2018 Endorsements – State & Local


Alabama

Charlotte Clark-Frieson

Running for: Alabama State House (District 37)

Charlotte Clark-Frieson is running for the Alabama State House in District 37. She has an ambitious and progressive agenda on the economy, criminal justice, heath care, civil rights, education, and the environment. She says, “I have lived and worked in the State of Alabama all of my life. I have seen many events and occurrences in this state, some that have made me proud, but some that have made me ashamed. I want to be a part of a movement to erase the shame, and renew the pride… There is nothing we can’t do if we form strong coalitions, and work together for the common good of all.” Clark-Frieson is a Christian and an ally of the secular community.

Emily Anne Marcum

Running for: Alabama State House (District 41)

Emily Anne Marcum is running for the Alabama State House in District 41. As a mother of two she is running for public office to ensure that her children, and all the children of Alabama, can obtain a quality education and have good job opportunities as adults. She says, “Lately school systems have been plagued by a long stream of politicians who all think they know what will fix our schools. They implement one top-down solution after another and schedule an in-service day to tell teachers what the new plan is. Instead, we need to find a bottom-up solution by listening to teachers, administrators, parents, and students and finding out what they think will help them.” Marcum was raised a Mormon, and is now an atheist.

Arizona

JP Martin

Running for: Arizona State House (District 9)

JP Martin is running for the Arizona State House in District 9. Martin has a strong background as an “entrepreneur, political strategist, lobbyist, public relations consultant, and economic development executive director” that provides experience and skills to “connect, convene, and resolve matters of concern in a calm and efficient manner.” His policy priorities are to build a stronger local economy to address poverty issues and “assure the economic well-being of our communities;” improving public education to ensure students have access to quality and a wide variety of opportunities; and, empower “local governments to address their specific needs without interference from outside influences.” Martin was raised Catholic, but is now religiously unaffiliated.

Athena Salman

Running for: Arizona State House (District 26)

Athena Salman is running for re-election to Arizona’s State House in the 26th Legislative District. Salman identifies as an atheist and is a native Arizonan. She is recognized as a progressive leader fighting for the full spectrum of human rights and a free society. Her policy priorities focus on fighting for women’s rights, increasing the quality and access of education, empowering working families, protecting our elections from corporate special interests, and strengthening the community with improved infrastructure and clean, renewable energy.

Brianna Westbrook

Running for: Arizona State Senate (District 22)

Brianna Westbrook is running for Arizona’s State Senate in the 22nd Legislative District. Westbrook’s campaign began because she was “sick and tired of sitting on the sidelines hoping for a candidate that will stand up for the issues that matter.” Her progressive agenda includes: rewarding home and business owners that utilize renewable energy, abolishing private prisons, tuition-free community college, campaign finance reform, raising the federal minimum wage and supporting the push for Medicare for All because she believes health care is a human right, not a privilege. She is also active in her community as the co-chair of the local Indivisible chapter. Westbrook is a humanist.

Arkansas

Nathan George

Running for: Arkansas State House (District 71)

Nathan George is running for the Arkansas State House in District 71. Nathan’s campaign theme is “a bright way forward” – by improving the public education system, investing in renewable energy, and helping small businesses the state and all citizens of Arkansas will have a successful future. He says, “If the ‘good ole boy’ system hasn’t been working for you, it is time to try something different.” He is currently a city council member in Russellville, AR and a small business owner, who strives to provide a diverse workforce with more than a living wage in a healthy working environment. George is a progressive Christian and an ally of the secular community.

Mark Kinion

Running for: Arkansas State House (District 86)

Mark Kinion ran for the Arkansas State House in District 86. In the May 22 Democratic primary Kinion earned 36% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of two candidates. Kinion is a scientist by education and profession and also serves as the Vice Mayor of Fayetteville and on the City Council. Because of his strong advocacy for LGBTQ rights, labor, and gun control, his campaign has been endorsed by the Victory Fund and the AFL-CIO Northwest Arkansas Labor Council, and he has received the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction. Kinion is also a strong supporter of building for the state’s future by infrastructure improvement including mass transit and clean energy and water; protecting all constituents by ensuring guarantees of fair housing, employment, and education for everyone; and, providing access to quality affordable public healthcare. Kinion is a Methodist, but does not hold supernatural beliefs.

Jess Mallett

Running for: Arkansas State House (District 32)

Jess Mallett is running for the Arkansas State House in District 32. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 22. Seeking to bring new leadership and fresh ideas to the legislature, Mallett wants “to strengthen our public education; bring better paying jobs to the state and energize Arkansas’s middle class.” She will “work for the people of Arkansas, not the special interest groups who have been influencing our legislature for too long.” Mallett was raised Methodist and is an ally of the secular community.

California

Caney Arnold

Running for: California State House (District 66)

Caney Arnold is running for the California State Assembly in District 66. Arnold decided to seek this office because he is dissatisfied with current elected officials and the “theatrics in our political process which makes it difficult for voters to find relevant and trustworthy information.” In addressing policy issues he will be transparent with his constituents and discuss with voters “the difficult trade offs involved in setting state policy.” Arnold’s policy priorities include ending government corruption, protecting his community from industrial environmental threats, implementing effective campaign finance reform, enacting a universal health care system, and increasing affordable housing. Arnold is an atheist.

Peter Choi

Running for: California State Senate (District 24)

Peter Choi is running for the California State Senate in the 24th district which covers the east side of Los Angeles. Choi’s campaign themes are social justice, economic equality and protecting the environment. He believes in ensuring social justice by banning the for-profit-prison system and providing affordable & low income housing, economic equality by providing single payer healthcare for all Californians and making state colleges tuition free, and protecting the environment by banning fracking, stopping clear cutting of forests and moving aggressively to clean, renewable energy. Choi is spiritual and an ally of the secular community.

Frank Guzman

Running for: California State House (District 52)

Frank Guzman is running for the California State Assembly in District 52. Currently the vice president and board member of the Pomona Unified School District, Guzman ran for the school board because he had two children and saw problems with the schools – rather than just complain – he “decided to get involved and be part of the solution.” He will take this experience to the Assembly to continue to help improve public education and “ensure our school districts are being transparent and held accountable to students and families.” His policy priorities also include “tackling issues that have plagued our communities for years such as homelessness, crime and air pollution.” Guzman was raised Catholic, but is now non-religious.

