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…

We’re not taking any breaks this year. On May 1, 25 RFS-endorsed candidates are running for local office in the great state of Texas. Among them are 8 School Board candidates, 16 City Council candidates, and 1 candidate running for mayor!

There’s still time to support their campaigns — learn about them below and find a way you can help them get out the vote before polls close.


Adam Bazaldua
Dallas City Council, District 7

Adam Bazaldua was elected June 2019 as the youngest person to ever serve on the Dallas City Council. For the past two years, he has…

We’re back again with another round of 2021 endorsements! Today, we’re pumped to introduce you to 53 young progessive state and local candidates running for office in 15 states this year, bringing our grand total to 192 endorsements in 2021 so far.

This month’s class includes 3 veterans, 20 parents, 11 first-generation immigrants, and 6 candidates that identify as members of the disabled community.

2021 is not an off-year — the elections happening right now are more important than ever. As thousands of municipal races take place across the country, we’ll continue to inform you of the superb RFS-endorsed candidates running for office and how you can help their campaigns.

On April 6, thirty-one candidates are running in Illinois, Alaska, Massachusetts, Missouri, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Colorado. Learn about their races, their goals, and what you can do to support their candidacy, in-person or virtually.



Carl Jacobs
Anchorage School District School Board, Seat G
How To Help

Carl is running for Seat G on the…

Every Women’s History Month, we celebrate female icons and leaders who have shattered ceilings and broken barriers across the country. Today, a wave of young progressive leaders are taking the reins of power and ushering in a new era of bold leadership that will define our country for decades to come. In all 50 states women are making incredible strides and working to improve conditions in their community.

As these women fight for working families, LGBTQ+ rights, affordable housing, accessibility for the disabled community and so many other issues, they are also creating a strong bottom-up infrastructure that supports the…

Today we are excited to introduce you to 68 state and local candidates running for office in 2021. Our newest batch of endorsed candidates come from all walks of life and have used their voices and strength to advocate for thousands of people in their communities as educators, veterans, activists, and more.

In our March endorsement class: 42% of our March candidates identify as female, 46% are BIPOC, and 32% are LGBTQIA+. A few examples:

  • Amit Singh Bagga is a native New Yorker, son of South Asian immigrants, and a local queer activist running for NYC Council in District 26…

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.

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+.

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…

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…

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