In 2011, Jennifer challenged the two-term incumbent Republican Commonwealth’s Attorney. Despite a Republican sweep of every Loudoun office except Mark Herring’s State Senate seat, she earned 24,000 votes countywide and won the Loudoun precincts of the 33rd Senate District.
 
Because the Virginia State Senate is currently an even split, her election is a must-win in order to hold on to the majority that exists due to the incoming Democratic Lt. Governor.  Hers is one of two must-win special elections in Virginia this winter in order to hold onto the majority.  
 
Andrea Dalessandro

State Senate, District 2
2014
Incumbent
Andrea Dalessandro is serving her first term in the Arizona Senate.  Earlier this year, she was appointed to fill a Senate vacancy after the incumbent resigned. She was in her first term as a House of Representatives member.
 
Andrea strongly believes that we must maximize business opportunities in Arizona. She recently graduated from the intensive, eleven-week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Citizens' Academy. She believes that a better understanding of (and support for) increased trade with Mexico will benefit all of Arizona. 
 
Andrea is a certified public accountant and a former high school math teacher. She is a retired member of the Arizona Education Association and a host of community, civic and political organizations. She attended numerous trainings, including the Center for Policy Alternatives' values training and Progressive Majority's messaging training.
Katie Hobbs

State Representative, District 15
2014
Incumbent
Katie Hobbs is a proven leader and represents State House District 15. Katie served as a Commissioner on the Phoenix Women's Commission and is the chair of the Maricopa County Merit System Commission. Over the years, Katie has worked tirelessly to stem domestic violence and homelessness. 
 
Katie understands the importance of strong leadership, supporting strong schools and fostering safe neighborhoods. Katie first won her vital suburban Phoenix district in 2012.
 
Stefanie Mach

State Representative, District 10
2014
Incumbent
Stefanie Mach is serving her first term in the Arizona House of Representatives.  She is a survivor of a traumatic car accident that, at 17, left her badly scarred and missing her right arm. 
 
Stefanie has never let her injuries slow her down. She rebounded and graduated from college in four years with a double major, then dedicated a year of her life serving our country in AmeriCorps and working with the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. Stefanie understands the importance of service and collaboration in a functioning, progressive society.
 
As a State Representative in Arizona, Stefanie continues to raise the bar. She understands what matters most to Arizonans - strengthening the middle class with fair, living-wage jobs, ensuring bright futures for our children with strong and accessible public education, and making quality healthcare accessible to all.  
 
Victoria Steele

State Representative, District 9
2014
Incumbent
Victoria Steele is serving her first term in the Arizona House of Representatives. where she is the ranking Democrat on the Transportation Committee.  She is a counselor, educator, successful business owner, and former television and radio broadcaster. 
 
As a licensed counselor, Victoria helps individuals deal with relationship problems and emotional issues. Of Native American and German descent, Victoria developed Native Ways, a treatment program for Native American women struggling with substance abuse issues. 
 
In addition to her counseling practice, Victoria is a faculty member at Prescott College and the University of Phoenix. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in counseling, psychology, environmental psychology, and cultural diversity.
 
Ed Ableser

State Senate, District 26
2014
Incumbent
Ed Ableser is running for re-election to the Arizona Senate. He is a former member of the Arizona House of Representatives and the Arizona Senate. 
 
Ed was appointed to fill the state Senate term of former state Senator (now U.S. Congressman) Harry Mitchell.  He subsequently ran successfully for the Arizona House of Representatives. 
 
Then in 2012, Ed successfully ran for the Arizona Senate in the newly formed 26th district.
 
Ed is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Arizona State University's School of Justice and Social Inquiry, and works professionally as a counselor for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona.
Tony Exum

State Representative, District 17
2014
Incumbent
Tony Exum is serving his first term in the Colorado House of Representatives.  A retired Battalion Chief from the Colorado Springs Fire Department, Tony spent thirty-five years working to make the community safer. Tony's victory for the State House seat in 2012 was another step in a lifetime of public service. He is a member of the Colorado Springs Fire Association.
 
