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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Jill Abahsain

US House of Representatives: MN-07

“The Wellstone principle echos though every issue I encounter, ‘we all do better when we all do better.’ The spirit of democracy demands it.”

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.”

Jimmy Ausbrooks

US House of Representatives: KY-01

“I firmly believe as a Christian and as a mental health counselor that I have elected to serve in a role of compassion and understanding through my advocacy for equality, acceptance, and igniting positive change in others. I have committed to putting people first serve all the people, as a member of the US Congress my service is to all, not just those of one party, but truly to all within my district, state, and nation.”

Dick Ausman

US House of Representatives: WI-07

“Tell the truth, be kind, give your all to your family and work, and everyone is welcome at my table. Be respectful of others and their opinions, especially if you disagree with them. We didn’t all grow up in the same situations, we all have different life experiences, and there is typically something we can learn about or from one another.”

Cindy Banyai

US House of Representatives: FL-19

“I firmly believe our government is there to provide for the common good. This means all people, everywhere, and we must lead with everyone in mind.”

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

US House of Representatives: NC-11

“I plan to deliver leadership rooted in love, hope, and empathy, with a focus on building a table where everyone is welcome (even those who we deeply disagree with), in order to move forward together.”

Jimmy Beard

US House of Representatives: KS-01

“As a candidate, I am committing to represent the people of Kansas and not the elected leadership of any political party. Too often representation is legislating from the partisan lens, rather than enacting common sense proposals that benefit all while building a better future. ”

Joyce Beatty

US House of Representatives: OH-03

“I believe that elected officials are elected to represent ALL Americans. That means we must ensure equality of opportunity and access to the common good for all to create the American Dream.”

Brian Bengs

US Senate: South Dakota

“I believe that despite what the media says, we still hold more in common with our neighbors and are not as divided as it may appear. I pledge to bring folks together to show that when we work together and find common ground, we can accomplish a lot.”

Joy Bennett

State House: OH-56

“This aligns with my understanding of the role of a representative—to advocate for ALL of the people who live in the district I represent. In addition to active listening and proactive outreach to find out what my district’s residents want and don’t want, this will give me a helpful set of questions to ask when considering various policies.”

Titus Benton

State Senate: TX-17

“So much of modern politics is based on fear-mongering, objectifying our rivals, and doing whatever it takes to preserve power. I think politics is at it’s best when it’s deeply personal — focused on the ways we are all connected and the ways we can all thrive.”

Don Beyer

US House of Representatives: VA-08

“I work hard every day to make progress that improves lives of all Americans while aiming to create a safer and more equitable America.”

Charles Booker

US Senate: Kentucky

“I am a firm believer in leading with love and understanding. Love guides me as a politician because I know that some don’t have our best interests at heart. I am running for U.S. Senate because Kentuckians work hard and are worth fighting for and I’m committed to do the same for them.”

Patty Pansing Brooks

US House of Representatives: NE-01

“Using the common good as a guiding principle allows for the betterment of policy making to ensure that Americans are receiving the best quality of life. If we do not focus on love and compassion for the common good, the state of our nation will fall.”

Kathleen Brown

US House of Representatives: TX-13

“Governing is at it’s simplest core, a balancing of competing interests. My job is to represent the people of the 13th District for their best interests, unless to do so would cause substantial harm to the people of the the United States as a whole. ”

Shontel Brown

US House of Representatives: OH-11

“If re-elected to Congress, I will continue to champion key priorities and legislation that create a more equitable country and support the Common Good mission, including Medicare for All, gun safety legislation, a higher minimum wage, environmental justice, and voting rights.”

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.”

Heidi Campbell

US House of Representatives: TN-05

“Our political process has become far too divisive and uncivil. Far too many politicians and elected leaders focus too much on scoring political points instead of how to improve the lives of the people they represent. I’m running because I want to be a voice of common sense, civility, and compassion.”

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.”

Bob Christian

US House of Representatives: GA-06

“I hope to be a bridge between the two parties through open communication and listening so that we, as a nation, can begin to solve the complex challenges we currently face.”

Katrina Christiansen

US Senate: North Dakota

“Honesty is the anchor to all freedoms; having honest dialogue along with transparency is critical to democracy. And love for others has to be based in honesty. My campaign, who I am is about being honest with compassion, with curiosity and persistence.”

