Down-Ballot Is Heating Up: Meet Our August 2023 Endorsement Class!

Run for Something
47 min readAug 10, 2023


Today, Run for Something (RFS) is proud to introduce our latest endorsement class, featuring 51 outstanding candidates from 21 states! This round of endorsees also includes 17 RFS alumni who are back on the ticket and more dedicated than ever to making change in their communities. Learn more below:



Ravi Shah

Board of Education, At-Large, Tucson, AZ

Election Date: Nov 5, 2024

Dr. Ravi is a dedicated candidate for re-election on the TUSD Governing Board. With his expertise as a community family physician, he has successfully implemented evidence-based policies during his first term. Driven by data, he has prioritized important issues such as Covid mitigation, addressing student addiction, classroom sizes, and curriculum development.

Throughout his tenure, Dr. Ravi has been a strong advocate for teachers and staff. He has passionately fought for improved wages and benefits, recognizing that the working conditions of educators directly impact the learning conditions of students. In his second term, he will continue to champion initiatives that attract and retain top-tier professionals in the field of education.

As a proud parent of three children in the TUSD system, Dr. Ravi is personally invested in ensuring that all Tucson kids receive an exceptional education. He firmly believes that every student should have equal opportunities, regardless of their racial background or zip code. By addressing disparities and promoting equity, he aims to create an inclusive learning environment for every student.

Dr. Ravi has shown unwavering support for LGBTQ+ students during his first term. As a member of this community himself, he understands the challenges they face and will continue to advocate for their rights and well-being.

Drawing on his experience as a non-profit business leader, Dr. Ravi is well-equipped to make sound financial decisions that prioritize both current and future needs. Balancing budgets effectively, he will ensure that resources are allocated wisely to benefit the entire TUSD community.

If re-elected, Dr. Ravi will continue to bring his combination of expertise, compassion, and commitment to the TUSD Governing Board. His dedication to improving educational opportunities for all students, advocating for teachers and staff, and empowering marginalized groups makes him a strong candidate for the position.

Laura Terech

State House, District 4, AZ

Primary Date: Aug 6, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Representative Terech, hailing from Legislative District 4 in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, and North Phoenix, is a distinguished figure in Arizona’s political landscape. As a testament to her unwavering commitment to education, Laura proudly graduated from Arizona public schools, with degrees from both the University of Arizona and Arizona State University.

Leveraging her steadfast determination and a master’s degree in education, Laura embarked on an inspiring journey as an educator herself. She dedicated her passion and expertise to teaching kindergarten and 2nd grade in a Title I school district, making a lasting impact on the lives of her students.

Due to her exemplary background and unwavering dedication to education, Laura occupies pivotal positions in the Arizona House of Representatives. She is an active member of the House Education committee, where she diligently contributes to shaping educational policies for the betterment of Arizona’s students. Additionally, Laura assumes a crucial role in the House Municipal Oversight & Elections committee, lending her valuable insights to ensure the efficient functioning of municipal operations.

Furthermore, Representative Terech receives a distinguished honor as the House member on Governor Hobbs’ esteemed Bipartisan Elections Task Force. In this capacity, she plays a critical role in promoting and maintaining the integrity and fairness of Arizona’s electoral processes.

With her extensive experience in education and steadfast commitment to public service, Representative Laura stands as an unwavering advocate for her district and a catalyst for positive change across Arizona.


Nithya Raman

City Council, District 4, Los Angeles, CA

Primary Date: Mar 5, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Nithya, a native of Kerala, India, relocated to the United States at the age of six. With an impressive educational background including degrees from Harvard and training in urban planning at MIT, she embarked on a journey to combat extreme poverty and advocate for basic necessities such as water, plumbing, and shelter in Delhi and Chennai. Eventually settling in Los Angeles, she played a vital role in addressing the city’s growing homelessness crisis by co-founding the SELAH neighborhood homelessness coalition.

Through her extensive volunteer work, Nithya observed numerous gaps in LA’s systems and tirelessly engaged with local officials to propose improvements. Unfortunately, she often found that her efforts were not met with tangible actions. Fueled by her passion for a more responsive local government, Nithya made the decision to run for city council in 2020. Running a grassroots campaign, she achieved the remarkable feat of unseating an incumbent candidate.

Since taking office, Nithya has spearheaded a transformative approach to homelessness in her district. She has significantly expanded outreach initiatives, as well as shelter and housing resources, leading to the first reduction in homelessness rates since 2016. Furthermore, her office has successfully authored and passed groundbreaking legislation, including the most substantial expansion of tenant protections in Los Angeles within the past four decades. Additionally, she advocated for a carbon-free mandate on all new development projects.

With unfinished work on her agenda, Nithya is currently running for re-election, determined to continue making positive changes in Los Angeles.

Katie Valenzuela

City Council, District 4, Sacramento, CA

Primary Date: Mar 5, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Katie is a dedicated City Councilmember in Sacramento, California, with a strong commitment to public service. With over two decades of experience in community organizing and policy advocacy, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role.

In addition to her role on the City Council, Katie serves as the Senior Policy Advocate for the Central Valley Air Quality Coalition, where she works tirelessly to promote environmental justice. Her previous experience includes working for a civil rights law firm and organizing for housing, food, and economic justice.

Katie made history as the first Sacramento appointee to California’s AB 32 Environmental Justice Advisory Committee, showcasing her passion for fighting for equitable and sustainable solutions. Her dedication to environmental causes led her to establish a consulting firm, where she supports state-level and local groups in their pursuit of environmental justice.

Since being elected to represent District 4 in 2020, Katie has achieved significant milestones. Collaborating with partners, she has successfully transitioned hundreds of individuals from homelessness to stable shelter or housing. She has also played a vital role in advocating for the construction of thousands of new affordable housing units, increasing downtown safety, and pushing for ambitious climate justice policies to drive a transition to a fossil-free future.

Katie’s unwavering commitment to serving her community has driven her decision to seek reelection. If you share her vision for a more inclusive and sustainable future, consider joining her campaign today.

Dulce Vasquez

State Assembly, District 57, CA

Primary Date: Mar 5, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Dulce is an educator, community leader, and formerly undocumented Mexican-American LGBTQ immigrant who is vying for the opportunity to represent California State Assembly, District 57. If elected, she will make history as the first openly bisexual woman in the California Legislature and the first Latina to represent a significant portion of the district.

Currently, Dulce is focused on her work in higher education, where she is dedicated to ensuring that Black and Latino students have greater access to opportunities. In addition, she actively participates in her neighborhood council and serves on multiple nonprofit boards, advocating for issues close to her heart such as mental health.

Dulce’s decision to run for office stems from her commitment to address the challenges faced by one of the most impoverished districts in the entire state. She seeks to tackle issues related to housing, aiming to increase the supply and ensure better accessibility to public transportation, healthcare, and education. With a vision of a more livable and equitable California, she brings a fresh perspective and pledges to implement progressive policies that are both transformative and practical.

With her passion, expertise, and determination, Dulce aims to be a voice for her community and lead the way towards a California that works for all of its residents.


Claire Carmelia

City Council, At-Large, Westminster, CO

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Claire is an accomplished tech leader, dedicated environmentalist, and passionate advocate for a more inclusive and accessible Westminster. With a strong background in project management and IT, Claire has successfully managed budgets, collaborated with stakeholders, and navigated diverse interests to achieve common goals. She holds a degree in environmental studies and has cultivated valuable experience working alongside advocates who work in the environmental, equity, reproductive justice, and voter justice realms.