Pete Lee

State Representative, District 18
2014
Incumbent
Pete Lee is serving his second term in the Colorado House of Representatives.  In the 2013 legislative session, Pete served as Vice-Chair of the House Judiciary Committee and as a member of the House Transportation & Energy Committee.
 
Pete has lived in Colorado Springs for three decades and practiced law for 25 years, where he represented individuals and small-business owners in commercial and real-estate transactions. Pete has been active in the community, including serving on the boards of numerous community organizations. 
 
In the 2013 session, Pete sponsored two major pieces of legislation.  One would allow juveniles to be adjudicated on an alternate track.  The other would limit outsourcing and ensure that 80% of the labor force employed on public works projects will be Colorado labor.
Max Tyler

State Representative, District 23
2014
Incumbent
Max is serving his third term in the Colorado House of Representatives. He was first appointed to the job in May 2009 following the resignation of Gwyn Green. He was subsequently elected to the post in 2010, and re-elected in 2012.
 
In his first year in the legislature, Max sponsored legislation to increase Colorado's use of renewable energy resources.
 
Max is Chair of both the House Transportation and Energy and Joint Technology committees. 
Diane Mitsch Bush

State Representative, District 26
2014
Incumbent
Diane Mitsch Bush was elected to State Representative District 26 in 2012. 
 
Diane previously served on the Routt County Commission and is a professor of sociology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. 
Susan Ryden

State Representative, District 36
2014
Incumbent
Su is running for her fourth term in the Colorado House of Representatives.  She is chairwoman of the State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee and is a member of the Business, Labor & Economic & Workforce Development Committee.
 
Su protected the future viability of Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora with legislation that  prevents development too close to the base. She closed an age gap in Colorado’s child safety-seat law to require that all children are properly secured when traveling in motor vehicles. She extended reporting requirements for consumer protection to more than a dozen healthcare professions.   To provide information to homeowners and homeowners’ association board members, she established the HOA Information Office in the state's Division of Real Estate. 
Dan Pabon

State Representative, District 4
2014
Incumbent
Dan Pabon is serving his first term in the Colorado House of Representatives.
 
Dan is a former staffer at the Office of White House Counsel. He worked with President Obama's top advisors creating and drafting the President's first Executive Order on Ethics. 
 
While a student at Colorado University, Dan helped create a recruitment and retention program for at-risk students. As a young lawyer, Dan worked in a legal aid clinic helping economically disadvantaged clients obtain child support, alimony, and social security benefits. 
 
Dan is an outstanding progressive champion and will be a leader in the Colorado House of Representatives for many years.
 
Nickie Antonio

State Representative, District 13
2014
Incumbent
Nickie Antonio is serving her second term in the Ohio House of Representatives.  She perviously served five years on the Lakewood City Council.
 
Nickie currently serves as Ranking Member of the Health and Aging Committee. She also serves on the Finance and Appropriations Committee, Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Education Committee, and the Joint Legislative Committee for Unified Long-Term Services and Supports. Rep. Antonio is the Chair of the Ohio House Democratic Women's Caucus.
 
Nickie has served as a special education teacher and is a former administrator of a multi-county HIV/AIDS prevention program. 
Nick Celebrezze

State representative, District 15
2014
Incumbent
Nick was appointed to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2012.  He won a full term later that year, and is seeking re-election this fall. 
 
Nick previously served six years on the Parma City Council. He is a former Cuyahoga County Adult Probation Officer and Assistant County Prosecutor.
 
Nick serves on the Local Government and Transportation, Public Safety, and Homeland Security committees.
Dan Ramos

State Representative, District 56
2014
Incumbent
Dan Ramos is serving his second term in the Ohio House of Representatives.  He is the assistant Minority Whip.
 
Before being elected, Dan served for five years as the senior policy analyst in the House majority to Speaker Budish, concentrating on health care and higher-education funding. Dan worked on continuing a tuition freeze at all public colleges and universities and providing health-coverage parity to those suffering from diabetes and autism. 
 
