I'm James Courage Singer and I'm running for Utah's 3rd Congressional District.

I have a special tie to the land. For hundreds of years, my Navajo ancestors lived, worked, and raised families in what we call "Utah." My blood is tied to the land. It's a sacred place; one set apart by the Holy People. I have an obligation to protect the sacred. That's why I will fight to protect our landscapes and ecology from destructive resource extractive projects and corporate greed. Utah's environment and biodiversity are tied to our many cultural identities and decimating the land leaves nothing for us now nor for future generations. That's bad policy and it's unsustainable. We need responsible development that builds on our greatest assets, not sell them away to the highest bidder.

I'm a sociologist and educator. Every day I'm learning, researching, or teaching about the many social forces and mechanisms in our society that provide opportunities for people or keeps people from grasping them. Economic inequality is one of the most pressing issues facing our country today. We need representatives to help people get their fair share of the prosperity, not create the conditions where the rich get richer off the hard work and labor of everyone else. But that's exactly the trend of the past 40 years. Instead, we need to create the conditions where hard work actually allows us in the working and middle classes to experience economic success and social mobility. I will fight to restore power to workers and employees, and re-embed the market back into the rest of society so that one parent, working a full-time job, can provide for their family and live a life of dignity.

We need leaders who actually lead in Congress, not get in line behind morally bereft leaders and enable systemic corruption. I am of the belief that when we know something is wrong, we have to take a stand to oppose it because it's the right thing to do. There are many things happening in Washington that just aren't right, and our current Utah Congressional delegation hasn't risen to the occasion to stand for something - or at least the things of greatest importance. And that's one of the main reasons I'm running. We cannot sit idly by while the corrupt and powerful have their way without consequences. I will fight to restore democracy back into our political institutions and oppose the movement towards oligarchy and plutocracy.

Join me in this historic campaign and have the #CourageToChange!





Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “I have read his concerns about Southeastern Utah where I reside. He has a sound educational experience and understands community needs. When he visited our area he communicated with a variety of folks. He would make a wonderful senator. \”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse James Courage Signer because he cares about social responsibility for all.”

  • endorsed

    “James Singer has the integrity and passion to represent us well in Congress as the CD-3 Representative. I strongly endorse him.”

  • endorsed

    “James is an amazing human being who really cares about the issues that are important to me: saving our environment and our public lands, offering single-payer health care for all, allowing all people to earn a living wage. He's our best choice for Utah.”

  • endorsed

    “Proud to call James Courage Singer a friend. The people of Utah would be lucky to have him fighting for them.”

  • endorsed

    “He has deep insight into the issues affecting everyday Utahns and Americans”

  • endorsed

    “James Singer understands the facts about immigration and supports a humane solution NOT inhumane deportations that tear families apart and hurt our country.”

  • endorsed

    “We need someone that understands what this state truly needs.”

  • endorsed

    “It is time to send a true indigenous democrat to the senate to represent all of states rich cultural and diverse racial heritage. Plus we need real change, not white crony capitalism representing us. Our environment, our irreplaceable natural and cultural heritage is being assaulted. We must fight back hard and soon. I endorse James Courage Singer for Senator for Utah.”

  • endorsed

    “he's the one who can defeat Hatch!”

April 29, 2018

We won the party nomination!!

We're so pleased to announce that James won the nomination outright at the State Convention on Saturday, April 28, with 77 percent of the vote in a landslide victory!

Our volunteers were phenomenal -- coming in from different parts of the district. To them we want to express that your dedication to a shared cause is what will move us forward in the campaign and the general election in November.

At convention, we were honored to receive almost every caucus endorsement!

Some buzz from social media: 

"This weekend witnessed a historic moment in Native America: James Courage Singer received the Democratic Party nomination to become the Democratic Candidate for Utah's 3rd Congressional district. He is the first Native American and first Navajo to become a nominee for federal office in Utah!" --  Moroni Benally, co-founder, Utah League of Native American Voters

This is a historic moment and we're all so happy that we are sharing it with you!


#CourageToChange

April 16, 2018

New Endorsements

This last weekend at the Salt Lake County Democratic Convention we secured the endorsements of the:

  • Asian American Pacific Islander Caucus
  • Education Caucus
  • Labor Caucus
  • LDS Democrats Caucus
  • Progressive Caucus

We're so excited for the continued support and are looking forward to the State Convention on April 28th where we hope to clinch the party nomination!

March 15, 2018

The Campaign is back! This time for Utah's 3rd District.

Since I suspended my Senate campaign, a lot of things have happenedin our politics, but still hasn't got much better. President Trump continues his course of morally bereft leadership, and Utah's Congressional Delegation have continued to stand by him. Students are raising their voice pleading for something to be done about guns in America. Bears' Ears is an example of how communities can work at a grassroots level for change, only to be blocked by big money and greed. Americans still want healthcare, and we're experiencing the surge of power from #MeToo. 

We still have a lot to fix when it comes to systemic racism, especially in our criminal justice system, and providing high quality to education for our children and ourselves. 

Also climate change is real #justsaying. 

That is why I am running for Congress in Utah CD3. Solutions are out there, and though they may not be easy to implement, groups of people wanting change have done it before and we can do it now. I'm ready to take it to them and stand with you for a better world.

May 9, 2017

We broke our first $5000 goal!

Today we broke our first $5000 goal on CrowdPac! Thank you for all your support! From other donations, we're at around $6500 total. Plus the volunteer hours which are adding up from a growing volunteer list. We are off to a great start since we officially launched our campaign last week.

