After a week working to get this thing off the ground, we’re proud to announce that VoteSTEM.org is live.
VoteSTEM.org provides a detailed listing of candidates with backgrounds in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) who are running for public office in the United States. We are non-partisan, because we want all political parties to include policymakers with STEM backgrounds, who will make evidence-based decisions. We provide well-cited information to help you decide which of these candidates you want to support. We invite you to explore our candidate listing, make your own decisions, and then use your vote, your dollars, your time, or your voice to help elect them to office.
We’re systematically researching every candidate for governor, senator, and house representative for the 2018 elections. We start by evaluating all running candidates to identify STEM candidates and rule out science denialists. Then, we add viable candidates to our list, and investigate them further so that we can write up a detailed profile complete with citations. (See our first profile for Jess Phoenix, a vulcanologist running for CA-25, for an example.)
Turns out, there are a lot of candidates in the primaries across the country. We’re starting in the order of the state primaries, which means Texas and Illinois are up first, with their primaries in March.
We’ll have our work cut out for us in the next 10 months leading up to the general election, but we strongly believe that fact-based policies are vital to the future of this country and individuals with STEM backgrounds can help get us there.
If you’d like to help with our effort, see our Join VoteSTEM page.