66 Progressive Leaders Taking Action: Meet our July 2022 Endorsement Class!

Run for Something
45 min readJul 27, 2022

On pace to more than double our best recruitment year yet, Run for Something(RFS) is proud to stand with these emerging progressive leaders! This month, we’re adding 66 candidates from 29 states — including 8 RFS alumni running for re-election — to our already impressive list of endorsees who understand the urgency of mobilizing to hold on to and gain seats this November.

This class is made up of 45% women, 41% people of color, and 24% LGBTQIA+. 61% of them are running for state legislature seats, 21% of them are running for municipal office, 12% of them are running for school board, and 6% of them have their eyes set on seats in legal roles like district attorneys and judges.

Learn more about our July endorsement class below.

CANDIDATES

ARIZONA

Peter Boyle

East Valley Institute of Technology Governing Board, District 1

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Peter is a teacher, principal, and entrepreneur, who is a passionate champion for career, technical, and adult education. He is dedicated to ensuring all students in the East Valley have the opportunity to earn both high school diplomas and career certificates, have family-supporting jobs, and build strong and resilient communities.

Peter led a team to found Western School of Science and Technology, the highest-performing public high school in West Phoenix. He was named the statewide educator honoree by the Children’s Action Alliance and was the runner-up for the ACSA Transformational Leader of the Year. He won the Maryvale Revitalization Corporation Educating Excellence Award.

Peter is a board member of the Trustees of Scottsdale Arts, a volunteer with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a graduate of Valley Leadership, and a Teach For America alum. He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina and Arizona State University and a certificate from Stanford University.

ARKANSAS

Nick Cartwright

Arkansas Senate, District 18

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Nick is a community organizer and policy advocate. He has experience working with Arkansas’ rural communities on a wide range of issues, including education, agriculture, environment, economic justice, and social justice. He is running to fight for rural communities and be a voice for the working class and younger generations.

As a city councilmember, Nick led the creation of a veterans memorial, passed budget increases for the library, park, and infrastructure, and put a spotlight on government transparency. He is fighting for a rural agenda to focus on investing in the state’s rural communities. This includes reviving Main Street, universal broadband, reinvesting in public schools, affordable housing, and local food systems. Nick currently works for Arkansas Community Organizations, a non-profit organization focused on organizing low-income and working class people.

Justin Meeks

Washington County Justice of the Peace, District 3

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Justin is a husband, a father, and a lifelong Arkansan. He is running for Justice of the Peace because he wants to use his experience fighting for vulnerable populations, managing government institutions, and analyzing risks in emerging technologies to serve the people of Washington County’s 3rd District.

Justin began his work in public service as a Justice of the Peace when he was only 20 years old, making him one of the youngest elected officials in Arkansas history. After serving a term on the Quorum Court, Justin decided not to seek reelection and to instead attend law school. While in law school Justin became an advocate for vulnerable populations. He worked on juvenile justice reforms, advocated for LGBTQIA+ rights, and joined others in the legal profession in providing legal assistance to those trapped at JFK airport during the Trump administration’s Muslim ban.

After law school, Justin returned home to Arkansas and began working as an attorney for the Arkansas Department of Human Services in the areas of adult protective services, adult guardianships, and child maltreatment. Justin analyzes risk and performs policy governance as a Senior Risk Specialist in cybersecurity for one of the world’s largest retailers. Justin lives in Springdale with his wife Charae and their two children, Mosston and Maggie.

Wendy Hughes

Bella Vista City Council Ward 1, Position 2

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Wendy is running because she believes the leadership of Bella Vista needs to be more representative of the city’s changing demographics. She wants to promote small business growth, provide a place for community members to be heard, and ensure that the natural beauty of Bella Vista is protected and enhanced.

Wendy serves on the Board of Directors of the Bella Vista Public Library Foundation and is on the local school’s PTO Board. She is also a docent at the Bella Vista Historical Museum. Wendy lives with her family in Bella Vista.

CALIFORNIA

José Magaña

San José Unified Board of Education, Area 2 Trustee

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Originally from Ceres, CA, José was the first male in his family to graduate from a four year university (University of California-Santa Barbara). He was elected in 2018 and proudly serves as the youngest trustee in San José Unified School District’s since it opened in 1863.

José began his professional career in education as a kindergarten teacher. After four years in the classroom, Vice President Magaña coached and worked alongside hundreds of teachers, leaders, and school districts across the country to better incorporate technology into their math instruction, and early literacy programs to meet the individual needs of their students. José also served on the Senior Leadership Team as the Managing Director of Impact, managing the Impact Department, for City Year San José/Silicon Valley. José now works at BookNook, where he collaborates with foundations, government entities, non-profits, and districts to support and implement high-impact tutoring throughout the country. Vice President Magaña also serves as Vice Chair, on the Library and Early Education Commission for the City of San José, where they eliminated late fees for children’s’ items. Vice President Magaña has a Certificate of Education Finance from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

José met his wife, also an educator, while both were teaching in San José. They both are raising their two daughters and labradoodle in San José. Vice President Magaña is focused on continuing his efforts to bring more “Access. Equity. Results.” to our students, family, staff, and community in San José.

Sage Rafferty

Santa Clarita Valley Water Board, Division 2

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Sage is running for the Santa Clarita Valley Water Board. He served in the U.S. Army for almost 9 years, retiring at the rank of captain. He then moved to Santa Clarita to work in manufacturing management. He has managed production, maintenance, and engineering, including wastewater treatment systems, throughout Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valley. Sage has worked in the manufacturing industry, including nutraceuticals, aerospace, and food and beverage.

Sage graduated from the University of Montana with a BA in political science, specializing in American politics, and a minor in Chinese studies. After college, Sage attended the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School (OCS) and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Throughout his military career, Sage primarily managed maintenance and logistics. In 2013, he deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division, where he oversaw logistical operations in support of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. Sage also attended various courses while in the U.S. Army, including Logistics Captains Career Course at Fort Lee, Virginia. Sage lives in Saugus with his family.

Brianna Coston

La Mesa-Spring Valley School Board, Trustee Area 3

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

The La Mesa-Spring Valley District holds a special place in Brianna’s heart. She and her siblings grew up in La Mesa and are products of local schools, and her mother works as a special education teacher.

Brianna is running for school board because the district can do better. The learning environment can be more conducive to learning, and educators need to be better equipped and supported in the classroom. Working parents and underserved communities can be better supported by the district too. Through her LGBTQIA+ siblings, Brianna has witnessed the school district fail to support and advocate for LGBTQIA students. If elected, she will promote policies to ensure all students feel safe at school.

Currently, Brianna serves on the La Mesa Planning Commission. She is active in the community, volunteering as a mentor for an after school program and previously tutoring math students. Brianna was the first student from Steele Canyon High School to attend MIT, where she received a bachelor’s degree in architecture. She received a master’s degree in urban planning from USC.

