2022 Endorsements


Current Members of Congress

Endorsed Incumbents Running for Re-Election in 2022

These candidates endorsed by the PAC have demonstrated their solidarity with the atheist and humanist community by supporting measures to protect the separation of church and state, remove the lingering bias against nontheists, and uphold scientific integrity in education, research, and public policy. The endorsed incumbents are: Rep. Donald Beyer (VA-8), Rep. Sean Casten (IL-6), Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-9), Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-2), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-4), Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-5), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Rep. Jerry Nadler (NY-10), Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-AtL), Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-2), Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-8), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), and Rep. Susan Wild (PA-7).

Federal, State & Local Endorsements

Freethought Equality Fund Endorsed Candidates

As a federal political action committee, the focus of the Freethought Equality Fund is Congressional candidates; however, running for – and winning – state and local seats is essential to increasing the visibility and political clout of the atheist and humanist community. The Freethought Equality Fund is proud to endorse secular candidates in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin for the 2022 elections.

Alabama

John “Jack” Slate

Ran for: U.S. House of Representatives (Alabama-2)

John “Jack” Slate ran for Congress in Alabama’s 2nd District. He withdrew from the race prior to the Democratic primary. Born and raised in Alabama, and an Auburn University graduate, Slate is working to build a progressive community-focused campaign to “give the people of Alabama a brighter future.” He is also a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where he based his master’s thesis on the dangers posed to our democracy by the January 6th insurrection. His policy priorities include building a sustainable economy by employing technological innovations and embracing green energy, reforming the criminal justice system by investing in mental healthcare and expanding drug treatment programs, expanding medicare and medicaid to include vision and dental and investing in preventative care, tackling the affordable housing crisis with significant federal investments to increase the housing supply, addressing gun violence, and ending the federal prohibition on cannabis. Slate is spiritual but not religious.

Arizona

Delina DiSanto

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

Delina DiSanto is running for Congress in the Arizona 4th Congressional District. DiSanto is seeking to oust incumbent Paul Gosar. She says, “He is a traitor and a white supremacist, and he does not belong in Congress.” DiSanto is a registered nurse, small business owner, and mom. She 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.

California

Sara Aminzadeh

Running for: California State Assembly (District 12)

Sara Aminzadeh is running for the California Assembly in District 12. She has devoted more than 20 years advocating for clean water and fighting climate change, including serving as a California Coastal Commissioner. As a member of the California Assembly, she will work with her constituents and colleagues in the legislature to tackle everyday problems with strategies that improve the quality of life and make the community more inclusive and equitable, while effectively addressing the pressing issues of today. She says, “I will confront critical issues such as wildfire prevention, rising sea levels, housing affordability, and services for families with the urgency these issues demand. I will work to ensure every family has access to good quality jobs, affordable healthcare, and mental health support to help us all get through these challenging times.” Aminzadeh is an atheist.

James Coleman

Running for: California State Assembly (District 21)

James Coleman is running for the California State Assembly in District 21. Coleman grew up in a working class family that profoundly shaped his values. He studied Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology and worked in a neuroscience lab. Coleman is the youngest and first openly LGBTQ+ member of the South San Francisco City Council. He entered politics because “our government can’t just work for the wealthy and well connected, it has to work for everyone.” His policy priorities include: implementing a wealth tax on billionaires and corporations, providing universal childcare and preschool, increasing the minimum wage to a living wage, creating truly affordable housing, ensuring access to affordable and quality healthcare with Medicare for All, and taking aggressive action to beat back climate change. Coleman is an agnostic.

Alex Lee

Running for: California State Assembly (District 24)

Alex Lee is running for re-election to the California State Assembly in District 24. Since his first day in office, Lee has challenged the entrenched special interests “to put an end to the structural inequity that has led to our state’s most pressing challenges and has stalled our most important solutions.” He says, “Only by putting people and policy first can we achieve a California that is equitable and prosperous for all.” His policy priorities include: banning corporate contributions to political campaigns, creating more affordable housing and protecting tenant rights, establishing universal health care and cracking down on predatory health fees and charges, increasing investment in K-12 public schools and creating tuition-free college for Californians, combating climate change through the California Green New Deal, expanding bike infrastructure and mass transit, and increasing transparency within government for the digital era. Lee is an agnostic.

Brian Nash

Running for: California State Senate (District 32)

Brian Nash is running for the California State Senate in District 32. Brian is a self-described punk-kid-turned-MBA-graduate, enjoys listening to punk rock, basketball, helping sea turtles, and working in the finance industry to “help people identify their strengths, and get the training or education they need to succeed.” He is running for office to apply his punk values and corporate experience “to fight back against the fascist faction of the Republican Party, and to fight for a fairer, more equitable country.” His policy priorities include: addressing climate change, ensuring access to affordable, high quality healthcare, increasing the minimum wage to a living wage, assuring access to safe, affordable housing for all, and investing in local infrastructure to meet the challenges of today, and preparing for the needs of tomorrow. Nash was raised Catholic, but is not religious now.

Rob Rennie

Running for: California State Senate (District 28)

Rob Rennie is running for the California State Assembly in District 28. Rennie is the Mayor of Los Gatos and has served on the Town Council since 2014. He is a small business owner with 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry including developing products to improve solar energy technology. Rennie is seeking to apply his engineering mind-set to bring innovative solutions to critical issues like: preventing and mitigating wildfires, increasing the supply of affordable housing, mobilizing services to transition the unhoused from parks and public spaces into homes, addressing climate change, funding strategic infrastructure projects, and making children’s health and education a top priority. Rennie is an agnostic.