Joy Silver

Running for: California State Senate (District 28)

Joy Silver is running for the California State Senate in District 28. Silver is a small business owner who has “the practical experience to get things done and strong values from a lifetime of experience serving seniors, providing healthcare to those in need and advocating for underserved communities and at-risk populations.” Her policy goals are on “bringing good jobs, investing in career and vocational training, providing universal health care coverage, building a clean energy economy and advocating for immigrant communities.” She is openly gay and has experienced discrimination and unfair treatment firsthand – she will stand against discrimination for the freethought community. Silver is culturally Jewish.

Raquella Thaman

Running for: California State House (District 15)

Raquella Thaman is running for the California State Assembly in District 15. Thaman is an attorney at a local nonprofit and former special education teacher. She is committed to eliminating the achievement gap in education and stemming the school to prison pipeline. She will work to implement a universal minimum income to help people living in poverty, increase affordable housing and encourage local ownership of housing stock especially for low income local families. Raquella will fight for easy access to high quality healthcare for all Californians regardless of their ability to pay. Environmental protection and ensuring a thriving environment for future generations is her guiding principle. She says, “Big money in politics presents a grave threat to our democracy and our environment.” She is refusing corporate contributions and relying primarily on support from members of the community “to prove that it can be done!” Thaman is not religious.

Colorado

Chris Kennedy

Running for: Colorado State House (District 23)

Chris Kennedy is a first-term Colorado State Representative (House District 23, Jefferson County). Raised without religion in his life, Kennedy identifies as agnostic. After leaving his first career as a structural engineer, he started working on campaigns and at the Colorado State Capitol before running for office himself. While passionate about a wide range of issues from public education to renewable energy to LGBTQ rights, his primary focus has been on health care policy. He has led the charge on legislation to increase transparency of hospital spending and stabilizing the private health insurance market to reduce costs for consumers.

Florida

Kelly Damerow

Running for: Brevard County (FL) School Board (District 5)

Kelly Damerow is running for the Brevard County (FL) School Board in District 5. Her goals are to promote high quality education through restoring respect for teachers and support staff, restore educational focus and funding to neighborhood public schools, and provide students with promising futures through vocational and trade school opportunities. Damerow has been active in the secular movement serving in several important roles at the Secular Coalition for America including interim executive director, and as president of the 2016 Reason Rally. She identifies as a humanist.

Ann Fuller

Running for: Florida State House (District 52)

Ann Fuller is running for the Florida State House in District 52. She is running for public office “because individuals, small businesses, and large industry succeed when their community has superior education, access to quality healthcare, and a sustainable environment.” Fuller will “advocate for the democratic values of justice, equity, and compassion in human relations” and provide voters with a choice on the ballot that will “bring reason, integrity, and empathy to decision making in Tallahassee.” Fuller is an ordained community minister with the Unitarian Universalists and a religious humanist.

Phil Moore

Running for: Florida State House (District 53)

Phil Moore is running for the Florida State House in District 53. His campaign is focused on three interrelated issues – maintaining home rule to allow local jurisdictions more control of local issues, the protection of the environment, and infrastructure planning and repair. He says that he was compelled to run for office because he has watched the environment of the Space Coast and its lagoon and rivers degrade over the past several years, and Tallahassee has diverted funding to what cities and counties can do to combat environmental and other issues. Moore was raised a Catholic, and is now an atheist.

Adam Morley

Running for: Florida State House (District 24)

Adam Morley is running for the Florida State House in District 24. Morley’s main policy focus and his passion for entering the race are reforming campaign law, protecting the environment, promoting renewable energy, ratifying the ERA, legalizing marijuana, and keeping taxes low. He has a long standing interest in the environment. As a pre-teen he won an award for a birdhouse made from recycled materials, later he built a successful recycling business, and he and his family live in home he built almost entirely from recycled materials and is energy self-sufficient using solar power. Morley identifies as agnostic.

Georgia

Rick Day

Running for: Georgia State House (District 7)

Rick Day is running for the Georgia State House in District 7. Day is a progressive Democrat running unopposed in the primary. His Republican opponent is the Georgia Speaker of the House who has not had a Democratic opponent in at least the last five election cycles. Day was born and baptized in an Evangelical Christian community. He now leans Quaker, but does not hold supernatural beliefs.

Leonard Presberg

Running for: Fayette County (GA) Board of Education (District 4)

Leonard Presberg is running for re-election to the Fayette County (GA) Board of Education in District 4. Presberg is a proven leader. In addition to serving as a coach and volunteer in various youth sports leagues, he is the Chair of the Fayette County Democratic Committee and the Treasurer of a local youth leadership development group. As a member of the school board, Presberg is committed to making sure the public school system provides world-class opportunities to every student. He believes in investing in the school’s teachers to allow them to provide superior instruction and promoting the use of technology to ensure their students have the skills they need to succeed. Presberg is non-religious and a humanist.

Idaho

Richard Boozel

Running for: Idaho State Senate (District 14)

Richard Boozel is running for the Idaho State Senate in District 14. He is a pilot and a former teacher. Boozel’s policy agenda includes giving local governments the power to protect their environment and property rights by banning hydraulic drilling, developing new and clean sources of energy, expanding Medicaid coverage, and improving economic opportunities by investing in education and infrastructure improvements. A strong supporter of church-state separation, he will fight for the integrity of science, non-discrimination laws, and protecting our secular government. Boozel is a Christian and an ally of the secular community.

Ilana Rubel

Running for: Idaho State House (District 18A)

Ilana Rubel is running for re-election to the Idaho State House in District 18A. She does not have an opponent in her legislative race, but is running for a leadership position in her caucus, which requires substantial monetary resources. Rubel is an attorney specializing in counseling technology companies, and she volunteers in Boise schools teaching “Civics and the Constitution.” In the Idaho State House, she has been a strong advocate for increasing funding for public education, expanding Medicaid coverage, protecting public lands and the environment, and defending civil liberties. She has been a vocal opponent of all legislation that undermines the separation of church and state, and was instrumental in defeating a bill that sought to make the Bible a textbook for use in public schools. Rubel is Jewish and an ally of the secular community.