Luz Reyes-Martin

Goleta City Council, District 1

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Luz is running for the Goleta City Council’s newly created District 1 seat because she is committed to preserving the character of our neighborhoods, safeguarding our treasured open spaces, and delivering essential services to our residents. With Masters Degrees in land use planning and in public administration, she has a deep understanding of how city government should work, how it should be accountable to the community, and how essential thoughtful planning is to sustainable communities.

As a proud Goleta resident, Luz has worked hard to make a difference in the lives of children and families in our community. She is a parent, nonprofit executive, community volunteer, and environmental advocate. She has proudly served on the Goleta Union School District Board for the last eight years. In this leadership role she followed through on her solid commitment to high-quality education and serving our community’s students, teachers, staff, and families.

Luz is the granddaughter of a farmworker and a housekeeper (who ultimately owned her own small business). Her father is a retired US Postal Service employee, and her mother worked for over 25 years as a public employee. Their sacrifices and determination made it possible for Luz to have greater education and career opportunities. They are role models as she and her husband raise their two children in Goleta.

As a council member, Luz will be a committed, proactive, and responsive representative for the residents of District 1 and the Goleta community as a whole.

Arlis Reynolds

Costa Mesa City Council, District 5

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Arlis Reynolds won her race for city council in 2018 as a first-time candidate, beating a former Mayor and State Assemblymember by committing to direct engagement with all voters and knocking on every door in her district. She wins “impossible” campaigns through hard work, community organizing, and an unwavering commitment to a brighter future. A fierce advocate for safe streets, park access, equity, and meaningful engagement, Arlis is running for re-election to continue her work to ensure all residents have safe access to parks, to advance walkability and sustainability in local planning and services, to prioritize investments in historically underserved communities, and continue to engage young people in local government. Visit www.arlis4costamesa.com to donate and help re-elect Arlis Reynolds to Costa Mesa City Council, District 5.

Jamin Pursell

Richmond City Council, District 4

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Jamin is running for Richmond City Council, District 4, an area of the frontline community particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. His platform prioritizes progressive economic development, a localized Green New Deal, and climate change resiliency. He has been working with the Richmond Shoreline Alliance to address environmental issues along the shoreline and is a founding Board Member of Richmond Rainbow Pride, the city’s first and only LGBTQI organization.

If elected, Jamin would secure a progressive majority that could hold Chevron accountable.

COLORADO

Meghan Lukens

Colorado House, District 26

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Meghan grew up in her district and currently teaches high school social studies. Political engagement and leadership has always been important to her, and she has supported campaigns via canvassing, phone banking, and voter registration.

Meghan values collaboration, communication, and partnership. She is a passionate advocate for every member of the community, and she will work hard to bring communities together to create the future everyone needs and deserves. Meghan is also committed to listening to all stakeholders and experts to reach pragmatic results. She wants to fight for Colorado and has the energy and fire to make changes now.

Megan will work on education, the economy, and the environment. The people in her district need affordable housing, lower gas prices, and stable jobs. Students also need education systems that meet their needs and the funding to do it, and Colorado’s landscapes and water systems need protection.

She has a bachelor’s degree from CU Boulder in history (with a secondary social studies licensure) and a master’s degree in leadership in educational organizations (with a principal’s licensure).

CONNECTICUT

Charneil Bush

Connecticut Senate, District 15

Primary Election Date: August 9, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Charneil is a community advocate, girls’ basketball coach, and college and career counselor. He is the youngest of three born to a single mother that struggled with addiction and mental illness. Throughout his childhood his family navigated poverty, housing instability, and food insecurity. Due to an unsafe home environment, Charneil and his older sister entered foster care where Charneil stayed until he was 16 years old. Charneil is the first of his siblings to graduate high school and earn a bachelor’s degree. He is also the first person in his family to earn a master’s degree. Since unexpectedly losing his sister in early 2021, Charneil has also become the adoptive father of his niece, or as she tells her friends, her “UncleDad”.

Charneil is running for Connecticut State Senate because the incumbent has been in office for nearly 40 years. He has shared many of the life experiences of so many of his neighbors and community members. He believes that housing is a human right and wants all people to have access to safe, affordable, and dignified housing. He believes that funding in public education should be truly equitable and a person’s zip code shouldn’t determine the quality of their education. Seeing the effect of addiction on his community, he will fight for true wraparound services for those navigating substance abuse. He is committed to a future where all people are lifted up and can thrive.

Phoebe Holmes

Connecticut House, District 107

Primary Election Date: August 9, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Phoebe is a mother, teacher, and small business owner from Brookfield, CT, running for State Representative in the 107th district. This area has been newly redistricted to include Brookfield, Bethel, and Newtown. She is running for a seat that has been generationally held by Republicans for almost 50 years. This is an exciting opportunity to flip this seat!

Holmes graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Political Science. She has worked on many local and national campaigns over the years. She went on to receive her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Bridgeport. She taught in Newtown, CT schools. Phoebe is a commissioner on the Brookfield Zoning Commission.

It has been a lifelong dream of hers to serve others, and to become a public servant in a political capacity. Phoebe cares about many issues facing our community. She is an advocate for common sense gun legislation, women’s rights, healthcare, and the environment. She is a social justice warrior, who fiercely advocates for others — especially people who are marginalized and people who need her help.

Phoebe lives on a small hobby farm with her husband and young son. They own a renovations and home improvement business. She is part of a working family who will represent other working families. She will stand up for justice and fight for you!

FLORIDA

Thomas “Tom” Valeo

Florida House, District 93

Primary Election Date: August 23, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Tom is a values-based, effective, and bold leader in his community. As a lifelong Palm Beach County native and advocate, he is eager to use the skills he gained working in the Florida Legislature to advocate for underrepresented communities.

Tom served as the Chief Legislative Assistant to State Representative Matt Willhite and has a proven track record of effectiveness, helping to pass over 20 pieces of legislation and bringing over $40 million in appropriations to Palm Beach County. Working in the legislature helped Tom learn that real and meaningful change is possible. Most importantly, he learned people of all backgrounds are similar and want to live happy and healthy lives.

Tom is the first in his family to graduate from college. He currently works with the Palm Beach County School District as a substitute teacher and paraprofessional.

Mykita Cherry-Prime

Miami Gardens City Council, Seat 4

Primary Election Date: August 23, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Mykita was born and raised in the Great City of Miami Gardens. She is a wife and mother of four vibrant boys and a business owner of KitaCorp, an administrative support firm. An educator for 11 years for Miami-Dade public schools, she currently works at Norland Senior High. She is not just a teacher but a family member, counselor, and support system to many of her students.

