Alumni Candidates for Office

Our listing of Princeton alumni who are candidates for office in the 2018 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.

If you know of a candidate who should be on this list, please let us know.


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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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Secretary of State – RI Nellie Gorbea ’88
Nellie Gorbea, the first Hispanic elected to statewide office in New England, is the incumbent Secretary of State. She is particularly concerned with protecting election integrity.
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State Senator – NY 26 Brian Kavanaugh ’89
Brian Kavanaugh, 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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Governor – MA Bob Massie ’78
Bob Massie, a longtime environmentalist and entrepreneur, is committed to liberty and justice for all, and will fight for workers’ rights and economic equality, initiatives to battle climate change, and many other progressive causes.
Vote Smart does not yet have information on Massie.
Governor – CO Jared Polis ’96
Jared Polis is the Democratic Representative in Congress from Colorado’s 2nd District. He is a successful Internet entrepreneur turned philanthropist, the first openly gay man elected to the House, and the first gay parent in Congress. He is now running for the governorship.
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City Council, District 1 – Austin, TX Mariana Salazar *07
Mariana Salazar has spent the past ten years in a variety of positions working on progressive issues like homelessness, affordability, economic opportunity, and inclusiveness.
Vote Smart does not yet have information on Salazar.
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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Governor – WY Mary Throne ’82
Mary Throne is a member of the Wyoming Legislature, and an expert in natural resource issues.
Vote Smart does not yet have information on Throne
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