Illinois

Mary Rita Luecke

Running for: Illinois State House (District 17)

Mary Rita Luecke ran for the Illinois General Assembly in District 17. In the March 20 Democratic primary Luecke earned 17% of the vote – finishing 3rd in a field of five candidates. Luecke is an educator and attorney with a background in fighting for civil rights protections and is a long-time community leader serving as president of the local PTA and later as a member and president of the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Board of Education. Her policy stances are “rooted in science, data-informed analysis and seek the greater good for the greatest number of people.” Luecke campaigned for a progressive state income tax, limiting terms for legislative leadership positions, ending gerrymandering, legalizing marijuana, and raising the minimum wage to a living wage. She identifies as Jewish and agnostic.

Jennifer McMillin

Running for: Illinois State House (District 101)

Jennifer McMillin is running for the Illinois General Assembly in District 101. McMillin has spent a decade in the education sector to improve academic outcomes for students and families in central Illinois. She is running to make sure that the education system provides every student in every district the skills necessary to be successful. McMillin is also committed to improving access to healthcare, balancing the state budget, and creating new job opportunities. McMillin attends a Unitarian Universalist fellowship and is an ally of the nontheist community.

Anne Sommerkamp

Running for: Illinois State House (District 47)

Anne Sommerkamp ran for the Illinois General Assembly in District 47. In the March 20 Democratic primary Sommerkamp earned 46% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of two candidates. Sommerkamp’s varied career as a journalist, stay-at-home mom, and healthcare professional has given her the experience to find solutions to problems by asking the right questions and getting answers. She knows how to implement solutions by preparing both short- and long-term goals; for example, bring more sustainable energy jobs to the Prairie State. Sommerkamp believes access to affordable healthcare is a basic human right. Whether or not the state has a solid balanced budget she will work tirelessly to get help to people in need. She knows ALL people are equal and ALL people matter, that is her truth. When asked about religion, Sommerkamp says “I believe in science.”

Joe Sonnefeldt

Running for: Illinois State Senate (District 27)

Joe Sonnefeldt ran for the Illinois State Senate in District 27. In the March 20 Democratic primary Sonnefeldt earned 25% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of two candidates. Sonnefeldt is a professional musician and educator. In 2011 he was elected to the Mount Prospect School District 57 Board of Education and currently serves as its president. In addition to fighting for quality, publicly funded education from early childhood through college, Sonnefeldt advocates for investments in infrastructure, a living wage, a graduated state income tax, and access to quality healthcare. While he strongly supports freedom of religion, Sonnefeldt believes that organized religion that attempts to influence politics is a serious threat to democracy. He is religiously unaffiliated.

Indiana

Sue Errington

Running for: Indiana State House (District 34)

Sue Errington is running for re-election to the Indiana State House in District 34. She was unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary. Elected to the House in 2012, she previously served on the Delaware County Council and the Indiana State Senate. Additionally, Errington taught Spanish at Ball State University and served 17 years as the Public Policy Director for Planned Parenthood of Indiana. She has sponsored and co-sponsored legislation to improve the public schools, assist sexual assault victims, legalize medical marijuana, protect the environment, and promote pay equity for women and minorities. She is the ranking minority member on the Environmental Affairs Committee and also serves on the Education, Natural Resources, and Statutory Committee on Ethics. Errington is a Unitarian Universalist and an ally of the secular community.

Ryan Farrar

Running for: Indiana State Senate (District 6)

Ryan Farrar is running for the Indiana State Senate in District 6. Farrar was unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary. He is a progressive candidate who will fight for livable wages, better funding of public education, unions, civil rights, healthcare for all, and the environment. With regard to the environment, he is very concerned about the damage done by industrial agriculture specifically concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO), which pollute the land, air, and water. Farrar was raised Southern Baptist, and is now a humanist.

Carolyn Jackson

Running for: Indiana State House (District 1)

Carolyn Jackson is running for the Indiana State House in District 1. Jackson was unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary. She will work to improve public education, encourage job growth and increase the minimum wage, ensure that our communities are safe, and expand social service programs for seniors, veterans, and youth. She has never been afraid to stand up for what is right and is committed to addressing the needs of her community. Jackson is a Christian and an ally of the secular community.

Kevin Leineweber

Running for: Indiana State House (District 91)

Kevin Leineweber is running for the Indiana State House in District 91. Leineweber was unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary. He is committed to strengthening the public schools, improving state infrastructure, protecting the environment, and building bridges – not walls – to welcome immigrants. He is also dedicated to improving civil rights protections. “Indiana ranks 11th in the nation for the number of hate groups, yet it does not have hate crime laws – We must continue to work to make Indiana safe for all individuals.” Leineweber identifies as a humanist.

Curtis Nash

Running for: Indiana State House (District 84)

Curtis Nash is running for the Indiana State House in District 84. Nash was unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary. He is running on a progressive agenda that includes gun control, getting corporate money out of political campaigns, marijuana legalization, and prison reform. With regard to prison reform he wants to find alternatives to cash bail, which discriminates against the poor and transfers the decision-making about pre-trial detention from the courts to profit-motivated entities, and the incarceration of non-violent drug offenders. He says, “Addiction is a health issue, one that is treatable, it doesn’t seem fair to incarcerate somebody for that.” Nash is spiritual but not religious.

Justin Notoras

Running for: Indiana State House (District 25)

Justin Notoras is running for the Indiana State House in District 25. Notoras earned over 49% of the vote in the May 8 Democratic primary – the election is too closed to call (as of May 11). His platform is “People Over Politics” – fighting for teachers, unions, civil rights, improved care for veterans, research into the benefits of medical cannabis, and changing public education so students can graduate with an associate’s degree eliminating the burden of student loans. Notoras identifies as a Deist. He is a 14 year veteran public school elementary teacher who left the profession recently because of his personal belief that the testing system is immoral and not best for students. Mr. Notoras Holds a Bachelor degree from Purdue University in education, a Master of Education, as well as a post graduate degree in leadership administration.

