✅Left Up to Us endorses Beto O’Rourke:
O´Rourke, a third-term congressman from El Paso, is running a progressive, grassroots campaign to replace Ted Cruz in the U.S. Senate. Beto gained national attention in June 2016 when Speaker Paul Ryan ordered C-SPAN’s TV cameras to be shut off while Democrats held the House floor to demand a debate on gun control, and Beto live streamed the 26-hour sit-in on Facebook live, garnering over two million views. He gained further national attention when a snowstorm canceled his flight to DC and he chose to drive 1,600 miles with Republican Rep. Will Hurd to get there. As a cofounder of the No PAC Caucus with Rep. Ro Khanna, he is not accepting money from PACs of any kind, and he’s dominated Cruz in small contributions. Beto’s advocacy for campaign finance reform earned him the endorsement of acclaimed constitutional scholar Lawrence Lessig. He has spoken out against SB4 and believes that every law-abiding immigrant has the right to a legal path to citizenship. O´Rourke believes that health care is a right, not a privilege, and he stated in an October interview with The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur that Medicare for All is his top campaign priority. Beto's track record on eminent domain in El Paso has caused some controversy, and he has advocated for charter schools in the past. O’Rourke initially supported the Trans Pacific Partnership, but backed off because there was no “consistency plan” to create “an incentive for Mexico to reform its labor laws and root out the potential for abuse of its workforce.”
Irasema “Sema” Hernandez is a progressive candidate running for U.S. Senate, and she has set her sights on defeating Ted Cruz. In her own words, she is a "U.S. Citizen, daughter of immigrants, a wife, mother of four boys, baseball coach, small business owner, community volunteer, activist, Democratic Socialist and Berniecrat." Her platform is very progressive, and she is only raising funds from small individual donors, not corporate PACs.