2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS: RESULTS!
Sister District Across the Country
Florida, Colorado, Washington, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania
In 2018, Sister District directed resources to 32 state legislative candidates in 9 states where we could flip chambers blue, hold chambers blue, or make inroads into badly gerrymandered states. We narrowed huge political gaps created by years of Republican control, putting Democrats on a trajectory to win even more power in 2020 and draw fairer maps in 2021. We shifted power by electing 16 Democrats to key state chambers ahead of 2021 redistricting.
By the Numbers
• 80.6% of our candidate fundraising went to women candidates.
• 54.7% of candidate fundraising went to races decided by <5%.
• 40.8% of our candidate fundraising went to candidates of color.
• 90.32% of candidates received more votes than the Democrat running in the last midterm.
We Drove Progress for Democrats Up and Down the Ballot
• Claire Wilson will be the first out lesbian in the Washington State Senate.
• Padma Kuppa will be the first Indian-American woman in the Michigan state legislature.
• Melissa Shusterman, Maria Collett, and Liz Hanbidge will be the first Democratic women ever elected to their districts in
• Getting out the vote in Michigan helped pass Proposal 2, which creates an independent redistricting commission, a huge
victory against gerrymandering.
• Getting out the vote in Florida helped pass Amendment 4, which restores voting rights to 1.5 million people •
disenfranchised by their criminal convictions.
• We won key races nested in swing congressional districts in Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Colorado, boosting
turnout to help win the House.
The members of Sister District California Peninsula supported two candidates for the 2018 general election: Winnie Brinks, who was elected to the Michigan Senate, District 29, and Claudette Williams, who, unfortunately was not elected to the Pennsylvania House, District 176.
The Republicans are already very worried about Winnie Brinks. She ran unopposed in the August 7primary, but her win was resounding nonetheless. Two Republicans ran for the Michigan District 29 Senate seat garnering 23,547 votes between them. Winnie Brinks got 32,688 votes, 57.7% of total votes for both parties. However, the Grand Rapids metropolitan area is a bastion of Republican money - Betsy DeVos lives in Winnie's district, so Winnie knows she has a hard fight ahead of her.
Endorsements: Emily's List, The Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, AFL-CIO, Equality Michigan, United Auto Workers, Michigan Nurses' Assn., Police Officers Assn of Michigan, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Clean Water Action Michigan, AFSCME, American Federation of Teachers.
Background: Winnie Brinks is finishing her third 2 year term in the Michigan State House of Representatives where she represents District 76 in Grand Rapids. Winnie won her first campaign as a write in candidate speaking volumes about her tenacity and personal connection with her supporters. Before serving in elected office, Winnie worked as Executive Dirtector of One Way House Inc., a residential facility for non-violent female offenders. In the Legislature she serves on the Workforce and Talent Development, Education, Health Policy, and Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committees. She also serves as the Michigan Democratic Caucus Policy Chair and as chair of the Progressive Women's Caucus, a non-profit organization that addresses concerns about women's health, pay equity, economic security and gender violence.
After taking over 70% of the vote in the Democratic primary, Claudette Williams is poised to make a difference in one of the most radically gerrymandered states in our country.
Endorsements: Emily's List, VoteVets.org, Service Employees Intl., Equality Pennsylvania, BoldProgressives.org, AFSCME, Humane Society
Background: Claudette's personal story is extraordinary. Born in Jamaica, she grew up in Brooklyn and then served over 30 years in the US Army Reserves. After 9/11 she re-enlisted and served 3 years in the Army, including 3 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, achieving the rank of Army Sergeant Major. Claudette still is serving her country as the first African-American Poconos Regional Police Commissioner and the first woman of color to be elected President of Council for the borough of Mount Pocono. She is also the chair of the Monroe County Democratic Committee and the first African-American to hold the chair of any political party in the county's history.