We must unite to put our country, republic, and democracy FIRST.

The future of our constitutional republic, free and fair elections, and our democracy, depends on us, the pro-democracy majority. Before you vote, make sure the candidates on your ballot support the fundamental principles of our democracy.

The democracyFIRST Promise

democracyFIRST is mobilizing the ideologically diverse pro-democracy coalition that must come together to defeat authoritarianism and restore the political consensus for our central pro-democracy principles. Our advocacy and accountability programs aim to identify, isolate, and defeat politicians who threaten the future of our democracy and republic. 

The democracyFIRST Promise campaign calls on candidates and elected officials to publicly pledge to support the rule of law, core pro-democracy principles and democratic norms, that underpin our electoral process. This project establishes a clear cross-partisan pro-democracy baseline for the public to evaluate candidates and elected officials. democracyFIRST actively promotes and supports a broad cross-partisan group of outspoken pro-democracy county, state, and national leaders and holds those opposed accountable for violating and subverting core pro-democracy principles, democratic norms, and the rule of law. 

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democracyFIRST Promise

Support every eligible American citizen’s freedom to exercise their right to register and vote in free, fair, accessible, safe, and secure elections.

Denounce any attempt to intimidate, harass, threaten, or incite violence against opponents, their supporters, and election workers.

Restore trust and faith in our democracy, not undermining our electoral process by knowingly propagating falsehoods and misinformation. 

Accept the final election result and certify the results in accordance with the law after all ballots are counted. We will support the peaceful transfer of power and certification of the election. Any claims of election irregularities, or requests for recounts of election contests, will be reviewed in good faith under the law without intimidation, violence, undermining faith in elections through disinformation or other unlawful means.

democracyFIRST Elected Officials, Candidates, & Coalition Leaders:

Incumbent

Aaron Kaufer (R)

Pennsylvania State House

Incumbent

Adrian Fontes (D)

Arizona Secretary of State

Incumbent

Alice Yoder (D)

Lancaster County Commissioner

Coalition Leader

Charlie Dent (R)

Former U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania

Incumbent

Chris Chermak (R)

Lackawanna County Commissioner

Incumbent

Chris Drexel (D)

Erie County Councilmember

Incumbent

Electra Janis (R)

Washington County Commissioner – Pennsylvania

Incumbent

Eric Roe (R)

Chester County Commissioner – Pennsylvania

Incumbent

Gary Eichelberger (I)

Cumberland County Commissioner (PA)

Coalition Leader

Gov. Ed Rendell (D)

Former PA Governor (2003-2011)

Coalition Leader

Gov. Tom Corbett (R)

Former Pennsylvania Governor

Coalition Leader

Gov. Tom Ridge (R)

Former PA Governor (1995-2001)

Coalition Leader

Gov. Tom Wolf (D)

Former PA Governor (2015-2023)

Coalition Leader

Jason Altmire (D)

Former U.S. Representative for PA

Incumbent

Jeff Warren (D)

Northampton County Council (PA)

Incumbent

Josh Thomas (D)

Virginia House of Delegates

Candidate

Judy Begay (D)

Coconino County Supervisor – Arizona

Incumbent

Justin Douglas (D)

Dauphin County Commission (PA)

Coalition Leader

Kathy Dahlkemper (D)

Former U.S. Representative for PA & Former Erie County Executive

Candidate

Laura Harding (D)

Pennsylvania State House

Candidate

Lena Fowler (D)

Coconino County Supervisor – Arizona

Incumbent

Mary Jo Daley (D)

Pennsylvania State House

Candidate

Max Fisher (R)

Virginia House of Delegates

Incumbent

Mike Pries (R)

Dauphin County Commissioner

Incumbent

Neil Makhija (D)

Montgomery County Commissioner

Incumbent

Phil Hernandez (D)

Virginia House of Delegates

Candidate

Rex Scott (D)

Pima County Board of Supervisors – Arizona

Coalition Leader

Ronald Castille (R)

Former PA Supreme Court Justice

Incumbent

Seth Bluestein (R)

Philadelphia City Commissioner

Incumbent

Stella Perkarsky (D)

Virginia State Senate

Incumbent

Tom Dibello (R)

Montgomery County, PA

Incumbent

Tom Mehaffie (R)

Pennsylvania State House

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