Nichole Thomas

Running for: Indiana State House (District 98)

Nichole Thomas ran for the Indiana State House in District 98. In the May 8 Democratic primary Thomas earned 13% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of two candidates. She is a strong advocate for women’s rights and the right to choose, Black Lives Matter, DACA and immigrant equality, LGBTQ rights and basic human rights that she says “are unfortunately tested daily.” She will work to increase the minimum wage, provide health care for all, expand job availability, improve public education, and fight tirelessly for the needs of her district. Thomas was raised Christian and now identifies as agnostic and humanist.

Kentucky

Jarrett Cox

Running for: Kentucky State House (District 21)

Jarrett Cox is running for the Kentucky State House in District 21. He is committed to increasing state funding for education, eliminating forced arbitration that silences abuse and limits individual rights, eliminating right-to-work laws to expand the protections of unions, and increasing the minimum wage. While Cox attends a Southern Baptist church, he is an ally of the secular community. He says, “I believe in a country where people of all beliefs are treated equally. America is not a Christian nation, and it should not be run as one.”

Roberto Henriquez

Running for: Kentucky State House (District 66)

Roberto Henriquez is running for the Kentucky State House in District 66. Roberto has an extensive career in Information Technology and is a former teacher. He is active in his community participating in theater productions, organizing benefit concerts for disaster relief, and judging with Odyssey of the Mind at the local, state,and national level. Roberto has volunteered with the American Red Cross Disaster Response Team to assist with recovery efforts following tornadoes and fires. He is active in Indivisible Northern KY District 4 (Leadership Team), Tri-State Freethinkers, and other progressive groups. His campaign is dedicated to strengthening the economy, supporting public education, protecting the environment, expanding access to health care, and improving the state’s infrastructure. Roberto identifies as an agnostic atheist.

Debra Ferguson Payne

Running for: Kentucky State House (District 86)

Debra Ferguson Payne is running for the Kentucky State House in District 86. With a 30-year career in teaching, her highest priority is improving education – “Ensuring a quality cradle-to-career education is vital to the well-being of every one of us.” She is also committed to increasing affordable housing, making healthcare a right for all people, and protecting the environment. She says, “I firmly believe an educated, skilled, well-nourished and healthy population will create the most economically and environmentally sound, prosperous and sustainable nation on this planet, and I want to help shape policies that bring that belief to life.” With adult atheist children, Payne is a Christian and an ally to the secular community.

Maine

Pinny Beebe-Center

Running for: Maine State House (District 93)

Pinny Beebe-Center is running for re-election to Maine’s State House in the 93rd Legislative District. Beebe-Center is a strong advocate for families and youth working on issues such as child poverty, addiction, mental health, and the environment. Beebe-Center is a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation. She believes that “religion is a personal choice. It should not be imposed on others and clearly should not be the motivation or consideration for policy, regulation or legislation.”

Maryland

Esam Al-Shareffi

Running for: Maryland State House (District 17)

Esam Al-Shareffi is running for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 17. He is a physician-scientist who earned a PhD in Biochemistry as well as a MD at Stony Brook University in Long Island, NY. Al-Shareffi, or Dr. Al to his friends and colleagues, is committed to increasing the minimum wage, establishing a single-payer healthcare system (“Medicare-for-All”), promoting alternative energy resources, and removing speed cameras, which primary benefit the private speed camera vendors. He is also a strong supporter of church-state separation. Al-Shareffi is Muslim and an ally of the secular community.

Gabriel Auteri

Running for: Maryland State House (District 40)

Gabriel Auteri is running for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 40. As a former high school history teacher, Auteri is eager to address the crisis in the public schools by fighting for equity in school funding so that every student will have great teachers and a strong education. Serving in the Baltimore City Health Department, Auteri is very knowledgeable about health care and is committed to obtaining the resources needed to ensure access to care and fight health disparities. To address poverty, Auteri is committed to criminal justice reform, making homeownership affordable for all, and empowering neighborhoods with decision-making mechanisms including community grants. Auteri identifies as a humanist.

Dana Beyer

Running for: Maryland State Senate (District 18)

Dana Beyer is running for the Maryland State Senate in District 18. Dr. Beyer is a physician and surgeon, who is also a women’s rights and LGBTQ civil rights leader. She is Vice Chair of the Civil Rights Coalition of Maryland and inductee into the Montgomery County Hall of Fame. Her policy goals include increasing the minimum wage, improving transportation infrastructure, addressing climate change, and reclaiming the American moral values of “life, liberty, freedom, equality, opportunity, patriotism, family values” that have been distorted by the Republicans. Beyer is Jewish and an ally of the secular community.

Jordan Cooper

Running for: Maryland State House (District 16)

Jordan Cooper is running for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 16. He has extensive volunteer and work experience with various public institutions in Maryland. He is a health policy professional with experience working in the Maryland House of Delegates, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, and DC Medicaid. He has served on the county budget board, the water and sewer board, a commercial real estate board, as the president of his neighborhood association, and on numerous democratic club boards. Cooper knows how the state capital works, who to talk to in order to can get things done, and what measures are needed to ensure success. His campaign is focused on creating affordable healthcare by establishing universal access to a public option for basic health insurance coverage and reducing public school class overcrowding by finding resources to hire more teachers. Cooper identifies as a Jewish atheist.

Harry Freeman

Running for: Maryland State House (District 31B)

Harry Freeman is running for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 31B. He is a veteran who is “fighting against the political establishment that wants to continue to provide to the few and burden the many.” Freeman is committed to revising the school funding system that disadvantages schools – and students – in poor neighborhoods, establishing an affordable universal healthcare system, promoting alternative energy sources to address climate change, reforming the criminal justice system to eliminate structural and institutional racism, and enacting 12-weeks of paid family leave for new parents. Freeman was raised Jewish, but is now secular.

Michael David Gross

Running for: Maryland State House (District 9A)

Michael David Gross is running for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 9A. Gross says, “There needs to be a revolution in the way we see people that are different from ourselves” and this revolution needs to be reflected in our government to ensure that we “properly take care of our teachers, our veterans, our sick, our poor – everyone who needs us.” His policy agenda includes improving our education system, providing economic stability, protecting our environment, promoting clean energy, making law enforcement officers accountable for their actions, ensuring access to both mental and physical healthcare, reforming the immigration process, and establishing an unbiased justice system that strives for restoration and rehabilitation over retribution. Gross is agnostic.