Claire’s campaign centers around crucial issues, such as cleaner air, clean drinking water, and the preservation of Westminster’s Parks and Open Spaces. Simultaneously, she is committed to ensuring responsible growth for the city and promoting attainable housing, to provide residents with the opportunity to live in the same area where they work.

Raised as a foster child, Claire deeply appreciates the support she received from her community’s local courts, social services, and foster parents. Determined to give back, she seeks to advocate for policies that enhance the well-being of all residents in Westminster.

With her exceptional leadership skills, extensive experience, and unwavering dedication, Claire is poised to create positive change and foster a more prosperous and inclusive community for all Westminster residents.

Javier Mabrey

State House, District 1, CO

Primary Date: Jun 28, 2024; General Date: Nov 2, 2024

Javier is a candidate seeking re-election to represent Colorado’s House District 1, with a firm focus on advocating for hardworking families. Throughout his tenure in the legislature, Javier has successfully spearheaded key legislation surrounding gun safety, healthcare accessibility, affordable housing, protection for the elderly and disabled, as well as support for the underprivileged. These accomplishments firmly echo his commitment to economic justice, affordable housing, racial equality, and universal healthcare.

Javier’s journey into the legal profession as an eviction defense lawyer was deeply influenced by his personal experiences. Raised in south Denver by his permanently disabled mother, Catherine, on a single income derived from her Social Security Disability check, the family regularly faced various hardships. From food and housing insecurity to eventual eviction and homelessness at the age of 15, these challenges provided Javier with a profound understanding of the struggles faced by many families.

With an unwavering dedication to representing everyday people, Javier has consistently displayed his advocacy skills in both the courtroom and the Capitol. As he seeks re-election, he is fully committed to pursuing his advocacy for affordable housing, racial justice, improved education facilities, and universal healthcare for all Coloradans. By leveraging his track record and experience, Javier aims to continue his fight for the betterment of Colorado’s communities.

Juan Marcano

Mayor, Aurora, CO

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Juan is a dedicated community advocate and public servant who currently represents Ward IV on the Aurora City Council. With a strong commitment to his constituents and a genuine passion for improving the city, Juan has been an influential voice in local government since assuming office in December 2019. Now, Juan is setting his sights even higher by running for Mayor of Aurora.

As a proud brother and husband, Juan understands the importance of creating a safe, clean, and thriving city for all residents. Aurora, known for its diversity, holds a special place in his heart, and he firmly believes that the strength of this diversity should be celebrated and harnessed for the prosperity of the entire community.

Having grown up in a family of Puerto Rican retail workers who sought a better life on the mainland, Juan knows firsthand the challenges faced by working-class families and the need for equitable opportunities. He firmly believes that a thriving wage, dignified housing, and access to quality public services are not just lofty ideals but essential policy choices that can transform Aurora into a modern, moral, and prosperous society.

Committed to serving the community and making a positive impact, Juan is determined to work tirelessly to ensure that the needs and aspirations of all residents are heard and addressed. With his experience, dedication, and genuine compassion, Juan is well positioned to lead Aurora towards a future of inclusivity, fairness, and success.

Justin Martinez

City Council, Ward 1, Thornton, CO

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Justin is an accomplished software engineer with a background in economics and a strong dedication to public service and equitable city planning. As a candidate for Thornton City Council — Ward 1, he aims to prioritize the needs of the diverse and underserved communities within the ward. Justin’s vision includes reinvesting Ward 1 tax revenue back into the community, promoting public safety measures that address concerns without disproportionately impacting minority populations, and fostering economic opportunities for all residents, not just a select few.

Justin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s degree in Economics from Colorado State University. His career kicked off as an Economist for the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), where he gained valuable experience in analyzing economic trends and formulating effective strategies. Recognizing the importance of equitable city planning, Justin has served on the Adams County Planning Commission since 2019, actively contributing to decision-making processes that prioritize fairness and inclusivity. His involvement in the creation of the 2022 Advancing Adams Comprehensive Plan showcases his commitment to shaping a thriving and balanced community.

In addition to his professional engagements, Justin has demonstrated his advocacy for community empowerment through his involvement in various leadership roles. He served as Treasurer and Vice Chair of the Adams County Democrats from 2019 to 2023, contributing to the party’s efforts to enhance political representation for historically marginalized groups. Justin’s dedication to advancing the rights and opportunities of Latino residents is further evident in his active engagement with the Adams County Democratic Latino Initiative, where he played a key role in supporting and electing Colorado Latinos.

Since 2016, Justin has proudly called Thornton home, where he resides with his wife and two daughters.

Kenny Nguyen

City Council, Ward 1, Broomfield, CO

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Kenny, a Colorado native, grew up in a family of Vietnamese refugees who fled the Vietnam War. Setting the stage as a trailblazer, Kenny became the first in his family to successfully complete an undergraduate degree. He graduated with a dual major in Political Science and Communication from the University of Colorado Boulder, and he is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at the University of Colorado Denver.

Kenny’s professional journey includes notable positions such as an AmeriCorps Service Member for the “I Have a Dream” Foundation in Boulder, where he made a lasting impact on the community. Additionally, Kenny served as a community organizer for the successful Jared Polis for Governor campaign in 2018.

Presently, Kenny holds the role of Executive Assistant to Colorado’s Lieutenant Governor, Dianne Primavera, utilizing his expertise to support and enhance her work. Furthermore, Kenny actively contributes to the Broomfield Arts, History, and Cultural Council as its Chair. Demonstrating his dedication to uplifting the Asian American Pacific Islander community, he also serves as Vice Chair to the Colorado Democratic Party Asian American Pacific Islander Initiative.

Outside of his professional commitments, Kenny is a beloved member of Colorado’s anime and cosplay community. He effectively leverages his social media platforms to champion meaningful causes, such as fundraising for victims of the devastating Marshall Fire. In one notable effort, he partnered with Lafayette Mayor J.D. Mangat for a 24-hour fundraising stream.


Anthony Afriyie

Town Council, District 5, Stratford, CT

Primary Date: Jul 19, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Anthony is a civic-minded individual hailing from the Bronx, NY and raised in Stratford, CT. His parents migrated to the United States from Ghana, West Africa, instilling in him a strong sense of cultural heritage and community engagement. With a degree in political science from Western Connecticut State University and currently pursuing his master’s in public administration with a specialization in urban development and sustainability from the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College, Anthony blends his passion for politics with a keen interest in making a positive impact on his surroundings.

Throughout his career, Anthony has actively participated in various roles that underscore his commitment to public service. He has interned for notable institutions such as the City of Bridgeport Small Minority and Women Business Enterprise, the Congressman of Connecticut’s First Congressional District, Former Secretary of the State of Connecticut Denise Merrill, and the Connecticut General Assembly as a Senate Intern. These experiences have equipped him with a comprehensive understanding of the inner workings of government and policymaking.

In a truly admirable move, Anthony embarked on a service year with AmeriCorps NCCC upon graduating from college during the pandemic. During this time, he dedicated himself to hands-on service in disaster-stricken areas, nature conservation efforts, and urban development projects in states such as Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Missouri.

Currently, Anthony serves as a Congressional Staffer for the Congresswoman representing Connecticut’s Third Congressional District. His role allows him to utilize his diverse skill set and knowledge as he assists with legislative matters and liaises between the Congresswoman and constituents.

Passionate, dedicated, and community-oriented, Anthony continues to make meaningful contributions to the world of public service and leaves a lasting impact on the communities he serves.