Joe Thompson

Running for: California State Assembly (District 28)

Joe Thompson is running for the California State Assembly in District 28. Thompson is a Starbucks Union Organizer, housing, and community activist who is “running for State Assembly to serve those who are in the most need. I am running to give my generation, and future generations, a voice so they are able to live a more prosperous life.” Their policy priorities include: addressing inflation with rent control and price caps on gasoline and other goods subject to price gouging, increasing the minimum wage to a living wage, supporting workers’ right to organize and holding union-busting companies accountable, enacting a single-payer Medicare For All healthcare option, rooting out corruption with more transparency in government, creating affordable housing and ending the criminalization of homelessness, and redirecting resources from fossil fuel energy to clean, renewable energy. Thompson is spiritual but not religious.

Jon Wizard

Running for: California State Assembly (District 30)

Jon Wizard is running for the California State Assembly in District 30. As a former firefighter, police officer, and 911 emergency dispatcher, Jon has spent his life as a first responder and public servant. He is currently a member of the Seaside City Council, where he has played an instrumental role in providing housing for teachers, nurses, seniors, and veterans; protecting and increasing the supply of water resources; and creating pathways to empower young people who choose the skilled trades and technical professions instead of college. He is running for the Assembly “to be a voice for the individuals and families working to achieve the California Dream: that working hard and helping your neighbor should be enough to build a dignified life for you and your family.” His policy priorities include: supporting the creation of more housing that is affordable, investing in childcare and public education, creating better and more accessible economic opportunities for people from all walks of life, ensuring access to affordable and quality healthcare, and addressing the drastic effects of climate change. Wizard was raised Baptist and is now an atheist.

Colorado

Renée Reif

Running for: El Paso (CO) County Assessor

Renée Reif is running for El Paso (Colorado) County Assessor. An activist, veteran, and caregiver, Reif is politically active in her community and speaks out to challenge the status quo. She has served on the City of Fountain Planning Commission, County Placement Alternative Commission, and as the democratic chair of her state house district. She is a sociologist with a Masters’ in Public Administration. As a Humanist Society Lay Leader, she works to educate the public and build bridges and served as a member of the Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Unity Build Committee and the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado. Formerly the chair for the Colorado chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, she still actively follows and promotes the mission and messages of Americans United . She is on the board of the Center for Freethought Equality. Reif is proud to be the Democratic candidate for this position to manage the discovering, listing and valuing of all taxable property within the county. Reif is a humanist and atheist.

David Torres

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

David Torres (Santiago David Goenaga-Torres) is running for Congress in Colorado’s 5th District. In addition to being opposed to LGBTQ and reproductive rights, the Republican incumbent in this district, Doug Lamborn, voted against certifying the 2020 presidential election and participated in a lawsuit that promoted Trump’s big lie about election fraud. Conversely, David Torres will work to “make Colorado a national example of how a society can thrive beyond the idiocy of hate.” His policy priorities include criminal justice reform, common sense gun violence prevention, behavioral health programs for veterans, high-speed broadband infrastructure, wind and solar energy production and clean energy jobs, and an immigration policy that “serves as a beacon for those who are oppressed.” Torres is an agnostic-atheist and a humanist.

Stephanie Vigil

Running for: Colorado State House (District 16)

Stephanie Vigil is running for the Colorado State House in District 16. They ran a competitive campaign in 2020, on a platform to ensure a solid foundation in life for every Coloradan, focusing on renters’ rights, public investment in essentials like transit and education, and a just transition to renewable energy. Home to religious right institutions like Focus on the Family and New Life Church, Colorado Springs is going through a time of rapid growth and change, and experienced the biggest swing away from the former president between 2016 and 2020. With the recent redistricting, the district has become a toss-up, and Ms. Vigil is hard at work to reach enough voters for a win. Vigil is a secular humanist, an exvangelical, and an atheist.

Florida

Rebekah Jones

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Florida-1)

Rebekah Jones is running for Congress in Florida’s 1st District. In May 2020 Jones was fired for refusing to manipulate data in Florida’s plan to prematurely reopen during COVID-19. Her efforts to independently track COVID-19, both in the state of Florida and in schools nation-wide, earned her international acclaim. She was named one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40, one of Elemental’s 50 Experts to Trust, Whistleblower of the Year, Forbes’ first-ever Technology Person of the Year, and she even became a “Cosmogirl.” The Governor of Florida, in a losing battle against science, targeted Jones for her commitment to data, defamed her, and sent state police to raid her home at gunpoint without a warrant. Seeing the evil and corruption in politics, Jones is running for Congress to advocate for government transparency and accountability, promote the integrity of science and data-driven public policy, protect voting rights, address the climate crisis, and advance education opportunities “to ensure every child has access to a quality education from pre-K through graduate school.” Jones is an atheist.

Georgia

Antonio Daza

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Georgia-11)

Antonio Daza is running for Congress in Georgia’s 11th District; a lifelong advocate for freedom, justice and equality. Daza was a political activist in his home country of Venezuela against the Chavez regime. In 2003, Daza joined his family in the United States and was granted political asylum until he became a U.S. citizen. Here he pursued his dream of becoming a professional ballroom dancer and in 2008, Daza opened a successful dance studio where he shares his experiences, knowledge, and dance passion with others. Daza is an LGBTQ+ immigrant running for Congress because he believes in justice, protecting and defending human rights, and ensuring that every American has equal and equitable access to opportunities. He supports protection of women’s reproductive rights, a dignifying living wage for working Americans, tax system reform to reduce income inequality, banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, immigration reform, expansion of voting rights, reducing the influence of money in politics, making public higher education free and canceling student debt. Daza supports Medicare For All because “access to healthcare is a right, not a privilege”, the Green New Deal “to address the social and financial consequences of the climate crisis”, and the Build Back Better Agenda “to guarantee the future every American needs and deserves”. Daza is an atheist.

