2018 Gubernatorial Endorsements


As healthcare costs soar and wages stagnate, our nation’s caregivers need more support than ever. That’s why the Caring Across Generations Action Fund is proud to endorse the following candidates running for governor, who understand the caregiving challenges facing today’s families, and who refuse to wait to push forward with bold solutions.

The Action Fund has been working with care activists and grassroots community groups in California, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Oregon to strengthen care policies and to elevate candidates who will help make a caring future a reality. We commend these leaders for supporting urgently needed policies that will provide sustainable and flexible care options to seniors, people with disabilities and family caregivers, while also making sure to uplift the workforce doing this vital work.

California: Gavin Newsom

Sarita Gupta, co-director of the Caring Across Generations Action Fund:

“This election calls for a bold and proactive leader, and Gavin Newsom is the right choice for Governor at this pivotal moment in California’s long-term care planning. Lt. Governor Newsom’s demonstrated commitment as a champion for caregivers, seniors, and people with disabilities is inspiring, and we know that he will govern in partnership with community groups and stakeholders to build a new care infrastructure for California not only for, but with, those who need it most.”

Ai-jen Poo, co-director of the Caring Across Generations Action Fund:

“With growing momentum for a statewide reform that supports caregivers and care recipients, California needs a leader willing to lead the charge on long-term care, and Lt. Gov Newsom is that leader.”

Georgia: Stacey Abrams

Sarita Gupta:

“Stacey Abrams has a deep understanding of the issues facing caregiving families, and she will be a voice and a champion for a new care infrastructure in Georgia that can adequately support home care workers, family caregivers, seniors and people with disabilities.”

Ai-jen Poo:

“Women of color are on the front lines of care work, just like they are on the front lines of the work to resist the injustices of the current political moment. As the next governor of Georgia, Stacey Abrams will continue doing visionary work with, and for, caregiving families.”

Hawaii: David Ige

Ai-jen Poo:

“Governor David Ige helped establish Hawaii as a national leader in supporting family caregivers by signing the Kupuna Caregivers Act into law in July 2017, and his commitment to expanding the program in the coming years will help establish a model for the rest of the country to follow. We look forward to continuing to work with Governor Ige on deeply-needed caregiving reforms throughout his second term.”

Illinois: JB Pritzker

Sarita Gupta:

“JB Pritzker is the sort of leader we need in Springfield. As a champion for in-home care for seniors and people with disabilities, Mr. Pritzker will work to undo the harmful cuts to senior services passed by the current administration, and make sure that everyone in Illinois has access to quality, dignified long-term care when and where they need it.”

Michigan: Gretchen Whitmer

Sarita Gupta:

“Gretchen Whitmer knows firsthand what it’s like to be a family caregiver, and her personal experience caring for her mother will translate into support for the policies that she has always stood for. Michigan is tied with only one other state for having the most counties with a median age over 50, and Michigan’s rapidly changing demographics call for a care force to help meet our growing care need.”

Ai-jen Poo:

“We know that we can count on Gretchen Whitmer to be a champion for home care workers and family caregivers as Michigan’s next governor, and to build a care infrastructure that increases access to care for seniors and people with disabilities all across the state.”

Minnesota: Tim Walz (Governor), Peggy Flanagan (Lieutenant Governor)

Ai-jen Poo:

“Every family has their own story about care—and this Election Day, the choice for Minnesota voters is clear. Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan are committed to all families, no exception, and to building the care infrastructure Minnesotans need.”

Sarita Gupta:

“Both Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan bring their own life experiences facing care issues, and will be powerful voices for all Minnesotans, no matter what they look like or where they come from.”

Oregon: Kate Brown

Ai-jen Poo:

“Governor Kate Brown has long been a champion for caregiving families, and she knows the importance of investing in Oregon’s long-term care infrastructure to ensure that all families have access to the care they need. Governor Brown has always stood up for Oregon’s direct care workforce, and we are proud to support a candidate with a steadfast commitment to supporting family caregivers and home care workers.”

For more information contact Kevin Simowitz, Political Director of the Caring Across Generations Action Fund at kevin@caringacross.org.