2020 Endorsements

Congressional Allies

Endorsed Incumbents Running for Re-Election in 2020

These candidates endorsed by the FEF PAC have demonstrated their solidarity with the atheist and humanist community by supporting legislative measures that strengthen the separation of church and state, protect nontheists from discrimination, and uphold scientific integrity in education and research. Incumbent allies of the atheist and humanist community endorsed by the FEF PAC are: Rep. Donald Beyer, Jr. (VA-8), Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-2), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-1), and Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-8). This list will grow as we get closer to the 2020 general election.

Jeanne Casteen

Running for: Maricopa County (AZ) Superintendent of Public Instruction

Jeanne Casteen is running for Maricopa County (AZ) Superintendent of Public Instruction. She has been a teacher for over 10 years and a member of the Creighton (AZ) School Board since 2012. Casteen currently serves as the school board president. With this background she is eager to take the next step to ensure that students, parents, and the community are best-served by the education system in Maricopa County. Casteen says, “This means encompassing the whole child in education, equity for students across zip codes, and respect and dignity for the adults making their education possible.” Casteen is an atheist.

Joseph Couch

Running for: Nebraska State Legislature (District 21)

Joseph Couch is running for the Nebraska State Legislature in District 21. He is the founder of the Secular Caucus of the Nebraska Democratic Party, which provides a voice for atheists and humanists in the Nebraska Democratic Party. He is also a member of the National Guard. Angered over the willful ignorance of legislators regarding issues of climate change and evolution, their opposition to equal rights for members of the LGBTQ community, and their efforts to control women’s reproductive rights, Couch will be a voice for scientific literacy, reason, and compassion. Couch is an atheist.

Delina DiSanto

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Arizona – District 4)

Delina DiSanto is running for Congress in the Arizona 4th Congressional District. As a registered nurse, DiSanto cares deeply about healthcare. She says, “Everyone has the right to affordable care – it is our moral obligation as a country to provide healthcare and I view it as a human right. I support the path to Medicare for all.” Her other policy priorities include: protecting Social Security, addressing climate change, immigration reform to secure the border while protecting Dreamers and creating an understandable and less intimidating path for citizenship, respecting our veterans by creating exception healthcare and other services at the VA, cutting taxes for small businesses and making investments in our infrastructure, increasing teacher pay and benefits to improve public education, and decriminalizing marijuana. DiSanto is a recovering Catholic.

Clyde Elrod

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Georgia – District 10)

Clyde Elrod is running for Congress in the Georgia 10th Congressional District. As an operations manager at an electrical projects firm, Elrod is not a politician – he is “a hardworking guy that has gotten tired of Congress not doing their job.” He is running against Jody Hice, who got a radio show, and national attention, in his opposition to the removal of the 10 Commandments monument in Barrow County in 2003. Rev. Hice also took part in “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” in 2008 prior to becoming a member of Congress. Elrod, conversely, is a strong advocate of the separation of church and state. His other policy priorities include: criminal justice reform, addressing climate change, increasing health care access and reducing costs, providing additional resources to teachers to improve public education, and ending the ineffective War on Drugs by focusing on rehabilitation services and funding mental health care initiatives. Elrod is a Christian and an ally of the atheist and humanist community.

Jaime Escuder

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Texas – District 23)

Jaime Escuder is running for Congress in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and spent the first nine years of his career as a public defender. He now has his own law practice serving the people of the Big Bend region of Texas. Escuder is running because he is tired of milquetoast Democratic candidates. He says, “our country is facing a moral crisis. We need candidates who are willing to fight for the restoration of our democracy against the powerful forces of big money in politics.” His policy priorities include: addressing climate change with the Green New Deal, expanding health care access with Medicare for All, increasing access to higher education and vocational schools, eliminating voter suppression and gerrymandering, and changing the tax code to make sure corporations and the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share in taxes. Escuder is a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation.