As an active volunteer in the Miami Gardens community, Mykita is the Co-Chair for Live Healthy Miami host council, and a board member for Center for Family and Child Enrichment, one of the largest organizations in Miami-Dade County that services children who have been abused, neglected, and who are in foster care.

Mykita is a proud graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She is an active alumni member and Co-Chair of FAMU “Be Out Day Miami.” She is a Union Member of United Teachers of Dade and is a member of the Title 1 task force.

Mykita is an educator and community advocate for health, wellness, education, and public safety for all. She is truly a daughter of the city and answering the call of leadership through community advocacy and residential support. Mykita believes in advocating through grassroots action for a healthy, safe and fiscally thriving community for all who live, work, and play in Miami Gardens.

Marie Rattigan

Florida House, District 8

Primary Election Date: August 23, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Marie is a social justice champion and human rights advocate. She has been on the front lines, working on reproductive justice, criminal justice reform, economic opportunity, and gun violence prevention.

This past session, Marie worked at the capitol as a legislative aide and had a front row seat of how laws were being crafted to directly impact working class people. If elected, Marie will represent a predominantly African American district and the students of Florida A&M University.

She has dedicated a significant portion of her life to public service and is committed to delivering results that will improve the quality of life and protect the rights of all Floridians. She is a two-time graduate of Florida A&M University.

Maria Salamanca

Orange County School Board, District 2

Primary Election Date: August 23, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Maria is running to represent one of Orlando’s most diverse school districts. With Maria’s unique experience at the intersection of political activism and innovation, she will advocate and bring new perspectives to the school board, and she will make decisions that put students and teachers first.

Maria started her career at FWD.us and Education Pioneers before joining Unshackled Ventures, a venture capital early stage fund that invests in immigrant entrepreneurs. Her motivation to run stems from spending time with teachers and students who were in the middle of politically charged policies in Florida and who want to get back to what matters most: preparing the next generation for the future.

She is an immigration reform advocate, community organizer, and founding COO and board member at SwingLeft. She attended UC Berkeley to study political science and legal studies.

GEORGIA

Maggie Goldman

Fulton County Commission, District 1

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Maggie is running for Fulton Commission to ensure the election process is accessible, efficient, and free of false fraud claims. Her Republican opponent is an election denier, who keeps talking about the 2020 election and will not stop. She also plans to improve services for residents facing homelessness, particularly those living in extended stay hotels.

Maggie is the owner of Buy & Sell Differently and has been assisting clients to buy and sell their homes since 2014. She and her family live in Johns Creek, a North Atlanta suburb.

HAWAII

Natalia Hussey-Burdick

Hawaii House, District 50

Primary Election Date: August 13, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Natalia is born and raised in House District 50, and has worked in the Hawaii State legislature for the past six years, writing bills, tracking bills, and serving various communities across the islands. She graduated with a Biology degree (pre-med), because she enjoys science and has a passion for helping people, but after working on policy she realized that her calling is truly to help people through legislation. Instead of just treating cancer for one patient, she would rather investigate why everyone in a rural town near a pesticide test field seems to have cancer, and pass measures to ensure that never happens again.

Natalia also runs a leadership training program to identify community leaders across the islands and empower them to run for office, building a movement of educators, farmers, students, lawyers, parents, and business owners who are working toward the deep systemic changes that are so desperately needed today.

When faced with an open seat in her district, she was unable to find a candidate to support who has been as involved as she is in community issues like protecting clean drinking water, responsible development, and addressing the homelessness crisis. Recognizing that we need more women in office, especially now that Roe V. Wade has been overturned, she decided it was time to step up and run serve her community directly in the State House of Representatives.

KANSAS

Candice Alcaraz

Wyandotte County District Court Judge, 29th District Division 12

Primary Election Date: August 2, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Candice has been working in the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office since 2016. She has worked in multiple units, including juvenile offender and adult criminal. Currently, she prosecutes juvenile and adult cases, including murders, sex cases, robberies, batteries, domestic, drugs, etc. In addition, Candice represents the DA’s Office on the Wyandotte County Youth Fatality Review Board.

Candice is a Washburn Law graduate and serves as a member of the Washburn Law Mentor Program. She is also a member of Leadership 2000 — Class 35, Kiwanis Club of Kansas City, Kansas West, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City, and the Kansas City, Kansas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc. In 2021, she was awarded the Women of Wyandotte Award.

Keith Davenport

Kansas House, District 43

Primary Election Date: August 2, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Keith is a long-time leader in the nonprofit and public sectors, and he is running because the community needs a representative who will listen to constituents and fight for practical solutions to everyday problems. He is passionately advocating for strong public schools, accessible childcare, better jobs, and affordable housing — especially for seniors and veterans. He is also committed to listening to voters and keeping them informed about what is happening in Topeka.

Keith believes democracy is for everyone, and his experience as a pastor makes him a great listener. He takes constituent concerns seriously and is open to a conversation about problems people in the community are facing. While at Johnson County Community College, he worked hard for students and fought for data-driven policies to help students succeed. He also led Johnson County Mental Health Center’s community relations efforts during the throws of the pandemic, fighting misinformation about mental health and assisting families get the help they needed.

Keith earned a master of divinity degree and a master’s degree in public affairs. He currently works as an executive director of a nonprofit, focused on economic development and business retention. He lives in Gardner, Kansas with his wife and children.

Brad Boyd

Kansas House, District 49

Primary Election Date: August 2, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Brad is running for state representative in Kansas. He grew up learning about public service from his grandmother, Illinois State Representative Lovana Jones, who introduced Brad to community organizing and electoral campaigns in Chicago.

After moving to Kansas, Brad continued to serve his community and to organize for progressive causes. He serves on the Olathe School Board, and he is also the Director of Organizing for Prairie Roots. He currently resides in Olathe with his family.

Courtney Tripp

Kansas House, District 117

Primary Election Date: August 2, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Courtney is a results-driven leader, who will be a champion and advocate for her community. She will be a fresh voice for common-sense policies to help the people of her district thrive.

Courtney’s campaign is focused on education, infrastructure, and health care. She has first-hand professional experience in each of these areas. She worked in higher education, including teaching as an adjunct professor, and she’ll work to fully fund public schools and special education. Courtney also worked at an engineering firm and a water solutions manufacturer, helping write white papers on water treatment and safer roads. She’ll work to build and maintain safe, resilient infrastructure to connect and serve her growing community. Courtney was the marketing director for two hospitals, including a rural critical access hospital. She’ll work to expand Medicaid, and she’ll protect women’s rights to reproductive care and privacy. Her determination and can-do spirit give her the confidence to take on any challenge, and she’ll serve District 117 with the same tenacity, drive, and energy.

