November 8, 2017
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314 Action Endorsed Candidates Win Big, Up and Down the Ballot

17 Endorsed Candidates Win Offices Ranging From School Board to Governor

(Washington, D.C.) -- Yesterday, candidates with STEM backgrounds from 314 Action’s first-ever round of endorsements won in statewide and local elections. 314 Action-endorsed candidates from across the country won offices from county commissioner to state legislator to governor. These candidates touted the endorsement from 314 Action on the trail and put their STEM backgrounds front and center in their races.
This marks the first class of candidates endorsed by 314 Action, and many of these candidates were among the 7,000 who have reached out to 314 Action for training, support and guidance since January when the STEM the Divide candidate recruitment campaign was launched. 314 Action’s endorsement includes guidance on messaging and campaigning, direct financial support, and access to our network of 250k pro-science advocates.
We elected:
Ralph Northam (Virginia Governor)
Hala Ayala (Virginia State House of Delegates 51st District)
Cheryl Turpin (Virginia State House of Delegates 85th District)
John Mack (Newtown, PA Township Supervisor)
Christina VandePol (Chester County, PA Coroner)
Martin Miller (West Norriton, PA Commissioner)
Laurie Osher (Orono, ME Town Council)
Eunice Franklin-Becker (Colonial School District Board, PA)
Tiffany Hodgson (Wissahickon School Board, PA)
Judy Lofton (Perkiomen Valley School District, PA)
Monica Taylor (Upper Darby School Board, PA)
Wayde Weston (Perkiomen Valley School District, PA)
Monica Linden (Franklin, MA School Committee)
Kelsey Waits (Hastings, MN School Board)
Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (New Jersey's 16th Legislative District)
Mayor Nancy McFarlane (Raleigh, NC Mayor)
David Gioiello (Shelton, CT Board of Education)
Shaughnessy Naughton, founder of 314 Action, released the following statement:
“314 Action’s endorsed candidates—from school board to township supervisor to state house to governor—proved something last night: science will not be silenced, and voters are ready for candidates who are going to use their STEM training to base policy on evidence rather than intuition. I congratulate all of our candidates on their success. If this year is any indication, 2018 is going to be a big year for candidates with STEM backgrounds. It is clear that the seemingly constant flow of alternative facts around science, climate change and public health that is being spewed by the Trump Administration and some members of Congress is a catalyst for voters who are ready to support candidates who stand for science, facts and reason.
I hope our supporters are especially energized about our success in local races including school board. We are creating a pipeline of STEM candidates, and our victories in this election are just the beginning of that movement. Offices at the local and state level directly impact education policy, which is why we believe supporting candidates at this level is of critical importance to our pro-science movement.”
314 Action is the largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office. 314 Action is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) that was founded by members of the STEM community, grassroots supporters and political activists. Formed in July 2016, 314 Action has over 225,000 active members and donors across the United States. 314 Action is concerned that STEM education in the United States is falling further and further behind the rest of the world, that our political leaders continue to deny scientific facts and that Congress fails to fully fund scientific research so we can solve pressing issues. For more information, visit