Today we held a press conference with the Utah League of Native American Voters, the Me4U coalition, and PANDOS condemning the condescending and racially charged remarks from Orrin Hatch about how "Indians don't understand..." about Bears Ears.

Allow me to roll my eyes...

If I can be perfectly clear with Orrin Hatch: We understand. 

We are lawyers, policy analysts, sociologists, community activists, teachers, and elected leaders. We are more than educated enough to understand. We understand that his comments are what keeps indigenous people from overcoming hundreds of years of obstacles blocking us from exercising our life-ways. We understand that his position, his careless comment, is just another way to keep indigenous peoples in a box and from exercising our inherent freedom to make our own decisions regarding our politics, economics, culture, and social life. I am astonished by these comments. I feel angry. I am determined, more than ever, to be that indigenous voice in Congress. We all need it.

We'll be putting up video from that press conference and a transcript of my statement on the campaign Facebook page soon: www.facebook.com/SingerForSena...

Thanks again!

James


May 5, 2017

Campaign Launch a Success!

We had such a wonderful campaign launch event at the Glendale Library on Salt Lake City's west side. We heard some moving stories and speeches from Dan Cairo and Carol Surveyor. We took some great pictures and video (check out the campaign Facebook page: facebook.com/SingerForSenate) and James gave a very powerful and moving speech.

Here's a video highlight


April 27, 2017

Trahant Reports

Mark Trahant is the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism at the University of North Dakota. He is an independent journalist and a member of The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. On Twitter @TrahantReports

Article from Trahant Reportshttps://trahantreports.com/201...

April 27, 2017

May 2nd Campaign Launch Event

Join the Singer for Senate team on Tuesday, May 2nd as we kick off James's campaign! 

James Singer is a member of the Navajo Nation, and a Utah native with strong ties to the community. He has a background in social science, education, activism, and economics, and he is ready to represent the voices in Utah that are so often overlooked. 

Are you looking for a campaign that can create real change? Are you ready for a candidate who will work for Utahns? This is your opportunity to find out more about James and how he can represent you in Congress. You'll also meet campaign team members, including Madalena McNeil (Campaign Manager) and Daniel Magpali (Volunteer Coordinator) who are ready to get you plugged into the most exciting political movement in Utah.

This is a FREE event, and is open to all members of the community. Children are welcome. 

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Can't make it? We'll miss you, but this isn't your only chance. Not only will there be live-streaming of Tuesday's event, but the Singer for Senate team will be scheduling regular virtual and in-person events throughout the next few months. These will be great opportunities to meet James and find the role that's waiting for you in the campaign. 

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TRANSPORTATION:
The 516 bus is the best option for UTA public transportation to the Glendale Public Library. There will also be carpool threads established in the event discussion, or you can email info@singerforsenate.com to request a ride or offer a carpool. 

Need a Lyft? Email info@singerforsenate.com to request a code for $5 off the use of Lyft rideshare services for the event. 

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ACCESSIBILITY: 
The Glendale Public Library is fully ADA accessible. There is designated ADA parking in the lot, which includes an external door leading directly into the meeting room. If you require ASL interpretation or any other specific service, please email madalena@singerforsenate.com and we will make arrangements.

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READY TO GET STARTED?
If you're fired up and ready to donate, volunteer, and be part of the team, head over to SingerForSenate.com or email info@singerforsenate.com for more information!

April 18, 2017

Mark Your Calendars

May 2 we're planning an official launch event! Details to come.

Be sure to check into the website: www.SingerForSenate.com and follow the Facebook page: James Singer for U.S. Senate


Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “I have read his concerns about Southeastern Utah where I reside. He has a sound educational experience and understands community needs. When he visited our area he communicated with a variety of folks. He would make a wonderful senator. \”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “I endorse James Courage Signer because he cares about social responsibility for all.”

  • endorsed

    “James Singer has the integrity and passion to represent us well in Congress as the CD-3 Representative. I strongly endorse him.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “James is an amazing human being who really cares about the issues that are important to me: saving our environment and our public lands, offering single-payer health care for all, allowing all people to earn a living wage. He's our best choice for Utah.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “Proud to call James Courage Singer a friend. The people of Utah would be lucky to have him fighting for them.”

  • endorsed

    “He has deep insight into the issues affecting everyday Utahns and Americans”

  • endorsed

    “James Singer understands the facts about immigration and supports a humane solution NOT inhumane deportations that tear families apart and hurt our country.”

  • endorsed

    “We need someone that understands what this state truly needs.”

  • endorsed

    “It is time to send a true indigenous democrat to the senate to represent all of states rich cultural and diverse racial heritage. Plus we need real change, not white crony capitalism representing us. Our environment, our irreplaceable natural and cultural heritage is being assaulted. We must fight back hard and soon. I endorse James Courage Singer for Senator for Utah.”

  • endorsed

    “he's the one who can defeat Hatch!”

  • endorsed

    “James Singer is an extremely intelligent, insightful individual with the ability to bring people together, defend the weak, and push us ahead into a bright future.”

  • endorsed

    “John Ringer respects People and he respects our Land. John Ringer is a voice unheard by an entire generation of Utahns. We need Native voices, like his, among our lawmakers. His is a voice of love, not hate; a voice of peace not confict; a voice of stewardship, not domination. We need leaders brave enough to embrace hope over fear. I stand behind John Ringer and with those with the courage to stand to face the Morning Sun.”

  • endorsed

    “Recommendations from those I trust and I believe in his mission.”