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    Democrats trying to unseat each other II

    In honor of the end of the last campaign season and the start of a new one for the midterms, I have decided to create a new thread. I'm also doing this to avoid creating a very big thread.

    The original one: Democrats trying to unseat each other

    Already in the race:
    Mckayla Wilkes on Twitter: "Happy New Year! I'm excited to announce that we're preparing for a second run in MD-05. Now more than ever, working class people deserve a seat at the table. If you're interested in being part of a historic team, fill this form out and let's get to work! (links)" / Twitter

    She will be trying again against Steny Hoyer, the House Majority Leader.


    Trying for a different office:
    Lindsey Boylan on Twitter: "I’m running for Manhattan Borough President to create a more equitable, sustainable, and livable city. Although we have many challenges ahead, I know that we can meet those challenges together and create lasting change for our city. Join me on this journey! (link)" / Twitter

    She lost against Jerry Nadler in NY-10. She describes herself: "Mom. Progressive New Yorker fighting 4 a Livable City. Fmr State Govt Official & Urban Planner. Candidate 4 Manhattan Borough Prez. (She/Her)"

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    McKayla Wilkes lost in the June 2 primary for MD-05:
    Steny Hoyer (incumbent): 64.4%, Mckayla Wilkes 26.7%, Vanessa Marie Hoffman 4.2%, Briana Urbina (unofficially withdrew) 2.7%, William Devine III 1.9%

    Another one in the race is Vote Salazar for Congress 2022 | Aug 2nd | MO 5 - that site still hurts my eyes. She lost last year:
    Emanuel Cleaver (incumbent) 85.3%, Maite Salazar 14.7%

    In post #526 of the old thread, I'd collected the vote fractions that some candidates got and what previous elected experience that they had.

    Jessica Cisneros - TX-28 - 48.20% - the best number, and someone with no previous experience. She is followed by 4 others with experience, then 7 without experience, then 1 with experience, then the rest, 17 without experience.

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    Just to get in on the ground floor of thread 2 to explain why this is an important effort, and why it edifies and improves the democratic party to primary incumbents: the democrat party is not to be the party of "kiss the ring and become as we are and Wait Your Turn". Instead, it is the party of principles and the big tent. We are not supposed to be focused on conserving that which is, but rather liberally advancing towards that which is better than we are today. That does not happen when you don't circulate in new ideas and let them either find their platform or fall on their face.

    TL;DR: Without circulation, the body rots. While that may be a feature of the republican party, it's certainly not one I wish to encourage of my own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarhyn View Post
    Just to get in on the ground floor of thread 2 to explain why this is an important effort, and why it edifies and improves the democratic party to primary incumbents: the democrat party is not to be the party of "kiss the ring and become as we are and Wait Your Turn". ...
    I agree. Primarying incumbents has been a rather controversial strategy, but it can have an impact. The Tea Party moved the Republican Party in its direction during the Obama years, even though it was not very successful in primarying incumbents. But it did have one big success: Dave Brat beating Eric Cantor in 2014. EC had been in the House for 14 years, and when he was ousted, he was House Majority Leader.

    Let's look at some progressive successes over the last five years.
    • 2016 Ro Khanna CA-17 - primaried incumbent - Mike Honda 16 yrs
    • 2016 Pramila Jayapal WA-07 - open seat
    • 2018 AOC NY-14 - primaried incumbent - Joe Crowley 20 yrs - head of Democratic Caucus
    • 2018 Ayanna Pressley MA-07 - primaried incumbent - Michael Capuano 20 yrs
    • 2018 Rashida Tlaib MI-13 - open seat
    • 2018 Ilhan Omar MN-05 - open seat
    • 2018 Katie Porter CA-45 - defeated R incumbent - Mimi Walters 4 yrs
    • 2020 Marie Newman IL-03 - primaried incumbent - Dan Lipinski 16 yrs
    • 2020 Jamaal Bowman NY-16 - primaried incumbent - Eliot Engel 32 yrs - head of Foreign Relations Cmte
    • 2020 Mondaire Jones NY-17 - open seat
    • 2020 Cori Bush MO-01 - primaried incumbent - Lacy Clay 20 yrs

    • Primaried incumbent: 6
    • Open seat: 4
    • Defeated R incumbent: 1
    • Total: 11

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    There were a lot of failures in unseating incumbents, however. Some of the failing candidates returned to run again, and some of them succeeded. Ro Khanna, Marie Newman, and Cori Bush, for instance.


    Nina Turner is running for the House seat OH-11. She's a former Ohio State Senator and Bernie Sanders campaigner -- and an inspiring speaker. But some on the Left are objecting to her running as a Democrat.
    Darryl Brophy on Twitter: "@HumanistReport @ninaturner The democratic party is designed to kill movements. Nina needs to realize that and get out. I will not support any candidate running in or supporting the democrats. She runs independent/third party next time she'll get my support" / Twitter

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    The Humanist Report on Twitter: "I'm just spit balling here, ..." / Twitter
    I'm just spit balling here, but if Nina Turner ran as a third-party candidate she'd have about a 0.01.% chance of winning. Running as a Democrat gives her at LEAST a 30% chance, but probably more like 50%+. This is obvious.

    Do you want her in Congress or not?

    I interviewed 30+ 2020 candidates and 98% of them were running as Democrats because they knew it was necessary to win.

    But guess what? Almost all of them supported ranked choice voting and comprehensive electoral reform ‼️‼️‼️

    We need power to change the system. Period.

    There are already literally hundreds of third-parties, yet you all say "we need a 3rd party." Guess what? They already exist! The question is this: why aren't they viable? It's because there's momentum to create new parties but ZERO momentum for actual electoral reform.

    This is Duverger's law 101.

    I've tried to raise people's awareness about this. I want us to be a 5-6 party system, but making more parties means fuck all if they're incapable of actually gaining seats in Congress.

    We need power to do anything. Period.

    And for the record: I fucking hate our system. It's terrible. Two-party systems are awful for supposedly advanced pluralistic societies.

    If you actually, truly, support a 3rd Party your 1st priority should be electoral reform.
    I like that. Great statement. None of the progressives in Congress would have gotten there if they didn't run as Democrats. Most of them ran in strongly Democratic districts, though Katie Porter is an exception. Many people have reflexive partisanship, being yellow-dog Democrats or yellow-dog Republicans, and running as a Democrat uses yellow-dog partisanship to one's advance.

    That's why Brand New Congress's founders decided on running their PAC's candidates as Democrats and Republicans, as appropriate for their districts.

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    She's trying again.
    Mckayla Wilkes on Twitter: "It's official! I'm launching my ‘22 campaign for Congress in MD-05. ...
    It's official! I'm launching my ‘22 campaign for Congress in MD-05.

    Steny Hoyer has been my congressman my whole life.

    In 2020, we came closer than any primary challenger has in 40 years and won the in-person vote.

    Join us – because it's time for some damn change.

    I know how hard this pandemic has been.
    Losing loved ones.
    Trying to make ends meet.
    Fighting for healthcare.
    Fighting unjust policing.
    COVID-19 has exacerbated so many of the longstanding inequities and injustices present in our society.

    We need to keep fighting.

    I'm running because we need Medicare for All.
    I'm running because we need a Green New Deal.
    I'm running because we need a real Black Agenda.

    Now more than ever.

    I'm running because power concedes nothing without a demand.

    We are going to keep demanding.

    As a grieving child, I was funneled into the school-to-prison pipeline.
    As a working mom, I’ve stood up to exploitative landlords.
    As a Black, Queer woman, I know how it feels to be marginalized.

    This is personal for me.

    It always has been.

    I'm going to keep fighting for everyone who is still missing a seat at the table.

    And if there's one thing we learned from last time, it's that we need to start early.

    Can you help us send a staunch progressive & clear signal for change to Congress?
    I found this: Howie Klein on Twitter: "Blue America didn’t wait for her to make it official. We endorsed her last month because we remember from 2020 how much of a step up she would be from Steny Hoyer" / Twitter

    BA endorsed her back in 2020, and BA already has some endorsements for this year and the next:
    Blue America – Working to change America
    CA-30, LA-02 special election, VA-11, NC-SEN

    I checked on Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats, and they are just getting started for 2022, as far as I can tell.

