Announcing our March endorsements!!

Run for Something
37 min readMar 29, 2018

You’ve been reading in the news about the incredible wave of first-time candidates running for office — now meet some of the rockstars. Introducing the Run for Something March class of endorsed candidates: 87 amazing millennials and gen-Z’ers who are going to save us all.

These candidates are the present and future leaders of the progressive movement and the Democratic Party. They are all ages 18–40, nearly half identify as women, and nearly half identify as people of color. They come from blue states, red states, and whatever other color you want your states to be. They’re not just talking about what the party should be, or what our government should do — they’ve changed their lives in order to get shit done.

In the March class in particular, we’ve got folks running for state legislatures, city councils, county clerks, school boards, county commissions, and judgeships — and even one person running to be justice of the peace.

There are at least a half-dozen veterans, a few Girl Scout leaders and at least one Eagle Scout, a few engineers, a doctor of computer science, many parents, and a whole bunch of first-generation Americans.

Some of our candidates need barely 1,500 votes to win. Others are trying to get nearly 100,000 voters to the polls. The smallest campaign budget is $500; the biggest is $400,000. They’re all first- or second-time candidates.

Our March class brings our grand total to 309 endorsed candidates since we launched last year— 224 of them in 2018 races — across 41 states.

These candidates are rebuilding our democracy one door-knock and conversation at a time. We’re so hyped to stand with them, help them run great campaigns, and win or lose, keep leading in their communities.

Donate right now to Fund for Something to chip in directly to our endorsed candidates!

Meet the newest round of Run for Something candidates.


Kyle Pierce
Attalla, Alabama
Alabama House of Representatives, District 28

Kyle is running for Alabama State Representative District 28 to bring jobs to Etowah County, take leadership to Montgomery, and put honesty into politics. Kyle was born in Attalla, and today, helps solve problems for regular people as an attorney in Gadsden. Everyday, he works to ensure that people accused of crimes get a solid defense, families can navigate life’s difficult moments, and businesses are prepared to succeed. Kyle has learned how to stand up for what’s right and worked hard to get things done. As Representative, Kyle will make sure all of District 28 has a voice.


Andrés Cano
Tucson, Arizona
Arizona House of Representatives, District 3

Andrés Cano, a sixth generation Arizonan, learned about perseverance while being raised by a single mom in public housing.

Andrés, 25, wants to help restore funding to Arizona’s crumbling public education system, enact meaningful criminal justice reform, and eliminate tax loopholes to better fund roads and infrastructure.

A first generation college graduate, Andrés has been at the forefront of policy decisions with Pima County since 2012, when he became the youngest policy advisor in County government.

Andrés is young, gay, Latino, pro-choice, and Catholic. Andrés is running as a proud progressive in an open seat to represent the community that raised him.

Matthew Marquez
Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona State Senate, Legislative District 20

Matthew was born and raised in Phoenix and has a deep passion for making the community better. He previously worked in the non-profit sector, advocating and empowering families within the disability community. Matthew wants to take the fight to the state legislature to stand up and speak out for all those who are ignored and oppressed.


Cassie Henry-Saorrono
Benton, Arkansas
Justice of the Peace, District 9

Gayatri Agnew
Bentonville, Arkansas
Arkansas House of Representatives, District 93

Gayatri Agnew is a mom, a business leader and a lifelong advocate for opportunity. She and her husband Ryan live in Bentonville, AR with their two kiddos Rohan and Kamala. Gayatri works at a major corporate foundation. Prior to her current role she worked in the public and private sectors, focused on education and economic development always with an focus on pathways to opportunity for all. She is passionate about building relationships and creating strong communities. Gayatri is a proud community college alum, former community college trustee, believer in the power of our democracy, hopefully about our nation’s future and committed to positive social change.

Michael Wendel
Conway, Arkansas
Faulkner County Justice of the Peace, District 13

Michael is running for Justice of the Peace District 13 in Faulkner County, Arkansas. He is running to make sure our elected officials are held accountable to their constituents and bring a progressive voice to the Quorum Court. Faulkner County needs elected leaders who can bring fiscal responsibility to county management. As a growing population center we must focus on infrastructure, economic growth, and transparent leadership that doesn’t govern from the shadows.

Nathan George
Russellville, Arkansas
Arkansas House of Representatives, District 71

Nathan is a proud husband and father. Raised in the River Valley of Arkansas, he learned the value of a strong work ethic, honesty, and community involvement. Nathan runs his family business, served on the local city council and other municipal boards, and volunteers with his wife to mentor young adults.

Ross Noland
Little Rock, Arkansas
Arkansas House of Representatives, District 33

Ross is an environmental attorney and Executive Director of the Buffalo River Foundation. He is a graduate of Little Rock Central High School and the University of Arkansas. He lives in Little Rock with his wife, Ali, and their two children. Ross and Ali are committed to their community and sending their children to public schools. Ross’ work as Legislative Counsel to the United States Senate Agriculture Committee, and as an advocate for nonprofits and those harmed by pollution, prepares him to be a leader on environmental and public interest issues at the Arkansas State House.

Teresa Gallegos
Russellville, Arkansas
Arkansas State Senate, District 16

Teresa Gallegos grew up in rural Virginia in a minimum-wage, single-mother household. Her family depended on Medicaid, WIC, food stamps, and free school lunches to make ends meet. Teresa had the strength and resiliency to continue her education as a first-generation college student, earning her Bachelor’s degree at Virginia Tech. She has a first-hand understanding of the reality many Arkansans face every day for survival, and the innate desire and drive to improve the quality of life for everyone in our community. Teresa is ready to listen, observe, and work to make fair decisions for the good of everyone in our community, not a select few.


James Aguilar
San Leandro, California
San Leandro Unified School District Governing Board

James is a proud and active San Leandro community member, a Student Board Member, and overall representative of students in the local area. At the age of 18, he has already acquired extensive experience in education. He is devoted to bringing student voice to the table, ensuring the Board and community embrace equity and maintain a global view in decision making. To James, now is a time more important than ever, and it’s crucial to play a part in leading education forward.

Priya Bhat-Patel
Carlsbad, California
Carlsbad City Council, District 3

Priya has lived in Carlsbad for over 20 years. She has always had a strong desire to improve lives, which is why she pursued a career in public health after receiving her Master’s degree from the University of Southern California. Priya is currently completing her doctorate in public health from Loma Linda University. She believes there is no better way to serve her neighbors and her community, than by representing District 3 on Carlsbad City Council. Priya will focus her efforts on maintaining and improving overall quality of life by focusing on: community, health, and transparency.

Steve Dunwoody
Inglewood, California
California State Assembly, District 54

Steve Dunwoody is a Veteran, Environmental and Community Advocate, running for the 54th Assembly District in Los Angeles. Prior to this, Steve was California Director of the Vet Voice Foundation, a nonprofit organization under, directing 60,000 Veterans across the state of California to speak out on public policy and legislation concerning the environment, healthcare, civil and LGBT rights. He was instrumental in protecting the San Gabriel Mountains from oil drillers and also campaigned across California with Senator Bernie Sanders on a ballot measure to lower the cost of prescription drugs. Steve served in the Obama Administration at the White House and U.S. Department of Energy where he helped Veterans find careers in the energy sector. A veteran of the Air National Guard, Steve served in Iraq in 2005 working in financial management. A graduate of Kent State University, Steve is the son of union autoworkers from Detroit.

Zachery Ramos
Gustine, California
Mayor of Gustine in California, District 16

Zachery is running for Mayor of Gustine because our town needs a proven leader who is for planned growth and has a progressive vision for the future. Zachery is running for mayor so that a generation from now, citizens will be glad we made the decisions we’re going to make in the next two years.


Beth Melton
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Routt County Commissioner, District 3

As an educator, Beth is committed to public service and her community. She has lived and worked throughout Routt County, where she is running for Commissioner. Beth believes that working families deserve a strong champion at the County level. She has been this champion through her work in the schools across the region, young professionals network, early childhood council, and Chamber. Beth will bring her experience, leadership, and perspective to the Board of County Commissioners to create forward-thinking solutions for maintaining community character and environmental stewardship as growth occurs. Beth lives in Steamboat Springs with her husband, toddler, and puppy.

Simone Aiken
Parker, Colorado
Colorado State House, District 44

Simone is seeking to be the first Democrat to win Colorado House District 44. She is a computer programmer, graduate of Colorado School of Mines, self-proclaimed nerd, and lover of space who has worked on GPS Ground Control software. HD 44 is largely a bedroom community for the Denver Tech Center and Simone has the background and experience to earn the respect of technical professionals on both sides of the aisle. Solutions, not partisanship.


Caitlin Clarkson Pereira
Fairfield, Connecticut
Connecticut House of Representative, District 132

Caitlin Clarkson Pereira is a higher education professional, member of the Fairfield Democratic Town Committee, founder of Peace Love Progress, Inc, author, and speaker. Caitlin grew up in Fairfield, where she attended the public schools, and her love for the town brought her back not long after she completed graduate school. She lives with her husband, Matthew, and their 3-year-old daughter, Parker. Caitlin is excited and humbled to be running for State Representative in the place she has always called home.


Rachel Blumenfeld
Wilmington, Delaware
Delaware State House of Representatives, District 12

Rachel Blumenfeld has dedicated her career to public service. A graduate of the Villanova School of Law, she began her legal career working for the Delaware Department of Justice and then for Women Against Abuse. After several years as an attorney, she decided that she would be more effective if she reached the members of her community earlier, so she obtained a teaching certificate from the University of Delaware. She is proud to be a special education teacher in Delaware’s public schools, and hopes to advocate for Delawareans with the same passion that she uses to advocate for her students.


Kelly Damerow
Palm Bay, Florida
Brevard County School Board, District 5

Kelly Damerow is a wife, mother, educator turned attorney, and experienced advocate. She received her K-12 education, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education, as well as her law degree from Florida public schools. She worked as a student teacher in a Title I classroom in Melbourne. In law school she specialized in education law and public policy.

She spent over 4 years in Washington D.C. advocating on education issues. She gained leadership and budgeting experience running two seperate nonprofits. She returned to Brevard to be closer to family, start her own, and fulfill her promise to improve Florida education.

Lee Mangold
Casselberry, Florida
Florida State House, District 28

Lee is a Central Florida native and a progressive Democrat. He earned his Doctorate in Computer and Information Security, owns a Central Florida based cybersecurity company, is an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida, and manages and participates in multiple non-profit organizations. Lee will bring rational thinking and scientific rigor to the state legislature. Legislation should be created based on fact. Lee will use his background in scientific research to make informed decisions on various issues important to the District, including protecting public education, providing healthcare for all in need, and protecting our natural resources.


Ben Ku
Tucker, Georgia
Gwinnett County Commissioner, District 2

Ben is the grandson of Chinese immigrants who helped engineer the original MARTA rail. He has been on the forefront of technology with over 20 years of software development experience and created some of the first websites and apps launched worldwide.

He helped save his HOA from bankruptcy, serves on the Gwinnett 101 Alumni Advisory Board, and mentors students in the Mentor Jackets program.

Ben is running because he cares about equal representation, and he believes the future of our children should be guided by forward-thinking leaders with the ability and vision to solve the problems of tomorrow.

Matthew Wilson
Atlanta, Georgia
Georgia House of Representatives, District 80

Matthew knows the impact of Georgia investing in its most important resource: its people. He grew up in a family of public servants in Griffin, learning the value of hard work and commitment to community. Matthew attended the University of Georgia on a HOPE Scholarship, worked as a sixth-grade STEM teacher, and returned to UGA for his law degree. He now runs a law firm in Brookhaven and volunteers as a consumer rights advocate.


