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WIN THE HEARTLAND was founded by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to stand up for progressive values here in the midwest. We are determined to keep our democracy whole by taking back the US Senate and retaining the House of Representatives in the 2020 elections. It is our goal to find and support qualified candidates who exemplify our core values.
After the 2016 election, we were devastated. In 2017, after participating in the first Women’s March we felt empowered and became activists. We felt strongly the new administration was an existential threat to our democracy, so we joined local activist groups. With trepidation, we left our comfort zones, began speaking up and organizing within the community. When we heard Lauren Underwood, a 31-year-old nurse from our congressional district (IL14) was running for Congress to save protections on pre-existing conditions, we immediately volunteered for her campaign. We helped Lauren Underwood WIN on November 6th 2018, beating the republican incumbent in our very red Illinois district. Lauren’s win was historic. Not only was she the first woman to hold this Illinois seat, but also first African American.
Being part of this exciting, hard-fought campaign, and coming through victoriously, drives us to keep fighting the hard battles. Retaining the House seats and winning the Senate in 2020 is critical to preserving our democracy. Our big takeaway from 2018 was this: when you have an extraordinary candidate and people realize we're in this fight together, they come to help. Large numbers of volunteers from inside AND outside the district came to knock doors, make phone calls and march in parades for Lauren. Knowing there are compassionate, selfless, dedicated people who share our values and willing to get involved and fight for what is right, has restored our faith in humanity. TOGETHER, we can do anything!
TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE FACE OF CONGRESS
The candidates we support understand that being a member of congress is about service to others, never self-serving. They must have a sense of empathy for people in need. Being inclusive, considering everyone in their electorate no matter their race, religion, sexual preference or socioeconomic status, when making critical decisions is imperative. Finally our candidates must be courageous and be willing to speak truth to power when they see injustice.
Our team will will support congressional candidates who champion democracy with compassion, integrity and resiliency
Our group is determined to keep our democracy whole by taking back the US Senate and retaining the House of Representatives in the 2020 elections. Our primary mission is to find and support qualified candidates from the American Heartland who exemplify our core values.
During the 2020 election cycle, Win the Heartland will be supporting candidates in some of the most important races in the Midwest including Sean Casten (IL- 06), Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Marie Newman (IL 03) Amy McGrath (KY Senate), JD Scholten (IA-4),
To learn more about these amazing candidates, please click here.
OUR GAME PLAN FOR 2020
We will carefully choose US House and Senate candidates for the 2020 election and support them in a number of ways. We know from experience how critically important the “people factor” is in winning campaigns. So we will be recruiting, training and motivating dedicated volunteers to campaign (canvass, phone bank, write letters etc) for our candidates in the Heartland states, especially Illinois, Michigan, Iowa, Kentucky. We will support candidates financially.
Beyond financial support, we will choose 4-5 races within the Heartland to provide volunteers. We'll take eager volunteers to help with "boots on the ground" efforts (canvassing, rallies, marching in parades etc), whatever the respective campaigns want us to do in the two months prior to the election. We will bus volunteer groups over district and state lines on weekend canvassing trips. Not only will we be strategic, determined and effective, but we’ll have a lot of fun doing it!