2018 Endorsed Candidates
ABDUL EL-SAYED - (D)
Michigan Candidate for Governor (Defeated)
Abdul El-Sayed is running an ambitious campaign for Governor of Michigan. At just 30 years old, he became the youngest health official of a major American city when he was hired to rebuild Detroit's Health Department after it was privatized during the city's bankruptcy. Throughout his career, Abdul has taken action to provide clean air and water to Michiganders, by taking on polluting corporations and working with them to reduce emissions, invest in parks, and ensure that children attending Detroit schools and daycares had access to lead-free water. If elected Governor, Abdul would work to divest from a polluting economy, establish labor policies and programs to ensure green jobs are good jobs, expand electric vehicle programs, and more.
JESS KING - (D)
Pennsylvania Candidate for US Congress (PA-11), Primary winner, General Election: November 6th
Jess is a working mom, small business owner, and a leader in local economic development. She was born and raised in south central Pennsylvania where she’s spent the last decades fighting for affordable housing and community development and starting her own local business incubator. Jess believes that every American deserves access to clean water, clean air, and good-paying jobs that can sustain families. She has fought against dangerous pipelines, like the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline, that threaten her community and strongly advocates for investment in clean energy infrastructure. She faces incumbent Lloyd Smucker in the general election in November who’s pocketed thousands from the Koch Brothers, the NRA, and Williams, the company behind the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline.
After the redrawing of maps due to a redistricting reform decision in February left the campaign in a Republican district, King supporters aren’t giving up. They set and JUST HIT an ambitious goal of contacting 100,000 voters this summer alone and have assembled over 20 local organizing teams to meet their goal. In a year of political upsets, we have a lot of hope that, come November, Jess King will represent thousands of Pennsylvanians in Congress.
ILHAN OMAR - (D)
Minnesota Candidate for US Congress (MN-05), Primary winner, General Election: November 6th
Ilhan Omar made history when she when she was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives and became the first Somali-American, Muslim legislator in the United States. She fled Somalia’s civil war at just eight years old, living in Kenya for four years in a refugee camp until eventually settling in Minneapolis in her early adolescence. She’s been a dedicated organizer and community member in Minneapolis for over 20 years. Ilhan has fiercely backed a moratorium on new oil and gas infrastructure, especially when it comes to the Line 3 pipeline. She’s promised to stop tax loopholes and giveaways to fossil fuel executives, if elected to office and will support legislation to create good-paying, union jobs in the clean energy sector instead.
KANIELA ING - (D)
Hawai’i Candidate for US Congress (HI-01) (Defeated)
Kaniela is a Native Hawaiian, millennial father, and a three term state legislator. He is running a 100% people-powered campaign and calling for the entire United States to join Hawai’i in moving to 100% renewable energy. Kaniela is the only candidate in the race with a serious climate plan and who signed the #NoFossilFuelMoney pledge.
He’s also championing a “Green New Deal” to create millions of good jobs fighting climate change with a jobs guarantee that would put every American who needs a job to work scaling up renewable energy, planting trees, making homes and business more energy efficient, and more. If elected, he would be one of the most vocal champions for climate action in Congress, starting on Day 1. Learn more about Kaniela in his new campaign video.
ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ - (D)
New York Candidate for US Congress (NY-14), Primary winner, General Election: November 6th
After defeating ten term incumbent, Joe Crowley, earlier this summer, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has exploded as a progressive star in American politics. She has one of the most ambitious climate platforms of any candidate running for Congress today, strongly supporting a transition to a carbon-free, 100% renewable energy system and a fully modernized electrical grid by 2035. If elected to office, she’s pledged to fight for a “Green New Deal”, recognizing that fully and immediately addressing climate change could move us towards a more equitable economy and political system for all.
CYNTHIA NIXON - (D, Working families party)
Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate (NY), Primary Election: September 13th
Cynthia Nixon is taking on the most powerful figure in New York politics, Governor Andrew Cuomo, for a shot at becoming the next Governor of New York. If elected to office, one of Cynthia’s first priorities will be to pass the Climate and Community Protection Act, mandating in law that New York must transition to 100% clean energy by no later than 2050. The bill requires that 40% of state energy funding be directed towards the low-income communities and communities of color most impacted by climate change and ensures fair labor standards for the jobs created through the program — so that green jobs are good jobs. She announced she would be taking the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge in a press conference with Sunrise leaders, while Cuomo has taken almost $500,000 from fossil fuel interests including $86,000 from the Koch Brothers.