James Howard

Running for: Maryland State House (District 12)

James Howard is running for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 12. With two young children, Howard is concerned about the future and is seeking public office to help build a safe and sustainable community. He wants to attract “diverse and exceptional businesses to give us the jobs we need to weather uncertain economic times,” mitigate and work to reverse the effects of climate change, improve the region’s infrastructure including mass transit, implement meaningful and effective gun control, ensure that our schools are conducive to learning, and make our election system and voting machines secure. Howard is an atheist.

Derek Kent

Running for: Maryland State House (District 32)

Derek Kent is running for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 32. 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.

Marc Korman

Running for: Maryland State House (District 16)

Marc Korman is seeking re-election to the Maryland House of Delegates in District 16. Korman believes that the keys to his district’s economic success are “maintaining great schools and improving the transportation network.” Improving both will ensure continued economic growth that in turn “will also allow us to make the investments we need in schools, infrastructure, the environment, and to assist those less fortunate.” With regard to the environment, Korman is proud of his 100% voting record from the League of Conservation Voters, which reflects his stance that the need to “protect our environment and find sustainable sources of energy are among the most important issues facing Marylanders in the coming years.” Korman is Jewish and an ally of the secular community.

Sara Love

Running for: Maryland State House (District 16)

Sara Love is running for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 16. Love is a lawyer and a social-justice advocate who has served as General Council and Legal Director of NARAL Pro-Choice America and as the Public Policy Director of the ACLU of Maryland. She has spent her career working to “make the world a better place.” For the House her policy agenda focuses on public education, protecting the environment and safeguarding our civil rights and civil liberties. Love is a Christian and ally of the secular community.

Tommi Makila

Running for: Maryland State Senate (District 27)

Tommi Makila is running for the Maryland State Senate in District 27. Makila is an advocate against the “political machine” in Maryland and is a community activist with organizations including the Preserve at Piscataway Homeowners Association, Prince George’s County PTA Council, Maryland PTA, Prince George’s County Advocates for Better Schools, and Alliance for Nonpartisan School Board Elections. Makila’s policy priorities include fostering competitive elections, ending gerrymandering, improving public education, strengthening the economy, reforming the criminal justice system, enacting universal health coverage, and encouraging energy innovation and addressing climate change. Makila is agnostic.

Daniel Nemec

Running for: Maryland State House (District 42B)

Daniel Nemec is running for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 42B. Daniel is a CPA who has spent his career helping businesses manage their finances and ​analyze their legal contracts​. Now ​he wants to bring those skills to his state’s legislature. ​If elected, his ​priorities are to​ strengthen public schools, protect the environment, ​​establish a single-payer healthcare system, raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, expand union coverage,​ and​ promote business growth. Daniel was raised Catholic, but describes himself as a nonbeliever.

Julia Nichols

Running for: Maryland State House (District 29C)

Julia Nichols is running for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 29C. Nichols has a long-standing record of contributions to improve her community – from founding the Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra and Choir to opening the successful Chesapeake Public Charter School – which demonstrates her ability to build bridges, bring people together, and get things done. Her campaign is focused on increasing educational opportunities, repairing and replacing neglected transportation infrastructure, attracting new industry and fostering small businesses, increasing affordable housing, protecting the environment, and addressing the opioid crisis. Nichols is a humanist.

Dan O’Hare

Running for: Maryland State House (District 37B)

Dan O’Hare is running for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 37B. He believes that “if any society thinks it’s so great then it better be able to feed, house, and provide the best possible medicine for everyone.” O’Hare says “investing in the future requires investing in the education of all people, and that saddling people with debt is inhumane.” He thinks “sex education should be early and often, free contraceptives should be available to whomever asks, and that neither the government nor employers should get in between a person and their doctor.” In his free time Dan is “a gardener, responsible whiskey philosopher, bad poet, inferior fisherman, reader of books, believer in science, and inventor of religions.”

Shane Pendergrass

Running for: Maryland State House (District 13)

Shane Pendergrass is seeking re-election to the Maryland House of Delegates in District 13. Pendergrass is a progressive legislator who has served in the House of Delegates for 23 years. She has been the primary sponsor of Death with Dignity legislation in the last three sessions. Although not yet successful, Pendergrass is optimistic that the legislation will ultimately be enacted. Pendergrass was also instrumental in changing the opening prayer policy in the House. She would lift the lid of her desk and let it slam shut when invited pastors delivered prayers that made members and citizens feel excluded. Although the opening prayers still exist they are now offered by the members themselves and tend to be more inclusive. Pendergrass is Jewish and an ally of the secular community.

Ryan Trout

Running for: Maryland State House (District 3A)

Ryan Trout is running for the Maryland State House in District 3A. He is a father of two, a homeowner, and a community advocate. His community involvement includes serving as chairman of Frederick County’s Affordable Housing Council, board member of the United Way of Frederick County, and staff member of the Housing Authority of the City of Frederick. He also served as the chief of staff for Maryland State Senator Ron Young. Trout is committed to helping working families obtain access to housing, employment, health, affordable food, healthcare, and a quality education. Trout is an atheist.

Montana

Patrick Maloney

Running for: Montana State House (District 97)

Patrick Maloney is running for the Montana State House in District 97. Maloney is tired of complaining about problems and wants to help solve them “with reasonable, rational, and weighted solutions.” He is dedicated to preserving Montana’s wild spaces while expanding the state’s economic base by attracting “scientific, medical, and technological companies that will propel our state into the future.” He will work to improve the public schools, make higher education affordable, and increase voter participation in elections by using technological innovations. Maloney describes himself to be “pro-life” but he strongly supports a woman’s right to control her own reproductive choices and will not infringe on those rights regardless of his own belief that all life has value. He will also fight for tighting control of firearms, abolishing the death penalty, and providing healthcare for all. Maloney is an atheist.

Robert Petersen

Running for: Montana State House (District 9)

Robert Petersen is running for the Montana State House in District 9. He is unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5. Petersen is a veteran, a fan of Will Rogers, and is running in this very red district because he is “cannot stand seeing Republicans running unopposed!” Petersen is a naturalist. He says, “I don’t believe in God, but She (and her followers) scare me to death.”