Ni’Aisha Banks

County Commissioner, District 2, Chatham County, GA

Election Date: Sep 19, 2023

Ni’Aisha is a dedicated social justice organizer, youth advocate, veteran, entrepreneur, and mother of four. With a strong commitment to self-improvement and community betterment, Ni’Aisha embarked on a journey to complete her education while pregnant with her fourth child. She successfully earned a degree in Business from Savannah Technical College, graduating Cum Laude. Currently, she is on track to complete her studies at Georgia Southern University in December 2023, where she is pursuing a degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management, with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Remarkably, Ni’Aisha manages to balance her studies with a full-time job and the responsibilities of raising her family.

Professionally, Ni’Aisha has proven her exceptional skills in connecting individuals with valuable resources and advocating for her community’s needs. She has served as a Family Ambassador with the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and previously held the role of Public Benefits Specialist at Savannah Technical College. Beyond this, Ni’Aisha has showcased her passion for social justice as a Canvasser and Community Justice Fellow with 9to5 Georgia, working tirelessly to advocate for families and childcare providers. Moreover, she has actively championed for justice-impacted youth during her tenure at Deep Center.

In recognition of her dedication, resilience, and impactful contributions, Ni’Aisha received the prestigious Women to Marvel Award from 9to5 Georgia in 2022. Being one of only four women in the state to achieve this honor truly highlights her relentless pursuit of progress and her ability to make a positive difference in her community.

Michael Carpenter

City Council, At-Large, Pooler, GA

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Michael is a dedicated candidate for Pooler City Council, driven by his deep care for his adopted city. Having retired from the military and chosen Pooler as his new home to raise his three daughters, Mr. Carpenter is committed to fostering positive growth and providing equal opportunities for people from all backgrounds.

Saira Draper

State House, District 90, GA

Primary Date: May 21, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Saira is an attorney, voting rights expert, and the State Representative for Georgia House District 90 in Atlanta. She is dedicated to various legislative issues, including expanding economic opportunity, maternal health and reproductive freedom, gun safety, racial justice, environmental justice, improving public education, and voting rights.

As a state legislator, Saira is a prominent figure in democracy and electoral policy. With her expertise developed over multiple election cycles, Saira spearheaded the voter protection effort in Georgia for the campaigns of President Biden and Senators Ossoff and Warnock in 2020. Even after the election, she continued to work on the front lines, utilizing litigation, education, and organizing to combat efforts aimed at undermining election results and dismantling voting rights. In 2021, Saira joined forces to co-found Power the Vote, a non-profit organization that provides funding and support for year-round democracy protection work in battleground states.

Saira holds degrees from Georgia Tech and Georgetown Law. She is also a mother of three children, aged 8, 5, and 3.


Amanda Rubeck

Town Council, At-Large, Zionsville, IN

Primary Date: May 2, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Amanda, a resident of Zionsville, is an accomplished professional in the financial sector with over 20 years of experience. She resides in Zionsville with her husband, Brent Rubeck, and two daughters. As a dedicated Hoosier, Amanda has chosen Zionsville as the perfect place to raise her family.

Currently, Amanda holds a prominent position at STAR Bank, where she oversees 22 locations in Central Indiana. Her extensive expertise in the financial sector allows her to work effectively with diverse teams and individuals. In her role, Amanda collaborates with multiple lines of business and municipalities, demonstrating her ability to navigate complex environments successfully.

With Zionsville on the cusp of critical growth and redevelopment, Amanda is motivated to contribute to the community by running for Zionsville Town Council At-Large. Recognizing the importance of strategic planning for the future while preserving the town’s unique charm, she aims to bring her wealth of knowledge in municipal finance to the council.

Amanda’s leadership style is defined by collaboration and inclusivity, traits that have proven essential in her professional career. She is committed to focusing her efforts on addressing the specific needs of Zionsville, ensuring its continued success and prosperity.

By leveraging her expertise, collaborative approach, and dedication to the town, Amanda Rubeck is poised to make a positive impact as a member of the Zionsville Town Council At-Large. Her passion for her community drives her commitment to making informed decisions that will benefit Zionsville and its residents.


Elinor A. Levin

State House, District 89, IA

Primary Date: Jun 4, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

An Iowan by choice twice over, Elinor is seeking reelection to this seat due to their deep-rooted skills and relationships in the community. Recognizing the opportunity to make a meaningful impact, she is committed to serving and making a difference where it matters most.

Throughout their endeavors, Elinor has forged profound connections with various organizations, including the South District Neighborhood Association, The Iowa City Community Theatre, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Volunteer Services, The League of Women Voters of Johnson County, Cornell College, and The Quire of Eastern Iowa. These engagements have not only allowed her to cultivate meaningful relationships, but also to gain a deep understanding of the community’s needs and aspirations.

Driven by an unwavering passion, Elinor aspires to dedicate their life to advocate for a government that prioritizes the collective, long-term welfare of people and the environment. This desire extends not only to their beloved Iowa, but also to the interconnectedness which links all individuals through family, community, economy, and countless other factors.

With a strong commitment to public service, Elinor is poised to continue their valuable contributions and bring forth positive change for the benefit of the community as a whole.


Rep. Lindsey Burke

State House, District 75, KY

Primary Date: May 21, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Lindsey has proudly served as the State Representative for Kentucky’s 75th District since 2022. With a background as a social worker turned attorney, Lindsey has made a significant impact in her community by establishing a nonprofit law office dedicated to addressing the legal needs of those who cannot afford the services of a market-rate attorney.

Throughout her tenure as State Representative, Lindsey has consistently advocated for the rights of women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and Kentuckians with disabilities. She is a vocal champion for issues such as public education, access to justice, and the environment. Lindsey firmly believes that Kentucky’s future holds immense potential and remains fully committed to bringing that vision to reality.

Aside from her legislative responsibilities, Lindsey and her spouse, Spencer, joyfully welcomed their son, Ewan, into the world in April 2023. The profound experience of parenthood serves as a constant reminder for Lindsey that she is not only legislating for the present but also for the future of Kentucky.

Lindsey’s dedication to representing the interests of all Kentuckians, rather than just a privileged few, makes her an invaluable asset in the legislature. Her tireless advocacy and inclusive approach continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of her constituents.


Delmarina López

Mayor, Chicopee, MA

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Delmarina López, Esq. is a versatile professional with a wide range of expertise in education, law, public service, and entrepreneurship. Born and raised in the vibrant community of Chicopee, López is a proud alumna of Chicopee Public Schools. She is a true trailblazer as a first-generation college graduate, having earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Bay Path University and her Juris Doctor from Western New England University School of Law.

Driven by a steadfast commitment to social justice, Delmarina is deeply dedicated to creating a brighter future for her city. Her passion for community service led her to serve as a City Councilor, representing her own childhood neighborhood of Willimansett. In this role, she actively advocates for the needs and interests of the community she knows so well.

In addition to her public service, Delmarina is the Founder/CEO of Delmarina Lopez Consulting, a consultancy firm supporting small to mid-sized businesses. Through her consulting work, she combines her skills and passion to empower and assist entrepreneurs in achieving their goals.

Delmarina’s commitment to making a positive impact extends beyond her professional endeavors. She is an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and serves as a board member at the YWCA of Western MA, where she contributes to the organization’s mission of promoting equality and empowering women.

Recognized for her outstanding contributions, Delmarina has received notable honors such as being named an honoree for Latino 30 Under 30 for El Mundo Boston 2022 and being selected for the Business West 40 Under Forty Class of 2023.

