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Find Out Which of Your State Legislators Are Up for Re-Election In 2018

Find out which of your state legislators might be up for re-election, and see whether you can support them in 2018.

2018 is a busy year, with elections happening on the federal, state, and local levels. You should check and see which of your state legislators might be up for re-election.

First, you need to find the names of your state senator and state house rep if you don’t know them already. Go to:

…plug in your address and zip code, and voila! The search engine will give you the names of your state senator and state house rep, plus their Wikipedia entries, email addresses, web sites, social media contacts, and the like.

Once you have their names (unlike Congress, you probably have just one state senator, not two), go to Ballotpedia:

…and search on “<Your State> State Senate” and then “<Your State> State House of Representatives”.

Locate the column on the right, look for the line about term limits, and see how long your state’s legislative terms last. State legislatures don’t necessarily mirror the patterns of Congress. For example, terms of office in the New York state legislature are two years for both state senators and state house reps.

If your state legislature holds elections every two years, chances are your state legislators are up for re-election in 2018.

Now go to the websites of your state senator and state house rep. Read about them. Google them. Look each person up on Ballotpedia. See what’s been written about them and about their votes in the state legislature. Are they doing what you want? Do they reflect your values?

As you do this work, remember that while liberal Republicans and conservative Democrats are extinct on the federal level, they still exist at the state level. A ‘D’ next to a name is not an indicator of quality, and an ‘R’ should not automatically turn you off. You have to spend some time digging into your state legislators’ platforms and voting records to figure out if they’re people you can back.

If they are people you can back, sit down and figure out how to slot them into your volunteering schedule and your political donation budget. If you’ve really got the political bug, you might want to prioritize helping a state legislator–they’re more accessible than Congressional incumbents and candidates.

If your state legislators aren’t people you can support, go back to the results or look your legislators’ names up on Ballotpedia. Both sources will give you the names of the districts each represents.

Then Google “Candidates <Whatever District You Live In>” or “Candidates running against <incumbent you don’t like> for <name of your home district>”. That might yield names of others who are running against your state legislators in 2018.

Don’t be surprised if nothing comes up, however. It’s fairly common for state legislators to run unopposed.

If you don’t like the incumbent and you don’t like the challengers (or there aren’t any challengers), why not consider running? No, really? Why not?

But if that’s a bridge too far, you could contact Flippable and see if it’s on the case, or you could talk about what you learned at your next Indivisible meeting and try to recruit someone else to run.


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Support Democrat Maxine Waters for Re-Election to A House Seat in California’s 43rd Congressional District

Support Democrat Maxine Waters, who’s running for re-election to a House of Representatives seat in California’s 43rd Congressional District.


Initially, we at OTYCD were not going to devote a post to Maxine Waters and her re-election campaign. We can only write so many posts about 2018 candidates–we could fill the whole queue with ‘support this person’ stories–and for that reason, we tend to favor challengers, not well-established incumbents.


What changed our collective minds? Assholes are gunning for Waters, explicitly, openly, and overtly, and they have been for a long while now.


A full roster of professionally awful people have teamed up to support an individual Republican aiming to take her down (we won’t dignify him by typing his name). Think of the worst, most repulsive Trumpistas you can, and yep, they’re almost certainly on the anti-Waters bandwagon and actively raising money to defeat her.


Nothing annoys a Trumpista more than a powerful black woman, and Waters annoys them all the more because she calls out lousy Republican behavior effectively and successfully, time and time again.


But that Republican twerp who we don’t care to name is not the only Republican who will appear in the June 5, 2018 primary. There are four others as well.


True, Waters is not facing Democratic opposition, and the Cook Political Report rates California’s 43rd Congressional District as Solid Democrat, but hey, you know the score. Since November 2016, you’ve helped out any number of special elections and state elections that Democratic candidates were not supposed to win.


Is she going to be OK? Is she going to win re-election? Yeah, probably. She beat that Republican twerp three to one in 2016. That said, he hadn’t bat-signaled the troll army then. The minute you think Waters will do fine with what she has is the minute when she might need your help.


Auntie Maxine needs us. Let’s help her out.



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Of course, Maxine Waters is on Luvvie’s list of black women running for elected office in 2018. See our post on this invaluable reference:



Read a November 27, 2017 Los Angeles Times piece that covers how pro-Trump folk are deliberately and explicitly targeting Maxine Waters for defeat in 2018:



Read about how Waters’s late July 2017 remark during a Congressional meeting about “reclaiming my time” went viral on the scale of “nevertheless she persisted”:



Learn how Maxine Waters became Auntie Maxine, hero of the Resistance:

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GOOD UPDATE! Support Conor Lamb’s Run for a Pennsylvania House Seat in a March 2018 Special Election

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2018.


Update March 24, 2018: This was a nail-biter. Lamb had a slight but clear lead of 627 votes by the end of the night on March 13, 2018–a margin that was smaller than half a percentage point, and smaller than the number of votes cast for the Libertarian candidate. A recount begun on Friday, March 16 increased Lamb’s lead slightly, nudging it past 800 votes.


Republican opponent Rick Saccone called Lamb to concede the election on March 21. Lamb will lead Pennsylvania’s 18th District until November, when new electoral maps, designed to combat the effects of pro-Republican gerrymandering, go into effect. Lamb will run in the 17th District, and Saccone will run in the 14th District.


Read a Washington Post story about the conclusion of the Pennsylvania special election:


Original text of the post follows:


Support Democrat Conor Lamb’s run for the open house seat in Pennsylvania’s 18th district. The special election takes place on March 13, 2018.


