ELECTION UPDATE: Meet the candidates who got their start on Crowdpac and won on June 5th

Learn how you can replicate their success on Crowdpac

Yesterday, voters in California, Alabama, New Jersey, Mississippi, Iowa, Montana, South Dakota, and New Mexico cast their ballots in primaries to determine which candidates will advance to the general in November.

Each of the below candidates used Crowdpac to crowdfund or kickstart their campaigns and are now going on to the general election — read their stories below to get ideas on how you can use Crowdpac to fuel your political work.

Want to chat with our team about jumpstarting or reigniting your online fundraising with Crowdpac? Drop us a line: support@crowdpac.com.

Kenneth Mejia

Candidate for US House, CA-34
Certified Public Accountant
In an effort to unseat incumbent Jimmy Gomez in California’s 34th, Green Party candidate Kenneth Mejia made it into the top two in yesterday’s primary. Sparked by the enthusiasm of the Bernie Sanders campaign, the 27-year-old quit his job and devoted his life to fighting for the 99%. A Green Party candidate has never held a seat in Congress, making Kenneth’s primary win potentially historic. He’s used Crowdpac to power his small-dollar campaign:

Marge Doyle*

Candidate for US House of Representatives, CA-8
Nurse and Vice President of the Morongo Basin Health District Board Marge Doyle decided to step up because her representative, Republican Paul Cook, has repeatedly voted to take away healthcare from over 100,000 residents. With the help of Crowdpac’s grassroots fundraising tools, she was able to run as a viable candidate in a deeply red district. Though many saw this race as a long shot for Democrats, Marge is currently in third place by less than 1% with votes still being counted.

Recall Judge Aaron Persky

Crowdfunding for a successful recall campaign
Brock Turner is the young man who dragged another Stanford student behind a dumpster and sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious. Aaron Persky is the judge who sentenced Brock Turner to just 6 months in a county jail. Outraged by the decision, community members organized a successful recall campaign (which required collecting thousands of signatures) and funded much of their efforts via a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdpac.

Cindy Hendrickson

Now Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge (won election to replace Aaron Persky)
Deputy District Attorney

Bustle’s headline says it all: “Who Is Cindy Hendrickson? Aaron Persky’s Recall Election Will Put A Woman On The Bench”

From Cindy: “I have advocated strongly for victims, and I have been equally committed to safeguarding the rights of the accused. I grew up in a multi-racial family of 13 that has informed my views on bias of all kinds. I will be a fair, hard-working judge with a continued devotion to all residents of Santa Clara County.”

Cindy utilized her Crowdpac page not only for her fundraising needs, but also as her website: cindyhendricksonforjudge.org

Zach Wahls

Candidate for Iowa State Senate, IA-37
LGBTQ+ Rights Advocate
Zach announced his candidacy with a Crowdpac campaign, officially throwing his hat into the ring. Now he’s headed to the general in a solid-Democratic district, virtually ensuring he will become one of Iowa’s youngest ever state senators.

In 2011, Zach testified before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee about growing up with two moms, and the video of his testimony went viral. After co-founding Scouts for Equality, an organization that helped end the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay scouts and gay scout leaders’ participation, Zach now wants to take his message of inclusion and equality to the Iowa State Senate.

Andrew Kim

Candidate for US House of Representatives, NJ-3
Former White House National Security Official
Andy Kim started a campaign on Crowdpac to test the waters before running for Congress. To his surprise, he raised over $50,000 on Crowdpac, with over $40,000 in under a week: “I haven’t done an actual live and aggressive fundraising push yet — I’m really blown away from the response.”

This overwhelming response to his campaign on Crowdpac helped give him the confidence to run against Rep. Tom MacArthur, an architect of Trump’s plan to dismantle Obamacare. A former national security adviser to President Obama, Andrew is running to keep America safe from foreign threats and ensuring all Americans have access to affordable healthcare. Neither Kim nor MacArthur had opponents in yesterday’s primary; they’ll be facing off in the general election in November.

Mallory Hagan

Candidate for US House of Representatives, AL-3
Miss America 2013
Mallory has dedicated her career to shining a light on corruption and the issues she cares about, such as the prevention of child sex abuse. Last year, the Huffington Post exposed sexist and vulgar messages about former Miss America winners (including Mallory) that were sent by the organization’s CEO, Sam Haskell, and other top pageant officials. After Mallory and dozens of former winners spoke out, Haskell and several pageant executives were forced to step down.

She launched an exploratory campaign to run in Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District on Crowdpac, where Republican incumbent Mike Rogers has won handily in the past 8 elections. According to Hagan, her district isn’t properly represented, and “anyone being in a position of power for 16 straight years just goes against what our democracy is about.”

Since receiving enough pledges of support on Crowdpac to declare her candidacy, her campaign has raised over $22,000 in small-dollar donations.

James Lee Auman

Candidate for US House of Representatives, AL-4
Youth Minister
For three of the last four congressional elections, Republican incumbent Robert Aderholt has run unopposed in Alabama’s 4th Congressional District — he’s been representing the same district for some 22 years!

Lee believes that’s unacceptable, and he launched an exploratory campaign on Crowdpac to give voters a choice. He officially declared his candidacy soon after, converting his pledges into donations, and continues to keep up the momentum. After winning his primary yesterday, Lee is one of the first Democrats in years to run against Rep. Aderholt, who is seeking his 12th term in the district.