With her wealth of experience, dedication to advocacy, and passion for service and equity, Delmarina is poised to bring positive change to Chicopee as its future Mayor.

Deanna Morrow

City Council, At-Large, North Adams, MA

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Deanna is a dedicated professional in the addiction and mental health field, who also serves as a community activist in her hometown, the Berkshires. With a strong passion for advocating for increased resources, Deanna is committed to bringing positive change to her community as she runs for the position of North Adams City Council at large.

Having witnessed the transformation of North Adams from a former mill town into a thriving creative economy, Deanna understands the unique challenges that accompany this transition. Her top priorities include advocating for expanded addiction resources, enhancing infrastructure, and improving housing options.

As an active member of the community, Deanna recognizes the pressing issues facing North Adams and the surrounding Northern Berkshires region. Her personal experiences as a walker, an engaged community member, and a renter have deepened her understanding of the specific needs of her constituents. With unwavering dedication, Deanna is fully committed to working tirelessly towards effective and sustainable solutions.


Rebecca Kasen

City Council, At-Large, East Lansing, MI

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Rebecca is a dedicated advocate running for City Council in East Lansing, Michigan. With over 15 years of advocacy experience, she demonstrates unwavering commitment to her community. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, and raised in Westfield, New Jersey, Rebecca moved to Michigan in 2020 to serve as the Director of Advocacy for a disability-related nonprofit. She quickly fell in love with her new city and the progressive direction of East Lansing.

Rebecca’s advocacy journey began at a young age when she stood up for the full inclusion of girls with disabilities in her Girl Scouts troop. In college, her passion for community engagement and social justice further solidified. As a nonprofit executive, she has positively impacted thousands of marginalized individuals through programs that offer essential services, empower economically, and provide healthcare support.

Married to her husband, Raphael, for over eight years, Rebecca finds unwavering support and shared values within her loving family. They are devoted parents to their two biological daughters, Leia and Annie, who serve as her constant inspirations.

Rebecca aims to continue her impactful work and help East Lansing become a model city for progressive values. With her experience and dedication, she is the advocate East Lansing needs for positive change.


Sophia Ginis

City Council, At-large, Golden Valley, MN

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Sophia is a dedicated advocate for a welcoming, sustainable, and secure Golden Valley. With a vision for the future, Sophia aims to make decisions today that will benefit the city for years to come. Her priorities include resilient and sustainable infrastructure, an affordable property tax rate, and a healthy mix of housing and commercial opportunities. Maintaining safe and well-maintained parks and trails is also high on her list.

With almost 20 years of experience in community affairs, Sophia is a seasoned public sector leader. She has successfully overseen some of the most challenging infrastructure projects in Minnesota and currently serves as the Director of Community Affairs at Metro Transit. Through her career, Sophia has consistently worked to improve public processes and amplify the community’s voice in government decision-making.

Sophia values collaboration and believes in the power of partnerships. She has a track record of working alongside government organizations, businesses, and non-profits to enhance the public good. Her commitment to engaging various stakeholders ensures that diverse perspectives are considered when shaping policies and initiatives.

Sophia was initially appointed to the Golden Valley City Council and intends to continue serving the community in this role. She is passionate about providing housing choices that cater to residents at different stages of life. By offering a range of housing options, Sophia believes that Golden Valley can remain an attractive place to live for all its residents.

Amanda Hemmingsen-Jaeger

State House, District 47A, MN

Primary Date: Aug 13, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Amanda is a dedicated advocate for families in south Maplewood and Woodbury, with a strong passion for public service. Currently seeking re-election, Amanda aims to build upon the successes achieved during her first term. Notably, she played a key role in enacting broad policies that protected reproductive rights and addressed climate change. At the local level, Amanda championed policy changes that prevented homeowners’ associations from denying the installation of solar panels on homes.

Recognizing the importance of collaboration, Amanda is committed to working with others to develop comprehensive policies that prioritize the needs of the community. Drawing from her experience as a union leader, she understands the power of collective action in driving positive change. Her track record includes successfully passing ideas proposed by constituents and engaging in bipartisan cooperation to ensure the implementation of effective policies. While significant strides have been made in combating climate change, investing in education, and improving access to healthcare, Amanda acknowledges that there is still work to be done.

With a background in science and a wealth of policy experience, Amanda excels in simplifying complex information and transforming it into impactful policy. Her goal is to create policies that benefit all families, ensuring that no one is left behind. By combining her knowledge of scientific principles with her expertise in policymaking, Amanda is committed to bringing about tangible and practical solutions that address the diverse needs of her constituents.

Saura Jost

City Council, Ward 3, St. Paul, MN

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Saura is a civil engineer, community leader, and mom running for Ward 3 City Council in Saint Paul. With her technical background and expertise in project management, Saura brings a valuable perspective to the council, ensuring that infrastructure projects are completed efficiently and within budget. Saura’s passion for organizing and community involvement shines through in her various roles over the years. From organizing the Central High School Young Democrats to supporting Senator Amy Klobuchar’s successful campaign, Saura has consistently shown her dedication to making a positive impact. More recently, she has been actively involved in door-knocking for Erin Murphy and the DFL trifecta, further showcasing her commitment to inclusive representation. Additionally, Saura has served on the Macalester-Groveland Community Council, emphasizing her desire to amplify the voices of all neighbors. With her well-rounded background, Saura is poised to be an exceptional advocate for the community, prioritizing the needs and concerns of each resident.


Gwen Nicholson

City Council, Ward 1, Missoula, MT

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Gwen is a dedicated activist, journalist, and proud lifelong Missoulian. With a deep passion for empowering renters, tenants, and marginalized voices, Gwen is currently running for a cause close to her heart. With extensive experience in community organizing and advocacy, she has been a steadfast champion for equitable housing and social justice throughout her career. Through her work as a journalist, Gwen has consistently amplified the voices of the underrepresented, shedding light on important issues that often go unnoticed. With her firm belief in the power of grassroots movements, Gwen is committed to bringing about positive change through collaboration and community engagement. As a candidate, she aims to provide a platform for those whose voices are too often marginalized, ensuring that their concerns are heard and addressed at every level. With Gwen’s unwavering dedication and commitment to making a difference, she is determined to create a more inclusive and equitable society for all.

Danny Tenenbaum

State Senate, District 46, MT

Primary Date: Jun 4, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Danny serves on the Court of Appeals for the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes. Residing in Missoula, MT, alongside his wife and two sons, he also dedicates his time to teaching preschool part-time. Previously, Danny held the position of public defender in both State and Tribal courts, successfully advocating for indigent Montanans and achieving notable victories at the Montana Supreme Court, resulting in multiple precedent-setting cases.

In 2020, Danny was elected as the representative for House District 95 in the Montana House of Representatives. His legislative contributions have been influential in safeguarding the rights of children and parents within the foster care system, ensuring optimal care for individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease, and implementing stricter penalties for illegal robocalls. Notably, in 2023, Danny collaborated with a diverse group of authors to shape a comprehensive package of bipartisan pro-housing legislation, which was celebrated as the “Montana Miracle” by Bloomberg CityLab.


Jason Bonilla

School Board, Ward 5, Manchester, NH

Primary Date: Sep 19, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Jason is a dedicated advocate for the youth, which led him to work for City Year in New Hampshire in 2017. He has a passion for empowering young people, which stems from his own background and experiences growing up. Having witnessed firsthand the importance of representation, Jason devoted many years of service with AmeriCorps/City Year, connecting with students who shared similar life experiences.