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.”

Jasmine Crockett

US House of Representatives: TX-30

“I’ve always been more of a lover than a fighter. We can, and must, legislate with our whole heart, and ensure we’re not leaving anyone behind. I’ve done it in the Texas State House, and I’ll do it again in Congress!”

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.”

Antonio Daza

US House of Representatives: GA-11

“When elected, I will represent everyone in my district, not just those who voted for me. Using the common good means putting aside everything else and focusing on what will improve the lives of the entire community.”

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.”

Matthew Diemer

US House of Representatives: OH-07

“Working with the people of my district, regardless of party affiliation and by putting policy over politics, to bring prosperity to the business and people of OH-7.”

Ashley Ehasz

US House of Representatives: PA-01

“As a commander, it was my role to ensure that soldiers of all races, religions, and creeds felt a sense of belonging in their units in order to achieve our shared objective. I would use this same inclusive approach in Congress to advance progress and promote the common good.”

Veronica Escobar

US House of Representatives: TX-16

“The goal is to legislate in a manner that treats people with dignity, humanity, and compassion.”

David Esrati

US House of Representatives: OH-10

“Common good means that we’re working to end inequality—where everyone feels respect and can participate, regardless of race, faith, wealth, education. Where all people are created equal and given opportunity to thrive.”

Linsey Fagan

County Clerk: Tarrant County (TX)

“As wild as I am, I know wrong from right. I’m also against political bribery.”

John Fetterman

U.S. Senate: Pennsylvania

“I’ve always fought for the policies I truly believe in throughout, policies that would benefit the common good. I have also pledged many times—in my primary election and now in the general election—to not run a negative campaign and not get personal, only focusing on the issues and contrasts.”

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.”

Mike Ford

US House of Representatives: GA-09

“The duty of a public office holder is to govern with the best interest of all in mind, even if many strongly disagree or if the decision is unpopular with most.”

Valerie Foushee

US House of Representatives: NC-04

“I have been serving my community my entire life. I’ve served in elected office for 25 years and have always led with a servant’s heart, commitment to my community, and a desire to be effective. Delivering results for those in need is always my top priority and I will continue to put the welfare of the people first when I go to Washington.”

Adam Frisch

US House of Representatives: CO-03

“I am committed to working with people of all stripes. We need more comity in politics and we need to seek common ground through respectful dialogue and get things done for Colorado’s 3rd District and for the American people.”

Robin Fulford

US House of Representatives: TX-02

“It is essential that when elected to public office the elected focuses on two things, being available and representing ALL those in their constituency and realizing that the public good can be in opposition to your own personal beliefs. When such an opposition exists, it is important to govern for the whole, not to a specific group of people.”

Matthew Fyfe

US House of Representatives: IN-09

“Our representatives should be public servants – writing policies that give all constituents the ability to be involved in decisions and succeed in their endeavors.”

Barbara Gaskins

US House of Representatives: NC-03

“I will use the common good as my guiding principal to ensure that I amplify the voice of the people. I will also continue to advocate for the people not party not politics.”

Bart Goldberg

US House of Representatives: MI-05

“My obligation is not to a political party, but instead to this Nation and the people of South Michigan. I will make sincere efforts to work with those on the other side of the aisle to improve the lives of Michiganders and will not let partisan politics damage the interests of our nation.”

Trish Gunby

US House of Representatives: MO-02

“As someone who got her start as a community advocate in her children’s public schools and at her local church, serving the common good has always been at the heart of my public service. It knows no party or special interest, only the wellbeing of us all. ”

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.”

Mark Harmon

US House of Representatives: TN-02

“The common good is at the heart of so much public policy good I hope to accomplish: restoring abortion rights, raising the minimum wage, and increasing the amount of grants available for post-secondary education.”

Phyllis Harvey-Hall

US House of Representatives: AL-02

“I am a common sense candidate who is willing to work across the aisle to create policies and laws that will be for the public good.”

Mark Haugen

US House of Representatives: ND

“For our country to be a true democracy, all elected officials need to first listen than speak in finding common ground on public policy. The future of our country constitutional democratic-republic demands we work together and compromise.”

Danielle Hawk

US House of Representatives: FL-03

“As a leader, I will be guided first and foremost by my commitment to serving our families. As we grapple with issues of national importance in Congress, I will always remember this simple truth.”

