2020 Endorsements


Current Members of Congress

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 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, Jr. (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 McNerney (CA-9), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-AtL), Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-1), Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-2), and Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-8).

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 Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin for the 2020 elections.

Arizona

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.

Andrea Dalessandro

Running for: Arizona State House (District 2)

Andrea Dalessandro is running for the Arizona State House in District 2. A granddaughter of immigrants, high school math teacher, small business owner, and college professor, Dalessandro “has been able to live the American dream” and works to help Arizonans do the same. Dalessandro’s policy priorities include maximizing business opportunities in southern Arizona, keeping our promises to veterans, growing good-paying and sustainable jobs, supporting a well-educated workforce, and ensuring a sufficient water supply and clean air for the country. She has served in the Arizona legislature since 2013, first in the State House and currently in the State Senate. Due to term limits, she is seeking to return to the State House. Dalessandro identifies as Catholic, attends a Unitarian Universalist congregation, and is an ally of the secular community.

Delina DiSanto

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

Delina DiSanto is running for Congress in the Arizona 4th Congressional District. She won the Democratic primary on August 4 with 74% of the vote. 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.

Douglas Ervin

Running for: Arizona State Senate (District 20)

Douglas Ervin is running for the Arizona State Senate in District 20. Ervin has had a successful professional career in accounting and an extensive life-time of volunteering and activism with environmental, community, and educational organizations, including as a tutor for second graders. Although holding public office was not in his career plans, he realized that in these critical times he had to step up to “bring my financial background, problem-solving skills, business experience, and focused determination to the State Senate to help save Arizona’s future.” Ervin is “working to restore fiscal responsibility to our state so that all children receive a great education, everyone has access to quality affordable healthcare, and we make prudent infrastructure investments – all of which will help grow our economy and create jobs.” His other priorities include protecting individual freedoms, putting families first, supporting small businesses, encouraging innovation, and keeping communities safe. Ervin will work across the aisle to enact common sense solutions that will benefit all Arizonans. Ervin identifies with Humanistic Judaism.

Sharon Girard

Running for: Arizona State House (District 8)

Sharon Girard is running for the Arizona State House in District 8. A retired member of the medical profession after 30 years, Girard believes in helping others with evidence-based, common sense solutions. She says, “I believe in facts and science. I am data-driven and think pragmatically.” Her policy priorities include providing access to quality healthcare for all, addressing climate change, banning assault weapons and preventing gun violence, protecting reproductive rights and outlawing deceptive crisis pregnancy centers, and providing quality education by raising teachers pay, investing in technology and capital improvements, expanding pre-K and full-day kindergarten, supporting vocational training programs, and demanding a science-based curriculum. Girard is culturally Jewish and an agnostic.

Melody Hernandez

Running for: Arizona State House (District 26)

Melody Hernandez is running for the Arizona State House in District 26. Hernandez is a paramedic and has been working in emergency medical service for five years. She has a long history of being involved in her community ranging from volunteering to providing medical aid to asylum seekers to tutoring students in shelters. In addition, she has worked as a campaign manager for progressive candidates and served as the first Latina Chair of the District 26 Democrats. Hernandez is a member of the “Millennial Clean Elections Team” with Juan Mendez and Athena Salman, she and her colleagues are running as publicly-funded candidates because they “understand that the biggest threat to our democracy is dirty money.” Their policy priorities include improving public education by paying teachers more and bringing class sizes down, offering Medicaid to all Arizonans, investing in clean energy and creating clean jobs to address climate change, and providing universal access to contraception and protecting reproductive rights. Hernandez is an agnostic.

Jennifer Jermaine

Running for: Arizona State House (District 18)

Jennifer Jermaine is running for re-election to the Arizona State House in District 18. In her first term, Jermaine wrote and passed legislation to create a committee, which she now chairs, to examine the high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and she co-chairs the committee coordinating with state and local agencies and nonprofits to ensure seniors and individuals with disabilities have access to needed services and community support. She is also fighting to restore public education funding, protecting our civil rights, including women’s bodily autonomy, and moving past hyper-partisanship to honor Arizona’s shared values. Jermaine was raised Catholic and is now religiously unaffiliated.

Eric Kurland

Running for: Arizona State House (District 23)

Eric Kurland is running for the Arizona State House in District 23. Having just retired as a teacher with over 20 years of experience, Kurland understands firsthand the damage done to Arizona public schools by the legislature and is fighting for a better way forward. He believes that it is “time for a teacher” in the legislature because improving education is essential to ensuring a more equitable, prosperous, and progressive Arizona. His other policy priorities include protecting voting rights, providing more local control to cities and towns, ending the for-profit prison system, and making Arizona a leader in clean, renewable energy. Kurland is not religious.

Juan Mendez

Running for: Arizona State Senate (District 26)

Juan Mendez is running for re-election to the Arizona State Senate in District 26. With a lifelong commitment to social justice and a passion for politics, Mendez is committed to building strong communities. On the City of Phoenix Human Services Advisory Committee he worked to improve senior and family service centers and programs for the homeless. In addition, he managed the nonprofit Community Voice Mail to connect people living in poverty and experiencing homelessness with jobs, housing, and hope. In the Arizona State Senate, he serves on the Government, Natural Resources and Energy, and Water and Agriculture Committees. Mendez wants “a government that works to make people successful — instead of a government that works for special interest.” His policy priorities include strengthening public education and protecting children in schools, increasing access to affordable housing, ensuring a living wage and employee protections, and comprehensive immigration reform. Mendez is an atheist.

JoAnna Mendoza

Running for: Arizona State Senate (District 11)

JoAnna Mendoza is running for election to the Arizona State Senate in District 11. Mendoza served in the military for 20 years and later worked as a congressional staffer, where she saw firsthand the struggles her community continues to face. Mendoza understands what working families need and can speak to those needs as one of the few mothers of young children in the Arizona legislature. Her vision for Arizona is a place in which your zip code doesn’t determine your success, and all people are treated with dignity and respect. To this end, Mendoza will fight to improve funding for public schools, increase access to affordable healthcare, and support our essential workers and small businesses. Mendoza fought her way out of poverty, fought to protect our Constitutional rights, and she stands ready to fight for the people of Arizona. She was raised Catholic and is now a spiritual ally of the atheist and humanist community.

Rebecca Rios

Running for: Arizona State Senate (District 27)

Rebecca Rios is running for re-election to the Arizona State Senate in District 27. She, and her family, have a proud history of public service. She served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 1995-2000 and 2015-2019, where she held the leadership position of House Democratic Leader. In addition, she served in the Arizona State Senate from 2005 to 2010, where she held the leadership positions of Senate Democratic Whip and Senate Assistant Democratic Leader. Her father was also a member of the Arizona State Senate and they were the only father – daughter team to ever serve together in the Arizona State Legislature. Rios returned to the Arizona State Senate in 2019. She is a member of the Health and Human Services, Rules, and Senate Ethics Committees. She is a strong advocate for protecting reproductive rights, addressing climate change, strengthening public education, ending voter suppression and gerrymandering, promoting LGBTQ equality, and promoting common sense gun violence prevention. Rios was raised Catholic, but now focuses on meditation and spirituality.

Athena Salman

Running for: Arizona State House (District 26)

Athena Salman is running for re-election to Arizona’s State House in District 26. She is born and raised in Arizona to an immigrant family from Mexico, Germany and Palestine. Salman is as a recognized progressive leader fighting for human rights, public education, economic justice, free and fair elections, climate action and universal healthcare. Her legislation forced Arizona prisons to supply menstrual products to incarcerated women, leading to multiple acclaims including the Top 10 Newsmakers to Watch in 2019 by the Arizona Republic. Salman is the Ranking Member on the House Elections Committee, serves on the Rules Committee, and is the Democratic Whip. Salman is an atheist.

Judy Schwiebert

Running for: Arizona State House (District 20)

Judy Schwiebert is running for the Arizona State House in District 20. The daughter of an educator and a 27-year veteran teacher herself, Schwiebert has seen firsthand the financial struggles Arizona’s teachers face just to get by. Schwiebert is prepared to fix Arizona’s deeply inequitable and broken educational structure and replace it with a well-funded, modern, and thriving public-school system. She is also a strong advocate for building a stronger and fairer local economy, offering everyone affordable healthcare, protecting Arizona’s abundant natural resources, and ensuring equal opportunities for every Arizonan. As a mother and grandmother and an active member of her community, Schwiebert is passionate about bringing people together and listening to new ideas to create a better and more inclusive Arizona. Schwiebert is an ally to the atheist and humanist community.

Stephanie Stahl Hamilton

Running for: Arizona State House (District 10)

Stephanie Stahl Hamilton is running for the Arizona State House in District 10. As a mom, volunteer, and community advocate, she is very concerned about the lack of investment in public education and how this adversely affects all Arizonans. Her campaign slogan is “Fight Like A Mom” because she knows “investing in our children is the best investment in our future.” In addition to promoting a fully funded, quality public education system and ending the state’s school voucher program, her policy priorities include protecting the environment, enacting sensible gun safety laws, expanding access to affordable healthcare, protecting reproductive rights, and passing the ERA. Hamilton is a progressive ordained Christian minister and a strong ally of our community.

Victoria Steele

Running for: Arizona State Senate (District 9)

Victoria Steele is running for re-election to the Arizona State Senate in District 9. Steele is the Ranking Democratic on the Health and Human Services Committee and is a member of the Agriculture and Water Committee as well as the Government Committee. She has a Master’s Degree in counseling/psychology and prior to her public service, Steele enjoyed an award-winning 25-year career as a television and radio newscaster. She also a board member of the National Organization of Women and is a strong advocate for women’s equality and ending violence against women. Known for her ability to rise above partisan politics and work across the aisle to get things done, she is “dedicated to making the world a better, safer place for children and families.” Steele is spiritual but not religious.

Arkansas

June Anteski

Running for: Arkansas State House (District 74)

June Anteski is running for the Arkansas State House in District 74. She is a graduate of Purdue University Northwest and University of Arkansas School of Law. For the past 12 years, she has worked as an attorney to help identify and solve working people’s legal problems to make their lives better. Anteski will make sure her district “is not left behind and instead leads the way forward.” Her platform focuses on: jobs, childcare, education (G.E.D. and E.S.L.), and the environment (establishing tree and wildflower planting projects and encouraging the growth of green energy solutions throughout the state with wind and solar energy fields). Anteski was raised Lutheran. She is spiritual but not religious.

Lisa Hassell

Running for: Arkansas State House (District 68)

Lisa Hassell is running for the Arkansas State House in District 68. As a military widow, mother, grandmother, and Registered Nurse for 35 years, Hassell knows what it takes to care for a family and community, and the current incumbent is not getting the job done. Hassell will get things done. When rural hospitals are closing across the country, she was part of a team that engaged the community and obtained financial support to build a new hospital in her district. Her policy goals include strengthening Medicare and Medicaid, establishing access to affordable rural broadband, supporting renewable energy and conservation, and meeting the needs of our veterans and military families. Hassell is an agnostic.

California

Ryan Bell

Ran for: Pasadena (California) City Council – District 6

Ryan Bell ran for City Council in Pasadena’s 6th District. In the March 3 primary, Bell earned 7% of the vote – finishing 3rd in a field of three candidates. For the past 15 years he has fought for affordable housing, tenants’ rights, and ending homelessness both locally and nationally. He began his career as a pastor and served a number of congregations on both coasts of the United States for 20 years. After leaving pastoral ministry in 2013 Ryan served as the Director of Community Engagement at PATH (People Assisting the Homeless). Today Ryan works as the program director at the Secular Student Alliance, a national, higher education non-profit based in Pasadena, and serves as humanist chaplain at the University of Southern California. He is an active member of the Pasadena Tenants Union. Ryan is an atheist and a secular humanist.

Janessa Goldbeck

Ran for: U.S. House of Representatives (California – District 53)

Janessa Goldbeck ran for Congress in the California 53rd Congressional District. In the March 3 primary, Goldbeck earned 7% of the vote – finishing 6th in a field of sixteen candidates. In her professional career Goldbeck advocated for policies to stop the genocide in Darfur, and following the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell she joined the U.S. Marine Corps as a proud out, queer women. Goldbeck is running for Congress in this open Democratic seat to “fight for bold progressive solutions to make a difference, and to restore a sense of pride – based on our values – to Washington.” Her policy goals include rebuilding our infrastructure and affordable housing, addressing the rising cost of living, enforcing equal pay for equal work, enacting common sense gun control, and making healthcare accessible and prescription drugs affordable. Goldbeck is agnostic.

Elsa Granados

Ran for: California State Assembly (District 37)

Elsa Granados ran for the California State Assembly in District 37. In the March 3 primary, Granados earned 6% of the vote – finishing 6th in a field of seven candidates. For the past 22 years, Elsa has served as the Executive Director of Standing Together to End Sexual Assault addressing sexual assault and domestic violence and advocating for civil rights for working-class families and underrepresented communities. She wants to “work with others to create a community where all are treated with respect, dignity and can exercise their full potential.” Her policy goals include developing more affordable housing, creating good-paying jobs, strengthening public education, and stopping offshore drilling to preserve the environment. Granados is not religious and is an ally of the atheist and humanist community.

Steve Hill

Ran for: California State Senate (District 21)

Steve Hill ran for the California State Senate in District 21. In the March 3 primary, Hill earned 6% of the vote – finishing 5th in a field of five candidates. He has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. Hill is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, worked in the aerospace and real estate industries, served as a corrections officer, and performs as a comedian. With my background, Hill says, “I know what it takes to find solutions, navigate complicated governmental agencies, and get things done.” His policy goals include creating more living wage jobs, improving our public schools, ending the failed war on drugs, and making public safety, gun control in particular, a top priority. Hill is an atheist.

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. In the March 3 primary, Huffman earned 65% of the vote – finishing 1st in a field of five candidates. 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.

Shelly Masur

Ran for: California State Senate (District 13)

Shelly Masur ran for the California State Senate in District 13. In the March 3 primary, Masur earned 15% of the vote – finishing 4th in a field of seven candidates. Having been an organizer, school board member, non-profit leader, and city council member, she knows how to “fight for what’s right, make things work, and stand up and make change.” Masur is currently the Vice Mayor of Redwood City, California. Her policy goals include fighting for high quality education, protecting women’s rights and health, creating affordable communities, building a sustainable future, and reforming the way Sacramento does business. Masur was raised Lutheran, but does not subscribe to any religion now.

