Illinois candidates vetted

Today we finished vetting the candidates for governor and all 18 congressional districts in Illinois. And we found 15 STEM candidates, 13 of them for US House! Contrast that to the 9 candidates we found for the 36 districts in Texas for US House.

We need to profile each of the candidates, but we wanted to get the list out there as soon as possible since the Illinois primary is on March 20th.

Next up we’ll be profiling these candidates and working on vetting candidates for Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia.

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Texas candidates profiled

After going through 36 districts and literally hundreds of candidates, we’ve found and vetted all 10 STEM candidates running for US Congress in 2018 in Texas. Along the way we added 2 climate-change deniers to our Science Fact Deniers page.

Here’s the list as of today, but you should always check the Texas section of the candidates page for the live list as it changes over time.

We started with Texas because it and Illinois have the earliest primaries, in just 75 days from now. We’re working on Illinois next.

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Did we get something wrong? Did we miss somebody? Let us know!

Updated 2018-01-05 to include Christine Eady Mann.


After a week working to get this thing off the ground, we’re proud to announce that is live. 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.

But most importantly, take a look at the candidates page and then get involved in getting those candidates elected.