Dan was the first Latino Democrat elected to the Ohio Legislature, and is one of the youngest members altogether. 
Mary Jo Daley

State Representative, District 148
2014
Incumbent
Mary Jo is serving her first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 
 
She served for 20 years as a member of Narberth Borough Council, including 10 years as council president.  
 
In the House, Mary Jo currently serves as a member of the Local Government Commission, Finance Committee, State Government Committee, and Minority Secretary of the Health Committee.
 
Steve McCarter

State Representative, District 154
2014
Incumbent
Steve McCarter is serving his first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.  
 
As a former teacher, Steve knows how important education is. When children receive a quality education, they are more likely to get good jobs that pay a living wage, which improves the economy in their community. The attacks on Pennsylvania’s children and schools by Republicans must be stopped and Steve is standing up to Republican’s dangerous actions. He is dedicated to the preservation and improvement of Pennsylvania schools. 
 
Steve taught high-school social studies for 35 years in Abington and Lower Merion, was an adjunct professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania and is a retired Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Brian Sims

State Representative, District 182
2014
Incumbent
Brian Sims is serving his first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.  He is dedicated to making Philadelphia safer and more accessible. 
 
After graduating law school, Brian practiced law as a disability attorney representing disabled professionals. He also worked with the Philadelphia Bar Association, served on the National Campaign Board of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, and served as President of the Board of Directors for Equality Pennsylvania. Brian is the state’s first openly LGBT House member.
 
Jennifer Marsden

Alabama
State Representative, District 93
2014
Challenger
Dale County
https://sites.google.com/site/jennifermarsden493/

Jennifer Marsden is running for Alabama House of Representatives in District 93. Jennifer served in the US Army for 10 years, commanding two overseas detachments, and completed her service with the rank of Major. While in the Army she completed her medical degree. Jennifer has provided medical care for military families, underprivileged Alabama residents and immigrant farm workers, and Wiregrass veterans. She served as the campus medical director at Pensacola Christian College and operated a local medical practice in both England and now in Alabama.

Shanthi Gonzales

Oakland School Board, District 6
2014
Challenger
Oakland
http://gonzalesforschools.com/

Shanthi Gonzales is running for Oakland School Board, District 6. Shanthi is the Vice Chair of the Oakland Library Advisory Commission in Oakland as well as Vice President of La Raza Centro Legal, an organization that provides free legal services to senior, immigrants and workers in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She organizes the East Bay Spanish Language Meetup, which provides cultural and linguistic opportunities for Spanish speakers, and also serves on the Alameda County Human Relations Commission and is involved in the Friends of the Martin Luther King Branch Library.  She is currently the Membership and Program Coordinator of the Women Donors Network (WDN), a progressive philanthropic organization. Prior to WDN, she worked in Community Development at The San Francisco Foundation. Shanthi has a background in the labor movement, and has worked for SEIU and the National Union of Healthcare Workers.

John Paul Alvarez

State Representative, District 100
2014
Open Seat
http://www.JohnPaulAlvarez.com

John Paul Alvarez is running for Florida House of Representatives in District 100.  He is currently the Communications Director for the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus. John Paul is currently teaching in Hollywood; he was previously awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award. If elected, John Paul would be the first Latino state representative in Broward County.

Cheryl Kagan

State Senate, District 17
2014
Open Seat
Rockville/Gaithersburg
http://www.cherylkagan.org

Cheryl Kagan is running for Maryland State Senate in District 17. Cheryl served 8 years as an elected member of the Maryland House of Delegates representing District 17.

Cheryl ran for this seat in 2010. She was endorsed by The Washington Post, the environmental community, NARAL, SEIU, the firefighters, and many other influential advocacy groups, ultimately finishing just 300+ votes shy of victory.  For this election, Cheryl has won an even more prized endorsement: That of her former opponent, the now-retiring Senator.   Cheryl's opponent this year is a current state Delegate who first served in the state House in the 1970s as a Republican, and in his current stint in the legislature has resisted legislation making it easier for victims of domestic violence to get protection orders.

