OCTOBER 11, 2022


Further endorsements of unifying, pro-democracy House, state, and local candidates to be announced throughout the week.


NEW YORK, NY —  The Forward Party today announced its first slate of endorsed candidates for the US Senate, with US House, state, and local race endorsements coming later this week. These candidates comprise a cross-partisan coalition of leaders who refuse to be defined by their party affiliation and who are committed to putting the needs of their communities above partisan demands. 

The Forward Party endorses the following candidates for United States Senate: Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Evan McMullin (I-UT), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

“These endorsements are part of a new wave of politics that Forward is inspiring,” said Jackie Salit, Forward Party Board Member and Independent Voting expert. “We’ve chosen to back leaders who are individually qualified and visionary. But it’s more than that. Our slate is a mix of Independents, Democrats, Republicans and minor party contenders - chosen without regard to their designation but because the barriers and silos of US politics need to be broken down. We’re stepping outside of the definitions that constrain and distort the will of the people. We’re redefining how politics can and should be done.

All Forward Party endorsed candidates are openly committed to reforming and improving our democracy and elections. They have also demonstrated a willingness to work across old divides to represent and empower their communities. Americans can feel confident when casting their vote on Election Day that the Forward Party endorsed candidates will be focused on solutions to move their communities, and America, forward.

“Kelly, McMullin, and Murkowski are leaders who have consistently put people over politics and sought solutions, not partisan gridlock. Imagine the difference that even this small coalition of three independent voices could make in a fiercely divided US Senate. By working together to force party leaders to the table to solve real issues from the economy to the health of our democracy, they could redefine the politics of the 20th century for the better,” said Joel Searby, National Political Director.

The Forward Party’s endorsement process is different by design—built from the ground up to harness the passion and energy of our volunteers and grassroots supporters. This year, it started with an open call for endorsement requests, from both candidates and local Forward groups that had identified interesting candidates they wanted to put forward. A working group was assembled that included national HQ staff, state leads selected by their peers through a nomination/RCV process, and advisors to the party. We analyzed the candidates and made final recommendations.

To see a full list of candidates the Forward Party has endorsed visit: www.Forwardparty.com/endorsements

The new Forward Party is bringing Democrats, Republicans, and Independents together to build a new kind of political party that represents the interests of the majority of Americans who reject extremism and division.