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RI Political Co-op elects unprecedented 10 progressive candidates in Rhode Island

“They said we couldn’t win against the establishment. We did it. They said we couldn’t defeat Trump Republicans. We did it. The fact is we won races against all types of opponents all around the state. The people of Rhode Island are ready for a progressive government.”

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Last night, the Rhode Island Political Cooperative elected an unprecedented 10 candidates across the state –  five candidates to the Rhode Island Senate, three to the House, and two to City Council seats. In a single election cycle the Co-op built a movement that ousted some of Rhode Island’s most entrenched incumbents and defeated far-right Republicans.

The 10 future Senators, Representatives, and City Councilors will fight relentlessly for the Co-op’s shared platform – a Green New Deal, single-payer healthcare, a $15 minimum wage, and many other policies that will benefit the people of Rhode Island. 

“This is just the start of our movement,” said RI Political Co-op Co-Chair Jennifer Rourke. “They said we couldn’t win against the establishment. We did it. They said we couldn’t defeat Trump Republicans. We did it. The fact is we won races against all types of opponents all around the state. The people of Rhode Island are ready for a progressive government.”

 “In just a single cycle we built the Co-op, recruited an extraordinary group of candidates, and elected 10 bold, fearless leaders. Next cycle it will be many more,” said RI Political Co-op Co-Chair Jeanine Calkin, who won her election last night. “This movement will continue to grow and we will not rest until we have a government that will fight for all of us.”

The Co-op ran a coordinated statewide campaign, recruiting and training candidates and campaign managers, constructing a shared policy platform, building a statewide volunteer base, and assisting campaigns directly on a daily basis. 


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Below is a complete list of Co-op candidates elected to office last night: 

  • Adamaris Villar – Central Falls City Council, Ward 2
  • Brandon Potter – House District 16
  • Brianna Henries – House District 64
  • Cynthia Mendes – Senate District 18
  • Jeanine Calkin – Senate District 30
  • Jessica Vega – Central Falls City Council, Ward 5
  • Jonathon Acosta – Senate District 16
  • Kendra Anderson  – Senate District 31
  • Michelle McGaw – House District 71
  • Tiara Mack – Senate District 6