MAINE

Nina Milliken

Maine House, District 16

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Nina has spent much of her life fighting for social justice, and she supports efforts to combat violence against marginalized communities. Nina is an advocate for safe, high quality, and affordable health care, and she has worked hard to protect the natural beauty of the planet. She is a teacher, mother, fierce advocate for high quality public education, and a catalyst for social change and progress. She is running to represent District 16 (Blue Hill, Brooksville, Castine, Sedgwick, Surry, and Trenton) in the Maine State House of Representatives. Once elected, she will work hard to ensure more affordable housing, increase access to high quality child care, and protect abortion care for all Mainers.

MASSACHUSETTS

Brendan Roche

Massachusetts House, 1st Bristol District

Primary Election Date: September 6, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Brendan is a lifelong resident of Mansfield and is the oldest of four children to middle class parents.

Brendan has been active in the community, including volunteering for youth sports and currently serving on the Mansfield Planning Board. He has also been active with the Mansfield Democratic Town Committee and the Young Democrats of Massachusetts.

Brendan is running in the 1st Bristol to flip this long held Republican seat in a turning blue district. Brendan is advocating for investment in public transportation, education, and combating climate change so that we create a better future for all.

Sam Montaño

Massachusetts House, Suffolk 15

Primary Election Date: September 6, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Sam is a queer, non-binary, latine community organizer running for State Representative in Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill and Roxbury, MA. Sam would be the first non-binary person elected to the state legislature in Massachusetts.

Sam has been working on the ground for over 8 years in their community to advance housing, environmental justice, and mental health and recovery services. From base building to action, Sam is ready to bring their organizing experience to the House. With their organizing skills, Sam is running to help build the groundswell we need to pass bills that have held up progress in our city.

Jack Stanton

Massachusetts House, Barnstable 4th District

Primary Election Date: September 6, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Jack is a Provincetown resident, running to serve the working people of Cape Cod. He is a service worker, fisherman, and progressive candidate fighting for the long-term health and future of his community. Jack is a local organizer, and he is a volunteer for Act on Mass, which advocates for greater legislative transparency. He also volunteered for Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign.

Jack is fighting for bold action on climate, housing, and legislative transparency and is running to give workers a greater voice in the halls of power at a moment of unprecedented urgency.

Ricardo Arroyo

Suffolk County District Attorney

Primary Election Date: September 6, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Growing up in Boston, Ricardo saw first-hand how laws that criminalized poverty, mental illness, and addiction harmed families and neighborhoods. That is why he made a decision to attend law school to become a public defender. Ricardo fought everyday in our courts against systems that attempted to dehumanize his clients and that disparately affected people of color and women. In that work, he was able to help stabilize and connect people to the resources necessary to give them a chance to break cycles of inequity and oppression.

Witnessing how inequity, the lack of opportunity, and the marginalization of individuals ravaged lives, Ricardo successfully ran for a seat on the Boston City Council to address those systemic ills on a macro level.

As a Boston City Councilor, he successfully led the fights to declare racism a public health crisis in Boston and to reallocate public safety dollars to programming for mental health, rehabilitation, and violence prevention. He understands that protecting civil liberties and promoting public safety are not mutually exclusive but complimentary. He has authored and passed ordinances that established surveillance oversight, a facial recognition ban, and the Office for Police Accountability and Transparency.

Ricardo is now running for Suffolk County District Attorney because he wants to build a justice system that reduces crime while also reducing racial and class disparities. His vision for justice has been endorsed by Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, and US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey.

MICHIGAN

Maurice Imhoff

Michigan House, District 46

Primary Election Date: August 2, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Maurice is running for State Representative in the newly drawn 46th State House district. At 20 years old, if elected, Imhoff would be the youngest person ever to serve as State Representative, and the first African American elected to the state legislature from Jackson County.

Maurice Imhoff is an avid historian, with a career marshaling projects for the Michigan State Capitol Commission, the Civilian Conservation Corp Museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and other noteworthy institutions. He currently serves as founder and President of the Jackson County Historical Society.

In the Jackson community, Imhoff serves on the Advisory Board of the Jackson Salvation Army, Trustee of the Michigan Theatre of Jackson, and Fund Development Chair of the Jackson Young Professionals. Appointed by Mayor Dobies at the age of 18, Imhoff became the youngest Commissioner in city history on the City of Jackson’s Historic District Commission and the Human Relations Commission.

Imhoff currently works as a Policy Associate for Michigan AFL-CIO Advocates, a non-profit organization advocating for policies, programs, and projects that can bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to communities across Michigan.

Valarie St. John

Grosse Pointe Public School Board

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Valarie is running for school board to support all students. She will use her Master’s in Public Health to find evidence-based solutions for the challenges faced by the Grosse Pointe Public School district.

As a parent, Valarie understands how important the school community is to our students’ educational experience, and she plans to improve communication and transparency. When Valarie’s wife joined the Michigan Air National Guard and they were looking for a school district to raise their family, they chose GPPSS because the teachers and staff are so dedicated, and parents are able to participate in the excellent opportunities available to their children.

Valarie trusts teachers to provide an accurate education, and she wants to ensure our students maintain the freedom to learn. This means school needs to be a safe and welcoming environment for every child.

Valarie learned the value of public education as the daughter of two teachers. Her mother later worked as a reference librarian and encouraged Valarie to research every question. Valarie worked her way through college as an aide to people with autism, and volunteered for educational projects with AmeriCorps. Her experience in nonprofit organizations, government programs, and local activist groups has prepared her well for a position as Board of Education trustee. As the only openly LGBTQ+ member of the local school board, Valarie would also be an important advocate for students who are often targets of discrimination and harassment.

Caprice A. Jackson

Michigan House, District 18

Primary Election Date: August 2, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Caprice is a community change agent, rooted in community service, and she has worked with constituents on the state and federal level. Her legislative prowess, campaign knowledge, and strong ties to the community demonstrate her ability to address constituents’ concerns, build relationships, and work with different agencies.

As a congressional staffer for Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, Caprice worked with the SBA, Veteran Affairs, Housing, Agriculture, and Department of Justice cases for residents of Michigan’s former 14th Congressional District. She also worked as a policy analyst for Detroit City Council District 7 and as a legislative aide and community coordinator for State Representative Kyra Harris-Bolden. She has written and helped pass some of Michigan’s most pressing laws, including HB 4132, which is part of the medically frail bill package.

Caprice has a bachelor’s degree in social relations and policy from Michigan State University.

MINNESOTA

Justice Spriggs

Columbia Heights City Council

Primary Election Date: August 9, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Justice is a husband, new dad, and fourth-year medical student running for the Columbia Heights City Council because he loves his city. and believes the shared values and vision of his community are not currently being represented.

He is committed to making Columbia Heights a more inclusive, equitable, and welcoming community for all. During medical school, Justice has been actively engaged in public policy and advocacy work, including meeting with legislators and advocating for policies at the State Capitol. With his work, he has been selected for two public health fellowships during medical school that have allowed him to gain the skills and knowledge to pass people-centered policies that better the community.

