Candidates for Common Good have committed themselves to leading with values consistent with the common good.

This means they will use the common good as a guiding principle in how they govern, what policies they advocate, and the ways in which they interact with both voters and other candidates for office. Candidates for Common Good have taken the Vote Common Good Love In Politics Pledge. Multiple candidates in a race can receive this recognition, and just like the common good, it is non-partisan.

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Joseph Alfonso

US House of Represenatives: MI-04

“I believe we should focus more on people and not on how big our coffers for campaigns can get. There has been little focus on the general public and more siding with those who just want to earn an extra dollar.”

Annie Andrews

US House of Representatives: SC-01

“I am running for Congress because our children deserve leaders they can look up to, leaders with honesty and integrity. I will lead like my children are watching, because they are.”

Chris Butler

US House of Representatives: IL-01

“The common good is not some kind of weak centrism, but a bold commitment to values that transcend the politics of division. We need to pursue unity not by asking people to shrink back and hide, but rather leaning in and seeking understanding. At a certain point, it’s not about what I think about a policy, it’s about what I think about the person who disagrees with me on the policy. Healthy government officials take a convicted stance without sacrificing compassion so that we can lead not solely based on forced consensus or rallying our side of the culture war but based on healing conversations that restore hope to voters and involve them in our policymaking.”

Jay Chen

US House of Representatives: CA-45

“In Congress I look forward representing ALL of my constituents by advocating for the common good. Using the common good as a guidepost I will fight for the ability for every family to to earn a living wage, feel safe in their own homes, send their children to good schools, have access to quality affordable healthcare, and retire with dignity.”

John Conyers III

US House of Representatives: MI-13

“Growing up in one of the strongest democratic households in the country, I was raised to lift others up every chance I get. In order to make our society more equitable, I plan to serve the most vulnerable.”

Rebecca Cooke

US House of Represenatives: WI-03

“I was raised to be a servant leader and recognize the inherent value that exists in everyone. People first above ideology. I am running a campaign on shared values we can all get behind – decent wages for hard work, access to quality healthcare and resources to age with dignity.”

Keith Davenport

State House: KS-43

“I’m a former pastor turned state representative candidate and Vote Common Good articulates many of the beliefs and views I have held for a long time. I intend to use Vote Common Good both for policy substance and tone for approaching political discourse.”

Chris Deluzio

US House of Representatives: PA-17

“I center my campaign around fighting for the common good: our shared prosperity, our democracy, our dignity, and so much more.”

Marcus Flowers

US House of Representatives: GA-14

“Be truthful, extend grace to those with whom you disagree. Always negotiate in good faith. The same morals and values you I learned as a child growing up in a Christian home will always be my guiding principles. I will always be a selfless servant and show decency and decorum in all actions taken.”

Stephanie Stahl Hamilton

State House: AZ-21

“All these values are critical for the state of Arizona. I am finishing my first term in a very polarized legislature that is governed by elected officials who subscribe to an ideology of extremism driven by meritocracy and undergirded by white Christian Nationalism and white supremacy. I am an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA who ran for office because of the above issues which run contrary to my values shaped by a very different theological lens. I am committed to bringing about change.”

Rev. Wendy Hamilton

US House of Representatives: DC Delegate

“My motivation for running for office is rooted in a desire to see a more human centered approach to governance. Public service is a form of ministry and I seek to restore a sense of empowerment and hope to those who’ve become disillusioned with government and politics.”

Chris Jones

Governor of Arkansas

“Growing up my family taught me the values of faith, hope and hard work, that we are called to give back, to help somebody, to help the community. As Governor, I will work in service to the common good, in a spirit of compassion for all, including and especially vulnerable populations that have been left behind, to demonstrate love for my neighbor, and to seek and serve the interests of others.”

Kelly Krout

Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas

“Where I believe we can meet on the common good is being proactive on issues rather than reactive. Most people want to do good, we just disagree sometimes on how best to do that. Agreeing on prevention is much simpler.”

Lucas Kunce

US Senate: Missouri

“The common good is threaded throughout my entire campaign, and is key to my foundation while growing up in Jefferson City. No matter how you voted or how you worshipped, it was the common good of the folks in my community that helped my family growing up and that’s who I will represent in office.”

