When the roller coaster ride that was primary season came to its climactic close, the stage was set for the 2018 midterm elections on Nov. 6th. Throughout this year in myriad races, we’ve seen LGBTQ candidates defy expectations and win up and down the ballot, from the state legislature to Senate to Governor’s seats.

 

Democrats have nominated:

 

-At least 14 openly LGBTQ non-incumbents for Congress

-In total, at least 19 openly LGBTQ people have been nominated for federal office across 14 different states

-At least 9 openly LGBTQ non-incumbents were nominated for statewide/territory office.

-In total, at least 13 openly LGBTQ people were nominated for statewide office across 12 states.

-At least 101 openly LGBTQ non-incumbents were nominated for state legislative seats across 32 different states and territories.

 

Here is a list of non-incumbent LGBTQ Democrats running for state legislature, statewide offices, and federal offices. This list is not comprehensive but is the most extensive list of candidates any group has put together.

 

ALABAMA

Felicia Stewart (HD-46)

Neil Rafferty (HD-54)

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ALASKA

Lyn Franks (HD-15)

 

ARIZONA

Kyrsten Sinema (Senate)

Joan Greene (AZ-05)

Daria Lohman (SD-23)

Andrés Cano            (HD-03)

 

ARKANSAS

Tippi McCullough (HD-33)

 

CALIFORNIA

Ricardo Lara (CA Insurance Commissioner)

Katie Hill (CA-25)

Joy Silver (SD-28)

Sonia Aery (AD-03)

Jackie Smith (AD-06)

Sunday Gover (AD-77)

 

COLORADO

Jared Polis (Governor)

Alex Valdez (HD-05)

Sonya Jaquez Lewis (HD-12)

Brianna Titone (HD-27)

Rochelle Galindo (HD-50)

 

CONNECTICUT

Raghib Allie-Brennan (HD-02)

Caitlin Clarkson Pereira (HD-132)

 

FLORIDA

Lauren Baer (FL-18)

Jennifer Webb (HD-69)

Javier Estevez (HD-105)

 

GEORGIA

Matthew Wilson (HD-80)

 

GUAM

Josh Tenorio (Lieutenant Governor)

Lasia Casil (Guam Legislature)

 

INDIANA

J.D. Ford (SD-29)

Thomasina Marsili (HD-46)

Joe Lannan (HD-63)

Sarah Stivers (HD-70)

 

ILLINOIS

Lamont Robinson (HD-05)

Maggie Trevor (HD-54)

 

KANSAS

Sharice Davids (KS-03)

Brandon Woodard (HD-30)

 
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MAINE

Bev Uhlenhake (SD-08)

Katherine Wilder (HD-111)

Sarah Pebworth (HD-133)

Kylie Bragdon (HD-136)

Sarah LeClaire (HD-146)

 

MARYLAND

Gabriel Acevero (HD-39)

Mary Washington (SD-43)

 

MICHIGAN

Dana Nessel (MI Attorney General)

Jeremy Moss (SD-11)

Garnet Lewis (SD-26)

 

MINNESOTA

Angie Craig (MN-02)

Hunter Cantrell (HD-56A)

 

MISSOURI

Kathy Ellis (MO-08)

Patrice Billings (SD-02)

Ryan Dillon (SD-16)

Mitch Weber (HD-13)

Ian Mackey (HD-87)

 

MONTANA

Amelia Marquez (HD-52)

 

NEBRASKA

Megan Hunt (SD-08)

Scott Winkler (SD-18)

 

NEVADA

Nelson Araujo (Secretary of State)

Melanie Scheible (SD-09)

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Chris Pappas (NH-01)

Mason Donovan (SD-07)

Carlos Cardona (HD-Belknap 3)

Knute Ogren (HD-Carroll 5)

Joyce Weston (HD-Grafton 8)

Garrett Muscatel (HD-Grafton 12)

Aaron Gill (HD-Hillsborough 2)

Melanie Renfrew-Hebert (HD-Hillsborough 6)

Sue Mullen (HD-Hillsborough 7)

Joshua Query (HD-Hillsborough 16)

Paul Moriarty (HD-Hillsborough 37)

Scott Burns (HD-Merrimack 2)

Lisa Bunker (HD-Rockingham 18)

Rick Faulconer (HD-Rockingham 35)

Gerri Cannon (HD-Strafford 18)

 

NEW MEXICO

Mary (M.P) Schildmeyer (HD-03)

 

NORTH CAROLINA

John Arrowood (NC Appeals Court)

Brandon Anderson (SD-45)

Allison Dahle (HD-11)

Dan Whitten (HD-15)

Marcia Morgan (HD-19)

Linda Bennett (HD-26)

Robert Kellogg (HD-108)

 

NORTH DAKOTA

Joshua Boschee (Secretary of State)

Quinn Garrick (SD-27)

 

OHIO

Rick Neal (OH-15)

Nickie Antonio (SD-23)

Melinda Miller (SD-31)

John McManus (HD-41)

Zach Dickerson (HD-42)

Rebecca Howard (HD-53)

Jeremy Blake (HD-71)

Garrett Baldwin (HD-85)

Taylor Sappington (HD-94)

 

OREGON

Jamie McLeod-Skinner (OR-02)

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Daniel Smith Jr. (HD-12)

Kristen Seale (HD-168)

Malcolm Kenyatta (HD-181)

Jason Ruff (HD-183)

Michael Blichar (HD-187)

 

TEXAS

Lupe Valdez (Governor)

Steven Kirkland (Texas Supreme Court)

Lorie Burch (TX-03)

Gina Ortiz Jones (TX-23)

Eric Holguin (TX-27)

David Romero (SD-7)

Mark Phariss (SD-08)

Erin Zwiener (HD-45)

Sam Hatton (HD-71)

Stephanie Phillips (HD-73)

Armando Gamboa (HD-81)

Finn Jones (HD-94)

Jessica Gonzalez (HD-104)

Julie Johnson (HD-115)

 

UTAH

Lee Castillo (UT-01)

Derek Kitchen (SD-02)

Jake Penrod (SD-21)

Mark Chambers (SD-28)

Debbie Vigil (HD-21)

Stephen Peck (HD-39)

 

VERMONT

Christine Hallquist (Governor)

John Killacky (HD-Chittenden-7-3)

Kathleen James (HD-Bennington-4)

 

WASHINGTON

Emily Randall (SD-26)

Claire Wilson (SD-30)

Shir Regev (HD-08)

Jesse Hegstrom Oakey (HD-13 [1])

Everett Maroon (HD-16)

Kathy Gillespie (HD-18 [2])

 

WEST VIRGINIA

Cody Thompson (HD-43)

 

WISCONSIN

Marisabel Cabrera (AD-09)

 

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