Columbia Heights is one of the most diverse cities in all of Minnesota, and as a biracial candidate, Justice plans on bringing this diversity of the city to City Hall where these communities have historically been left behind.

With his medical background, Justice brings a unique and important perspective to city government having deep and first-hand experience with how local-level policies impact the health and well-being of residents and patients. He is committed to fighting for comprehensive public transportation, equitable housing policies, green energy initiatives, investments in parks and recreational spaces, funding and support for public schools, and a more accessible and transparent government that always works for the people.

Jason Satter

Minnesota House, District 9B

Primary Election Date: August 9, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Jason is running for the Minnesota House of Representatives, District 9B because for the last 20 years our representatives have not improved the daily life of rural Minnesotans. The sad reality is that we have higher local taxes, shrinking communities, rough county roads and city streets and fewer jobs. As your representative, Jason will use his blue-collar real-world experiences to improve the lives of every rural Minnesotan.

Jason joined the Army National Guard when he turned 17 and attended MSUM to earn a degree in Physical Education. He has had jobs as a mail delivery person, youth sports coach, and a salesperson in agricultural across the Midwest.

Scott Rosochacki

Blaine City Council, Ward 1

Primary Election Date: August 9, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Scott has always wanted to serve his country. He served in the Navy as a Nuclear Submarine Electrician, and now he wants to do that by serving the town of Blaine.

While in the Navy he was thrown into a fast-paced environment that required him to be on high alert 24/7. This taught him how to remain calm under pressure. While he was serving he also earned a Masters’s degree in Criminal Justice.

As the military liaison between government and private contractors, he was able to save the Navy $20 million+. When he got home from service he started his career as a Risk & Quality Management Specialist.

As a member of the Blaine City Council, Scott wants to apply all of these skills to bring civility and stability back to government and apply his lived experiences to provide a welcoming, safe, and prosperous community for the city of Blaine.

Susie Strom

Minnesota House, District 36A

Primary Election Date: August 9, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Susie is a mom, attorney, U.S. Army veteran, and Korean American adoptee. She is deeply committed to serving her community, state, and nation, and that is why she is running for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 36A.

Susie will advocate for strong schools, reproductive rights, and gun safety initiatives. She will combat climate change and protect Minnesotans from toxic chemicals. She is also a strong voice for veterans’ issues in Minnesota, especially when it comes to housing stability and suicide prevention. Susie previously served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and currently serves in the U.S. Army Reserve. She is a coach and volunteer in her community and resides in North Oaks, Minnesota with her husband and daughters.

Jenn Strater

Robbinsdale City Council, Ward 3

Primary Election Date: August 9, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

If elected, Jenn will be the first openly queer woman on the Robbinsdale City Council and the first woman councilmember elected in Ward 3. She is the Vice-Chair of the Stonewall DFL Board and the Web Director of SD43 DFL. Jenn is a senior software engineer on the private cloud team at Target and is a former Biden campaign staffer on the tech team.

She is reliable, an empathetic advocate for change, and brings unique life experiences to the table. She will work towards a more accessible Robbinsdale, one that is more transit-friendly, safer for bikes and pedestrians, more affordable, and inclusive. Her top priorities are: getting the best deal for Robbinsdale in the Blue Line Extension project, ensuring city workers are making a living wage, and protecting renters from predatory housing practices.

MISSOURI

Doug Mann

Missouri House, District 50

Primary Election Date: August 2, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Doug is a former high school teacher who currently works as a civil rights attorney in Columbia, MO. A lifelong advocate for social justice, he has been on the front lines fighting for issues ranging from reproductive freedom to racial justice. Doug is running for state representative to ensure all Missourians have access to healthcare, education, and good-paying jobs.

Committed to serving his community, Doug is a volunteer with Planned Parenthood, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Loaves and Fishes Community Kitchen. Doug lives in Columbia, MO, with his wife Adrienne and their dog Shuri.

Colin Lovett

Missouri House, District 100

Primary Election Date: August 2, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Colin is a social justice advocate and community leader with experience in regulatory rate auditing, sales, education, and corporate pharmacy benefit management. He is a small business owner in LGBTQ+ media; he serves as CEO, publisher, and chief photographer or #Boom Media. Colin has served in volunteer leadership roles in the Greater St. Louis community, including serving as President of the LGBT Center of St. Louis and the St. Louis Civic Orchestra (where he also currently plays double bass). He also serves as President of his Homeowners Association.

Colin is running to represent Missouri’s District 100 in west St. Louis County, one of the most likely flippable districts, according to Missouri House Democrats. He believes that if you’re not sitting at the table, you’re likely on the menu, and that if we don’t elect people who have had to fight for their rights, we won’t keep the rights and protections we all deserve.

He lives in Ballwin with his husband, Brett, their daughter, 2 dogs, Dr. Bea Arthur, and Dr. Thomas Edison, and 2 cats, Helen, and Hades. Their entire modern family believes in authenticity, equality, humility, and trust.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Curt DeVetter

New Hampshire House, Hillsborough District 29

Primary Election Date: September 13, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

If elected, Curt will create a New Hampshire that the next generation will be proud to call home. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife, a Henniker native, and daughter. He wants his daughter to have every opportunity to grow as a leader, and to do that, she will need a good education, safe schools, women’s empowerment programs, and a strong healthcare system. Curt aims to do all that he can as an elected official to make this a reality for her and the young people in his district.

Jessica Grill

New Hampshire House, Hillsborough District 18

Primary Election Date: September 13, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Jessica is a New Hampshire native and first-time candidate running to represent Hillsborough District 18 in the State House. She graduated from Northeastern University and has since built a successful career in the advertising industry. As a young professional, Jess understands the importance of having access to strong infrastructure, housing, and utilities. She is committed to expanding economic and educational opportunities in New Hampshire, and cares deeply about community safety, the environment, and civil liberties (including reproductive freedom and voting rights).

In addition to her professional experience, Jess is active in public service, volunteering her time to work at the polls on Election Day and help local political campaigns. She believes that our democracy works best when people participate in shaping it, and she is proud to step up for democracy as a candidate this year.

Miles Brown

New Hampshire House, Grafton District 12

Primary Election Date: September 13, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Miles is running to represent Hanover & Lyme (Grafton County District 12) in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. He is a student activist and campaign volunteer, working to elect progressive leaders at the state and federal level.

As President of the Dartmouth College Democrats, Miles fought to defeat legislation that would prevent college students from voting in New Hampshire. As state representative, he will work hard to ensure young voices are heard on critical issues like mental health, climate change, and voting rights. As an elected leader, Miles also wants to make politics more accessible for everyone.

Robin Vogt

New Hampshire House, Rockingham District 21

Primary Election Date: September 13, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

A 29-year-old resident of Portsmouth, NH, Robin is running for State Representative for Rockingham District 21.

