New Year, New Trailblazers! Meet the January 2024 Run for Something Endorsement Class

Run for Something
59 min readFeb 5, 2024

Run for Something (RFS) today unveiled our first wave of endorsements of the new year, featuring a dynamic group of 60 candidates, including 16 alumni, hailing from 21 states across the nation. These inspiring leaders are running for crucial elected roles in state legislatures, municipal offices, and education positions dedicated to safeguarding reproductive freedoms, combating unwarranted book bans, ensuring equitable access to the ballot, and so much more.

Learn more about the candidates below:


April Van Dyke

Judge, Department 1, Humboldt County, CA

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

April is a candidate for the position of Superior Court Judge in Humboldt County. With a strong commitment to her community, she is dedicated to making Humboldt County an even better place to call home. Despite being labeled as an outsider or a newcomer, April takes pride in her unique perspective. Growing up in a humble background as the daughter of a mechanic and a schoolteacher, she understands the value of hard work and determination.

Being the first lawyer in her family, April’s passion for justice led her to represent clients who couldn’t afford legal representation after graduating from law school. Her extensive experience in public defense exposed her to the flaws within the legal system and sparked her determination to uphold fairness. Witnessing firsthand the gaps in equal treatment, April is committed to promoting equality, inclusion, and honesty in the courtroom.

April’s vision for Humboldt County encompasses bringing a restorative justice and mental health program to the community. She aims to address the disparity in sentencing for individuals of different races, working towards closing this gap. With her dedication and unique insight, April Van Dyke aspires to ensure that everyone receives the justice they deserve.

Chinua Rhodes

School Board, Area 5, Sacramento, CA

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

Chinua is a dedicated community leader and advocate for educational equity. He currently holds the position of Trustee for Area 5 on the Sacramento City Unified Board of Education. Raised in South Sacramento, Rhodes has firsthand knowledge of the challenges faced by the local public school system. Drawing on his personal experience, he actively works to address the needs of his community.

During his time as a school board trustee, Chinua has initiated impactful programs. Notably, he raised the Trans flag to symbolize his district’s commitment to inclusivity in the face of societal obstacles. His goal is to create a safe and supportive environment where everyone feels acknowledged and valued. Chinua has also played a leading role in renaming three schools to promote cultural diversity and respect. These schools now bear the names Miwok Middle School, Suy:u Elementary, and Umoja International Academy.

Beyond his policy work, Rhodes actively engages in community events. He strongly believes in fostering positive role models and providing leadership opportunities for youth in the area. Rhodes’ service on the Sacramento City Unified Board of Education highlights his unwavering dedication to educational equity, community involvement, and the creation of conducive learning environments.

With a deep connection to the community and extensive experience in public service, Chinua is a prominent leader shaping the educational landscape of Sacramento.

Quemars Ahmed

City Council, At-Large, La Canada Flintridge, CA

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

Quemars, a native of La Cañada Flintridge, has been actively involved in his community from a young age, dedicating his time to volunteering with esteemed organizations such as the YMCA. Following his high school graduation, Quemars pursued his passion for fairness and equality by attending the UCLA School of Law, where he specialized in constitutional law. Notably, he made history as the first Muslim editor-in-chief of the UCLA Law Review.

Throughout his career as an attorney, Quemars has committed himself to public service, focusing on advocacy and education. Leveraging his extensive knowledge of constitutional law, he has provided invaluable assistance to electoral campaigns, safeguarded the right to vote, and championed individual freedoms. Furthermore, Quemars has collaborated with local conservation groups to protect the environment, our cherished parks, and promote clean air quality.

In addition to his legal endeavors, Quemars has also contributed to the education sector as a substitute teacher at LCUSD. Now, he seeks to spearhead positive change in his hometown. Recognizing the need for a revitalized city government, Quemars aims to address the challenges facing La Cañada Flintridge. He firmly believes that the prevailing stagnation has resulted in lawsuits, an escalating cost of living, particularly impacting the younger and more senior members of the community, and a concerning misallocation of resources.

If elected, Quemars pledges to prioritize transparency and accountability within city government, enhance housing affordability, and meticulously safeguard the environment, ensuring that residents can enjoy optimal health and prosperity. Driven by his unwavering commitment to his constituents, Quemars is determined to serve as an advocate for positive change, preserving the unique essence of La Cañada Flintridge.

Chris Ochoa

City Council, District 1, Hesperia, CA

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

Chris is a dedicated community servant who has spent significant time working on the frontlines of the COVID pandemic, within correctional facilities, on the streets of the High Desert, and in treatment clinics. With a passion for public health, Chris fearlessly delivers essential services to underserved locations that many others avoid. As a father, son, brother, uncle, and community member, Chris is deeply committed to making a positive impact on the lives of those around him.

Chris’s motivation to enter the race stems from his unwavering belief in equality and justice. While researching his city’s government as a student, he came across the United States v. Hesperia case, which deeply affected him. The discovery that his local government had passed an unconstitutional ordinance that targeted and evicted Latinos and African Americans from their homes struck a personal chord. Recognizing that this was an attack on people like himself, his family, and his friends, Chris felt compelled to take action.

Hesperia’s pressing needs have been neglected for far too long. The community faces challenges such as deteriorating roads, limited social services, inadequate infrastructure, a dearth of well-paying jobs, an affordable housing crisis, environmental neglect, and inadequate access to healthcare and higher education. In response, Chris is determined to confront these issues head-on by focusing on investment in Community, Healing, Restoration, Innovation, and Solutions.

Seeking to leave a lasting positive impact for future generations, Chris firmly believes that meaningful change can be achieved by working together. By uniting as a community, Hesperia can become a shining example in the Victor Valley, with progress that aligns with the aspirations of its residents.

Walter Garcia

State House, District 43, CA

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

Walter is a native of the Northeast San Fernando Valley, born to hardworking Mexican immigrant parents who sought to achieve the American Dream. With a strong commitment to his community, Walter is running for California State Assembly (District 43) drawing from his personal and professional experiences addressing critical issues such as homelessness and housing, environmental justice, public safety, and affordable health care. After completing his education in local public schools, Walter earned degrees from Brown University and the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, becoming the first in his family to accomplish high school, college, and law school graduation. Public service has always been Walter’s passion, having had the honor of working alongside notable figures like President Barack Obama, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, California Attorney General Rob Bonta, and many more. This experience, combined with his ties to the working class, uniquely equips Walter to make an immediate impact in office, leveraging his governmental expertise at the local, state, and national levels.

Gracie Torres

County Board of Supervisors, District 1, Riverside County, CA

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

Gracie is a dedicated professional in the field of water quality and compliance. She holds the distinction of being the youngest and first immigrant Latina to be elected as Vice-President on Western Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors. In this role, Gracie focuses on promoting transparency, improving water quality and conservation efforts, and fostering job creation.

Alongside her commitment to public service, Gracie is a co-founder of IEWORKS, an organization that has successfully secured $1.5 million in funding for water and wastewater workforce development projects. In addition, she serves on the boards of several prominent organizations, including Inland SoCal United Way, Operation New Hope, Hispanic Coalition for Small Businesses, and Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice.

Gracie’s dedication to education is evident through her establishment of the Beca Angelita scholarship. Named after her abuelita, this scholarship aims to support high school students of color who are interested in pursuing STEM fields.

Gracie’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a master’s degree in environmental science from California State University, San Bernardino. Currently, she is in the final stages of completing her Doctorate in Public Administration at Cal Baptist University. Gracie, along with her husband Eric, is proud to be raising their three children in Riverside.


Kyra deGruy Kennedy

State House, District 30, CO

Primary Date: Jun 25, 2024; General Date: Nov 4, 2024

Kyra is a seasoned professional with a decade of experience in policy change and progressive organizing. Her passion for creating a better future for her daughter, and all children, drives her to run for State Representative. With a focus on clean air, reducing gun violence, and improving public education, Kyra aims to create a safe and nurturing community for everyone.

Throughout her career, Kyra has played a critical role in the passing of more than 50 state policies. Notably, she worked on the bill that established the right to abortion in Colorado, demonstrating her commitment to reproductive rights. Additionally, Kyra has worked on legislation aimed at preventing dangerous individuals from accessing firearms, highlighting her dedication to promoting safety within our communities.

In addition to her policy work, Kyra has also made significant contributions as a leader in progressive organizations. Through her leadership, she has supported the successful passage of several ballot initiatives, including funding for her county’s public school system. Furthermore, Kyra has provided mentorship to nearly 100 young individuals seeking to channel their personal experiences into positive change.

With her wealth of experience and a heartfelt dedication to making a difference, Kyra is determined to continue fighting for a better future as State Representative. Her unwavering commitment to her community is a testament to her ability to drive meaningful change.

Angelica Salinas

County Commissioner, District 1, Routt County, CO

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

Angelica is a dedicated community leader and advocate who aspires to become a County Commissioner in order to create a prosperous future for all residents of Routt County. With a background in nonprofit executive work, business, and youth development, Angelica brings a wealth of experience to her campaign. Currently, she collaborates closely with local and state elected officials, championing policies that support the workforce, young families, and aging populations. Additionally, Angelica serves on multiple boards, coaches youth sports, and volunteers extensively, earning recognition as a local 20 Under 40 leader in Routt County.

