Strengthening its bid to shake up the national political arena, Brand New Congress will announce on March 16, 9:00 p.m. EST the launch of five non-politician candidates running for U.S. Congress in 2018, challenging both Democrat and Republican incumbents in the House.
The announcement will be live streamed on Twitter @BrandNew535, on Facebook @BrandNewCongress and at brandnewcongress.com/live. During the event, candidates will introduce themselves to the public, discuss their political platforms and answer viewers’ questions.
The candidates for U.S. House of Representatives include individuals running in the 27th district of Florida, the 14th district of Texas, the 3rd district of Arkansas, the 14th district of New York, and the 7th district of Illinois.
Backed by Brand New Congress, the candidates include both Democrats and Republicans, none of whom are endorsed by the RNC or DCCC. Democratic candidates will be endorsed by Justice Democrats, a group that is gaining national momentum through the support of the popular online media group The Young Turks.
All five candidates have agreed to refuse donations from any special interests groups, opting for small donations only. They will run as part of a unified national effort to stamp out corruption in Congress. Brand New Congress is specifically vowing to primary incumbents who have turned their backs on constituents and become out of touch with the real problems facing Americans.
“The average American isn’t a millionaire. Most of us struggle paycheck to paycheck to make ends meet. To solve a problem, you first have to understand that it exists,” said Brand New Congress communications director Corbin Trent. As teachers, nurses, pastors, economists and other working professionals, “Brand New Congress candidates know the problems their communities face, because they have lived them. This gives them insights into real solutions.”
Trent stressed that while Brand New Congress candidates aren’t career politicians, they are already public servants in their communities and have demonstrably invested their time, energy and resources into improving people’s lives on a grassroots level. “Each of these candidates already work in their communities to help others to solve problems. They are all public servants and now they are stepping up represent their constituents and the country as a whole,” Trent added. “They were nominated by people in their communities who believed in them.”
After culling through more than 9,000 nominations over the past year, Brand New Congress has already launched its first two candidates for national office: Cori Bush, who is running for Congress in Missouri’s 1st district, and Paula Jean Swearengin who is challenging Democrat Joe Manchin for the U.S. Senate seat in West Virginia.
Brand New Congress has grown a robust network of staff members and volunteers who will be working to provide public relations, messaging, canvassing and other grassroots support for each candidate. To date, the organization and candidates, along with Justice Democrats, have raised more than $1.6 million in small donations from more than 40,000 donors, and have signed on more than 200,000 supporters.