Kelly Mitchell
Boise, Idaho
Ada County Clerk

Kelly is an Idaho native who has lived in the Treasure Valley for all but a year of her life. She is a wife and mother of two boys. She has a passion for public service and community and looks forward to serving in this role. In her five years as a deputy clerk, she saw ample room for improvement in the public service arena. Her vision includes an office in which each patron is served with the utmost level of integrity and excellence regardless of background, political affiliation, or economic status.

Rebecca Schroeder
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Idaho State Legislature, 4th District, Seat A

Rebecca Schroeder is the mother of a child with a rare genetic disease, and is running for a seat in the Idaho State Legislature to represent District 4. Schroeder holds degrees in Chemistry and Spanish, but has dedicated much of her life to volunteering. As former National Advocacy co-Chair for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Rebecca has been engaged for the past decade in efforts to address affordability and access issues associated with obtaining high-quality health care. Schroeder’s experience working closely with Idaho lawmakers compelled her to run for office. Rebecca brings courage to fight for what is right.


Hadiya Afzal
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
DuPage County Board, District 4

Hadiya Afzal is an 18-year-old college student who grew up in Glen Ellyn, IL, and is currently attending DePaul University’s Honors College. A decorated graduate of Glenbard South High School, she has previously worked as an election judge in the 2016 elections and is now serving as an elected precinct committeeman. A student leader in the Glen Ellyn March for Our Lives protest, she has also previously interned with the DuPage Democrats, working on a county-wide summer-issue canvass. Hadiya is running for DuPage County Board (District 4) to bring representation, accessibility, and transparency to her local government.


Amie Neiling
Cicero, Indiana
Indiana House of Representatives, District 32

Amie is a native Hoosier, raising her family in a rural lakeside town with her husband of almost 15 years. She has been a nurse, working with vulnerable populations for most of her adult life. With her nursing knowledge, she made the transition to public education where she instructs students wishing to enter nursing school and helps them become employable and able to enter college with a strong foundation. Amie will fight to strengthen public education, increase access to healthcare, protect our rural communities, and make our elections fair through redistricting reform and stronger voting rights.

Harlan Vondersaar
Whitestown, Indiana
Indiana House of Representatives, District 28

Born and raised in Indiana, Harlan is running to represent state house district 28 and help end the super majority in the Indiana General Assembly. After earning his bachelor’s from Indiana University, he went on to earn his JD from Ohio Northern University and his MBA from Butler University. Harlan is dedicated to giving all Hoosiers equal opportunities for success and a voice in the future of their state. He is especially focused on protecting public education, promoting a strong local economy, and passing legislation that puts Hoosiers’ rights first.

Ilana Stonebraker
Lafayette, Indiana
Tippecanoe County Council, District 1

Ilana Stonebraker is running for Tippecanoe County Council District 1 in Indiana. She is an award-winning librarian and faculty member at Purdue University. She teaches business and economic development courses in the Krannert School of Management and Purdue Honors College. She currently sits on the Greater Lafayette Commerce Quality of Life Council and the Town Gown Committee. She is a board member for Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies and former Chair of the Purdue Faculty Association and Girl Scout troop leader.

Poonam Gill
Fishers, Indiana
Indiana House of Representatives, District 88

Born and raised in Indianapolis, Poonam Gill holds an electrical engineering degree, is a mom to three young children, and a daughter to Indian immigrants. She is a STEM advocate and has spent the last decade volunteering in her community. Poonam is a strong believer that government should represent the people — through economic, occupational, and ethnic diversity. The path to getting there is by stepping up and running for office. As the next State Representative for Indiana House District 88, Poonam is committed to redistricting reform, supporting quality public education, and ensuring Hoosier children grow up in a safe and healthy environment.

Tim Swager
Granger, Indiana
St. Joseph County, Indiana County Commissioner

Tim Swager lives in St. Joe County, Indiana with his golden retriever, Sam. He is running for St. Joe County Board of Commissioners, District 1, because he believes that working families deserve an advocate at every level of government. Tim wants to put his experience in public policy and running his family’s manufacturing business to work toward growing the economy from the middle-out. Tim will make sure everyday Hoosiers have a seat at the table.


Megan Srinivas
Fort Dodge, Iowa
Iowa State House of Representatives, District 9

Megan grew up in Iowa as the daughter of Indian immigrants. In third grade, she volunteered in homeless and domestic abuse shelters. Since then, she has dedicated her life to addressing public health issues. In 2003, Secretary Vilsack appointed Megan as the first student on the Iowa Board of Education. At 16, she worked in Kenya analyzing household food security and was recognized by the World Food Prize for outstanding contribution to hunger issues. In college, Megan led a non-profit teaching comprehensive health education in socioeconomically-disadvantaged schools. During graduate school, she investigated healthcare discrimination impeding HIV treatment. Megan advocates for patients everyday in her work as a physician.

Zach Wahls
Iowa City, Iowa
Iowa State Senate, District 37

Zach Wahls is a Democratic candidate for Iowa Senate District 37, running on a platform of ensuring healthcare we can count on, fully funding public education, and protecting workers’ rights for every Iowan. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa, a small business owner, and author of the bestselling book My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength and What Makes a Family. Zach is a proud Eagle Scout, and he co-founded and served as Executive Director of Scouts for Equality, which led the national campaign to end discrimination in the Boy Scouts of America.


Adrian Wallace
Lexington, Kentucky
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council At-Large

Adrian Wallace is a community development professional and minister, having founded and served as President and CEO of The Bishop and Chase Foundation in 2015, a community development corporation based in Lexington. He joined the staff at Community Ventures in 2016 to assist in their statewide neighborhood level revitalization and development.
He also serves as a Community Chaplain with the Lexington Police Department and on the board of directors for various non-profit organizations, all engaged in strengthening children, families and their communities. Adrian and his wife, Jennifer, have four beautiful girls and one boy, residing in Lexington, Kentucky.

Denise Gray
Mount Sterling, Kentucky
Kentucky State Senate, District 28

Denise Gray’s running for the 28th Senate District in Kentucky, which encompasses Clark, (north) Fayette, and Montgomery Counties. Denise’s native of Lexington, KY and proud Bryan Station High School alumna. She’s graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She works with special needs students in Fayette County Public Schools. She’s running to be a voice for the everyday Kentuckian who has had enough with special interest groups and those in the General Assembly who sponsor bills that are self-serving. She’s running for her students. She knows they need to see what’s possible for themselves.

Jarrett Cox
Cub Run, Kentucky
Kentucky House of Representatives, District 21

Jarrett Cox is a candidate for Kentucky State House of Representatives District 21. A first-generation High School graduate, he attends Elizabethtown Community and Technical College studying Computer Information Technology. He has served three terms as Student Government President working to advocate for over 6,000 students that attend ECTC and served as the student representative to the ECTC Board of Directors.

The son of a union construction worker, the Cub Run native wants to help eliminate right-to-work laws, fund Kentucky’s public employee’s pensions, stop the cuts to higher education and legalize medicinal marijuana statewide to help with the states opioid crisis.


Amy Frieder
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Maryland House of Delegates, District 15

Amy Frieder was born and raised in Gaithersburg, publicly educated in Gaithersburg and Germantown, and currently lives in Rockville. She has pushed for women’s issues as well as other progressive labor and environmental policies in Annapolis. During the Obama Administration, she contributed to research in federal government agencies on labor, criminal justice, and civil rights. Amy is dedicated to youth empowerment and mentorship and is excited to bring that perspective to the House of Delegates.

Emily Shank
Eldersburg, Maryland
Maryland House of Delegates, District 5

Emily is a lawyer, mom, wife, and activist. Passionate about healthcare, education, and jobs, Emily is running for State Delegate because her daughters deserve better than world they stand to inherit. As a lawyer, she is used to advocating for her clients’ interests and as an activist she is accustomed to speaking truth to power and fighting for what is right, regardless of status-quo.

Emily Shetty
Kensington, Maryland
Maryland House of Delegates, District 18

Emily is a progressive Democratic party activist, with a strong professional background in public policy and advocacy. She spends her days fighting for patients to get access to needed healthcare, and to help lower the cost of prescription drugs, and her nights organizing neighbors and friends to advocate for policies that impact them at the local, state and federal levels. She is a mother who believes that every child deserves access to a high-quality education, starting from pre-school. Emily is running in a competitive Democratic primary to serve as part of a three member delegation representing D18 in Maryland’s House of Delegates.

Harry Freeman
Pasadena, Maryland
Maryland State Delegate, District 31B

Harry is honored to campaign on behalf of the people of Maryland’s District 31B, and to serve the best interest for all Marylanders. He is an extremely proud Father, a U.S. Army Veteran, Management Analyst on projects supporting the Defense Information Systems Agency, and a May graduate with his Master of Science in Intelligence Management. Motivated by his duty as a citizen and parent, Harry is eager to make his vision of a better, stronger Maryland a reality. Harry would be District 31B’s first Mexican-American to hold office as a Delegate — this truly will be a historic election. Together is Better!

Keirien Taylor
Denton, Maryland
Maryland State Legislature, 36th District

Keirien Taylor is a proud Eastern Shore native, who attended Salisbury University for his bachelor’s degree in political science and is currently working on his master’s degree in conflict resolution. Keirien is devoted to helping his community. His political background married with a conflict resolution degree has enabled him to gain a unique perspective on the need to find innovative solutions to problems.

Ron Franks
Silver Spring, Maryland
Maryland House of Delegates, 18th District

Ron is running for District 18 in Maryland. He is a local activist who volunteers his time helping the community on a variety of issues.

Shabnam Ahmed
Bowie, Maryland
Maryland House of Delegates, District 23-A

Shabnam is running for the Maryland House of Delegates District 23-A. She is a lifelong resident of the district and graduate of Bowie High and University of Maryland. She formerly served as the Student Member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education. Since then, she has led financial literacy, public health, and political activism initiatives in Prince George’s County. Her experiences as a leader and public servant have awarded her the prestigious Congressional Award Gold Medal and Boren Scholarship. She hopes to use her experiences as a community activist to push for progressive policies in Annapolis.

Vaughn Stewart
Derwood, Maryland
Maryland House of Delegates, District 19

Vaughn Stewart has faced his share of battles. He beat cancer, twice, and, as an attorney, fights for refugees in the face of Trump Administration attacks. Vaughn served as an intern in President Obama’s White House Domestic Policy Council, and has advocated for renters’ rights and reliable transit in Maryland. In Annapolis, Vaughn will champion bold, progressive ideas like universal healthcare, a 100% clean energy future, and universal pre-K. He’s running for Delegate to put neighbors first, because big corporations and the wealthiest few already have enough politicians on their side.


Nick Priest
Burlington, Massachusetts
Burlington Board of Selectman

Nick is looking to make a difference in the town he grew up in. Looking to apply his experience in communication, Nick envisions a more proactive government leading community-driven discussions to solve issues and implement initiatives for the vision of Burlington.

Sabrina Heisey
Dracut, Massachusetts
Massachusetts State Representative, 36th Middlesex

Sabrina Heisey is a politically active mom to 6 kids who understands the only way to move this country forward is to elect progressives who will not stand for the status quo. A full time Research Administrator at Boston Children’s Hospital, involved in the League of Women Voters and Girl Scout troop leader, she will not be sitting on the sidelines. She is running for the 36th Middlesex State Rep in Massachusetts against a 12 term incumbent who does not share her views or values.

Sabrina envisions a future for Massachusetts where schools are fairly and adequately funded, where our tax dollars are spent on the public good instead of corporate welfare, where LGBTQA+ people are afforded equal rights, where women and families have control over their reproductive health, and where Massachusetts strengthens its strict gun laws.