Jillian Freeland

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Colorado – District 5)

Jillian Freeland is running for Congress in the Colorado 5th Congressional District. With a background as a midwife and the service industry, Freeland is a leader who will work tirelessly for her constituents to make sure they have the support and policies they need to succeed. This includes basic government programs and protections that make healthcare affordable, provides quality public education that is debt-free for families from pre-school to college or trade school, and ensures a minimum wage that actually covers the current cost living. As a “coupon clipping, solar-powered millennial mom of two gorgeous daughters” Freeland is committed to investing in the next generation by addressing climate change with energy independence through renewable resources, implementing universal background checks for all firearm sales and banning equipment like bump stocks and high capacity magazines, and supporting democratic reforms to make voting easier and reduce the influence of large donors and corporations. Freeland is a humanist.

Nancy Goroff

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (New York – District 1)

Nancy Goroff is running for Congress in the New York 1st Congressional District. For the past twenty-two years, Goroff has taught at Stony Brook University and for the past two and a half years she has served as chair of the Chemistry Department. She will bring her academic training and experience to Congress to “trust the facts, find solutions, and work with everyone with good ideas.” Her policy priorities include: taking action to address the climate crisis, expanding access to quality affordable health care, defending reproductive rights, amending the Civil Rights Act to protect the rights of the LGBTQ community, developing innovate and good paying jobs in her district, and passing common sense gun legislation to end gun violence. Goroff identifies as a secular Jew.

Jared Huffman

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (California – District 2)

In his fourth term as a member of Congress, Jared Huffman is running for re-election to represent the North Coast of California from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border. He serves on the Committee on Natural Resources, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. In the 116th Congress, he chairs the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife, with jurisdiction over federal water projects, fisheries management, coastal zone and oceans policy, and wildlife and endangered species. A progressive leader and an environmental expert he is committed to addressing climate change and ensuring our communities are resilient to its effects, including wildfires and droughts. He is a leader in defending America’s coastlines from offshore oil and gas drilling to protect our oceanic ecosystems and coastal economies. Huffman’s prior public service includes six years in the California State Assembly and working as a public interest lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Rep. Huffman identifies as humanist and agnostic, and is the founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Freethought Caucus.

Carol Iannuzzi

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Texas – District 26)

Carol H. Iannuzzi is running for Congress in the Texas 26th Congressional District. Following a strong family tradition fighting for civil rights in Texas, Iannuzzi is running for office to fulfill “a vision of the future where all have equitable human rights.” She says, “I am passionate about human rights and this is a major reason for my running for the U.S. Congress.” Her policy priorities include: strengthening the Affordable Care Act and Medicare, protecting Social Security, ensuring access to affordable reproductive health services including a woman’s right to choose, reducing student loan debt, addressing climate change, and ending the stigma on mental healthcare. She is a strong supporter of the separation of church and state and is also a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Iannuzzi is a humanist.

Donna Imam

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Texas – District 31)

Donna Imam is running for Congress in Texas’ 31st Congressional District. Imam is a computer engineer and a tech entrepreneur with a career in technology. She is an active volunteer in her community, having served as president of a nonprofit that provides free continuing education to working professionals. Her campaign for Congress presents original solutions to America’s most pressing issues. Healthcare for All – scaling single-payer healthcare infrastructure to accommodate ~80 M uninsured and under-insured while maintaining high quality of care. Education for All – incentivizing students to pursue education in high-demand fields and serve in underserved and rural communities. Real Pay for All – paying working people so they can afford to live where they work, save towards the American Dream, and retire with dignity. Imam believes in secular policy.

Ike McCorkle

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Colorado – District 4)

Ike McCorkle is running for Congress in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District. Ike is a combat wounded, retired Force Reconnaissance Marine, Officer, and father of three. He is running for office to “ensure that we set conditions that will lead to a prosperous economy that serves us all, a sustainable environment, and a flourishing democracy for our kids future.” His policy priorities include: investing in rapid, sustainable, clean energy transition, building a more proportionally representative electoral process, and passing fair tax policy and subsidies legislation that will incentivize reinvestment in our economy. Ike wants a truly representative government that we can trust and depend upon and an economy that works for us all. We need a government with integrity, that will honestly serve and fight for the best interests of our neglected blue collar citizens. Ike McCorkle is a person that believes in service above self! Ike thinks that we all play a role in fighting for the greater good. Ike is a member of the Prairie Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Parker Colorado.