Jason’s commitment to community service has allowed him to build strong relationships with mentors and friends from various backgrounds and intersections of identity. Recognizing that his own identity is interconnected with politics, Jason actively works towards achieving racial equity. This commitment motivated him to apply for the Equity Leader Fellowship, co-found the NH Millennials of Color, and run for a position on the Manchester School District’s Board of School Committee in 2022.

Reflecting on his experience in the ELF program, Jason attributes it to helping him find a sense of belonging and ultimately choosing to settle in New Hampshire. At 32 years old, he has become a homeowner and an elected official, demonstrating the hard work, dedication, and compassion that define who he is today.

Michael Lombardo

City Council, Ward 3, Franklin, NH

Election Date: Oct 3, 2023

Michael is a candidate for the Ward 3 City Council in Franklin. With the well-being of his two young daughters in mind, he is committed to providing them and all residents with top-quality education, healthcare, and community resources. Through his campaign, Michael aims to make a positive impact on the lives of those in his ward.

Liz O’Neil

School Board, Ward 11, Manchester, NH

Primary Date: Sep 19, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Liz, a Central High graduate, is passionate about ensuring that the children in her community receive a quality education. As a candidate for School Board in Manchester, Ward 11, Liz believes in the importance of investing in the future generation. Growing up in Manchester herself, Liz experienced firsthand the immense value of a public school education. She had the privilege of learning from exceptional teachers, and participating in various extracurricular activities such as joining teams, writing for the school paper, and performing in the school theatre program. These opportunities were made possible through public schools.

Having worked as a public school teacher, Liz has an in-depth understanding of the needs of families and children when it comes to education. She firmly believes that every child should have access to well-funded public education in safe and supportive learning environments. Liz is committed to being a strong advocate for all families as another voice on the school board. With her expertise and dedication, Liz is ready to work tirelessly to ensure that every child in Manchester receives a high-quality public education.

Tim Sennott

Alderman, Ward 7, Nashua, NH

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Tim is a dedicated candidate running to represent Ward 7 on Nashua’s Board of Aldermen. With 29 years of residency in Nashua and his current residence in the diverse Crown Hill neighborhood of Ward 7, Tim is deeply connected to the community.

Tim’s commitment to public service began in 2018 when he started serving as an election official. Since then, he has continued to contribute his time and expertise to the residents of Ward 7 by fulfilling consecutive terms as a selectman and as the ward moderator. His motivation to serve stems from his genuine fondness for his neighborhood and community.

Tim’s vision for Ward 7 and Nashua as a whole centers around enhancing the qualities that drew him and his family to settle down in Nashua. He aims to prioritize the improvement of public schools, ensuring they remain strong and supportive. Additionally, Tim emphasizes the importance of safe, well-maintained streets, diverse housing options to accommodate various needs, and the preservation of parks and green spaces.

In addition to his roles as an election official and a candidate for the Board of Aldermen, Tim actively serves on the board for Great American Downtown. He also contributes his expertise to Nashua’s Downtown Improvement Committee, collaborating with local business owners towards creating a more appealing and hospitable downtown atmosphere. With a background in accounting and finance, Tim brings ten years of experience in these fields, further enriching his qualifications.

Tim is a proud graduate of Nashua Community College, reflecting his commitment to education and personal growth. His professional experience, coupled with his extensive involvement in community organizations, equips him with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively serve as an Alderman representing Ward 7.


Patrick Bieger

Township Council, At-Large, Denville, NJ

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Patrick, a lifelong New Jerseyan, is dedicated to making a positive impact on his community. With a Bachelor’s degree from the College of New Jersey, Patrick was inspired to pursue a career in public service due to his concern over the current state of affairs in the United States. The increasing hyperpartisanship, lack of empathy for marginalized groups, and failure to address pressing issues like climate change are all key factors that motivated Patrick to seek public office.

In his campaign, Patrick prioritizes values such as positivity, pragmatism, and compassion. His ultimate goal is to give a voice to those who have been unheard and inject reason back into a civic discourse that desperately needs it. Addressing critical matters, Patrick’s campaign focuses on sustainability and environmentalism, transparent and accessible government, responsible development, prevention of gun violence, and support for small businesses and entrepreneurship to enhance local prosperity.

Residing in Denville, NJ with his wife Danielle, Patrick is an experienced professional in the customer success field of a software company. Outside of work, he enjoys karaoke nights, coffee, and trivia. His dedication lies in effecting change at the local level, creating a friendlier, safer, and more equitable future for the upcoming generations.


Janelle Astorga

Board of Education, District 1, Albuquerque, NM

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Janelle, a young Chicana from Albuquerque, NM, has dedicated herself to championing educational equity and youth empowerment. Since the age of 13, Janelle has been at the forefront of advocating for the voices and rights of students in the public school system. With more than a decade of experience working in schools and the community, she has established a remarkable track record in ensuring that all students and teachers have a seat at the decision-making table within Albuquerque Public Schools (APS).

Janelle’s passion for creating change at APS has led her to organize and support numerous events and dialogues that center on the experiences and perspectives of students, teachers, and community members. Furthermore, she has collaborated with APS administration to deliver anti-racism training sessions to staff members, fostering a more inclusive educational environment. In her pursuit of student leadership development and advocacy, Janelle co-founded a youth group that empowers young individuals to take charge and make a difference.

Janelle’s commitment to making a positive impact in the education sector extends beyond advocacy. She has served as an Education Assistant, Substitute Teacher, and Family Liaison in various schools, garnering firsthand experience in supporting student growth and facilitating connections between families and educational institutions. Her dedication to bilingualism is evident through her bilingual seal recipient recognition. Building on her educational journey, Janelle graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Chicano/a Studies and Political Science. This achievement not only broadened her knowledge base but also equipped her with the tools to contribute meaningfully to her community.

Janelle’s unwavering dedication to educational equity, youth empowerment, and community engagement exemplify her as a valued asset in creating positive change within Albuquerque Public Schools and beyond.


Alex Bores

State Assembly, District 73, NY

Primary Date: Jun 25, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Assemblymember Bores is an accomplished public servant representing the 73rd Assembly District, which covers the Upper East Side of Manhattan down to Murray Hill. As the first Democrat elected in New York with a computer science background, he brings a unique perspective and expertise to the table.

Prior to entering politics, Alex worked in government technology, collaborating with the Department of Justice to combat violent crimes in New York City. He also played a pivotal role in developing software for local governments’ Covid relief programs, benefiting 50,000 families by ensuring their access to essential utilities. Additionally, he spearheaded successful campaigns that secured severance pay for terminated employees, advocated for common-sense rent regulations, and initiated reforms in government procurement processes.

Having grown up in the district, Alex is intimately familiar with the community and its needs. He attended P.S. 6, Wagner, and Hunter High School, and went on to earn an honors degree from Cornell University. He furthered his education by completing a master’s program in Computer Science at Georgia Tech. However, Alex acknowledges that his most valuable lessons were learned early on, as he stood alongside his father on the picket line at the age of eight, witnessing the fight for improved healthcare through his father’s union.

In his first term as Assemblymember, Alex has made remarkable strides in advancing the well-being of workers, enhancing public safety, and combating annoying spam telemarketing calls. His legislative endeavors have centered around crucial issues such as artificial intelligence, safeguarding democracy, and protecting New Yorkers from fraudulent schemes. With his dedication and expertise, Assemblymember Alex Bores continues to work tirelessly to better the lives of his constituents and create a brighter future for all.