Ted Lieu

US House of Representatives: CA-36

“As a lawmaker I have a responsibility to consider the implications for all people when crafting policy – especially marginalized communities and those who don’t traditionally have a voice in our public discourse.”

Wendy Ella May

State House: NC-28

“First as a Christian I follow the rules of good discipleship to let my faith shine in everything I do. Which is how I see using the Common Good principles in governing.”

Randi McCallian

US House of Representatives: MO-08

“I’ve entered the realm of politics because of my background in public health, which is a field that is deeply invested in promoting and understanding the common good. My training gives me the experience to ask not only ‘what will this policy do for us,’ but also, ‘who could this policy harm’; I believe this is what ‘governing for the common good,’ looks like.”

Tom Nelson

US Senate: Wisconsin

“As the son of a pastor, I’m running on a common good platform that makes Wisconsin work for everyone, not just those at the top. Caring about the common good is why we need Medicare for All, a green new deal to heal our planet and why dignity for all workers in the form of organized labor is urgent.”

Lisa Parks

State Senate: AR-31

“The principles of common good remind us to treat each other with love and kindness and to care for each other. Compassion should always serve as the foundation for the decisions we make when elected to public service.”

Jan C. Perry

US House of Representatives: CA-37

“Governing for common good means you must develop policy based on facts, and a deep conviction to do what is right and best for the greatest number of people. This is my north star.”

Katie Porter

US House of Representatives: CA-47

“Serving as a representative is about making the lives and opportunities better for people—all people, not just those who donate or vote. When we invest in our common good, we strengthen the connections between us as people. For me, the common good principle is about using politics to uplift the humanity in every American. I refuse corporate PAC money and am one of only 6 members who refuse lobbyist money. I have stood up to both Democrat and Republican leaders to fight for Americans.”

Will Rollins

US House of Representatives: CA-41

“Our country needs leaders with specific plans to end the toxic divisions that are ripping the country apart. That means fixing our broken and divisive information system so we can compromise on health care, climate change, and the economy, and welcoming voters of across the political spectrum with respect and empathy.”

Tim Ryan

US Senate: Ohio

“Right now, our country is more divided than ever. We are at a pivotal moment, and rather than rising to meet the moment, too many politicians would rather focus on culture wars and petty fights. If we are to take on the challenges of this moment—rebuilding our economy, regaining our competitiveness with countries around the world, tackling climate change and growing our clean energy industry, and above all, cutting workers in on the deal—we need to set aside the inflammatory rhetoric and the posturing, and come together to deliver for the working people who have too often been written off and overlooked. I’m running to be a senator for all Ohioans.”

Kate Schaffer

State House: AR-10

“As a lifelong Methodist (four generations) what comes to my mind immediately is John Wesley’s three simple rules: Do no harm, Do good, Stay in love with God. I’ve used these as my guiding principles when thinking about how I approach issues. I imagine that if I win my election, I will consider these three rules as I think about how my vote on a particular piece of legislation will effect the people of Arkansas.”

Patrick Schmidt

US House of Representatives: KS-02

“I want to love thy neighbor and work across the aisle for the common good of this country. I am running for office because, like the Apostle Paul, I want to seek the interests of others and figure out how I can serve my country differently.”

Hillary Scholten

US House of Representatives: MI-03

“Living into the common good means when I participate in my community, I should be just as concerned with others’ needs, wants, freedoms, resources, and safety as I am with my own. It also means I know my overall community actually suffers when societal structures hinder the ability of some while elevating others. My faith informs my belief that each person has inherent dignity, each person can uniquely contribute to their community, and though our diversity is fantastic, our worth is equal. This is a belief I carry into my everyday life, and it’s what I’ll use as my foundation when I evaluate or create legislation in Congress.”

Spencer Toder

US Senate: Missouri

“I am running to build a better future means listening to all Missourians and making sure that our government is working equally for everyone. That means putting people above politics and ensuring that we get a government that represents our interests with equity and justice.”

Nan Whaley

Governor of Ohio

“No matter where you live or what you look like, you deserve the opportunity to thrive in Ohio. Your state government should be working to make sure you can afford to raise your family, live in a safe community, and be treated with dignity and respect.”

Marsha Williams

US House of Representatives: IL-17

“I will act as an example in how faith is used for good and demonstrate good core values. I will not hold back on my values and speak my truth.”

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