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St. Louis — Brand New Congress Candidate, Cori Bush announced at the Sundance Film Festival premiere of the documentary Knock Down the House that she will be throwing her hat in the Congressional ring again in 2020 in Missouri’s First District and once again challenging Democratic incumbent Lacy Clay.

Bush attend the premiere of the documentary by Jubillee Films, which follows four Brand New Congress candidates including herself, Amy Vilela, Paula Jean Swearengin and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“I’m running because the people of Saint Louis still need resources,” said Bush. “We still need a livable wage. We still need affordable, quality, available health insurance, we still need racial equity, we still need reforms on our criminal justice system.”

Bush is a  registered nurse, a pastor, and a fierce advocate for working families and police reform. She truly found her voice on the front lines of Ferguson, Missouri.

Her fierce campaign for the Democratic primary in 2018 brought in more than 53,000 votes — more than any other BNC candidate in their primary.

Cori Bush was the first candidate announced by Brand New Congress in 2018 and is the first announced to their slate for 2020.

“We stand with Cori Bush once again because she is unbought and unbossed and she represents what BNC is fighting for, regular working people in office who truly represent us,” said Communications Director, Cory Archibald. “She doesn’t take a dime of corporate PAC money and she won’t be swayed by mega-donors, lobbyists, or special interests and she fights for true progressive legislation that we know people in her district support.”

Brand New Congress is gearing up for 2020 and has called for national nominations. I 2018 they ran 32 candidates across 18 states, and garnered more than 1.6 million votes during the 2018 election cycle. BNC also saw rise of one of their first nominees and candidates, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Congress.

“AOC has proven what one person can do and has shown the power of the movement. Now we need a 100 Alex Ocasio-Cortez’s in Congress,” said BNC press director Zeynab Day. “We’ve learned a tremendous amount about the challenges of small dollar campaigns but also how to put that knowledge to work to win in 2020.”

“I have every confidence in January of 2021, Cori Bush will be swearing in as the new representative for Missouri’s 1st district.”

In joining the BNC slate Bush signed a pledge to refuse corporate PAC funds, support other Brand New Congress candidates and support BNC’s progressive platforms.

Cori Bush, like other Brand New Congress candidates rely on small dollar donations and refuse corporate PAC funds. To help Cori Bush and Brand New Congress win big in 2020 donate below.

BNC is a post-partisan federal political action committee supporting Democrats, Republicans and Independents who push for progressive legislation such as Medicare for All, $15 minimum wage, clean energy initiatives, tuition-free education,  abolition of ICE and others. All BNC candidates have taken a pledge to refuse corporate PAC dollars. For more about Brand New Congress please visit