Brian Higgins

US House of Representatives: NY-26

“I am running to represent Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Western New York because I believe that the best days are ahead of us, and that the promotion of strong public policy can lift up our entire community. A central component of this is to ensure that our democracy can be healthy and vibrant, and that our government should act in a humane way, promoting civility and respect for all.”

Tartisha Hill

US House of Representatives: TX-05

“I will use common good to advocate for bills that are in the interest of the people. Using common good principles as a foundation for advocating for eqality and fairness to all.”

Jevin Hodge

US House of Representatives: AZ-01

“I got my opportunity, but right now, Washington isn’t doing enough to help Arizonans get theirs. I’m running for Congress to change that and be a champion for voting rights, healthcare, and finally combating income inequality.”

Steven Holden

US House of Representatives: NY-24

“I want to organize around the truth. We will serve all our constituents with compassion, love, and sincerity.”

Mark Holland

U.S. Senate: Kansas

“We all want the same things: good jobs, ability to take care of our families, strong schools for our children and affordable healthcare. I believe in people over politics and working together to find common-sense solutions. Policy making does not have to be an either/or zero sum game.”

Bob Hollister

US House of Representatives: PA-11

“I believe that the common good as a principle can guide my governing by focusing on serving the most of my constituents regardless of party, creed, or any other characteristic. A politician needs to serve the people, not just themselves, their party, or special interest.”

LaShonda Holloway

US House of Representatives: FL-04

“As a Member of Congress I seek to represent the interests of the People and write policy to form a more perfect Union for the common good. ”

Madison Horn

US Senate: Oklahoma

“I have one commitment: to serve people. Serving others is a high calling and something I believe sits at the heart of the ‘common good.’ Unfortunately, many elected officials, including my opponent, neglect this calling in favor of holding on to power.”

Jared Huffman

US House of Representatives: CA-02

“I understand the “common good” platform to be consistent with universal values that have always inspired and animated my public work. Love is certainly an overarching part of that — for my fellow humans who deserve equality, respect, fairness and justice, and for the natural world that sustains us and other life on earth.”

Scott Huffman

US House of Representatives: NC-08

“I’m tired of all the wrongs in the country. Mahatma Gandi said make the world you want it to be. I plan to be the good we desperately need in Washington D.C.”

Wendy Hughes

City Council: Bella Vista, AR

“I believe that People are more important than Party. I’m running for a municipal office, and with that comes the challenge of balancing what people want, what experts recommend, and what I believe. I lean heavily on the belief that there are people smarter than me, and trusting their thoughts for the betterment of our community is important.”

Evangeline Hundley

US House of Representatives: SC-05

“Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:8 I believe that as a servant of the people I will represent, it is my responsibility to do everything possible within the power I will have to make there lives better. It is knowing that we can actually end poverty if we vote in people want to do it.”

Jonathan Jackson

US House of Representatives: IL-01

“I am running for Congress because the people of the 1st District are hurting and they need someone who will fight for them. I was born into a family of civil rights leaders and activists and I have been an activist and public servant my entire adult life. This life of serving those in need was chosen for me, and I wholeheartedly embrace it because it is God-given. I dedicate myself to fighting for issues that level the playing field for all people. I will lead with compassion and love removing the walls of discrimination and other barriers that prevent hardworking men and women from achieving the American dream.”

Natalie James

US Senate: Arkansas

“The common good should be at the forefront of every legislator’s mind. Our job is to serve the people and their interests—not big corporations. As the Constitution begins, ‘We the people.’”

Brian Jaye

US House of Representatives: MI-09

“I think the common good includes fighting for the people, always looking out for the betterment of society, as opposed to purely looking out for one’s own self interests, being a fighter for those too afraid, or not able to fight the battles, that others are able to fight.”

Matthew Jenkins

US House of Representatives: NJ-04

“If elected, I commit to using my office to pursue policies that bolster our collective common good. At its core, this means making the lives of regular people better through legislation.”

Tabitha Johnson-Green

US House of Representatives: GA-10

“I am dedicated to enriching the lives of others, regardless of race, education, or socioeconomic level. You can depend on me to vote “No” to things that will hurt hardworking people and take food off our plates!”

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.”

