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…


Run for Something is thrilled to introduce you to our biggest endorsement class of 2021– 86 amazing leaders who stepped up to run for local office and change their communities for the better!

67 of these incredible candidates will be on the ballot in November and 19 of them are running for office in 2022.

These candidates are poised to make a lasting impact in their communities. You may recognize 20 of them as all-stars we’ve previously endorsed — we’re hyped to re-endorse alumni who continue to do stellar work.

The September endorsement class features 86 candidates representing 26 states…


It’s been a while but we’re back with more 2021 primary elections! On September 14, 24 RFS candidates are on the ballot in CT, MA, MT, and OH. These elections are some of our most closely watched, with many of these candidates set to make history. Here are a notable few:

  1. Justin Bibb is running in a tough race for Mayor of Cleveland, working to usher in a new progressive wave as the youngest mayor in the city’s history.
  2. In Medford, MA David Robert Todisco is set to become the city’s first and only openly queer councilmember.
  3. Environmental activist Ayat…

Today, Run for Something is excited to announce our latest round of endorsed candidates, featuring 43 progressives running in 2021 and 12 hopefuls running for office in 2022. The candidates we’ve endorsed today are a part of a new generation of young leaders taking charge and making the decision to run for a down-ballot seat in their local community.

Our July endorsement group features 55 candidates representing 21 states across the U.S. Of this group: 55% identify as people of color, 51% identify as women, 4% identify as non-binary, and 25% identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Even better…


June 22nd’s election were a turning point in NYC local politics: with more diverse candidates running to make substantive improvements around issues like gentrification, police reform, and COVID-19 relief, the residents of NYC ushered in a new era of true progressive reform that benefits the many rather than the few.

Now that results are in, we are proud to celebrate the Democratic primary wins and presumptive new members of the city council! In all, 17 RFS candidates won their primaries!

This is a BFD: with the wins we know that at least 15 RFS-endorsed candidates will be members of the…


QAnon conspiracy theorists are encouraging each other to run for local office. Run for Something is the only national progressive organization exclusively supporting state and local candidates who CAN stop them.

Read more at Time Magazine: https://time.com/5955248/qanon-local-elections/

You will rarely see me slam on the PANIC button — because when I do, I want to make sure this community knows how serious it is. And the latest news about QAnon? Yeah… it’s button time.

The deeply disturbed and violently misinformed cult of QAnon is seeking to build institutional power. Much like Run for Something, they’re starting at the foundational level.


Today we’re excited to introduce you to our latest endorsement class, featuring 39 all-star candidates from 16 states! These new candidates are a reflection of the work we need to do at the state and local level: as more conservative leaders enact policies barring critical race theory, restricting rights for trans folks, and limiting access to safe and legal abortions, it is imperative that we support and uplift young progressive leaders running for down-ballot seats.

The best way to ensure our fates don’t rest in the hands of the GOP is to make sure they are never elected (or re-elected)…


On June 22, Run for Something has the opportunity to make history. In New York City, 35 candidates are up for City Council across all five boroughs. It is absolutely possible that come 2022, the majority of NYC’s Council will be made up of Run for Something elected officials!

This signals a new era in NYC politics. All of our candidates are progressives who are looking to implement impactful changes across the city. …


June is bursting with primary and general elections across the country and on June 8, 17 Run for Something candidates are on the ballot in California Maine, New Jersey, and Virginia!

While many lament the “death of democracy,” thousands of smart, young progressive candidates are still fighting to secure critical seats at the state and local level. There is no such thing as an “off-year.” Every election — at every level — helps build a strong Democratic infrastructure that has the ability to last for decades to come.

Get to know our endorsed candidates running for office on June 8…


Unfun fact: While the AAPI community is the fastest growing demographic in the country, it has the least amount of political representation across all elected offices. As the political voice and power of the AAPI community grows, it is our responsibility to support and amplify young progressive Chinese, Korean, Samoan, Thia, Fillipino, Japanese, Vietnamese, and the many many many other AAPI leaders running for office.

This month we have partnered with New American Leaders Action Fund to encourage and uplift 2021 AAPI candidates that are running for office at the state and local levels.

Meet 18 amazing state and local…

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