Mark Campbell

Town Board, Ward 2, Hyde Park

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Mark is a dedicated candidate running for the Town of Hyde Park Board Ward 2. With a genuine concern for preserving the historical charm of Hyde Park and the well-being of its residents, he brings a wealth of professional and educational experience to the table. Mark excels in communication skills, making him an effective candidate, but what truly sets him apart is his ability to listen intently to the needs and concerns of the community.

Mark’s educational background is impressive, boasting a Master of Arts degree in Oral History from Columbia University in the City of New York. Currently working in higher education administration and Residence Life, he has honed his expertise in policy-making, building relationships with people, and ensuring safety. Mark’s commitment to excellence in his field will undoubtedly translate seamlessly into his role as a Hyde Park board member.

Recognizing the importance of public policies that benefit all residents, Mark has actively served the Hyde Park community as a Trustee on the Hyde Park Library Board of Trustees and the NAACP-Northern Dutchess County Branch. These experiences have imbued him with a deep understanding of community engagement and the insight needed to advocate for the best interest of Hyde Park residents.

Moreover, Mark’s extensive background in public safety and emergency best practices positions him as a highly competent candidate to address critical public safety issues. His unique blend of community involvement, professional expertise, and impressive educational credentials make him an ideal representative for Hyde Park residents. With unwavering commitment and dedication, Mark will serve the community with the utmost perseverance.

Karen Hoak

Town Board, At-Large, Hamburg, NY

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Raised in Hamburg, Karen is deeply connected to the community and is passionate about making it a welcoming place to raise families. With a career in the construction industry that began in 2007, she has gained experience in various projects throughout Western NY, focusing on creating safe and functional roadways and bridges for the public.

In 2019, Karen was elected to the Hamburg Town Board as a Councilmember, representing a significant population of over 60,000 residents. As a dedicated public servant, she actively contributes to shaping the community’s future by collaborating on the annual budget and the passage of local laws. In addition, Karen fulfills the important role of serving as a liaison to various departments such as Hamburg Police, Public Safety, Domestic Violence, and Planning, as well as multiple Town committees.

Beyond her responsibilities as an elected official, she has also demonstrated their commitment to promoting equality and inclusion. Karen founded the Hamburg Coalition for Equity and Inclusion (HCEI), engaging the community in initiatives that foster fairness and diversity. Furthermore, she co-founded the annual Hamburg Pride in the Park event, aiming to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community.

With her extensive experience and strong dedication to the community, Karen continues to make a positive impact on Hamburg, working towards a more inclusive and prosperous future for all residents.


Daniel Burns

Mayor, Euclid, OH

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Daniel is a dedicated father, husband, and attorney who is passionate about improving the city of Euclid. With a strong desire to create a safe environment that uplifts its residents, Daniel has decided to run for Mayor of Euclid.

Recognizing that Euclid has fallen from its former glory as a prominent First Ring suburb of Cleveland, Daniel is determined to turn things around. He firmly believes that the city should prioritize the needs of its residents over cosmetic projects. Listening to the concerns and desires of the people and promptly delivering effective solutions are among Daniel’s top priorities.

Drawing inspiration from his upbringing and faith, Daniel is driven by the belief that helping others is the ultimate life goal. He envisions Euclid as a city that actively works towards improving the lives of its residents in measurable and tangible ways. To achieve this, he knows that bold and visionary leadership, coupled with a sense of urgency, is vital.

With a background in law and experience in teaching nonprofit boards, managing professional volunteer teams, and engaging with Euclid’s Council on legislative matters, Daniel brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table. Drawing from his diverse professional and personal experiences, he aims to unify Euclid and demonstrate the city’s unwavering commitment to its residents.

Consider voting for Daniel as Mayor of Euclid, as his dedication, experience, and passion make him an ideal candidate to lead the city into a brighter future.

Tom Burns

City Council, Worthington, OH

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Tom is a seasoned public servant with 15 years of experience in facilitating beneficial public-private partnerships for various communities. Currently, he is running as the first Latino candidate for the Worthington City Council, aiming to amplify the voices of all community members while effectively managing the ongoing changes in our region. At the core of Tom’s vision lies his belief that housing is the foundation for all progress. Accordingly, he has diligently advocated for a diverse range of housing options in Worthington.

With a strong background in transportation, Tom’s influence extends to the realm of multi-modal, human-scale transportation. As an active member of the Transportation Research Board, he recognizes the importance of designing transportation systems that cater to the needs of the community it serves.

Originally hailing from Middletown, Ohio, Tom made his way to Columbus to pursue his education at The Ohio State University. In 2005, he successfully completed his undergraduate degree in marketing and logistics, followed by a Juris Doctorate in 2009. Currently, he resides in the Wilson Hill neighborhood alongside his wife Robin and their two adorable French Bulldogs, Bouillon and Brûlée.

Jessica Epstein

City Council, Ward 2, Tallmadge, OH

Primary Date: May 3, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Jessica is a wife, mother, and dedicated advocate for her community. With a successful professional career, Jessica has also spent years volunteering with local grassroots organizations focused on voter registration and engagement. Now, she is seeking her first term as a ward representative for Tallmadge City Council.

Jessica’s grassroots organizing and collective action have shown the power of community engagement. She believes in standing together to protect the interests of residents, and she has proven effective in this regard. For instance, her dedication to transparency and accountability in the decision-making process led to real influence when the city reconsidered its zoning code last year.

What sets Jessica apart is her ability to mobilize others and her tenacious advocacy. She is committed to being a strong voice for the community, championing the values that matter most to its residents. Jessica’s passion and drive make her an ideal candidate for the Tallmadge City Council ward representative position.

Genevieve Flieger

City Council Ward 4, North Ridgeville, OH

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Genevieve is a dedicated advocate for sustainability and is running for city council in North Ridgeville. With a firm belief in responsible stewardship of the planet, Genevieve is committed to bringing environmental consciousness to her community. Demonstrating her commitment, she has transformed a section of her yard into a Monarch Waystation, using native plants and eschewing pesticides to create a healthy habitat for Monarchs and other pollinators. Genevieve recognizes that implementing sustainable practices extends beyond just environmental concerns, and she envisions a North Ridgeville that integrates environmental protection into all aspects of city life. From the improvement of infrastructure for effective flood water management to the development of a new city center, Genevieve aims to prioritize environmental sustainability throughout.

In addition to her passion for sustainability, Genevieve boasts an extensive professional background in the home building and mortgage industries, specializing in finance, accounting, and customer service. Furthermore, she has a longstanding history of community engagement, having volunteered for over 12 years at Angel’s Haven Horse Rescue. During her time there, Genevieve not only trained horses but also shared her knowledge of horse care and riding with countless children and adults hailing from various parts of Northeast Ohio.

Understanding the challenges faced by residents, particularly seniors on fixed incomes, Genevieve is keenly aware of the pressing issue of the rising cost of living. She firmly believes in prioritizing projects that benefit all residents while carefully scrutinizing unnecessary spending. By focusing on the needs of the community, Genevieve aims to restore trust in local government and foster a sense of unity among residents.

Genevieve’s candidacy for city council brings together her passion for sustainability, professional expertise in finance and customer service, and her commitment to community service. With her visionary leadership, she seeks to create a North Ridgeville that not only thrives economically but also holds environmental preservation and the well-being of its residents at the forefront.

Michele Grim

State House, District 43, OH

Primary Date: Mar 19, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Dr. Grim is a dedicated public health advocate and highly regarded educator. With a deep commitment to Ohio’s communities, she is determined to tackle the state’s most pressing challenges and create a future where all families can thrive.