JUMAANE WILLIAMS - (D, working families party)
Democratic Candidate for Lt. Gov (NY), Primary Election: September 13th
Jumaane is currently a Council Member in the 45th Council District in Brooklyn. He is an advocate for affordable housing, anti-gun violence measures, fair policing, equity, and social justice. When it comes to fighting climate change and protecting our environment, Jumaane’s plan includes investing in public transportation in our urban areas, conserving more land across the state, protecting our clean water and public health, and divesting from the fossil fuel industry. He has signed the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge and is running jointly with Cynthia Nixon for Governor.
RASHIDA TLAIB - (D)
Michigan Candidate for US Congress (MI-13), Primary winner, General Election: November 6th
Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Rashida is a fighter for working Americans across the state — her platform includes ending bailouts for corporations and the ultra-wealthy, protecting our air and water from polluters, ensuring healthcare for all, and guaranteeing good-paying jobs. She’s a badass and has shown she’s willing to go the mile to protect our communities from toxic pollution. In 2013, she trespassed on Koch Brothers property to take sample tests of the “petcoke” that was dumped in Detroit’s waterfront after the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality refused to do the testing themselves. She then used the results to prompt government action to address the pollution.
Anna Eskamani - (D)
Florida State House Candidate (HD-47), Primary Election: August 28th
Anna Eskamani is a working class progressive advocate, daughter of immigrants, and our endorsed candidate in the Democratic primary for Florida’s House District 47 in the Orlando region, where she has lived her whole life. She was one of the earliest signers in Florida of the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, wants to “eliminate the tight grip fossil fuel energy companies have in Florida,” push the whole state in joining her home city of Orlando in setting its sights on 100% renewable energy. Anna believes that Florida’s future economy relies on protecting and preserving our natural resources, from waterways to beaches, and wants to make the “Sunshine State,” a global leader in renewable energy, especially solar. She was the Senior Director for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida for the last 6 years, is pursuing her PhD in Public Affairs from University of Central Florida, and she’s only 28!
DANIELLE FRIEL OTTEN - (D)
Pennsylvania State House Candidate (HD-155), Primary winner, General Election: November 6th
Danielle got involved in politics when she learned the proposed Mariner East 2 pipeline, carrying highly explosive natural gas liquids, was slated to go through her backyard. She sprang into action immediately, co-founding multiple citizen action organizations that support constituents to advocate at the local and state level with legislators to close loopholes and pass legislation protect the health welfare and safety of our community, work within the community to educate neighbors on the realities of pipeline development while empowering them toward action in social change, and support victims of pipeline destruction through efforts to document, publicize and pull the curtains back on the destruction and danger that comes along with this development.
Danielle hopes to continue her efforts to educate, advocate for and protect her community as an elected representative.
KATIE MUTH - (D)
Pennsylvania State Senate Candidate (SD-44), Primary winner, General Election: November 6th
Katie Muth experienced firsthand the dangers that fossil fuels pose to our health and livelihoods when her own father witnessed a gas pipeline explosion in Western Pennsylvania. She’s opposed the construction of natural gas pipelines through her district or any other district in the state and pledged to stand up for her constituents in Harrisburg in the face of corporate greed. She points to tax cuts giveaways to the oil and gas industry as a major issue at a time when Pennsylvania faces deep funding challenges. She believes penalizing corporations for jeopardizing the safety of our communities is necessary while simultaneously investing in clean, affordable water, good-paying renewable energy jobs and more.
ZELLNOR MYRIE - (D, working families party)
New York State Senate Candidate (SD-20), Primary Election: September 13th
Zellnor Myrie is a Brooklyn native, lawyer, and activist who’s fighting back against the establishment in New York state. His opponent is a member of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), a group of eight members of the New York State Senate who were elected as Democrats, but caucus and align with Republicans. Zellnor believes deeply in the need for environmental justice, that all people, regardless of race, class, or gender should have the same rights to clean air and water and a safe home. He supports ambitious legislation to move New York to 100% renewable energy and make it the nation’s leader in climate justice policies.
ALESSANDRA BIAGGI - (D, working families party)
New York State Senate Candidate (SD-34), Primary Election: September 13th
Alessandra was born and raised in District 34, where she’s now running for State Senate and will represent people in the Bronx and Westchester. Core tenets of her climate and environmental justice platform include: ensuring that everyone has access to renewable energy, preventing future fossil fuel infrastructure development, including pipelines for fracked gas, and investing heavily in public transportation.