Raised in a third-generation immigrant family, Angelica possesses a deep-rooted empathy for building thriving communities that benefit all individuals. She has witnessed the evolution of her county firsthand and is committed to being a voice for affordable housing, early childhood education, and environmental resilience and sustainability. Angelica’s primary goal is to ensure that Routt County remains sustainable for generations to come and a place where everyone can enjoy a quality lifestyle — from living and working to raising a family, starting a business, and retiring.

Rebekah Stewart

State House, District 30, CO

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

Rebekah is a therapist with a strong background in the disability community, where she has served as a Medicaid provider for the majority of her career. Currently, she proudly represents a significant portion of House District 30 as a city councilor in Lakewood.

With a profession in music therapy spanning a decade, Rebekah is passionate about finding innovative solutions to help individuals thrive and lead fulfilling lives. This same approach guides her work on the City Council, and she is dedicated to continuing this approach at the State Capitol.

Rebekah’s decision to run for the State House stems from her firsthand experience on the City Council. Through her service, she recognizes the need and opportunity for collaboration with partners at the state level who possess an understanding of the unique needs of their local communities. Together, they can tackle complex issues such as housing affordability and mental health services for students in schools.

As a firm believer in the importance of having individuals from helping professions in political office, Rebekah brings valuable real-world expertise to the table. She strives to lead with compassion, empathy, and the ability to collaborate effectively with others. Rebekah is committed to creating a level playing field for hardworking Coloradans, while upholding her core values and prioritizing community well-being.


Maria Rodriguez

City Council, District 3, Pembroke Pines, FL

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

Maria, a dedicated advocate for diversity and public service, has called Pembroke Pines, Florida, her home for over 20 years. Growing up in the area and attending Silver Trail Middle School and West Broward High School, Maria possesses an intimate understanding of the needs and aspirations of the community. Her unwavering commitment is to ensure a safe, inclusive, and caring environment for present and future generations.

Maria’s passion for advocating for youth and Hispanic representation in local government has fueled her tireless efforts to uplift the community. As a communications and outreach coordinator for Broward County Commission District 7, encompassing parts of Pembroke Pines, she has honed her skills in effectively connecting residents with the services and assistance they require. Transparency and accessibility are at the forefront of Maria’s mission, as she strives to inform residents about the vast array of resources and events at their disposal.

In addition to her civic engagements, Maria is a flourishing entrepreneur who brings her creative spirit to life through Glam Picnic Co. This thriving small business specializes in crafting unforgettable events. Maria’s entrepreneur background enables her to approach governance with a fresh perspective, dedicating herself to achieving inclusive governance and impactful change as a Pembroke Pines City Commissioner.

Maria’s extensive experience, unwavering dedication, and unique blend of community involvement and entrepreneurship make her a formidable force in shaping Pembroke Pines’ future. With her passion for progress and commitment to the community, Maria aims to usher in an era of inclusive governance and meaningful transformation as a Pembroke Pines City Commissioner.

Luisa Santos

School Board, District 9, Miami-Dade County, FL

Primary Date: Aug 20, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Luisa is an accomplished individual who has made significant achievements in the education sector. As the youngest-ever elected member of the school board, she has brought a fresh perspective to the 3rd largest school district in the nation. Luisa’s own educational journey in Miami’s public schools has shaped her passion for improving the system.

Recognized as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Florida SBA, Luisa has demonstrated her innovative spirit and entrepreneurial mindset. She is well-known for her work running a 3rd-grade literacy and advocacy program, where she made a positive impact on young students and helped them reach their full potential.

Luisa’s dedication to education extends beyond her direct involvement with students. She has also served on the board of education non-for-profits, further highlighting her commitment to improving the overall quality of education in her community.

Since joining the school board in 2020, Luisa has proven herself as a capable and forward-thinking leader. Her focus on equity and her courageous approach to challenging the status quo have delivered tangible outcomes for the next generation. Her track record speaks for itself (, and she continues to make strides towards her vision of transforming the education system.

There is no doubt that Luisa is just getting started. With her expertise, knowledge, and unwavering determination, she is poised to leave a lasting impact on the education landscape, ensuring a brighter future for students in her district.

Kimberly Jean

County Commissioner, District 5, Broward County, FL

Primary Date: Aug 20, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Kimberly is a compassionate and adaptable leader with a keen understanding of urgent community issues. With firsthand experience in interacting with law enforcement, the unhoused population, local government, and families, she brings a practical approach to addressing the challenges faced by District 5 and Broward County.

Motivated by personal experiences, including parenting a non-speaking son on the Autism spectrum and the loss of her mother and sister to breast cancer, Kimberly is well-equipped to address the pressing concerns of the community. She is particularly dedicated to tackling issues such as the high cost of living and housing, transportation problems, and the need to strengthen public safety and infrastructure against climate change.

Kimberly firmly believes in the importance of diverse representation and is passionate about amplifying the voices of retail workers, students, middle and low-income families, municipal workers, and individuals with disabilities. Recognizing the urgency of these matters, she emphasizes the need for swift action. These aren’t simply policy matters; they have a direct impact on the lives of Broward County residents.

In addition to her advocacy for immediate concerns, Kimberly is committed to enhancing animal control services and providing support for multigenerational households. She also dedicates herself to advocating for the rights of minority communities and the LGBTQIA community.

With her deep understanding of the community’s needs and her commitment to advocacy, Kimberly is poised to make a significant impact in District 5 and Broward County.


Arad Boxenbaum

State House, District 83, IL

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

Arad is an activist and advocate running for Illinois State Representative in the 83rd District Democratic Primary on March 19th, 2024. With a strong focus on gun violence prevention, pro-choice initiatives, and LGBTQ+ equality, Arad has been actively working to bring positive change to the Chicagoland area. Currently serving as Vice President on the Geneva Library Board and having collaborated with four members of Congress, Arad brings years of experience and expertise to the table.

In their role at Moms Demand Action’s Illinois chapter, Arad played a key leadership role, working alongside Students Demand Action to create comprehensive advocacy plans. This led to hundreds of dedicated Moms Demand Action volunteers converging on Springfield to directly lobby elected leaders on three crucial bills aimed at curbing gun violence and ensuring safer streets.

Arad’s commitment to community extends beyond gun violence prevention. They have been appointed to the prestigious Kane County Climate Action Planning Team, demonstrating a strong eagerness to contribute to effective climate action for the betterment of future generations.

With over seven years of experience in politics and government, Arad brings a wealth of expertise. Having served as a campaign manager and field organizer for successful political campaigns, they have also lent their talents to non-profit organizations and advocacy groups, helping them develop and implement effective advocacy strategies.

Arad excels in communication and organization, with a commendable track record of building strong coalitions and mobilizing grassroots support. As a candidate for Illinois State Representative, Arad Boxenbaum offers a fresh perspective, innovative strategies, and a visionary approach to progress in the 83rd District.


Thomas Horrocks

State House, District 62, IN

Primary Date: May 7, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Thomas, a candidate for state representative in Indiana, is driven by a strong belief that the citizens of his state deserve a better future. Coming from a background as an everyday Hoosier, Thomas understands firsthand the challenges of carving out a successful life. He is a proud product of public education and is the first in his family to graduate from college. Together with his wife Adriane, they are working hard to support their blended family, including their children who are navigating the public school system and college.

With a mission to help individuals, families, and communities thrive, Thomas has dedicated nearly a decade of his life to serving Hoosiers as a church pastor and military chaplain. Through his work, he gained a deep understanding of the systemic issues impacting those he served. Recognizing the limitations of charity alone, Thomas realized the need for meaningful policy change to address these challenges.

Motivated by his passion for making a difference in public policy, Thomas is running to represent Indiana House District 62. He is determined to bring about impactful change and is tired of the single-party rule in Indiana that prioritizes powerful special interests and culture wars over the needs of Hoosiers.

As the Democratic candidate in a highly competitive legislative race, Thomas possesses a unique advantage. He has proven himself to be a skilled listener, learner, and bridge-builder. His commitment lies in fighting for effective solutions that benefit the hardworking people of Indiana.

Thomas’s campaign offers a refreshing perspective and a genuine dedication to building a better future for all Hoosiers.

Joel Levi

State Senate, District 20, IN

Primary Date: May 7, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Joel, a native of Anderson, Indiana, is a passionate advocate for healthcare and child safety. After completing his studies at Anderson University, he and his wife, Megan, settled in Nashville, Tennessee before returning to their hometown in 2020 with their son Mitchell.

Both Megan and Joel have always been deeply committed to the healthcare field. Megan serves as a nurse practitioner at Community Health, while Joel plays a critical role as a pharmacy technician in the Coumadin Clinic and Outpatient Pharmacy at Riverview Health in Noblesville.

Motivated by their desire to create a better Indiana for future generations, Joel has taken up the mantle by running for Indiana State Senate. His primary focus is ensuring the safety of Hoosier children, starting with their well-being at school. Joel firmly believes that enacting sensible gun laws is the most effective means to achieve this goal.

Should Joel be elected to the Indiana State Senate, he plans to prioritize bipartisan collaboration, aiming to bridge the divide and work with Democrats and Republicans alike. His particular attention will be devoted to finding common ground on issues related to the Second Amendment while also advocating for comprehensive background checks at gun shows and for third-party sales.

