2017 Endorsements

Howard Katz

Running for: Batavia (IL) Township Clerk

Howard Katz won his election on April 4 to become the Batavia (IL) Township Clerk. Batavia Township is located forty miles west of Chicago and just north of Aurora, IL. Howard is very active in the secular community. In addition to being a Humanist Celebrant, he is a board member of the American Humanist Association and the Humanists of West Suburban Chicagoland. He has been active in politics since the third grade when his parents had him handing out flyers for Hubert Humphrey’s presidential campaign. He is also Chair of the Democratic Party in Batavia Township. Howard has been appointed to local office before, including the Clerk position, but this was his first electoral victory (he ran unopposed). See his essay on seeking elected office – “I’m doing my part – are you?”.

Audra Killingsworth

Running for: Apex (NC) Town Council

Audra Killingsworth is running for the Apex Town Council. Apex is a small town of 45,000 residents just a few miles southwest of Raleigh, North Carolina. Audra is competing for one of three seats that are up for election on November 7, 2017. She identifies as a secular humanist and is a member of the American Humanist Association and the Triangle Freethought Society. “After watching the impact that government can have on us,” says Audra, “I realized that I want to contribute. I want to make a difference. What better place to start than locally, in my own community.”

Aaron Moreau-Cook

Running for: Bothwell (WA) City Council (Position 7)

Aaron Moreau-Cook is running for the Bothell City Council in Washington state. In the past year, Aaron has transformed from a political novice into an experienced campaigner. In 2016, he ran as a first-time candidate for an open state representative seat. Although he was not successful in the Democratic primary, he used that experience to build his name recognition, campaign skills, and community networks. For this election, Aaron has built a strong list of organizational and individual endorsements — even the endorsements from two of the candidates he ran against last year in the Democratic primary – including the new state representative Shelley Kloba. Aaron identifies as agnostic.

Neil Polzin

Running for: Covina (CA) City Council

Neil Polzin ran for the Covina City Council. Covina is located twenty miles east of Los Angeles, California. Neil was one of four candidates seeking three seats on the Council, with two incumbents seeking reelection. He is active in the secular community as a board member of Camp Quest. Neil also served as both a board and staff member of the Secular Student Alliance. Neil received national attention when he lost his position with the Boy Scouts of America after he informed them he was an atheist. Neil was not successful in the March 7 election.

Shawnee Rios

Running for: Knoxville (TN) City Council (District 6)

Shawnee Rios is running for the City Council District 6 seat in Knoxville, Tennessee. There will be a district primary election on August 29, 2017 with the top two finalists going to a city-wide general election on November 7. Shawnee identifies as an atheist and is very active in the secular movement. She serves on the board of directors for both the Rationalists of East Tennessee and the Freedom From Religion Foundation – East Tennessee Chapter, and also serves as the co-organizer and treasurer for the Atheist Society of Knoxville.

Andrew Zwicker

Running for: New Jersey General Assembly (District 16)

Andrew Zwicker is a scientist, freshman legislator, and atheist, and seeking re-election to the New Jersey General Assemby. Assemblyman Zwicker is the far too rare scientist-legislator. He is a physicist and Head of Science Education at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. His victory in 2015 was the biggest upset in New Jersey when he won by less than 100 votes. Now, in 2017 Andrew is the biggest target in New Jersey. As a scientist, Andrew promotes public policy using evidence based decision making, not ideology, and is focused on rebuilding the state’s infrastructure and economy, protecting the environment, and enhancing public education and making college affordable.

Early 2018 Endorsement

Derek Kent

Running for: Maryland State House (District 32)

Derek Kent is running for the Maryland House of Delegates. This is Derek’s first run for elected office, but as a veteran and progressive activist he has an extensive history in public service and a strong vision for Maryland’s future. He identifies as a humanist.