Bijan Mohseni

Ran for: California State Assembly (District 72)

Bijan Mohseni is a civil rights advocate and ran for the California State Assembly in District 72. In the March 3 primary, Mohseni earned 15% of the vote – finishing 4th in a field of four candidates. Mohseni has helped asylum seekers and victims of human trafficking obtain permanent resident status, assisted individuals convicted of low level offenses overcome barriers to employment, aided members of the transgender and nonbinary community change their names and gender-markers, and notably fought in the United States Supreme Court against the Trump-Pence Administration’s ban on transgender service members in the military. His campaign’s goal is “to bring together working Californians to fight to improve the education system, solve the child poverty and homelessness crisis, create a single payer healthcare system, and uphold California’s values of diversity, inclusivity, and equal protection under the law.” Mohseni is a graduate of Chapman University (B.A.) and UCLA School of Law (J.D.). He is openly gay and is not religious.

Karina Quintanilla

Running for: Palm Desert City (CA) Council (District 1)

Karina Quintanilla is running for election to the Palm Desert City (CA) Council in District 1. Quintanilla’s career in education has spanned universities, vocational schools, and nonprofit and for profit institutions in both the public and private sectors. She has been an earth science teacher, career counselor, band booster, and translator. In 2015, Karina was selected by Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) for their Leadership Institute where she honed her community engagement and leadership skills. Quintanilla has been a leader in implementing the California Voter Rights Act to break up at-large election districts so elected officials are more responsive to voters in her city. She is running for office in a new district she helped create! Her policy goals are to fully implement the California Voters Rights Act, diversity revenue streams for the city, improve educational programs and expand employment opportunities, and address housing insecurity with more affordable housing. Quintanilla is a recovering Catholic and a secular American.

Joy Silver

Ran for: California State Senate (District 28)

Joy Silver ran for the California State Senate in District 28. A special election on March 3, 2020 to fill this vacant seat, she earned 21% of the vote – finishing 3rd in a field of five candidates. Earning 48% of the vote in her first campaign in 2018, Silver ran a close second to defeating the Republican incumbent who left the seat to work in the Trump Administration. 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.

Scott Wiener

Running for: California State Senate (District 11)

Scott Wiener is running for re-election to the California State Senate in District 11. In the March 3 primary, Wiener earned 55% of the vote – finishing 1st in a field of three candidates. He is an attorney and served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in the district previously represented by Harvey Milk. Wiener is a very strong advocate of church-state separation. In high school he attempted to prevent Christian prayers at school events and was consequently the target of bigoted attacks. In the State Senate, Wiener works “to make housing more affordable, invest in our transportation systems, increase access to healthcare, support working families, meaningfully address climate change and the impacts of drought, reform our criminal justice system, reduce gun violence, reduce California’s high poverty rate, and safeguard and expand the rights of all communities, including immigrants and the LGBT community.” Wiener is Jewish and an ally of the atheist and humanist community.

Kim Williams

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

Kim Williams is a progressive Democrat and ran for Congress in the California 16th Congressional District. In the March 3 primary, Williams earned 6% of the vote – finishing 4th in a field of four candidates. 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.

Colorado

Judy Amabile

Running for: Colorado State House (District 13)

Judy Amabile is running for the Colorado State House in District 13. As an entrepreneur, employer, mother, and hardworking community activist, Amabile is known for creative problem solving, open-mindedness, and pragmatism. She is skilled at bringing people together, building consensus, and getting things done. Her policy priorities include increasing the minimum wage to a living wage and providing paid family leave, addressing climate change and curtailing the power of the oil and gas industry, transitioning to a single payer healthcare system and advancing effective treatment for people with mental illness, and strengthening societal pillars of housing, education, transportation, union safeguards, criminal justice, internet access, and banking fairness to solve economic injustices. Amabile is a recovering Catholic and an atheist.

Maria-Vittoria “Giugi” Carminati

Running for: Colorado State House (District 56)

Maria-Vittoria “Giugi” Carminati is running for the Colorado State House in District 56. She has had a very interesting and varied career. Carminati came to the United States at 18, for college, and is a first-generation American. While in college she worked on various campaigns, for the ACLU of Texas, and as a waitress, she is now Managing Attorney at a civil rights law firm. She has a law degree from the University of Houston and both an LLM and a law doctorate (JSD) from the University of Nebraska Law School. From her experiences, she knows first-hand the struggles and challenges facing regular people. She says, “There are fundamental inequities in the way our society functions and segments of our society benefit from those inequities. It is time to dismantle what doesn’t work and rebuild a state that works for all of us. Not just the lucky few.” Her policy priorities include creating affordable housing and childcare, expanding educational opportunities to train for good-paying jobs and careers, guaranteeing access to contraception and fact-based sex education that emphasizes science and consent, fighting for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence, and making environmental policy and environmental preservation a priority. Carminati is a secular humanist, mother of four, and speaks four languages.

Meg Fossinger

Running for: Colorado State House (District 20)

Meg Fossinger is running in Colorado to serve as State Representative for House District 20. As a social worker, she has worked with a number of vulnerable populations and understands the issues facing her community. Fossinger has also volunteered with a number of community organizations, including the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the American Red Cross. She has committed her adult life to serving her community and her campaign is focused on fighting for “Justice for All.” Her policy priorities include ensuring that our government systems are working for those who they are meant to serve, reforming the criminal justice system, protecting our environment, fighting for accessible and affordable health care for all, and ensuring that children throughout our community have equitable access to a quality education. Fossinger believes that religious beliefs are personal and values the separation of church and state.

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.

Chris Kennedy

Running for: Colorado State House (District 23)

Chris Kennedy is running for re-election to the Colorado State House in District 23. 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 in 2016. Kennedy is “committed to making sure every Coloradan who works hard and does their fair share has every opportunity to succeed and build a life here. For me, that means investing in education and infrastructure, working to make health care and housing more affordable, supporting the long struggle for equal rights for everybody, and protecting our air, water, and land for the next generation.” His colleagues elected him to be the Assistant Majority Leader and he serves as Chair of the Committee on State, Veterans, and Military Affairs and is a member of the Appropriations Committee.

Cathy Kipp

Running for: Colorado State House (District 52)

Cathy Kipp is running for the Colorado State House in District 52. Having served seven years as a school board member, including leadership positions as board Vice President and President, Kipp was appointed to the state house in 2019 to complete the term of the former incumbent who is now a state senator. In her first term she has focused on working for public education, improving the environment, fighting climate change, and finding solutions for Colorado’s unique fiscal challenges. She and her colleagues were “able to move forward on measures to lower the cost of health care, invest in education, build a fair economy, address climate change, tackle the opioid crisis, reform our criminal justice system, and help hardworking Coloradans get ahead.” She is looking forward to continuing her work to improve education, healthcare, infrastructure, and the environment for her constituents and all the people of Colorado. Kipp does not belong to any organized religion. She says, “I respect other people’s religious choices and don’t generally discuss my beliefs or lack thereof. I believe church and state should be separate.”

Randi McCallian

Running for: Colorado State Senate (District 10)

Randi McCallian is running for the Colorado State Senate in District 10. With a Master’s degree in public health and over a decade of experience working with families as a doula, special-needs behavior therapist, Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, in hospital quality improvement, and as a Director of maternal and child health programming, McCallian is a strong advocate for happier, healthier families. Having experienced personally the hardships many families and new parents face, she is focused on improving access to affordable healthcare for all, paid family leave policy, affordable and quality childcare for working families, and improving Colorado’s public education system. She believes that an investment in children and their families will ensure a stronger economy and more opportunities for Coloradans. McCallian is also prepared to protect Colorado’s incredible natural environment for future generations, support renewable energy, and make the economy fairer and more equitable for all. McCallian is spiritual.

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.

Karen McCormick

Running for: Colorado State House (District 11)

Karen McCormick is running for the Colorado State House in District 11. She grew up in a career Navy family with a father who served 30 years in the Navy retiring as a Rear Admiral. Through her family and experiences she “learned the meaning of service, respect, integrity and dedication to American values.” Dr. McCormick has lived these values and demonstrated her commitment to service as a veterinarian, small business owner, teacher, advocate, and mom, who “is passionate about Colorado and working for policies that will help families and our community.” As a member of the legislature she will “continue to advocate for families, health care, education, LGBTQ rights, reproductive rights, economic opportunity for all, the future of our planet, and more.” McCormick is spiritual but not religious.

Brianna Titone

Running for: Colorado State House (District 27)

Brianna Titone is running for re-election to the Colorado State House in District 27. A geologist and first-term legislator, Titone loves the open space and wants to preserve it by helping Colorado reach 100% renewable energy. She believes that “more people are needed in government that don’t just follow their agenda, but listen to their constituents and hear their concerns.” She is also passionate about developing smart transportation solutions, funding teachers and public schools fairly, attainable housing and a living wage, a single-payer healthcare system and addressing the opioid crisis, fighting for LGBTQ+ and women’s rights, supporting veterans, better training for law enforcement officials, a worker’s right to organize, protecting reproductive rights, safeguarding net neutrality, common sense gun laws, campaign finance reform, and ending homelessness. Titone is spiritual but not religious.

Stephanie Vigil

Running for: Colorado State House (District 16)

Stephanie Vigil is running for the Colorado State House in District 16. Her experiences with poverty and disability have inspired her to extend better opportunities and benefits to Colorado’s families. Vigil says, “There is no reason why a thriving economy like we have in Colorado should provide anything less than a solid foundation on which all Coloradans can thrive.” Vigil believes that every person deserves access to affordable housing, healthcare, utilities, and public transit, and at a minimum be paid a livable wage for their labor. Investments also need to be made so that new parents have paid parental leave, affordable childcare, and fully-funded early childhood education. Vigil is an atheist.

Colin Wilhelm

Running for: Colorado State House (District 57)

Colin Wilhelm is running for the Colorado State House in District 57. His childhood in a close-knit Detroit community taught him the importance of community service and caring for those around him. Now a member of the Colorado State Bar Association, Wilhelm is a proud leader of his community having served as the Chair of the Glenwood Springs Transportation Commission, Commissioner of the Glenwood Springs Planning and Zoning Commission, and President of the Board of Directors of the United Way Battlement to The Bells. His campaign is focused on making healthcare more accessible and affordable for all, moving Colorado’s economy into the 21st century, eliminating gender inequality and the pay gap, moving towards a renewable energy system, and protecting Colorado’s natural environment. Wilhelm is spiritual but not religious.

Rachel Zenzinger

Running for: Colorado State Senate (District 19)

Rachel Zenzinger is running for re-election to the Colorado State Senate in District 19. Zenzinger comes from a long line of teachers — five generations – so improving public education is a top priority. She has successfully worked across the aisle to increase funding for public education while requiring greater financial transparency from school districts. She wants to make a high-quality public education available to all children, regardless of their parents’ zip code, and to make higher education more affordable. Her other policy priorities include stabilizing and improving the economy by increasing wages, making housing more affordable, and ensuring that women receive equal pay for equal work. Zenzinger is an ally of the atheist and humanist community and considers herself a non-practicing Catholic following efforts by her priest and church to influence her stance on reproductive rights.

Florida

Anna Eskamani

Running for: Florida State House (District 47)

Anna Eskamani is running for re-election to the Florida State House in District 47. She is the daughter of working-class Iranian immigrants, an Orlando native, and a graduate of the University of Central Florida. Her vision focuses on a progressive, fair, and evidence-based public policy for Florida. Eskamani is a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and has fought for fairer labor policies. She will also work to build better programs for those in need, expand Medicare, and fully fund Florida’s schools. In her previous term in the Florida State House, Eskamani was a strong supporter of progressive environmental policies to protect Florida’s beaches, waterways, and farmland. The majority of Eskamani’s family identifies with Islam, but she is secular.

David Fairey

Running for: Florida State House (District 73)

David Fairey is running for the Florida State House in District 73. With a master’s degree in business administration and accounting, Fairey is a CPA and works as a CFO for a technology company; however, he says, “I am first and foremost a father and husband.” He is running for office because he wants his children, and all children, “to have and inherit a community where we all are as healthy as possible, well educated, and safe from violence and hate. A society where our physical and technological infrastructures are the envy of the world. Where all people have real freedom, equality, justice, and economic security.” His policy priorities include enacting sensible and effective gun safety laws, providing truly affordable and comprehensive healthcare to all, increasing teacher pay and providing educators with the classroom resources they need, making the minimum wage a livable wage, guaranteeing paid leave and affordable childcare, banning private prisons and cash bail, protecting a woman’s right to choose, and incentivizing emerging companies in renewable energy and technology to headquarter in Florida to help the state most at risk from climate change. Fairey is an atheist.

Michael Grieco

Running for: Florida State House (District 113)

Michael Grieco is running for re-election to the Florida State House in District 113. Just weeks after taking office in 2018, he demonstrated his commitment to constituent availability and government transparency by removing his office door in the state capitol. Grieco “fights for the disenfranchised and voiceless members of our community by putting residents’ quality of life above all, as he believes the role of government is to first protect lives and then improve them.” No only is this dedication reflected in his work as an elected official, but he is an active volunteer and philanthropist with community organizations like the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Miami Children’s Museum among others. Grieco is the Democratic Ranking Member of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee and serves on Subcommittees of Health Care Appropriations, Higher Education & Career Readiness, and PreK-12 Innovation. He was also appointed by the Speaker of the State House to the Nominating Committee for the State Public Service Commission. He previously served in the Dade County State Attorney’s office and on the Miami Beach City Commission. Grieco was raised Catholic and is not religious now.