He has spent his entire career working in Special Education within the New Hampshire Public Schools, teaching one-on-one with students identified with Autism and Generalized Seizures while also holding office as Co-President of his Paraeducators Union under NEA New Hampshire for four years.

He has been politically active since 2008, volunteering on Democratic, Progressive, and Independent campaigns for all levels of the local and national offices. Robin continues to work closely with many Progressive organizations across New Hampshire and the nationally and is running on the protection of voting rights, affordable housing, reproductive rights, and real climate change action.

NEW JERSEY

Kadja Manuel

Trenton City Council, At-large

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Kadja is a proud Trenton native and serves as the Senior Program Specialist at Withum. Previously, Kadja served as the Community Engagement Manager for Garden State Equality.

Kadja also served in the U.S. Army for 6 years with a Military Occupational Specialty of a Human Resources Specialist where he has held the titles of Public Affairs Officer, Human Resources Officer, and Executive Administrative Supervisor. Kadja has been involved with the LGBTQ Rights movement since 2013 and has been a part of several community events and panels worldwide to shed light on the experiences of LGBTQ people of color.

Kadja’s passion is to help improve the lives and circumstances of marginalized communities including, but not limited to, the African American, Latinx, LGBTQ, and Developmental Disability communities. Kadja is a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) New Jersey Member-at-Large, a member of Mercer County Young Democrats, and a New Leaders Council Fellow. Kadja was also elected to serve as the 3rd Vice President of the Trenton Branch NAACP where he also Chairs the Armed Services & Veteran Affairs Committee and is the founding Chair of the LGBTQ Committee.

NEW YORK

Angel Vasquez

New York Senate, District 33

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Angel has devoted his career to education access and policies that create social change for diverse communities, such as Latino, Dominican, Black, LGBTQ+, and immigrant communities.

He serves as the Senior Policy Advisor for the United Federation of Teachers (Legislation Department), which represents over 190,000 educators in NYC. He is the Second Vice-Chair of the Manhattan Community Board 12 in Washington Heights and Inwood, and he is the Vice-Chair of the Licensing Committee.

Angel is the Board Chair of La Unidad Latina Foundation, which provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate Latino students and college access programs for first-generation high school students.

Angel is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, and he began his career as a middle school teacher before becoming a policy analyst in the New York State Senate. He served as Chief of Staff to the first Dominican woman elected to the state senate. Angel holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

Alex Bores

New York Assembly, District 73

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Alex is an engineer who was born-and-raised on the East Side of Manhattan and is the Democratic nominee for Assembly District 73. Alex is a product of the East Side’s public schools and is proud to have some of his teachers supporting his campaign.

Alex has spent his career in government technology, building solutions to our government’s most pressing challenges. From helping the DOJ shut down opioid “pill mills,” helping the VA better care for our veterans, and getting direct COVID relief to 50,000 families last year, Alex has proven he is ready to fix the problems facing New Yorkers with 21st century solutions.

Tired of stories showing that politics is dysfunctional and ineffective, Alex decided to run to fix a broken Albany from the inside and deliver real results to New Yorkers — on public safety, quality of life, the environment, schools, public health, and more.

NORTH CAROLINA

Jane Harrison

Raleigh City Council, District D

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Jane is an experienced economic and community development leader, and tireless advocate for her neighbors. With a career in public service, Jane believes that better decisions are made when all voices are at the table. As Raleigh grows, Jane won’t leave people behind.

Community-led development, affordable housing, and environmental stewardship are Jane’s priorities. She is a proponent of economic growth that benefits ALL of Raleigh’s residents. Jane has a progressive vision and will push for thoughtful, common sense solutions across the city. She knows our future starts today.

As an environmental economist and scientist, Jane helps communities across North Carolina safeguard natural resources and make smart, long-term investments in infrastructure. Her professional experiences have taught her that we can plan for a sustainable and inclusive future for generations to come. She serves as co-chair of the West Raleigh Community Advocacy Council, bringing attention to proposed land use changes and neighbor needs in District D. Jane is a professor at NC State University and has made a home in Raleigh with her husband Doug and puppy Willow.

OHIO

Erin Dickinson

Summit County Council, At-Large

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Erin was appointed to the Summit County Council in June 2022, and she is proud to be a part of the first female majority in Summit County Council’s history. She is a leader committed to listening to people and brings a fresh perspective to the council.

Erin is also a community advocate. She advocates for safer communities for all families and served as the Akron local lead for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. As an Executive Board Member for Community Legal Aid, she is also an advocate for equal access to justice.

Erin grew up in Summit County, and from a young age, she was taught the value of service and giving back to her community. She is a mom to four children under the age of 11, and she is a business litigation attorney.

Addison Caruso

Ohio House, District 36

Primary Election Date: August 2, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Addison is running for Ohio House of Representatives because he is disappointed and frustrated with the direction the state of Ohio is heading in, and wants a state that works for every day Ohioans and not a radical few. The current statehouse has repeatedly prioritized passing unpopular policies like “permitless carry” and arming teachers. Addison wants the state to focus on policies that help everyone and have broad support.

Growing up in the Dayton area and graduating from one of its public schools, Addison knows the importance and value of a public education, and how the state needs to focus more on it, and invest more resources in our public schools. Addison knows firsthand how slashing of school funding has caused schools to reduce services, and forced them to rely more on levies, which harms those least able to pay.

Returning to the Dayton area after law school in North Carolina, Addison sees a lot of potential here, but a statehouse that is driving people away with unpopular policies. By focusing on issues that help everyone and bring people together, Addison believes Ohio can help its residents and draw people to the state.

Pavan V. Parikh

Hamilton County Clerk of Courts

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Pavan is the current Hamilton County Clerk of Courts. His focus is on increasing access to justice, improving customer service, modernizing the Clerk’s office, and ensuring that the Clerk’s staff reflects the diversity of Hamilton County.

A Cincinnati native, Pavan has dedicated his life to community service. After law school, he worked for Judge Nadine Allen on the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. Pavan then served as Chief Legal Counsel with the Ohio Senate Minority Caucus, monitoring and negotiating legislation on important issues like criminal justice reform, voting rights, constitutional law, and ethics.

In 2013, Pavan joined the US Army Reserve as a judge advocate and remains active in his service. As a Major and a military lawyer, Pavan has served in a variety of roles including as a Special Victims Counsel representing victims of sexual assault. His varied experience in law also includes teaching as an adjunct professor at University of Cincinnati College of Law and Xavier University, running his own law firm, and working in-house as counsel for Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati.

Pavan is married to Dr. Shwetha Manoharan, a physician specializing in Obstetrics & Gynecology. They live in Anderson Township with their two young sons and their dog.