New Hampshire

Tim Smith

Running for: New Hampshire State House (Hillsborough District 17)

Tim Smith is running for re-election to New Hampshire’s State House in the Hillsborough District 17. Smith is a lifelong atheist. He is also a Major in the Civil Air Patrol and a member of the New Hampshire Democratic State Committee. Smith was first elected in 2012 and is serving in his third term. He promotes policy that will empower everyday people to improve their circumstances such as supporting public education and ensuring a viable social safety net. Smith has introduced legislation to protect rape victims from child custody lawsuits, enhanced penalties for corrupt contractors and corporate criminals, and a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

North Carolina

Greg Cranford

Running for: North Carolina State House (District 89)

Greg Cranford is running for the North Carolina State House in District 89. Cranford was unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary and he is the first candidate to oppose the Republican incumbent in at least the last five election cycles. He is running to provide voters with a choice in this very red district. Cranford is a strong advocate of supporting church-state separation, protecting the integrity of science and addressing climate change, opposing discrimination against the LGBTQ community and protecting reproductive rights. Cranford identifies with the Christian left and is an ally of the secular community.

Verla Insko

Running for: North Carolina State House (District 56)

Verla Insko is running for re-election to the North Carolina General Assembly in House District 56. She is in her 11th term, the House Democratic Whip, and was unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 6. Insko is a progressive legislator who believes “in an activist government that provides for the common good and protects the vulnerable while maintaining a balance between the rights of the individual and the wellbeing of the larger community.” Insko is a Baptist and an ally of the secular community.

Ohio

Joe Helle

Running for: Ohio State House (District 89)

Joe Helle is running for the Ohio State House in District 89. Helle was unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary. He is a veteran and Mayor of Oak Harbor, Ohio. He is committed to bringing more jobs to Ohio and increasing the minimum wage, protecting the environment and reproductive rights, and ensuring that everyone has healthcare. As Mayor, he has been a strong supporter of the marginalized communities. For example, he has issued proclamations for LGBTQ Pride Month over the objections of some within his community. He says, “We need to strengthen the bonds of everyone in our community, and we cannot if we continue restricting the rights of some to benefit others.” Helle was raised Methodist, but is not religious now.

Cassimir Svigelj

Running for: Ohio State House (District 16)

Cassimir Svigelj is running for the Ohio State House in District 16. Svigelj was unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary. He is a strong advocate for producing “superior performing public schools to prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow.” He decided to run for public office because the current “elected officials are not properly serving the people of Ohio. The Republican Party currently holds 66 of the 99 seats in the Statehouse and they have used that power to attack Ohio’s environment, public schools, and safety net programs while simultaneously promoting the interests of large corporations, Big-Agra, fracking, and Big-Pharma which has resulted in the current opioid epidemic that rampages through Ohio.” Svigelj was raised Catholic and is now an atheist.

Oregon

Julie Fahey

Running for: Oregon State House (District 14)

Julie Fahey is running for re-election to Oregon’s 14th State House District. Fahey, who doesn’t identify with any religion, believes “critical thinking and science can best help us understand our world.” Her public policy decisions are “guided by evidence and a rational approach to decision-making, rather than by dogma or religious beliefs.” She is passionate about protecting the environment, expanding economic opportunities, improving education, defending a woman’s right to choose, and is a “tireless voice against discrimination in all its forms.”

Mitch Greenlick

Running for: Oregon State House (District 33)

Mitch Greenlick is running for re-election to Oregon’s 33rd State House District. Greenlick is a progressive legislator who has served in the House for 15 years – working to protect and improve public education, health care, the environment, and personal freedoms. He introduced legislation that now allows nonreligious Oregonians, or anyone who does not wish to have their marriage officiated by clergy or a government functionary, to have their marriages solemnize by certified secular celebrants. This measure was championed by the Center for Inquiry and the Secular Coalition for Oregon. Greenlick is professor emeritus and past chair of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in the Medical School of Oregon Health & Science University; former director of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research and Vice President for Research, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals; and elected as a member of the National Academies of Science’s Institute of Medicine. Greenlick identifies as Jewish and an atheist.

Pam Marsh

Running for: Oregon State House (District 5)

Pam Marsh is running for re-election to Oregon’s 5th State House District. She is not affiliated with a religious organization and believes that “one’s religious views are irrelevant to public office.” Marsh has served as an Ashland City Council member and manager of the Ashland Emergency Food Bank. She earned a BA in Political Science from Southern Oregon University. Marsh is committed to strengthening public education and health care delivery systems, increasing affordable housing and the minimum wage, and addressing climate change by fostering an energy economy based on renewable resources and emerging technologies.

Bill Trumble

Running for: Oregon State House (District 53)

Bill Trumble ran for the Oregon State House in District 53. In the May 15 Democratic primary Trumble earned 27% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of two candidates. After a varied career as a scientist, researcher, university administrator, civil servant, corporate CEO, as well as a Vietnam Veteran, Trumble is seeking to use his experience and skills to find solutions to issues important to the residents of his district. He wants to bring truth, transparency, and civility to politics. His policy agenda includes establishing universal healthcare, protecting the environment, ensuring access to public lands, improving public education, and reviving the American Dream. Trumble is agnostic and a humanist.

Marty Wilde

Running for: Oregon State House (District 11)

Marty Wilde is running for the Oregon State House in District 11. Wilde won the May 15 Democratic primary with 54% of the vote. Wilde is the executive director of a professional medical membership organization and a Colonel in the Oregon Air National Guard, with deployments in Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Qatar. He is seeking to bring compassion back to public service to ensure public schools are the top budget priority, safeguard the environment and expand clean energy production, ease the financial burden on families with affordable childcare and paid family leave, and access to in-home health care to allow seniors to stay in their homes and communities. Wilde is a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation and is a member of the secular community.

Pennsylvania

Josh Camson

Running for: Pennsylvania State House (District 147)

Josh Camson is running for the Pennsylvania State House in District 147. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 15. Camson’s legislative agenda is focused on increasing transparency in healthcare, ending the opioid crisis, building a strong public education system from pre-K to employment, reforming the criminal justice system, ending gun deaths, and protecting the environment and public spaces. He is challenging the status quo of legislators “of both parties who cut self-serving backroom deals that only enrich themselves and their favorite lobbyists.” His campaign is seeking to end the practice of “cutting corners so wealthy special interests benefit at the expense of ordinary people.” Camson is Jewish and an ally of the secular community.