Cory Hutchinson

Running for: Sarasota County (FL) Commission (District 3)

Cory Hutchinson is running for the Sarasota County Commission in District 3. A lifelong resident of Sarasota County, Hutchinson plans to build a stronger, more vibrant, and more progressive community. He is an advocate of government “of, by, and for the people,” and plans to run a community-funded campaign without special interests. Hutchinson hopes to move Sarasota County towards a renewable energy model, invest in better and smarter infrastructure, improve access to affordable and equitable housing, and protect precious Gulf Coast waters. Hutchinson also seeks to limit big-money donors in local elections and repair the relationships between Sarasota County’s cities and its county government. Hutchinson is a humanist and agnostic.

Vincent Lyon

Ran for: Flagler County (FL) School Board (District 1)

Vincent Lyon ran for the Flagler County (FL) School Board in District 1 in an August 18 election. He earned 41% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of two candidates. Mr. Lyon has been involved in numerous local civic organizations, including the Palm Coast City Council, and was president of the Flagler Bar Association and is President-elect of his local Rotary Club. With a deep knowledge of the issues facing Flagler County schools, Lyon believes that “a strong school system is the heart of a strong community.” Once elected, Lyon will fight the political, religious, and anti-science agendas of the previous school board and keep education apolitical and secular. He plans to employ evidence-based policies to improve remote and classroom learning and to ensure all students are given equal chances to succeed. Lyon is a humanist.

Ryan Morales

Ran for: Florida State House (District 32)

Ryan Morales ran for the Florida State House in District 32. In the August 18 primary Morales earned 33% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of three candidates. 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.

Joseph Richardson

Ran for: Winter Garden (Florida) City Commission (District 1)

Joseph Richardson ran for the Winter Garden (FL) City Commission in District 1. In the March 17 election, Richardson earned 21% of the vote running against the incumbent. Richardson starting going to commission and other local government meetings in Florida to fight for, and provide, secular invocations. In 2014, he received extensive news coverage when he was expelled from the Winter Garden City Commission for asserting his rights and refusing to stand for the prayer and pledge when told to by the mayor. From his activism, Richardson has learned how local government works and the influence it has on the day-to-day life of its constituents. He is running for the Commission to “make sure that all citizens are valued and included.” His policy goals include more responsive, transparent, and inclusive city government along with responsible growth that values and preserves the environment. He wants a city that makes decisions based on hard data and reason rather than anyone’s personal opinions. Richardson is an atheist and humanist, and is a board member of the Central Florida Freethought Community.

Carlos Guillermo Smith

Running for: Florida State House (District 49)

Carlos Guillermo Smith is running for re-election to the Florida State House in District 49. First elected in 2016 with 69% of the vote, he made history as Florida’s first openly LGBTQ Latino lawmaker. Smith “proudly identifies as a LGBTQ, Latino, and forward thinking millennial feminist who reflects the values and diversity of Florida.” He also made history by inviting and arranging for atheist chaplain, Tee Rogers, to give the first ever humanist invocation to the Florida legislature. Smith is a leader in opposing unconstitutional religious intrusions into government such as public school prayer and vouchers to religious schools. In addition to his advocacy for church-state separation, Smith is a champion for civil rights, cannabis reform, debt-free college, gun safety, mental health, and animal welfare. He is the Democratic Ranking Member on the Subcommittee of Higher Education & Career Readiness and is a member of the Appropriations Committee, Health Quality Subcommittee, and Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee. Smith was raised Catholic, but now identifies as agnostic.

Jocelyn Williamson

Running for: Oviedo City (FL) Council

Jocelyn Williamson is running for election to the Oviedo City (FL) Council. Her ethos is “empathy, equality, and community,” and Williamson will bring these qualities to Oviedo City’s leadership. Her goal is to create evidence-based policy, which will substantially improve civil services and city programs, and include a truly diverse range of views in a more accessible decision-making process. Williamson wants to address concerns of a lack of community focus by fostering an inclusive, successful city, and will show her constituents the respect they deserve. She will promote equality for all, particularly Black and LGBTQ+ citizens, keep a focus on the local businesses and ensure government accountability to the public. Williamson is a humanist.

Georgia

Dana Barrett

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

Dana Barrett is running for Congress in the Georgia 11th Congressional District. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 9. As a talk radio host for the last five years, she “realized that sharing my views with listeners who already agree with me, might make us all feel good, but it wasn’t going to change the system.” This change will start with removing the incumbent in her district. She is running against Republican Barry Loudermilk who claimed during the impeachment vote that Jesus was “afforded more rights” than Trump. Her policy goals include enforcing equal pay for equal work, making healthcare and prescription drugs affordable, enacting common sense gun control, protecting a woman’s right to choose, and ensuring equal rights for the LGBTQ community. Barrett identifies as culturally Jewish and an ally of the atheist and humanist community.

Natalie Bucsko

Running for: George State House (District 24)

Natalie Bucsko is running for the Georgia State House in District 24. The first Democrat to run for this seat in 20 years, Natalie would also be the first openly queer Representative from Forsyth County. The daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of veterans, Bucsko is well-acquainted with public service. Her four daughters have increased her commitment to advocate for women’s voices and issues, and for building a better, more progressive future for Georgia. As a member of the State House, Bucsko will fight to better fund Georgia’s public education system, address systemic bias to promote diversity and equality, promote church-state separation and remove the remnants of “blue laws,” reign in corporations to make real results in combating climate change, expand Medicaid to increase access to medical care, expand reproductive healthcare, and reverse efforts to restrict voting rights. Bucsko is a nontheist Pagan.

Connie Di Cicco

Running for: George State House (District 44)

Connie Di Cicco is running for the Georgia State House in District 44. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 9. She was the Chief of Staff for Georgia State Representative Mary Frances Williams who in 2018 defeated a three-term Republican incumbent. Di Cicco is seeking to follow Williams’ lead and replace a Republican incumbent who has been in the legislature for 25 years. As Di Cicco says, “It’s time for change. This campaign is about moving Georgia out of the dark ages and being progressive: pro-choice, pro-equality, pro-gay marriage. This is about leaving things better than we found them – accessible and affordable healthcare, protecting our environment, and providing quality education to all our students.” Raised Catholic, Di Cicco says, “I’m not religious, but I still have faith and a strong system of beliefs. I believe in the good of humanity, in science, and in the power of nature.”

Clyde Elrod

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

Clyde Elrod ran for Congress in the Georgia 10th Congressional District – he withdrew from the race prior to the primary filing deadline. 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.

Kelly Johnson

Ran for: Georgia State Senate (District 35)

Kelly Johnson ran for the Georgia State Senate in District 35. In the June 9 primary, Johnson earned 18% of the vote – finishing 3rd in a field of three candidates. Johnson is a Navy veteran and just finished his doctorate in public policy. He says, “I’m a straight-talking, innovative, concerned citizen who is passionate about our planet, my community, and a progressive advocate who is ready to serve!” His community service is evident with his work with the Fulton County Zoning Board, Georgia Equality, Main Street Academy (a public charter school), and Coalition of South Fulton Now, which was instrumental in the creation of the new city of South Fulton. Johnson’s policy priorities including addressing climate change, fighting for effective public education, legalizing cannabis, and creating a healthy community with expanded healthcare, and infrastructure improvements. Johnson is agnostic/atheist.

Andrea Stephenson

Ran for: Georgia State House (District 104)

Andrea Stephenson ran for the Georgia State House in District 104. In the June 9 primary, Stephenson earned 33% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of two candidates. Trained in Epidemiology and Social Research, Stephenson has worked in local, state, and federal government positions as well as serving as an Associate Professor at Florida A&M University. Her work and volunteer experience has provided the skills to be a legislator who will “increase the quality of life for all our residents and to keep our kids and families safe.” Stephenson’s policy priorities include fighting for fair elections, ensuring access to quality and affordable healthcare, raising the minimum wage to a living wage, increasing funding for public schools, expanding public transportation, reforming the criminal justice system, and protecting our environment and natural resources. Stephenson is spiritual but not religious and respects the religious choices citizens make that help our community, our country and our world.

Anne Allen Westbrook

Ran for: Georgia State House (District 163)

Anne Allen Westbrook ran for the Georgia House of Representatives in District 163. In the June 9 primary, Westbrook earned 34% of the vote – finishing 1st in a field of five candidates, but she was not successful in the August 11 runoff election falling short by just 20 votes. Westbrook is a respected attorney and a community leader. She serves as a Cultural Affairs Commissioner for the City of Savannah, which supports arts organizations that make up the cultural fabric of the community. Previously, she served as the State Legislative Lead for the Georgia Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. In that capacity, Westbrook helped defeat dangerous gun bills in the Georgia General Assembly and worked with the City of Savannah to unanimously pass a gun violence prevention resolution, the first of its kind to pass in Georgia. Westbrook’s policy priorities include expanding Medicaid, supporting reproductive rights and evidence-based sex education, reforming the criminal justice system, enacting common sense gun laws, addressing climate change, and fully funding public schools and expanding access to pre-K in neighborhood schools. Westbrook is a progressive Christian and an ally of the atheist and humanist community.

Hawaii

Stanley Chang

Running for: Hawaii State Senate (District 9)

Stanley Chang is running for re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in District 9. Chang is a lifelong resident of East Honolulu and the son of Chinese immigrants. After his time at Harvard Law School, he ran for the City Council of Honolulu and personally knocked on 19,000 doors to meet with and listen to voters. As State Senator, Chang spearheaded legislation to improve Hawaii’s infrastructure, ban plastic bags, limit and curb smoking, and build shelters for the homeless. In his next term, Chang’s main focus will be on ending Hawaii’s housing shortage, giving his constituents a voice by coming to them and listening to their concerns, making large investments in Hawaii’s education system, and reducing homelessness. Chang was not raised with a religious background and identifies as “no religion.”

Scott Grimmer

Ran for: Hawaii State House (District 51)

Scott Grimmer is ran for the Hawaii State House in District 51. In the August 8 primary, Grimmer earned 20% of the vote – finishing 3rd in a field of four candidates. Grimmer is a third-generation Hawaiian and successful business owner who hopes to bring a new voice to the Hawaii State Legislature. His plans for Hawaii include building a successful modern economy and taking better care of minimum and low-wage workers, and ending over-tourism and educating tourists on proper practices to protect Hawaii’s environment. Grimmer also plans to reinvest in Hawaii’s education by paying teachers more and offering free tuition to future teachers, and to commit to a safer, less congested Hawaii. Grimmer is an atheist.

Karl Rhoads

Running for: Hawaii State Senate (District 13)

Karl Rhoads is running for re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in District 13. After serving in the Hawaii State Legislature for a decade, Rhoads was elected to the State Senate. His sponsored bills in the Senate include measures to help the homeless with mental illnesses, making housing more affordable, and a Red Flag law to prevent dangerous individuals from owning guns. Rhoads has also worked to improve public safety and decency, ensure access to women’s healthcare, update election laws, and protect local businesses. Rhoads was raised Seventh-day Adventist and is an ally of our community.

Tina Wildberger

Running for: Hawaii State House (District 11)

Tina Wildberger is running for re-election to the Hawaii State House in District 11. Wildberger is 26-year Kihei resident and a progressive employer who lives her values by maintaining a $15 minimum wage for her workers. In her first term as state legislator, she advocated for the environment and fought against privatization of public water resources. In 2020 and beyond, she will focus on affordable healthcare, protecting Hawaii’s natural environment, restorative justice, disaster preparedness, and building a more progressive economy. Wildberger was raised Catholic.

Idaho

Jake Ellis

Running for: Idaho State House (District 15B)

Jake Ellis is running for re-election to the Idaho State House in District 15B. Ellis is a third-generation Idahoan and longtime firefighter. When he retired after nearly three decades with the Boise Fire Department, Ellis decided to help his community experience the same financially secure retirement he enjoys–something that’s increasingly rare in Idaho today. Today, Ellis serves on the boards of the Boise Contemporary Theater and of the Idaho AFL-CIO in addition to his role as state representative. In a second term, he will focus on what he views as Idaho’s most pressing issues: a lack of “affordable healthcare, quality education, living wages, and sincere representation.” He’ll fight to fund early childhood education and universities, show an honest commitment to government ethics, and make Idaho livable for working-class people. With regard to religion Ellis says, “I was raised LDS – currently non-participating, uninterested, unaffiliated, and not defined.”

Illinois

Marie Newman

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Illinois – District 3)

Marie Newman is running for Congress in the Illinois 3rd Congressional District. In the March 17 Democratic primary, Newman defeated the incumbent, Dan Lipinski, with 47% of the vote. Newman has worked in advertising, consulting, and nonprofit advocacy. Her advocacy work includes anti-bullying policies and programs, health care rights, income equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and common-sense gun safety. She is “running for Congress because we finally need to address ‘everybody’s everyday’ to drive innovation and invest in our people, infrastructure, mass transportation, jobs, training, and growing an ever greener economy.” Newman is Catholic and a member of a multi-faith household. She is an ally of the atheist and humanist community.

Corinne Pierog

Running for: Kane County (Illinois) Board Chair

Corinne Pierog is running for the Kane County (Illinois) Board Chair. In the March 17 Democratic primary, Pierog won with over 70% of the vote. She has provided extensive service to her community including in the areas of empowering seniors to live independently, increasing quality educational opportunities, and expanding economic development. Pieorg believes we “must bring our community together to discuss shared concerns and shared opportunities” to ensure the county’s future. Her policy goals include developing and implementing best practices with regard to sustainable economic development, renewable energy, water conservation, and public and alternative transportation. Pierog is Catholic and an ally of the atheist and humanist community.

Seth Wiggins

Running for: Illinois General Assembly (District 90)

Seth Wiggins is the Democratic candidate running for the Illinois General Assembly in House District 90. He is a United States Air Force veteran who served in Afghanistan and is currently a member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard. He used the G.I. Bill to finish his undergraduate degree in Political Science with an emphasis on Public Law and later attended law school, graduating cum laude. He began his career as a criminal prosecutor in Winnebago County, Illinois and now practices various areas of civil law, criminal defense, and appeals. His policy priorities include ensuring that teachers are adequately compensated and that every child receives a quality public education; increasing access to affordable health care; adequately funding and removing the stigma from mental health care; investing in public transportation options; ensuring our workforce has fair wages and benefits; and addressing the substance abuse crisis with treatment rather than incarceration. Wiggins does not practice religion but has respect for each person’s choice of beliefs. He strongly supports the separation of Church and State in all matters of public policy and governance.