OKLAHOMA

Gregory Hardin

Oklahoma House, District 26

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Gregory is a lifelong, working-class resident of Shawnee, Oklahoma. He values public service and became a substitute teacher at several schools within his district. Being an educator helped Gregory understand the scope of the education crisis in Oklahoma.

When elected, he will fight to improve public education, strengthen workers’ rights, and combat corporate greed and corruption. Gregory plans to be a great communicator for the hardworking people of his district.

He is also a journalist, interviewing local leaders on his YouTube channel, The Green Corn Rebellion Show. Gregory attended the University of Central Oklahoma to become a history teacher.

PENNSYLVANIA

Robert Zeigler

Pennsylvania House, District 171

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Robert was born and raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. His family owned a small engine repair business, which he and his five siblings helped operate. As the youngest of five, Robert quickly learned the value of hard work and manual labor. Robert went on to work full time while studying political science and history at Penn State Mont Alto, where he also participated in student government. Robert paid for his own college education and graduated from Penn State University Park in 2005. Robert completed a master’s degree in business and public administration in 2009.

As Robert’s family grew, he wanted to be more involved with the local community for the sake of his children. He identified widespread issues in the district, such as racial discrimination in schools, inadequate access to broadband internet in rural areas, and government overreach. Local elected officials were not working to solve these issues, so he took matters into his own hands and ran for Millheim Borough Council and won. He immediately got to work and supported pro-LGBTQ+ legislation, wrote an anti-corruption resolution, and advocated for and implemented affordable high speed internet for his community. He continues to work on reinvigorating small business, growing the job market, and lifting our economy. Robert has served as the Council President for two years.

Ilya Breyman

Pennsylvania House, District 178

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Ilya is an education technology entrepreneur, a first-generation immigrant, and a proud father of two.

As the son of a retired public school teacher, Ilya grew up in a family that instilled a lifelong love of learning, a love that is reflected in both his tech startup and the early childhood education centers his family operates, serving many low-income and immigrant families in the Philadelphia region.

Ilya is running for Pennsylvania State House because he wants everyone to have the same opportunity he did — the opportunity to pursue their American Dream. Whether it’s working to make quality education more accessible and affordable, protecting the rights and freedoms that past generations of Americans fought for, supporting smart, community-driven investments in infrastructure, or helping level the playing field for small businesses and working families struggling to recover from the pandemic — Ilya believes in bridging partisan divides amidst growing polarization to craft policy solutions that work for all Pennsylvanians.

RHODE ISLAND

Zakary Pereira

Rhode Island House, District 22

Primary Election Date: September 13, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Zakary is a first-generation Portuguese-American higher education professional and the proud son of a grocery store worker and a public-school teacher.

Having previously worked in the service sector for many years and having faced housing insecurity in his early 20s, Zakary understands how broken the economic system is and what it means to not know where you will sleep at night, and the feeling of despair after losing a year’s worth of savings because of an emergency car repair. That is why Zakary is running for State Representative, and why he supports legislation that will raise the minimum wage to $19/hour and tie it to inflation, lower healthcare and prescription drug costs, end corporate welfare in Rhode Island, and adjust zoning laws to build 10,000+ green affordable housing units in the state.

As a gay man in a same-sex relationship, Zakary also understands the fear and anxiety over recent SCOTUS decisions, and he is dedicated to codifying into law protections of the rights of all LGBTQ+ people in Rhode Island as well as the right to reproductive healthcare at the state level.

Enrique Sanchez

Rhode Island House, District 9

Primary Election Date: September 13, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Enrique’s campaign is a working people’s campaign, and he is running to fight for the working class people of Rhode Island. As an educator in Providence public schools and as a child of working class parents, he sees corrupt political elites holding families back and not doing enough to improve the living conditions of marginalized communities, especially immigrants.

He will fight to repeal the tax cuts for the rich, support affordable housing policies, stop carbon pollution, and protect families during the Covid-19 pandemic. His campaign and work is by the people and for the people.

Megan Cotter

Rhode Island House, District 39

Primary Election Date: September 13, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Megan is a life-long Rhode Islander and a community organizer. She brings people together to get things done and to help others. She is also a member of Women in Seafood, advocating for equal opportunities in her industry.

Megan grew up in Providence and attended Classical High School. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with degrees in English, classical studies, and comparative literature. Megan settled with her husband and family in Exeter and is currently a sales director for a local seafood company.

Kinverly Dicupe

Rhode Island House, District 62

Primary Election Date: September 13, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Kinverly is an Afro-Latina community organizer from a working class background. Growing up she lived in public housing and attended underfunded schools, and she’s used her experiences to help transform our society and inform her organizing. She’s running in Pawtucket’s House District 62 to dispel the bias that working-class people aren’t capable of governing ourselves.

She’s dedicated to fighting for the issues that are most critical to working people: healthcare, housing, and education. Over the years she has founded grassroots organizations, created food programs, helped elect progressive candidates, and advocated for key policies like Medicare For All at the statehouse. She’s a trusted member of the progressive movement in Rhode Island who will deliver for working families once elected.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Daniel Andrew Duncan

South Carolina House, District 14

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Daniel grew up in a three-generation household of working class people. His mom worked full time and his dad worked three jobs trying to move their family out of poverty. They managed to set the family on the road to success, which hit a dead end during the financial collapse in 2006, when Dan left grad school to work in food service.

Since then he has lived in Laurens County and worked 50–70+ hours a week trying to get ahead. Daniel knows the struggles of the everyday worker who never gets time with their family and still misses a power bill from time to time. He intends to take that lived experience to Columbia and fight for policies that support the people who keep the state functioning.

TENNESSEE

Dominique Oakley

Knox County School Board, District 7

General Election Date: August 4, 2022

Dominique is a mother and wife, a teacher, and a small business owner. Born in Knoxville into 4 generations of educators and small business owners, she has proudly followed in her family’s footsteps.

She began teaching in the Atlanta area, serving as an English and Social Studies classroom teacher before becoming a Special Needs middle school teacher. After having twins, Dominique built a successful business that she relocated to her hometown of Knoxville so her boys could have the same opportunities that helped her succeed. She eventually returned to her passion, special needs education, working with both public and private school students from all over Knox County while also helping develop small business opportunities for Knoxville artists and makers.

She served on the Knoxville Business Advisory Council from 2015–2017, allowing her to work closely with many organizations and local non-profits. Dominique is a member of the Girl Scouts and Halls Crossroads Women’s League, proud graduate of Maryville College, and the 2013 Recipient of the AFLAC Small Business Innovator of the Year Award. She brings decades of both education and business experience to the service of the Halls, Powell and Heiskell community.

Rep. Torrey C. Harris

Tennessee House, District 90

Primary Election Date: August 4, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Rep.Torrey C. Harris is a State Legislator running for the newly redrawn House District 91. Representative Harris is the youngest serving state legislator and the first and only openly LGBTQ+ legislator in Tennessee.