Tram Nguyen
Andover, Massachusetts
Massachusetts State Representative, 18th Essex

Tram Nguyen is running for Massachusetts State Representative for the 18th Essex District. When she was five years old, Tram and her family fled the hostile communist regime of Vietnam as political refugees and immigrated to the United States, where they settled in the Merrimack Valley. Tram is a proud graduate of Massachusetts’s public schools. Tram has dedicated her career to public service and has been a champion for people who needed one. She has consistently been on the front lines helping victims of domestic abuse, exploited workers, and vulnerable people navigate the legal system as a Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services. Tram is committed to taking her expertise navigating the laws and legal system to the Massachusetts State House where she can continue to be a strong advocate on behalf of the Commonwealth and 18th Essex District. She is a graduate of Tufts University and received her J.D. from Northeastern Law School. Tram is the first Vietnamese American woman to run for public office in the history of the Commonwealth.


Kyle Cooper
Rochester, Michigan
Michigan House of Representatives, 45th District

Kyle Cooper is an Oakland University alum and an 8 year resident of the Rochester area. Born and raised in Michigan to a blue collar family, Kyle learned to work with his hands from an early age. Kyle hopes to become a high school teacher one day, but seeing the current problems with public education in Michigan, and around the country, he decided to run for something.

Laurie Pohutsky
Livonia, Michigan
Michigan House of Representatives, District 19

Laurie is a millennial microbiologist running a grassroots campaign on a progressive agenda. Her commitment to community service and activism began at Michigan State University, where she was a member of the campus LGBTQ-straight alliance and volunteered at the local crisis center. She has spent her career in laboratories doing everything from food safety to toxicology testing. As a scientist, she has a fierce commitment to protecting the environment. Laurie is also a strong supporter of a single-payer healthcare system that will also prioritize mental health services.

Wisam Naoum
Sterling Heights, Michigan
Michigan House of Representatives, District 30

Wisam is running for State Representative in Michigan’s 30th District. A finance lawyer and community activist, Wisam founded a nonprofit to mentor traumatized children resettled during the Iraq War, worked with the prior Administration to fight ISIS and protect victims of genocide in Iraq, and helped lead the fight against the current Administration to prevent the deportations of his community members to Iraq. Wisam decided to leave his career representing big banks in order to fight for the People after witnessing firsthand the corrosive effects of Wall Street’s policies on the working class, the economy, and our politics.


Josh Pauly
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis School Board, at-large

Josh Pauly is the executive director of Books on Wings, a nonprofit that provides culturally relevant books to underserved students in grades K-3 in an effort to help close the opportunity gap. He is also the founder of PeopleSourced Policy, a nonpartisan, nonprofit civic engagement organization whose mission is to increase access and community engagement in the local political process. Previously Josh taught social studies and AVID for three years within Minneapolis Public Schools. Josh has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in education from the University of Minnesota. He lives in south Minneapolis with his wife, Megan.


Brianna Lennon
Columbia, Missouri
Boone County Clerk

Brianna Lennon is running for Boone County Clerk as a Democrat. She is a proud alumna of the University of Missouri School of Law and Truman School of Public Affairs. After graduation, Brianna joined the Consumer Protection Division of the Missouri Attorney General’s office, where she prosecuted companies that defrauded Missourians. Brianna then served as the first coordinator of the Missouri Secretary of State’s Elections Integrity Unit and deputy director of elections. She worked with Missouri’s local election authorities to ensure that elections were simple, secure, and accessible. Brianna and her husband Scott live in Columbia with their son Ryan.

Kevin Windham
St. Louis, Missouri
Missouri State House of Representatives, 85th District

Kevin Windham is a lifelong member of the community and is seeking election to the Missouri House of Representatives for the 85th District. Kevin is a public servant with experience working in federal and state government. While studying corporate communication at Southeast Missouri State University, Kevin was active in the President’s Task Force on Diversity Education, Student Government, and FOCUS St. Louis’ Impact Fellows.

Kevin is a leader who will fight both in Jefferson City and St. Louis with legislative priority focused on criminal justice reform, community revitalization, access to higher education, and the growth of a skilled work force.

Matt Sain
Kansas City, Missouri
Missouri State House of Representatives, 14th District

Matt is a husband, a father, and a 2018 graduate from University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law with a goal of doing pro-bono work for individuals who are barred from the court system. As a son of two pastors, Matt has been active in the church since he was a child and has always held a community service attitude. He plans on taking this community first mindset to Jefferson City by ensuring that public education is fully funded, making sure there is access to affordable healthcare and will fight to protect unions.

Sam Gladney
Clayton, Missouri
Missouri State House of Representatives, 87th District

Sam is running for State Representative because our legislature is failing to produce results. Sam knows that the job of a progressive, simply stated, is to seek progress in the lives of ordinary people. When he sees women in his own family struggle with the rising cost of childcare, or when he sees a court system the perpetuates a cycle of poverty, he knows something must change. As an Army veteran, he knows that results matter. Sadly, our current government is heavy on rhetoric, and light on results. Let’s Do Better.


Howard Watts
Las Vegas, Nevada
Nevada State Assembly, District 15

Howard Watts is a community organizer and small business owner. Born and raised in Las Vegas and a UNLV grad, he has fought for policies that preserve the environment, protect consumers, increase access to the ballot box, and ensure dignity for immigrants and LGBTQ people.

Howard wants to bring a strong progressive voice to the Legislature so every worker gets the dignity of a living wage and solid benefits, every public school helps students reach their full potential, and everybody can get the healthcare they need at prices they can afford.

Juan Chavez
Las Vegas, Nevada
Nevada State Assembly, District 15

Juan is 24 years old, the son of immigrants, a soldier in the Nevada Army Guard, and certified IT professional. He grew up in the community he now seeks to serve and understands what kids growing up in low-income households go through when making decisions about their future. Juan’s interest in public service has been sparked by the national dialogue and is seeking to foster positive change at the local level by holding local government accountable to the public, while also encouraging others in his generation to become civically engaged.

Lindsy Judd
Reno, Nevada
Washoe County Commissioner district 5

Lindsy Judd is running for Washoe Commissioner district 5.
She is a millennial and a mother with a bachelors in Economics.

Lindsy has worked with over 21 nonprofits and organizations in Washoe county, including Eddy House, Washoe Residents for Appropriate Planning, and Women of Washoe. With Moms Clean Air Force, she helped document and repair a faulty air quality monitor.

Her passion for social services engaged her in our community. Our need for infrastructure got her running. Last November, Lindsy attended Run As You Are, a training for women seeking public office. During her college years, she was appointed to the Russian River School Board where she updated the schools charter. Lindsy is dedicated to speaking with the voice of our community.

Bringing the community to government; she is qualified to be the next Washoe Commissioner for district 5.

North Carolina

Amanda Bregel
Lenoir, North Carolina
North Carolina House of Representatives, District 87

Amanda Bregel is a fourth generation school teacher currently serving in Caldwell County, North Carolina. She is the daughter of a career Naval Officer, a former missionary and community organizer, and mom to two rescue dogs. Passionate about her district and the potential of its residents, Amanda is running for NC House to bring the local voices of leaders and citizens to the state capital. Amanda wants to ensure students and their families have every opportunity to succeed, so she is ready to fight for justice, equality, progressive values, and rural North Carolina’s place in the state’s future.

Caroline Walker
Waxhaw, North Carolina
North Carolina State Senate, District 35

Caroline Walker is running for the North Carolina State Senate in District 35. Caroline has been an educator, small business owner, government consultant, Girl Scout Leader, community volunteer and is a proud mother of two beautiful children. Caroline never imagined running for office or had aspirations of political leadership, but at this time in our history, she felt that she must do more. Caroline completed her undergraduate degree in business, her Masters in Organizational Leadership and has spent the last four years working with state and local governments. She is passionate about changing the direction of North Carolina for her children and her community. It is time that we all raise our voices in unison and elect leaders like Caroline who represent people over politics.

Steven Buccini
Whitsett, North Carolina
North Carolina House of Representatives, District 59

Steven Buccini is a Guilford County native, a proud product of the Guilford County school system, and is now running to represent Guilford County in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

Steven is passionate about starting and growing small businesses. He spent 5 years in Silicon Valley working with companies of all sizes, from small startups to world-renowned companies like Apple and Uber. He’s excited to bring this tested business expertise to help North Carolina stay competitive in this dynamic, 21st century economy.


Christine Fisher
Cincinnati, Ohio
Ohio House of Representatives, District 27

Christine was raised in a household dedicated to education with both parents being professors. She went on to get a Degree in Computer Engineering and was student President representing 15,000 students. After graduation, Christine was hired at Procter & Gamble as a Finance Manager and has been providing financial leadership there since 2005. Christine has been politically active throughout her life and was raised with the understanding that for democracy to thrive we all need to be active participants. Christine and her husband Jason live in Mt. Lookout with their two children and their dog. They love living in Cincinnati. Her passions include family, cooking, music, and hiking.

Lauren Friedman
North Canton, Ohio
Ohio State Senate, District 29

Lauren is a US Naval Academy graduate who served two deployments as part of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. When she completed her military service, she returned to Stark County, Ohio. She earned a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and worked for eleven years in social services, advocating for marginalized people in her community. Following the 2016 election, she helped found a local activism group. She is running for office now as a continuation of her work both in activism and public service; she wants to amplify the voices of people who are often ignored.

Cassie Gabelt
Ohio House, District 50

Cassie Gabelt is a mother, a proud Navy veteran, a recent college graduate, and a lifelong resident of Alliance, Ohio. Cassie believes that government should work for you and your families — not the other way around. It is the duty of government to work for the best interests of those it represents. She will carry this belief with her every day if she is given the privilege of representing the 50th District in the Ohio General Assembly.

Michael Hamper
Ashtabula, Ohio
Ashtabula County Commissioner

Community. Hope. Leadership.
These are Mike’s bedrock values that inform everything he does in life. Mike and his wife, Carmen, live in Ashtabula, Ohio with their two dogs, Caspian and Maisy. A lifelong Ashtabula County resident, Mike is a partner at the law firm Lemire & Hamper LLC and Solicitor for the Village of Jefferson, Ohio. Carmen operates her own, separate law practice out of their home. Mike is running for Commissioner to make a difference in his community to ensure a better future for everyone. When communities work together toward a hopeful vision of the future, anything is possible.

Pavan Parikh
Cincinnati, Ohio
Judge of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, General Division

Pavan V. Parikh was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he currently lives with his wife, Dr. Shwetha Manoharan. A Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army Reserve, he is also the former Chief Legal Counsel for the Minority Caucus at the Ohio Senate and currently works as a lawyer for a $100 billion financial institution. Pavan is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and Xavier University and he is heavily involved with local bar associations. He will utilize his vast experiences in the law to best serve the interests of justice in Cincinnati.

Zachary Dickerson
Miamisburg, Ohio
Ohio State House of Representatives, District 42

Zach Dickerson is 38 and lives in Miamisburg, OH. Originally born in Kansas, Zach made his way to Ohio after law school. He is an advocate for Democratic values like smart gun safety laws, women’s rights, and LGBT equality.

Zach is also and advocate for more civility in politics. His state faces many challenges, like underfunded local governments and some the highest opioid death rates in the country. Zach believes those challenges are best met with bipartisanship. So he is ready to work with members of both parties to address those problems.


Carrie Blumert
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma County Commissioner, District 1

Carrie Blumert is running for Oklahoma County Commissioner, District 1 in the Oklahoma City metro area. Her passion for local criminal justice reform, mental health, and addiction recovery are what pushed her to run office after volunteering with several local campaigns since 2013. Her background includes a master’s degree in Public Health, directing a grassroots community health coalition with the Oklahoma City County Health Department, teaching yoga, and coordinating behavioral therapy for children on the Autism Spectrum. Carrie believes our criminal justice system is a public health issue and reform can begin at the local level with the Oklahoma County Jail and increasing access to diversion and recovery programs for offenders. Her personal experience with family members experiencing mental health and addiction issues has inspired Carrie to be a leader in her community to end stigma and improve our local criminal justice system. Carrie is a Sally’s List endorsed candidate and was recently named to the Oklahoma Gazette’s 40 Under 40 list.

Joshua Martin
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oklahoma State House of Representatives, District 70

Josh Martin is the son of a public school teacher. He has grown up witnessing the Oklahoma Legislature sabotaging students and educators time and time again. As a former business owner, a former student, and an educator’s son, Josh knows what Oklahoma needs most. He will fight to reverse the harm that years of Republican leadership have caused. He will fight for regular Oklahomans rather than oil and gas companies.

Shay White
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oklahoma State House of Representatives, District 77

Shay chose Oklahoma as her home where she currently serves as a licensed mental health provider for elementary aged children in public schools. Through her studies, volunteer work, and community involvement she has become passionate about issues affecting our families and children in Oklahoma. Shay White will work tirelessly and with the resolve and resiliency that she has demonstrated her entire life to inspire other legislators and the public at large to join her in the fight to create citizen friendly legislation, the kind that truly enables all Oklahomans to participate and thrive, the kind that addresses fundamental issues in House District 77.


Jacqueline Leung
Salem, Oregon
City Council, City of Salem, Oregon, Ward 4

Jackie is a candidate for the Ward 4 seat in the City of Salem, Oregon for the City Council. With a Master’s in Public Health and legal background as a law graduate, Jackie brings experience in education, policy analysis, advocacy, and public health. She serves on boards and commissions on the local, county, and state level, and actively engaged with non-profits. Jackie’s interests include holding the city government accountable, ensure that developers obligations are met, provide housing options we can afford, reduce the homeless population, increase public safety, and protect our open spaces and prevent flooding.


Katie Muth
Royersford, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State Senate, 44th District

Katie was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. She grew up in a working class family, where her mother worked at WIC as a nutritionist and her father worked in machine shops. Her mother passed away when Katie was 11, so her father raised his two children with the help of public resources like social security. Katie attended Penn State University and currently works as an adjunct professor and healthcare provider at a local University. Katie’s own personal and professional life experiences are ultimately what led her to run for office. It is clear that the government, both state and federal, is centered around profit and political gain, not public service. Katie is running for the PA State Senate to bring values-based leadership to Harrisburg and make government work for the people to ensure fairness with a level playing field so that everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

Maggie Borski
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania General Assembly, 177th District

Maggie Borski is running for State Representative in the Pennsylvania House District 177 in Philadelphia. Maggie is a proud Philadelphian who is finishing up a law degree at Temple Law School, where she has gained experience working in government at the local, state, and federal levels. As a 25 year-old woman in a state where less than 20% of elected officials are women, Maggie is running to make Pennsylvania a more reflective democracy, and to fight for issues like public education, healthcare, equal pay, and raising the minimum wage.

Shanna Danielson
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania General Assembly, 92nd District

Shanna is a former elementary band and general music teacher with degrees in Music Education and Educational Leadership. She is currently employed by the PA Music Educators Association, where she is the Director of Education and Events. She was the 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Young Music Educator Award in Pennsylvania. She is active with the Harrisburg chapter of MOMS Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Indivisible Action- PA 10th District. Shanna is married to her husband Eric, and they have a 3 1/2 year old son, Elliott, as well as 4 rescued cats. Shanna is running for PA State Representative to be an advocate for public education, bring transparency to the state legislature, and focus on safe schools and communities.


Edward Nelson
Knoxville, Tennessee
Tennessee House of Representatives, District 19

Edward a third generation US Navy Combat veteran running for Tennessee’s House District 19 in East Knox. He is the first Democrat to run in District 19 since 2002. He knows what it is like to serve and believes that elected officials should serve their constituents, not the other way around. He comes from a family of blue collar, no collar, and camouflage collar workers and will continue to fight for justice and equity for all Tennesseans.

Jordan Banks
Hendersonville, Tennessee
Sumner County Commissioner, District 9

Jordan Banks is running for Sumner County Commission, District 9. He fell in love with the area when he and his family relocated to Hendersonville 5 years ago. Jordan has since set down deep roots through community service: coaching soccer teams, assisting with PTO events and Girl Scout activities, and co-founding Indivisible Sumner County — a grassroots organization dedicated to inclusivity, social justice, and environmental conservation.

Jordan is a 15 year veteran of the event production industry, and will use that experience of planning, budgetary responsibility, and team leadership to improve the lives of his neighbors in Sumner County.

Michele Harbin
Portland, Tennessee
Sumner County Commissioner, District 2

In a time when it is hard to speak up, Michele Harbin is lending her voice to make certain the people of her district are able to voice theirs. She sees room for growth and progressiveness and is excited to represent change. A life-long resident of Sumner County with a background in Corporate Communication, her strengths include building relationships, public speaking, raising awareness, and leadership. She will strive to insure all people have equal opportunities and access to available programs and amenities.

Michele resides in Portland, TN with her husband Ronnie, 4-year-old Lylah Jane, and 1-year-old Cooper.

Rosabelle Gorman
Hixson, Tennessee
Hamilton County Commissioner, District 3

Rosabelle Gorman is running for Hamilton County Commission, District 3 in TN. From a military family, she has lived in Chattanooga for 20 years. In her career, Rosabelle has worked in banking, corporate property management, contract management and human resources. Rosabelle has also owned and operated a small business in the county. She has a 3 year old son and is expecting a daughter in June, so she is especially invested in improving the quality of education and economic opportunities available to all families in Hamilton County. Rosabelle is running to advocate for more investment in education and better long term planning in local development.

Tori Griffin
Knoxville, Tennessee
Knox County Commission

Tori Griffin is a proud Knoxvillian, born in Fort Sanders Hospital in 1981, growing up in North Knoxville and graduating from Fulton High School in 1999. While a political science major at Morehouse College in Atlanta, a professor frequently told him that all politics are local. Since college, Tori has worked on issues in Tennessee and nationally, including tax reform, labor, organizing congregations post-Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, marijuana legalization, and prison reentry.

His experience as a White House intern under President William J. Clinton and working on Al Gore’s presidential race in 2000 and the election of President Barack Obama showed Tori that Washington, DC, is important. Nashville is important. However, the decisions made at home impact our families on a daily basis.

Knox County residents need better jobs with living wages, an education system that attracts the best and the brightest to educate our students (not just test them), economic development that ensures the entire county benefits from growth in our area, efficient and reliable services, and a government that works for all.

It’s time for some new ideas and a fresh perspective. Tori is ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work for you making our county a better and fairer place for everyone.


Claire Barnett
San Antonio, Texas
Texas State Legislature, District 122

Claire Barnett is a mom, educator, and passionate advocate for women and children’s health. Texas born and bred, Claire lives on the northside of San Antonio with her husband, their two young daughters, and one aging, retired greyhound. She has worked as a consultant for adult education programs for nearly 15 years, designing and developing curricula in higher education and professional settings, specializing in health care, online privacy and security, and national security. As a public servant, Claire will practice inclusion, decency, and generosity at all times; listen to her constituents; and take a pragmatic approach to solving problems.

James Talarico
Round Rock, Texas
Texas State Legislature, District 52

James Talarico is a proud 8th generation Texan. After graduating from Round Rock ISD public schools, with the help of a PTA scholarship and financial aid, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Government from The University of Texas at Austin and his master’s degree in Education Policy from Harvard University.

James then taught 6th grade at an underserved public school where he worked with kids and families to close the gaps in his classroom. He now serves as the local Executive Director of a nonprofit that provides innovative technology to thousands of our students.

James is committed to working with everyone — Republicans, Democrats, and Independents — to move Texas forward.

John Bucy
Austin, Texas
Texas House of Representatives, District 136

John Bucy is a small business owner whose organizational skills and leadership as past Chair of the Williamson County Democratic Party led an impressive string of Democratic victories — from city councils, to County Commissioner. He is running to lower our local property taxes by improving public education funding, expand Medicaid and access to affordable healthcare, and protect local control. John believes we must seek innovative solutions to our regional problems, especially issues such as traffic. An avid fan of parks and sports, he lives in Northwest Austin with his wife, Molly, a public school teacher and small business owner.

Meghan Scoggins
Richmond, Texas
Texas State Legislature, District 28

As a business owner, Army veteran and community volunteer. Meghan Scoggins is no stranger to the Texas Legislature. After public education cuts affected her children, she began testifying on behalf of her family and her community. She has served on non-profit boards for many issues, including advocating for domestic violence victims, veteran programs, animal welfare and her top issue, public education. Her professional life has found her solving complex problems for the International Space Station and risk consulting in the oil and gas industry. Now, she wants to help address the problems in Texas to make this state the best it can be for every resident.

Salman Bhojani
Euless, Texas
Euless City Council, Place 6

Salman Bhojani is running for Euless City Council, Place 6. Salman has lived in Euless for 8 years with his wife, Nima, their two children and his parents. He’s a real estate attorney, a small business owner and a community volunteer, serving on the Euless Parks Board and leading a Boy Scout troop. Salman is running to bring diverse perspectives to the City Council. He wants to increase revenue and strengthen neighborhoods by promoting small businesses. And he will engage all residents — especially those in underserved communities — with city resources and opportunities.

Spencer Bounds
Midland, Texas
Texas State Legislature, 82nd District

Spencer is a 24-year-old West Texas native, who is running against a 50-year incumbent former House Speaker who is directly responsible for Texas’ gerrymandered districts, among many other ills. He is running because here, amongst all this oil and gas wealth, 11% of people live in poverty, one-fifth don’t have high school diplomas, and 18% don’t have health insurance — including him. Those numbers are higher in the rural counties — nearly one-quarter in poverty in one county. Spencer believes it is time to focus on public education, voting rights, infrastructure, healthcare, eliminating poverty, and making our economy work for everyone.


Chanda Choun
Arlington, Virginia
Arlington County Board Member

Mr. Chanda Choun is a refugee immigrant, military veteran, and technology professional seeking to make Arlington the North Star of Virginia.

Dustin Keith
Lebanon, Virginia
Town of Lebanon, Virginia, Council Member

Dustin Keith is a native of Lebanon, Virginia, and greatly values the natural beauty and unique way of life that is embraced here in the heart of southwestern Virginia. He is a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Realtor, and proud Rotarian. He has contributed thousands of hours of volunteer service and is committed to addressing the most pressing issues in his community: battling the drug epidemic, diversifying the economy, and increasing youth education and career opportunities. He serves on the Lebanon Downtown Revitalization Project Management Team, the Workforce Development Board, and the Russell County Planning Commission.

Mo Seifeldein
Alexandria, Virginia
Alexandria City Council

A first generation immigrant from Sudan, Mo has overcome countless obstacles to become a successful attorney, dedicated volunteer and mentor, and experienced small business owner as well as an appointee to Alexandria’s Community Criminal Justice Board. By 16, he was working at McDonald’s after school alongside his siblings and mother just to make ends meet. He went on to put himself through college and law school before working with mentally challenged children, and later immigrants and small business owners.

Mo Seifeldein hopes to refocus local politics on the interests of residents rather than big business. He is the only candidate for City Council in Alexandria, VA to pledge not to take money from corporations and developers. Mo wants to restore the public trust in government and fight for affordable housing, small business owners, better education, and improve transportaion.


Emily Randall
Port Orchard, Washington
Washington State Senate, 26th District

A second generation Kitsap County native, Emily Randall is the daughter and granddaughter of veterans, union workers, and educators. The first in her family to attend a 4-year college, Emily worked for her alma mater, Children’s Hospital Boston, San Francisco AIDS Foundations, and Planned Parenthood.

For over a decade, Emily has dedicated her career to expanding access to healthcare and education for women, kids, and LGBTQ folks. Emily will use her experience to stand up for what is important to us — quality healthcare, ensuring every child has the same educational opportunities, and building an economy that works for everyone.

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