Democratic socialists build on 2018 victories

Eleven DSA-endorsed candidates were up for election yesterday in Buffalo, New York City, and Kentucky, for offices ranging from city council to Congress.

Today we celebrate the re-election of two incredible democratic socialist leaders, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and New York State Senator Julia Salazar.

Their 2018 victories delivered severe blows to the ruling class and the Democratic party establishment in New York City. And their victories last night show that democratic socialism is here to stay, and not just in these two districts.

AOC will likely be joined in Congress next year by the DSA-endorsed Jamaal Bowman, who currently holds a double-digit lead over 30-year incumbent Eliot Engel. Bowman is a Black educator who ran on a “Reconstruction Agenda,” calling for the defunding of the police and passing a sweeping set of programs like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and tuition free college that would empower the working class.

DSA chapters across the country have also been contesting important down ballot races. DSA backed two candidates for city council in Louisville–Robert LeVertis Bell and Ryan Fenwick–as well as a slate of five candidates for New York State legislature: Phara Souffrant Forrest, Jabari Brisport, Zohran Mamdani, and Marcela Mitaynes in New York City and Adam Bojak in Buffalo. With tens of thousands of absentee votes still to be counted, it’s still too early to call these races, but unofficial results from New York show our candidates in the lead or within striking distance. Final results might not be in for weeks, but last night made it clear that DSA chapters across the country are helping change the nature of politics in America. The Democratic Party establishment and the rich people funding them can be beat by movements of democratic socialists. We are going to win.