By championing these measures, Joel strives to create a more secure environment for all Hoosier children and cultivate a culture of safety within the state.


Angus Abercrombie

School Committee, Belmont, MA

Primary Date: Apr 2, 2024; General Date: Apr 2, 2024

Angus is a dedicated candidate running for the School Committee seat in Belmont, MA. With a focus on addressing budget shortfalls, empowering students and families, and tackling critical mental health needs, Angus brings a grounded perspective and an approachable demeanor to the committee. Having graduated from Belmont’s schools in 2022 and having grown up in town, he understands the unique challenges students face in their educational environments.

Beyond his academic achievements, Angus is a true community advocate. As a lifelong resident of Belmont, he has volunteered for local conservation and education organizations, serving his town with passion and dedication. Angus has also played an active role in non-profit organizations, serving on the steering committee to ensure young voices are heard in local government meetings.

Currently studying political communication and economics at Emerson College, Angus is actively involved in shaping education policies. He serves on the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, contributing valuable insights to curriculum development.

As a member of Belmont’s representative Town Meeting, Angus has worked on a diverse range of issues, from commercial zoning reform to special education funding. Notably, he is the only candidate in his race who has successfully pushed policies through the town’s legislature, demonstrating his effectiveness and commitment to creating positive change.

If elected on April 2nd, Angus will make history as the youngest ever and the only LGBTQ+ member of Belmont’s School Committee. He is determined to bring fresh perspectives and inclusive leadership to the committee, ensuring that all students have equal opportunities for success.

Kevin C. Kalkut

State House, Norfolk 9th District, MA

Primary Date: Sep 17, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Kevin is a dedicated public servant with over 7 years of experience in various roles within his hometown of Norfolk, MA. He began his journey in local government as a member of the Norfolk Planning Board and later successfully ran for a seat on the Select Board. Currently serving his sixth year on the Select Board, with half of that time as Chair, Kevin also contributes his expertise to the Norfolk County Advisory Board and the Mass Transit Advisory Committee.

In 2022, Kevin proved his passion for public service by running for State Representative in his district. Despite facing a formidable challenge with a nearly 30-year single-party hold on the office, Kevin came impressively close to flipping the seat in the general election, falling short by just 0.87% or 360 votes. Undeterred by this outcome, Kevin recently announced his campaign for the same seat in the 2024 elections, eager to #FinishTheJob in a different political landscape.

As a candidate, Kevin prioritizes addressing key issues that directly affect the lives of the people in the 9th Norfolk District. His focus includes improving access to mental health care, advocating for more affordable housing options, reducing the financial burden on residents through increased state funding, and lowering the out-of-pocket costs of childcare. These priorities reflect Kevin’s commitment to making a positive impact on his community.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Kevin cherishes spending quality time with his family. He and his wife Erica are the proud parents of three energetic boys: Colin (11), Ryan (9), and Owen (6). Kevin actively supports his children’s interests by coaching their sports teams and, on a personal note, he is an avid fan of smoking brisket whenever an opportunity arises.

With his extensive experience in public service and his dedication to improving the lives of the people he represents, Kevin is a formidable candidate who aspires to foster positive change and create opportunities for the residents of his district.

Alec Lebovitz

Select Board, Brookline, MA

Primary Date: May 7, 2024; General Date: May 7, 2024

Alec is a dedicated member of the Brookline community, residing in Coolidge Corner for many years. As a Town Meeting Member, he has played a crucial role in advocating for new bylaws and important warrant articles that address key areas such as financial management, public health, and housing affordability. Originally moving to Brookline as a student with his partner, Cat, Alec felt compelled to actively contribute to local government in order to bring about positive change for the community. Consequently, he is wholeheartedly committed to establishing a sense of opportunity and stability for all residents of Brookline.

Professionally, Alec has established himself as a policy analyst specializing in state and federal Medicaid policies. With a deep understanding of the healthcare system’s safety net, he has witnessed firsthand the profound impact that a compassionate and data-driven approach to public policy can have on the lives of individuals. In running for the Brookline Select Board, Alec aims to champion policies that foster a more affordable, inclusive, and welcoming community for every resident.

With Alec’s extensive experience in local government and his expertise in healthcare policy, he is well-equipped to advocate for the interests of the Brookline community. By leveraging his skills and passion, Alec endeavours to make Brookline a place where everyone can thrive.

Evan MacKay

State Representative, 25th Middlesex District, MA

Primary Date: Sep 3, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Evan is a dedicated professional with a passion for social change. With a background in sociology, Evan has developed a deep understanding of the structural issues affecting our society. Their research has led them to focus on important areas such as tax reform, criminal justice, and government transparency.

Coming from a family dedicated to public service, Evan has been shaped by their parents’ careers in education and healthcare. Growing up in an environment that welcomed and supported over a hundred foster children, Evan became acutely aware of the challenges faced by the foster care system and the issue of housing instability. This firsthand experience continues to drive their advocacy for systemic change.

Recognizing the power of organized labor, Evan has actively participated in their union, the Harvard Graduate Students Union-UAW. As President of their local union, Evan has fought for fair wages, safe and inclusive workplaces, and necessary transformations in higher education. Through their involvement, they have also worked towards bringing greater transparency and accountability to the United Auto Workers.

Now, Evan seeks to represent the 25th Middlesex District in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a state representative. Valuing the community’s progressive values, they prioritize affordable housing, progressive taxation, strong job opportunities, and a government that is transparent and accountable.

Evan’s commitment to social justice and their understanding of the issues facing our community make them an excellent candidate for this important role. They are dedicated to advocating for the needs of the people and creating positive change at the state level.


David Combs

Township Supervisor, Kalamazoo, MI

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

David is a candidate for Kalamazoo Township Supervisor with a vision to bring progressive and transparent leadership to Southwest Michigan. With a strong belief in the inherent value of every individual, David is dedicated to serving the community in any way possible. Currently, he serves on the Kalamazoo Township Zoning Board of Appeals, County Board of Public Works, and acts as the County Representative to the local Regional Planning Council. In addition, he holds the position of operations manager for the Union of Concerned Scientists, a widely respected national research and advocacy nonprofit.

David’s passion for public service began at an early age, inspired by his single mother who worked as a state social worker. Witnessing the positive impact that advocacy combined with government service can have on a community, he embarked on a career as a campaigner for progressive policies. His advocacy efforts have spanned from local city councilors to Congress, tackling important issues such as vaccine accessibility and nuclear disarmament. However, David ultimately decided to focus his energy on addressing the everyday concerns that Michiganders face, including access to housing, healthcare, and quality public infrastructure. He is also deeply committed to ensuring the rights of every individual to live their true identity in a safe and welcoming community.

David firmly believes that local government should be transparent and inclusive, working towards creating sustainable and equitable communities. He is determined to provide Kalamazoo Township with the kind of leadership that prioritizes these values. With his campaign, David aims to make Kalamazoo Township a better, more inclusive, and vibrant place to call home.

Travis Radina

City Council, Ward 3, Ann Arbor, MI

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

Travis is a dedicated public servant seeking re-election to the Ann Arbor City Council. Since his election in 2020, Travis has been committed to enhancing city services, advancing housing and climate goals, improving energy reliability, and promoting progressive policies that make Ann Arbor a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Notably, Travis was chosen by his colleagues in 2022 to serve as the first openly-gay Mayor Pro Tem in over two decades, an important milestone for the diverse City Council.

Throughout his first term, Travis has been a strong advocate for working families. He has fought for reforms in the city’s procurement process to ensure fair wages, benefits, environmental protections, and workplace safety standards are prioritized. Travis has also been instrumental in championing tenant rights, leading the effort to establish Michigan’s pioneering Renters Commission and sponsoring legislation that grants tenants the right to renew their leases and protects them from unjust evictions. Additionally, he is actively working to end predatory leasing practices and eliminate hidden fees to create a more transparent rental market.

Travis has been at the forefront of promoting human rights in Ann Arbor. He successfully spearheaded an amendment to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance, incorporating the Crown Act and prohibiting race-based hair discrimination. Furthermore, Travis co-sponsored a groundbreaking ordinance that ensures free menstrual products in all public restrooms and successfully advocated for the ban on anti-LGBTQ conversion therapy.

With his proven track record and dedication to making Ann Arbor a better place for all its residents, Travis Radina is a candidate committed to delivering results and fostering inclusive and sustainable growth.

Natalie Price

State House, District 5, MI

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

Natalie is a dedicated and passionate State Representative serving Michigan’s 5th House District. With a background in education and public service, Natalie is committed to advocating for important issues such as equitable funding for education, reproductive justice, and gun safety measures. Her focus on unity and collaboration is evident in her belief in bringing people together, regardless of their differences, to improve the lives of all Michiganders.

Since assuming office in 2022, Natalie has made a significant impact as a legislator. She has used her influence to champion critical causes such as renter protections, medical debt relief, telemedicine parity, and progressive tax policies. By prioritizing the needs of vulnerable individuals in Michigan, Natalie aims to relieve their burdens and create a more inclusive society.

