While Democrats will spend the next couple of months figuring what went wrong after a tough election in 2014, we're proud to say PowerPAC+ candidates brought a glimmer of hope for progressives on Election Day. Read on to learn which leaders are leading the progressive charge and how they're fighting for us.
It took two days for ballots to be counted and results confirmed in the race to represent California’s 31st Congressional District, but Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar came out on top with a two-percentage-point lead over his Republican opponent. Pete has plans to combat unemployment in California’s Inland Empire by investing in energy and local infrastructure - and while he praised Obama’s immigration action plan as a step in the right direction, he continues to be a staunch advocate of passing comprehensive immigration reform through Congress.
Hector won a decisive, double-digit victory to become the new Attorney General of New Mexico. If his past work is any indication, Hector will be a committed defender of justice for New Mexicans. As Assistant District Attorney, State Representative and most recently State Auditor, Hector fought to protect victims of domestic abuse, guard against consumer rights violations, and uncover funding misuse and corruption in government agencies.
Despite ugly attack ads against him in the final weeks of the campaign, Cory won re-election to the U.S. Senate by 12 points over his republican opponent in New Jersey. He’s already worked across the aisle to promote legislation on criminal justice reform and federal aid for veterans – and he’s only been in the U.S. Senate for one year after winning a special election. In his first full term, we have faith that Cory will continue working to change the gridlocked culture of Congress on issues from immigration reform to education funding.
Michelle Lujan Grisham
Michelle defeated her Republican challenger by a whopping 17 points to win re-election as U.S. Representative for New Mexico’s 1st District. Following her re-election, Michelle has been named 1st Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. She has worked to expand healthcare coverage for New Mexicans and to protect the rights of the elderly.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris defeated her little-known Republican challenger by 15 points to win re-election. Since Kamala was first elected California’s top cop in 2010, she has worked on addressing school truancy, enforced laws requiring equal pay and equal work and cracked down on sex trafficking women and children.
Mark Takano won re-election as U.S. Representative for California’s 41st District. As the first LGBT person of color elected to Congress, Mark has continued his trailblazing record by fighting for comprehensive immigration reform and bring good-paying jobs to Riverside County.
Marc handedly defeated his Libertarian challenger to win re-election as U.S. Representative for Texas’s 33rd District. During his time in Congress, Marc has worked to promote job growth and a more transparent Congress from hosting “Congress on Your Congress” events to help his constituents cut through red tape to hosting job fairs to connect people with employers.