Stacey Abrams - Georgia State House
Stacey Abrams is the Georgia House Minority Leader. Known for being the first woman to lead either part of the General Assembly, and the first African American to lead the Georgia House of Representatives. Stacey was first elected in 2006 to represent District 84. As the House Minority Leader, Stacey has been working to strengthen the Georgia House Democratic Caucus. Fierce and intelligent, Stacey’s main goal is to stop the GOP supermajority, and advance the priorities that are important to Georgia’s communities. You can read more about Stacey HERE
Born and raised in San Bernardino, Pete Aguilar knows the struggles of working class families. His father was a union worker and his first job was working with his grandfather bussing tables. With determination and hard-work, Pete was able to get a college education at the University of Redlands. Today, Pete is the Mayor of Redlands and a small business owner who wants to serve the residents of San Bernardino County in Congress. His goal - to help every Inland Empire resident achieve the American Dream. Pete will fight for jobs, education, and economic justice. You can read more about Pete HERE.
In 2012, Hector Balderas caught our attention and interest. Hector was honored with being the youngest Latino statewide elected official when he won State Auditor of New Mexico. As New Mexico’s State Auditor, Hector created an aggressive agenda designed to protect taxpayer funds and hold government agencies accountable. Today, Hector is running for New Mexico Attorney General. Growing up in Wagon Mound, New Mexico, Hector is a true and fierce fighter for justice. His record on accountability and investing in education makes Hector one of our Social Justice Champions. You can read more about Hector HERE.
Senator Cory Booker is one of the leading voices in the country for addressing poverty. His inspirational leadership and vision helped transform the city of Newark into a story of hope and change. With his strong national following, Cory continues to make positive changes as New Jersey’s Senator. In his first year, Cory co-sponsored and voted for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. He has also co-sponsored the Respect for Marriage Act. You can read more about Cory HERE.
Wendy Davis - Governor of Texas
State Senator Wendy Davis captured the attention of the nation with her courageous filibuster against the proposed bill that would decimate women’s access to health clinics in Texas. Standing up for justice is nothing new for Davis, and PowerPAC+ was proud to support her last year in her run for State Senate. Now Davis is running for Governor in 2014, and she is the leader best-positioned to translate the enthusiasm in Texas into real political power. You can read more about Wendy HERE.
Lucy Flores - Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
Assemblywoman Lucy Flores is a fierce advocate for her community. In 2008, she was appointed to the Nevada Commission on Minority Affairs. In this capacity, she advocated for the renewal of the states’s ombudsman for minority consumer affairs. In 2010, Lucy Flores was first elected to the Nevada Assembly. Upon her election, Lucy joined three other Hispanic females in becoming the first Hispanic women to serve in the Nevada legislature. She made waves in 2013 by sharing her personal abortion story, highlighting the importance of sex education. If elected, Lucy would be become the first Latina Lieutenant Governor in Nevada history. You can read more about Lucy HERE.
Sandra Fluke came into the national spotlight in 2012, when she testified before Congress about the importance of access to reproductive care for women, and fought back against the sexist attacks that followed. As an attorney and activist, Sandra has been fighting for progressive change for years. She helped pass legislation to protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination and to ensure the full rights of domestic workers, and is one of California’s most respected attorneys for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. As a State Senator, Sandra would be a formidable voice on progressive issues from gender equality to worker’s protections to healthcare and education. You can read more about Sandra’s and her vision for California HERE.
Congressman Pete Gallego was first elected in 1990 at just 28 years of age. He has served as Chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus and the Chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus. During his career in Austin, Pete led the 43 members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and chaired numerous legislative committees. Pete crafted and helped pass legislation investing billions of dollars in public schools. You can read more about Pete HERE.
Jesus "Chuy" Garcia - Mayor of Chicago
Jesus “Chuy” Garcia knows the value of hard work and what it takes to succeed in our country. Chuy has spent the past 30 years committing to progressive values, and reforming his community. He served as Chicago Alderman, and in 1992 Chuy became the first Mexican-American member of the Illinois State Senate. More recently, in 2009, he was elected to the Cook County Board of Commissioners where he helped allocate the county’s $3.5 billion budget. Chuy hopes to take Chicago in a new direction — by tackling the high rate of violence by adding 1,000 new police officers and more effective community policing, and greater support for public schools. You can read more about Chuy HERE.
Since her election as state Attorney General in 2010, Kamala Harris has been a fierce advocate for the people of California. She actively defended marriage equality during the battle over Proposition 8, successfully brought charges against major corporate polluters, and orchestrated the largest foreclosure reform package in the nation on behalf of California homeowners. Kamala recognizes that California leaders must be “smart on crime,” and she has combated transnational gang activity and dismantled several major human trafficking operations. Born in Oakland to an Indian American mother and Jamaican American father, Kamala is the first female, first African American and first Asian American to serve as Attorney General for the state of California. On January 13, 2015, Kamala announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate. You can read more about Kamala HERE.
Congressman Steven Horsford is an example of the American Dream. Growing up, Steven’s mother struggled with addiction and his father was shot and killed when he was 19 years old. At 10 years old, Steven began taking care of his younger siblings. He worked his way through high school and college, and even helped his siblings make it to college as well. In 2004, Steven was elected to the Nevada State Senate. He wrote and passed the “Clean Energy Jobs Initiative," and was the chief sponsor of a K-12 school reform that brought accountability to the classrooms. Because of his leadership and drive, his peers chose him as Nevada’s first African American Majority Leader. In 2012, Steven was elected to represent Nevada’s 4th Congressional District. You can read more about Steven HERE.
