Jeanine Calkin

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Jeanine Calkin is a Berniecrat, a term used for those democrats (generally) running for office who have expressed support of former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.[1]

Our Revolution endorsement

Jeanine Calkin was endorsed by Our Revolution, an organization run by former campaign workers and supporters of former socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.[2]

Working Families Party

The Working Families Party of Rhode Island won four key victories in the state’s Democratic primary election August 2017, defeating conservative incumbents by endorsing candidates who support a $15 minimum wage, paid sick leave for workers, racial and gender equality and other progressive issues.

A teacher from Providence who was born in Jamaica, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, scored the narrowest and most-surprising upset, defeating House Majority Leader John DeSimone with a platform that emphasized better public education. She won by 17 votes.

“That’s a huge upset—a very big deal,” said Georgia Hollister Isman, state director for the Rhode Island WFP. DeSimone “was a long-serving and very powerful figure in the House.”

The other WFP-endorsed candidates who won were Jeanine Calkin, Jason Knight and Moira Walsh. Each believed “the Democratic Party wasn't representing their values,” Hollister-Isman said, “and had faith that if they took that directly to the voters, it would get a lot of support. And they were right.”

“These victories create some very real momentum that we can build on,” said Hollister Isman.[3]


  1. Berniecrats, accessed August 24
  2. Our Revolution; Our Candidates, accessed October 27, 2016
  3. [ ITT WEB ONLY / FEATURES » SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 A Progressive Wave Rolls Through Rhode Island With 4 Working Families Party Wins, BY THEO ANDERSON]