Shanna Danielson

Running for: Pennsylvania State House (District 92)

Shanna Danielson is running for the Pennsylvania State House in District 92. Danielson, who works for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and was a music teacher for seven years, knows first-hand how underfunded the public schools are in the state and is dedicated to protecting and improving public education. Her policy goals also include ending gerrymandering and holding public officials accountable to their constituents, protecting our homes, schools and communities with effective firearms regulations, and providing universal health care and access to reproductive services and education. Danielson is agnostic and a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation.

Steve Snell

Running for: Pennsylvania State House (District 94)

Steve Snell is running for the Pennsylvania State House in District 94. He wants to use his experience and skills as an educator, business executive, and socially involved resident to bring effective, transparent, responsive, and fair leadership to the State House. Snell wants to pass a natural gas extraction tax, eliminate gerrymandering, and end the dysfunctional budget process. He says, “Intense partisanship, the inability to compromise and the desire to get re-elected and re-elected, have hindered our progress” in addressing the state’s problems. Snell is a member of the Unitarian Universalist congregation and is an ally of the secular community.

South Dakota

Cory Allen Heidelberger

Running for: South Dakota State Senate (District 3)

Cory Allen Heidelberger is running for the South Dakota State Senate in District 3. He is unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5. Heidelberger’s legislative agenda is focused on increasing the influence of voters by protecting the initiative and referendum process and the ability to circulate petitions and run for office; supporting education to ensure economic development, a vibrant cultural life, and a healthy democracy; and, fighting for equality to “promote liberty, justice, and opportunity for all South Dakotans, regardless of sex, race, or religion.” Heidelberger is an atheist.

Tennessee

Gayle Jordan

Running for: Tennessee State Senate (District 14)

Gayle Jordan ran for election to Tennessee’s State Senate District 14. In the March 13 special election Jordan earned 28% of the vote. She identifies as a secular humanist and is a member of Murfreesboro Freethinkers. Jordan is an attorney and serves as the executive director of Recovering From Religion. Jordan says she has “watched the legislature of my beloved state govern with unkind, uncaring, and unnecessary legislation, costing the state millions of dollars in legal battles. I listened as they made divisive and hateful statements regarding immigrants, refugees, members of the LBGT community, women, the uninsured, and the poor.” She ran to correct these injustices and end intrusive government overreach.

Texas

Les Carnes

Running for: Texas State House (District 45)

Les Carnes ran for the Texas House in the 45th District. In the March 6 Democratic primary Carnes earned 24% of the vote – finishing 3rd in a field of three candidates. Having spent 27 years as a public servant in the Comptroller’s office, Carnes is tired of seeing the extremist agenda promoted by the Koch brothers’ American Legislative Council (ALEC) hijack these state revenues to serve only the privileged few and push “un-Texan” initiatives like the infamous, discriminatory, and unnecessary “bathroom bill.” Carnes will work to counter ALEC and restore and increase funding to women’s and children’s healthcare and the infrastructure for our roads and bridges. Carnes was raised Methodist, but is now religiously unaffiliated.

Laura Gunn

Running for: Texas State House (District 33)

Laura Gunn is running for the Texas State House in District 33. She wants to expand Medicaid to include the working poor, explore legalizing medical marijuana, and work with “business and city leaders to assimilate veterans back into our city culture and provide widened access to resources.” She is active in her community volunteering her time and resources with groups assisting veterans, children, and animals. She is also a stay-at-home parent and a Girl Scout leader. Gunn was raised Catholic, currently attends a Methodist church, and is an ally of the secular community.

Valerie Hefner

Running for: Texas State House (District 62)

Valerie Hefner is running for the Texas State House in District 62. From her family’s experience she is a strong advocate for protecting immigrants and the LGBTQ community because “inclusion makes us stronger.” This is why she sought, and was pleased to accept, the endorsement from the Freethought Equality Fund. Hefner is also passionate about access to quality healthcare for all Americans, a public education system that provides life skills and values to foster productive careers and good citizenship, and ensuring our veterans have the care and tools to succeed in civilian life. Hefner identifies as spiritual and is an ally of the secular community.

Fredrick Infortunio

Running for: Texas State House (District 130)

Fredrick Infortunio is running for the Texas State House in District 130. As a retired chemical and safety engineer, Dr. Infortunio is seeking to apply his lifelong pursuit of knowledge and public service for use in the Texas political arena to improve the lives of Texans. This includes ensuring the environment is livable for future generations and that our education system is fully funded. Infortunio promotes the adoption of a progressive state income tax and an estate tax to end putting “personal and business interests above the interests of the people of Texas.” He identifies as spiritual, but not religious. His theory of governance and motto is: “Government for the common good.”

Amanda Jamrok

Running for: Texas State House (District 23)

Amanda Jamrok is running for the Texas State House in District 23. Jamrock is a progressive candidate who is campaigning to protect and foster reproductive choice, LGBTQ rights, quality and affordable healthcare, environmental and safety regulations, and high-quality public education. She is also seeking to reform the foster care system, advance medical marijuana, and protect the immigrant community. Jamrok believes that “the greatest aspect of our country is our diversity. We can coexist and respect each other’s cultures and religions without holding each other to religious rules that we do not adhere.” Jamrok was raised Methodist, but is not religious now.

Alec Johnson

Running for: Texas State House (District 11)

Alec Johnson is running for the Texas State House in District 11. With a varied career in community mental health, software engineering, small business management, and grassroots organizing, Johnson has experience in solving complex problems. He is running because the “big problems we face demand big solutions.” Johnson’s agenda includes establishing a living wage that provides a path out of poverty and revives the middle class, ensuring local control of environmental policy to defend our communities from toxic industrial threats, ending the phony war on drugs and attacks against immigrants and the LGBT community, and embracing clean energy to create jobs and protect our environment. Johnson identifies as a deist in the tradition of Thomas Paine.