Nate McMurray

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (New York – District 27)

Nate McMurray is running for Congress in New York’s 27th Congressional District. As a Fulbright Scholar, his teaching and legal career has taken him around the world; however, he chose to return to Western New York to raise his children. McMurray loved exploring the beauty of the rivers, lakes, hills, and valleys of the region and is now sharing that with his family. He believes in the potential of Western New York. McMurray says, “We have amazing people, wonderful natural resources, and with the right leadership and some hard work, there is no limit to what we can do!” His policy priorities include: addressing climate change with job-producing green technology, raising the minimum wage to a living wage, passing Medicare for All, supporting a woman’s right to choose, and legalizing cannabis. McMurray serves as the Town Supervisor in Grand Island, NY and in 2018 came within 1,100 votes of defeating the indicted Congressman, Chris Collins, in New York’s reddest district. He is going to “fight like hell” in this now open seat contest. McMurray is a Christian and an ally of the atheist and humanist community.

Ryan Morales

Running for: Florida State House (District 32)

Ryan Morales is running for the Florida State House in District 32. For Morales public service is not about party loyalty or political ideology, he will work across the aisle for common sense and fact-based solutions that benefit his community and the people of Florida. His policy priorities include investing in quality public education for all students, protecting Florida’s environment and natural resources for future generations, legalizing and regulating cannabis, creating a Florida state-supported senior care system, ensuring fair wages, strengthening sentencing policies against individuals who commit hate crimes, ensuring full transparency on government spending, protecting our unions, expanding equality laws, protecting reproductive rights and passing the ERA. Morales is an atheist.

Angie Philips

Running for: U.S. Senate (Nebraska)

Angie Philips is running for the U.S. Senate in Nebraska. She is a life-long Nebraskan, an activist, and an organizer having founded the Nebraska Progressive Legislative Study Group and the Douglas County Democratic Party Women’s Caucus. As a humanist Angie says, she “is devoted to human welfare and believes that we all hold a personal responsibility to lead ethical lives that contribute to the greater good.” Her policy priorities include developing humane immigration policies, revitalizing rural communities, providing free public education through college, taking action to address the climate crisis, reforming our criminal justice system, implementing a universal single-payer health care system, and upholding our social and economic rights. Philips is an atheist and a humanist.

Barbara Ramsey

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Nebraska – District 1)

Barbara Ramsey is running for Congress in the Nebraska 1st Congressional District. Raised on a family farm and active in 4-H, Ramsey went to college and has built a career in information technology. She also helped found the adult transgender support group, Transformative, which provides a safe space for transgender and non-binary individuals in her community. Her policy priorities include: ending the trade war – and the president’s ability to impose tariffs without Congressional approval – that has had a devastating effect on farmers and ranchers, mobilizing the nation to combat climate change, reinstating the assault weapons ban and other common sense efforts to end gun violence, enacting Medicare for All, fighting for humane immigration reform, establishing equal rights for the LGBTQIA+ community, defending reproductive rights and promoting gender equality, and preventing sexual assault and domestic violence. Ramsey is an atheist.

Jamie Raskin

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Maryland – District 8)

Jamie Raskin is running for re-election to Congress in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District. He is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the Committee on Oversight and Reform, the Committee on House Administration, and the House Committee on Rules. Raskin is Vice Chair of the House Administration Committee, Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution. He is the Caucus Leadership Representative for the 116th Congress, where he represents Junior Members of the Democratic Caucus (those who have served five or less Terms) at the leadership table. He was also appointed to serve as a Senior Whip for the 116th Congress. Raskin uses his experience in Congress as well as his previous experience as a Maryland State Senator and professor of constitutional law to fight climate change, reduce gun violence, increase the minimum wage to a living wage, protect women’s health choices, increase voting rights and reverse Citizens United, protect public health through expanding Medicare, and championing single-payer healthcare. He is also the sponsor of H.Res.512, which calls for the global repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws. Raskin is Jewish. He is a founding member and Co-Chair of the Congressional Freethought Caucus.

Whitney Raver

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (South Dakota – At-Large)

Whitney Raver is running for Congress in the South Dakota’s At-Large Congressional District. Raver wants to take the skills she has developed in her career of providing guidance and collaborative problem solving for nonprofits and aspiring entrepreneurs to Congress. She says, “Success isn’t about what I can do. It’s about what we can do together.” Since strong families are the foundation of a healthy community, her campaign goal is to unite the citizens of South Dakota around the principles and institutions that help families get and stay strong. This includes building a strong economy, creating health care that is accessible and affordable for everyone, and an education system that prepares our children for the future. Raver is spiritual, but not religious.