Indiana

Keegan Damron

Running for: Indiana State House (District 11)

Keegan Damron is running for the Indiana State House in District 11. Damron was born and raised in rural Indiana in a working-class community. Inspired by the newly energized grassroots political movements, Damron says, “I’m running to represent the people and give them a voice where they feel they have none.” In office, Damron will fight for a higher minimum wage to make Indiana a competitive job market, end the war on drugs and legalize marijuana, create a fairer electoral map, reform Indiana’s healthcare system to be equitable and affordable, and implement policies to address and mitigate climate change. Damron is not religious.

Brandon Dothager

Ran for: Indiana State House (District 12)

Brandon Dothager ran for the Indiana State House in District 12. In the June 2 Democratic primary, Dothager earned 12% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of three candidates. He has committed himself to the fight for justice and ending the culture of corruption in northwest Indiana politics. His campaign is working to build a movement of engaged citizens to stand up and say, “Enough is enough!.” His policy priorities including addressing climate change, protecting reproductive rights, promoting tolerance and acceptance of diversity, removing barriers to voting, making the minimum wage a living wage, creating affordable housing, providing healthcare for all, and reforming the criminal justice system to end mass incarceration. Dothager is a secular humanist.

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 June 2 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, strengthen Indiana’s sexual assault statute, 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 is the Vice Chair on the Statutory Committee on Ethics. Sue is also the Indiana Lead for the National Conference of Environmental Legislators (NCEL). Errington is a Unitarian Universalist and an ally of the secular community.

Ryan Farrar

Ran for: U.S. House of Representatives (Indiana – District 1)

Ryan Farrar ran for Congress in the Indiana 1st Congressional District. In the June 2 Democratic primary, Farrar earned less than 1% of the vote – finishing 14th in a field of fifteen candidates. He is a progressive candidate who will fight for establishing a living wage, improving education, strengthening unions, advancing civil rights, creating healthcare for all, legalizing cannabis, and addressing climate change; however, campaign finance reform is his highest priority. He says the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision “has served as an apparatus for corruption, making Congress for sale to the highest bidder. Until we can change campaign finance laws this issue will continue to obstruct progress on all other issues.” Farrar was raised Southern Baptist, and is now a humanist.

Laura Fred-Smith

Running for: Indiana State Senate (District 18)

Laura Fred-Smith is running for election to the Indiana State Senate in District 18. Fred-Smith is a lifelong resident of Cass County, a longtime public educator, and suicide prevention expert who believes that large-scale investments in Indiana’s infrastructure is key to a better future. Her plans include implementing evidence-based testing practices to Indiana’s public schools, significantly raising teacher salaries and the state minimum wage, expanding broadband Internet access, and reducing Indiana’s high maternal mortality rates. After decades of one-party dominance and stagnant public policy, Fred-Smith will bring her expertise to build a more supportive government that puts its citizens’ needs first. She was raised Methodist, but now focuses on meditation and spirituality. Fred-Smith is an ally of the atheist and humanist community.

Tim Gust

Running for: Indiana State House (District 20)

Tim Gust is running for the Indiana State House in District 20. He was unopposed in the June 2 Democratic primary. Initially seeking a career in education, Gust quickly became disillusioned with the poor pay and onerous oversight in the Indiana public school system. Today he is a steelworker and a proud member of the United Steelworkers local 6787. Gust understands the challenges families face in today’s economy and is tired of the “politics as usual” presented by the Republican incumbent. Gust’s policy priorities including bring good paying jobs to his district, addressing climate change, ensuring that teachers paid appropriately and that every student receives a quality public education, protecting reproductive rights, and promoting tolerance and acceptance of diversity. Gust is agnostic.

Amanda Qualls

Running for: Indiana State House (District 49)

Amanda Qualls is running for the Indiana State House in District 49. Qualls won the June 2 Democratic primary with 78% of the vote. Qualls is an at-large member of the Goshen Community Schools Board of Education, the chair of her local cooperative food market, and the secretary of her city’s Sister City program. She served as the Human Resources Director for the Pete Buttigieg presidential campaign and the Director of Human Resources at Ballotpedia, an online encyclopedia of campaigns and politics. By challenging the entrenched Republican incumbent, Qualls is seeking to bring a new voice and perspective to the Indiana state capital. Her policy goals include ensuring that every student receives a quality public education and that teachers and all school employees are adequately compensated; addressing climate change; protecting reproductive rights and the rights of the LGBTQ community; and creating economic resiliency in her county, which is highly dependent upon manufacturing. Qualls is agnostic.

Greg Woods

Running for: Indiana State House (District 41)

Greg Woods is running for the Indiana State House in District 41. He was unopposed in the June 2 Democratic primary. Woods says he is just an average guy who wants to make a difference. The current Republican incumbent has been in office for 26 years and now is the time for “a fresh face to bring new ideas and new energy to the Indiana legislature.” His policy priorities including ensuring every child has access to a great public education, creating regulations to provide rights to renters, addressing climate change by transitioning to clean energy sources, protecting wetlands and the environment, lowering drug prices and expanding access to healthcare, and protecting reproductive rights. Woods is an atheist and humanist.

Iowa

Shawna Anderson

Running for: Iowa State House (District 22)

Shawna Anderson is running for election to the Iowa State House in District 22. Anderson has been an Iowan for over 20 years. Having grown up in a household straddling the poverty line, Anderson is acutely aware of the institutional barriers to success for working families. She was inspired to run for office after studying the extreme bills coming out of Iowa’s State House, which sought to discriminate against thousands of Iowans. Her campaign is focused on breaking down social and economic barriers and building an economy that supports middle and working-class people. Anderson is strongly in favor of collective bargaining power and will stand up to the corporate interests that have gutted Iowa’s unions. In the House, Anderson will vote for increased education funding and a higher minimum wage, accessible healthcare, guaranteed reproductive rights, and action on climate change, which threatens Iowa’s agriculture. Anderson is a humanist.

Caleb Short

Ran for: Iowa State House (District 25)

Caleb Short ran for the Iowa State House in District 25. In the June 2 Democratic primary, Short earned 36% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of two candidates. He has a long history of activism in the atheist and humanist community with the American Atheists and the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers. Short believes “in high quality public education, affordable healthcare for all, and creating an infrastructure that everyone can benefit from and be proud of.“ He is also passionate about promoting social justice, worker’s rights, and environmental issues. Short is an atheist and secular humanist.

Kansas

Philip Black

Ran for: Kansas State House (District 69)

Philip Black ran for the Kansas State House in District 69. In the August 4 primary, Black earned 27% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of two candidates. A resident of Kansas for nearly two decades, Black wants to put the state on the path towards a more successful, progressive future. Black holds a doctorate in Education Leadership and currently teaches American Government courses to college students. He is passionate about improving Kansas’ public school system, and believes that “the best way to attract business to Kansas is to have the best educational system in the nation.” Black will also work to make Kansas universities affordable, fight climate change to provide a safe, healthy planet for the future, and expand Medicaid to provide healthcare for thousands of Kansans. Black is a secular humanist.

Michelle Snyder

Running for: Kansas State House (District 105)

Michelle Snyder is running for the Kansas State House in District 105. She is the manager of Grace Hill Winery, a front line worker at a Dillons grocery store, an on-line English tutor, as well as a space science educator at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. Snyder was born and raised in Wichita, and has been an active member of the Wichita community for her whole life. A granddaughter of two Korean War veterans, Snyder has worked with veteran organizations for much of her life and plans to fight for the rights and needs of Kansas’ veterans. She is also passionate about supporting small business owners like her father and husband, improving STEM education in Kansas schools and supporting public school teachers, and securing a better future for her nieces and all kids in Kansas. Snyder was raised Pentecostal, but now identifies as pagan.

Kentucky

Katie Brophy

Ran for: Kentucky State Senate (District 37)

Katie Brophy ran for the Kentucky State Senate in District 37. In the June 23 primary, Brophy earned 17% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of four candidates. She is a native Kentuckian and earned her undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Kentucky. Brophy has been a small business owner and attorney for over forty years. She considers herself an advocate and activist and her policy goals reflect this fighter mentality: protecting the welfare of animals, increasing access to affordable healthcare, legalizing marijuana and expanding the use of hemp products, protecting women’s reproductive rights, addressing climate change and protecting the environment, enacting common sense gun control, protecting union rights and repealing Kentucky’s “right-to-work” law, increasing the minimum wage, and expanding and protecting voting rights. Brophy represents a number of non-profits and is an active family law practitioner. She is a former board member of the national Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and Bridgehaven Mental Health Services in Louisville, KY. Brophy is not religious and is a proponent of secularism.

Rachel Roberts

Running for: Kentucky State House (District 67)

Rachel Roberts is running for re-election to the Kentucky State House in District 67. She won the special election for this open seat on February 25, 2020 with 64% of the vote. Roberts is a small business owner and an activist “serving her community with the guiding values of hard work, responsibility, and honesty that my family instilled in me.” Her policy goals include increasing access to quality public education, fixing our crumbling infrastructure, expanding access to affordable health care, developing economic opportunities and retraining programs in new industries, strengthening mental health and addiction recovery programs, and providing early childhood education and elder care services. Roberts is a Buddhist.

Maine

Lois Galgay Reckitt

Running for: Maine State House (District 31)

Lois Galgay Reckitt is running for re-election to the Maine State House in District 31. Reckitt is highly regarded in Maine for her extensive and longtime work in criminal justice reform, and previously served as executive director of Family Crisis Services in Cumberland County. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her advocacy on behalf of marginalized Mainers, and was inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame in 1997. In the legislature, Reckitt is a prominent voice for gender equality and affordable health care, which she views as essential to a more progressive and successful Maine. She will also continue her fight for criminal justice reform at this crucial time. Reckitt is agnostic.

Lynne Williams

Running for: Maine State House (District 135)

Lynne Williams is running for election to the Maine State House in District 135. A filmmaker and current Bar Harbor Harbor Committee chair, Williams is passionate about supporting Maine’s towns and cities through her work. She is a longtime progressive and plans to introduce Medicare for All, remedies to rising income inequality, and significant climate-change action. She is passionate about expanding public transportation in rural Maine, as both a climate change and economic measure. Williams is highly sensitive to the erosion of civil rights and liberties, as she has represented protestors pro-bono for decades, and will ensure that Mainers have the right to free speech and political dissent. Williams is agnostic.

Maryland

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. Raskin won the June 2 Democratic primary with 86% of the vote in a field of four candidates. 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.

Michigan

Sam Branscum

Ran 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.

Nebraska

Joseph Couch

Ran for: Nebraska State Legislature (District 21)

Joseph Couch ran for the Nebraska State Legislature in District 21. In the May 12 primary, Couch earned 13% of the vote – finishing 3rd in a field of three candidates. 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.

Angie Philips

Ran for: U.S. Senate (Nebraska)

Angie Philips ran for the U.S. Senate in Nebraska. In the May 12 primary, Philips earned 24% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of seven candidates. 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

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

Barbara Ramsey ran for Congress in the Nebraska 1st Congressional District. In the May 12 primary, Ramsey earned 22% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of two candidates. 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.

Nevada

Liz Becker

Running for: Nevada State Senate (District 18)

Liz Becker is running for the Nevada State Senate in District 18. In the June 9 primary, Becker earned 88% of the vote – finishing 1st in a field of two candidates. An environmental scientist, Becker has had a career in teaching and public service, including working for the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Her policy goals include providing access to quality and affordable healthcare, creating affordable housing and ending homelessness, protecting public lands and promoting conservation, ending human trafficking, preventing gun violence, protecting reproductive rights, and fully funding public education. She says, “I’m a concerned parent, former teacher, and volunteer in our community. I’m passionate about making our neighborhoods safer, improving our schools, and leaving the planet in good shape for my children, you, and yours.” Becker is a secular humanist.

Derek Morgan

Ran for: Nevada State Assembly (District 40)

Derek Morgan ran for the Nevada State Assembly in District 40. In the June 9 primary, Morgan earned 25% of the vote – finishing 3rd in a field of three candidates. In his professional career as a software engineer, he has worked in both the private and public sectors including state government. Morgan’s family sparked his interest and passion in community involvement, but also fueled his frustration that many easily fixable problems exist simply because of greed and corruption. Morgan’s legislative priorities include providing Medicare for All, expanding pre-K and paying our teachers a living wage, making public colleges and universities tuition free and eliminating student loan debt, closing private prisons and focusing on rehabilitation not incarceration, enacting a green new deal to address climate change, and protecting reproductive rights. Morgan is secular.

Rochelle Nguyen

Running for: Nevada State Assembly (District 10)

Rochelle Nguyen is running for the Nevada Assembly in District 10. In the June 9 primary, Nguyen earned 74% of the vote – finishing 1st in a field of two candidates. She is a criminal defense attorney who served three years in the Clark County Public Defender’s Office. In law school Nguyen was an editor on the law review and founded the Public Interest Law Association, a non-profit student organization that raises awareness of public interest law. She also served as a community leader with HopeLink of Southern Nevada to help move people out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. Assemblywoman Nguyen was appointed to the office in December 2019, and is a member of the Growth and Infrastructure Committee, Health and Human Services Committee, and the Judiciary Committee. Her policy priorities include improving the public education system with more classroom resources and higher teacher pay, reforming the criminal justice system, making health care more affordable, and protecting our natural resources and addressing climate change. Nguyen is not religious.

Jennie Sherwood

Ran for: Nevada State Assembly (District 2)

Jennie Sherwood ran for the Nevada State Assembly in District 2. In the June 9 primary, Sherwood earned 32% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of four candidates. She is an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW #357) Journeywoman Electrician, who has proudly been lighting Las Vegas for the past 12-years. Sherwood has also led and represented her unit through three successful contract negotiations. She says, “I’ve never been a politician, I’ve always been someone who puts in a hard day’s work and knows what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck. But this is the type of representation that is too often lacking among our elected officials.” Her policy priorities include improving public education by teaching critical thinking and analysis rather than the current teach to the standardized test mentality, making healthcare a right and committing more mental health professionals and resources to fighting addiction, making Nevada a national leader in developing renewable energy to help address climate change, establishing transitional housing to help the homeless, and rebuilding the economy with investments in job training, small business loans, and apprenticeship programs. Sherwood is not religious.