Illinois

Arad Boxenbaum

Running for: Illinois General Assembly (District 83)

Arad Boxenbaum is running for the Illinois General Assembly in District 83. When elected Boxenbaum will be the youngest person ever elected to the Illinois General Assembly. His extensive political experience, however, belies his youth. Boxenbaum has held leadership positions on local and federal campaigns, worked in the office of Congressman Mike Quigley, and serves as a trustee on this local library board. He is part of a new generation of leaders who are acutely aware of the immanent dangers of school gun violence and climate change. His policy priorities include: preventing gun violence, advancing LGBTQ+ equality, promoting pro-worker and pro-union initiatives, protecting reproductive rights, addressing and mitigating the damage from climate change, enacting term limits and limiting the amount of money in our politics, and ensuring that history, not whitewashed fantasy, is taught in our public schools. Boxenbaum is Jewish.

Terre Layng Rosner

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Illinois-1)

Terre Layng Rosner is running for Congress in Illinois’ 1st district. As an educator, researcher, negotiator, and activist, Dr. Layng Rosner will create strategic collaborations by using data driven solutions to address the critical issues facing her constituents and our country. Her policy priorities include: promoting education including trade schools and apprenticeships, alleviating student debt, promoting union labor, curtailing prescription drug costs, enacting term limits to oust and prevent career politicians, advocating for LGBTQ+ equality, addressing the endemic violence plaguing our communities, and supporting reproductive rights. Layng Rosner is an agnostic humanist.

Marsha Williams

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Illinois-16)

Marsha Williams is a progressive Democrat running for Congress in Illinois’ 16th district. Growing up working class, Marsha understands the economic challenges that many families face. She was a single mother during the recession and worked two jobs to make ends meet. Through her lived experience, Williams wants to ensure that families of the 16th district don’t have to face the financial hardships she experienced. She is a lifelong resident of her district and, through her work as a job trainer, has dedicated her career to helping low-income and working-class individuals and families in her community. Marsha is running to fight for the issues that will improve the lives of everyday working people — which includes Medicare for All, Tuition Free Colleges and Trade Schools, transforming our systems of public safety and social justice, and a Green New Deal to create millions of green jobs and fix our broken infrastructure. Marsha identifies as a non-denominational Christian.

Indiana

Martin Del Rio

Ran for: Indiana State Senate (District 1)

Martin Del Rio ran for the Indiana State Senate in District 1 earning 34% of the vote in the May 3 Democratic primary. Del Rio is a U.S. Army combat veteran and has dedicated his life to service. Having experienced homelessness following his military service, he has built a career helping fellow veterans struggling with homelessness, opioid addiction, employment, and mental health issues. He says, “All too often the enormity of our challenges becomes overshadowed by the pettiness of our politics.” He is running to bring strong leadership to the Indiana Senate to break political inactivity on issues like: addressing climate change, reforming the criminal justice system, increasing services for veterans, improving public education, supporting unions, legalizing marijuana, investing in small business, and protecting reproductive rights. Del Rio is Catholic and an ally of the atheist and humanist community.

Haneefah Khaaliq

Running for: U.S. Senate (Indiana)

Haneefah Khaaliq is running for the U.S. Senate in Indiana. She did not make the Democratic ballot for the May 3 primary – she is now running as a write-in candidate. Khaaliq is the executive director and presiding officer for a civil rights agency and human relations commission, an adjunct professor at Indiana University, and provides legal and mental health services to indigent clients nationwide. She will use her civil rights and social justice experience to advocate for the protection of reproductive rights, criminal justice reform, addressing the climate crisis, enacting common sense gun violence prevention, preventing human trafficking, legalizing marijuana, and protecting voting rights.With a Muslim father and a Christian mother Khaaliq understand the need for religious freedom, acceptance, and the separation of church and state. She identifies as a Christian and is an ally of the atheist and humanist community.

Maryland

Amy Brooks

Running for: Maryland House of Delegates (District 13)

Amy Brooks is running for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 13. Brooks is a parent, educator, advocate, and community leader. She is seeking this seat because, “As a teacher, I have worked over the past 20 years to make my students, parents and colleagues feel comfortable, valued and safe by listening to their needs and finding solutions to elevate our expectations. As an elected official, I will stay committed to a respectful discourse, see how different solutions could be ‘right,’ and work for the best outcomes for all.” Her policy priorities include: fully funding public schools, addressing climate change and environmental justice, ensuring access to affordable and quality healthcare, reforming the criminal justice system, protecting reproductive rights, increasing the minimum wage to a living wage, creating affordable housing, and viewing all policy decisions and legislation through a lens of racial justice and equity to correct past and current inequities. Brooks is a Unitarian Universalist.

Logan Endow

Running for: Maryland House of Delegates (District 43A)

Logan Endow is running for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 43A. A Baltimore native, Logan graduated from Stanford University at age 19 and earned a Master’s from the London School of Economics. He has worked in epidemic control and violence prevention for the past decade. Logan works on Baltimore’s COVID response, previously led the Ebola response in Liberia’s most violent township, and has extensive experience working on youth violence prevention in Baltimore. As State Delegate for District 43A, Logan Endow will bring the courage and expertise needed to mobilize communities to overhaul Baltimore’s approach to violence and public health. His policy priorities include: investing in violence prevention interventions, investments in school based health centers & improved ventilation in schools to prevent outbreaks, and living wage/skilled trades programs. Logan is a Quaker and an ally of the humanist community.

Brooke Grossman

Running for: Maryland House of Delegates (District 2B)

Brooke Grossman is running for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 2B. As a community and nonprofit leader, she has been on the forefront of developing creative solutions to obstacles from homelessness to health equity. Her policy priorities include: creating inclusive economic development plans, increasing job training and childcare services, partnering with developers to increase affordable housing, ensuring rapid access to substance abuse and recovery programs, and fully investing in our public schools. Grossman says, “Our teachers are overworked and under supported, and our students lack the resources they need to thrive.” As a parent, she “wants our children to grow up in a community where they feel safe, where their classrooms are spaces where they can learn and grow with limited distraction, where they are part of a diverse and inclusive community, and where they can be part of effecting future change.” Grossman is spiritual but not religious.

David Moon

Running for: Maryland House of Delegates (District 20)

David Moon is running for re-election to the Maryland House of Delegates in District 20. Moon is a progressive legislator who is advancing legislation to tackle income inequality, protect civil liberties, address climate change, ensure access to affordable child care, make higher education affordable, improve public transit, end the failed drug war, protect reproductive rights, and enhance voter participation. His legislative successes include: banning bump stocks and tools to mimic assault weapons, repealing the crimes of sodomy and attempted suicide, shielding & expunging marijuana possession charges, ending jail penalties for minor driving offenses, and doubling compensation for harms from police misconduct. Moon is not religious and promotes secularism.

Patrick Paschall

Running for: Maryland House of Delegates (District 22)

Patrick Paschall is running for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 22. Paschall is a civil rights attorney and former member of the Hyattsville City Council who has devoted his life and career to amplifying the voices of those impacted by systemic injustice and inequity. He is running for office “to be a champion for the next generation to create a future that we can all believe and succeed in.” His policy priorities include: fully funding public schools, ensuring access to affordable and quality healthcare, increasing the minimum wage to a living wage, creating affordable housing and childcare, ensuring full and easy access to voting, expanding our renewable energy infrastructure, and protecting reproductive rights. Paschall was raised in the United Methodist Church, but his views on religion have been evolving over the years. He tells people, “I’m probably agnostic, but I’m not entirely sure.”

Kirill Reznik

Running for: Maryland House of Delegates (District 39)

Kirill Reznik is running for re-election to the Maryland House of Delegates in District 39. Since joining the House in 2007, Reznik has been a champion on the treatment of autism, fairness and transparency in government contracting, patient and consumer safety, and business development and expansion. His policy priorities include: making Maryland public schools the best in the country, ensuring access to affordable and quality healthcare, investing in new and innovative transportation and transit solutions, providing existing and emerging businesses the opportunity to succeed and making sure employees are treated fairly and equitably, preserving our environment and addressing climate change, expanding access to the ballot, protecting reproductive rights, preventing gun violence, and improving and expanding civil rights and civil liberties. Reznik is Jewish and an ally of the atheist and humanist community.

Michigan

Joey Andrews

Running for: Michigan State House (District 38)

Joey Andrews is running for the Michigan State House in District 38. Andrews’ goal in this race is to “elevate the voices of my community and bring focus to our region that has been sorely lacking for a long time.” His policy priorities include: protecting natural resources, improving infrastructure to ensure clean drinking water, modernizing public schools, repealing anti-union right-to-work laws, protecting reproductive rights, and “strengthening anti-discriminatory laws to ensure wellness, safety, and equity for all individuals, families, and communities in Michigan.” He is also “passionate about making Michigan the clean energy capital of the Midwest, creating long lasting and good paying jobs while protecting the environment and saving the community money.” Andrews was raised Catholic and is now religiously unaffiliated.

Missouri

Charles West

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Missouri-6)

Charles West is running for Congress in Missouri’s 6th District. Born and raised on a small farm in rural Northern Missouri, West is the son of factory workers who instilled the value of hard work and a determination to succeed. He is a member of the Clark County R-1 School Board and is running for Congress to bring “a fresh perspective from a person who will fight for the people and not just big business.” His policy priorities include: ensuring our public schools and teachers have the resources they need, promoting trade schools and apprenticeship programs, investing in transportation and flood control infrastructure, making affordable access to high speed internet for all, reforming trade policies to protect small family farms and prohibiting foreign ownership of farmland, and providing access to affordable healthcare to everyone. West is an atheist.

Nebraska

Megan Hunt

Running for: Nebraska State Senate (District 8)

Megan Hunt is running for re-election to the Nebraska State Senate in District 8. She won the May 10 top-two primary with 67% of the vote. A small business owner, community activist, mother, sixth-generation Nebraskan, and progressive legislator, Hunt has been a strong leader on criminal justice reform, reproductive rights, income inequality, climate change, church-state separation, LGBTQ+ equality, voting rights, public education, and accountability and transparency in government. Hunt believes Nebraska can be a state that “is on the right side of history, with human rights and equality of opportunity for everyone who wants to call Nebraska home. It is vital to our economic success and sustainability that we make Nebraska a more welcoming state, embracing and protecting the spectrum of voices and experiences that build the foundation of the good life we all share.” Hunt is an atheist.

New Mexico

Darshan Patel

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (New Mexico-2)

Darshan Patel is running for Congress in New Mexico’s 2nd District. He decided to run for Congress because he saw his unvaccinated patients die of COVID in response to “the spread of misinformation and partisan extremism in our communities that impacts our most vulnerable neighbors.” He felt it was his obligation to help correct the course in his district and society. His life’s work has been rooted in public service. Patel is a rural doctor, national union leader, and former public school math teacher. As a physician, he will work in Congress to reduce healthcare costs, expand access, and fill the gaps of our system that is full of inequity. As a union president, he will work in Congress to protect workers’ rights and fight for jobs that pay a living wage to expand the middle class. As a former public school teacher, he will advocate in Congress for fully-funded public schools and fight to make sure our children have the resources to get ahead in a 21st century economy. Dr. Patel identifies as a queer cis-man of color and an agnostic.

North Carolina

Julie Mayfield

Running for: North Carolina State Senate (District 49)

Julie Mayfield is running for re-election to the North Carolina State Senate in District 49. She won the competitive May 17 Democratic primary with 68% of the vote. Mayfield is a practical progressive who is working to “accomplish real change that improves lives and makes our community stronger.” In her first term she championed successful legislation that advances the use of clean energy, helps local governments stop construction that pollutes waterways, and funds local schools to purchase femine hygiene products for their students. She is also a leader in defending human rights. Following a floor statement in solidarity with the LGBTQ community, the homophobic Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, who presides over the State Senate, confronted Mayfield shaking his finger in her face and yelling he did not appreciate her comments. Mayfield says, “I will not be bullied — by the Lt. Governor or anyone else — especially when it comes to human rights and showing basic decency and respect for others. There are no lesser people and, if the Lt. Governor thinks there are, then maybe he’s in the wrong job.” Mayfield is an agnostic

Steve Miller

Ran for: U.S. House of Representatives (North Carolina-7)

Steve Miller ran for Congress in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District earning 23% of the vote in the May 17 Democratic primary — finishing 3rd in a field of four candidates. Miller earned a doctorate in physical chemistry and started his career with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), where he advanced emission standards for the Clean Air Act. He established his own consulting company to advise government agencies and private companies in environmental technology. Later, he co-founded companies in the biometric and radio frequency identification industries. Since retiring to Wilmington, NC, Miller has become very involved with community groups to provide assistance to people with disabilities, food insecurity, and educational performance issues. His policy priorities include addressing the climate crisis, protecting reproductive rights, reforming the criminal justice system, providing a public option for healthcare, decriminalizing marijuana, and overhauling our infrastructure. He says, policies are important, but “the driving force in my campaign is the role the incumbent continues to play in denying the results of the Presidential election, which led directly to the seditious insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Our democracy is fragile and to preserve it we must remove this incumbent and other like-minded elected officials.” Miller is a secular humanist.

Pennsylvania

David Brown

Ran for: Pennsylvania General Assembly (District 166)

David Brown ran for the Pennsylvania General Assembly in District 166 earning 42% of the vote in the May 17 Democratic primary — finishing 2nd in a field of two candidates. Brown is an organizer, educator, and musician who is seeking to bring his progressive vision to the statehouse to “fight for the future we deserve.” As chair of the Secular Democrats of Pennsylvania and a member of the PA State Democratic Committee, he is also working to get more progressive candidates to run for, and win, elected office. His policy priorities include: protecting voting rights and rooting out voter suppression efforts, fighting the climate crisis and prohibiting new fracking, supporting a $15 minimum wage that is indexed to the cost of living, reforming the criminal justice system to address racial disparities, expanding healthcare coverage and protecting reproductive rights, and supporting the full and equitable funding of all of our public schools. Brown is a Unitarian Universalist atheist.

Hope Christman

Running for: Pennsylvania General Assembly (District 176)

Hope Christman is running for the Pennsylvania General Assembly in District 176. She was unopposed in the May 17 Democratic primary. As a community organizer and social worker, Christman embodies her profession’s ethical principles “to serve those in need and address social problems, challenge social injustices, be respectful and mindful of cultural and ethnic differences, recognize the value of and strength in human relationships, be trustworthy, and continually develop professional knowledge to practice in a competent manner.” She wants to bring her skills and principles to the statehouse to ensure her constituent’s voices are heard and to work to make their lives better. Her policy priorities include: common-sense property tax reform, affordable and equitable quality public education for children and advanced learning and trade education for adults, an increase in mental health services, and help for small business owners who have been overlooked by the current state legislature. Christman was raised as a Jehovah Witness, explored multiple religious traditions, and is now spiritual.

Nerissa Galt

Running for: Pennsylvania General Assembly (District 6)

Nerissa Galt is running for the Pennsylvania General Assembly in District 6. She was unopposed in the May 17 Democratic primary. Galt is a quality control engineer who seeks out continuous improvement for her work and as a mom she works to make sure everyone is heard and cared for. She wants to take these skills to the state legislature to help Pennsylvania’s communities improve and grow, and to allow all residents to flourish and prosper. Her policy priorities include: raising the minimum wage to a living wage, providing property tax relief by increasing state funding of education, making public school funding equitable across districts, protecting reproductive rights, making healthcare accessible and affordable, addressing climate change, and fostering economic health and prosperity for all. Galt is an atheist.

Emily Kinkead

Running for: Pennsylvania General Assembly (District 20)

Emily Kinkead is running for re-election to the Pennsylvania General Assembly in District 20. She won the competitive May 17 Democratic primary with 66% of the vote. In her first term of office, Emily has advocated for the values that she believes “need to be more central in our government policy – justice, equity, and diversity.” Prior to holding this office she worked for Common Cause on government ethics reform, the National Institutes of Health in their legislative policy office, and provided legal aid to vulnerable individuals facing eviction. Emily listens to the needs of her constituents, takes their concerns to the statehouse, and is determined to effectuate the long-overdue changes to address these issues. Her policy priorities include: increasing the minimum wage to a living wage, expanding access to quality healthcare for all, reforming public school funding to ensure equity across districts, ensuring that economic development is sustainable and equitable, protecting reproductive rights, reforming the criminal justice system, and addressing the climate crisis. Kinkead was raised Methodist and is now culturally Christian.

Chelsea Oliver

Running for: Pennsylvania General Assembly (District 4)

Chelsea Oliver is running for the Pennsylvania General Assembly in District 4. She was unopposed in the May 17 Democratic primary. Oliver is a former Corry City Councilmember and an experienced community champion who will be able to work with both sides of the aisle to address the issues of rural communities and small towns. She is “committed to making the day-to-day life of our residents not only easier, but meaningful.” Her policy priorities include: expanding broadband access and providing digital literacy training, investing in public education to prepare and empower our children for the future, preparing our workforce for our growing and transforming local industries, ensuring access to quality and affordable physical and mental healthcare for all, aligning infrastructure investments with our changing industries and economies, advancing agritourism, and preserving our green spaces. Oliver was raised in a very strict Christian household, and is now spiritual but not religious.