Christopher Rowe

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Tennessee – District 1)

Christopher Rowe is running for Congress in the Tennessee 1st Congressional District. Rowe was compelled to run for office after seeing his father struggle to maintain his family home because of poor health and the inability to obtain the healthcare he needed. An Air Force veteran, Rowe believes “in equality for everyone, people first, and honesty and transparency in all aspects of the political process.” His policy priorities include: affordable and universal healthcare, increasing funding and reducing class sizes in public schools, making public higher education affordable, ending discrimination against the LGBTQ community, addressing climate change, protecting reproductive rights, legalizing recreational marijuana, and restoring net neutrality. Rowe is agnostic.

Greg Sagan

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Texas – District 13)

Greg Sagan is running for Congress in the Texas 13th Congressional District. Sagan is a former Navy officer and a veteran of Vietnam with a private sector career as a consultant in human performance, teamwork and leadership. Outraged at the actions of the Administration and the failure of the Republican Congress to stand up to Trump, Sagan is offering an alternative voice to deal with real issues and not the manufactured ones intended to keep our country divided. His policy issues range from addressing climate change to the wealth gap. He says that “climate change is the single greatest non-nuclear threat to all life on Earth, and the widening gulf in American wealth distribution is the single greatest threat to our democracy.” Sagan is religiously unaffiliated.

Liz Wahl

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Texas – District 23)

Liz Wahl is running for Congress in the Texas 23rd Congressional District. As a news anchor and reporter, Wahl made news herself when she resigned on-air from RT following the Russian invasion of Crimea. She is proud that her action “helped to spark awareness about Russian disinformation and foreign meddling in democracies.” She is regularly asked to speak about fighting disinformation and protecting democracy in this digital age. Her other policy priorities include: implementing humane immigration policies, improving the Affordable Care Act to achieve universal healthcare, protecting reproductive rights and improving maternal healthcare, investing in our teachers and students to improve public education, increasing the minimum wage, addressing climate change, advancing equal rights for the LGBTQ community, and improving services for Veterans. Wahl was raised Catholic, but is now religiously unaffiliated.

Kim Williams

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (California – District 16)

Kim Williams is a progressive Democrat running for Congress in the California 16th Congressional District. From a working class family and small community, she “understands the difficult challenges working families face today and is committed to bold solutions that dismantle income inequality, combat poverty, and hand political power back to the American voter.” Williams is a proud single working mother to her daughter Cassiopeia, a former professor of American history, and a former Foreign Service diplomat under the Obama administration. Through hard work she was able to achieve her American Dream and her goal as a member of Congress is to make that opportunity available to everyone. Williams is an agnostic.

Steve Woodsmall

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (North Carolina – District 11)

Steve Woodsmall is running for Congress in the North Carolina 11th Congressional District. Woodsmall is a retired U.S. Air Force Major and says, “I will bring the same commitment to service to Congress that I lived by in the Air Force — duty, honor and country.” With a blind loyalty to his caucus and president the current representative, Mark Meadows, has failed to represent the interests of his constituents and country. Woodsmall’s policy priorities include: getting the money out of politics by overturning Citizens United, addressing climate change by investing in clean energy and green technologies, guaranteeing a living wage for workers, making healthcare a fundamental right, and enacting common sense gun regulations. Woodsmall considers himself spiritual more than religious.


Sam Branscum

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Michigan – District 7)

Sam Branscum ran for Congress in the Michigan 7th Congressional District – he withdrew from the race in August 2019. Branscum is a young progressive who was inspired to run for Congress because of this work on the Sanders for President campaign in 2016. His campaign is dedicated to “putting the country back on the right track.” For the health of our country and planet Branscum’s policy agenda includes supporting the Green New Deal to fight climate change and create jobs in the renewable energy sector, guaranteeing affordable health care for everyone with a Medicare-for-all option, overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and getting big money out of politics, closing the Gun Show Loophole and requiring background checks for all firearm purchases, decreasing income inequality by increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour, and rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure that will also create jobs and help stimulate our economy. Branscum is a humanist.