Lamb, 33, is a former federal prosecutor who did notable work tackling the opioid crisis in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also a veteran of the Marine corps, where he rose to the rank of captain. He comes from a political family; his grandfather and his uncle prominently served in high-profile state posts.


Lamb is facing Republican state rep Rick Saccone, who likes to say that he “was Trump before Trump was Trump.” Lamb has never held elected office, and PA-18 has a strong Republican reputation. Given the overperformances by Democrats in special elections and state and local elections since Trump was elected, the Democrats believe that Lamb has a decent shot at the House seat.


Republican Tim Murphy vacated the seat in October 2017 after news broke that the pro-life Congressman had evidently urged a pregnant mistress to abort. He had held the Congressional seat since 2003.



See Lamb’s campaign website (scroll down for his bio):



Consider Lamb for your Core Four for 2018 (if he wins the special election, he’ll be up for re-election in November 2018; if he loses in March, he could choose to run again):



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See Ballotpedia’s page on Pennsylvania’s 18th District:,_2018



Read about the Democrats choosing Lamb for the special election (there were no primaries in this case):



Read a Politico story about how the Lamb-Saccone contest could be a bellwether for the 2018 midterms:



Read about the circumstances of Murphy’s retirement from Congress:

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Support Democrat DuWayne Gregory’s Bid to Unseat New York House Rep Peter King

Support Democrat DuWayne Gregory’s bid to unseat Republican New York House Rep Peter King in the state’s 2nd District.


Gregory is a Long Island native, an Army veteran, and has served in the Suffolk County legislature since 2008. He supports a $15 minimum wage, paid family leave, equal pay, and measures that seek environmental justice–laws that ensure that the poor and the marginalized aren’t shunted into the most polluted areas.


He will fight Right to Work legislation, which undermines unions. He is furious about the constraints on State and Local Tax (SALT) deductions imposed by the GOP tax bill and will do his damnedest to reverse them. He supports laws that address climate change. He fiercely defends Planned Parenthood and the right to choose.


Gregory ran against longtime Republican incumbent Peter King in 2016 and lost decisively, getting 37.9 percent of the vote to King’s 62.1 percent. Gregory will also face three other Democrats in the June 26, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.



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Support Emerge America, Which Trains Democratic Women Candidates to Run for Office

Support Emerge America, which trains Democratic women candidates to run for office.


Founded in California in 2002, Emerge America now has outposts in 24 states, and has hopes to expand to all 50. Its aim is to increase the number of Democratic women who hold office in America by recruiting them, training them, and building a network of them.


Emerge America offers a 70-hour training program, spread over six months (one weekend per month), which covers vital topics such as campaign strategy, public speaking, fundraising, endorsements, mastering new media, field operations, ethics, networking, and more.


Their work is starting to pay off. In 2016, the win rate for Emerge America alumnae was 70 percent. In November 2017, it was 73 percent.



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Read a Washington Post story about a post-Trump class of Emerge America graduates:

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Support Beto O’Rourke, Who Is Challenging Ted Cruz for His Texas Senate Seat in 2018

Support Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat who will challenge Republican Ted Cruz for his Texas senate seat in 2018.


Texas Democrats have long pined to turn the state blue. There’s no question that Republican Senator Ted Cruz is vulnerable. His poll numbers are low and his fellow senators don’t like him. In his recent book, Giant of the Senate, Al Franken likens Cruz to the ‘Dwight Schrute of the Senate.’ For those who didn’t watch the American version of The Office, that means Cruz is goddamn insufferable as a co-worker.


O’Rourke won his March 2018 primary with no trouble, but he’ll have a tougher road from here on in. Cruz won his Senate seat in 2012 with more than 56 percent of the vote (the Democratic candidate got a bit more than 40 percent). He’s hated, but he has incumbency in his favor. And Texas is still more red than purple. But every legislative seat deserves a Democratic challenger, and O’Rourke has accepted.


O’Rourke is a fourth-generation Texan who speaks fluent Spanish. He believes that health care is a right, not a privilege. He supports public schools and caring for veterans. He wants to end big-money donations and gerrymandering. He prefers term limits. He wants to give immigrants a clear path to earning American citizenship.



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Read a Vanity Fair piece on O’Rourke and his quest:



Read about how he has pledged not to take donations from corporations or PACs:



Read a New York Times op-ed that articulates the challenges O’Rourke faces:


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Support Democrat Joseph Kopser, Who Hopes to Fill the Texas House Seat Being Vacated by Republican Lamar Smith

Support Democrat Joseph Kopser, who is running in 2018 for the seat being vacated by Texas Republican Lamar Smith.


Kopser is a West Point Graduate who served 20 years in the U.S. Army and multiple deployments to Iraq. He earned the Bronze Star and the Combat Action Badge. He earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University. He founded Ridescout, a tech company in Austin, and ultimately sold it to a Fortune 100 company.


Kopser came second in the March 6, 2018 Democratic primary and advanced to the May 22 runoff against Mary Street Wilson. She won 31 percent of the vote to his 29 percent.


Smith had held his House seat for more than 30 years before announcing that he would not run again in 2018. Smith chairs the House Science Committee, and has done a poor job at it, trying to subject National Science Foundation grant reviews to politically-motivated review, among other shenanigans. Worse still, Smith supported Trump early and often. Of course he voted for the GOP’s reckless partisan health care bill.


Kopser promises to be smarter, better, and saner than Smith, as well as a hell of a lot more responsive to the district’s constituents.



See Kopser’s campaign website:



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See his Why I’m Running page:



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Read a March 2017 interview with Kopser on whether he’ll run:



Read a March 2018 story on the Texas Democratic primary results: