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Jay Chen

House / CA-45

Jay Chen is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves, Trustee for Mt. San Antonio Community College, and a small business owner. He’s running for Congress in California’s 45th Congressional district because Washington is broken. As our community struggles to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, career politicians are more interested in serving themselves and […]

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Kermit Jones

House / CA-03

After the tragedy of 9/11, Dr. Kermit Jones wanted to do his part and serve his country, so after completing medical school, he joined the U.S. Navy to become a flight surgeon. He deployed to Iraq with a Marine squadron that took injured service members and Iraqi civilians to safety. After returning from Iraq, he […]

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Beto O’Rourke

Governor / TX

Beto O’Rourke is a fourth-generation Texan, born and raised in El Paso where he has served as a small business owner, a city council representative and a member of Congress. He founded and currently leads Powered by People, a Texas-based organization that works to expand democracy and produce Democratic victories through voter registration and direct […]

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Mandela Barnes

Senate / WI

Mandela was born in Milwaukee in one of the most impoverished and incarcerated Zip codes in the state. He became a Wisconsin State Representative at 27 and stood up to Scott Walker’s anti-union agenda. In 2018, Mandela helped Tony Evers kick Scott Walker out of office and, at 31, became Wisconsin’s first Black Lt. Governor […]

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Angie Craig

House / MN-2

I was raised by a single mom and grew up in a mobile home park. I watched my mom work hard and complete her teaching degree over nine years while raising three kids with the help of my grandmother — who herself worked in a union shoe factory well into her 70s. These strong women […]

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Jamie Raskin

House / MD-8

Jamie Raskin has dedicated so much of his life and career to public service, serving three terms in Maryland’s State Senate before moving to the House of Representatives. He has served as the Senior Whip for the 116th Congress. Raskin is well known for building coalitions and working to pass landmark legislation. Over his time […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

House / NY-14

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an inspirational progressive champion who has led the Green New Deal in Congress. A member of the progressive “Squad,” she’s embodied the values of a rising new generation. Common Defense endorsed her in her primary victory in 2018, and she was one of the first to sign our pledge to End the Forever War.

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Ayanna Pressley

House / MA-07

Ayanna Pressley is an advocate, a policy-maker, an activist, and survivor. A member of the progressive “Squad,” she was endorsed by Common Defense during her primary victory in 2018, and represents the communities surrounding Boston, Massachusetts.

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Ilhan Omar

House / MN-05

Ilhan Omar has been a progressive community organizer her whole life, advocating for working families, educational access, environmental protection, and racial equity. She’s been a particular leader in Congress on foreign policy, and was the first member of Congress to sign our pledge to End the Forever War.

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Rashida Tlaib

House / MI-13

Rashida Tlaib is one of the first two Muslim Congresswoman, and has stood with veterans to fight back against the Trump agenda that puts corporate profits and serving the rich over the needs of the rest of us.

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Jamaal Bowman

House / NY-16

Jamaal Bowman is challenging incumbent Democrat Elliot Engel in this suburban district near NYC. Engel is the chairman of the Foreign Affairs committee, but has not signed our pledge to End the Forever War. Bowman is an educator and community leader who is a true representative of the needs of working people.

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Cori Bush

House / MO-01

Cori Bush, a nurse and racial justice activist understands the struggles of everyday Americans. She had to quit her job at a preschool when she fell ill while pregnant with her second child in 2001. She and her then-husband were evicted from their home, and along with their baby and young son were homeless living […]

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Pramila Jayapal

House / WA-07

One of the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Rep Jayapal has led the Medicare for All legislation in the House of Representatives, and signed our pledge to end the Forever War.

Mondaire Jones

House / NY-10

Mondaire Jones is a former Obama Department of Justice staffer running to represent New York’s 17th Congressional District, an open, safely-democratic seat which covers parts of the Hudson valley. Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family, and would […]

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Jim McGovern

House / MA-02

A strong voice in Congress against our endless wars, Rep McGovern is a leading progressive and plays a critical role in advancing our legislative priorities from his role on the Rules committee. McGovern is a champion on reforming war powers to end the Forever War.

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

House / NC-11

I’m running to defeat insurrectionist Madison Cawthorn in NC-11 because Western North Carolina deserves much better leadership than we’ve been getting. Mark Meadows represented this district before he left the post to go be Donald Trump’s chief of staff. Madison Cawthorn has used his position to promote dangerous extremism and build his brand of toxic […]

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Nida Allam

House / NC-4

Nida Allam grew up in Wake County, the daughter of Indian and Pakistani immigrants. She attended North Carolina public schools and then NC State University, where she led a campaign to partner with local healthcare workers to provide free healthcare to low-income community members. In 2020, Nida ran an unprecedented progressive campaign for Durham County Commission. The highest vote-getter […]

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Andy Levin

House / MI-11

Inspired by his family’s values of public service and activism, Andy has dedicated his career to championing the working class, human rights and clean energy. And with the colliding crises of the pandemic and ensuing public health emergency, racial injustice and climate change, his life’s work has never been urgent.   He helped lead the Congressional Progressive […]

Collin Allred

House / TX-32

Colin was born and raised in North Texas, one of the most dynamic and diverse communities in America. He spent his first term in Congress working across the aisle to deliver real solutions to the problems North Texans face. He led the fight to lower prescription drug prices, championed a bipartisan paid family leave bill, […]

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Joaquin Castro

House / TX-20

Joaquin Castro was born in San Antonio, Texas on September 16, 1974. A second generation Mexican American, he was raised on the city’s west side and is a proud product of the public school system. In 2012, Joaquin was elected to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives as representative of Texas’ 20th Congressional District, […]

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Abigail Spanberger

House / VA-07

Abigail’s career has been defined by public service. She first swore an oath to the U.S. Constitution as a federal agent with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. In this role, she investigated money laundering and narcotics cases — including at the southern border. Then, as a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) case officer, she worked at […]

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Tom Malinowski

House / NJ-07

Rep. Tom Malinowski was born in Communist Poland during the height of the Cold War. When he was six, he and his mother fled to the United States, and grew up in Central Jersey. Malinowski served as a Senior Director on President Clinton’s National Security Council where he worked to end conflicts around the globe. […]

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Andy Kim

House / NJ-03

  Congressman Andy Kim represents the Third Congressional District of New Jersey. Congressman Kim has dedicated his life to serving the country. He worked as a career public servant under both Democrats and Republicans, having served at USAID, the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House National Security Council, and in Afghanistan as an advisor to Generals Petraeus […]

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Jason Crow

House / CO-06

Jason Crow is a former Army Ranger, longtime advocate for the homeless, and spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, making the case for President Obama’s repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” He served as one of the Impeachment managers during the trial of Donald Trump.

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Elissa Slotkin

House / MI-07

Representative Elissa Slotkin is honored to serve the residents of Michigan’s 8th Congressional District, a district that includes Ingham, Livingston, and North Oakland Counties. Rep. Slotkin has spent her career in national service. She was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to be a Middle East analyst and went on to devote her career […]

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Mikie Sherrill

House / NJ-11

Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill proudly represents New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1994, Congresswoman Sherrill spent almost 10 years on active duty in the United States Navy. She flew missions throughout Europe and the Middle East as a Sea King helicopter pilot, worked on the Battle Watch Floor […]

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Ruben Gallego

House / AZ-03

Congressman Ruben Gallego represents the 7th District of Arizona, including parts of Phoenix, Glendale, and Tolleson, in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was first elected in 2014. Representative Gallego believes in improving the health and welfare of veterans by first working to prevent unnecessary wars. When the fighting starts, he believes in providing them […]

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Sara Jacobs

House / CA-51

Congresswoman Sara Jacobs proudly represents California’s 53rd Congressional District. A third-generation San Diegan, Congresswoman Jacobs attended local public schools before graduating from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of International Affairs degree in International Security Policy and Conflict Resolution. Congresswoman Jacobs serves as the Founding Chair of […]

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Veronica Escobar

House / TX-16

Representative Veronica Escobar is a third-generation El Pasoan and lifelong Democrat. She is one of the first two Latinas to serve Texas in Congress when elected in 2018, and the first woman to hold the seat in El Paso, Texas. Congresswoman Escobar has sponsored more than 35 bills including the Homeland Security Improvement Act, the […]

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Ro Khanna

House / CA-17

Congressman Ro Khanna represents California’s 17th Congressional District, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, and is serving in his third term. Rep. Khanna sits on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Oversight and Reform committees, where he chairs the Environmental Subcommittee. Additionally, Rep. Khanna is the Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus; serves […]

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Lucas Kunce

Senate / MI

Lucas Tyree Kunce spent 13 years as a Marine officer, did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, defended fellow servicemen from predatory finance, represented the United States in arms control negotiations in Europe, and worked to make our world a safer place with fewer weapons and wars. Since then, he’s been fighting the massive corporations and […]

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Mary Gay Scanlon

House / PA-05

Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon has dedicated her career to serving the most vulnerable — first as a lawyer and now in Congress. She was first sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives on November 13, 2018 following a special election, and currently represents Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District.

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Susan Wild

House / PA-07

Congresswoman Susan Wild is a mother, attorney, public servant, and a dedicated member of the Greater Lehigh Valley community for more than 30 years.  Susan has been a leading advocate for Pennsylvania workers, retirees, and families. She strongly supported the Butch Lewis Act in the 116th Congress and helped ensure a long-term solution as part […]

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Chris Deluzio

House / PA-17

Chris is a Pittsburgh-area native, Iraq War Veteran, and voting rights attorney. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, Chris served as an officer in the Navy and deployed overseas multiple times. As a lawyer, Chris worked to protect voting rights and our elections as the policy director at Pitt Cyber and previously at the […]

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Raphael Warnock

Senate / GA

Reverend Raphael Warnock’s father was a US Army World War II Veteran, a small businessman, and a preacher. With Georgia being home to nearly 700,000 veterans and nearly 100,000 active-duty personnel, reservists, and national guardsmen, it is imperative that its elected leaders represent their needs and boldly advocate on their behalf. He is committed to […]

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John Fetterman

Senate / PA

20 years ago, John came to Braddock to start a GED program. He became mayor, and for 13 years worked to build the once-booming steel town back from collapse. As Lieutenant Governor, John has transformed the position into a bully pulpit for criminal justice reform. He has led the fight to free the wrongfully convicted […]

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Stacey Abrams

Governor / GA

Stacey Abrams grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi, one of six children whose parents had three tenets: go to church, go to school, and take care of each other. Her father, a shipyard worker, and mother, a college librarian, faced financial hardships of their own, yet they taught their children the value of service to others. […]

Doyle Canning

House / OR-04

Doyle is a community organizer, attorney, mother and proven progressive leader. She has been building movements for strong climate solutions, working families, racial justice, immigrant rights, homes for all, environmental restoration, and more – advocating to move our progressive priorities forward. Now, Doyle is running for Congress because she believes that everyone deserves clean air […]

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Greg Casar

House / TX-35

Greg is an Austin City Council Member and movement organizer who has supported working families from San Antonio to Hays County to East Austin. The proud son of Mexican immigrants, Greg has passed policies to protect families from being separated, raised wages for thousands of workers, and has successfully fought to expand civil rights protections. […]

Jessica Cisneros

House / TX-28

Jessica was born and raised in the border town of Laredo, Texas. As a child, she saw families like hers torn apart by broken policies passed by Congress. When she saw her parents struggle to keep a small business afloat, while politicians in Washington protected large corporations and a broken immigration system divided her community, […]

Marcus Flowers

House / GA-14

Marcus Flowers is running to defeat Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in Georgia’s 14th District. Flowers has spent his entire career defending the United States. He served as an active duty member of the U.S. Army, followed by more than 20 years with the State Department and Department of Defense. Marcus has spent a decade in […]

Lucy McBath

House / GA-7

The most important title that Congresswoman Lucy McBath will ever hold is “mom.” In 2012, Lucy’s son Jordan was senselessly shot and killed at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida by a man objecting to the music Jordan was playing in his car. Lucy left her 30-year long career working for Delta Airlines for her […]

Jessica Mason

House / TX-30

Jessica Mason was born and raised in South Dallas. Having grown up in poverty, Jessica struggled to afford college, but chose to enlist in the US Navy to help pay for college. After five years serving in the US Navy as a medic, she became deeply familiar with the mental health challenges facing veterans particularly […]

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Adriano Espaillat

House / NY-13

Rep. Espaillat is a progressive leader on the Foreign Affairs committee who has signed our pledge the End the Forever War. He represents an urban NYC district covering Harlem and upper Manhattan.

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Raul Grijalva

House / AZ-03

Raul Grijalva is a leading progressive Democrat in Congress, who has run a people-powered grassroots campaign since he ran for office in 2002. Raúl has a thirty-year record of exceptional public service in Southern Arizona where he has fought for bold progressive change. He is fighting the Trump Administration’s attempts to privatize VA care and […]

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Deb Haaland

House / NM-01

Deb Haaland is one of first two Native American women ever elected to Congress, and with the help of Common Defense and New Mexico veterans she is fighting for racial justice, ending poverty, and investing in our communities. She’s been a progressive voice on the Armed Services Committee, overseeing the military.

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Mark Kelly

Senate / AZ

Mark Kelly is a retired U.S. Navy combat pilot, engineer, and NASA astronaut. As the Democratic nominee for Senate in Arizona, Mark is prioritizing three key issues: Veterans, Healthcare, and the Economy. His platform includes working to make the VA the premier service provider we need, not privatizing it. Arizona is home to seven military […]

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Barbara Lee

House / CA-13

Rep Barbara Lee cast the lone “no” vote against the disastrous war in Afghanistan and the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force that has spawned the global Forever War. She is the daughter of a veteran and a beloved progressive leader in Congress, representing Oakland and Berkleley, California.

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Ed Markey

Senate / MA

Senator Ed Markey is a progressive champion on climate change, and introduced the Green New Deal in the Senate. He has also signed out pledge to End the Forever War. Common Defense has his back against a primary challenge by a more conservative Democrat who is backed by corporate money.

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Marie Newman

House / IL-03

Marie Newman is challenging incumbent Democrat Dan Lipinski in Illinois’ 3rd congressional district, a safe Democratic district in the suburbs of Chicago. Lipinski has failed to support LGBTQ equality or our pro-choice values in Congress, and has not signed our pledge to End the Forever War.

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Jon Ossoff

Senate / GA

Since 2013, Jon Ossoff has been CEO of Insight TWI, a media production company producing investigative films and TV shows. He first ran for Congress in Georgia’s 6th District’s special election in 2017. Jon supports Medicaid expansion, a public healthcare option, and overturning Citizens United. Common Defense is proud to endorse Jon Ossoff to represent the veterans of Georgia in the United States Senate!

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Katie Porter

House / CA-45

Katie Porter has been strong in standing up to powerful special interests and leaders of both parties, starting with Donald Trump. During her first term in Congress she has introduced progressive legislation that has been passed with unanimous, bipartisan support. We are certain she will continue to fight for Californians in her district, and all […]

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Mark Takano

House / CA-41

Rep Mark Takano is the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, and has fought hard for veterans against the attempts by right wing billionaires to privatize and demolish the VA. He’s prioritized the need for better care for woman veterans and LGBTQ veterans.

Charles Booker

Senate / KY

Charles Booker was elected in 2018 to the Kentucky State House of Representatives, and is the youngest Black state legislator in 90 years. During his time in office, Charles has championed common sense gun safety reform, affordable housing protections, voting rights, and strong labor unions. His overwhelming support and endorsements from local Kentuckians, and inspirational inclusive message, make him the most viable candidate to defeat Mitch McConnell in November. Unlike his big-money Democratic opponent, he has pledged to end the Forever War.

Dani Brzozowski

House / IL-16

Dani Brzozowski is an organizer and the daughter of a Gulf War veteran, running to unseat incumbent Rep. Adam Kinzinger. Unlike Rep. Kinzinger, Dani has signed our pledge to End the Forever War and finally bring troops like us home to their families after nearly 20 years of conflict. We are proud to endorse Dani’s […]

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Moe Davis

House / NC-11

Moe Davis proved himself to be a principled leader when he refused to use evidence gained from tortured detainees and then resigned as Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay. North Carolinians need someone like him to stand up for them in Washington against Trump and his Republicans. Veterans like Moe are natural leaders who bring people […]

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Sara Gideon

Senate / ME

Sara’s commitment to the people of Maine is unwavering. During her 15 years of public service, where she served first as local town council, then as a State Representative and now as Speaker of the House – she has always put Mainers first. As the Democratic nominee for Senate in Maine, Sara is committed to fight for veterans accessibility to the services they need. She has already done some of this work in the Maine House of Representative, where she increased homelessness prevention efforts, passed a law improving mental health care for veterans, and created systems in Maine’s universities and community colleges to help students who are veterans. Sara Gideon’s Republican opponent Susan Collins is directly responsible for the damage to the US Postal Service which is affecting countless Mainers who depend on the mail to vote and for basic essentials like medication.

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Joan Greene

House / AZ-05

Arizona is Joan’s home, she knows the district and its families well and she is committed to fighting for Arizonans. Joan is committed to implementing solutions to increase the health care facility options for veterans in Arizona’s East Valley. She is the candidate that will put Arizonans first not special interests, and will put country […]

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Jon Hoadley

House / MI-06

Jon Hoadley is a state representative and leader in the LGBTQ community, comes from a family of educators, and is now challenging incumbent GOP Congressman Fred Upton. Jon is running an unabashed progressive, grassroots campaign and is committed to ending the Forever War.

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Donna Imam

House / TX-31

Donna Imam is an engineer and a tech entrepreneur. Donna served as President of ProductCamp Austin, a non-profit that provides free continuing education to boost people’s careers and paychecks; she is committed to bringing this work to Congress and to fight for quality education for all. Her platform includes a bold progressive agenda, which includes healthcare for all, which will drastically lower the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs and improve the quality of healthcare Americans receive. She also has a comprehensive plan for taking care of our veterans. Common Defense veterans are proud to endorse Donna Imam for Congress!

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Doug Jones

Senate / AL

Senator Doug Jones is a fellow veteran and has shown deep integrity in his time in the U.S Senate, taking tough, principled votes that put country over his political self-interest. Common Defense is proud to support his reelection in Alabama.

Pam Keith

House / FL-18

Pam Keith is a US Navy veteran and a lawyer who understands service is about putting others first, giving back to your community, and taking the steps necessary to improve the lives of others. As a veteran herself, Pam believes in properly funding the VA. She is also committed to fighting for Americans to get quality healthcare and education. As a Floridian she is well aware that in a fight between man and Mother Nature; she is committed to fighting corporate interests in Washington that allow polluters the influence legislation. We are proud to endorse Pam Keith for Florida 18th district!

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Arati Kreibich

House / NJ-05

Dr. Arati Kreibich is a Councilmember in Glen Rock, a neuroscientist, an immigrant, and a mom who has signed our pledge to end the Forever War. She is running for Congress in New Jersey’s 5th District against hawkish incumbent Josh Gottheimer, who puts Wall Street ahead of working people.

Michael Muscato

House / AZ-08

Michael Muscato is a native Arizonan and a small business owner. As the brother of a service member in the US Army, Michael understands military families and veterans’ needs. He is running a campaign grounded on solutions and his platform is based on representing the people of Arizona’s 8th district and solving the problems all of us as American’s need. Some of the issues he will fight for in Congress are quality healthcare and education for all. We are proud to support Michael Muscato for Congress!

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Hillary O’Connor Mueri

House / OH-14

Hillary O’Connor Mueri is a US Navy combat veteran, an engineer, a lawyer, and a fierce fighter for the people of northeast Ohio. Coming from a working class family herself, she understands the struggles that everyday Americans face. Ohioans deserve a representative who understands them and who will fight for them and their needs, that is why we are honored to endorse fellow veteran Hillary O’Connor Mueri for Ohio’s 14th district!

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Julie Oliver

House / TX-25

Julie Oliver comes from a military family, and her story is a heart-wrenching tale that highlights the ways our social safety net continues to fall short. Julie is running to represent the 25th district of Texas, which includes Fort Hood, on a platform which includes Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and protecting and improving the Department of Veterans Affairs, not privatizing it. Julie Oliver will be an excellent representative for the people of Texas, and for all of us. We’re proud to endorse her and support her campaign!

Gina Ortiz Jones

House / TX-23

Gina Ortiz Jones is a fearless progressive, a child of immigrants, and a former Air Force Intelligence Officer who served as a lesbian during “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” She’s running to flip a GOP-held open seat.

Qasim Rashid

House / VA-01

Qasim Rashid is an immigrant running to represent Virginia’s 1st Congressional District which includes Dahlgren Naval Base and Marine Corps Base Quantico. His brother was a Marine, so Qasim knows firsthand what military families go through, which is why he signed our pledge to End the Forever War and bring our troops home. Common Defense is honored to endorse Qasim!

Mike Siegel

House / TX-10

Mike Siegel is a civil rights lawyer and former public school teacher running for Congress in the Texas 10th District. Mike is committed to delivering justice and opportunities to Texas communities, his platform includes a progressive bold agenda that works for the people and not for corporate interests. We are proud to endorse Mike Siegel for Texas 10th district!

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Candace Valenzuela

House / TX-24

The daughter of U.S. Army veterans, Candace was born and raised in El Paso. After her mother left the military, her family struggled financially and, for a time, they were homeless. Despite these challenges, Candace became the first Latina and first African-American woman to serve on the Carrollton-Farmers Branch school board. Now she’s running to flip an open GOP-held district, and faces a primary against a candidate who forced out of the military for war profiteering and corruption in Iraq.

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