Cheryl currently works as the Director of Community Engagement for BBYO, a 90-year old Jewish teen leadership, volunteerism and philanthropy organization.  She has also served as an appointee to the Maryland State Arts Council, the Charter Review Commission, and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. 

 

 

Kristy Pagan

State Representative, District 21
2014
Open Seat
http://www.kristypagan.com

Kristy Pagan is running for Michigan House of Representatives in District 21. Kristy serves on the Canton Community Foundation Board of Directors and on the advisory team for Youth Leadership Canton. She also volunteers for the STEM Academy at Canton High School, with Alternatives for Girls in downtown Detroit and is a member of the Plymouth-Canton Jaycees. She serves on Canton Democratic Club board of directors, is Vice Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party Youth Caucus, is Chair of the Outreach Committee with 11th Congressional District Democrats, is co-founder of Young Democrats of Canton, and was an elected Michigan Delegate for the 2012 National Democratic Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kristy is the daughter of a retired autoworker and working mother. She believes attending Plymouth-Canton Community Schools provided her with opportunities that no other district could, yet now sees so many young people leave Michigan for jobs out of state. Kristy currently works at Wayne State University where she focuses on economic development in downtown Detroit.

Joan Brausch

State Representative, District 98
2014
Open Seat
http://www.brauschforhouse.com

Joan Brausch is running for election to the Michigan House of Representatives, District 98. Joan has served her local community as a member of the City of Midland Local Officers Compensation Board from 2006-11. She has been a leader in the local county Democratic Party for the past several years. Joan ran for this seat in 2012 when it was a challenger race and received 41.1% of the vote. She worked in church ministry for 20 years, teaching, preaching, organizing events large and small and raising awareness in her community about justice issues.

Marcus Madison

Alabama
State Senate, District 13
2014
Challenger
http://www.marcusmadison.com

Marcus Madison is running for election to the Ohio State Senate in District 13. Marcus is currently an Elyria city councilmember and was a Progressive Majority-endorsed candidate when he ran in 2009 and 2013. He is the youngest member of the Elyria City Council. He also serves as a member of the Lorain County Democratic Committee. Marcus served on the board of the Lorain County Red Cross from 2007- 2009, was a Steering Committee member for the “Elyria and LCCC 2015” committee, was a volunteer for the Friends of the Lorain County Metro Parks, Community Health Partners Project Temple and the Lorain County Special Olympics Swim Team, and has held numerous positions with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County.

Josh Maxwell

State Representative, District 74
2014
Open Seat
http://www.joshmaxwell.com

Josh Maxwell is running for election to the Pennsylvania State House in a new district, District 74. Josh ran for the State House in 2012 prior to Pennsylvania’s redistricting and lost by a slim margin in the general election. Josh is currently serving his second term as Mayor of the borough of Downington. He was first elected to the office at the age of 26, making him the youngest mayor in the history of the borough. Josh was the first Mayor in Downingtown to be available by email, phone or office visit. Josh is also the first Mayor to hold office hours and make borough hall available to all residents. Due to funding problems on the state level, Josh created two non-profits to help deal with issues of education funding and job training.

Al Jabbar

Trustee – Anaheim Union High School District
2014
Incumbent
Anaheim, CA

A long-time resident of Anaheim, Al migrated here in 1996 from Sri Lanka. He was active in the Anaheim community as a community organizer, which led to his running for Anaheim office. He was elected to the Anaheim City Commission in 2007.  He ran in 2012 for the Anaheim Union High School District and outraised all his opponents, but came in fourth. Then an incumbent Board member was elected to a city council seat, and Al was selected and appointed to the spot last February.  

Al works for Orange County Health Care Agency at the OC jail, overseeing medical-record management. Not surprisingly, education is a key issue for him. His mother was a teacher for 30 years. He sees community kids going through the jail system and feels education is the best way to help them, and is where he could make the biggest difference.