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Joe Kennedy III's 2018 Health Care Heroes

"It's a universal truth of human existence: Every single one of us will one day be brought to our knees. By a diagnosis we didn’t expect. A phone call we couldn’t imagine. A loss we cannot endure. So we take care of each other. Because but for the grace of God we will one day need that mercy too. It is the ultimate test of a country’s character. Not the power we give the strong. But the strength we give the weak." - Joe Kennedy III

This November there is an incredible group of Democratic candidates taking on GOP incumbents who voted to take away peoples' health care last year. These men and women have shown an unshakable commitment to a health care system that is decent, merciful and fair.

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Colin Allred, TX-32

Born in North Dallas and raised by a single mom who was a Dallas public school teacher, Colin Allred was an All-Star athlete at Hillcrest High School and earned a full-ride football scholarship to Baylor University. Diploma in hand and prepared to attend law school, Colin deferred his acceptance to play in the NFL. He was a linebacker for five seasons before sustaining a career-ending injury. After the NFL, he fulfilled his dream of becoming a civil rights attorney. After serving in President Obama's administration, Colin moved home to Dallas and is now running to represent the community where he grew up and a district that swung more than 17 points toward Democrats in 2016.

Anthony Brindisi, NY-22

Anthony Brindisi, NY-22

Anthony Brindisi was born and raised in this district and currently serves the community as a State Assemblyman. He is known as a bipartisan consensus-builder in Albany. His deep ties to the area, well-respected independent reputation, and strong support across the political spectrum make this district highly competitive for Democrats. Public polling already has Brindisi ahead of Rep. Claudia Tenney.

Angie Craig, MN-02

Angie Craig, MN-02

Raised by a single mother in a mobile home park, Angie Craig worked two jobs to pay her way through college. She went on to lead a workforce of over 16,000 at a major Minnesota manufacturer. Angie Craig nearly won in 2016 in the third closest race in the country. She is primed to win in 2018.

Andy Kim, NJ-03

Andy Kim, NJ-03

Andy Kim is a national security expert and a Rhodes Scholar who served two years as President Obama’s Director for Iraq in the White House National Security Council. He previously served at the Pentagon, where he helped our nation build a strong military and provide for the men and women in our armed forces, and also served in Afghanistan as strategic adviser to Generals David Petraeus and John Allen during their tenures as Commanding Generals. Andy grew up in South Jersey and is raising his two baby boys there.

Lauren Underwood, IL-14

Lauren Underwood brings a critical perspective to this race as a registered nurse, with hands-on health care experience. She is the first woman to receive the Democratic nomination in her district. Lauren began her career helping to implement the ACA, and President Obama appointed Lauren to serve as a Senior Advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services. There, she helped communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror threats, and public health emergencies. Recently, Lauren worked with a Medicaid plan in Chicago to ensure it provided high-quality, cost-efficient care. Lauren is training future nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online master’s program.

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