Peace Action’s 2018 Featured Candidates
These are some of the closest and most important races in the country. Beyond donations, some races need remote phone bankers or in-person volunteers (see links below). If you show up to volunteer, let them know Peace Action sent you their way!
Anita Malik (D-AZ-06)
Anita Malik has a nuanced understanding of our nation’s current military engagements, from Syria to Afghanistan to Yemen, and of the diplomatic and humanitarian alternatives to addressing them. She also believes Congress needs to do its job and reclaim its authority on decisions of war and peace, and will work to see that it does.
Katie Hill (D-CA-25)
Katie Hill believes in a “diplomacy first” foreign policy, is committed to reclaiming Congress’ constitutional authority over the decision to go to war, and recognizes that walling America off from the world doesn’t make us safer, it only isolates us.
Gil Cisneros (D-CA-39)
Gil Cisneros knows we need to be more strategic with our military budget, and that cutting wasteful Pentagon spending can free up funds for other vital programs like healthcare, housing, and education. He also believes Congress needs to uphold the Constitution by reasserting its authority to debate and vote on war.
Harley Rouda (D-CA-48)
Unlike his opponent Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Harley Rouda understands that safety and security require strong diplomacy and cooperation with the world’s nations as well as spending priorities that invest in our communities here at home.
Mike Levin (D-CA-49)
Mike Levin is running for Congress to hold Washington accountable to the American people, from fighting for campaign finance reform to free our political system from the corrupting influence of mega-donors and corporate interests, to ensuring the wars being fought in our name are debated and voted on by the people’s representatives in Congress.
Ammar Campa-Najjar (D-CA-50)
Ammar Campa-Najjar believes Congress needs to exercise its war powers to keep our soldiers out of ill-advised wars of choice. His commitment to human rights, diplomacy, and government accountability will make him a potent advocate for peace and an exceptional member of Congress.
From her staunch opposition to dangerous and discriminatory policies like President Trump’s Muslim ban, to her support for legislation to ensure no president can launch a nuclear first strike without Congress, Rashida Tlaib is committed to defending our nation’s true interests, whether they’re under threat from the White House or from the Cold War status quo that should have ended long ago.
Ilhan Omar is a true believer in the pursuit of a planet free from the tyranny of nuclear weapons and in a foreign policy built on diligent diplomacy instead of reckless interventionism. Alongside Rashida Tlaib, running in Michigan’s 13th district, Omar is primed to become one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress.
Kara Eastman (D-NE-02)
As a social worker and non-profit professional, Kara Eastman has an impressive track record of serving the American public. In Congress, Eastman will apply that dedication to keeping Americans safe by supporting smart diplomacy and a fully funded State Department, reclaiming Congress’ authority on war, and prioritizing funding for human needs like healthcare and education.
Tom Malinowski (D-NJ-07)
Tom Malinowski has an impressive career of defending our nation’s interests and fighting for human rights. From his work on President Clinton’s national security council, to his leadership as the Washington Director of Human Rights Watch, to his role as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor under President Obama, Malinowski has the experience, the passion, and the principles that will make him a formidable advocate for peace and human rights in Congress.
Perry Gershon (D-NY-01)
Gershon believes in the power of diplomacy and engagement to solve the world’s toughest problems, and will work to ensure our State Department has the support it needs to get the job done. He also knows that the Constitution gave Congress, not the president, the solemn authority to decide when our nation goes to war, and he’s ready to fight to reclaim that authority from the executive branch.
Liuba Grechen Shirley (D-NY-02)
Liuba knows being a leader on the world stage means talking with our adversaries and working with our friends. Having worked with the United Nations Foundation to build American support for the U.N., Liuba brings both experience and an appreciation for the value of international diplomacy that too many in Congress lack.
Dana Balter (D-NY-24)
Dana Balter believes America can be a force for good in the world if we invest in diplomatic solutions to global problems. She knows that America is safest when American diplomacy is at its strongest. She will be a force for peace in a government that’s grown accustomed to endless war.
Nate McMurray (D-NY-27)
Nate McMurray believes Congress should worry more about ensuring Americans have access to quality healthcare, education, and jobs than ensuring we continue to lead the world in arms sales. He will fight for a foreign policy and spending priorities that keep us safe without robbing us of the resources needed to make this country a land of opportunity.
Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA-06)
Houlahan is a strong advocate of using diplomacy to address international tension and conflict, whether seeking to end wars in the Middle East or to prevent wars with Iran and North Korea. Having served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force, she believes Congress’ abdication of its duty to decide when we wage war and when we don’t does a shameful disservice to our nation’s soldiers. In an era of endless war, we need leaders like Houlahan in Congress who will fight to abolish this dangerous status quo and reestablish congressional oversight on war.
Dr. Kim Schrier (D-WA-08)
Dr. Kim Schrier is committed to getting Congress to take back its constitutionally enshrined responsibility to vote on questions of war, and she believes we should take practical steps towards a world without nuclear weapons. As a pediatrician, she knows we can’t afford to let wasteful Pentagon spending go unanswered at the expense of quality healthcare, education, and other vital services.