Geoffrey VanderPal

Ran for: Nevada State Assembly (District 16)

Geoffrey VanderPal ran for the Nevada State Assembly in District 16. In the June 9 primary, VanderPal earned 13% of the vote – finishing 4th in a field of four candidates. With doctorates in global leadership and business administration and finance, he has built a successful career in financial planning, investment management, and teaching. VanderPal says, “My knowledge and experience will translate well into helping manage Nevada’s multi-billion-dollar state budget.” He supports affordable healthcare, good paying jobs, reproductive rights, well funded and effective public education, environmental protections, animal rights, equality and equity for underserved populations, and an expanding and diversifying economy. He says, “I plan to use my love for animals, passion for building community, and financial expertise to positively impact Nevada and promote a healthy, thriving community.” VanderPal is spiritual but not religious.

Howard Watts

Running for: Nevada State Assembly (District 15)

Howard Watts is running for re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in District 15. In the June 9 primary, Watts earned 65% of the vote – finishing 1st in a field of two candidates. A progressive small business owner with a long record of community service, Watts “has dedicated his career to fighting for policies that preserve the environment, protect consumers, increase access to the ballot box, and ensure dignity for historically marginalized communities.” As a freshman in the Nevada legislature, Watts introduced and passed legislation to improve water conservation, support electric vehicles, improve Native American access to the ballot box, and assist mobile home owners. In addition, he supported measures that increased the minimum wage, guaranteed paid leave, advanced sweeping criminal justice and voting rights reforms, and made health care more affordable. He is looking forward to further advancing his progressive agenda in his second term. Watts is an agnostic.

New Hampshire

Amanda Bouldin

Running for: New Hampshire State House (Hillsborough – District 12)

Amanda Bouldin is running for re-election to the New Hampshire State House in Hillsborough District 12 (as is her spouse, Andrew Bouldin). In the September 8 primary for this two seat district, Bouldin earned 35% of the vote finishing 2nd in a field of three candidates. She will continue to fight to improve affordable, quality healthcare access and focus on mental health programs to mitigate and eventually put an end to the heroin crisis. Bouldin is also passionate about racial justice, LGBTQ+ rights, and voting rights. She plans to fight for marijuana legalization, sentencing and bail reform, and humane conditions for incarcerated people. In addition, she is working to repeal an archaic and unconstitutional law encouraging public school teachers to lead students in the Lord’s Prayer. Bouldin is an atheist.

Andrew Bouldin

Running for: New Hampshire State House (Hillsborough – District 12)

Andrew Bouldin is running for re-election to the New Hampshire State House in Hillsborough District 12 (as is his spouse, Amanda Bouldin). In the September 8 primary for this two seat district, Bouldin earned 47% of the vote finishing 1st in a field of three candidates. He will focus on expanding addiction treatment options to fight the opioid epidemic, and will work for progressive union policies, voting rights, COVID-19 support for families, and criminal justice reform. To prepare students for institutions of higher learning and successful careers, Bouldin advocates for well-funded, safe, and productive public schools. In addition, he is working to repeal an archaic and unconstitutional law encouraging public school teachers to lead students in the Lord’s Prayer. Bouldin is an atheist.

Michael DiTommaso

Running for: New Hampshire State House (Rockingham – District 3)

Michael DiTommaso is running for election to the New Hampshire State House in Rockingham 3. He was unopposed in this three seat district in the September 8 primary. DiTommaso grew up in New Hampshire and has seen the decline in the state’s young population. He says that the state government must take action to make New Hampshire a desirable place to start businesses and raise families. He believes in a more economically progressive system, in which the wealthy pay their fair share and working people can lead financially secure, successful lives. In the legislature, DiTommaso will fight for affordable housing, higher wages, quality education, and increased infrastructure investment. He is nonreligious and a secular humanist.

Liza Draper

Running for: New Hampshire State House (Sullivan – District 5)

Liza Draper is running for election to the New Hampshire State House in Sullivan 5. She was unopposed in the September 8 primary. Draper is an educator and longtime community activist, beginning her work to improve social programs in New Hampshire back in 2002. Her time as a teacher and health educator is core to her mission of improving and expanding New Hampshire’s health services–mental and physical. In the House, Draper will push for policies that allow vulnerable communities to access affordable, high-quality healthcare, and advocate for desperately-needed childcare resources. She will also work to make New Hampshire the welcoming, prosperous state it should be. Draper identifies as non-religious and a non-practicing Jew.

Sherry Dutzy

Running for: New Hampshire State House (Hillsborough – District 30)

Sherry Dutzy is running for re-election to the New Hampshire State House in Hillsborough 30. She was unopposed in this three seat district in the September 8 primary. A firm believer that “democracy is not a spectator sport,” Dutzy works to increase civic engagement and build closer relationships between constituents and their representatives. In the legislature, she has supported increased funding for public education, increasing the minimum wage, reducing drug prices, and supporting reproductive rights. As a member of the Environment and Agriculture Committee, she works to protect New Hampshire farms and animals and increase programs, such as recycling, to protect the environment. In her next term, Dutzy will continue her advocacy for transparent and functional government that fully answers to its constituents. Dutzy identifies as a nonbeliever, atheist, and humanist.

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Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban

Running for: New Hampshire State House (Grafton – District 9)

Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban is running for election to the New Hampshire State House in Grafton 9. In the September 8 primary for this two seat district, Fluehr-Lobban earned 32% of the vote finishing 2nd in a field of three candidates. An acclaimed anthropologist and specialist in human rights, ethics, and race issues, Fluehr-Lobban is intimately acquainted with many of the issues facing America and New Hampshire today. Fluehr-Lobban will use her training as an academic and scientist to find evidence-based, workable solutions to New Hampshire’s most pressing issues. Her work as a beekeeper has also taught her about the complexity and fragility of New Hampshire’s ecosystem and agriculture, and how partisan policies can damage the environment and economy beyond repair. Fluehr-Lobban will fight for environmental policies that improve the lifestyle of New Hampshirites while protecting the state’s most valuable industries. Fluehr-Lobban was raised Catholic, but now has no religious affiliation.

Nikki Fordey

Running for: New Hampshire State House (Hillsborough – District 20)

Nikki Fordey is running for election to the New Hampshire State House in Hillsborough 20. She was unopposed in this two seat district in the September 8 primary. Fordey’s philosophy is that all people deserve representation, compassion, and support from their leaders. A licensed alcohol and drug counselor, licensed clinical social worker, and current Master’s student in public policy, Fordey is experienced in the health care system and how it fails those with addiction, mental illness, and chronic pain. Her work in treating substance misuse has made her a passionate advocate for single-payer health care to adequately support the health of all in the Granite State. Fordey currently serves as Vice Chair of the Litchfield Budget Committee and as Chair of the Litchfield Democratic Town Committee and is a highly respected community leader. In the state house, she will promote policies to fight systemic racism, discrimination, and climate change, and support health services and government accountability. Fordey is an agnostic.

Sherry Frost

Running for: New Hampshire State House (Strafford – District 16)

Sherry Frost is running for re-election to the New Hampshire State House in Strafford 16. She was unopposed in the September 8 primary. Frost describes herself as “a mother, lifelong educator and passionate activist for the issues that need to be solved today.” She believes that an investment in the fundamentals–healthcare, education, employment, and equal opportunity for all–is what will make New Hampshire a successful and thriving state for decades to come. In the legislature, she will also protect New Hampshire’s agricultural and water systems through immediate climate change action, support unions, improve voting, and ensure all students have educational and emotional support in schools. Frost is an atheist.

Brett Gagnon

Running for: New Hampshire State House (Hillsborough – District 37)

Brett Gagnon is running for election to the New Hampshire State House in Hillsborough, District 37. He was unopposed in this eleven seat district in the September 8 primary. By day he manages electrical and medical device compliance for a 5.8 billion dollar organization while by night he enjoys walking conservation properties with his daughter and volunteering in his community. Brett is sincere and beholden only to logic, describing himself as a “fiscally conservative, environmentally minded, gun-owning, moderate Democrat”. Influenced by his mother to be charitable and his father to value the environment; he has volunteered both to support those in need and to protect land from over-development. Mr. Gagnon further recognizes the necessity to balance competing interests in the state, whether that’s growth of business with the protection of the environment or good educational services for children while meeting the needs of a growing senior population. In the legislature, Mr. Gagnon plans to champion new ideas for land conservation and family law reform all while continuing to incorporate the needs of his community. He believes passionately in the separation of church and state while also accepting the pressing issues of police brutality and racial justice, rising income inequality, and a natural environment under threat. Brett does not affiliate himself with any religious group.

Amanda Gourgue

Running for: New Hampshire State House (Strafford – District 25)

Amanda Gourgue is running for re-election to the New Hampshire State House in Strafford County, District 25. She was unopposed in the September 8 primary. Born and raised in New Hampshire, she is running to continue her work promoting “the strength of our communities, the health of our families and a vibrant, growing economy.” In the New Hampshire State House, Gourgue is the Chair of the Environment and Agriculture Committee and has championed legislation protecting the environment, expanding access to healthcare, and safeguarding civil rights for all. In her next term, she will continue to fight for access to quality public education, affordable housing, clean energy policies, environmental policies to provide clean air and safe water for all, a favorable business environment creating access to good jobs with fair competitive wages and benefits, enforcement of safe working conditions and retirement and pension security, and effective public transportation. Gourgue is a student of all religions but doesn’t practice any.

Paul Hodes

Ran for: New Hampshire State Senate (District 15)

Paul Hodes ran for election to the New Hampshire State Senate in District 15. In the September 8 primary, Hodes earned 33% of the vote finishing 2nd in a field of three candidates. Hodes is a former U.S. representative and Assistant Attorney General of New Hampshire, and has dedicated his long career to fighting systemic injustice. Hodes was instrumental in passing major national healthcare reform after learning about how deceitful insurance policies led to the death of a young woman in his community. Today, he serves on the board of a number of organizations, and continues to fight for progress in his state. In the State Senate, he will fight for living wages, housing solutions, and better policies to support workers across New Hampshire. Hodes will bring his significant experience in healthcare policy to the legislature, and ensure that no New Hampshirites are left behind because they can’t afford healthcare. Hodes is culturally Jewish.

Don House

Running for: New Hampshire State House (Belknap – District 6)

Don House is running for election to the New Hampshire State House from Belmont, NH (Belknap County District 6). He was unopposed in this two seat district in the September 8 primary. After a distinguished 40-year career in technology, House now happily volunteers for several charitable causes,and works as a snowsports instructor at a local ski resort and a mission pilot for the Civil Air Patrol. His wide-ranging community involvement has made him a well-respected local leader. Once elected, House will use his technology and business experience to find data-driven, proven solutions to New Hampshire’s problems. He will promote transparency in the state legislature, and support marijuana decriminalization, paid family leave, public education, climate change action, reproductive rights, and many other evidence-based policy solutions. House is a member of the American Humanist Association and is a spiritual humanist.

Brittney Joyce

Ran for: New Hampshire State House (Grafton – District 12)

Brittney Joyce ran for the New Hampshire State House in Grafton County District 12. In the September 8 primary for this four seat district, Joyce earned 11% of the vote finishing 5th in a field of nine candidates. Her experience with poverty after her son was born in 2004 left Joyce with a clear understanding of systemic inequities and the difficulty of raising a family on minimum wage. Now, she plans to fight the inequities that create barriers for economic mobility for so many families and offer every New Hampshirite the opportunity to succeed. She is passionate about improving healthcare access, fighting racial inequities and systemic racism, LGBTQ+ rights, and public safety measures to prevent gun violence. Joyce was raised in several different Christian denominations, but currently feels that humanism is the best fit.

Matthew Krohn

Running for: New Hampshire State House (Rockingham – District 4)

Matthew Krohn is running for election to the New Hampshire State House in Rockingham 4. He was unopposed in this five seat district in the September 8 primary. Krohn spent his childhood in Auburn, New Hampshire, and now lives there with his two daughters. He is an IT systems engineer who believes that data underpins the best public policy, and he plans to use this affinity for data science to make life better for New Hampshirites. Krohn describes his top priorities as “a proactive COVID-19 response, LGBTQ+ rights, equal access to education, public health, and conserving the natural beauty of New Hampshire.” He is an agnostic Unitarian Universalist.

Tony Labranche

Running for: New Hampshire State House (Hillsborough – District 22)

Tony Labranche is running for election to the New Hampshire State House in Hillsborough 22. In the September 8 primary for this three seat district, he earned 22% of the vote finishing 3rd in a field of four candidates. Tony has long been interested in politics and after surviving colon cancer at age ten, he became increasingly concerned with the state of the American healthcare system. Today, Tony is running to ensure that all New Hampshirites have access to the same opportunities, and to fix long-neglected unjust policies. To this end, he will untangle education funding from property taxes, fight for a supportive family leave policy, reform the healthcare system, and fight for racial equity. Tony will also fight to protect New Hampshire from the severe effects of climate change by implementing affordable passenger rail systems and new methods of renewable energy. Tony is an atheist.

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Richard Lobban

Ran for: New Hampshire State House (Grafton – District 9)

Richard Lobban ran for election to the New Hampshire State House Grafton 9. In the September 8 primary for this two seat district, Lobban earned 21% of the vote finishing 3rd in a field of three candidates. Lobban is an archaeologist and Egyptologist by trade, and is regarded as an expert on foreign policy and human rights. His activism for human rights is central to his political career, and he will bring a particular passion for civil rights and liberties to the New Hampshire State House. In addition to academia, Lobban is an enthusiastic beekeeper alongside his wife, Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban. Beekeeping not only protects bees from large-scale extinction in New Hampshire and elsewhere, but also fosters a healthier, more prosperous ecosystem. Lobban will continue to fight for New Hampshire’s incredible natural environment, science-backed state policies, and the rights of all New Hampshirites. Lobban has no religious affiliation and is a free-thinker.