Herb Jones

US House of Representatives: VA-01

“I have centered my life, and my campaign, on fighting for freedom, democracy, truth, and justice. Preserving and protecting these tenets is critical for our nation and is essential for promoting the common good.”

Rebekah Jones

US House of Representatives: FL-01

“I have earned my reputation fighting for common good, for rejecting radicalization and for protecting people. I will always use that to guide me.”

Gary Josephson

US House of Representatives: OH-15

“I understand that when elected my duty is to represent everyone from the homeless to those who may have a say over billions in assets. My pledge to represent the best interests of everyone. Which means no one goes without and those who have more than enough, pay a fair share back because that is part of belonging to a prosperous community. Also, when people pay their fair share, they should not have to pay any more than others of the same economic status.”

Matt Kilboy

US House of Representatives: OH-14

“As Congressperson I will directly represent roughly 800,000 Americans, and indirectly I will represent all Americans. Every decision I make, and every vote I cast, will be to improve the lives and well-being of all Americans.”

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.”

Rishi Kumar

US House of Representatives: CA-16

“By coming up with people-centric policies, not partisan specific.”

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.”

Greg Landsman

US House of Representatives: OH-01

“Government should serve its people and do what it can to make living and raising families easier. As an elected official, my main concern has been making our City a better place for children and families, and I will take that responsibility with me to Congress.”

Paul Lange

US House of Representatives: IL-15

“My positions and proposals are geared toward the people of the 15th Congressional District. This means all the people of the District.”

Judd Larkins

US House of Representatives: SC-02

“I will also lead with the best interest of my District and America as my guiding light. Decisions and policies will be based on what is best for the Nation and my constituents now and in the future.”

Mike Levin

US House of Representatives: CA-49

“As I tell my constituents, I know that “representative” isn’t just my job title, it’s also my job description. I believe the core responsibility for someone elected to this office is to represent everyone they serve, no matter who they voted for or what political party they belong to.”

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.”

John Lira

US House of Representatives: TX-23

“I envision using the common good as guiding principles when prioritizing my engagements with the public so I can be a voice for the people and not special interests. I will use the values I learned through my faith, my service in the military, and as a student of political science to advance legislation and vote for the common good.”

Hank Linderman

US House of Representatives: KY-02

“Whatever I do it must serve people who work, and rural voters need to be a priority.”

Bob Lorinser

US House of Representatives: MI-01

“As a representative in Congress the duty is to help and assist our citizens and there is no better way than looking at the “common good” of our decision making.”

Tom Malinowski

US House of Representatives: NJ-07

“I have worked across party lines to keep America safe, and preserve our leadership for freedom and security in the world. I want America to remain the country my family chose when we came here – a place where those we entrust with high responsibility tell the truth, respect the law, and set a good example for our kids.”

Bethany Mann

US House of Representatives: MO-03

“I believe that the common good will help reach evangelical voters in my very conservative district. My background as an evangelical conservative turned progressive makes me very well aligned with the mission of common good. I appreciate any help and support that you provide, especially considering the money available to the Republican incumbent (Blaine Luetkemeyer) that I’m running against. Thank you for your time and consideration.”

Carl Marlinga

US House of Representatives: MI-10

“I want to see a full employment economy where we manufacture the products that will protect the planet from the impending crisis of climate change. We can have a booming economy and save the planet at the same time. We need reason and common sense in the halls of congress. It is okay to be compassionate. It is okay to embrace good science. We must maximize the opportunities so that all citizens can achieve the American dream. The age of toxicity in American politics must come to a close.”

Derek Marshall

US House of Representatives: CA-23

“From the beginning of this campaign, my desire has been to bring our community together through shared values. I want people to know more about who and what I’m for than for what people are against so that we can move towards common good rather than divisive language. ”

Henry Martin

US House of Representatives: MO-06

Our government has a responsibility to act in the best interest of those it serves. That said, the responsibility of the office I seek is to craft/support legislation that serves that specific purpose no matter what party crafted/promoted the law.

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.”

Darlene McDonald

US House of Representatives: UT-04

“I’m running for Congress because I truly believe that a public servant has a responsibility to the people they serve. That responsibility begins with speaking truth. That means taking seriously the Oath of Office every member must take. These should not be merely words. At stake is the failure of our Democracy.”

Jan McDowell

US House of Representatives: TX-24

Here, Right Matters. That statement by Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, is central to my campaign. Facts and the truth and governing for the people are key.”

Jim McGovern

US House of Representatives: MA-02

“I remain committed to the Common Good by listening to those who are the most disadvantaged and by focusing on important issues, like combating climate change, ending hunger and lowering costs for the middle class. If I’m reelected, I will continue to put people over politics and fight for families across Massachusetts.”

Ryan Melton

US House of Representatives: IA-04

“I always keep the common good in mind with every decision I make.”

Nick Mitchell

US House of Representatives: UT-02

“I believe compassion and understanding has been lost in today’s politics it is sorely needed I want to bring back those 2 things so we can work together to make this country great again.”

Heather Mizeur

US House of Representatives: MD-01

“On January 6, 2021, as I witnessed an attack on our citadel of democracy driven by lies, hatred, and fear, I knew that if we are to prevent polarization and tribalism from destroying our country, the forces of love and faith must prevail. Throughout my life, I’ve been motivated by what my Catholicism and my conscience demand: the imperative to build a world where our common humanity is embraced and all people are treated with dignity and respect. That means policies that regard immigrants and all vulnerable people as the children of God they are; that create an economy where all people have the opportunity to live their best lives; that care for God’s creation and seek to be good stewards of this Earth on which all life depends. ”

Josh Moody

County Judge: Washington County (AR)

“I am not running for Democratic Judge—I am running for Washington County Judge. I believe the more voices and perspectives involved in decision making, the better. ”

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.”

Wendy Norman

US House of Representatives: ID-02

“Government of, by, and for the people means Americans must work together to improve the lives of all people. All benefit from good governance.”

Christine Olivo

US House of Representatives: FL-26

“I use the common good as a principle in my everyday life. I make decisions for my family that would result in the most positive impact for all of us. I intend to do the same in Congress.”

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.”

Cameron Parsons

US House of Representatives: TN-01

“A lack of common good in government is what has inspired me to run for office. I want our government to work for all people, to protect our future, and to promote the common good at home and abroad.”

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.”

Jamie Raskin

US House of Representatives: MD-08

“When democracy is working, the government is an instrument of the common good and constitutional purposes, not private self-enrichment and partisan self-entrenchment.”

Amy Rippel-Elton

US House of Representatives: OH-12

“It’s a good starting point for basic listening skills.”

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.”

Penny Ronning

US House of Representatives: MT-02

“Writing and passing good policy is not about towing a party line or building one’s personal power, it’s about true representation that benefits communities, diverse populations, and the whole of our country. I believe a strong democracy is one where communities are healthy and thriving, and this is why I am dedicated to building economies where opportunity exists for the diversity of folks from all working classes.”

David Roth

U.S. Senate: Idaho

“We believe that we need real solutions to real problems everyday people face. Our current leadership simply does not have the lived experience that it takes to identify and implement real solutions. We are committed to doing the most good for the most people when making decisions. ”

Pat Ryan

US House of Representatives: NY-18

“I am running for Congress because our community needs someone who fights for them and speaks up when it’s the right thing to do—even if it’s the hard thing to do. I have done this my whole life as an army officer and as a county executive whether it’s pushing for better gun control, women’s reproductive healthcare rights or initiatives to curb climate change.”

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.”

Kristen Radaker Sheafer

US House of Representatives: MO-07

“The common good, to me, is listening to the people you’re representing, and representing like a citizen, not an elite.”

Wayne Steele

US House of Representatives: TN-04

“The common good has been a guiding principle of mine even before running. I envision it as treating people with respect, love, and kindness, even if we don’t agree. I don’t tolerate personal attacks of any candidate.”

Max Steiner

US House of Representatives: CA-01

“My Catholic faith informs how I view the world and shapes my personal morality. The ‘six commitments’ are good guidelines for all politicians, including those of faith.”

Paul Steury

US House of Representatives: IN-02

“I am running because I’m an educator for educators – I’ve been an educator for 30 years and because of that the National Education Association has endorsed me, I’m a worker for workers – I’ve worked in factories, as a construction worker, as a landscaper, as a social service person and because of that AFL-CIO has endorsed me; I’m an environmental educator for the environment and I was a professor of environmental education because of that I would like to put the environment higher up on the priorities list; and I want health care for those who need it and specifically mental health because our country if it truly wants to say it’s the greatest country on earth we must take care of the base – the working class. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 was in my wedding and it is an important part of my life as well as the Golden Rule and Jesus’ First Commandment.”

