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When we launched Run for Something on January 20th, 2017, it was nothing more than a wild idea to recruit young people to run for office.

Four years later, we’ve identified 67,000+ young people who want to run for office, endorsed nearly 1,500 and elected nearly 500 — mostly young women and BIPOC leaders, and 21% LGBTQIA+.

Our alumni have passed Medicaid expansion in Virginia, brought ambitious climate policies to New York, expanded access to the polls in Harris County, TX, gotten police officers out of schools in Denver and Minneapolis, tackled the housing crisis in Pennsylvania, helped tens of…

After a jam-packed January, we’re back with an all new round of 2021 endorsed candidates! This month, we are proud to endorse 42 amazing 2021 candidates — 33 new candidates and 9 alumni running for office again. As you may have read in our 2021–2022 Strategic Plan, there are no off years — we are just as committed to developing a pipeline of young diverse talent across the county as we were in 2017.

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Of our endorsements today: 56% identify as women, 28% identify as LGBTQIA+, and 51% identify as BIPOC. Beyond statistics, this new class represents some of RFS’…

The chaos-fueled year of 2020 hasn’t ended, but we’re already looking towards a brighter, better 2021. We’re endorsing 25 candidates running in New York, Florida, Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. Of those candidates: 75 percent are women, 71 percent are BIPOC, and 29 percent are LGBTQIA+.

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As with all of our endorsed candidates, our December hopefuls are deeply engaged with the needs of their constituents and have put in the work building strong grassroots infrastructures to help create change within their communities. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of this month’s endorsees:

  • New York City Council candidate Jaslin Kaur

While we’re still tracking more than a dozen 2020 races that have yet to be called — and have at least four candidates who’ve moved on to runoffs — we’re already looking to 2021 and beyond.

(In fact, for the last few months, our team has been simultaneously hustling hard before Election Day and doing long-term strategic planning. Walking & chewing gum at the same time is both hard and necessary!)

So far, a recap: In our first four years, Run for Something has elected 479 people to state and local offices across 46 states — 54% of whom identify…

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With over 500 candidates, we have a lot of results coming down the pipe! All week, we’re keeping a running tab of all of our newly elected alumni. Take a look below at all of our November 3 winners (so far!)


** denotes reelection


Andrés Cano **
Arizona House, District 3

Armando Montero
Tempe Union High School District #213

Gabriella Cazáres-Kelly
Pima County Recorder

Jessica Bueno
Phoenix Elementary School Board, District 1

Matthew Taylor
Sunnyside Unified School District Governing Board

Ravi Grivois-Shah
Tucson Unified School District Governing Board

Regional “Reggie” Carrillo
Phoenix Elementary School Board, District 1

Sophia Ramirez Creighton…

There are more than 500 RFS-endorsed candidates on the ballot on November 3 and each of them has an incredible story to tell. Get to know more about our first and second-time hopefuls before you head to the polls (or hand in your ballots early.)


Julie Gunnigle
If Roe v. Wade is Repealed, we Need Prosecutors Who Won’t Interfere in Women’s Health

Race for County Attorney: Closer look at Julie Gunnigle

Juan Marcano
Aurora Lawmakers Wrangle Police Raids, Campaign Reform, Homeless, Vicious Dogs and More


Marni von Wilpert 2020 Election: Q&A with Marni von Wilpert, Candidate for San Diego City…

We are proud to introduce our final endorsement round of 2020, featuring 37 candidates running both this November and in 2021.

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With our latest round of endorsements, Run for Something will have 523 candidates on the ballot this fall. Here’s a quick breakdown of RFS in 2020:

Every Friday from now until polls close, we’ll post specific opportunities to volunteer in a couple states you might be interested in.

Help support other RFS candidates in their November 3 elections! Find all remote volunteer opportunities on the RFS Candidate Map and select “Volunteer Now.” Over 100 candidates are looking for remote volunteers.

With one weekend left until Election Day, our focus for your volunteer time and effort is on states important for down-ballot elections and the electoral college: Ohio and Kansas. Like we’ve said before, where we have the opportunity to get more Democrats excited about voting for local candidates, we can also make sure to get more votes in for federal office/top of the ballot races.



Democrats need 8 seats to the flip the state senate and 12 seats…

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This is it: The final primary day of 2020!! Today, six RFS candidates are on the ballot in Delaware, with the hopes of moving to Election Day on November 3. Throughout the year, our candidates have kept their foot on the gas helping create structure amidst the chaos of 2020.

Campaigning in any environment is tough, but in the past eight months it has felt almost insurmountable. …

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We’re in the home stretch for the 2020 cycle and while the presidential race takes up the majority of airtime, Run for Something wants to introduce you to 109 new faces who will inspire and remind you of the big work being done in state and local positions.

The importance of down-ballot elections in 2020 is crucial. Our communities are under siege, and conservative legislators — at every level of government — continue to push regressive and dangerous policies. It is going to take strong, dedicated progressives in state capitols and city councils to make sure our rights and lives…

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