Chris Miller

Running for: Texas State House (District 12)

Chris Miller ran for the Texas House in the 12th District. In the March 6 Democratic primary Miller earned 40% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of two candidates. He identifies as humanist and agnostic atheist. Miller is committed to “bring a voice to the voiceless as well as power to those that feel they have none.” He will work to strengthen public education and healthcare systems, increase the minimum wage, end gerrymandering, reform the criminal justice system, legalize marijuana, and rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure.

James Presley

Running for: Texas State House (District 29)

James Presley is running for the Texas House in the 29th District. Presley won the March 6 Democratic primary with 60% of the vote. He identifies as agnostic. Presley is a Navy veteran and wants to be a “voice of reason” in the Texas legislature. Being 23 years old, he believes we need more young, independent thinkers in our government. Presley is committed to the reform of: the healthcare system, including healthcare cost caps; the educational system, including “life skills” training; and, the criminal justice system, including legalizing medical marijuana.

Jon Rosenthal

Running for: Texas State House (District 135)

Jon Rosenthal is running for the Texas State House in District 135. Rosenthal is an engineer by training so he is “driven to find reasonable, data-driven solutions to the challenges our communities face.” He is a progressive candidate focusing on making public schools a state priority, to create positive changes – starting with valuing and supporting teachers and revising public school testing and evaluation systems. Rosenthal argues that it “has become clear that we have not come as far as we thought, and the fight for equality for ALL must be renewed.” He will strongly advocate for communities that have been underserved by the current representative in the state legislature. Rosenthal identifies as agnostic.

Glenn Williams

Running for: Texas State Senate (District 5)

Glenn Williams ran for the Texas State Senate in District 5. In the March 6 Democratic primary Williams earned 12% of the vote – finishing 3rd in a field of three candidates. With nearly 30 years of service as an attorney with the Texas Child Protective Services, Williams resigned from his job to seek this seat. He was well aware that his campaign is a long-shot, but his mission was to restore confidence in government and ensure that it works to protect our vulnerable citizens. Through humor and education Williams is working to increase the public’s understanding and participation in their own governance. Williams will start by countering the anti-government rhetoric popular with Texas politicians, restoring funding and programs to help those in need, and holding agencies and public officials accountable to serve all Texans. Williams is a member of a progressive Unitarian Universalist congregation and does not use a religious identifier.

Vermont

Sam Young

Running for: Vermont State House (Orleans-Caledonia District 1)

Sam Young is running for re-election to the Vermont State House – Orleans-Caledonia-1 District. Young was raised Christian, but is now agnostic. He was first elected in 2010 and is serving in his fourth term. Young is working to expand broadband and telecommunications in this district to increase economic opportunities, realign tax policy as a member of the Ways and Means Committee to increase funding for public education, and decriminalize Marijuana possession and invest in drug treatment and harm reduction services.

Washington

Jennifer Goulet

Running for: Washington State House (District 9)

Jennifer Goulet is running for Washington State’s House of Representatives as the 9th Legislative District State Representative – Position 1. Goulet identifies as a secular humanist and has been active in many secular groups including the Tri-City Freethinkers, Secular Coalition for Washington and Mid-Columbia Coalition of Reason. She is also on the board of Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho. Goulet says, “I strongly believe that the separation of church and state is being eroded. As an elected representative, I will do everything in my power to ensure that ceases.” In addition to the separation of government and religion, Goulet advocates for enabling sustainable access to clean water, enhancing affordable education, and investing in crucial infrastructure projects in her district from highways to airports.

West Virginia

Monica Addington

Running for: West Virginia State House (District 41)

Monica Addington ran for the West Virginia House of Delegates in District 41. In the May 8 Democratic primary Addington earned 13% of the vote – finishing 3rd in a field of four candidates. As the mother of a lesbian, Addington is running on a platform of LGBTQ rights and on being a strong voice for the underrepresented populations of West Virginia. She will also fight for free or affordable insurance because health care should be a basic human right. In addition, she will work for equal pay and employment opportunities for women, expanding access to birth control and sex education, and providing free feminine hygiene products in public schools. Addington identifies as agnostic.

Bibi Hahn

Running for: West Virginia State House (District 58)

Bibi Hahn is running for the West Virginia State House in District 58. Hahn was unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary. Her campaign slogan is “The People First!” Hahn is committed to promoting the interests of the people of West Virginia over the profits of corporations, and “being a delegate that represents a transparent government where ALL citizens feel welcome, included, and heard.” She says, “We desperately need an economy that works for everyone, where everyone has the opportunities and tools to reach their goals.” Hahn is an ally of the secular community.

Justin “Dick” Salisbury

Running for: West Virginia State Senate (District 17)

Justin “Dick” Salisbury ran for the West Virginia State Senate in District 17. In the May 8 Democratic primary Salisbury earned 11% of the vote – finishing 3rd in a field of three candidates. He is campaigning to shake up the status quo in West Virginia – a continuation of the efforts that earned him his nickname. His campaign issues include legalizing recreational marijuana to stimulate the local economy and reduce opioid addictions and deaths, and gun controls on bump stocks and assault rifles – “Let’s leave the military grade hardware with the military.” Salisbury is an atheist. He says, “It’s time to believe in ourselves, and not some omnipotent dictator in the sky.”

Roger Vannoy

Running for: West Virginia State House (District 42)

Roger Vannoy ran for the West Virginia House of Delegates in District 42. In the May 8 Democratic primary Vannoy earned 8% of the vote – finishing 4th in a field of four candidates. Vannoy is a Marine Corps veteran and registered nurse. He is running because West Virginia needs “new leadership with new ideas.” Vannoy wants to follow Colorado’s lead and legalized recreational marijuana, which helped to increase state revenues and decrease opioid deaths. He is also seeking to increase the minimum wage and decrease taxes for the working class to help lift his fellow West Virginians out of poverty. In addition, he wants to remove the remaining “blue laws,” which needlessly hamper the state’s economy. Vannoy is not religious.

Wisconsin

Melissa Sargent

Running for: Wisconsin State House (District 48)

Melissa Sargent is running for re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly District 48. Sargent identifies as agnostic. She was first elected in 2012 and is serving in her third term. In the harsh political environment created by Governor Scott Walker and the Republican controlled Assembly and Senate, Sargent has been a strong progressive voice to fully fund public schools and make college affordable, increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, enact common sense gun control, legalize marijuana, and protect women’s reproductive choices.