New York State Senate Candidate (SD-18), Primary Election: September 13th
Julia has bas been an organizer and activist for social justice in her communities since college. These days, that community is Brooklyn, NY where she’s challenging an incumbent Democrat who has been part of a group of Democrats responsible for blocking New York from passing the most aggressive climate legislation in the country. She’s the daughter of two working-class immigrants, and has been a passionate advocate, tenant, and union member in her community. She’s supported legislation like Climate and Communities Protection Act that would transition New York to 100% renewable energy economy.
Ben Jealous - (D)
Maryland Candidate for Governor, Primary winner, General Election: November 6th
Ben Jealous is a civil rights leader, community organizer, businessman, and teacher who “has spent his life bringing people together to get big things done.” At age 35, Ben was named the youngest ever National President and CEO of the NAACP where he helped establish the NAACP’s national climate and environmental justice program. A lifelong fighter for civil rights and the environment, Ben knows that the future is in renewable energy is committed to an inclusive and prosperous 100% renewable energy economy for Maryland as fast as possible. He was one of the earliest signers of the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge and supports a moratorium on all new fossil fuel infrastructure development so we can immediately begin creating good-paying jobs stopping climate change rather than causing it. Ben handily won his primary in June and now faces incumbent Republican Governor Larry Hogan in the general election.
Wisconsin Candidate for US Congress (WI-01), Primary winner, General Election: November 6th
Randy, also known as “Iron Stache”, has been running an absolutely electric and inspiring campaign to “repeal and replace” current House Speaker Paul Ryan, and perhaps as a result, Ryan has decided he won’t seek another term. As an ironworker, Randy knows the importance of good quality, family-sustaining union jobs and knows that organized labor must be central to our rapid transition to a renewable energy future. He supports massive investment in green infrastructure programs that could generate thousands of new jobs for Wisconsinites, ending fossil fuel subsidies, and supports getting America to a fossil-free economy by 2035. He pledged early on to refuse donations from fossil fuel executives — in clear contrast to his former opponent Ryan who has taken a whopping $2 million from oil and gas interests throughout his career.
Deb Haaland - (D)
New Mexico Candidate for US Congress (NM-01), Primary winner, General Election: November 6th
A Native American child of veterans and single mother who joined with other nations at Standing Rock to protect the water threatened by the Dakota Access Pipeline, Deb knows what it means to fight and protect. That’s good news for us if she makes it to Congress, because she lists climate and the environment as her top priorities. Deb Haaland has signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge and supports 100% renewable energy, a ban on fracking, and isn’t afraid to call out fossil fuel billionaires for “the harms it has done to our communities -- especially poor communities and communities of color” by “wrecking our climate, poisoning our neighborhoods, and trampling over sovereign Native Nations.” Deb understands that our environment and our economy are deeply connected, and also that the best way to save our economy is to protect our environment and responsibly and equitably invest in our infrastructure to create millions of good jobs enabling a transition to a renewable energy future.
DANA HAMP GULICK - (D)
Pennsylvania State House Candidate (HD-97), Primary winner, General Election: November 6th
Dana’s family has lived in this district for generations. She’s running because she wants to make real the promise of a state that work for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected.
Dana is running for office because she knows what oil and gas pipelines, like the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project, which runs through her county, can do to the people and places she loves. She’s witnessed personally the ways in which existing efforts to stop, mitigate, and slow the process of approving the pipelines have been intense but ineffective. Dana has vowed to do anything in her power to bring pressure to bear in favor of constituents or communities impacted by pipeline construction, hazards, or inappropriate use of eminent domain.
Penelope Tsernoglou - (D)
Michigan State House Candidate (HD-69) (Defeated)
Penelope Tsernoglou is a lifelong Michigander and progressive advocate, and was one of the first candidates in Michigan to proudly take the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge. Penelope wants to build on Michigan’s manufacturing legacy to make it the industrial powerhouse of the future — a leader in developing wind, solar, and other renewable energy and clean technologies. She has vowed to use her platform, if elected, to advocate against the dangerous Line 5 pipeline which would be a threat to Michiganders clean drinking water, and wants to hold accountable those responsible for the Flint Water Crisis and ensure it never happens again.
Michele wherley (D)
Pennsylvania State House Candidate (HD-41), Primary winner, General Election: November 6th
Michele’s district covers the heart of Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s farmland, which is also the heart of the grassroots opposition to the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline. She believes that this pipeline, which she strongly opposes, is just one example of how “our political process is broken and we’re all paying a price for its dysfunction.” As the first person in her family to attend college and earn a college degree from a background that she describes as “blue collar, working class” She believes she understands what it takes to win the hearts and minds of voters in rural Pennsylvania.