Throughout her career, Dr. Grim has held various key positions in public health, both in government and the non-profit sector. Her extensive experience includes working in university research settings and collaborating with healthcare providers who are equally passionate about improving public health outcomes. Notably, Dr. Grim served as an at-large member of Toledo City Council, where she played a pivotal role in establishing the city’s first independent health committee.

As the Health Promotion & Access Chair on the City Council, Dr. Grim spearheaded an influential medical debt relief initiative in collaboration with Lucas County. This groundbreaking effort made a significant impact on improving medical care for underserved populations in Toledo and surrounding areas.

Originally from Ashland, Ohio, Dr. Grim has an impressive educational background. She earned a doctorate in law and policy from Northeastern University and holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Toledo.

Dr. Grim resides in Toledo with her husband, Ben Krompak, along with their beloved dog, Maximum Rocknroll (“Max”). Her unwavering dedication to public health and her extensive experience make her a valuable asset to Ohio’s efforts in creating healthier, thriving communities.

Joshua Hawes

Trustee, Butler Township, OH

Election Date: Nov 8, 2023

Joshua, born in Dayton, Ohio, is a dedicated individual with a passion for making a positive impact in the lives of others. As the youngest of four children, Joshua learned the importance of hard work and determination from an early age.

Joshua attended Dayton Early College Academy and pursued a degree in Political Science at Wright State University. Throughout his educational journey, he developed a deep interest in finding innovative solutions and paving the way for a better future.

Currently, Joshua serves as the Assistant Executive Director for a local drug and alcohol treatment center. His commitment to serving others was instilled in him by a mentor who taught him the significance of “serving others and serving the lord.” Alongside his professional endeavors, Joshua values his role as a father to his 8-year-old daughter, Zoey, considering it his most important job.

With a belief that every individual, regardless of their background, deserves a seat at the table, Joshua aims to amplify diverse voices and promote inclusivity. As a candidate for Butler Township Trustee in Ohio, Joshua aspires to bring fresh ideas and perspectives from a new generation of decision-makers.

Joshua seeks to create a better future for his community by utilizing his passion for service and dedication to making a difference.

Connor Moreton

City Council, At Large, Saint Bernard, OH

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Connor is a compassionate and purpose-driven individual who is currently running for St. Bernard Council in Ohio. With a focus on consistent and structured constituent outreach, Connor aims to ensure that the people of St. Bernard feel seen and heard. Drawing on his experience in community research and analytics, he relies on data-driven, community-centered insights to inform his initiatives.

Originally from a small town just a few hours north, Connor chose to make St. Bernard his home after moving there to work as a strategy analyst for a tea company. He was warmly welcomed by the community, receiving kindness, support, and even assistance with his lawnmower when it broke down. This experience deepened his love and appreciation for St. Bernard, motivating him to give back to the community.

Connor’s vision for St. Bernard includes more comprehensive committee reporting to establish a culture of continuous improvement. He also advocates for collaborative legislation that leverages expert insight, ensuring that laws and ordinances are well-informed and effective. Additionally, he believes in providing more opportunities for community feedback, allowing neighbors to share their perspectives and have their voices heard.

Through his commitment to community and his dedication to fostering meaningful change, Connor is poised to make a positive impact as a member of St. Bernard Council.


Sheila Alvarado

County Commissioner, At-Large, Lehigh County, PA

Primary Date: May 16, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Sheila is a dedicated and accomplished individual who has a deep passion for making a difference in her community. As a first-generation college graduate, she understands the challenges that many families in our communities face. Born and raised in the heart of Allentown, Sheila completed her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Puerto Rico while living on the island.

Having been a resident of Lehigh County for over 20 years, Sheila is deeply rooted in the community and is committed to being a community leader. She takes great pride in being a parent to children attending public schools. Sheila’s civic engagement began as a volunteer at the polls, igniting her passion for running for office and making an even more significant impact on her community. This marks her debut as a candidate for public office, as she aims to represent the people of her community and inspire more Latinos to pursue public office.

Sheila’s personal background has greatly shaped her understanding of the struggles faced by families who have limited English proficiency and work long hours in manufacturing companies. She has gained diverse experiences working in the private sector, the non-profit arena, and currently serves in state government. Her dedication and expertise make her a highly qualified candidate for public office.

When she’s not busy with her professional and community responsibilities, you can find Sheila enjoying her downtime. She has a passion for cooking, fishing, and cherishes quality time spent with her family. Additionally, she actively serves on the Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority.

Sheila’s drive, experience, and commitment to her community make her an outstanding candidate who is poised to make a positive impact in public office. Her personal journey and understanding of local challenges make her relatable and attuned to the needs of the people she hopes to represent.

Lindsay Powell

State House, District 21, PA

Election Date: Sep 19, 2023

Lindsay is a passionate advocate for social justice and addressing inequality. With a background in progressive causes and experience working for elected officials such as Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Lindsay has dedicated her career to making a positive impact in her community.

Lindsay’s commitment to public service led her to the City of Pittsburgh, where she oversaw legislation and policy for city departments. During her time there, she played a key role in various programs that have had a significant impact on the community. Notable accomplishments include the creation of the first citywide digital equity initiative, the expansion of the free meal program during the pandemic, and the implementation of the Avenues of Hope initiative, which revitalizes city main streets through small business activation.

In addition to her work in Pittsburgh, Lindsay is also a proud recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship. This prestigious opportunity took her to Malaysia, where she taught English in rural high schools and further expanded her global perspective.

Coming from a working class background, Lindsay understands firsthand the challenges of making ends meet despite working hard every day. It is this understanding that fuels her belief that everyone deserves safe and dignified housing, a strong and equitable economy, and community assets such as walkable green spaces, well-resourced recreation centers, and safe infrastructure.

With her dedication, experience, and values, Lindsay Powell continues to be a driving force for positive change, working tirelessly to build a more just and inclusive society for all.


Clay Middleton

Mayor, Charleston, SC

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Clay, a native Charlestonian, has dedicated his life to public service. He holds a degree from The Citadel and currently serves as a Battalion Commander in the South Carolina Army National Guard, holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

With combat and operational experience during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Clay has also actively supported various federal and state missions. He has made significant contributions to the SC National Guard Association Executive Council and has been recognized with numerous military honors and awards.

Selected by President Barack Obama, Clay served in the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Corporation for National and Community Service. He started as an associate and later took on the role of acting director.

In 2017, Clay assumed the position of Director of Business Services for the city of Charleston. Leading the Business & Neighborhood Services division, he played a pivotal role in initiatives aimed at fostering economic growth and community development. Currently, Clay serves as a Managing Director at Mercury Public Affairs, a global public strategic affairs firm.

Clay’s extensive experience includes being a longtime aide to Congressman Jim Clyburn and previously serving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Cory Booker. He also served on the Biden-Harris transition team, demonstrating his commitment to public service.


Venton Jones

State House, District 100, TX

Primary Date: Mar 5, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Venton is a dedicated State Representative who proudly serves House District 100 in the Texas Legislature. Born and raised in his district, he brings a strong connection and understanding of the community he represents.

Throughout his career, Jones has been passionate about fostering new leadership within political and non-profit sectors, particularly among Black, Brown, and LGBTQ communities. As an openly Black gay lawmaker living with HIV, he has become a respected and influential figure in the Texas House of Representatives. In recognition of his contributions, he has received notable accolades such as the LGBTQ+ Freshman of the Year award and has established himself as a valuable member of various caucuses, including the LGBTQ+ Caucus, Texas Legislative Black Caucus, House Democratic Caucus, Aggie Caucus, Environmental and Energy Caucus, and the Legislative Study Group.

Venton is dedicated to his role as a servant leader and is committed to advocating for the needs and interests of his community, both in Austin and in Dallas. With a strong focus on continuing to show up for his constituents, he strives to make a positive impact and create meaningful change through his work in the legislature.

Aurora Martinez Jones

Judge, District 126, Travis County, TX

Primary Date: Mar 5, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Aurora is the Judge of the 126th District Court, where she presides over various legal matters including Child Protective Services dockets, Family Drug Treatment Court, and Family Law cases. In her role, she diligently oversees and administers all Travis County Termination of Parental Rights civil lawsuits on behalf of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. With a commitment to trauma-informed practices, Aurora has gained national recognition as an expert in child welfare law. She shares her expertise by providing training to judges and offering consultation services to family law courts in other states. Additionally, Aurora collaborates with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the legal system.

Apart from her judicial responsibilities, Aurora is actively engaged in improving administrative and regulatory matters. In her re-election campaign, she aims to expand her efforts in dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, promoting race equity within the legal system, and safeguarding the well-being of our children. Recognizing the need for reform, Aurora also advocates for changes in juvenile probation to achieve more equitable outcomes while prioritizing the safety and morale of staff members. As a board member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and participating in workgroups for the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth, and Families, Aurora is dedicated to ensuring justice, fairness, and protection for all.


Victoria Luevanos

State Senate, District 20, VA

Primary Date: Jun 20, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Victoria is a dedicated public servant, driven by her experiences growing up in a small rural town and her enlistment in the United States Navy. From an early age, she learned the value of lending a helping hand and the importance of community service. This commitment to service extends not only to her fellow veterans but also to military families.

Hailing from the immigrant community of Ventura County, California, Victoria faced numerous challenges, including a single mother struggling with substance use disorder and domestic violence. Having experienced homelessness and food insecurity firsthand, she understands the immense impact that government programs can have on providing stability and support. This has fueled her passion to assist others who, like her, face obstacles in receiving the necessary aid to thrive.

As a teen mom, Victoria faced an uphill battle to break free from the cycle of drug abuse, poverty, and violence that plagued her family for generations. Nevertheless, her determination to overcome these hurdles allowed her to achieve the American Dream. She became the first person in her family to graduate from college and proudly served her country in the Navy.

Today, Victoria draws on her life experiences to remain true to herself and her purpose: serving the hard-working families in the new 20th District. With a steadfast commitment to making a positive impact, she strives to ensure that every individual in her community has access to the opportunities and support they need to succeed.

Stephen Miller-Pitts

State House, District 75, VA

Primary Date: Jun 20, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Stephen is a combat veteran, military spouse, father, educator, service-disabled small business owner, homeowner, and community activist. With a strong commitment to service, Stephen has dedicated his life to his faith, family, community, and nation.

After experiencing the loss of his brother, Jeremy, due to inadequate healthcare access and misdiagnosis, Stephen made the decision to join the military straight out of high school. Serving honorably, he was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan before being medically retired in 2015. As a burn pit registry member, Stephen continues to advocate for veterans and their families, fighting for their rights and welfare.

As an educator at Virginia State University, Stephen focuses on equipping his students with the necessary tools to make a positive impact on the world. Having experienced firsthand the challenges of living paycheck to paycheck, he understands the financial strain of childcare expenses just to make ends meet. Unlike those who have inherited privileged positions, Stephen has worked hard to build his own successful small business and does not come from a family of millionaire developers.

Stephen’s core principles of Access, Resources, and Equity guide him in addressing the concerns of constituents in District 75 and the wider Commonwealth. With a lifelong commitment to serving others, Stephen aims to ensure that everyone has equal opportunities and access to the resources they need to thrive.

Idris O’Connor

County Board, Coles District, Prince William County, VA

Primary Date: Jun 20, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Idris is a dedicated leader with a passion for creating positive change within his community. With a background rooted in The Bronx, NY and Prince William County, Virginia, Idris has cultivated a unique perspective that drives his commitment to public service.

After graduating from Prince William County Public Schools, Idris continued his education at the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership, Northern Virginia Community College, and George Mason University. It was during this time that he discovered his fervor for activism and community engagement.

Idris has taken significant steps to effect meaningful change in his community. As a proactive advocate for climate policies, he founded the Greater Prince William Climate Action Network, working at both the local and state levels to ensure the implementation of sustainable practices. Furthermore, Idris dedicated his time as a mentor for the NOVA MANUP Program from 2018 to 2020, supporting and guiding students of color as they strive for professional and academic success.

Recognizing the importance of social justice, Idris actively participates in the Prince William Area NAACP, where he works to address the inequalities that exist within the county. Additionally, he currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Prince William County Social Service Advisory Board, focusing on improving the quality of life for all residents. As Chairperson of the Cooperative Council of Ministries (CCoM), Idris offers leadership to a coalition of churches and nonprofits that advocate for those experiencing poverty and homelessness.

With a commitment to fostering inclusivity and equality, Idris has decided to run for Coles District Supervisor in Prince William County. His goal is to provide every individual within the county with the opportunity to thrive, ensuring fair treatment for all.

Idris’s advocacy work and dedication make him a prospective leader who will undoubtedly make a lasting impact on his community.

Randy Riffle

School Board, Berkeley District, Williamsburg- James City County, VA

Primary Date: Jun 20, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Randy is an enthusiastic advocate for the next generation of teachers, parents, and students, seeking a seat in the Berkeley District for the Williamsburg-James City County school board. A proud product of Virginia’s public schools and a first-generation low-income graduate of William & Mary, his lifelong commitment to education and community service shines through.

Having grown up in Hampton Roads and being actively involved in community service as an Eagle Scout and the son of a Navy veteran, Randy has dedicated his life to public service and making a positive impact across the Commonwealth. With valuable experience working for three Delegates and a Governor, he is well-equipped to lead in his community.

Randy firmly believes in good governance and recognizes the importance of providing a high-quality education that empowers the entire community. His key priorities include advocating for better resources for teachers and ensuring student success through a range of diverse pre-graduation programs. He is married to his wife Allison and in his free time, he volunteers with a local Boy Scout Troop, enjoys playing tennis, and is a substitute teacher.

Jolicia Ward

State Senate, District 25, VA

Primary Date: Jun 20, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Jolicia, a King George County resident, is vying for Virginia’s newly established 25th State Senate seat. With previous experience running for the 99th District House of Delegates position, Jolicia brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for public service to her campaign. Her extensive background as a healthcare professional in the U.S. Army, coupled with her B.A. from the University of Virginia, College at Wise, has equipped her with a nuanced understanding of the issues facing her community.

Jolicia resides in King George with her family, and her commitment to education is evident as her children attend public school. Outside of her campaign, she actively engages in her local community as a member of The Ralphe Bunche Art and Humanity Center, the KG NAACP, and the KG Democratic Committee. Through her involvement in these organizations, she strives to make positive changes and improve the lives of her fellow residents.

Broadband access in rural Northern Neck, the critical replacement of the Robert O. Norris Bridge, the promotion of renewable energy to reduce costs for consumers, and the facilitation of affordable healthcare are some of the key areas she emphasizes. These priorities reflect her dedication to making tangible improvements that directly impact the lives of Virginians.

As Jolicia takes her candidacy for the 25th State Senate seat, her comprehensive background, community involvement, and commitment to addressing pressing issues shine through. With her vision for a better and more inclusive future, Jolicia is poised to be a strong advocate for her constituents.



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