Kat McGhee

Running for: New Hampshire State House (Hillsborough – District 27)

Kat McGhee is seeking re-election to the New Hampshire State House in Hillsborough 27. In the September 8 primary for this two seat district, she earned 51% of the vote finishing 1st in a field of three candidates. McGhee worked in technology as a Project Management Professional for over 20 years and has volunteered on several local boards and chaired several organizations. As a State Representative on the Science,Technology & Energy Committee, she fights for environmentally sound energy policies and smart community-based solutions. Kat is a strong proponent of government accountability and evidence-based decision-making. In her next term, her priorities include helping to strengthen New Hampshire’s post-pandemic economy, adequately funding public education, fighting the influence of money in politics and making sure New Hampshire works for all Granite Staters. McGhee does not practice any religion.

Suzanne Smith

Running for: New Hampshire State House (Grafton – District 8)

Suzanne Smith is running for re-election to the New Hampshire State House in Grafton 8. She was unopposed in this three seat district in the September 8 primary. First elected in 2008, she is the chair of the Committee on Resources, Recreation, and Development. She serves as co-chair of her town’s Conservation Commission and chairs the state Committee on Aquatic Invasive Species. Smith has championed bills investing in energy efficiency, expanding sustainable, local energy solutions, and working to assure clean drinking and groundwater for all NH citizens. When re-elected, she will continue her work increasing voter access, funding public education, and improving access to affordable healthcare for all. Smith is not affiliated with a religious organization.

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. He was unopposed in this two seat district in the September 8 primary. 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 fourth 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.

Natalie Taylor

Running for: New Hampshire State House (Belknap – District 2)

Natalie Taylor is running for election to the New Hampshire State House in Belknap 2. She was unopposed in this four seat district in the September 8 primary. After working on a statewide program focused on retaining young residents, Taylor realized that new, innovative solutions are needed to deal with the problems facing people across New Hampshire. She hopes to bring a young, working-class voice to New Hampshire’s largely older legislature. As a small business owner herself, Taylor is acutely aware of how a lack of childcare options, affordable housing, and low wages are holding young New Hampshirites back. In the legislature, she will seek expanded support and options for opioid addiction, which has touched her own family. She will also focus on systemic racism in the justice system, and build a progressive, modern economy that addresses the problems of today. Taylor is an atheist.

Joyce Weston

Running for: New Hampshire State House (Grafton – District 8)

Joyce Weston is running for re-election to the New Hampshire State House in Grafton 8. She was unopposed in this three seat district in the September 8 primary. A New Hampshire native with a background serving the local Democratic community, she wants “to represent all the citizens in this district with particular attention to their local needs and to provide positive leadership in the House.” Working in the arts and community organizing fields, Weston’s “focus since college has been in fairness in economic opportunity, expanding civil rights, and protecting the environment.” Her issue priorities also include investing in public education and the community. Weston is an atheist.

New Mexico

Alan Hall

Ran for: New Mexico State Senate (District 10)

Alan Hall ran for the New Mexico State Senate in District 10. In the June 2 Democratic primary, Hall earned 33% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of two candidates. He is an attorney whose practice is focused on private hospital finance, government finance, and business subsidies. Hall is very familiar with the New Mexico legislature, having drafted and lobbied on multiple pieces of legislation. Prior to becoming a lawyer he worked as a regulator of the surface coal mining industry and with the New Mexico Radiation Protection Bureau, where he conducted radon surveys throughout the state. Hall’s legislative priorities include addressing climate change and moving to an all-electric economy, protecting reproductive rights, instituting pay-as-you-go government financing, promoting responsible gun ownership, reforming the state’s capital outlay process, eliminating gerrymandering, curtailing business tax abatements and similar incentives that stymie competition, and creating a culture of respect for science, learning, and education. Hall is not religious.

Neomi Martinez-Parra

Running for: New Mexico State Senate (District 35)

Neomi Martinez-Parra is running for the New Mexico State Senate in District 35. She won the June 2 Democratic primary with 55% of the vote. Martinez-Parra is a former Special Education teacher and vice-chair of the New Mexico Democratic Party. She lives in Lordsburg, NM with her family. She is also the primary caretaker of her elderly mother, Martinez-Parra is very aware of the difficulty of gaining access to proper healthcare, which is exacerbated in rural communities. She says, “Healthcare should be a right. Our hospitals are understaffed and underfunded, and rural communities deserve equitable access to quality healthcare.” As a teacher, she saw first-hand the struggles too many of her students had with poverty and homelessness. Martinez-Parra will not only fight for quality education for all students, but will work for affordable housing and good jobs that enable families to thrive. Martinez-Parra is a nondenominational Christian and an ally of the atheist and humanist community. “Freedom of Religion is a protected right under the U.S. Constitution. We are all created equal.”

William Peter Soules

Running for: New Mexico State Senate (District 37)

William Peter Soules is running for re-election to the New Mexico State Senate in District 37. He was unopposed in the June 2 Democratic primary. Prior to being elected to the Senate in 2013, he was a member of the Las Cruces School Board from 1992 to 2000. Soules has dedicated his career to public education. He has served as an elementary and middle public school principal, a state university academic advisory and assistant provost for student services, and he continues to teach in the Las Cruces Public Schools. He is Chair of the Senate Education Committee and the member of the Senate Conservation Committee. He also Chairs the Public School Capital Outlay and Oversight Task Force. Raised in a Unitarian liberal, open thinking household, Soules is spiritual but not religious.

Rebecca Stair

Ran for: New Mexico State Senate (District 20)

Rebecca Stair ran for the New Mexico State Senate in District 20. In the June 2 Democratic primary, Stair earned 30% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of four candidates. Stair, a film scout and location manager, has worked in every county and every economic sector in New Mexico, collaborating with homeowners, small and large business owners and workers, ranchers, and government officials at the local, county, state, tribal, and federal level. From these interactions, Stair says she has learned “that most of us are unified on the core values. We all want healthy families, good jobs, and a fulfilling purpose in life.” Her policy priorities include providing quality pre-k through 12 education for all students, making healthcare a basic human right rather than a business, passing common-sense gun reform laws, transitioning to renewable energy, diversifying New Mexico’s economy, and reforming incentives and taxes to help small businesses. Stair is spiritual but not religious.

New York

Christopher Scott Comegys

Running for: New York State Assembly (District 130)

Christopher Scott Comegys is running for the New York State Assembly in District 130. Comegys “believes that a representative in government should hear the people they represent, work for the people they represent, and be accountable to the people they represent.” As a lifelong resident of Central and Western New York, a farmer, and a graduate of public schools, his issue priorities focus on funding public education and programs for practical working and trade skills, creating jobs by developing and implementing Green Economic Initiatives, and advancing the New York Health Act as a single-payer healthcare system. Comegys is spiritual but not religious.

Harvey Epstein

Running for: New York State Assembly (District 74)

Harvey Epstein is running for re-election to the New York State Assembly in District 74. A public interest attorney Epstein “has been at the forefront of critical economic development and housing issues; at the same time, he has worked tirelessly on dozens of pieces of legislation that have helped improve the lives of everyday New Yorkers.” His policy agenda includes expanding and preserving affordable housing, investing in public education, creating a single-payer healthcare system, expanding job creation and wage growth, increasing voting access and transparency in government. and reforming the criminal justice system. Epstein is Jewish and agnostic.

Laurette Giardino

Running for: New York State Assembly (District 105)

Laurette Giardino is running for the New York State Assembly in District 105. A progressive Democrat who’s been an activist for social justice for fifty years, Giardino is running to “fight for equality for women, minorities and the LGBTQ community; work to protect our senior citizens and strengthen economic growth here in Dutchess County and across the state.” On a journey to “to fight the Republican Party’s stranglehold on Dutchess County,” her policy priorities focus on expanding single-payer healthcare through the New York Health, supporting gun violence prevention legislation, ranked choice voting, and free college and technical education, investing in alternative energy, and creating affordable housing for and supporting seniors, veterans, and low-income families. Giardino 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. She won the June 23 Democratic primary by 630 votes! 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.

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. In the June 23 special election, McMurray earned 30% of the vote finishing 2nd in a field of four candidates. McMurray will face the new Republican incumbent in the general election on November 3, 2020. 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.

Steve Polgar

Running for: New York State Assembly (District 3)

Steve Polgar is running for the New York State Assembly in District 3. Born and raised in New York and an engaged member of his community, Polgar has been recognized for his commitment to community service by two U.S. presidents. He plans to bring his professional and volunteer experience to the New York State Assembly to improve the quality of life for all his constituents. Polgar intends to make major investments in New York’s education, healthcare, housing, and infrastructure. He also seeks to reinvigorate New York’s economy by promoting small businesses, ensuring jobs have living wages, and combating climate change with new green jobs. Polgar is an atheist.

North Carolina

Angela Bridgman

Ran for: North Carolina State Senate (District 18)

Angela Bridgman ran for the North Carolina State Senate in District 18. In the March 3 primary, Bridgman earned 26% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of two candidates. She was active in fighting against North Carolina’s infamous “bathroom bill” and helped form the Transgender Political Caucus of the North Carolina Democratic Party. Bridgman’s campaign serves to “be a voice for the people who aren’t being heard in our legislature.” Her policy goals include increasing funding for public education, expanding Medicaid, ending gerrymandering, and building rural broadband internet and rebuilding our infrastructure to encourage economic development. Bridgman is agnostic.

Deborah Butler

Running for: North Carolina State House (District 18)

Deborah Butler is running for re-election to the North Carolina State House in District 18. She serves as the House Democratic Whip and “looks forward to continuing her service to the citizens of North Carolina as we work together to guarantee a stellar public education for all of our children, to build state of the art infrastructure, and to cultivate a culture that welcomes new businesses to North Carolina.” She is a primary sponsor on legislation to prohibit oil and gas exploration and drilling off the North Carolina coast, create tax credits to promote movie production in the state, expand the list of toxic chemical prohibited in children’s toys, and add sexual orientation and gender identity in protections against housing and employment discrimination. Butler gained national attention in 2019 for her “I will not yield” speech on the floor of the House opposing unscrupulous Republican tactics.

Adam Ericson

Running for: North Carolina State House (District 20)

Adam Ericson is running for election to the North Carolina State House in District 20. Ericson is proud to have raised his family in Wilmington, where he works as a public high school teacher and coach. He was able to attend acclaimed public schools and universities, despite hailing from a working-class family. Ericson credits his success to the properly-funded schools and passionate teachers, and will fight to give all of North Carolina’s students the same opportunities he had. As a teacher, Ericson also believes in science, and won’t allow politicians to stall on climate change action any longer. He will demand we put our federal tax dollars to work for the people of North Carolina by expanding Medicaid, and an end to the discriminatory anti-LGBTQ legislation that has cost North Carolina billions in state revenue. Ericson is a social justice Catholic, a freethinker, and volunteers with Meals on Wheels in his spare time.

Victoria Fox

Running for: North Carolina State Senate (District 50)

Victoria Fox is running for the North Carolina State Senate in District 50. Fox says it is time for change – her district needs “someone who truly understands the struggle of the average family in western North Carolina.” She says, “it is time we have a government that works for all of us, not just those at the top.” Fox’s policy priorities include fighting for Medicaid expansion to increase access to quality and affordable healthcare, investing in public education rather than private school voucher programs, enacting common sense gun legislation, protecting reproductive rights, increasing the minimum wage to make it a living wage, and addressing climate change to protect our planet. Fox is agnostic.

Audra Killingsworth

Ran for: Wake County (NC) Commission (District 3)

Audra Killingsworth ran for the Wake County (NC) Commission in District 3. In the March 3 primary, Killingsworth earned 40% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of two candidates. She is currently a member of the Apex (NC) Town Council – a seat she won in 2017. Killingsworth decided to run for office because she saw the impact of local government in our daily lives and she “wanted to contribute and make a difference.” Her leadership on the town council has been guided by compassion and data driven policy. She now wants to take her experience and skills in “listening, finding common ground, making hard decisions, and serving the public” to the next level of local government. Killingsworth is a secular humanist and a member of the American Humanist Association and the Triangle Freethought Society.

Julie Mayfield

Running for: North Carolina State Senate (District 49)

Julie Mayfield is running for the North Carolina State Senate in District 49. In the March 3 primary, Mayfield earned 68% of the vote – finishing 1st in a field of three candidates. She is currently a member of the Asheville City Council and has an extensive career in fighting for environmental justice and civil rights. Her efforts “seek to improve people’s lives and ensure that governments play their part in lifting people up rather than holding them down.” Her policy goals include implementing a green new deal to address climate change and create jobs in renewable energy, expanding Medicaid, increasing access to quality housing and educational opportunities, and giving more control to localities to enact policies like a living wage and green building standards. Mayfield is agnostic.

Steve Woodsmall

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

Steve Woodsmall ran for Congress in the North Carolina 11th Congressional District. In the March 3 primary, Woodsmall earned 8% of the vote – finishing 5th in a field of five candidates. 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.

North Dakota

Kalyn Dewitt

Running for: North Dakota State House (District 40)

Kalyn Dewitt is running for the North Dakota State House in District 40. Dewitt does freelance graphic design for local businesses and creates art that she sells in a local co-op gallery. She is active in her local government. She attends city council meetings to stay up-to-date with events and issues, and most recently has been a strong advocate for curbside recycling. At the state level, Dewitt believes the current legislators are representing the interests of corporations rather than the interests of the people. She decided to run because “I can no longer sit on the sidelines and let others make decisions for me and my community.” Her policy priorities include addressing the failures of the state’s medical system, creating a strong and stable economy that treats workers like a valuable resource rather than an expendable one, and restoring fiscal responsibility to the state. Dewitt is a humanist.

Ohio

Aaron Godfrey

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

Aaron Godfrey is running for Congress in Ohio’s 16th Congressional District. In the April 28 Democratic primary, Godfrey earned 68% of the vote – finishing 1st in a field of two candidates. Aaron is a scientist with a B.A. and M.S. in Physics (both from Miami University in Oxford, OH) and works at a high-tech aerospace company in Northeast Ohio. Raised in a true working class family, he struggled to raise the money to pay for college – an ongoing struggle, thanks to the burden of student loan debt. Godfrey fears that the American dream of reaching the middle class through education and hard work is being eradicated. To reverse this, he is advocating for a stronger emphasis on STEM fields in K-12, easier access to trade/vocational schools, and free access to public colleges and universities. He also supports increasing the availability of affordable and accessible healthcare (ultimately leading to a single-payer system), an end to partisan gerrymandering, and efforts to curb our nation’s contribution to climate change and support of initiatives for sustainable, renewable resources. Godfrey is an atheist.