Craig Swartz

US House of Representatives: OH-05

“My approach to politics and policy-making has always had the common good in mind based on my life experiences both here in the U.S. and while living abroad. We can make great strides in improving everyone’s lives in the U.S. when we commit to seeking common ground for the greater good.”

Emilia Sykes

US House of Representatives: OH-13

“As a current state representative, in a district that is encompassed in OH-13, voters have become accustomed to my accessibility, tenacity, and dedication to ensuring their government is accessible and works for them. I am committed to continuing working for the people of this district and providing effective leadership that delivers meaningful results to improve the lives of the people who live here.”

Joanne Terry

US House of Representatives: FL-08

“I envision governing with honesty and good faith for the people I represent and that means representing the people who elect me over political party objectives and special interests. I will be honest in communicating the benefits and risks of policy, regardless of which side is promoting that policy. My decisions will be based on what is best to make my constituents lives better, not on trying to make the other side look bad.”

Josh Throneburg

US House of Representatives: VA-05

“As a pastor, I know that communities are most successful when everyone in the community has shared opportunities to thrive. My campaign focuses on issues that might directly help individuals but ultimately benefit all of us: a just transition to renewable energy, schools that are modernized and can support students in 21st century learning situations, helping revitalize rural communities so we can better support the people who grow our food, etc.”

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.”

David Torres

US House of Representatives: CO-05

“Embedded in the foundation of this campaign is the phrase ‘AND not Or’ which exemplifies my belief that servitude demands knowledge and understanding in all the different perspectives of those I represent. This platform gives the power and the voice back to the people which grants me the ability to legislate for the Common Good. No one political party is always right, and that is okay. I will help to dismantle the idea that elected officials act for one side or the other and promote the expectation to represent one side AND the other.”

Jack Truman

US House of Representatives: MO-04

“I am a candidate for the people. A non-politician representing the regular person, who is focused on serving the people, period.”

Mike Van Someren

US House of Representatives: WI-05

“I believe using the common means utilizing the A of government to provide opportunities to everyone that is trying to achieve their goals without regard to status, class, or money. Using the common good also means ensuring that the cost to ensure opportunities are available to all are allocated among those who can afford the cost and those who directly or indirectly benefit from ensuring opportunities are available.”

Lin Veasey

US House of Representatives: AL-03

“A clarifying vision of the common good has guided and redirected our country over 246 years. As a pastor I am connected to a faith tradition that recognizes an essential need for the common good to bring abundant life and peace, I will do all I can as an elected representative to help the common good flourish in our democratic process.”

Kathy Warner-Stanton

US House of Representatives: AL-05

“As a first time candidate, l want to be the person to vote for based on morals, beliefs and values. I am the candidate for all people.”

Lacy Watson

US House of Representatives: WV-01

“‘Common Good’ values and interests are the cornerstone of my platform. I believe the role of a Congressman/woman is first and foremost service as the people’s representative. Principles such as Equality, Diversity, and Transparency serve as hallmarks in my service record and I plan to continue to demonstrate those values if elected.”

Barry Wendell

US House of Representatives: WV-02

“I want to vote for things that will help people in West Virginia, the United States and the world.”

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.”

Cinde Wirth

US House of Representatives: IL-17

“When looking at policy, I take into account how the policy will affect all people. I will continue to do this when I am in office.”

Joe Yetter

US House of Representatives: OR-02

“One of my commitments is to Honor the Oregon Way of Life, which is framed by considering the common good in all decision making.”

Shuwaski Young

US House of Representatives: MS-03

“At the cornerstone of my campaign are the values of respect and compassion for all—a belief in honesty and keeping your word as your bond while believing in God and living a good Christian life. Values I hold near and dear to my heart; values I instill in my own daughter, and values that garner respect and call for humility. And it’s with great humility that I run for United States Congress to represent the 3rd Congressional District. Our common values are what brings us together as Americans and that’s why we must govern through the lens of love and compassion for all, not compassion for our political party.”

Claudia Zapata

US House of Representatives: TX-21

“The common good is the backbone to serving in public office. I will lead with the common good serving as my moral compass to ensure that I never lose sight of the responsibility and trust that has been placed in me.”

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