Alumni Candidates for Office

Our listing of Princeton alumni who are candidates for office in the 2020 elections is prepared based on information the candidates or others provide to us that we have done our best to verify. While we believe that these candidates are aligned with our progressive ideals, appearance on this list does not necessarily imply endorsement of all positions or opinions of the candidate.

We have included, insofar as possible, a link to each candidate’s page on Vote Smart, an invaluable non-partisan website that lists contact information, voting records, campaign donation history, interest group ratings, etc. You can visit each candidate’s campaign website by clicking their names.

The general lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult to get and keep this page up to date; we apologize for that. If you know of a candidate who should be on this list, please let us know.


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US Senator – NJ Larry Hamm ’78
Hamm has been active in progressive causes for many years, and has been endorsed by Cornel West.
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State Senator – NY 26 Brian Kavanagh ’89
Brian Kavanagh, a member of the Working Families Party, is the incumbent State Senator from District 26 (lower Manhattan and part of the Brooklyn waterfront). He is particularly interested in gun control and the environment.
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US Representative – WA 6 Derek Kilmer ’96
Derek Kilmer was a co-sponsor of the United States-Israel Partnership Act of 2013 and also introduced the American Savings Promotion Act.
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US Representative – WV 2 Cathy Kunkel ’06
Cathy Kunkel spent the last decade fighting for renewable energy, lower electric rates and safe drinking water in West Virginia. Her top issues are climate change and economic revitalization for Appalachia.
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US Representative – MD 3 John Sarbanes ’84
John Sarbanes has an excellent progressive record and is in a district that has been Democratic since 1921.
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US Representative – AL 7 Terri Sewell ’86
Terri Sewell is the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress from Alabama, and the only woman member of Alabama’s delegation. She has a solid progressive record.
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