Mark Pinsley

Running for: Pennsylvania State Senate (District 16)

Mark Pinsley is running for the Pennsylvania State Senate in District 16. He was unopposed in the May 17 Democratic primary. Pinsley is a Pennsylvania-born small-business owner, veteran, father, husband, and public servant. He served as a Commissioner for South Whitehall Township and is the current Controller for Lehigh County. His efforts in this office have saved the county, and taxpayers, millions of dollars in eliminating unnecessary costs and instituting better financial practices. As a member of the state senate, Pinsley is committed to defending civil rights, repairing our criminal justice system, creating an economy that works for everyone, investing in better public education, protecting our environment, increasing health and human services, countering corruption with greater transparency in government, and making voting easy and secure. Pinsley is Jewish and a humanist.

Chris Rabb

Running for: Pennsylvania General Assembly (District 200)

Chris Rabb is running for re-election to the Pennsylvania General Assembly in District 200. He won the competitive May 17 Democratic primary with 62% of the vote. RepRabb is a father, teacher, author, social justice activist, and a state representative. He is one of the most prolific legislators in the statehouse, having authored over 50 bills and resolutions in the last legislative session alone. He has expanded loans for microenterprises, increased funding for pediatric cancer research, and established scholarships and grants for youth in communities with high incarceration rates. RepRabb is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Climate Caucus and the founding chair of the House Democratic Equity Committee, which researches, reports on and recommends ways to broadly improve social equity within the House Democratic caucus. His policy priorities include: voting rights protection and expansion including same-day registration and early voting, transforming the criminal legal system, increasing transparency and accountability in government, protecting reproductive rights, empowering working people and labor unions, and creating affordable housing. RepRabb is not religious.

Chris Rodkey

Running for: Pennsylvania General Assembly (District 93)

Chris Rodkey is running for the Pennsylvania General Assembly in District 93. He was unopposed in the May 17 Democratic primary. Rodkey is a husband, father, educator, author, small business owner, and a United Church of Christ pastor. He wants to use his unique and valuable professional background to be an elected official “that actually represents the needs of working-class people, honestly communicates, and listens to divergent opinions.” His policy priorities include: providing tax breaks for the self-employed and “gig” workers; reforming public school funding to ensure equity across districts; protecting our natural resources with a holistic approach to stewardship and sustainability; addressing the opioid crisis by focusing on addiction and recovery measures; reforming the criminal justice system; legalizing cannabis in a way to ensure that small and family-owned farms benefit; and creating a non-partisan redistricting process removed from the state legislature. Rodkey is a Christian.

Meghan Rosenfeld

Running for: Pennsylvania General Assembly (District 139)

Meghan Rosenfeld is running for the Pennsylvania General Assembly in District 139. She won the competitive May 17 Democratic primary with 54% of the vote. Rosenfeld is a paralegal and pre-law undergraduate student, an advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and a dance teacher. She is seeking this seat because “rural communities have been neglected far too long by state lawmakers.” Her policy priorities include: establishing and protecting rural hospitals and ambulance services, maintaining high quality public education free from bigoted and divisive socio-political interference, expanding broadband service so everyone has high-speed internet access, creating affordable daycare and state-funded before and after school care options, addressing the opioid crisis by focusing on addiction and recovery measures, providing grants for solar panels on homes and the construction of wind farms, and investing in physical infrastructure to maintain roads and replace aged and dangerous bridges and to enhance power grids and water systems. Rosenfeld was raised a Unitarian Universalist and is a humanist.

Mark Rozzi

Running for: Pennsylvania General Assembly (District 126)

Mark Rozzi is running for re-election to the Pennsylvania General Assembly in the 126th District. He was unopposed in the May 17 Democratic primary. Rozzi’s Italian immigrant parents worked long hard hours to provide for their family and aspired their children to reach for the American Dream. Rozzi runs a small business that has been in his family since 1969. He took over the business after his father succumbed from a glioblastoma brain tumor. His father’s fight inspired Rozzi to introduce legislation allowing end-of-life care to include medical aid in dying. Rozzi’s inspiration to run for office was when a childhood friend put a gun to his chest and committed suicide. His friend was sexually abused by the same priest that sexually abused Rozzi in the 8th grade. Rozzi has been a leader in the fight for the victims of sexual abuse in PA and across the world. In response to his advocacy, the Catholic Conference and Insurance lobbyists spent millions trying to defeat him and his efforts. His other policy priorities include: protecting women’s reproductive rights, generating small business growth, investing in infrastructure improvement and expansion, advocating for term limits and reducing the size of the legislature, improving and investing more funds into pre-k, k-12 and higher education, increasing the minimum wage, safer communities and youth homelessness. Rozzi is a freethinker.

Brian Sims

Ran for: Pennsylvania Lt. Governor

Brian Sims ran for Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania earning 23% of the vote in the May 17 Democratic primary — finishing 2nd in a field of three candidates. He is a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives serving Philadelphia. Sims won the office in 2012 unseating a 28-year incumbent and became the first openly gay member of the Pennsylvania legislature. Prior to elected office he was a distinguished policy attorney and civil rights advocate working on issues ranging from gender and pay inequity to environmental protection. As the next Lt. Governor, he is committed to “strengthening and protecting public education, preserving services for seniors and other vulnerable Pennsylvanians, making affordable health care more available, expanding civil rights for all Pennsylvanians, preserving our environment while investing in alternative energy, creating jobs and cleaning up Harrisburg.” Sims is not religious.

Robert Zeigler

Running for: Pennsylvania General Assembly (District 171)

Robert Zeigler is running for the Pennsylvania General Assembly in District 171. He was unopposed in the May 17 Democratic primary. Zeigler got involved in politics because a variety of issues were not being addressed in his community. Rather than complain about problems, he highlighted solutions. As a member and president of the Millheim Borough Council, Zeigler has enabled municipal owned properties to use solar powered electricity, passed anti-corruption measures, adopted an LGBTQ+ equality resolution, expanded broadband access, and started to reinvigorate the small business community to generate new jobs. He wants to take this experience, and his value of “not just governing for the people – but with the people,” to the statehouse. His other policy priorities include: reforming the criminal justice system, increasing the minimum wage to a living wage and providing paid family leave, protecting the right to vote, increasing transparency in government, eliminating dark-money that corrupts our elections, and addressing the climate crisis. Zeigler is an agnostic atheist.

