6. Joshua Adjutant
Joshua Adjutant narrowly missed election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2016. He surprised everyone by building up a strong campaign which took on powerful incumbents in his district. Enthusiasm towards Joshua is reflected in his huge social media following which can be attributed to both his guerilla marketing style as well as carefully crafted catch phrases.
5. Alex Law
Alex Law ran for the Democratic nomination of New Jersey’s 1st congressional district. While Alex did not win, it’s of utmost importance to note that turnout was last year. Had Alex gotten as much votes as he did in this primary in another year, he would have taken the Democratic nomination, and subsequently the Congressional seat.
4. Bao Nguyen
Nguyen is the former Mayor of Garden Grove, California. Nguyen who was born in a refugee camp, is also a member of the LGBT community. “Refugees really are the foundation of this country—those who sought religious freedoms, those who sought freedom from oppressive governments,” Nguyen was quoted as saying on Fusion. We at We Are The Media agree with this statement, and we wish Nguyen well for the future.
3. Misty K Snow
Snow was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate from Utah. She became the first transgender major party nominee for the Senate when she defeated an establishment Democrat who vastly outspent her 59.5% to 40.5%. In the Utah Senate debate versus Senator Mike Lee, who is well known to be a tough debater, Snow didn’t hold back and a lot of people would argue that she won that debate. Utah political commentators are in agreement: they want Snow to have an active part in Utah politics, even though she did not manage to outdo Lee in November.
2. Heidi Harmon
Last November, Harmon was elected Mayor of San Luis Obispo, California. Harmon managed to edge out incumbent Mayor Jan Marx by 0.2%. Heidi’s ability to think outside of the box, as well as the grassroots support she received make her a force to reckoned with this upcoming year.
1. Pramila Jayapal
Recognized by the White House as a champion of change and the first Indian-American woman to hold a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Just last November, Jayapal defeated another Democrat with 56% of the vote which made her the latest progressive addition to the U.S. House. Following the 9/11 attacks, she founded Hate Free Zone which fought discrimination. Hate Free Zone was later rebranded as OneAmerica.