Looking towards the future, Natalie’s goals include expanding important legislation if re-elected and if Michigan Democrats can expand their majority. These include measures like ending the 24-hour wait period for abortion care and ensuring Medicaid coverage for reproductive health services through the expansion of the Reproductive Health Act. She also plans to advocate for an assault weapons ban to enhance the safety of schools, theaters, and places of worship. Additionally, Natalie is dedicated to phasing out carbon-producing energy sources, including biomass, to address historical environmental racism.

Proud of the progress Michigan has made, Natalie understands that there is still work to be done. She is determined to demonstrate to voters how our communities can thrive under progressive leadership. With her unwavering commitment to the well-being of all residents, Natalie Price is striving to create a brighter future for Michigan.

Carrie Rheingans

State House, District 47, MI

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

Carrie is a respected State Representative who brings a wealth of expertise in health policy, education, and community organizing to her role. With a focus on fostering Healthy People, Healthy Families, and Healthy Communities, Carrie is dedicated to creating an environment in which everyone can thrive to their fullest potential.

During her first term, Rep. Rheingans championed several important bills that addressed critical issues. She tackled workforce challenges in the health profession, advocated for the needs of Indigenous Michiganders, and advocated for universal, publicly-funded healthcare coverage for all residents of Michigan. Additionally, Carrie has been a vocal advocate for addressing the various aspects of the opioid crisis and ensuring that policies are shaped by those directly affected by this crisis. She is also passionate about safeguarding essential healthcare services, including abortion and gender-affirming care.

Hailing from a small town in Michigan, and having resided in Ann Arbor for over two decades, Carrie has a deep understanding of the diverse issues that impact her district. As a Millennial parent, she has firsthand experience with the challenges of managing finances in the face of high housing costs, student loans, and childcare expenses. This personal perspective enables her to better advocate for policies that address the concerns of families and individuals in her district.

In addition to her role as a State Representative, Carrie also serves as a board member for Communities Joined in Action, a national organization devoted to supporting community leaders and organizations in their efforts to promote health equity and reduce disparities.

With her impressive track record and dedication to improving the lives of others, Carrie Rheingans continues to be a dynamic force for positive change in her community and beyond.

Chastity Youngblood

Judge, Third Circuit Court, Wayne County, MI

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

Chastity is a native of Detroit, MI, and brings 14 years of trial experience as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. During her tenure, she specialized in the Conviction Integrity Unit, where she utilized her extensive trial experience to successfully exonerate individuals who were wrongfully convicted in Wayne County. Notably, she played a crucial role in freeing three individuals serving life sentences for crimes they did not commit.

Beyond her dedication to rectifying wrongful convictions, Chastity remains deeply committed to ensuring the safety of Wayne County communities. With her profound understanding of the needs and challenges faced by individuals affected by the justice system, she seeks to use her skills and knowledge to serve as a Third Circuit Court Judge.

Chastity’s primary objective is to establish a justice system that guarantees equal access to court services and equitable justice for all. She aims to bridge the gap between communities and the justice system through compassionate representation, impartiality, and integrity on the bench.

Driven by her passion for public service, community engagement, and criminal and civil justice reform, Chastity Youngblood is determined to restore faith and trust in the judicial process. She strives to create a fair, inclusive, and responsive environment that addresses the unique needs of the community.

By electing Chastity as a Third Circuit Court Judge, Wayne County communities can expect a justice system that is both effective and compassionate, ensuring that justice is served for everyone.


Samantha Sencer-Mura

State House, District 63A, MN

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

Samantha is a dedicated educator, working mom, community leader, and State Representative for District 63A in South Minneapolis. With a passion for educational justice, she has tirelessly advocated for students of color throughout her career. As a product of Minneapolis public schools, Samantha personally experienced the disparities within the education system, driving her to make a difference.

Samantha’s commitment to educational equality led her to work as an educator and eventually become the Executive Director at 826 MSP, an educational non-profit. Serving in this role from 2017 to 2022, she oversaw programs that provided free writing, publishing, and leadership opportunities to thousands of Twin Cities students. Her dedication and innovative approach significantly impacted the lives of these students.

In 2022, Samantha’s passion for change propelled her to a new arena as she was elected to the Minnesota State House. Being part of the DFL trifecta, she played a key role in passing progressive policies that positively shaped the future of her constituents. Notably, Samantha led the development of the Ethnic Studies for all bill, which ensures that students across Minnesota have access to culturally relevant curriculum.

With her diverse background, Samantha brings a unique perspective and unwavering commitment to serving her community. Through her advocacy and leadership, she continues to champion the cause of educational justice and work towards a more equitable future for all students.


Allison Kinney-Walker

School Board, Millard, NE

Primary Date: May 14, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Allison, a resident of Millard, is a dedicated mother, educator, and community advocate. With four children attending Millard School District, she has been actively involved in volunteering at the schools since 2016. Allison holds a Masters Degree from Creighton University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. For the past nine years, she has served as a college professor at Nebraska Methodist College.

Outside of her professional work, Allison devotes her time to various community initiatives. As the President of her Neighborhood Association, a member of the PTO, and co-founder of Nebraskans for Educational Excellence, she actively supports and promotes community engagement. Growing up in a family of educators, Allison understands the significance of education and the importance of fostering strong school communities. Her personal experience as the daughter, granddaughter, and sister of K-12 educators has solidified her belief in the pivotal role of teachers.

Committed to actively listening, supporting, and advocating for teachers and staff in the Millard Public Schools, Allison brings a deep understanding of the challenges they face. Furthermore, with four young children attending elementary school within the Millard district, she appreciates the essential need for the right resources and support, especially for the most vulnerable students. Allison’s unwavering dedication to equality drives her passion to ensure that all students within the district have equitable access and opportunities, enabling them to flourish in a safe educational environment.

With her extensive involvement in education and her unwavering commitment to supporting teachers and students, Allison is unquestionably the ideal candidate for Millard Public Schools.


Val Thomason

State House, District 10, NV

Primary Date: Jun 11, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Val is a dedicated single mother, community organizer, and proud member of the Teamsters. In 2019, Val faced one of the most challenging experiences of her life when she lost her work-from-home job, leading to a devastating eviction scare. Unfortunately, she quickly discovered that finding assistance during this difficult time was incredibly challenging. Childcare support had a waitlist of over a year, shelters for mothers were overcrowded, and potential employers were hesitant to hire without immediate access to childcare. Val had no choice but to start from scratch, and it took three long years to rebuild her life.

Throughout this period and beyond, Val made it her mission to champion several crucial causes: housing justice, tenant protections, workers’ rights, and affordable childcare. As an active member of the Democratic Socialists of America, Val successfully mobilized her community by collecting thousands of emails and testimonies in support of legislation aimed at improving conditions for workers and tenants. However, it became painfully clear to Val that these concerns were consistently overlooked in favor of corporate interests.

Now, as a candidate for Assembly District 10, Val is determined to continue fighting for the working class and building a brighter future for Nevada. Her core commitments include advocating for Universal Childcare, Housing for All, a living wage, union protections, and strengthened tenants’ rights. Notably, Val has taken a bold stance against accepting corporate contributions and vows to work tirelessly to diminish the influence of money in local politics.

Through her resilience, Val’s personal journey has evolved into a passionate pursuit of a more equitable society. With her strength and dedication, Val will be a driving force in achieving meaningful change that benefits the hardworking individuals and families who deserve it most.

Chauntille Roberts

State Assembly, District 17, NV

Primary Date: Jun 11, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

As a dedicated mother and CEO of a non-profit organization, Chauntille has been driven by a passion for service. Inspired by her father’s commitment to community organizing, she expanded her non-profit’s mission to include providing support for aged-out foster youth and those experiencing homelessness. Over the past decade, she has been actively involved in advocacy work in Nevada, championing causes such as climate justice, housing rights, abortion rights, support for working families, and union advocacy. She has also lent her expertise to political candidates in their pursuit of public office and had the opportunity to work under Nevada’s first black president pro tempore. Now, she is taking her dedication to the next level by running for office herself. Her motivation is rooted in firsthand experience witnessing the impact of policies that neglect the well-being of communities. She firmly believes in the power of advocacy to ensure that everyone has access to the American Dream. Her campaign focuses on improving social services, healthcare, promoting equity in education, and fostering a fair economy. With a strong belief in the importance of humanity in policy, Chauntille is dedicated to making a positive difference in her community.


Jennifer Mandelbaum

New Hampshire House, Rockingham District 21, NH

Primary Date: Mar 12, 2024; General Date: Mar 12, 2024

Dr.Mandelbaum is a public health researcher and candidate for the New Hampshire House of Representatives. She is running to represent Portsmouth Ward 1 and the Town of Newington, with a focus on community involvement and public health. Driven by her belief in the power of local engagement, Jennifer aims to use her background in public health to make a positive impact on the Seacoast and throughout New Hampshire.

As a member of the Portsmouth Public Library’s Board of Trustees, Jennifer actively promotes the library as a hub for community programming and social connection. She has collaborated with nonprofit organization 603 Forward on a community event addressing the housing shortage in New Hampshire, demonstrating her commitment to tackling important issues.

Moreover, as a health policy ambassador for the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Jennifer has been working to build relationships with state lawmakers and their staff members. Through these connections, she aims to advocate for evidence-based decisions on child nutrition policy, leveraging her expertise and research in public health.

With a strong foundation in public health, Jennifer brings a unique perspective to policymaking, prioritizing well-being in her decision-making processes. Her campaign is rooted in the core values instilled in her upbringing, including housing access, reproductive freedom, and resilience to climate change. Jennifer envisions a healthy, equitable, and resilient New Hampshire, and is eager to collaborate with others in achieving this vision.

Jennifer holds an undergraduate degree from Brandeis University, a master’s degree in public health from Yale University, and a PhD in public health from the University of South Carolina.


Chloe Pierce

State Assembly, District 107, NY

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

Chloe is a dedicated advocate who has spent her personal and professional life supporting important issues. With a focus on healthcare, women’s rights, animal welfare, rural resources, clean energy, and education, Chloe has made significant progress in these areas. As an Assembly Member, Chloe’s commitment lies in promoting policies that prioritize the common good and seek common ground. Rather than using differences to divide us, she believes in celebrating what we have in common and working towards shared goals to help our communities flourish.

Chloe’s campaign goes beyond politics; it aims to preserve the unique cultural fabric that defines our communities. Inspired by her great-grandmother and mother, Chloe is running for Assembly to continue her lifelong journey as an advocate for families in our region. She firmly believes that every New Yorker deserves the opportunity to thrive and contribute to a safer, greener, and brighter future. Whether it’s ensuring clean air and water, creating safer communities, or making upstate more affordable, Chloe is prepared to work tirelessly on behalf of the residents of Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, and Washington Counties. In the NYS Assembly, Chloe’s focus will be on bringing transparency, trust, and common sense leadership to Assembly District 107.


Gabriel Kussin

Judge, District 24, Guilford County, NC

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

Gabriel is a candidate for District Court Judge in Guilford County, driven by his unwavering belief in treating every individual with dignity, respect, and empathy within our court system. Recognizing the significance of each person’s presence in court — whether as a victim, defendant, plaintiff, witness, or family member — Gabriel is committed to ensuring that everyone’s needs are truly heard and addressed.

With a background as a North Carolina native, former teacher, and afterschool program coordinator, Gabriel brings a depth of experience and a genuine dedication to public service to his candidacy. Currently serving as an Assistant Public Defender, he has witnessed firsthand the impact of fair and compassionate judicial decision-making. Furthermore, as the son of a Puerto Rican community activist, Gabriel holds a unique perspective, keenly aware of the diverse needs within Guilford County.

If elected, Gabriel would proudly become the first Latino judge in the history of Guilford County, which, with a Latinx population accounting for 10%, carries considerable weight. He recognizes the disproportionate impact that the criminal and civil justice system can have on Black and Brown communities. Therefore, he firmly believes that his election would represent a significant step forward towards justice and equity for those who come before the court.

With Gabriel’s unwavering experience, dedication to public service, and genuine compassion, he possesses the qualities necessary to bring about positive change in the lives of the individuals who seek resolution within Guilford County’s court system.

Jordan Lopez

State House, District 112, NC

Primary Date: Mar 5, 2024; General Date: Nov 7, 2024

Jordan is a lifelong resident of East Charlotte and brings his deep-rooted love for his city to his role as the Representative for District 112. Raised by a mother who instilled in him the values of compassion, honesty, and hard work, Jordan is dedicated to serving the community that shaped him. Jordan received his education in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, where he discovered his passion for public service. He holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Masters of Public Administration from North Carolina Central University, graduating with honors.

In addition to his academic achievements, Jordan is actively involved in his community. He serves as a Board of Director member for CharlotteEAST, an advocacy group, and has made significant contributions as the former Chair of the Black Political Caucus’ Get-Out-The-Vote Committee. Jordan’s commitment to making a positive impact on his community has also been recognized by being selected as a recipient of the “Future Leaders of Charlotte” award in the Elevate Lifestyle 30 under 30 list for 2023.

With his extensive educational background and proven dedication to community service, Jordan is well-equipped to represent the interests of District 112 and work towards a vibrant and inclusive Charlotte for all residents.


Christine Cockley

State House, District 6, OH

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

Christine, MPA, PHR is a graduate of The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs and currently holds the position of Executive Assistant to the President & CEO at YWCA Columbus, a nonprofit organization focused on social justice, education, and housing. With a background in Human Resources, Campaigning, and Government, Christine brings a wealth of experience to her role. In her spare time, she dedicates herself to volunteer work as the Director of Development for Moderation Management and serves on the Board of Directors for Highland Youth Garden on the Hilltop.

Christine’s true passion lies in public service, particularly in advocating for vulnerable populations. She believes in leading with empathy and understanding to support those in need. Having worked for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and his re-election campaign, Christine has learned the importance of actively listening to community members and taking decisive action. She is committed to being a strong advocate for her constituents, making sure their voices are heard and their needs are met.

In addition to her public service work, Christine has acquired expertise in areas such as harm reduction and mental health. This knowledge enables her to effectively address the critical issues facing Ohio House District 6, ensuring that vital resources are delivered to those who need them most. With a leadership style focused on empathy and collaboration, Christine is ready to work alongside her community to accomplish shared goals and overcome challenges.

Zulma Schrupp

State Senate, District 12, OH

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

Zulma is an Army combat veteran with a strong commitment to serving our country. Her experience in Iraq has instilled in her a deep understanding of the importance of putting service before self. As one of Champaign County’s Veteran Service Commissioners, Zulma serves as a passionate advocate for veterans and their families. She is also a dedicated wife to a veteran and a loving mother of two.

Zulma’s roots and love for rural Ohio run deep. She believes in the power of community and is driven to make a positive impact on the lives of those around her. That is why she is running for Ohio’s Senate District 12. Zulma is determined to be a strong voice for all, especially for those who have served our great country.

Her priorities include ensuring access to mental health services, advocating for veterans, and fighting for equal justice. Zulma understands the importance of creating and maintaining an environment in which families can thrive, work, and raise their children. She is committed to preserving employment opportunities and ensuring a bright future for rural Ohio.

Zulma believes that all Ohioans deserve to have their voices heard. She is dedicated to amplifying the voices of those who have been underrepresented and fighting for their rights. Zulma humbly asks for your support in electing her as your next Ohio senator so that she can continue to fight for the interests of District 12 and make a positive difference in people’s lives.

Leo Almeida

State Representative, House District 5, OH

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

Leo is a dedicated government relations professional and community leader who brings over thirteen years of legislative experience to the table. With a strong passion for improving his community, Leo has always been driven by his humble beginnings. Growing up in a working-class family, Leo and his mother made the journey from Brazil to Ohio when he was just five years old. Despite the challenges they faced, Leo’s determination led him to become the first person in his family to graduate from college and become a U.S. citizen.

Throughout his professional career, Leo has been committed to working on crucial legislative issues and advocating for the well-being of Ohioans. Currently running for State Representative, he aims to address important concerns such as expanding access to affordable and quality healthcare, driving economic growth, investing in public education, and protecting the environment. Recognizing the significance of Latino representation in the Ohio House, Leo, as a new American and a Latino himself, is dedicated to advocating for racial equity and justice.

Leo’s campaign is fueled by his desire to be a champion for the neighborhoods in his area. If elected, he will prioritize the needs and aspirations of his constituents by actively listening to their concerns, being a responsive and accountable representative, and tirelessly working to improve their quality of life. With his experience and passion, Leo Almeida strives to make a positive impact within his community and create a brighter future for all.

Sarah Pomeroy

State House of Representatives, District 10, OH

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

Sarah is a Senior Assistant City Attorney in the nuisance abatement section of the Columbus City Attorney’s office. With a strong background in law and a commitment to public service, she is now running as a candidate for Ohio State Representative for District 10.

Sarah’s legal journey began in Washington D.C., where she worked at the prestigious law firm of Jones Day. During her time there, she focused on antitrust litigation and also took on pro bono cases involving child welfare advocacy, asylum, and social security. This demonstrated her dedication to protecting the rights and well-being of vulnerable members of the community.

For the past five years, Sarah has been prosecuting property owners who exploit low-income residents through substandard housing and safety issues. She has also worked collaboratively with businesses, community groups, and law enforcement to create safer neighborhoods. This work requires strong connections with the community and the ability to navigate complex government systems to bring about tangible improvements to the quality of life in Columbus.

Sarah understands that many Ohioans are not receiving the home, work, and education opportunities they deserve. She believes that the current representatives of District 10 do not adequately represent the inclusiveness and needs of the community, including the need for stable housing, safe neighborhoods, and education for future job opportunities.

As a seasoned attorney, dedicated community leader, and advocate for justice, Sarah is committed to being an advocate for the people. She brings a unique combination of professional expertise and personal warmth to her campaign, embodying the qualities needed for positive change in District 10.

Willis Blackshear Jr

State Senate, District 6, OH

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

Willis is a dedicated candidate running for State Senate in District 6. With a deep understanding of the challenges facing families in his community, Willis is committed to being a fighter for change.

One of Willis’ key priorities is addressing the rising cost of living that burdens so many families. He believes in developing innovative policies that will alleviate these financial pressures and make it easier for families to thrive.

Furthermore, Willis is determined to attract state investments to District 6. By doing so, he aims to create new opportunities for economic growth and development, which will directly benefit the residents of his district.

Education is another area where Willis sees great potential for improvement. He recognizes the importance of providing students with high-quality education and is determined to advocate for policies that will enhance our schools. Additionally, he understands that workforce development is essential for ensuring a thriving economy in District 6. Willis will work tirelessly to bridge the gap between education and job opportunities, creating a strong and talented workforce for the future.

With a passion for public service and a commitment to the people of District 6, Willis is the candidate who will fight for the issues that matter most.


Brittane’ Grant

State House, District 99, OK

Primary Date: Jun 18, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Brittané is an Economic Developer for the State of Oklahoma, working towards a continuously growing, equitable, and sustainable economy and communities. With a strong sense of dedication, she elevates her work within the State and the community she represents. Coming from a family that instilled the values of hard work and accomplishment, Brittané began her advocacy journey at an early age. She holds a degree in Business Management from the University of Central Oklahoma, a Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A), and a diploma in Economic Development from the University of Oklahoma in partnership with the International Economic Development Council.

Brittané effectively puts her knowledge into action, serving as a conduit between the Capitol and the people she represents. Recognizing that the health and wellness of the people form the foundation of communities, Brittané focuses on economic development, education, and healthcare. Armed with valuable insights and a wealth of knowledge, she has the necessary tools and relationships within House District 99 to foster genuine collaboration across families, businesses, and educational institutions. Brittané’s presence, integrity, strong advocacy, and realistic expectations will enrich the lives of the constituents of House District 99 and all Oklahomans. In essence, she embodies her motto, “We are Better Together.”

Jessica Cifuentes

School Board, OKCPS School Board District 3, Oklahoma City, OK

Primary Date: Apr 2, 2024; General Date: Apr 2, 2024

Jessica grew up in Oklahoma City and has always been driven by a passion for education and volunteerism. She began her educational journey at James Buchanan Elementary and later graduated as valedictorian from ASTEC Middle and High School. With her hard work and dedication, Jessica earned over half a million dollars in scholarship opportunities. She then went on to pursue her degree in Materials Science Engineering at Emory University, where she also completed all pre-medicine requirements.

Currently, Jessica is attending Career Tech, focusing on Surgical Technology and Phlebotomy. Her ultimate goal is to attend medical school and become a surgeon. Throughout her educational journey, Jessica has been actively involved in extracurricular activities and civic organizations, allowing her to develop strong leadership skills.

Jessica understands first-hand the challenges faced by 90% of OKCPS students living in poverty, as well as the specific obstacles that nearly 60% of Hispanic students encounter in navigating the education system. With her deep understanding of these issues, she aims to bring about positive change by addressing the needs of bilingual families and expanding learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.

Additionally, Jessica is passionate about helping students plan for their future careers and providing STEAM enrichment opportunities. She also recognizes the importance of recruiting and retaining talented teachers and support staff. Through her dedication and commitment, Jessica is determined to make a lasting impact on the education system and improve the lives of all students in her community.

Scotty Hernandez

School Board, District 4, Oklahoma City, OK

Primary Date: Feb 13, 2024; General Date: Apr 2, 2024

Scotty is a dedicated real estate agent based in Oklahoma City (OKC). Born and raised in OKC, Scotty is passionate about his community and actively works to make a positive impact. Alongside his partner Derek and their three rescue dogs, Scotty proudly calls OKC his home.

Scotty is deeply committed to advocating for equality and inclusivity. He currently serves as the Oklahoma President of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, where he champions the rights and interests of the Hispanic community in the real estate industry. Additionally, he is the incoming President for PFLAG, an organization that promotes equality for LGBTQIA+ individuals. Scotty believes that everyone deserves equal opportunities and is dedicated to advancing this cause.

Having experienced the challenges that come with being a Hispanic student from a working-class background, Scotty understands the importance of education in shaping a successful future. With a staggering 90% of OKCPS students living in poverty, and nearly 60% of students being Hispanic, Scotty is determined to bring about positive change to the education system. He firmly believes that politics should not interfere with the classroom, instead focusing on providing critical services, resources for bilingual students, amplifying parental voices, and expanding educational options to meet a wider range of needs.

Through his various roles and community involvement, Scotty tirelessly works towards building a better future for all residents of OKC.


Megan Kocher

State House, District 119, PA

Primary Date: Apr 23, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Megan is a native of Northeastern Pennsylvania, born and raised in the 119th district. She attended the Greater Nanticoke Area public school system before pursuing a dual bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Wilkes University. Currently, she is working towards a master’s degree in criminal justice.

With a deep dedication to advocacy work and community organizing, Megan has made it her career focus. She currently resides in Plymouth with her husband, Joe, and their two dogs, Titus and Stella, near her parents, siblings, in-laws, and many nephews. Megan’s strong connection to family and community serves as the driving force behind her desire to make positive improvements that can impact those closest to her.

Megan’s campaign centers around the goal of creating a more unified and prosperous community for all. Through her community organizing efforts, she has connected with voters across Luzerne County on a personal level, listening to their struggles and ideas for necessary improvements. This, combined with her own experiences, shapes her vision to bring about meaningful and impactful changes in the 119th district.

Education funding, opportunities for working-class families, affordable and accessible healthcare, and protecting reproductive rights are paramount among Megan’s values. She recognizes the current political climate’s polarization and seeks to utilize her extensive educational background, community organizing experience, knowledge of Pennsylvania politics, and passion for helping people to bring her beloved community together.

Amanda Cappelletti

State Senate, District 17, PA

Primary Date: Apr 23, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Amanda is a state senator and dedicated public servant seeking re-election to Pennsylvania State Senate District 17. Since her initial election in 2020, Senator Cappelletti has effectively championed critical causes such as reproductive health, combatting climate change, and addressing the urgent issue of gun violence. Her tireless efforts have resulted in the introduction of key legislation to protect the right to read by preventing book bans, establish paid leave for individuals who experience pregnancy loss, and overhaul Pennsylvania’s e-waste recycling program.

In addition to her impactful legislative accomplishments, Senator Cappelletti has proudly made history as the first person to give birth while serving in the Pennsylvania State Senate. This remarkable milestone reflects her unwavering commitment to women’s rights and her ability to juggle the responsibilities of both motherhood and public service.

Senator Cappelletti is a resident of East Norriton Township, where she resides with her husband, daughter, and two beloved dogs. Her personal experiences and compassionate approach to policymaking fuel her dedication to improving the lives of those in her district and beyond.

As she seeks re-election, Senator Cappelletti’s staunch advocacy for important causes has positioned her as a steadfast leader, always ready to fight for a more inclusive, just, and sustainable Pennsylvania. With her proven track record of impactful legislation and her unmatched devotion to her community, Senator Amanda Cappelletti remains a formidable force in Pennsylvania politics.

Anna Payne

State House, District 142, PA

Primary Date: Apr 23, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Anna is a motivated candidate running for State Representative for the 142nd District. With a strong background in public service and a lifelong residency in Middletown, she brings a record of experience that uniquely qualifies her to serve her constituents.

Since 2020, Anna has served on the township board of supervisors, where she has been dedicated to fighting for issues that improve people’s quality of life. In this role, she has contributed to the creation of the Human Relations Council and the implementation of the first-ever climate action plan.

In addition to her local contributions, Anna is the vice-chair of the Pennsylvania Rare Disease Council and co-founder of the Bucks County Cystic Fibrosis Alliance. As someone diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth, Anna has not only overcome adversity but has thrived as a leader advocating for change. Her personal experiences have shaped her commitment to bringing positive change to her community.

If elected as the representative for her district, Anna is determined to address the issues that matter the most to her constituents. This includes lowering the cost of healthcare, ensuring community safety, increasing access to life-saving cancer screenings, reducing the cost of living for residents, protecting reproductive rights, and standing up for fundamental freedoms for all Pennsylvanians.

With Anna’s passion, experience, and dedication to service, she is ready to lead and make a difference in Harrisburg. Her focus on improving the lives of her constituents demonstrates her commitment to creating a better future for her community.

Andre Carroll

State House, District 201, PA

Primary Date: Apr 23, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Andre, a community leader born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has dedicated his life to public service. Growing up in the northwest section of the city under the guidance of his single-parent grandmother, Andre learned the values of hard work and perseverance from an early age.

After receiving his education in the Philadelphia School District, Andre became a proud graduate of Germantown High School. Equipped with a strong sense of justice and a desire to make a difference, he embarked on a career as an organizer. Andre’s experience in the Philadelphia City Controller’s Office allowed him to fight for diversity within the hedge funds responsible for overseeing the city’s pension fund. Representing and advocating for those whose financial future relied on the office’s decisions, Andre became a powerful voice for equality and fairness.

Over the past six years, Andre has immersed himself in supporting progressive campaigns. In 2019, as the Campaign Manager for Nicolas O’Rourke, he played a pivotal role in the Working Families Party’s strategy to elect third-party candidates in Philadelphia. Building on his success, Andre ran a competitive race and primary in the 201st House District against a long-time incumbent in 2022.

Andre’s dedication to public service continues to flourish. In his most recent role as Senior Strategist on Councilman Isaiah Thomas’s successful Primary reelection campaign for Philadelphia City Council at Large, Andre demonstrated exceptional strategic thinking and leadership. Furthermore, he serves on the advisory board for The New Power Project, an organization that connects aspiring youth politicians to invaluable opportunities and resources. Additionally, Andre sits on the board of The Brothahood Foundation, a mentorship program guiding incarcerated youth facing adult charges.

Andre’s commitment to making a difference extends beyond his professional endeavors. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Temple University while also holding an associate’s degree in Business Administration from Peirce College. With his combined experience, education, and unwavering dedication, Andre continues to be a force of positive change in his community and beyond.

Brad Chambers

State House, District 41, PA

Primary Date: Apr 23, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Brad is a dedicated advocate for change in Pennsylvania, driven by his passion for addressing inequalities in education, housing, and healthcare. With a firm belief that the status quo is no longer sufficient, Brad is committed to representing everyday people and working families, prioritizing their needs over special interests.

Having grown up in a single-parent household, Brad experienced firsthand the challenges faced by Lancaster County’s working families. These experiences have endowed him with a profound understanding of the struggles faced by many in his community. After completing his education at Millersville University, Brad encountered housing insecurity and the difficulties of navigating a competitive job market during his early adulthood.

Today, as a Labor Administrator overseeing union contracts, Brad ensures fair and timely compensation for a workforce exceeding 5,000 individuals. His dedication to advocating for others extends beyond his professional role. Brad has diligently knocked on countless doors, both as a candidate and in support of fellow candidates at all levels of government.

If elected to the Pennsylvania State House to represent the 41st district, Brad will strive to make a positive impact. His primary objectives include addressing homelessness and reducing housing costs, making accessible and affordable single-payer healthcare a reality, and advocating for fair and comprehensive funding of public education throughout the state.

Given Brad’s hands-on approach and commitment to his constituents, it’s highly likely that he will be knocking on doors in the 41st district as part of his campaign. With his dedication and determination, Brad Chambers aims to create a better future for Pennsylvania by tackling the pressing issues that impact the lives of everyday people.

Ashley Comans

State House, District 34, PA

Primary Date: Apr 23, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Ashley is a dedicated community advocate with a strong belief in the power of giving back and creating positive change in the community. As a lifelong resident of the new 34th District, Ashley understands the importance of diversity and how it contributes to the strength of the region.

In her role as a School Board Director for the Wilkinsburg School District, Ashley has been instrumental in driving transformational changes. Over the past six years, the district has successfully lowered property taxes in the borough by more than 6 mils, making it more affordable for residents. Additionally, Ashley played a key role in the restructuring of elementary schools to provide a more streamlined focus on early and intermediate learning. As a result, the district’s curriculum has been expanded to include Spanish for all students from Pre-K to 6th grade.

One noteworthy achievement came in 2019 when the school district reopened its newly renovated intermediate school. This updated facility has greatly enhanced the learning environment, ensuring that students and faculty have access to the resources needed for a high-quality education.

Ashley firmly believes that public office belongs to the people, and she is committed to fighting for affordable housing, strong public schools, and safe and healthy communities in the state house. With her passion, dedication, and deep understanding of community needs, Ashley is poised to make a significant impact in her role as a community advocate and leader.

Izzy Smith-Wade-El

State House, District 49, PA

Primary Date: Apr 23, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Representative Smith-Wade-El is currently serving in the Pennsylvania State House for HD-49, encompassing Lancaster City, Lancaster Township, and Millersville Borough. After completing his education at Carnegie Mellon University, Izzy returned to his hometown of Lancaster and dedicated himself to working in the nonprofit sector, focusing on supporting vulnerable individuals in need of assistance. He later assumed the role of program specialist at LanCoMyHome, where he effectively coordinated services and provided support to Lancaster County’s housing-insecure community. Izzy’s outstanding contributions and dedication to public service led to his election to Lancaster City Council in 2017. He subsequently secured reelection in 2021 and served as Council President until successfully being elected to the State House in 2022.

Through his tenure as an elected official, Izzy has achieved significant milestones that greatly benefit his constituents. Notably, he has played a crucial role in securing substantial investments in affordable housing and lead removal, making Lancaster City a better place for its residents. Additionally, Izzy has been instrumental in spearheading the efforts to decriminalize cannabis and introducing legislation to seal no-fault eviction records, facilitating improved access to affordable housing for numerous Pennsylvanians.

An unwavering organizer, Izzy has dedicated his time to supporting candidates at all levels, ranging from school board to Congressional campaigns. He has actively stood in solidarity with Kellogg’s workers during strikes and joined Pennsylvania educators in advocating for fair funding for public schools. Izzy has never hesitated to raise his voice to ensure the protection of abortion access, stand up for Black Lives, support immigrants and refugees, and condemn antisemitism.

As Izzy seeks reelection to represent Pennsylvania’s 49th House District in Harrisburg, his primary goal is to be a steadfast ally for Lancaster’s working families. With an unwavering commitment to promoting the well-being of all constituents, Izzy Smith-Wade-El continues to be a dynamic force driving positive change in the community.


Kadyn Wittman

State House, District 15, SD

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

Over the past decade, Kadyn has actively campaigned for the rights and well-being of marginalized and vulnerable communities in Sioux Falls and South Dakota as a whole. With a steadfast commitment to making a difference, Kadyn recognizes the influence they possess as a state legislator in shaping impactful legislation. By leveraging this power, they aim to enact measures that will enhance the lives of their constituents in District 15, as well as benefit the wider community of South Dakota, leaving a lasting positive impact for years to come.


Edwin Bautista

City Council, District 7, Austin, TX

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

Edwin is a dedicated community advocate specializing in local governance and urban planning. With a firm belief in the need for generational change within the Austin City Council, Edwin is focused on bringing diverse representation that truly serves all Austinites. Running for office in District 7, his campaign is centered on promoting innovative and transparent local government, rethinking community engagement, tackling the affordable housing crisis, and guiding Austin towards prosperity.

As a member of Generation Z, Edwin brings fresh perspectives and novel ideas to the table. His main objective is to represent the underdogs — the hardworking individuals who deserve equal opportunities and a fair chance to thrive. Edwin boasts an esteemed educational background, holding both a Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from The University of Texas at Austin.

Edwin has made significant contributions to the city of Austin throughout his career. He has served on various city commissions and panels, demonstrating his commitment to civic engagement. Additionally, Edwin has held leadership positions within neighborhood associations in Austin, further cementing his dedication to local communities.

Recently, Edwin has been working at Texas Housers, a reputable nonprofit organization committed to empowering low-income Texans by helping them achieve the dream of owning a decent, affordable home in a quality neighborhood.

With a strong emphasis on inclusivity and collaboration, Edwin is committed to actively listening to the voices of all community members, addressing their concerns, and working together to craft local policies that align with shared values and priorities. Through his efforts, Edwin hopes to make a positive and lasting impact on the city he calls home.

Damian Pantoja

School Board Trustee — SMD2, Del Valle ISD, Austin, TX

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

Damian is a proud native Austinite and alumnus of Del Valle ISD. Raised in the Montopolis neighborhood, he values his upbringing and the sacrifices his immigrant parents made to provide him with a good education. With a deep sense of gratitude for his community, Pantoja chose to return to East/Southeast Austin after college to actively participate in civic engagement and contribute to its growth.

Throughout his own education in the district, Damian developed a passion for his community and a strong belief in the power of quality education. He witnessed firsthand how teachers tailored their approaches to accommodate the diverse needs of his classmates. As a leader in the field of education, Pantoja now endeavors to create inclusive instructional experiences that bridge the gaps within a diverse student body.

Running for a seat on the Del Valle ISD School Board, Damian has come to understand that making impactful decisions for students requires a combination of professional expertise and personal experience. He believes that his unique blend of both will enable him to effectively serve the district and make a positive difference in the lives of its students.

Kristian Carranza

State House, District 118, TX

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

Kristian Carranza is a driven candidate hailing from San Antonio, renowned for her unwavering work ethic. Raised by a single mother and educated in local public schools, Kristian’s journey took an unexpected turn when she made the difficult decision to leave college during her senior year. With an admirable sense of responsibility, she stepped up to support her mother throughout her health challenges, offering invaluable assistance in the face of inadequate insurance coverage.

Motivated by her personal experiences, Kristian is now making waves as a compelling contender in one of Texas’ pivotal swing districts. Her campaign resonates particularly with hardworking families who intimately understand the significance of determination and sacrifice. Amidst growing disillusionment towards a political landscape that seems indifferent to pressing issues such as skyrocketing living costs, healthcare accessibility, and securing safe public schools in light of gun violence, Kristian staunchly represents their concerns.

Mo Jenkins

State House, District 139, Houston, TX

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

Mo, a proud Texas native and a dedicated advocate for social justice and community empowerment, is a prominent figure in the field. Currently serving as the Committee Director for the House Corrections Committee, she has played a crucial role in achieving legislative victories, such as the defeat of school vouchers and the establishment of the Open Burn Pits Registry Fund. Mo’s personal journey is one of overcoming adversity, having experienced the loss of her mother at a young age and facing homelessness.

However, her resilience and determination have propelled her forward. Despite navigating the foster care system, she managed to earn an associate degree in high school and a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University — Corpus Christi. Mo has made significant contributions in various areas, including being a champion for public education, restoring the right to choose, advocating for environmental justice, and challenging Republican extremism. If elected, she would not only become one of the youngest individuals to hold a seat in the State Legislature but also the first transgender woman to be elected in Texas.

Jerry Rodriguez

Constable, Precinct 5, Harris County, TX

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

Jerry is a second-generation Mexican American who was born and raised near downtown Houston. With a strong devotion to his community and a deep sense of family, Jerry has always been driven to make a positive impact on society. After facing challenges early in life, he embarked on a quest to address the injustices he observed. It became clear to Jerry that if he wanted to see real change, he needed to take action himself.

At the age of 21, Jerry enrolled in the police academy, marking the beginning of a nearly two-decade-long career in law enforcement. For the past 17 years, Jerry has served as a sergeant at Precinct 5, where he has gained invaluable experience and overseen various divisions. Committed to continuous growth and learning, Jerry holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice and has served as a Criminal Justice college professor for nine years.

Jerry’s vision for Precinct 5 revolves around fostering strong community-police relationships and creating safer neighborhoods through community-oriented policing. He aims to allocate additional resources to the patrol division to ensure comprehensive coverage across Precinct 5. As a leader, Jerry will prioritize transparency, adaptability, and accountability, upholding the highest standards for the constable agency.

Jerry invites the community to join him in his mission to make our neighborhoods more enjoyable and safer. By standing together, we can work towards creating a community where everyone feels secure and supported.

Brett Robinson

State House, District 130, TX

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

Brett is a dedicated graduate student at the University of Houston, where he is pursuing a Masters in Public Administration, set to be completed this May. Throughout his college years, Brett has shown a strong commitment to community service. From mentoring incoming freshmen in the Cub Camp program to advocating for student inclusivity in Student Government and registering students and Third Ward residents to vote as UH Democrats Vice President, Brett has always been actively involved. His passion for service, combined with the advanced teachings in leadership, public management, and policy implementation from the MPA program, positions Brett as an ideal candidate for State Representative.

Having resided in Cypress for fifteen years, Brett possesses a deep understanding of the unique needs and concerns of his community. Contemplating a political career for some time, Brett was motivated to take action when the loss of abortion rights reached a tipping point. His opponent, the author of the controversial Heartbeat Act, is responsible for a law that is deemed overly extreme and harmful to women and doctors alike. Brett feels compelled to hold his opponent accountable by shedding light on this extremism and providing his community with an alternative on the ballot.

If elected, Brett has outlined key priorities that focus on restoring reproductive freedom, tackling income inequality, and safeguarding public education. To delve deeper into his stance on these crucial matters and to stay updated on his campaign, follow Brett on TikTok @brett4texas.

Angel Carroll

State House, District 52, TX

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

Angel is a native of District 52, with a background in education and a passion for advocating data-driven solutions. Drawing from personal experiences in the juvenile justice and child welfare system, Angel is committed to improving outcomes for individuals involved in these systems. As an undergraduate, Angel’s powerful testimony before the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Criminal Court of Appeals led to the establishment of a state-level Judicial Commission focused on mental health issues. Her tireless efforts in criminal justice reform earned her an appointment to the Texas Juvenile Justice Advisory Board at just 23 years old.

Throughout the past decade, Angel has been a strong advocate for local and statewide policies, emphasizing areas such as public education, mental health services, criminal justice reform, and civil rights. Witnessing the passage of destructive and dangerous legislation in the 88th State Legislature was a turning point for Angel, propelling her decision to run for office.

Angel firmly believes that her community deserves a leader who champions legislation based on personal experience, rather than just proximity to power. With a deep appreciation for the community that raised her, Angel sees her campaign as an opportunity to give back and be a true return on the investment made by her constituents.

Stephanie Morales

State Representative — HD 138

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

Stephanie is a former Harris County Assistant District Attorney who has redirected her focus towards representing children and families. With a comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced by communities, Stephanie places great importance on legislating with genuine concern for the welfare of children.

Her key objectives revolve around advocating for robust funding for public schools, ensuring access to well-paying job opportunities for all families, and addressing the essential needs of every Texan, such as the urgent issue of fixing the grid. Stephanie firmly believes in the transformative power of active involvement in local communities and aims to make herself readily available to the individuals she represents.

Leveraging her background in the legal field and her unwavering dedication to enhancing the lives of Texans, Stephanie aspires to be an influential voice for positive change. In her pursuit of making a lasting impact, she is committed to promoting policies and initiatives that will drive meaningful progress and create a brighter future for the people she serves.


Ramón Barthelemy

State House, District 24, UT

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

Ramón is a candidate running for the Utah State House of Representatives, with a passion for representing his neighbors and making positive change. With a background in LGBTQ+ advocacy and Hispanic heritage, Ramón has firsthand experience with the challenges faced by marginalized and underserved communities in both professional and educational settings.

Having earned his BS in Astrophysics from Michigan State University, followed by a PhD in Physics Education Research from Western Michigan University, Ramón has dedicated his career to promoting inclusivity and changing national policies to support underrepresented groups in the sciences. His collaboration with civil rights attorneys and impactful research showcases his commitment to fostering a more equitable society.

As a science professor at the University of Utah, Ramón has generated over $5 million to bolster the local economy and support marginalized communities in the field of sciences. Fueled by his previous accomplishments, he is now shifting his focus to Utah politics, aiming to create a more inclusive environment in the beehive state.

If elected, Ramón will not only bring a unique personal perspective but also leverage his professional skills to lead the state in science-minded legislation and prioritize the welfare of communities. As the first openly gay Hispanic legislator in Utah, as well as the first physics professor and science policy professional in the House, he will bring a fresh and diverse voice to the table.

Having experienced a working-class upbringing himself and having utilized education as a pathway to success, Ramón intends to leverage his position to break down barriers and create opportunities for others throughout Utah. His vision for a more inclusive and supportive society will drive his efforts as a representative, ensuring that the needs and aspirations of all Utah residents are heard and valued.


Hannah King

City Council, Ward 8, Burlington, VT

Primary Date: Apr 5, 2024; General Date: Apr 5, 2024

Hannah is a renter, student, and the daughter of a single mother. Growing up with a father in construction and a mother who is a proud healthcare worker and union member, Hannah’s personal experiences have shaped her dedication to advancing actionable progressive policy. Through her own lived experiences, Hannah intimately understands the challenges that many of her neighbors in Ward 8 face daily.

Hannah has made it her mission to tirelessly advocate for her Ward 8 community. She has been actively involved in initiatives that prioritize more affordable housing options, comprehensive climate policy, and public safety measures that benefit everyone.

With a deep-rooted commitment to improving the lives of her fellow community members, Hannah is dedicated to pushing for real and tangible change. Her unique perspective and unwavering drive make her a powerful voice for the people of Ward 8.


James Lewis

City Council, At-Large, Alexandria, VA

Primary Date: Jun 18, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Jimmy is a resident of Alexandria, currently living on the West End. With a diverse background and active civic involvement, he brings a wealth of experience to his roles in the community. As the chairperson of the Alexandria Traffic and Parking Board, Jimmy oversees a wide range of transportation and transit matters within the city, including traffic management and parking regulations. In addition, he serves as the Vice President of the West End Business Association (WEBA) and holds various positions within the civic association.

With a passion for politics, Jimmy has been a lifelong Democratic activist. He has held several prominent positions within the party, including Deputy Vice Chair for West End Precinct Operations of the Alexandria Democratic Committee (ADC), Lyles Crouch Precinct Captain (ADC), and Vice Chair of Communications for the LGBT+ Democrats of Virginia. His dedication to public service extends to the national level as well, as he has served as the Issue Advocacy Director for the Young Democrats of America and as President of the Virginia Young Democrats.

In his professional career, Jimmy provides policy support and expertise to pharmaceutical professionals specializing in the care of older adults and individuals in long-term care settings. Working from his office in North Old Town, he offers guidance and assistance to both U.S. and international pharmacists. Prior to this role, Jimmy served as a senior Congressional staffer, bringing his expertise and insights to the offices of two members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Jimmy’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in biology and international relations from The College of William & Mary, as well as a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. With his immense experience and commitment to community, Jimmy Lewis continues to make a significant impact in Alexandria and beyond.

Phazhon Nash

City Council, At-Large, Roanoke, VA

Primary Date: Jun 18, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Phazhon is a passionate candidate running for Roanoke City Council with a mission to serve the community. Born and raised in Roanoke, he draws inspiration from his single mother, Vietnam War Veteran grandfather, and trailblazing grandmother who was the first Black person and woman elected as Vice President for Roanoke’s local CWA Union.

With a Bachelor of Science in Community Health and a minor in American Government from George Mason University, Phazhon has a strong educational background. Currently working as an Operations Consultant at Carilion Clinic in Emergency Medicine, he ensures that all patients receive high-quality and equitable care across six emergency departments in southwestern Virginia. Committed to continuous growth, he is pursuing a Masters in Population Health Science from the University of Alabama online.

Phazhon’s experience as a Community Outreach Liaison for Delegate Sam Rasoul provided valuable insights into the concerns of Roanoke citizens. Recognizing the need for a councilman who listens, cares, and collaborates to address community issues, Phazhon decided to step forward. Though young, he is well-prepared to serve the citizens of Roanoke and make the city a healthier, safer, more equitable, and livable place for all residents to call home.



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