Nancy Larson

Running for: Ohio State House (District 47)

Nancy Larson is running for election to the Ohio State House in District 47. A longtime social worker and community leader, Larson believes that District 47 lacks the kind of responsive, progressive leadership it needs to succeed in the future. She is running against the Republican incumbent who promoted legislation to authorize religious expression in public schools. His latest bill would have taken away the authority of the Director of Health to mandate face coverings across the state, and given that authority only to the house reps. As a proponent of an economy “for the many, not the few,” Larson will fight income inequality and stagnant wages. Larson will work for a better Ohio in which all people have quality healthcare, access to great public education, secure voting and reproductive rights, and a clean environment. In the State House, Larson will focus on increasing funding for her district and improving its infrastructure and education system, as well as maintaining a rapport with her constituents. Larson is a member of a United Church of Christ congregation and is an ally of our community.

Garrett Westhoven

Running for: Ohio State House (District 76)

Garrett Westhoven is running for the Ohio State House in District 76. As an engineer Westhoven enjoys solving problems by using the best available data. He will apply this to his public service by “fighting for data driven policy to ensure every Ohioan has a fair shot.” Westhoven’s policy priorities including voting reforms to enhance participation and revitalize our democracy, exploring a public option healthcare program and creating a six-month paid maternity and paternity plan, overhauling the tax structure to eliminate the regressive sales tax and ensure the wealthy pay their fair share, ending the failed experiment with charter schools and fully funding public education, and legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana. Westhoven is not religious.

Oregon

Jerry Allen

Running for: Oregon State Senate (District 2)

Jerry Allen is running for the Oregon State Senate in District 2. Allen is a sustainable farmer, trauma coach, health educator, volunteer firefighter, and musician. Allen’s diverse work experiences have made him a strong advocate for affordable, quality health insurance and a proponent of Oregon’s successful healthcare model. He supports a localized and sustainable economy, which will help struggling Oregonian families find better pay and long-term financial stability. Furthermore, Allen plans to fight the effects of climate change and wildfires in Oregon through a green economy, improve Oregon’s public education system for the future, and expand access to affordable housing. He is running against a far-right candidate sponsored by the Mercers, whose vision for the US is centered in the 19th century. Allen believes in the enduring values of honesty, integrity, kindness, generosity, and inclusiveness with respect for the human rights and dignity of all people. Allen follows Native American traditions.

Alisa Blum

Ran for: Oregon State House (District 28)

Alisa Blum ran for the Oregon State House in District 28. In the May 19 primary, Blum earned 28% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of three candidates. Blum is a small business owner, advocate, and a former social worker. Her advocacy activities include working with Stand for Children to increase public school funding, and Moms Demand Action to advocate for gun safety policies. Her policy priorities include supporting those who are struggling to afford housing, food, and childcare; ensuring public education prepares students for our current and future job market; improving access and affordability for health care including in-home assistance for the elderly and disabled; preventing gun violence by banning assault rifles and passing gun storage legislation; and, investing in technologies that produce innovative green energy solutions. Blum will “provide the leadership and collaboration necessary to turn good ideas into meaningful legislation.” Blum is culturally Jewish.

Jeff Cogen

Ran for: Oregon State House (District 46)

Jeff Cogen ran for the Oregon State House in District 46. In the May 19 primary, Cogen earned 9% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of three candidates. As an attorney, small business owner, and former County Commissioner, Cogen has been very active in his community. For the past four years he has served as executive director of Impact NW, a nonprofit social service and anti-poverty organization. Cogen says, “I’ll build on my diverse experience to help address homelessness and housing affordability, make sure health care is accessible and affordable, and tackle the need for great schools and early learning not just in Portland, but throughout the state. I’ll bring a solutions-oriented focus that will work to leave the world a better place for our children and friends and neighbors.” Cogen is agnostic.

Julie Fahey

Running for: Oregon State House (District 14)

Julie Fahey is running for re-election to the Oregon State House in District 14 (Eugene, Junction City). She was unopposed in the May 19 primary. 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 reducing the cost of housing and health care; creating high-quality, well-funded public schools; and defending a woman’s right to choose. In the Oregon legislature, she serves as the House Deputy Majority Whip and is a member of the House Committees on Business and Labor, Economic Development (Vice-Chair), Conduct (Chair), and Rules.

Rob Fullmer

Ran for: Oregon State House (District 36)

Rob Fullmer ran for state representative for Oregon House District 36. In the May 19 primary, Fullmer earned 13% of the vote – finishing 3rd in a field of four candidates. His main focus areas are protecting our environment, strengthening public education, building an equitable economy and taking action on the houseless crisis. Rob has spent his entire career working in education and has been a strong voice for fair educational opportunities and working conditions. Rob has a long history of union and civic engagement. He has chaired the NW neighborhood’s Safety and Livability Committee and co-leads a monthly neighborhood cleanup. For the past six years, on the Portland City Club’s advocacy board, he’s been a leading voice for improving seismic resiliency. He also spent six years as a City of Portland community budget adviser, standing up for workers and neighborhoods. “I care deeply about this community—about quality education, empowering workers, and protecting our planet by moving towards a renewable energy future. Oregon families need legislators at the capitol who will fight for those who need help—who won’t back down or knuckle under to pressure from special interests—I will be that voice.”

Eliza Kashinsky

Running for: Euguene (OR) City Council (Ward 1)

Eliza Kashinsky is running for the Eugene (OR) City Council in Ward 1. A veteran of numerous nonprofits and community organizations, Kashinsky is a seasoned problem-solver who understands what a modern, successful Eugene should look like. She believes that “we must not just proclaim bold visions, but take bold steps.” Active in city politics, Kashinsky has learned about the importance of government accountability to the public, which she will fight for on the City Council. Her focus will be on affordable and sensible housing, combating homelessness and its root causes, and addressing climate change by reducing Eugene’s carbon footprint and creating sustainable infrastructure. Kashinky was the Chief of Staff for the Secular Coalition for American from 2010 to 2013 and is a nontheist and agnostic.

Pam Marsh

Running for: Oregon State House (District 5)

Pam Marsh is running for re-election to the Oregon State House in District 5. Marsh was unopposed in the May 19 primary. She is not affiliated with a religious organization and believes that “one’s religious views are irrelevant to public office.” Marsh served as an Ashland City Council member and as 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. In the Oregon legislature, she is a member of the House Committee on Revenue (Vice-Chair), House Committee on Economic Development, Joint Committee on Ways and Means (chair), and the Joint Committee on Information Management and Technology.

Marty Wilde

Running for: Oregon State House (District 11)

Marty Wilde is running for re-election to the Oregon State House in District 11. He was unopposed in the May 19 primary. Prior to his election in 2018, Wilde was the executive director of a professional medical membership organization and is currently a Colonel in the Oregon Air National Guard, with deployments in Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Qatar. In the legislature, Wilde is a member of the Energy and Environment Committee, Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Committee, and the Water Committee. He is working to bring compassion back to public service to ensure public schools are the top budget priority, safeguard the environment and expand clean energy production, promote public health and affordable health care, ease the financial burden on families, and improve 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.

South Dakota

Michael Huber

Running for: South Dakota State House (District 14)

Michael Huber is running for election to the South Dakota State House in District 14. Huber attended all of his schooling in South Dakota, and worked part-time at his family’s small business as a student. He is a longtime social-justice activist. Today, Huber works as a financial advisor, treasurer for South Dakota Voices for Peace, and mentors inmates through his program, Yoga for Inmates. Huber is a descendant of homesteaders who helped build South Dakota into the thriving place it is today, and of recent immigrants as his mother came to the United States from Denmark in the 1950s. He hopes to continue the pioneering spirit of his great-grandparents by increasing citizen engagement in his community, supporting local businesses, making the South Dakota criminal justice system fair for all, and offering its children the best possible education. Huber is a member of a UU congregation and is a humanist and atheist.

Whitney Raver

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

Whitney Raver ran for Congress in the South Dakota’s At-Large Congressional District – she withdrew from the race in early 2020. 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.

Tennessee

Christopher Rowe

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

Christopher Rowe ran for Congress in the Tennessee 1st Congressional District – he withdrew prior to the primary. 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.

Texas

Richard Andrews

Ran for: Texas State Senate (District 13)

Richard Andrews ran for the Texas State Senate in District 13. In the March 3 primary, Andrews earned 9% of the vote – finishing 3rd in a field of three candidates. As a doctor and veteran, Andrews knows how to diagnosis problems and take action. He is seeking to “reverse the unhealthy policies of conservative Texas leaders who have for too long produced policies that benefit those who are already doing well economically, while leaving behind large segments of the population.” His policy goals include raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, creating affordable housing and healthcare for all, establishing a rational and ethical immigration program, addressing climate change, legalizing recreational marijuana use, ending capital punishment, and promoting tolerance and acceptance of diversity. Andrews is a secular humanist and a member of Houston Oasis.

Brandy Chambers

Running for: Texas State House (District 112)

Brandy Chambers is running for the Texas State House in District 112. A respected Dallas attorney, she came within two percentage points of defeating the five-term Republican incumbent in 2018 – this year she says “we’ll finish the job.” Chambers’ policy agenda includes attracting more and higher paying jobs, expanding Medicaid, protecting reproductive rights, fully funding public education, enacting common sense gun control, reforming the criminal justice system, ending human trafficking, and addressing climate change. Chambers is a Christian and an ally of the atheist and humanist community.

Christopher Cox

Running for: Texas State House (District 61)

Christopher Cox is running for the Texas House to represent House district 61 (Wise and Parker counties). He has worked for the last 7 years in the medical field and has always maintained a standard of excellence and professionalism. He has been a medical assistant for a doctor’s clinic and an EKG technician for a hospital. He decided to go into the medical field to help people and it is for that same reason that he is running for state house. He was raised by his single father who struggled to make ends meet as an over the road truck driver. Christopher found the discipline to take care of himself from an early age. His policy goals are to lower property taxes for families and make sure that the money allocated for the state is accepted and used where it will benefit the citizens most. Christopher supports legislation based in science and facts rather than legislation based on religious beliefs. His campaign slogan is “Christopher Cares” and that means he cares for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican or Democrat, we want to hear from you. We want to serve the people’s interests.

Jaime Escuder

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

Jaime Escuder ran for Congress in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas. In the March 3 primary, Escuder earned 4% of the vote – finishing 5th in a field of five candidates. 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.

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. In the March 3 primary, Iannuzzi earned 55% of the vote – finishing 1st in a field of three candidates. 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 U.S. Congress in Texas’ 31st District. In the March 3 primary, Imam earned 31% of the vote in a 6-way race, advancing to the runoff, and Imam won the runoff election with 57% of the vote on July 14. Imam is an electrical and computer engineer with an 18+ year career in technology. She is an active volunteer in her community, having served as president of a 4000+ member nonprofit that provides free continuing education and training. 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 is a strong advocate of data driven evidence based policy.

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, implementing the Green New Deal statewide to create clean energy jobs and address climate change, ending the phony war on drugs and attacks against immigrants and the LGBT community, and actively countering the ugly and unacceptable rise in racism fueled by the Trump Administration. Johnson identifies as a deist in the tradition of Thomas Paine.

Joshua Markle

Ran for: Texas State House (District 128)

Joshua Markle ran for the Texas State House in District 128. In the March 3 primary, Markle earned 34% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of two candidates. He is an Air Force veteran, works for a Sign Language interpreting agency, and lives with his husband in Houston. Markle “believes in progressive values and supports all families,” and is running “to better the lives of teachers, veterans, and everyday Texans.” His policy goals include fully funding public schools and increasing teacher pay, making community colleges and technical schools tuition free, expanding Medicaid, reforming the criminal justice system, legalizing recreational marijuana, enacting a living wage, and addressing climate change. Markle is an atheist.

Addison Perry-Franks

Running for: Texas State House (District 83)

Addison Perry-Franks is running for the Texas State House in District 83. In the March 3 primary, Perry-Franks earned 54% of the vote – finishing 1st in a field of two candidates. She runs a thriving IT solutions business and is very active in her community. She and her wife have five children and Addison came out as transgendered in May 2018. Her policy goals include expanding Medicaid and making healthcare affordable for all, fully funding public schools and increasing teacher pay, fighting corruption in our public institutions, enacting common sense gun control, adding gender identity to anti-discrimination laws, repealing “right-to-work” laws and raising the minimum wage, legalizing recreational marijuana, and combating climate change. Perry-Franks is Wiccan and a strong ally of the atheist and humanist community.

Jason Rogers

Running for: Texas State House (District 57)

Jason Rogers is running for the Texas State House in District 57. He is an Army veteran, former teacher, and currently works as a diesel mechanic. Frustrated at being told to talk to his state representative and getting no response, Rogers decided, “Heck, I should just be the state representative.” His top policy priorities are empowering Texas teachers, fully funding public schools, and adequately funding mental health and rehabilitation services. Rogers will also work for expanding access to medical marijuana, enacting common sense gun control, protecting reproductive rights, and addressing climate change. Rogers is a person of faith and an ally of the atheist and humanist community.

Andrew Rose

Running for: Texas State House (District 33)

Andrew Rose is running for the Texas State House in District 33. He is an Air Force veteran and works in telecommunication management. Rose is passionate about public service is committed to altruism. He has volunteered with multiple nonprofit organizations and demonstrated his altruism by donating a piece of his liver to save the life of a co-worker. In addition, Rose successfully ended, with the assistance of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, proclamations from a local mayor promoting Christianity during the holidays. His policy goals include improving public education, advancing LGBTQ civil rights, protecting reproductive rights, and addressing climate change. Rose is agnostic.

