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Support Democrat Dan Canon, Who Is Running for a House Seat In Indiana’s 9th District (May 26, 2018 Update)

Update, May 26, 2018: Canon was defeated in the May 8 Democratic primary. We at OTYCD encourage him to run again for public office in the future.


Support Democrat Dan Canon, who is running for a House of Representatives seat in Indiana’s 9th District.


Canon is a civil rights lawyer and the son of a working-class single mother. He didn’t take a straightforward educational path; he dropped out of high school at 17 and earned a GED before putting himself through college. He represented a gay Kentucky couple who fought their state’s ban on gay marriage in a suit that was ultimately folded into the Obergefell vs Hodges case, which made same-sex marriage legal across America.


Canon supports H.R. 676, the Medicare for All act, and he believes that health care is a right. He wants to combat the opioid crisis in part by expanding access to non-opioid alternatives, such as medical marijuana, and by increasing the availability of naloxone, a drug that can stop or reverse an overdose.


He supports a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and supports H.B. 2840, the Automatic Voter Registration Act. He wants to increase the national minimum wage to $15 per hour, and would vote for H.R. 15, an act that would schedule a series of federal minimum wage increases and phase out minimum wage requirements for tipped and disabled employees as well as new hires.


He supports laws that support unions and protect the right of workers to organize. He favors strengthening the Clean Air and Clean Water acts, and wants to end subsidies for fossil fuel industries. He wants a clean DREAM act. He wants to end the death penalty and remove federal laws that criminalize marijuana.


He supports repealing the Hyde Amendment, which prevents the federal government from paying for abortions in most situations. He wants to repeal the Dickey amendment, which stops the Centers for Disease Control from studying the causes of gun violence in America.


We could go on and on and on some more, but suffice it to say–the Policies section of Canon’s campaign site is clear, detailed, and well thought-out.


He gets bonus points from us for citing actual House bills, by number, which he would vote for if he’s elected to the House of Representatives, in explaining what he stands for, and why.


Canon aims to unseat Republican Trey Hollingsworth, a freshman House Representative who won in 2016 with 54.1 percent of the vote to the Democrat’s 40.5 percent. Four other Democrats are running in the primary, which takes place on May 8, 2018. The Cook Political Report rates the race as Solid Republican.



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See a July 2017 article that explains Canon’s connection to Obergefell vs Hodges: