Meet our July 2023 Endorsement Class!

Run for Something
63 min readJul 19, 2023


Run for Something (RFS) is proud to announce our July endorsement class, the latest cohort of changemakers ready to meet this pivotal moment in our nation’s history. This month’s 57 endorsees bring us closer to our 2023 goal of endorsing 650 young, diverse, progressive candidates nationwide before the end of the year.

“We are proud to throw our support behind each of these progressive leaders running for local and state office. Today’s endorsements are a milestone in Run for Something’s support for candidates, which often begins long before a candidate has even filed to run,’’ shared RFS co-founder and co-executive director, Amanda Litman. “Our support for our candidates from pre-filing all the way through Election Day is what makes Run for Something such a valuable resource to our candidates and alumni. That is how we build long-term, sustainable progressive power.”

Learn more about this endorsement class below!


Clay Hale

Board of Education, San José-Evergreen Community College Trustee District 7, San Jose, CA

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Clay is a dedicated educator and candidate for the San José-Evergreen Community College District. With an impressive background as a social science high school teacher, community college advisor, and former community college student, Clay is committed to ensuring the well-being and growth of the district.

Having experienced the community college system firsthand as a first-generation college student, Clay understands its transformative power. He has witnessed the positive impact of quality education on the lives of his students, many of whom have gone on to attend San José City College or Evergreen Valley College. Drawing from his personal experiences and professional expertise, Clay will bring a valuable teacher’s perspective to the San José-Evergreen Community College District.

As a candidate, Clay is determined to implement policies that benefit all students. He recognizes the importance of equal opportunities for education and will strive to create an inclusive and supportive environment within the district. Clay believes in the power of education to uplift individuals and communities and is committed to ensuring that every student has access to a quality education.

With his passion for teaching and dedication to the betterment of the community college system, Clay Hale is an ideal candidate for the San José-Evergreen Community College District. His unique perspective, combined with his expertise in social sciences, will contribute greatly to the district’s success in providing high-quality education to its students.


Tommy Butler

City Council, Ward 1, Greeley, CO

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Tommy has been diligently serving as the Ward 1 representative on the Greeley City Council since 2019. With his dedication and commitment to the community, he is now seeking re-election for another term to continue advocating for the needs of his constituents.

During his first term, Tommy has been instrumental in addressing the pressing issue of affordable housing in Greeley. Recognizing the urgency of the matter, he has actively participated in city council votes to approve various projects that aim to provide affordable housing options. Under his leadership, Greeley has seen the development of over 920 units of truly affordable housing since last year, including the largest Habitat for Humanity development in the state of Colorado. Moreover, Tommy worked tirelessly to expand the G-Hope program, which assists individuals with home down-payment assistance, ultimately enabling more people to live and work in Greeley.

In addition to his unwavering advocacy for affordable housing, Tommy has also prioritized sustainability initiatives within the city. He has consistently pushed for expanded recycling services, which led to the establishment of a glass drop-off recycling program. In its inaugural year, this program successfully recycled an impressive 21.66 tons of glass. Tommy has also been a strong voice in advocating for equitable infrastructure investment. His efforts have resulted in crucial repairs to sidewalks and roads, including securing funding for the renovation of the 5th Street sidewalk and road between 14th and 23rd Avenues.

With his impressive track record of accomplishments, Tommy is determined to continue his advocacy for Northeast Greeley on the City Council. His passion for affordable housing, sustainability, and equitable infrastructure investments make him the ideal candidate to represent the voices and aspirations of the community. Tommy’s re-election will ensure that the interests of Ward 1 residents remain at the forefront of city council decision-making.


Caroline Smith

City Council, Ward 9, New Haven, CT

Primary Date: Sep 12, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Caroline is an accomplished local leader dedicated to tackling the various challenges faced by New Haven. With a solid background in community engagement, she has thrown her hat into the ring for the position of Alder of Ward 9. Caroline aims to not only advocate for her neighbors in the Fair Haven and East Rock neighborhoods but also to foster a sense of unity and collaboration among residents across the entire city.

Having resided in New Haven for over a decade, Caroline brings with her a wealth of experience and accomplishments. She is the co-founder of Collab, a renowned nonprofit organization that assists individuals in overcoming obstacles to establish their own businesses. Collab specifically focuses on empowering women, individuals with lower incomes, people of color, and immigrants. Its support has had a transformative impact, aiding hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs annually in neighborhoods throughout the city.

Additionally, Caroline initiated New Haven Bike Month, an event that has successfully brought residents together to advocate for safer streets and sidewalks accessible to all. Recognizing the need for community resources, she also co-founded aapiNHV, which provides invaluable support and services to the city’s burgeoning Asian community.

If elected as Alder, Caroline will leverage her extensive experience and amplify the voices of New Haven residents on critical issues. Her primary areas of focus include promoting economic opportunities for all, prioritizing safe streets and enhancing residents’ overall quality of life, advocating for climate justice and the green economy, and championing protections for the city’s LGBTQ+ community.

With her proven dedication and commitment, Caroline is well-poised to make a significant difference as Alder of Ward 9 and bring about positive change for the entire New Haven community.


Vincent Aguirre

City Council, Ward 4, Greencastle, IN

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Vincent is a dedicated business owner and community advocate who is determined to make a difference in Greencastle, Indiana. With a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from DePauw University and an MBA under his belt, Vincent has a solid educational foundation that has fueled his passion for creativity and leadership. As the owner of Distinct Web Design, Vincent brings his wealth of experience to the table as he collaborates with local businesses and clients across the nation.

Vincent’s commitment to Greencastle is evident through his active involvement in various community organizations. He played a vital role in establishing the 100 Plus Men Who Care and actively contributes to the Area 30 Advisory Board, Ivy Tech Community Council, Temple Lodge 47, and PC CERT. Vincent has also held leadership positions in esteemed organizations such as Mainstreet Greencastle, Putnam County Economic Development, Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, and Family Support Services of West Central Indiana.

Driven by his campaign, Greencastle Forward, Vincent is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all residents and fostering the growth of local businesses. He firmly believes in prioritizing the needs of the community and ensuring that the local government serves its residents effectively. Vincent’s profound understanding of Greencastle’s unique requirements positions him exceptionally well to lead the 4th Ward and the city towards a brighter future.

With his expertise, leadership skills, and genuine dedication to his community, Vincent Aguirre is poised to make a lasting impact as a member of the Greencastle City Council. His vision for Greencastle includes sustainable growth, supportive local businesses, and an improved quality of life for all residents.


Bridget Botkin

City Council, Ward 2, Des Moines, IA

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Bridget is a passionate community organizer, dedicated to the art of storytelling. With a background in music and film, she effortlessly weaves her creative pursuits into her career. As a guitarist and vocalist, she actively contributes to the local music scene, connecting with others through the power of music. Additionally, Bridget lends her talents as a freelance artist in the dynamic world of film.

Drawing inspiration from her own life experiences, Bridget firmly believes that the true essence of the north and east sides lies in the diverse cultures that intersect and flourish within their vibrant neighborhoods. She wholeheartedly recognizes that many residents in these areas have felt ignored by the city, creating a shared sentiment that fuels her drive for change.

In light of the transformative events that unfolded in 2020, Bridget made a conscious decision to invest more attention in the city council. Through her research, she uncovered a disheartening reality: the city’s structure not only perpetuates the concentration of wealth among developers and affluent homeowners, but it also inherently restricts access to those seeking to challenge these established systems.

The existing barriers to empowerment enshrined in the city code serve as a direct affront to the stories of resilience and determination that we all strive to create in our lives. Bridget firmly believes that it is time for a profound and meaningful change, one that reflects the collective aspirations of all individuals who call this city their home. With her unwavering commitment to social justice, Bridget stands ready to lead the charge towards a more inclusive and equitable future for all.

Denver Foote

Mayor, Des Moines, IA

Primary Date: Aug 7, 2023; General Date: Aug 7, 2023

Denver (they/them) is a dedicated candidate vying for the position of Des Moines Mayor, with a sincere passion for amplifying the voices of our most underserved communities. With a strong conviction to address pressing issues such as climate change, corporate responsibility, and transparent public safety, they strive to foster a city that prioritizes its people.

Recognizing the urgency of climate change, Foote firmly stands on the premise of taking proactive measures to combat its detrimental effects. Their campaign focuses on implementing sustainable practices and advocating for renewable energy sources, ensuring a healthier and more sustainable future for Des Moines and its residents.

Furthermore, Foote stresses the need for corporate accountability to foster ethical practices within the business sector. They firmly believe that corporations should be held responsible for their actions and encouraged to prioritize the well-being of the community and the environment. By pushing for transparency and responsible practices, Foote aims to create a fair and equitable business environment that benefits all.

In addition, Foote’s commitment to transparent public safety lies at the core of their campaign. They propose reallocating funds to ensure that all segments of the community feel safe and protected. By promoting transparency, Foote strives to foster stronger relationships between law enforcement and community members, cultivating an environment of trust and cooperation.

With their unwavering dedication to champion the underrepresented and address critical issues, Denver’s mayoral campaign offers a unique perspective and solution-oriented approach to transform Des Moines into a city that works for everyone.

Mandi Remington

City Council, At-Large, Iowa City, IA

Election Date: Nov 8, 2023

Mandi, a resident of Iowa City, brings a unique perspective to her work as a student, renter, small business owner, and single parent. Through her experiences, she has come to understand the vital importance of eliminating barriers and ensuring that all members of the community have equal access to opportunities and resources that are necessary for their success. For Mandi, accessibility extends beyond physical infrastructure and encompasses areas such as affordable housing, food security, transportation, and services.

Mandi firmly believes that true democracy is achieved when every voice is not only heard but also valued and included. She recognizes, however, that many members of the community feel disconnected and disengaged. Drawing from her extensive experience as a member of various influential committees at the University of Iowa and the municipal level, as well as her role as the founder and director of the Corridor Community Action Network, Mandi has consistently proven her ability to bring people together and facilitate meaningful change. She has successfully fostered collaboration among numerous organizations and individuals across the city, the corridor, and even the state, tirelessly advocating for equity, empowerment, and positive change.

As a City Councilor, Mandi is dedicated to promoting resident engagement and revitalizing civic participation. Her primary objective is to create inclusive spaces where dialogue and collaboration can thrive. Mandi is committed to ensuring that every resident of Iowa City has ample opportunities to shape the city’s future and make their voices heard. Through her unwavering determination and unwavering commitment to community empowerment, Mandi Remington is poised to make a significant impact on the growth and well-being of Iowa City.


Claire Reagan

Board of Education, District 1 — Position 4, Olanthe, KS

Primary Date: Aug 1, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Claire brings a diverse range of experiences to her campaign for the Olathe School Board. As a former full-time English teacher, she understands the challenges and rewards of being an educator in today’s classrooms. Currently, she serves as a substitute teacher, allowing her to stay connected to the needs of our students and schools. Additionally, as a parent and advocate for her child with special needs, Claire intimately understands the importance of providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all students.

Growing up in a military family in Nebraska, Claire learned the values of service and education from her parents. Her father, a Vietnam veteran and civil engineer, instilled in her the importance of giving back to one’s community. Her mother, a community advocate and longtime PTA member, demonstrated the power of parent involvement in education. Inspired by their examples, Claire pursued degrees in English and secondary education, and she was drawn to Kansas by the strength of its public schools.

For over a decade, Claire and her husband have proudly called the Olathe School District their home. They chose this community specifically for its outstanding schools, recognizing the impact that a quality education can have on a child’s future. As a member of the Olathe School Board, Claire is committed to ensuring that all students have equal access to the resources and opportunities necessary to succeed. She believes that the key to unlocking a student’s potential lies in having the best teachers and staff in our classrooms.

With Claire’s dedication and passion for education, she aims to create an even brighter future for all Olathe students. Her goal is to foster a learning environment that not only equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive but also encourages them to discover their own unique paths to success. By advocating for policies that promote excellence in education, Claire is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our children and the entire Olathe community.


Sharon Durkan

City Council, District 8, Boston, MA

Primary Date: Jul 25, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

As the Chair of the Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee and a seasoned organizer in Boston, Sharon has garnered invaluable insight on the potential that can be unlocked when neighbors unite. Eager to extend her service to all of District 8’s communities, she has thrown her hat into the ring for the position of Boston City Councilor.

Having resided in Beacon Hill as a renter for more than 8 years, Sharon brings a unique perspective to the table, having encountered and overcome the same challenges faced by many of their neighbors. Sharon’s tenure in this vibrant neighborhood has solidified their conviction that ensuring universal access to housing, healthcare, and open spaces is paramount to fostering strong and thriving communities. With an unwavering commitment to representing their constituents, Sharon aims to champion the interests and needs of the district, leveraging her experience and knowledge to facilitate positive change.

Kelly Garcia

City Council, At-Large, Chelsea, MA

Primary Date: Sep 26, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Kelly, a native of Chelsea, is a remarkable educator, Chairwoman of the Chelsea School Committee, and a diligent community organizer. With a passion for education, Kelly embarked on her professional journey as a Special Education Teacher, all while pursuing her Master’s Degree from Boston University through Teach For America. Demonstrating her exceptional dedication and aptitude, Kelly became, at the age of 21, the youngest school committee official ever elected in her district.

Through her leadership, she successfully drafted and passed a landmark Safe-Haven Resolution, which protects undocumented students and ensures their safety within the school community. Additionally, Kelly championed several other unanimous resolutions that have positively impacted the education system in Chelsea. She also played a key role in the superintendent search committee, facilitating the hiring of the district’s first Latinx Superintendent and the first-ever Officer of Equity, Diversity, and Excellence.

Emphasizing the significance of equitable practices in education, Kelly co-founded the Equity Committee, a pioneering initiative aimed at addressing and resolving equity issues within our schools. Understanding the importance of career and higher education planning, Kelly also co-founded the College and Career Advisory, a program that fosters awareness and preparedness among students of all grade levels.

Beyond her work in education, Kelly is deeply committed to addressing the challenges faced by the families in her community. As a City Councilor, she tirelessly advocates for their needs, striving to create positive change and improve the quality of life for all.

Kelly’s unwavering dedication, accomplishments, and commitment to her community make her a truly exceptional individual. Her ongoing efforts continue to shape and uplift Chelsea, leaving a lasting impact on the lives of its residents.

Joanna Garren

Board of Education, At-Large, Everett, MA

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

Joanna is a dedicated community member with deep roots in Everett. As a devoted stay-at-home mom of two special needs children, she understands the importance of building strong connections within her community. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Hartford and a Master’s of Art Therapy from Albertus Magnus College, Joanna possesses a unique blend of artistic skills and a passion for helping others.

Joanna’s commitment to making a positive impact goes well beyond her immediate family. She has an impressive background of community service, including ten months of rebuilding communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina with the AmeriCorps NCCC program. This experience exposed her to the challenges faced by those affected by natural disasters and further fueled her desire to contribute to the betterment of society.

Throughout her years in Everett, Joanna has actively served on numerous boards, contributing her expertise and creative insights. She has played an integral role on the boards of organizations such as Integral Arts Everett and the Everett Food Policy Council. Her active participation reflects her commitment to fostering a vibrant, inclusive community where everyone can thrive.

Currently, Joanna serves as a valued board member of the Everett Arts and Cultural Council. In this role, she continues to champion the importance of the arts in enhancing the community’s cultural landscape. Joanna’s enthusiasm for the arts, coupled with her educational background, makes her an invaluable asset to the council.

Joanna’s blend of artistic talent, community involvement, and dedication to her family allows her to make a positive impact wherever she goes. Whether advocating for the arts or rebuilding communities, her passion and drive make her a force for change in Everett.

Tom Hendrickson

City Council, At-Large, Agawam, MA

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Tom, a 24-year-old lifelong resident of Agawam, is committed to promoting justice, equity, and democracy in our government, economy, and society. With a working-class background as the son of two public school teachers and the grandson of a Teamster’s Union delivery truck driver, he understands the challenges faced by the community.

Since joining the City Council in 2022, Tom has already made a significant impact. His leadership as the lead sponsor of a resolution to initiate Community Energy Aggregation demonstrates his commitment to exploring sustainable energy solutions. Additionally, he has been a staunch defender of voting rights, taking a stand against efforts to reduce early voting and mail-in options. Tom has also been a vocal advocate for Agawam’s infrastructure by supporting investments in its water and sewer systems. Moreover, he has championed various parks and recreation projects, recognizing the importance of enhancing public spaces.

A true proponent of progressive values, Tom is unwavering in his advocacy for the working families of Agawam. He is seeking re-election to continue the impactful work he has started on the City Council, aspiring to bring about positive change for another term.

With his deep-rooted dedication to justice, equity, and democracy, Tom Hendrickson is a dynamic force that strives to make a meaningful difference in Agawam. Through his continued efforts, he aims to build a better future for all residents, ensuring that their voices are heard and their needs are met.

Matthew Leming

City Council, At-Large, Medford, MA

Primary Date: Sep 12, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Matt is a distinguished health AI scientist at Harvard Medical School as well as an affordable housing organizer in Medford, Massachusetts. With a track record of success, Matt has already made significant contributions to the community by spearheading the establishment of an Affordable Housing Trust and securing funding for the expansion of a low-income housing complex. Now, he is ready to take on a new challenge as he runs for City Council in Medford.

Drawing upon his expertise and experiences, Matt aims to implement policies that address the urgent need for affordable housing in Medford. He is well aware of the detrimental impact of housing speculation on the community and will actively work towards measures that discourage it. Furthermore, he is passionate about increasing citizen participation in local government and will strive to create policies that enable more individuals to voice their opinions and get involved.

Matt’s holistic approach to public service has gained him admiration and support within the community. With his scientific background, he has a unique perspective on problem-solving and decision-making, ensuring that evidence-based strategies are always at the forefront of his policy proposals.

As a City Council candidate, Matt presents a fresh perspective and an unwavering commitment to making Medford a more inclusive and affordable place to live. With his dedication, experience, and scientific expertise, he is poised to shape policies that will have a lasting impact on the well-being of the community.

Julio Mejia

Board of Education, Greater Lawrence Technical School Committee, Lawrence, MA

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

Julio is a dedicated advocate for education and student support in the Greater Lawrence area. As a lifelong resident of Lawrence, Julio understands the unique challenges faced by students in the community and believes that every student deserves access to a high-quality education, as well as physical and mental health resources.

Born at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Julio grew up in a close-knit family alongside his mother and stepfather, Felicia and Odalin, and his sister, Alicia. Currently, Julio serves as a Special Assistant to Mayor Brian A. DePeña of Lawrence, Massachusetts, where he actively participates in various community organizations. His involvement spans a wide range of groups, including the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance, Merrimack Valley YMCA, Semana Hispana en Lawrence, and the Merrimack Valley Project, to name just a few.

Julio’s academic journey began in Lawrence Public Schools, where he received a solid foundation for his future success. Recently, he proudly graduated from Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School in Methuen, and he now embarks on his undergraduate studies at Bentley University. His chosen majors, International Affairs and Business Studies, reflect his passion for global issues and his desire to make a positive impact on both local and international levels.

With his deep commitment to education and community service, Julio is driven to advocate for the rights and well-being of students in the Greater Lawrence area. Through his leadership and determination, he hopes to foster a supportive and inclusive educational environment that empowers students to thrive.


Carrie Budzinski

City Council, At-Large, Livonia, MI

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Carrie is a lifelong resident of Livonia, where she continues to raise her young boys alongside her husband, Dan. With a solid foundation built through her early employment at the Livonia Public Library, Carrie has risen to the esteemed position of Board Chair of the Library Commission. Currently, she serves as the Chief Operating Officer of LittleGuide Detroit, the premier media outlet for families seeking exciting activities within southeast Michigan. Through her extensive knowledge of regional initiatives, Carrie is committed to preserving Livonia’s status as a thriving and attractive community for both families and businesses.

Drawing from years of experience in political campaigns and constituent services, Carrie previously served as an invaluable member of Senator Carl Levin’s team until his retirement in 2015. This position fostered her deep concern for the needs of residents, equipping her with the expertise to address their queries and provide effective solutions. With an unwavering dedication to her community and astute familiarity with government operations, Carrie possesses the requisite passion and experience for effective leadership.

Believing in the importance of active civic participation and community-building endeavors, Carrie took the initiative to establish Vote.Run.Serve-Livonia, an educational platform. This innovative outlet furnishes residents with easily accessible, unbiased summaries of municipal meetings, issues, and community events. In addition to this remarkable endeavor, Carrie played an instrumental role in launching the Livonia Women’s Connection. This non-partisan networking event series empowers and inspires individuals in the community.

Committed to the principles of democracy and dedicated to cultivating community cohesion, Carrie exemplifies the qualities needed for progress. Her unwavering dedication, combined with her extensive experience and astute understanding of Livonia’s dynamics, make her an invaluable asset in shaping a brighter future for Livonia and its residents.

Spencer Calhoun

City Commission, Mount Clemens, MI

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Spencer is a passionate and dedicated individual who has made it his mission to effect positive change and advocate for his community. With a strong background in fostering civic engagement in marginalized communities, he has proven himself as a dynamic leader and a tireless advocate for quality public education, homeless youth, and working families.

Having experienced homelessness as a teenager, Spencer understands firsthand the challenges and struggles faced by vulnerable individuals and families. This personal experience has fueled his drive to make a difference and has led him to coordinate multiple voter registration drives. Through these initiatives, he has empowered marginalized individuals to exercise their right to vote, amplifying their voices and ensuring their concerns are taken into account.

In addition to his community advocacy work, Spencer has also taken on the role of mentor, providing guidance and support to other young leaders in Macomb County. By sharing his experiences and offering assistance, he has helped nurture the growth and development of these emerging leaders, ensuring a stronger, more inclusive future for the community.

Now, Spencer is taking his commitment to the next level by running for a seat on the Mount Clemens City Commission. Seeking to represent over 15,000 of his neighbors, he aims to collaborate with the community in order to find equitable solutions to the various issues facing the city. His key priorities include citywide economic development, the revitalization of outdated infrastructure, and the support and enhancement of the city’s parks, community centers, and neighborhood clubs.

With his unwavering determination, genuine compassion, and deep understanding of the needs of his community, Spencer is well-equipped to make a meaningful impact as a member of the Mount Clemens City Commission. Through his leadership, he envisions a more prosperous and inclusive city for all its residents.

JaWhan Jackson

City Commission, Kentwood, MI

Primary Date: Aug 8, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

JaWhan is a dedicated resident of West Michigan with a strong work ethic instilled in him by his parents. Born and raised in Grand Rapids, JaWhan grew up witnessing his father’s tireless efforts to provide for the family. His mother, a proud Union Steward at the Post Office, also played a significant role in shaping his understanding of hard work and service.

In 2004, JaWhan made the move to Kentwood and embarked on a career in the Avionics industry. Over the years, he gained valuable experience working for various firms before landing a position at GE Aerospace in 2011. It was there that he became actively involved in the Union, initially serving as the Election Committee Chair. JaWhan’s impressive dedication and ability to connect with his colleagues led to his election as Steward on two separate occasions. Currently, he is proudly serving his third term as President of UAW Local 330.

As Steward, JaWhan consistently demonstrated his commitment to enhancing employee morale and minimizing disruptions in the workplace by resolving disputes and fostering positive relationships among colleagues. During the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, he worked closely with management to prioritize the safety of the employees.

With extensive experience as a negotiator, JaWhan has achieved numerous victories at the bargaining table. His exceptional problem-solving skills and unwavering support for working-class families have established him as a tenacious advocate for those in need.

In his leisure time, JaWhan cherishes moments spent with his wife Kelly and their three children, Ella, Damyan, and Savannah.

Ariane Paviani

Mayor, Rochester Hills, MI

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Ariane is a dedicated advocate for the Rochester Hills community, driven by her passion for service. Growing up in the city and attending Rochester Community School, she developed a strong sense of commitment to making a difference. After gaining valuable experience at a local church, Ariane expanded her horizons by contributing to an organization combatting human trafficking on an international level.

Returning to Rochester Hills, Ariane was determined to use her service-oriented zeal to benefit the community she holds dear. Her leadership is grounded in three key priorities: fostering balanced future planning, ensuring effective governance, and safeguarding the city’s natural beauty and environment. She firmly believes that by advocating for responsible economic growth, promoting social initiatives, and preserving our invaluable natural resources, Rochester Hills can thrive in harmony with its surroundings.

With a focus on balanced future planning, Ariane aims to create a community that is sustainable and forward-thinking. By implementing initiatives that support responsible development and infrastructure, she envisions a Rochester Hills that meets the needs of its residents both now and in the future.

Ariane also recognizes the importance of good governance in maintaining a thriving community. She places emphasis on transparency, accountability, and integrity in all aspects of city administration, ensuring that the voices of residents are heard and valued.

Through her dedication and vision, Ariane strives to build a Rochester Hills that not only thrives economically but also remains a place where residents are proud to call home. By combining her local knowledge with her global perspective, she is able to bring a unique and valuable perspective to the table.

Trevor Rodgers

City Council, At-Large, Burton, MI

Primary Date: Aug 8, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Motivated by his belief that the government should serve the people, Trevor has taken a bold step by running for Burton City Council to offer honest and transparent leadership to the citizens.

Trevor’s priorities revolve around crucial issues such as access to clean drinking water, investment in good-paying jobs, and increasing the housing supply. With his background as a former public sector employee, he is acutely aware of the challenges faced by city employees. One of Trevor’s key objectives is to raise the retention rate for these employees. By doing so, he aims to reduce the unnecessary expenditure of public funds on repetitive trainings. This will not only promote efficiency but also foster a sense of stability and growth within the workforce.

Moreover, Trevor is steadfast in his commitment to providing the best possible services to the citizens. He firmly believes that public funds should be utilized wisely and transparently to nurture opportunities for new residents and businesses, thus expanding the tax base. By promoting economic growth and attracting new investments, Trevor aims to create a vibrant community with a strong foundation for a prosperous future.

With his genuine passion for serving the community, Trevor is a candidate who is determined to bring meaningful change to the citizens of Burton. Through his advocacy for essential public services, financial responsibility, and sustainable growth, he is dedicated to leading the city towards a better tomorrow.

Trevor, along with his wife Katie, takes great pride in being devoted parents to their son and value the opportunities they have been able to provide for him, thanks to their careers in the UAW (United Auto Workers) and MEA (Michigan Education Association).

Conner Wood

City Council, Ward 4, Jackson, MI

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Conner is a dedicated advocate who is running for Jackson City Council in Ward 4. As a young homeowner, husband, and father, Conner has a personal stake in the future of his community, which is why he is committed to making a positive impact over the next 50 years.

With a strong focus on long-term planning, Conner’s primary goals involve tackling critical issues that affect the city of Jackson. This includes prioritizing the repair and maintenance of Jackson’s roads and water systems. Additionally, Conner aims to enhance housing affordability, prepare for the impacts of climate change, advocate for best-value purchasing policies, and safeguard and expand civil rights and voting rights for all residents of Jackson.

Having started his career by working to elect progressive candidates, Conner brings a wealth of experience to the table. For the past five years, he has been actively involved in the labor movement, currently serving as a dedicated member of the Michigan AFL-CIO. Furthermore, Conner holds important leadership roles within the community, including the Chair of the Jackson Planning Commission, Secretary of the United Way Board of Directors, and memberships in noteworthy organizations such as the local NAACP, the Environmental Commission, and People for the Parks & Trails of Jackson.

Conner’s commitment to making Jackson an inclusive and progressive city can also be seen in his efforts to pass important initiatives, such as the successful passage of the Non-Discrimination Ordinance in 2017. This groundbreaking legislation extended vital civil rights protections to the LGBTQ+ community, marking a significant step forward for equality in Jackson. Additionally, Conner served as the Chair of the Jackson County Democratic Party for four years, showcasing his dedication to public service and community building. He has also served on the Jackson Charter Review Committee and the Electoral College, further highlighting his passion for civic engagement and creating positive change.

With Conner’s extensive experience, unwavering commitment, and forward-thinking approach, Jackson City Council Ward 4 can expect inclusive and effective leadership for a brighter future.


Ashlie Castaldo

City Council, At-Large, Duluth MN

Primary Date: Aug 8, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Ashlie, an autistic disability advocate, freelance contractor, and digital marketing director, is a dedicated candidate for Duluth City Councilor At-Large. With a strong belief in the importance of government serving the needs of its citizens, she is committed to ensuring equitable access to services and safety for all.

As a lifelong resident of Duluth, Ashlie understands the unique challenges and opportunities facing her community. Housing, increasing wages, and investing in families are at the forefront of her campaign. Recognizing the importance of affordable housing, she advocates for incorporating rental rights in municipal development agreements, ensuring that residents have fair and sustainable housing options.

In addition, Ashlie is a forward thinker who is not afraid to address emerging issues. With the impending cannabis legalization, she believes in the importance of taking a proactive approach and formulating responsible policies. By working towards a comprehensive plan, she aims to ensure that the community is well-prepared to navigate the changes that will come with legalization.

Ashlie’s deep commitment to her hometown is evident in her unwavering dedication to its future. Through her advocacy work and community involvement, she has demonstrated a passion for making Duluth a better place for all its residents. As a City Councilor, she will bring her unique perspective and drive to effect positive change.

Ashlie is a candidate who values inclusivity, fairness, and progress. With her experience and dedication, she is well-prepared to represent the interests of the community and contribute to the continued growth and development of Duluth.

Carlo Franco

Board of Education, At-Large Saint Paul, MN

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Carlo is a passionate and driven individual who is deeply rooted in his community as a fourth-generation West Sider, Chicano, youth worker, and change-maker. With a desire to make a positive impact, he is currently running for the Saint Paul School Board.

Having graduated from Humboldt High School, Carlo’s academic achievements speak for themselves. In 2013, he was honored as the valedictorian of his graduating class, showcasing his dedication and commitment to education. As a first-generation college graduate, he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Child Psychology and Leadership from the prestigious University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Carlo’s leadership qualities have been evident in his work with the City of Saint Paul. He has played a pivotal role in empowering the youth and teens in the community through his involvement in various initiatives, such as community centers, youth leadership programs, recreational activities, youth employment programs, and public schools. His dedication to building connections has allowed him to touch the lives of individuals in every neighborhood in the city.

Currently, Carlo holds the position of Youth Engagement & Training Manager for the City of Saint Paul, where he continues to work towards creating opportunities for young individuals. He also serves as the President of the West Side Boosters Youth Sports Organization and sits on the Board of Directors for Neighborhood House. Moreover, he has been appointed as the Chair of the Movimiento (Latino) DFL Caucus and as a Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity commissioner for the City of Saint Paul.

Carlo’s experience, academic background, and extensive community involvement make him a strong candidate for the Saint Paul School Board. His passion for ensuring every student receives a quality education, coupled with his commitment to empowering youth, positions him as a true advocate for the community.

Jenna Yeakle

City Council, At-Large, Duluth, MN

Primary Date: Aug 8, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Jenna is a dedicated community organizer with a passion for environmental advocacy. Born and raised in Duluth, Jenna understands the unique challenges and opportunities that the city presents. Currently residing in the Denfeld neighborhood with her partner Chris, their dog, and a lively flock of backyard chickens, Jenna is deeply rooted in her local community.

Motivated by her personal experiences, Jenna is running for Duluth City Council At-Large with a genuine desire to make a positive impact. Having personally navigated the intricacies of social assistance programs, challenged predatory landlords through a class action lawsuit, and tackled the daily hurdles of balancing multiple low-wage jobs without a car, Jenna possesses a comprehensive understanding of the issues facing Duluthians.

Jenna’s own transformative experience with organized labor has empowered her to advocate for the rights and well-being of others. Her union job has provided her with a valuable financial safety net, paid sick time, and access to essential mental healthcare. It was through this stability that she proudly achieved her dream of becoming a first-time homeowner.

If elected, Jenna aims to tackle three key issues that she believes are crucial for the development and prosperity of Duluth. First and foremost, she is committed to building thriving neighborhoods that foster a sense of community and well-being. Additionally, Jenna recognizes the urgent need to increase affordable housing options across all income levels, ensuring that everyone has a safe and stable place to call home. Lastly, she is passionate about investing in transportation alternatives that prioritize the needs of the people, promoting sustainable and accessible mobility solutions.

With her deep local roots, personal experiences, and commitment to social and environmental justice, Jenna is a strong candidate who is ready to serve the people of Duluth as a City Councilor At-Large.


Justis Gibbs

State House, District 72, MS

Primary Date: Aug 8, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Justis is a licensed attorney, a proud member of the Democratic Party, and a passionate advocate for the inclusion of young people in Mississippi’s governmental system. With a focus on fully funding public education, restoring voting rights, and ensuring equitable distribution of state funding to legislative districts in need, Justis is dedicated to championing these important causes as State Representative for Mississippi House District 72.

From an early age, Justis has been committed to public service. Serving as president of local organizations, Justis helped establish the first library nook in the Henley-Young-Patton Juvenile Detention Center. In addition, Justis has worked as a student Attorney for the George C. Cochran Innocence Project, a crucial initiative that seeks to overturn wrongful convictions within the state.

Justis’s passion and dedication to his community extend beyond legal work. As a participant in the 2023 Leadership Greater Jackson cohort, Justis is actively engaged in the growth and development of Jackson, Mississippi.

Throughout his career, Justis has demonstrated a deep understanding of the importance of effective leadership and excellent constituent service. If elected as State Representative, he will strive to maintain strong working relationships within the Mississippi Capitol to effectively represent his constituents.

With his impressive legal background and genuine commitment to public service, Justis is well-positioned to make a positive and lasting impact as State Representative for Mississippi House District 72.


Nathan Dugan

City Council, At-Large, Whitefish, MT

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Nathan is a dedicated physical therapist with a passion for advocating for housing issues. Currently serving on the City of Whitefish’s Climate Action Plan Committee, he brings his expertise and knowledge to the table to make a positive impact on the community. Nathan earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Ohio State University and went on to obtain a doctorate in physical therapy from Columbia University. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Montana, further enhancing his skill set and expertise.

In addition to his work in the healthcare field, Nathan is also a co-founder and the president of Shelter WF, a highly regarded pro-housing advocacy organization. Through his leadership and efforts, Shelter WF has successfully lobbied for more housing options and increased affordability in Whitefish. During the 2023 Montana state legislative session, Nathan played a key role in advocating for housing issues, making a lasting impact on the community.

Driven by his desire to address pressing challenges, Nathan is now running for the Whitefish City Council. With innovative solutions at the forefront, he aims to tackle critical issues such as the lack of affordable housing, escalating traffic congestion, and the various threats posed by climate change. Nathan firmly believes that the city has the capacity to act swiftly in addressing these concerns while investing in effective, sustainable solutions. By prioritizing the financial investment and actionable measures, he strives to alleviate the rent burden on local workers and ensure that everyone can enjoy life in Whitefish without compromising their financial well-being.

With his dedication, expertise, and passion for making a positive impact on the community, Nathan is well-equipped to tackle the challenges ahead and create a brighter future for Whitefish.


Bryce Kaw-uh

Alderman, Ward 1, Manchester, NH

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

Bryce Kaw-uh (pronounced ‘cow-woo’) is a dedicated advocate for urban planning and community development with a strong background in technical expertise. With a passion for improving the city’s transportation infrastructure, addressing the housing crisis, and tackling mental health and energy challenges, he is committed to making a positive impact in Manchester.

Currently, Bryce works as a software engineer, utilizing his technical skills to tackle complex problems in his day job. However, his dedication to public service extends beyond his professional endeavors. In his spare time, he serves as the Chair of the Manchester Planning Board, where he actively contributes to shaping the city’s future.

Bryce’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and International & Global Studies, as well as a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering, both achieved at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). These diverse academic pursuits have equipped him with a unique perspective on the complex issues that face modern cities.

Bryce resides in Ward 1 of Manchester alongside his partner of nine years, who was born and raised in the city, and their beloved golden retriever. This personal connection to the community adds depth to Bryce’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life for Manchester residents.

With his expertise in urban planning, technical proficiency, and passion for community development, Bryce Kaw-uh is a driving force behind the initiatives aimed at creating a vibrant and sustainable future for Manchester. Through his leadership and dedication, he is actively working towards making Manchester a better place for everyone.

Robbie Warach

City Council, Ward 2, Dover, NH

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Robbie Warach (formerly Hinkel) is an IT professional who brings his passion for defending democracy and upholding the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice to his role as City Council representative for Ward 2 in Dover, New Hampshire. With an unwavering commitment to public service, Robbie is seeking re-election for a second term.

Throughout his tenure on the Council, Robbie has been a staunch advocate for public education funding, recognizing the importance of providing quality education to the city’s youth. He has actively worked towards creating an inclusive city that embraces all residents, ensuring that voices from all backgrounds are heard and represented.

Robbie’s dedication to fighting hatred and promoting equal rights is evident in his work. He successfully passed a resolution denouncing hatred and antisemitism, taking a stand against extremist groups that targeted local minority-owned businesses. Additionally, he co-sponsored a resolution to uphold the First Amendment, firmly opposing any attempts to ban books for partisan, political, or ideological reasons. This demonstration of support for LGBTQ+ and racial themes in literature is a testament to his commitment to inclusion.

In recognition of the growing need for attainable housing, Robbie has advocated for increased housing stock in the city. He understands the importance of creating affordable options for all residents, ensuring that Dover remains an accessible and desirable place to live. Furthermore, he has championed policies that promote the city’s resiliency, actively supporting the implementation of Community Power and increasing renewable energy options.

Robbie’s passion for public service and his tireless efforts to create a more inclusive and sustainable city make him the ideal candidate for a second term on the City Council. With his wealth of experience and unwavering commitment to the community, Robbie looks forward to continuing his positive impact on Ward 2 and Dover as a whole.


Jared Behr

Supervisor, Town of Oyster Bay, NY

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Jared is a dedicated leader and advocate for the residents of the Town of Oyster Bay. Born and raised on Long Island, Jared has a deep understanding of the community’s needs and a strong commitment to improving the lives of its residents. As a former prosecutor and practicing trial attorney, Jared brings a wealth of knowledge in ethics and the law to his role as a candidate for Supervisor.

With a community-oriented approach, Jared aims to address the concerns and issues facing Oyster Bay residents. Having successfully managed his family’s small business following his father’s passing, Jared possesses the unique insight and experience necessary to steer the Town towards a bright future. His understanding of both legal matters and the challenges faced by local businesses makes him well-suited to lead a new generation of leadership in Oyster Bay.

Jared’s motivation to seek public office stems from his strong belief that the system of preferential treatment and access within Oyster Bay’s government must come to an end. Inspired by his late mother’s advocacy for women’s rights and his own passion for public service, Jared is a compassionate and competent candidate for Supervisor.

Driven by a desire to promote safety, well-being, and prosperity, Jared is dedicated to tackling the corruption scandals that have tarnished Oyster Bay’s reputation. With an unwavering commitment to protecting public funds and restoring trust in local government, Jared Behr aims to make a difference and build a better future for the Town of Oyster Bay.

Naveen Havannavar

Town Council, At-Large, Pittsford, NY

Primary Date: Jun 27, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Naveen is a highly experienced technology manager who is deeply connected to the Pittsford community. Alongside his wife and two children, he shares a strong dedication to the town’s vibrant culture and exceptional education system. With an impressive background of over 20 years leading diverse engineering teams at renowned companies, Naveen utilizes his expertise to make valuable contributions to the community he calls home.

Naveen’s commitment to societal growth is evident in his leadership roles. As Chairperson at the India Community Center and Councilmember of the recently established NY State’s Hate & Bias Prevention Unit, he actively works to address pertinent social issues. In recognition of his outstanding achievements, Naveen has been honored as a recipient of Rochester’s Forty Under 40 award.

Driven by a desire to improve the educational landscape, Naveen actively engages in his children’s schooling and as a graduate of Leadership Rochester, he is passionate about leveraging his skills for the betterment of Pittsford. His key areas of focus include enhancing technological infrastructure, promoting economic development, strengthening public safety measures, and advocating for environmental sustainability.

Beyond his professional and civic commitments, Naveen finds joy in pursuing other interests. He relishes the opportunity to engage his creative side through acting. Furthermore, he finds solace in piloting single-engine airplanes, giving him a unique outlet for relaxation and adventure.

In all aspects of his life, Naveen embodies the values of community involvement and service. Through his extensive experience and genuine passion, he remains dedicated to making meaningful contributions that positively impact the Pittsford community.

Kinya Middleton

City Council, District 2, Binghamton, NY

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Kinya is a dedicated resident of Binghamton with a deep passion for her community. Her decision to run for city council in the second district was fueled by the issues she has heard from residents and her own personal experiences. One of the key concerns raised by the community is the lack of affordable housing, which Kinya understands to be a pressing issue that needs to be addressed. She also recognizes the importance of providing more opportunities for the youth, as well as enhancing public safety and improving local infrastructure.

Binghamton, with its rich history and cultural diversity, holds great potential for growth and development. As a resident and a mother raising her children in this vibrant city, Kinya is fully aware of the challenges that Binghamton faces. Poverty, lack of affordable housing, limited opportunities for the youth, and inadequate public infrastructure are just a few of the significant issues that need attention.

Kinya’s involvement in various community organizations has provided her with valuable insight into these challenges. Previously, she served as the Vice Chair of the Binghamton Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC), where she gained firsthand experience in aiding the recommendation process for federal CDBG fund spending. In addition, she held the position of Co-President at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) and worked as the General Manager at the Greater Good Grocery Store, located in a food desert.

Through these experiences, Kinya has recognized the crucial role of City Council in ensuring equitable distribution of resources to tackle community struggles. By running for city council, she aims to utilize her knowledge and dedication to make a positive impact in addressing the challenges faced by Binghamton. Kinya firmly believes that with the right leadership and collaborative efforts, Binghamton can overcome these obstacles and thrive as a more inclusive and prosperous community for all its residents.

Olena Nicks

County Council, Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, NY

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Olena , a dedicated public servant with a wealth of experience, is seeking election in America’s largest township. With a career spanning various roles and titles, Olena brings a strong background in public service to the table. In addition, her financial analytic expertise in both the public and private sectors, overseeing budgets exceeding $70 million, sets her apart as a well-rounded candidate.

Olena’s academic journey includes earning her bachelor’s degree in business operations from CUNY Baruch and an MBA from American University. This educational foundation has equipped her with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the complex world of public administration.

As a candidate running for supervisor, Olena is committed to being a voice for families in the Hempstead Township. Her priorities revolve around unifying the community, empowering small businesses, promoting green initiatives to enhance quality of life, addressing water quality concerns, and ensuring the safety of all residents. Olena envisions a future where thriving communities within the town continue to flourish, while also bridging the gaps that exist in less fortunate areas.

With a firm belief in the power of collaboration, Olena is dedicated to working with constituents to bring about positive change. Through her leadership and an inclusive approach, she aims to create a more equitable and prosperous environment for all residents of the Hempstead Township.

Alyssa Porter

City Council, At-Large, Jamestown, NY

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Alyssa is a recreation professional with a diverse background in arts and STEM education, summer camps, and municipal recreation. With a strong passion for building thriving neighborhoods and creating strong communities, she is dedicated to advocating for all residents of Jamestown. Alyssa is currently running for a seat on the Jamestown City Council, at-large, driven by her belief in the future of Jamestown and the transformative power of public service.

Throughout her career, Alyssa has exhibited a long-standing commitment to public service. She currently serves as the Chairwoman for the Jamestown City Democratic Committee, demonstrating her leadership abilities and dedication to the community. In addition, Alyssa actively participates as a commissioner on the Jamestown Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Commission, contributing her expertise to enhance the city’s recreational facilities and programs.

As a Board Secretary for Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Alyssa plays a vital role in promoting the arts and fostering creativity within the community. She also serves as a board member for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County, where she actively contributes to the organization’s mission of providing educational resources and programs to improve the lives of community members.

Alyssa’s commitment to making a difference extends beyond her professional life. She volunteers as a co-leader for her child’s Girl Scout troop and is a dedicated lifetime member of the organization. Additionally, Alyssa is a valued member of the allocations committee for the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County.

With her diverse experiences and a track record of community engagement, Alyssa is well-prepared to make a significant impact on the Jamestown City Council. Through her unwavering dedication and commitment to public service, she is determined to create positive change and contribute to the continued growth and success of Jamestown.


Catherine Fray

Town Council, At-Large, Carrboro, NC

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Catherine is a dedicated individual with a deep knowledge and enthusiasm for land use issues. Having served on the Planning Board for a remarkable ten years, including two terms as chair, Catherine has established themselves as a seasoned expert in their field. Notably, they have also co-chaired a taskforce responsible for guiding the production of Carrboro’s new comprehensive plan, Carrboro Connects.

Driven by an unwavering commitment to secure safe and affordable housing for every individual in Carrboro, Catherine is currently pursuing election to the Town Council. Their goal is to ensure the seamless implementation of the comprehensive plan and to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all residents. Additionally, Catherine is a staunch advocate for addressing pressing concerns such as climate change and racial inequity.

With an abundant wealth of experience and an empathetic approach, Catherine is poised to make a substantial impact on Carrboro’s future. Their passion for promoting social equality and environmental sustainability is sure to generate positive change within the community.

Catherine lives in Carrboro with their wife Amy and a small army of foster cats.

Matt Hughes

Board of Commissioners, At-Large, Hillsborough, NC

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Matt is a dedicated advocate for progressive causes, having devoted over a decade of his career to making a positive impact on his community. His current role at Blueprint North Carolina, a non-profit network encompassing more than 50 organizations, allows him to contribute to training initiatives and facilitate resource sharing for civic engagement. By fostering a healthy democracy, Matt actively works towards empowering individuals to create meaningful change.

Originally from Orange County, Matt is now running for a second term to represent his hometown. With a deep-rooted belief in the strength of communities, he is committed to ensuring that Hillsborough thrives. To Matt, the well-being and prosperity of its people are of utmost importance. He recognizes that when individuals are healthier, better educated, and feel secure, the entire community flourishes.

Matt’s dedication to his constituents is evident in his daily efforts to fulfill the promises made by Hillsborough. He is particularly invested in uplifting the most vulnerable members of society, striving to bridge the social and economic disparities that exist. Through his relentless work, Matt aims to create a brighter future for all residents, regardless of their background or circumstances.

With his extensive experience in progressive advocacy and a sincere commitment to his community, Matt is well-positioned to continue making a meaningful impact as he seeks another term in office.


Shaun Strong

City Council, District 1, Toledo, OH

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Shaun is a dynamic community activist and leader running for Toledo City Council to represent the First District. With a strong commitment to public service, Shaun has made a significant impact in his community through various initiatives. For the past three years, he has played a pivotal role in his neighborhood as the leader of the block watch group. This grassroots effort has not only enhanced community safety but also forged stronger bonds among residents.

In addition to his community work, Shaun serves philanthropically as a valued member of the Board of Directors for the BeInstrumental Foundation. This remarkable organization seeks to revive creative arts in schools and provide music education and mentorship to children in underserved communities. Shaun’s dedication to empowering young individuals through the arts demonstrates his passion for fostering well-rounded education and personal growth.

Shaun’s enthusiasm for organizing and public service extends beyond his immediate community. As Treasurer of the Lucas County Young Dems, he contributes to energizing young people in politics and amplifying their voices. Previously, Shaun held roles as the Outreach Director of the Black Caucus for Young Democrats of America and Secretary to the Legislation Committee. Through his involvement in these organizations, Shaun actively promotes participation in democratic processes and advocates for equitable representation of diverse perspectives.

Inspired by Abraham Lincoln’s statement “government is of the people, by the people, and for the people” in the Gettysburg Address, Shaun embraces his role as a servant leader. He aspires to provide accessible and responsible leadership to the residents of District 1. Shaun’s campaign is rooted in his vision for a sustainable city that prioritizes the well-being of its current and future generations.

With his proven track record of community engagement and passion for creating positive change, Shaun’s candidacy for Toledo City Council offers a promising opportunity to elevate the voice of his constituents and build a vibrant and prosperous community.

Priya Tamilarasan

City Attorney, Gahanna, OH

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Priya is a dedicated and dynamic individual who is determined to make a positive impact in Gahanna as she runs for the position of City Attorney. With a clear vision for change, she aims to break barriers and create a more inclusive and effective administration. If elected, Priya will become the first woman, the first person of color, and the first Democrat to hold this office, which will bring a fresh and invaluable perspective to the role.

Having grown up as the child of immigrants, Priya understands the importance of fighting against systemic and historical barriers. She firmly believes that one’s background should never define their limits, fueling her passion to create an environment where everyone has equal opportunities. With over 12 years of experience as a practicing trial attorney, Priya has established herself as a strong and compassionate advocate, assisting individuals in overcoming adversity and finding hope during their most challenging times.

Priya’s commitment to serving the community extends beyond her legal profession. Recognizing the need for improved communication with residents, increased transparency, and the reform of the Mayor’s Court to ensure due process rights, she is dedicated to driving positive change in Gahanna. By fostering open lines of communication and implementing necessary reforms, Priya aims to establish a city administration that truly reflects the needs and values of its residents.

Passionate, determined, and driven, Priya is a strong candidate who will be an advocate for progress and equity in Gahanna. With her unique background and extensive legal expertise, she is poised to lead the way in building a more inclusive and prosperous community for all its residents.


Wes Anderson

Dallastown School Board Region 2

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

Wes, a dedicated advocate for educational inclusivity and quality, has made the bold decision to pursue a career in politics. Witnessing the recent turmoil and heated debates within local school boards, he became determined to take action against the growing trend of policies that curtailed the rights of marginalized students. Motivated by the imminent entry of his eldest child into public school within the district, Wes is committed to establishing an environment that embraces diversity, fostering an atmosphere of growth and success for all students.

Coming from a family deeply rooted in the world of education, Wes’s upbringing was framed by the values of knowledge and empowerment. Having attended the esteemed Dallastown Area School District himself, he now resides within the same community, alongside his wife and two children. As a testament to his dedication to the area, Wes has also established and managed his own successful small business. As a manufacturing manager, he provides employment opportunities for local residents, including current students from the district.

With his diverse professional experience and personal ties to education, Wes is uniquely qualified to tackle the important issues facing the school district. Bringing a fresh perspective and an unwavering commitment to creating an inclusive educational environment, he aims to bridge the gaps in understanding and promote positive change within the system.

Passionate and driven, Wes is determined to be the voice of the community, advocating for fair policies that promote a nurturing atmosphere for all students. By encouraging dialogue and collaboration, he seeks to foster a sense of belonging and ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Karenmay Marshall

Central Dauphin County School Board, Region 3

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

Karenmay is a seasoned professional in the insurance industry with over 15 years of experience. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Seton Hill University, she has a solid foundation in business and finance. While working diligently in her career, Karenmay has also been an active member of her community in West Hanover, where she resides with her husband and their two children who attend the Central Dauphin School District.

One of Karenmay’s passions lies in serving her community, and she has been involved in various capacities to make a positive impact. She believes that her unique perspective as a parent of current students, combined with her extensive experience as a business professional, will bring valuable insights to the board.

Throughout her career, Karenmay has excelled in conducting thorough reviews of accounts, ensuring organizations make strategic and fiscally responsible decisions. This expertise will be an asset as she aims to influence the district’s budget and promote the fiscal health of the Central Dauphin School District. She is committed to ensuring that public funds are spent wisely and efficiently, maximizing the resources available to provide a quality education to all students.

With a deep personal interest in preserving and improving the quality of the school system, Karenmay is dedicated to advocating for a safe and strong public education. Recognizing the significant impact that education has on the future generation and the economy as a whole, she understands the importance of equipping students with the necessary skills and knowledge to become future leaders and policymakers.

Karenmay Marshall is a driven, community-oriented individual who is passionate about making a difference in the Central Dauphin School District. With her strong background in business and her dedication to educational excellence, she is poised to contribute greatly to the board and ensure a bright future for all students.

Josh Maxwell

County Council, At-Large, Chester County, PA

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

Commissioner Maxwell embarked on a career in public service driven by a genuine desire to assist his fellow citizens. With a determination that belied his age, he made his mark by running for Mayor of Downingtown, his hometown, at 26 years old. Notably, his victory made him the youngest person ever elected to this prestigious office. In a further demonstration of his political acumen, Josh secured a historic win as part of the first-ever Democratic majority to capture the Chester County Board of Commissioners in 2020. The magnitude of this triumph left pundits across the nation awestruck.

Drawing on his upbringing in a blue-collar neighborhood, Commissioner Maxwell has always championed the cause of working families. During his time as Commissioner, he has prioritized critical initiatives such as the development of additional housing projects, promoting community development, and allocating greater resources to support survivors of domestic violence. Among his proudest achievements is the establishment of the Chester County Partnership to End Homelessness, a commendable effort that he spearheaded. Additionally, he has overseen the evaluation and judicious disbursement of approximately $102 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) by creating a citizen committee of dedicated volunteers.

Educated at West Chester University and the University of Pennsylvania, Commissioner Maxwell proudly serves as an Adjunct Professor at Lincoln University, an esteemed Historically Black College and University (HBCU). His role in academia allows him to share his wealth of knowledge and experience with the next generation of leaders. Josh continues to uphold his commitment to public service and remains steadfast in his efforts to improve the lives of those in his community.

William McCoy

City Council, District 2, 2–1, 2–2, 2–3, Norristown, PA

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

William is a passionate candidate running for 2nd District Council in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Born and raised in Norristown, he has deep roots in the community and a strong commitment to its growth and prosperity.

Education has always been a priority in William’s life. After attending local public schools, he went on to graduate from Ursinus College with a degree in psychology. His studies equipped him with a deep understanding of human behavior and provided a strong foundation for his career in education, youth development, and mental health advocacy.

William’s dedication to his community is evident in his extensive involvement. He has made a lasting impact through founding a mentorship program, which has positively influenced the lives of countless young individuals. Currently, he is also pursuing an Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology at Drexel University, further enhancing his expertise in this field.

If elected as councilman, William will bring his extensive experience and drive to the table. His top priorities will include increasing youth outcomes, fostering economic development, and improving the overall safety and infrastructure of neighborhoods through collaborative efforts with the community. With a keen understanding of the unique needs of the district and a genuine desire to make a difference, William is determined to be a strong advocate for the people he represents.

William’s unwavering commitment to the betterment of Norristown and his passion for education, youth development, and mental health advocacy make him an exceptional candidate for 2nd District Council. With his leadership, the district has the potential to thrive and flourish, providing its residents with a safe, prosperous, and inclusive community.

Joseph Piccione

Boyertown Area School Board Region 2

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

Joe has over 17 years of experience working as a dedicated teacher and youth sports coach. He is passionate about ensuring that every child in our district receives a high-quality education, which is why he is excited to contribute his skills and expertise to make education the top priority for our children.

As a parent himself, Joe understands the importance of partnering with families and the community to create a supportive and innovative learning environment. He firmly believes that by working together, we can fulfill the mission of the Boyertown Area School District, which is to cultivate an exceptional learning community that enables all students to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

One of Joe’s main objectives is to prioritize long-term financial planning. He recognizes that in the past, the board has focused on short-term savings at the expense of necessary investments for the future. Joe is committed to changing this approach and implementing a comprehensive financial plan that ensures the district’s resources are allocated effectively and responsibly.

Transparency is also a key value for Joe. He believes that open communication and engagement with stakeholders is crucial to gaining their trust and support. By increasing transparency and actively seeking input from parents, students, and community members, Joe aims to create a board that listens and takes their concerns into account.

With his strong belief in the power of public education, Joe is determined to fulfill his commitments to our district. He possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience that will enable him to effectively navigate the challenges and opportunities that arise in education. Through his hard work and dedication, Joe aims to create a thriving educational community that benefits both our children and our broader community.

Amy Sarno

Allegheny Valley School Board

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Amy is a dedicated educator and passionate advocate for gun violence prevention. In 2022, she was appointed to an open seat on her local school board, which happens to be her alma mater. Now, Amy is running to continue her impactful work for a 4-year term.

During the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic, Amy attended several virtual board meetings and fearlessly spoke out in support of the school district’s health and safety plan. It was during this period that she realized her deep desire to become more involved and contribute her valuable experience and background to the district. Amy’s active involvement with the elementary school’s PTA, where she serves as an integral member, is a testament to her commitment to education. Together with her husband, she also volunteers in their son’s classroom for various events and holiday parties. On top of these contributions, Amy initiated a committee to spearhead the construction of a playground at the elementary school — a project that is now nearing completion.

As a school director, Amy’s primary objectives are focused on improving the outdoor spaces at both school buildings, ensuring the selection of comprehensive curriculum materials, and advocating for research-based, trauma-informed school safety policies and practices. She firmly believes that creating wholesome, engaging environments for students is instrumental in fostering their holistic development and maximizing their potential. Furthermore, Amy recognizes the crucial role that well-designed curricula and evidence-based safety measures play in providing a safe and nurturing educational experience for all students.

Amy’s unwavering dedication to education, coupled with her genuine concern for student welfare and safety, make her an exceptional candidate for school director. Through her leadership, she aims to bring about positive changes that will benefit not only the current generation of students, but also those to come.

Samantha Slaff

City Council, At-Large, Horsham Township, PA

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

Sam is a dedicated individual who is passionate about making a positive impact in her community. Hailing originally from New Jersey, Sam made the conscious decision to relocate to Horsham Township after completing her graduate studies in Philadelphia, PA. With a keen affection for dogs, Sam has spent several years volunteering with various dog rescue organizations.

In addition to her love for our furry friends, Sam is an ardent fitness enthusiast who has actively participated in Crossfit Generation in Horsham for over a decade. This commitment to staying fit extends to her personal life, where she consistently incorporates healthy habits and routines.

Being a mother to an eight-year-old son who attends Hatboro-Horsham public school, Sam understands the importance of providing a vibrant and nurturing environment for children to thrive. She has always been an advocate for family-friendly initiatives and has enjoyed exploring and partaking in the numerous parks and activities offered by Horsham Township.

Now, Sam aspires to expand her involvement and represent the residents of Horsham Township as a leader in the Horsham Township Council. Equipped with her experience and passion, she aims to ensure fair representation for all residents, maintain and enhance the township's parks and public works, and cultivate a community that attracts and retains its residents.

With her unwavering dedication and commitment to the betterment of Horsham Township, Sam is poised to be the reliable and trustworthy leader that the community can count on.

Kelly Stevens

Upper Providence Township Supervisor

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

Dr. Kelly Stevens, Ph.D., is a highly accomplished scientific expert in the biotech industry. With a career dedicated to advancing medicine and improving patient outcomes, Kelly brings extensive knowledge and experience as both a federal public health worker and a doctorate-level research scientist.

Throughout her professional journey, Kelly has been actively involved in various national scientific organizations, where she has made significant contributions to the field. However, her commitment to making a difference extends beyond the realm of science. In every community she has resided in, Kelly has dedicated her time to serving others and volunteering with multiple organizations in the Northeast region. This commitment is reflected in her current roles, where she serves on the Upper Providence Township Municipal Authority Board and holds a position as an elected member of the Montgomery County Democratic Committee.

Kelly firmly believes in the power of local-level engagement as a catalyst for real change. She understands that progress starts within our communities, and she is passionate about using her expertise and volunteer experience to promote policy changes at the local level. As a mother, she also sees this as an opportunity to be a role model for her daughter, instilling in her the values of community service and the importance of giving back.

While Kelly embraces bold initiatives, she also recognizes the importance of practicality and efficient execution. Her current focus areas include advocating for environmental sustainability, improving infrastructure, fostering transparency, and fostering unity within the community. By prioritizing these key areas, Kelly is determined to make a positive impact and create a lasting legacy within her community.

Emma Yourd

City of Pittsburgh - School Board District 6

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

Emma has dedicated her career to working with underresourced communities, focusing on addressing systemic issues. With a passion for providing an equitable education across the district, she is running for Pittsburgh Public Schools’ District 6 Director seat. Emma aims to collaborate with school administration and teachers to tackle faculty and staff burnout, while also actively engaging parents and students in addressing school safety and mental health concerns. She firmly believes that by fostering strong partnerships within the educational community, Pittsburgh can deliver an enhanced and more fulfilling educational experience for its students.

In her current role, Emma serves as a leader in education and workforce partnerships, with a specific focus on exposing young individuals to diverse pathways leading to careers in robotics. As a school board director, Emma intends to expand Pittsburgh's existing career technical education programs, empowering students to pursue a wide array of postsecondary options, regardless of whether it involves an apprenticeship, community college, or a four-year institution.

As a member of the school board, Emma seeks to collaborate with a diverse coalition of stakeholders, working collectively to build upon previous successes while making the challenging decisions necessary to uphold the integrity of Pittsburgh Public Schools for years to come. By bringing together different perspectives and experiences, Emma aims to ensure the continued growth and development of the district, serving the best interests of its students, families, and the community at large.

Robert Zeigler

Recorder of Deeds, Centre County, PA

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

Robert, a native of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, was raised in a family that owned a small engine repair business. Growing up, he learned the importance of hard work and the value of community involvement. After completing his studies in political science and history at Penn State Mont Alto, Robert decided to pursue his passion for public service.

In 2005, he graduated from Penn State University, and later obtained a master’s degree in business and public administration in 2009. Equipped with a strong educational background, Robert was determined to create positive change in his local community, particularly for the sake of his own children.

Recognizing the pressing issues that were overlooked in his district, such as racial discrimination in schools and the inadequate access to broadband internet in rural areas, Robert took matters into his own hands. In pursuit of his goal to address these concerns, he successfully won a seat on Millheim Borough Council.

Since assuming his position, Robert has been a passionate advocate for the community, championing important causes such as supporting pro-LGBTQ+ legislation, combatting corruption through his anti-corruption resolution, and paving the way for affordable high-speed internet access for his constituents.

Furthermore, Robert is dedicated to revitalizing small businesses and fostering job growth, with the ultimate aim of lifting the local economy. He firmly believes that by addressing these pressing issues and fostering an environment that supports economic development, his community can thrive.

With his unwavering commitment to public service and his desire to make a difference, Robert continues to work tirelessly to improve the lives of those living in his district. He embodies the principles of hard work, dedication, and community involvement, and his efforts are truly making a positive impact on his community.

Chris de Barrena-Sarobe

District Attorney, Chester County, PA

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

Chris is a seasoned career prosecutor who possesses a strong commitment to safeguarding the community. With a noteworthy track record, Chris commenced his prosecutorial journey at the Chester County District Attorney's Office back in 2009. However, in 2015, he ventured into federal prosecution and assumed a role as a federal prosecutor in Delaware. During his tenure, he diligently investigated and prosecuted various criminal cases, including social security fraud, high-level drug trafficking, kidnapping, and other violent offenses. Chris's outstanding performance did not go unnoticed, as Assistant United States Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. personally selected him and his team to receive the prestigious 2022 Distinguished Service Award. This accolade serves as a testament to their exemplary work on a significant cartel-related kidnapping case.

Now, Chris is poised to utilize his extensive experience as District Attorney and handle cases with integrity, while prioritizing fairness and thoughtfulness. In collaboration with law enforcement agencies, Chris intends to bolster efforts to safeguard our children and curtail gun trafficking and violence. Recognizing that the role of a District Attorney extends beyond the courtroom, Chris is also committed to strengthening the bond between the community and local police departments. By introducing and enhancing community programs, Chris aims to foster a harmonious relationship that promotes safety and trust.

A graduate of Temple Law, Chris resides in Willistown, PA, together with his wife and two daughters. With his deep-rooted connection to the community and his unwavering dedication to justice, Chris is determined to ensure that Chester County, PA, remains an environment where individuals, families, and businesses can thrive.


Aftyn Behn

State House, District 51, TN

Primary Date: Aug 3, 2023; General Date: Sep 14, 2023

Aftyn is a licensed social worker with a lifelong commitment to advocating for Tennessee families. Throughout her career, she has been at the forefront of driving policies that promote the well-being of working families across the state. With her extensive experience, Aftyn is poised to take on the role of Tennessee State Representative.

A champion of social causes, Aftyn has tirelessly campaigned to raise awareness on the impact of healthcare policies under the Trump administration. She has traveled extensively across the state, engaging communities and shedding light on the challenges faced by Tennessee residents. Moreover, Aftyn's dedication to supporting victims of sexual assault was evident through her participation in the Expel David Byrd campaign, where she fearlessly fought for justice at the legislature.

Aftyn's advocacy work has proven to be impactful, as she has played a significant role in challenging extreme politicians by orchestrating relentless pressure campaigns resulting in resignations and retirements. Her efforts have also extended into the realm of elections, where she has successfully mobilized support for Democrats at all levels of government. Her ultimate goal is to create a Tennessee For All, where every resident can thrive.

Drawing on her experiences as the Campaign Director at and her work as an organizer with Indivisible, Aftyn has honed her skills in strategic planning and coalition-building. She understands the importance of mobilizing neighborhoods within her district and forging multi-racial coalitions in order to challenge the status quo and combat extremism. A true advocate for change, Aftyn is proud to stand alongside the #TennesseeThree in their fight for a better future.

With her unwavering determination and deep understanding of the issues facing Tennesseans, Aftyn is prepared to become a formidable force as a Tennessee State Representative.

Terry Vo

Metro Council, District 17, Nashville, TN

Election Date: Aug 3, 2023

Terry is a dynamic leader who embodies the spirit of a first-generation Vietnamese-American and the daughter of hardworking immigrants. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a commitment to serving others through her roles as a neighborhood leader, non-profit founder, and government and community affairs consultant. Born and raised in Arkansas, Terry's education in the Fort Smith Public Schools instilled in her a deep sense of community and the value of public service.

Terry's global career began in Japan, where she worked for the Japanese government before moving to Nashville to work for the Consulate-General of Japan. Seeking further opportunities abroad, she ventured to Australia, where she gained valuable experience in community affairs consulting. However, her passion for public service led her back to Nashville, where she immersed herself in politics and telecommunications.

What sets Terry apart is her unwavering commitment to public service and community building. She firmly believes in prioritizing the voices of the people, ensuring that their concerns and aspirations are heard and addressed. With a strong record of public service, advocacy, and dedication, Terry is prepared to fight for the interests of the residents of District 17.

Outside of her professional life, Terry enjoys pursuing her hobbies. She is an avid gardener and takes pride in her role as a co-founder of a book club. Above all, she is a proud Chestnut Hill resident in Nashville, cherishing the community that has become her home.

With Terry's vast experience, dedication to serving others, and passion for community building, she is well-equipped to make a positive impact as a leader in District 17.


Chris Hollins

Controller, Houston, TX

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

With a passion for Houston and a deep understanding of the challenges the city faces, Chris is committed to finding effective solutions that benefit the entire community. As an experienced County Clerk who fought for innovative voting methods, including drive-thru and 24-hour voting, Chris has proven his dedication to protecting the rights of all citizens and ensuring their voices are heard.

Now, as City Controller, Chris aims to lay down a foundation of transparency and accountability. Drawing on data-driven insights and best practices from around the country, he seeks to address the rising cost of living and the budget gap, all while increasing investment in critical city services. By safeguarding tax dollars and combating waste, fraud, and abuse, Chris strives to maximize the impact of every dollar invested in the city's development.

Chris' vision for Houston extends beyond fiscal responsibility. He is determined to make the city the safest major city in America, building a strong and vibrant local economy that provides limitless possibilities for children and families. By prioritizing safety and creating an environment conducive to economic growth, Chris seeks to ensure that Houston remains a welcoming and prosperous community for all.

Driven by a firm belief in the power of collaboration and proactive problem-solving, Chris is ready to tackle the complex issues facing Houston head-on. Through his determined leadership and commitment to the community, he envisions a future where Houston thrives, and its residents can confidently pursue their dreams.

Leah Wolfthal

City Council, At-Large 1, Houston, TX

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Leah is a dedicated nonprofit leader who is running for Houston City Council At Large 1. Raised by two teachers, Leah was instilled with a strong sense of service from a young age. With years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Leah has successfully brought people together across diverse backgrounds to develop and implement solutions that enhance communities.

As the former Executive Director of the Center for Urban Transformation in Houston's Fifth Ward, Leah spearheaded groundbreaking initiatives by cultivating partnerships and advocating for funding. One notable achievement was the establishment of an outreach program, which connected unemployed and underemployed community members with lucrative job opportunities on a local development project. Prior to this role, Leah contributed her expertise to renowned nonprofits including Feeding Texas and Communities in Schools, as well as the University of Houston.

If elected to Houston City Council, Leah's primary goal will be to foster collaboration among stakeholders who may hold differing perspectives. By bridging divisions and forging consensus, she plans to tackle critical issues that the city faces, such as the hefty annual budget deficit, corruption, and aging infrastructure.

Leah is a proud graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and has furthered her education by obtaining a Master's Degree from the University of Houston, along with certification in mediation. Her formidable educational background, coupled with her extensive work experience, equips her with the skills necessary to confront the challenges Houston encounters.

Leah's unwavering commitment to public service, coupled with her proven ability to drive positive change in communities, positions her as a formidable candidate for Houston City Council At Large 1.


Taylor Knuth

Mayor, Ogden, UT

Primary Date: Aug 15, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Taylor is a driven individual who has overcome various obstacles to achieve success in his professional endeavors. Raised by a hardworking single mother, he learned the value of determination and perseverance from a young age. At just 12 years old, Taylor started his first job as a paper boy for the Standard-Examiner. This early experience in the workforce instilled in him a strong work ethic that would shape his future.

Throughout his adolescence, Taylor continued to work, taking on a position as a dishwasher at IHOP when he was only 14, and continued working even as he pursued his education at Weber State University, where he completed his undergraduate degree in just three years.

After earning his degree, Taylor embarked on a rewarding career path. He began his professional journey at the United Way of Northern Utah, where he served as the Community Services and Engagement Director, making a positive impact on the lives of many. He then shifted his focus to fundraising for Onstage Ogden, Ogden's oldest arts nonprofit organization.

Returning to his alma mater, Weber State University, Taylor held a position in development, where his efforts led to the acquisition of millions of dollars in funding for various charitable causes, student scholarships, and community initiatives. Eager to further expand his knowledge and expertise, Taylor also obtained a Master of Arts Administration degree from Southern Utah University and pursued a doctoral degree in Education, Culture, and Society at the University of Utah.

Currently, Taylor holds the position of Deputy Director in the Department of Economic Development for Salt Lake City, where he plays a significant role in driving economic growth and opportunity for the city. Outside of work, Taylor lives with his husband Sean and their rescue pets: George, Ted, and Tina.


Erin Barr

Commonwealths Attorney, Chesterfield County, VA

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Erin is an accomplished career prosecutor with extensive experience serving the Chesterfield community. For over a decade, she has worked diligently as both an Assistant and Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney, consistently delivering justice to the residents of Chesterfield.

With a strong focus on cases related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse, Erin's work has earned her widespread recognition and respect. She has been honored by esteemed organizations such as the Chesterfield County Police Department, Virginia Association of Commonwealth's Attorneys, Virginia Attorney General's Office, and the Chesterfield Domestic Violence Task Force for her exceptional dedication to supporting and advocating for victims.

Erin firmly believes in the effective and skilled prosecution of violent crimes, advocating for the incarceration of individuals who perpetrate such offenses. However, she also recognizes the importance of community safety through the rehabilitation and support of non-violent offenders struggling with mental health issues and substance use disorders.

Notably, Erin supports the responsible ownership of firearms by law-abiding citizens. Nevertheless, she is a vocal advocate for implementing common sense gun reforms that prevent individuals who pose a danger to the community from accessing firearms.

Drawing from her extensive experience as a prosecutor, Erin understands that politics should never interfere with the pursuit of justice. Her unwavering commitment lies in ensuring the protection of both victims and defendants' rights, while prioritizing outcomes that safeguard public safety.

With Erin's profound dedication and unwavering sense of justice, the residents of Chesterfield can trust that their community is in capable hands.

Michael Feggans

State House, District 97, VA

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Michael is a proud native of the West Kempsville area in Virginia Beach. He was raised in the Virginia Beach Public School system and graduated from Tallwood High School. At the young age of 17, Michael enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, driven by his desire to become an innovative leader. Growing up, Michael was raised by his hardworking mother, who dedicated over 30 years to teaching in public schools, and his father, who served as a firefighter at Norfolk International Airport and retired as a Captain.

Education has always been a priority for Michael, and he has pursued a diverse range of academic achievements. As an alumnus of Park University, VA Tech, Norfolk State, and UVA, he understands the value and significance of both traditional and nontraditional education. After dedicating 20 years to the Air Force, Michael embarked on multiple overseas missions, including an 8-month deployment to the Republic of Kyrgyzstan for Operation Enduring Freedom, providing support to missions in Afghanistan. It was during this time that Michael realized his strong connection to his hometown and made the decision to retire from the military and embark on a new journey as a cybersecurity entrepreneur in Virginia Beach.

With the establishment of the new 97th House District, Michael is compelled to step forward once again to serve his community and offer a fresh perspective. He is passionate about providing a voice that represents the interests and concerns of his fellow community members. Michael's unwavering commitment to his hometown and his extensive military and educational background make him a valuable candidate for public service in Virginia Beach.

Madison Irving

Board of Education, Three Chopt, Henrico County, VA

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Madison is a dedicated high school teacher, loving husband, and proud father. Currently, he is striving to make a difference in education by running for the Three Chopt seat of the Henrico County School Board. Madison's passion for teaching was deeply rooted in his upbringing, as both his mother and father devoted their careers to education. With a combined experience of over 50 years, his parents' dedication inspired Madison to pursue a career in this field.

Although Madison initially explored a career in financial planning, he soon realized that his true calling was in education. Motivated by his desire to positively impact students' lives, he made the decision to go back to school and pursue a Master's in Education from his alma mater, Virginia Tech.

Having taught at Varina High School and Hermitage High School, Madison now finds himself at James River High School. This extensive experience as an educator has given him valuable insights into the challenges faced by both students and teachers in the classroom.

Madison believes that his on-the-ground experience, coupled with his role as a parent, uniquely positions him to contribute to the overall policy-making process for Henrico Public Schools. His top priority is to prioritize the needs of students and teachers alike. Madison firmly believes that a thriving education system requires a harmonious partnership between these two critical elements.

Recognizing the ongoing struggle to elevate the status of public education nationally, Madison aims to make a difference locally. He is committed to ensuring that Henrico Public Schools continue moving forward in a positive direction. Madison believes in empowering teachers and staff, allowing them to provide students with the best possible education. For him, the success of students is intrinsically tied to the well-being and support of their educators.

With Madison Irving's unwavering determination, he strives to contribute to the improvement and elevation of Henrico Public Schools. By supporting teachers and staff, he aims to secure a prosperous future for the students within the district.

Travis Nembhard

State House, District 22, VA

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

Travis, a seasoned attorney, former financial regulator, and administrative law judge, is driven by his dedication to building a thriving community for his family. As he embarks on his campaign for VA House of Delegates District 22, Travis sets his sights on addressing critical matters affecting working families, with a particular emphasis on universal childcare and paid family leave.

With an unwavering commitment to social justice and equality, Travis aims to confront and rectify disparities while fostering transparency and accessibility across the board for all Virginians. Drawing from his extensive legal background, he believes in the power of bipartisanship and employs a measured approach to effectively tackle the unique challenges faced by each community.

An advocate for empowering communities and working families, Travis firmly believes that a strong economy resonates from a foundation of support and upliftment. By actively engaging with his constituents and understanding their concerns, Travis strives to forge an environment where individuals and families can flourish and unlock their full potential.

With comprehensive experience in both the legal and regulatory realms, Travis possesses a keen eye for detail and a profound understanding of the intricate workings of public policy. This expertise allows him to navigate complex issues and devise practical solutions that will drive progress and meaningful change in his district.

Travis' quest to represent VA House of Delegates District 22 is fueled by an unwavering determination to shape a brighter future for all. Through his tireless efforts and dedication to the community, he champions the cause of working families and endeavors to create an inclusive and prosperous environment for every Virginian.


Andrew Ashiofu

City Council, District 3, Seattle, WA

Primary Date: Aug 1, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Andrew is a dedicated candidate running for Seattle City Council, driven by his passion for improving the material conditions of the residents in District 3 and ensuring a safe and inclusive environment for all. As a first-generation immigrant from Nigeria, Andrew has overcome adversity and discrimination to reach his current position.

Since arriving in Seattle, Andrew has fully immersed himself in the community, holding influential positions such as the Chair of the Washington Stonewall Democrats, Co-Chair of the Seattle LGBTQ+ Commission, and serving as a board member for both Gay City and the People Of Color Against AIDS Network (POCAAN). As a member of the LGBTQ+ community and someone who is living with HIV, Andrew is incredibly resilient and refuses to let his condition hinder his community service efforts.

Previous experience as a health services manager working closely with the unhoused community has provided Andrew with invaluable insights and understanding of the challenges faced by these vulnerable individuals. Utilizing public transit daily, he recognizes the vital role it plays in shaping the city's transportation infrastructure and is committed to addressing its needs.

Andrew's remarkable empathy and unwavering dedication to creating an accepting and inclusive Seattle makes him an ideal choice for the City Council. He deeply cherishes the community he serves and pledges to work diligently to represent their interests if elected. With Andrew's leadership, District 3 can look forward to positive changes that cater to the diverse needs of its residents.



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