Jon Rosenthal

Running for: Texas State House (District 135)

Jon Rosenthal is running for re-election to 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.” Jon was named Freshman of the Year by the Legislative Study Group, a nonpartisan policy analysis caucus of the Texas House. He is a progressive public official focusing on policies to benefit all of Texas such as making public schools a state priority by increasing education funding, 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 strongly advocates for communities that have been underserved in the state legislature by fighting against bigotry and discrimination and by promoting equity justice. Raised in a multi-religious family with a Christian mother and Jewish father, Rosenthal is agnostic.

Greg Sagan

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

Greg Sagan ran for Congress in the Texas 13th Congressional District – he withdrew from the race in March due to health issues. In the March 3 primary, Sagan earned 35% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of 3 candidates. He would have been one of two candidates in the Democratic primary runoff election on July 14. 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.

Jessica Tiedt

Running for: Texas State House (District 20)

Jessica Tiedt is running for the Texas State House in District 20. Tiedt is a technical engineer and works as a Chief Court Administrator, where she provides the court with efficient technical and caring solutions. Her policy goals include strengthening our infrastructure to ensure everyone has access to clean water, providing affordable broadband internet to all communities, ending gerrymandering, addressing climate change, legalizing recreational and medicinal cannabis use, and increasing access to quality and affordable healthcare with Medicare for All. Tiedt is Omnistic and believes a secular government is required to effectively serve all its citizens.

Aurelia Wagner

Ran for: Texas State House (District 147)

Aurelia Wagner ran for the Texas State House in District 147. In the March 3 primary, Wagner earned 24% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of three 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.

Liz Wahl

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

Liz Wahl ran for Congress in the Texas 23rd Congressional District – she withdrew from the race in late 2019. 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.

Michael Robert Walsh

Running for: Texas State House (District 150)

Michael Robert Walsh is running for the Texas State House in District 150. He is a first-time candidate and a college student seeking to bring “new ideas and fresh perspectives that our political system desperately needs and to restore faith in our government institutions.” His policy goals include ending gerrymandering and voter suppression, protecting women’s reproductive rights, addressing climate change and creating jobs with investments in the wind and solar industries, establishing a living wage, and fulfilling the Texas Constitutional guarantee of providing a quality public education. Walsh is not religious.

Ashton Woods

Ran for: Texas State House (District 146)

Ashton P. Woods ran for the Texas State House in District 146. In the March 3 primary, Woods earned 31% of the vote – finishing 2nd in a field of two candidates. Ashton is a strong advocate for the secular, LGBTQIA, homeless, and immigrant communities. He has also fought to end rape and sexual assault, violence against people of color, and unjust criminal punishment. His campaign “is about bringing people together to create comprehensive solutions for all of us.” Ashton’s policy priorities include: increased investment in healthcare services including provisions for mental health treatment as well as HIV and other stigmatized conditions, refocusing investment in programs that improve and uplift rather than criminalize members of our community, and advancing economic programs to increase employment opportunities and ensure livable wages. He is the co-founder and lead organizer for Black Lives Matter Houston, a member of the Houston Mayor’s LGBT Advisory Board, and co-chair of the Black Humanist Alliance an adjunct organization of the American Humanist Association. Ashton is a humanist and atheist.

Utah

Ashlee Matthews

Running for: Utah State House (District 38)

Ashlee Matthews is running for the Utah State House in District 38. Matthews works for the Utah Department of Transportation and is active in her community as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, a founding board member and events director with The Single Parent Project, and a foster with both Cause for Paws Utah and the Utah Animal Advocacy Foundation. Her husband is a Union Pipefitter so she also volunteers with the UA (United Association) Local 140 Ladies Auxiliary. Active in the local Democratic party, Matthews decided to run for public office because she “wants to make sure that Utah’s working class families have a seat at the table” and because she “is a fixer by nature.” The issues she is most focused on are creating affordable daycare and afterschool programs, expanding access to public transportation and ride share programs, establishing a requirement that contractors pay a state prevailing wage for state-funded projects, and protecting the environment and improving air quality. Matthews is an agnostic.

Vermont

Barbara Rachelson

Running for: Vermont State House (Chittenden 6-6 District)

Barbara Rachelson is running for re-election to the Vermont State House in Burlington’s Chittenden-6-6 District. Rachelson is a social worker and has a lengthy track record working for social change. She has over 40 years’ experience working in nonprofit organizations, including over 30 years running them. She is on the board of the national organization, Human Rights for Kids and recently finished up her term on the ACLU of Vermont’s board. Her time in social work has made her one of the foremost advocates for the protection of children and vulnerable adults in the Vermont legislature, where she has introduced numerous bills on the subject. In her next term, Rachelson will use her experience as a legislator and advocate to help build a more forward-looking economy, decrease Vermont’s high childhood poverty rates, enact sensible gun legislation, protect Vermont’s vast natural environment, reform our criminal justice system,and protect Vermonter’s privacy rights, as new technologies chip away at them. Rachelson identifies as a nonreligious Jew.

Robin Scheu

Running for: Vermont State House (Addision-1 District)

Robin Scheu is running for re-election to the Vermont State House in the Addison-1 District. A nearly three-decade resident of Middlebury, Scheu has been an involved member of her community in environmental, education, charitable, and business capacities. As a state legislator, Scheu is focused on a more progressive, inclusive Vermont in which people from all backgrounds and income levels can succeed. Scheu will fight so that all Vermonters can make a “livable wage, receive high-quality affordable health care, get a great education, live in a clean, healthy environment, and retire with security.” To achieve these goals, she plans to implement statewide paid family and medical leave, improve water quality and limit fossil fuels, the creation of safe and affordable housing for working families and seniors, and fund and improve early childhood and public education. She also will work to ensure that all legislation considers racial justice as we work to dismantle structural and institutionalracism. Scheu is a Unitarian Universalist and a humanist.

Brice Simon

Running for: Vermont State House (Caledonia-3 District)

Brice Simon is running for the Vermont State House in the Caledonia-3 District. Simon is a native Vermonter and a lawyer practicing civil litigation, environmental law, and criminal defense. He has been extremely involved in his community, previously serving on a planning commission, an economic development board, a Federally Qualified Health Center, and starting a non-profit afterschool education program. Simon has supported environmental projects to help improve his community, as an attorney has challenged threats to Vermont’s natural environment, and supported legislation to simplify the permitting process for hydro-electric facilities in the state. He has a deep understanding of the Vermont way of life and plans to bring that knowledge to serving St. Johnsbury by representing his neighbors in the State House of Representatives. Simon is a secular humanist and Unitarian Universalist.

Washington

Thomas Clark

Running for: Washington State House (District 31-Position 2)

Thomas Clark is running for the Washington State House in District 31-Position 2. In the open primary on August 4, Clark finished first in a field of three candidates with 36% of the vote. Clark believes that “we, as Americans, have far more in common than our differences,” and is running to bridge the divide between Washingtonians. He is a strong advocate of criminal justice reform and will vote for oversight of police and better outcomes for people of color in the justice system. Clark will enthusiastically listen to the concerns of his constituents and enact policies that will improve their everyday lives. He is a strong supporter of the separation of church and state, reproductive rights, LGBTQ equality, and taking action to address climate change. Clark is an agnostic.

Leslie Daugs

Ran for: Washington State House (District 23-Position 1)

Leslie Daugs ran for the Washington State House in District 23 – Position 1. In the open August 4 primary, Daugs earned 16% of the vote – finishing 3rd in a field of five candidates. The daughter of Filipino immigrants and a foster parent to over 50 children, Daugs understands the power of community. Her activity in local politics, serving in her fourth term on the Bremerton City Council, has made her a true progressive leader in Kitsap County. As an active union organizer, Daugs will promote worker empowerment in the Washington State House. She will also fight for affordable housing, government accountability, reproductive rights, environmental protection, and solutions to police brutality and racism. She says, “Constitutional rights are under attack as never before. We are in a constant fight to ensure that all people are treated equally.” Daugs identifies as Lutheran by tradition, but is not a member of a church.

Jenn Goulet

Ran for: Washington State Senate (District 9)

Jenn Goulet ran for the Washington State Senate in District 9 – she withdrew from the race in September 2020. 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 greater access to quality and affordable mental health care services; fully funding K-12 education, especially special education programs; and addressing the economic and public health impacts of the pandemic, especially on the unemployed, essential workers, and small businesses. Goulet will “fight to ensure no one gets left behind.”

Sharon Wylie

Running for: Washington State House (District 49-Position 1)

Sharon Wylie is running for re-election to the Washington State House in District 49-Position 1. In the open primary on August 4, Sharon finished first in a field of three candidates with 59% of the vote. Sharon was appointed and then elected in 2011. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside and served in the Oregon House in the 90s. Her work history includes 30 years in management, program development, small business and government relations. She has volunteered for Affordable Community Environments and Council for the Homeless. She says, “I believe in public service. Being elected is a great honor. Working on regional transportation, improving our mental health system, housing and data privacy is worth the hard work. Helping people understand and access their government and making that government efficient and effective are my priority. I have succeeded in making our property taxes fairer, especially for our seniors. As vice chair of the Transportation Committee and member of the Finance and Technology committees, I represent my district to solve infrastructure, tax reform, mental health, housing and other issues. My experience shows that together we can make our communities better.”

Wisconsin

Brian Giles

Running for: Wisconsin State Assembly (District 69)

Brian Giles is running for election to the Wisconsin State House in District 69. Endorsed by Planned Parenthood, AFL-CIO, and Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Giles is a proven and respected progressive voice for Wisconsinites. In the State House, he will fight for thoughtful, science-backed solutions to the problems facing Wisconsin, and build a level playing field where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. Giles is an advocate for fair election maps and ending Citizens United, which has allowed billionaires and corporations to dictate Wisconsin’s elections. He will also work to decriminalize marijuana and legalize it for medical use, institute evidence-based action on gun violence, and implement a $15 minimum wage to support workers. Giles was raised Catholic and is an ally of the atheist and humanist community.

Francesca Hong

Running for: Wisconsin State Assembly (District 76)

Francesca Hong is running for the Wisconsin State Assembly in District 76. Hong is the daughter of immigrants, a mother, and a small-business owner. Her career in the restaurant industry has made her an advocate for female and nonbinary culinary professionals, and she is a leader and mentor to the wider culinary community in Wisconsin. Hong understands how economic inequality and systemic racism has led to many of the problems facing Wisconsinites today. As a restaurant owner directly affected by COVID-19, Hong will promote policies to promote economic recovery and address the failing economic structures exposed by the pandemic. She will also advocate for racial equity and criminal justice reform, well-funded public education, affordable housing, climate change action, accessible healthcare, and stronger labor rights. Hong is a humanist.

Karl Jaeger

Running for: Wisconsin State Assembly (District 89)

Karl Jaeger is running for the Wisconsin State Assembly in District 89. He is a long-time resident of Northeast Wisconsin and is an elected Supervisor on the Marinette County Board. Jaeger is passionate about improving his district and Wisconsin by changing the current legislature from the inside out. With this election he will remove a 14-year incumbent who puts “big-money corporate special interests before the interests of everyday Wisconsinites” and serve as a representative who puts people first. For example, his district is the site of one of the Country’s largest groundwater PFAS contamination plumes, and the Wisconsin legislature has failed to act to protect the health and drinking water of his community. Jaeger will fight so that all Wisconsin communities “have a clean environment, affordable healthcare, great schools, and good jobs.” Jaeger is non-religious.

Kristin Lyerly

Running for: Wisconsin State Assembly (District 88)

Kristin Lyerly is running for the Wisconsin State Assembly in District 88. Lyerly comes from a family of dairy farmers and factory workers, and she was one of the first members of her family to attend college. She is a OB-GYN doctor with a Master’s degree in public health, who is a leader in her professional and hospital organizations. Lyerly is deeply involved in healthcare advocacy in order to nurture healthy individuals and communities. She will bring a much-needed voice of science and medicine to the legislature, where decisions are made that affect the health and safety of millions of Wisconsinites. She is also an advocate for strong public schools, climate change action, and civility in politics. She says, “we need to get beyond partisan politics to strengthen our communities by building relationships and bridging divides.” Lyerly was raised Catholic.

LaKeshia Myers

Running for: Wisconsin State Assembly (District 12)

LaKeshia Myers is running for re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in District 12. Myers is a Milwaukee native and longtime educator with Milwaukee Public Schools and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. She received her doctorate in education in 2016. Prior to her educational career, she served as a clerk and speechwriter in the U.S. House of Representatives. There, she assisted with issues such as diversity and employee pay and benefits. In the State Assembly, Myers focuses on important issues like racial equality and police accountability, improving Wisconsin’s education, fighting voter suppression, and economic security for families. Myers is Baptist and an ally of our community.

Kelda Roys

Running for: Wisconsin State Senate (District 26)

Kelda Roys is running for the Wisconsin State Senate in District 26. Roys is a former member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, and board member of the ACLU of Wisconsin. She is a strong supporter of church-state separation. She says, “My experience as an atheist, an attorney, and a staunch ACLU supporter means I respect religion’s role in private life, but reject its role in public policy or government. Religious views should not make law.” Her other policy priorities include healthcare for all, paid leave, student debt relief, fair wages, quality public education, racial and gender equality, and combating climate change. Roys is an atheist and secular humanist.

Melissa Sargent

Running for: Wisconsin State Senate (District 16)

Melissa Sargent is running for the Wisconsin State Senate in District 16. Sargent is currently a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, a seat she has held since 2013. In the harsh political environment created by 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. Sargent is agnostic.

Aaron Wojciechowski

Running for: Wisconsin State Senate (District 18)

Aaron Wojciechowski is running for the Wisconsin State Senate in District 18. He is a lifelong Wisconsinite, local elected official, and aftercare educator. Wojciechowski is a member of the LGBTQ+ and Latinx communities, and understands how to fix the inequities inherent in Wisconsin. His plan is one that prioritizes working-class Wisconsinites and will make his district a fairer, more progressive, and forward-looking place. Wojciechowski will fight to make healthcare more affordable and accessible, ensure our public schools are well-funded, pass meaningful criminal justice reform, and create a sustainable economy that works for everyone. He will also work to improve Wisconsin’s infrastructure, mitigate climate change, and ensure voting rights for all. Wojciechowski is non-religious.