He has sponsored and co-sponsored 51 pieces of legislation to make Tennessee better for working people and our children. Representative Harris serves on Children & Families Committee, Government Operations Committee, Education Instruction Committee, and Civil Justice Committee. His goal is to improve the criminal justice system for our juveniles, protect parents’ rights, make it safer for every community, and put more money into the pockets of working people.

He lives in Memphis, and is running because there’s still so much more work to do.

UTAH

Yvette Romero

Granite School Board, Precinct 6

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

As the daughter of a working-class Mexican family, Yvette knows firsthand the importance of engaged and compassionate adults and the availability of key resources to support kids to realize their dreams. Inspired by the teachings of her family, she became an educator and a social worker and has spent the last 15 years working to ensure access, promote equity, and foster a sense of belonging for everyone. Yvette is running for office in the city and district where she grew up. Informed by community needs, she will remain focused on collective recovery from COVID through mental health resources, community engagement, and renewable energy initiatives.

VERMONT

Wichie Artu

Vermont Senate, Windham County District

Primary Election Date: August 9, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Wichie represents a growing multicultural future. He is a farmer, advocate, artist, techy, and a gay Latino from a multiracial family in rural Vermont. If elected, he will be the first queer state senator of color in Vermont.

Wichie’s family is from Puerto Rico, and he was raised in Boston by an indigenous father, two mothers, and sister. They faced homelessness, mental health issues, poverty, and more, but their community provided food, housing, education, and hope. As a teen, he experienced family members pass from AIDS and frequently heard of violence towards the gay community. A mentor showed Wichie a different future, and he now thrives as a gay man because he was provided the tools to create a successful future.

Wichie now pays it forward. He serves on Vermont’s Racial Equity Task Force, and he worked with the governor to allocate COVID relief funds to the undocumented community. With the NAACP and the Department of Health, Wichie moved plans forward to vaccinate the most vulnerable in their community. As senator, he will continue to pay it forward and cultivate opportunities for the community.

Christina Deeley

Vermont House, Chittenden 4

Primary Election Date: August 9, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Christina is ready to join a generation of young women working for better representation in our state and country. As a local educator and mother of four, she knows first-hand the opportunity gaps that exist for Vermonters from historically marginalized backgrounds because of systemic racism, income inequality, and our general lack of awareness and funding for mental health needs. Christina also understands the effects the pandemic has had on children and families in Vermont.

As a Chicago-area native, Christina moved to Vermont in 2010 with her family. Now, her four children all attend Hinesburg Community School, and she works as a Librarian and Social Studies teacher at Champlain Valley Union High School. Christina holds an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Vermont, with a focus in School Librarianship.

Christina believes it is more important than ever to send a strong Democratic voice to Montpelier to advocate for paid family leave and universal childcare, protecting voter access, equitable and affordable education, expanding healthcare and mental health services, environmental justice, and a promotion of equity in all aspects of government and its services. She is ready to answer this call as the State Representative for Chittenden 4.

VIRGINIA

Nick Gothard

Loudoun County School Board

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Nick is a small business owner and policy advocate, who is running for Loudoun County School Board in the Broad Run District. As a lifelong Loudoun resident, Nick was raised by two working parents and grew up supported by free lunches and CASA programs provided by Loudoun County Public Schools. Nick has advocated for policies to uplift his community since he was a student, and he has worked for nonprofits and in the public sector to build a community that looks after everyone. Nick is running because he is a strong champion for public education, who will make decisions that will uplift students, educators, and families. He knows that Broad Run needs proven and trusted leadership to move the community forward, and as a school board member, he’ll get the work done.

WASHINGTON

Leah Griffin

Washington House, District 34, Position 1

Primary Election Date: August 2, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Leah is a school librarian, who is passionate about her district. As a librarian, Leah knows everyone has a story to tell. Eight years ago, her whole world fell apart when she was raped by a man in her neighborhood. She encountered a series of broken systems, but she also learned that the community is far more powerful when everyone shares their stories. This is what legislators should do: listen to the stories, make connections, and change systems and lives.

Leah worked on multiple laws to reform the systems which failed her, such as bills that require rape kits to be tested, tracked, and stored. As a result of Leah’s work with Senator Patty Murray on the Survivor’s Access to Supportive Care Act, $150 million have been allocated to train sexual assault nurse examiners.

Leah has worked to change the ending to her story, and she is running because she wants her neighbors to change the ending to their stories too. Her neighbors are worried about gun violence, abortion rights, the economy, climate change, accessible mental healthcare, and homelessness. She has successfully stood up to institutions to make change, and neighbors in her district can be assured she will stand with them as well.

Leiyomi Preciado

Kitsap County Commissioners, District 3

Primary Election Date: August 2, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Leiyomi (Lay-OH-Mee) is a certified peer counselor and community advocate who is recognized nationwide for her leadership on understanding homelessness and mental healthcare through an intersectional lens.

As a survivor of domestic violence, homelessness, and depression in Kitsap County, Leiyomi understands firsthand how difficult it can be for our neighbors to receive help during their most urgent times of need, and how just a little opportunity goes a long way toward helping build a better quality of life for us all. That’s why she’s committed to de-stigmatizing difficult conversations about poverty, housing insecurity, mental health, race, and gender identity — and why she fights to break the barriers to support services so that folks can get help when and where they need it most.

Leiyomi believes housing is a human right, and she believes the science that shows Housing First maximizes outcomes for recovery from economic and mental-health hardship. She’ll expand emergency and transitional housing units on county lands, and fight to ensure that longtime residents aren’t priced out of the county due to new luxury developments. She’s committed to expanding and modernizing transit infrastructure and service options — folks shouldn’t need a car to thrive in Kitsap, and infrastructure improvements help keep our county lush and green for the next generation. Leiyomi will secure full, equity-oriented funding for health and social services, to keep our neighborhoods healthy and safe, and to ease the burden on law enforcement by leaving interventions to the experts.

Leiyomi lives in Bremerton with her two cats.

WISCONSIN

Dan Larsen

Wisconsin Assembly, District 60

Primary Election Date: August 9, 2022

General Election Date: November 8, 2022

Dan is a lifelong Wisconsin and Ozaukee County resident. He has spent his career fighting for what is right and just. From working on the frontlines of the criminal justice system as a public defender, to over a decade working as a community organizer and campaign manager in SE Wisconsin and beyond, Dan has been an advocate for the rights and interests of everyone.

Dan is running because the community deserves leaders and representatives who listen, will fight for everyone’s rights, and have empathy and compassion for others. Dan’s top priorities are restoring the right to choose, addressing gun violence using proven and evidence-based solutions, and fighting to make Wisconsin a welcoming place where everyone can thrive and prosper.

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