A celebrated political science professor, Judithanne McLauchlan also has years of progressive government experience. She has worked for the US Supreme Court, the US Department of Justice, the US Attorney’s Office and for the White House for both terms of the Clinton Administration. She was nominated by Florida Governor Charlie Christ to serve on the Florida Commission for Community Service, and received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Obama for her work with the Junior League. A mother and PTA member, Judithanne is running for State Senate to protect schools from further budget cuts, promote a minimum wage increase and equal pay legislation and improve healthcare access for all Floridians. You can read more about Judithanne HERE.
The son of east African immigrants, Joe Neguse was determined from a young age to contribute to the democracy that gave his family new opportunity. An accomplished Denver attorney, Joe was elected as a member of the CU Board of Regents in his early 20s, where he authored a bill making voter registration easier for students and was honored with the Colorado Democratic Party’s “Rising Star Award.” Joe is co-founder of New Era Colorado, a nonprofit that aims to engage young people in the political process, and has registered tens of thousands of young voters across Colorado. As Secretary of State, he would work to protect voting access and improve voting technology, as well as restoring faith in elections by fostering transparency in elections. You can read more about Joe HERE.
Michelle Nunn - U.S. Senate, Georgia
Georgia is increasingly on the cusp of flipping from Red to Blue (Obama got 47% of the vote in 2008 without even contesting the state), and the retirement of the incumbent Republican Senator makes this an open seat that Democrats could win with a compelling candidate. Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light (the country’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service) and the daughter of former Democratic Senator Sam Nunn, is likely to be the Democratic standard-bearer for Senate in 2014. Michelle’s political credentials will enable her to run the kind of campaign that creates a statewide network of organizers and volunteers in every county, helping her win and also lay the foundation for lasting change in Georgia. You can read more about Michelle HERE.
Born and raised in Riverside, Mark Takano is the first non-white openly gay member of Congress serving California Congressional District 41. The district is located in Riverside County, one of the fastest growing counties in California. A teacher for the Rialto Unified School District, and an advisor to the Rialto High School Gay Straight Student Alliance, Mark works hard to advance local priorities: creating good-paying jobs, keeping local families in their homes, improving public education, cutting taxes for small businesses and hardworking Americans, and honoring the service of our veterans. You can read more about Mark HERE.
Nina Turner - Ohio Secretary of State
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Nina was elected to be the first woman to represent Ward 1 on the Cleveland City Council. She currently serves the 25th Senate District, where she quickly became a respected voice in her caucus and earned the honor of being voted Senate Democratic Whip by her colleagues. Nina was one of the leading voices in the repeal of SB 5, which would have taken away the right of public sector workers to collectively bargain, and has repeatedly defended against attacks on women's access to high quality healthcare. On the campaign trail in 2012, Nina saw firsthand the GOP's attempts to suppress the votes of everyday Ohioans. Dedicated and steadfast, Nina is on the front lines of defending voting rights in Ohio. You can read more about Nina HERE.
One of the country’s youngest progressive stars, Mark was first elected to public office in 2004 as the State Representative for House District 95 in Texas. In 2012, Marc threw his hat in for the newly-created Texas Congressional District 33. In Marc’s first year, he has helped to secure $500,000 in housing grants for the Fort Worth Housing Authority, voted to maintain SNAP funding, and protected seniors’ hard earned Social Security and Medicare benefits from Republican cuts. Marc wants to continue creating economic development and opportunity for his constituents. You can read more about Marc HERE.
Leticia Van de Putte - Lieutenant Governor of Texas
State Senator Leticia Van de Putte still lives about a block away from her childhood home in San Antonio, and she has been fighting for fellow Texas families in the legislature for over two decades. She began her career as a state representative in 1990, and has represented San Antonio in the Texas Senate since 1999. Leticia is now running for Texas Lieutenant Governor alongside fellow progressive powerhouse and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis (also endorsed by PowerPAC+). As a mother of six and grandmother of six, Leticia understands the importance of building a strong future for Texas through investing in schools and infrastructure. You can read more about Leticia HERE.
Uduak Ntuk - Long Beach Unified School District Board
Uduak Ntuk is running for the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) Board of Education in District 1. He grew up in the Deforest Park Neighborhood of North Long Beach. The grandson of a Flight Deck Captain stationed at the Long Beach Naval Base and son of an immigrant father from Africa, he has been a resident of Long Beach for more than twenty five years. A dedicated father of two daughters in the LBUSD schools, he wants to keep Long Beach Schools great, improve academic outcomes for all students and create more job opportunities for both students and local residents. You can read more about Uduak HERE.
Rebecca Thompson represents the kind of leadership that is critical for Detroit and the nation. Raised by a single mother with three siblings, Rebecca’s family struggled with poverty and homelessness. Becoming the first in her family to earn a college degree, Rebecca began her public service career as the Legislative Director for the United States Student Association, fighting to increase funding for Pell Grants and lowering student-loan interest rates. She continued serving the youth community as the Program Manager of the District of Columbia Youth Advisory Council in the Executive Office of the Mayor. Currently Rebecca is the Senior Director of Engagement for the United Way Southeastern Michigan. Her work focuses on giving families access to resources they need to thrive. Rebecca is committed to education and economic opportunity, and we're convinced her advocacy will result in much-needed change to support the entire community. PowerPAC+ is proud to endorse this social justice champion. You can read more about Rebecca HERE.