Few would disagree that this is a critical election year. With a good chance for Democrats to take back the Senate and an opportunity to make significant gains in the House, this election will have a big impact on foreign policy decisions in Congress for years to come. But the importance of any given election cycle isn’t the only reason Peace Action’s been working on elections for decades. Fear of being perceived as weak has led many of our nation’s policy makers to adopt hawkish and counterproductive approaches to foreign policy that have made our country and the world less safe. Changing this dynamic means showing our elected officials that advocating a more peaceful approach to foreign policy will earn them the political support of a large and powerful constituency – the Peace Movement. As the nation’s largest peace organization, Peace Action works hard to help elect pro-peace candidates to Congress, and to push issues of peace and nuclear disarmament to the forefront of every election cycle. Below is a list of our featured races where your support can make a big difference, followed by our honor roll endorsements for incumbent candidates who have earned our support. Join us by supporting Peace Action’s PAC and its endorsed candidates for Congress.
Russ Feingold, Candidate for United States Senate, WI
Russ Feingold served Wisconsin in the Senate from 1993-2010. As a Senator, Feingold consistently supported pro-peace positions; opposing the war in Iraq, pushing for withdrawal from Afghanistan, and voting to keep Pentagon spending in check. He supports reducing our nuclear weapons stockpile, opposes a major military intervention in Syria, and supports diplomatic and humanitarian alternatives to war. Peace Action is confident that Feingold’s excellent judgement and extensive experience in matters of foreign policy will make Americans safer.
Michael Eggman, Candidate for United States Representative, CA 10th District
Michael Eggman is first time candidate for congressional office in a tight race with republican incumbent Jeff Denham. He believes in a diplomacy first approach to conflicts, and is a strong proponent of nonproliferation. He supports the Iran Nuclear Agreement and will work to ensure that the U.S. stands by its commitments under the deal, and he supports ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which bans the testing of nuclear weapons.
Mike Honda, Candidate for United States Representative, CA 17th District
Mike Honda, an incumbent representative who has served his district since 2013, is in a close race with democratic challenger Ro Khanna. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Honda has been an important ally, working to rein in the oversized Pentagon budget and opposing spending on new nuclear weapons. He has also supported the repeal of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), which has served as President Obama’s primary justification for ongoing military involvement in unauthorized wars in the Middle East.
Rick Nolan, Candidate for United States Representative, MN 8th District
Rick Nolan, an incumbent representative from Minnesota’s 8th district, is in a close race with republican challenger Stewart Mills. He opposed bombing Syria in response to alleged use of chemical weapons in 2013, which allowed space for a diplomatic solution under which the Assad regime voluntarily handed over the vast majority of its chemical weapons stockpile. He has supported withdrawing troops from Iraq and Syria, opposed arming Syrian rebels, and pushed for withdrawal from Afghanistan. Nolan also voted against plans to upgrade various delivery systems for nuclear weapons that would fuel an emerging arms race.
Chellie Pingree, Candidate for United States Representative, ME 1st District
Chellie Pingree has served Maine’s 1st district since 2009. She opposed the Iraq War as well as military intervention in Syria, has worked to accelerate the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, and supported repealing the outdated and misused 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). Pingree has also been a strong supporter of nuclear nonproliferation; voting to reduce nuclear weapons spending, and supporting the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran.
Carol Shea-Porter, Candidate for United States Representative, NH 1st District
Carol Shea-Porter, who served New Hampshire’s 1st district from 2007-2010 and from 2013-2014, is locked in a tight race with republican incumbent Frank Guinta. In 2006, she ran on a platform of opposition to the Iraq War, and since then has consistently supported diplomatic and humanitarian alternatives to war. As a strong nonproliferation advocate, she voted to cut funding from a redundant and destabilizing nuclear cruise missile, the Long Range Standoff Weapon. And in keeping with her opposition to the Iraq War, she voted to keep U.S. troops out of Iraq in 2014 without a new congressional authorization.
Honor Roll Endorsements:
Peace Action is proud to endorse these incumbents who have consistently taken pro-peace positions during their time in Congress:
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA-34)
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3)
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR-1)
Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA-29)
Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY-9)
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI-13)
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR-4)
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN-5)
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA-13)
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA-5)
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10)
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL-5)
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL-1)
Rep. José Serrano (D-NY-15)
Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY-7)