Texas

David Alcorta

Ran for: Texas House of Representatives (District 50)

David Alcorta ran for the Texas House of Representatives in District 50 earning 22% of the vote in the March 1 Democratic primary. Alcorta has been very politically active in Texas including working as a field organizer for the 2018 Beto O’Rourke senate campaign and serving as a legislative aide for a member of the Texas House of Representatives. He is currently an employee of the City of Austin and helps coordinate the city’s youth career programs. Alcorta says, “”I was raised by a single-mother who, at times, struggled financially. Regardless, she always found a way to provide for my sister and I. I know how difficult it can be for working families in this state to live paycheck to paycheck. My experiences planted a deep desire to create a more just economic and political system to improve the material conditions of the working class.” His policy priorities include increasing the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour, guaranteeing full-time employees the ability to take a minimum of two weeks paid leave, building public housing and increasing the rights of tenants, repealing Texas’ so called “right to work” laws to increase union representation, expanding Medicaid with the goal of establishing a universal healthcare system, and improving our public schools by greatly increasing state funding so there is less reliance on local property taxes. Alcorta is a humanist.

Angi Aramburu

Running for: Texas House of Representatives (District 122)

Angi Aramburu is running for the Texas House of Representatives in District 122. As a wife, mother, entrepreneur and small business owner, community volunteer, and first-generation college graduate, Aramburu has the commitment and tenacity to make things happen and “will not stop fighting until Texas is a place where everyone has an equal opportunity for success.” Her policy priorities include: expanding Medicaid, wielding state power to negotiate lower drug prices, investing in climate-friendly infrastructure and new industries, legalizing cannabis for medical and recreational purposes, preventing gun violence, paying teachers what they deserve, and fully funding public education. As a former PTA president, Aramburu says, “Education funding should be equitable with an expectation that every student receives the same quality education, regardless of where they live.” Aramburu is spiritual, but not religious.

Salman Bhojani

Running for: Texas House of Representatives (District 92)

Salman Bhojani is running for the Texas House of Representatives in District 92. Bhojani is a successful business owner, attorney, and former member of the Euless City Council. He is seeking this seat because, “We need leadership in Austin that isn’t afraid of the present and the future, that doesn’t run from the rich diversity that is increasingly defining our state. When we give opportunities to every Texan, our state is stronger and our future is more secure.” His policy priorities include: countering voter suppression and gerrymandering efforts, preparing our children for the future by properly supporting public school, fostering a thriving middle class with work environments free of discrimination and harassment, providing access to quality and affordable healthcare, transitioning to clean energy and improving our energy infrastructure, and protecting civil rights and civil liberties. Bhojani is Muslim and an ally of the atheist and humanist community.

John Bryant

Running for: Texas House of Representatives (District 114)

John Bryant is running for the Texas House of Representatives in District 114. In the March 1 Democratic primary he came in second with 22% of the vote in a field of five candidates. This puts him in the May 24 runoff election to see who will be the 2022 Democratic nominee for this seat. Bryant served for nine years in the Texas House of Representatives and then for 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. After leaving Congress in 1997, he returned to his law practice and civic engagement in his community. He is running again for the Texas State House “because the threat to our democracy now requires everyone to get off the sidelines and join the fight in the way they can be most effective.” His policy priorities include protecting the democratic process, fighting for reproductive rights, making healthcare accessible and affordable, addressing climate change, advancing human rights and civil rights, and reforming the criminal justice system. Bryant is a member of a United Methodist congregation.

Peter Haase

Ran for: Texas House of Representatives (District 33)

Peter Haase ran for the Texas House of Representatives in District 33 earning 49% of the vote narrowly losing the March 1 Democratic primary. Haase is an engineer who cares deeply about the environment and the future of Texas. He is bringing a new and young voice to Texas politics with practical problem solving skills. He developed his love of the outdoors as an Eagle Scout and has visited over 30 U.S. National Parks. His conservation and environmental policies are designed to ensure that “future generations will have the same opportunity to visit and explore these beautiful parks.” His policy priorities include investing in renewable energy and a modern electric grid, connecting Texas cities with public transit to reduce the use of private automobiles, creating urban recycling and composting programs, maintaining affordable housing by regulating rent increases, protecting reproductive rights, eliminating student debt, fully funding public education, and expanding voting rights. Haase is not religious.

Keith G. Henry

Running for: Texas House of Representatives (District 23)

Keith G. Henry is running for the Texas House of Representatives in District 23. He was unopposed in the March 1 Democratic primary. Commissioner Henry has spent over a decade as a local civic official working on issues of urban planning, affordable housing, economic growth, environmental sustainability, youth programs and education. His career has focused on “fighting for justice and cultivating equitable opportunities for the most vulnerable among us.” He now wants to take his local government experience to the state house. His policy priorities include criminal justice reform, community revitalization, youth development, and ensuring a robust workforce. He is also committed to improving public education, making healthcare accessible and affordable, addressing climate change, and protecting reproductive rights. Commisisoner Henry is a Christian and ally of the atheist and humanist community.

Dennis Sherrard

Running for: Texas House of Representatives (District 94)

Dennis Sherrard is running for the Texas House of Representatives in District 94. He was unopposed in the March 1 Democratic primary. Having recently retired from full-time work in information technology, Sherrard says, “The experience I gained throughout my career, whether in contracts negotiation, problem-solving or operations management gives me the tools necessary to go to Austin and work for the people in Texas to solve problems. I’m not interested in just talking about problems. I’m interested in actually solving them.” He is running for this seat to change the dangerous priorities of the Republican Texas legislature. Sherrard’s policy priorities include increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour, making healthcare accessible and affordable, rebuilding our critical infrastructure systems, repealing voter suppression and anti-abortion measures, improving public education, addressing climate change, and reforming the criminal justice system. Sherrard is not religious.

