St. Louis, MO – Justice Democrat Cori Bush is taking on the establishment in a run for Congress in the 2018 midterm Democratic Party primary in Missouri’s 1st district. Through a Bernie Sanders-style campaign she is combatting the Citizen’s United ruling by way of  the ballot box and only accepting small individual donations.

Bush’s campaign, announced on April 30,  is taking-off with great strides. Bush, who refuses corporate or Super PAC donations, has raised $50,431 in individual donations from April 23 to June 30: with more than 4500 donors and an average contribution under $12 per donor. This level of funding has far surpassed the $12,961 in individual contributions for U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay from April 1 through June 30, according to the most recent Federal Elections Commission’s filings.  

Bush is running on a bold progressive platform and actively advocating for #Standup4Medicare and the Summer for Progress. Her strong stance in supporting education reform, criminal justice reform, universal healthcare and a $15 dollar minimum wage, has made her a leading force in the progressive movement, not only in Missouri, but across the nation.

As a nurse, Bush works every day with people who are uninsured and underinsured, including the homeless and women escaping sex trafficking. Cori fights for her patients on the frontlines of America’s failing healthcare system that is driven by profit before people.

Bush’s life and choices reflect the power of leadership over legacy. Her dedication to the St. Louis community is reflected through her work as a pastor, teacher, and lead mental health nurse, where she cares for the underserved and uninsured.

She knows what it is like to be a single mother, having cared for two small children, while working her way through nursing school, struggling to meet basic needs. She listens to similar stories of hardship and hope from her patients every day.

Bush’s insight has driven her to activism and enables her to envision solutions that will restart St. Louis’ engines by investing in jobs, infrastructure, education, and public health.