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    Mckayla Wilkes Is Running Against Steny Hoyer in Maryland Again in 2022 | Teen Vogue
    In MD-05
    She ran last year and lost.
    Mckayla Wilkes - Ballotpedia
    Steny Hoyer (inc) 64.4%, Mckayla Wilkes 26.7%, 4.2%, 2.7%, 1.9%

    Steny Hoyer was first elected to the House in 1981, 40 years ago, making this his 21st term. He is now 81 years old. MKW is right that SH has been in Congress since before she was born - she is 30 years old.
    Wilkes tells Teen Vogue that the distinction between her and Hoyer, one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress, could not be starker: Wilkes is running a grassroots campaign; Hoyer, according to NPR, raised more than $2.8 million in contributions in the last election cycle, with more than half coming from super PACs, pharmaceutical companies, and other industries (Hoyer told NPR he’s not beholden to those corporate interests).
    "What do you think will go differently this time?"
    We have momentum to build off of, and we have a movement to build off of. Our campaign was so much bigger than just me running for Congress. It was the first movement of its kind that my district has ever seen. I think that will be something that’s really different this time around, because people want that change — we saw that within the last cycle. I mean, of course we didn't win, but we did pose the most serious Democratic primary challenge for Hoyer in his entire career.
    As far as I've been able to check, that is correct. She may be right that she'll have more success this time - that was true of Ro Khanna, Marie Newman, and Cori Bush.

    Though she has lost, she has continued to be an activist.
    Immediately after the campaign, we launched our nonprofit, Schools Not Jails, which focuses on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. Over the past several months, I’ve been meeting with state legislatures, getting them to support legislation to end the school-to-prison pipeline. We've been very focused on removing school resource officers (SROs) from public schools, and reallocating the money given toward school safety that typically goes to SROs — which is about $10 million in the state of Maryland.

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    McKayla Wilkes continues:
    And I know how unjust our criminal justice system is. I've lived it, being thrown into the school-to-prison pipeline, and then, as an adult, being incarcerated essentially because of traffic debt because I couldn't afford to pay traffic tickets.

    Being overpoliced — at one point in my life, I was pulled over by the police sometimes three or four times a week. I mean, there were times when I had to go to court once a week. I was in court four times a month for traffic tickets, just from being consistently pulled over by the police.

    I understand what it's like to go without housing. I understand what it's like to try to survive. We're trying to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. But I’ve got to tell you, since last year I got a job paying $14 an hour; they gave us a raise for $15 an hour and I'm still living paycheck to paycheck, and sometimes paying one bill by holding off the other.
    Why so early? "One of the things that we learned from the last time around was that we needed to start raising money early."

    What will she be doing differently this time around?
    We’re also trying to lay the groundwork to have more volunteers a lot earl[ier] on.... We rely heavily on community support. I don't even want to [say] volunteers, [so] I call it mutual aid, because that's the way that I see it. So far we already have hundreds of people that have signed up to volunteer for our campaign.
    That publication also has this article:
    Cori Bush: Can She Bring the Movement for Black Lives to Congress? | Teen Vogue

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    Entering the race again is Maebe A. Girl, a drag queen who prefers a female gender identity. She was elected Silver Lake Neighborhood Councilwoman in 2019, in a Los Angeles neighborhood. She ran for CA-28 in 2020 against Adam Schiff, a 20-year incumbent.

    In the primary, AS won 59.57% of the vote, Republican Eric Early 12.56%, MAG 11.96%, and the others 5.63%, 3.83%, 3.40%, 1.78%, and 1.27%.

    AS and EE continued to the general election, with AS winning with 72.66% of the vote.

    AS got a big bump in popularity from having been lead impeachment manager for the first impeachment of Donald Trump.

    Maebe A. Girl
    Maebe A. Girl - Ballotpedia
    Maebe A. Girl for Congress
    Maebe A. Girl (@Maebe_A_Girl) / Twitter
    "Redesign the House"

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