Namrata “Nam” Subramanian

Ran for: Texas House of Representatives (District 147)

Namrata “Nam” Subramanian ran for the Texas House of Representatives in District 147 earning 7% of the vote in the March 1 Democratic primary — finishing 5th in a field of seven candidates. Subramanian is an educator, leader, and advocate who “firmly believes in justice—from economic to healthcare to educational justice. Every person deserves human rights and to be treated equitably in our society.” As a high school math teacher, she is inspired by her students and she has gotten to know and understand the specific needs of Houston’s families. Her policy priorities include improving public education, increasing the minimum wage and access to affordable housing, reforming the criminal justice system and legalizing marijuana, making healthcare accessible and affordable with Medicare for All, and protecting the environment and grid reliability with green energy infrastructure. Subramanian identifies as agnostic.

Aurelia Wagner

Ran for: Texas House of Representatives (District 147)

Aurelia Wagner ran for the Texas State House in District 147 earning 8.5% of the vote in the March 1 Democratic primary — finishing 4th in a field of seven candidates. Wagner is a teacher and served in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Her campaign is about fighting for a better Houston. Her policy goals include establishing a living wage and ensuring pay equity, providing tuition free public higher education, making housing affordable and preventing seniors and low income communities from being forced from their homes, reducing public school class sizes and fully funding public education, offering full-day pre-K and Kindergarten to all children, protecting a woman’s right to choose, removing taxes on feminine hygiene products, legalizing recreational marijuana use, and accepting the Medicaid expansion program. Wagner is an atheist.

Mikal D. Williams

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Texas-14)

Mikal D. Williams is running for Congress in Texas’ 14th District. He won the March 1 Democratic primary with 50.2% of the vote. The father of a special needs child, Williams had a long battle to secure the appropriate services for his son. This experience has led him to focus his legal practice to advocate for children and families just like his. Mikal is a cofounder and also serves as general counsel and teaches an on-line medical law and ethics course for a college that is working to “create a world where vulnerable communities have access to a world-class, quality education in the areas of allied health at an affordable price.” His policy priorities include creating middle-class jobs that will stimulate the economy and increase the quality of life for all residents, establishing an affordable universal healthcare system, addressing gun violence, updating our immigration system to ensure that the undocumented are treated humanely, reforming the criminal justice system to eradicate systemic racism, protecting reproductive health choices, and improving public education by increasing funding and teacher training so America will be a world leader in education again. Williams is an agnostic.

Washington

Lucy Lauser

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Washington-3)

Lucy Lauser is running for Congress in Washington’s 3rd District. Lauser is a trans woman who was raised in rural Washington, the oldest child of a large homeschooling family. She is running for office because “the Republican platform is openly opposed to my survival.” She says, I’m here “to put a human face to the dehumanized transgender threat that some propagandists would have you fear.” She is running on a platform of liberty, equality, equity, and stability. Liberty – where all people have the right to freedom of religious practice, and freedom from religious law, including full bodily autonomy. Equality – in which all people have the right to equal representation and treatment under the law, regardless of their traits or self-expression. Equity – where all people have the right to be supported based on need, not left behind because they’re different. Stability – in which all people have the right to a stable, safe home, and a sustainable economy that works for them. Lauser is an agnostic humanist.

Jessica Wadhams

Running for: Washington State House (District 39-2)

Jessica Wadhams is running for the Washington House of Representatives in District 39-2. As a child of parents with drug addiction and mental health challenges, Wadhams saw first-hand how diminishing public resources affect those who are most vulnerable. She is seeking office to give people the best opportunities to succeed so they can live their lives to the fullest. Her policy priorities include: increasing the minimum wage to a living wage, removing barriers for collective bargaining, making public education affordable and accessible, investing in transportation infrastructure improvements, protecting green spaces and addressing climate change, ensuring that everyone has affordable access to quality healthcare and medications, improving police accountability, increasing access to temporary and affordable housing, protecting reproductive rights, and providing more funding for social workers and social programs to prevent homelessness and expand substance abuse programs. Wadhams is not religious.

West Virginia

Dakota Buckley

Running for: West Virginia House of Delegates (District 58)

Dakota James Buckley is running for the West Virginia House of Delegates in District 58. He was unopposed in the May 10 Democratic primary. Dakota says he is “a simple West Virginian with a vision.” As a new father, the urgency of creating a better West Virginia than he experienced was driven home. Dakota says, “I saw first-hand what trickle-down economics did. I saw poverty, pain, illness, and death. I saw teachers struggling to make ends meet. I saw miners constantly going out of work, their parent companies being bailed out only to leave West Virginia high and dry.” His policy priorities include making healthcare accessible and affordable, investing in renewable energy to address climate change, improving public education and teacher compensation, creating both rural and urban public transportation systems, building affordable housing, increasing the minimum wage to a living wage, and expanding workers’ rights to unionize. Dakota is not religious.

Wisconsin

Jessica Katzenmeyer

Running for: Wisconsin State Senate (District 5)

Jessica Katzenmeyer is running for the Wisconsin State Senate in District 5. With a strong background in union organizing, LGBTQ rights, and community activism, Katzenmeyer knows that “when people work together, it is possible to make the world a better place.” In 2019, she lost nearly everything, including her life, in a devastating house fire. If it was not for the Affordable Care Act, she would have owed over $80,000 in healthcare costs. This tragedy increased her motivation to be part of the solution to our ongoing healthcare crisis. In addition to making health and wellness care accessible and affordable to all Americans, her policy priorities include investing in clean energy technology, expanding broadband service, advancing sustainable agricultural practices, helping working families by building a sustainable and equitable economy, fighting for equal rights and protecting reproductive rights, investing in our communities by increasing funding for our public schools and affordable housing, and legalizing cannabis. Katzenmeyer is a proud humanist.