Sweeping September: Introducing Our Latest 2023 Endorsement Class!

Run for Something
62 min readSep 13, 2023


Today, Run for Something (RFS) is proud to present our latest endorsement class, featuring 69 remarkable candidates from 25 states across the country! We’re happy to share that this class also includes 17 RFS alumni who are back on the ticket and ready to continue their leadership in their communities.

“As we continue to face ongoing threats against schools, democracy, and abortion, I feel hopeful in announcing our biggest endorsement class of the year so far,” said co-founder and co-executive director Amanda Litman. “These candidates understand that local offices are key to enacting meaningful change. We are confident in their commitment to representing the needs of their communities with integrity.”

“These incredible leaders are emblematic of our belief in running good candidates everywhere,” said co-founder and co-executive director Ross Morales Rocketto. “Each of these folks contributes to an expanding movement of thousands of people who are making real change in their communities. I am so excited to welcome all these candidates to the RFS community.”

Learn more about the September Endorsement Class below!



Garrett Barnes

Judge, District 2, Craighead County, AR

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

Garrett is a dedicated public servant seeking re-election as Justice of the Peace District 2 in Craighead County. With a strong commitment to improving the West End and North Jonesboro communities, Garrett aims to enhance public infrastructure, safety, and overall quality of life. Recognizing that Craighead County is not a rural area, Garrett, a Democrat, is eager to collaborate with the City of Jonesboro and effectively pass policies that benefit the community.

One of Garrett’s main priorities is the investment in comprehensive youth and child care services, recognizing the importance of providing a nurturing environment for the younger generation. Additionally, he advocates for effective mosquito control measures, affordable and habitable housing options, increased sidewalks and trails to promote active lifestyles, and the establishment of job training programs to enhance employment opportunities within the county.

What sets Garrett apart from other officials in the county is his consistent efforts in engaging with the public. He regularly hosts accessible public Town Halls, providing a platform for constructive dialogue and community input. Should he be re-elected, Garrett vows to continue organizing these open forums on a quarterly basis.

In addition to his political endeavors, Garrett has a background in public school education. He is a devoted husband to Maggie and a caring father to two young boys. With his extensive experience and dedication to public service, Garrett is determined to make a positive impact in Craighead County.


Nadia Farjood

Grossmont Healthcare District, Zone 3, San Diego, CA

Election Date: Nov 5, 2024

Nadia is a healthcare attorney and advocate who is running for the Grossmont Healthcare District Board (Zone 3) in East San Diego County. With a strong focus on addressing opioid addiction, the fentanyl crisis, and chronic disease, Nadia aims to create a healthier future for the community. One of her key goals is to provide support to the local hospital in order to meet the specific needs of the area.

As an attorney, Nadia’s primary area of expertise lies in safeguarding patients’ rights. She has extensive experience advising hospitals on issues surrounding environmental and safety regulations, as well as investigating allegations of misconduct within clinical health settings.

Nadia is a San Diego native who attended public schools and went on to study Government and Neurobiology at Harvard. She then received her law degree from Harvard Law School, during which time she became a dedicated advocate for low-income survivors of domestic violence and immigrant youth.

Passionate about public service, Nadia is actively involved in various organizations. She serves on the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, as well as on the boards of the San Diego Women’s Foundation, the Jewish Family Service of San Diego, and the Tariq Khamisa Foundation for youth peace.

In her personal life, Nadia resides in San Diego with her husband, Raul Campillo, and their two dogs, Kiko and Jojo.

Cassandra James

Board of Supervisors, District 1, Solano County, CA

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

Cassandra is a dedicated professional with a passion for helping others. Her primary focus is on connecting lower income and formerly homeless individuals with affordable housing options. Having been on the frontlines of the homelessness crisis, Cassandra has also made impactful interventions to support survivors of domestic abuse and assisted formerly incarcerated women in rebuilding their lives.

Residing in Vallejo, Cassandra resides in a multi-generational household with her spouse, two children, and also serves as a part-time caregiver for her grandparent, ensuring they age with dignity. The family’s home in Vallejo was made possible by the GI Bill, coupled with middle-class incomes secured through good union jobs.

Cassandra takes pride in her military background, hailing from a family with a strong military heritage. Her beloved grandfather was a veteran, and this connection has shaped her values and sense of duty. Originally from San Francisco, Cassandra made the move to Vallejo over thirteen years ago.

Education plays a vital role in Cassandra’s professional growth and preparedness. She holds three associate degrees earned from City College of San Francisco: an A.A. in Arts and Humanities, an A.A. in Social Justice, and an A.S. in Behavioral Science. Additionally, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics, Economics, Policy, and Law (PEPL) from Mills College.

Cassandra’s unwavering commitment to helping those in need, coupled with her extensive education and experience, make her a valuable asset in the field of social justice and community development.

Brandon Lamar

City Council, District 3, Pasadena, CA

Primary Date: Mar 5, 2024; General Date: Nov 15, 2024

Brandon is a dedicated community organizer and coalition builder running for the Pasadena City Council District 3 seat. With a strong focus on grassroots organizing and fostering unity, Brandon seeks to bring about positive change and a fresh perspective to the Dias.

One of Brandon’s key priorities is affordable housing. He firmly believes that every resident deserves a safe and stable place to call home. To address this, he plans to craft and advocate for policies that promote affordable housing initiatives, tenant protections, and equitable access to housing opportunities. Additionally, Brandon recognizes the importance of supporting the “mom and pop” landlords of Pasadena.

Public safety is another critical issue for Brandon. He aims to work hand in hand with community organizations and law enforcement agencies to enhance community policing and rebuild trust between the community and the police. By doing so, he hopes to create safer neighborhoods where all residents can thrive.

Through his experience as an impassioned organizer and coalition builder, Brandon has proven his ability to bring people together in pursuit of common goals. With his unwavering dedication and commitment to the community, he is poised to make a positive difference in the lives of Pasadena residents.

Ryan Liu

Community College Board, Area 6, Pasadena, CA

Election Date: Mar 5, 2024

Ryan is an attorney and a nationally recognized advocate for accessible higher education. With a strong passion for expanding opportunities, Ryan became involved in this cause during his time as a first-generation, low-income student at Pasadena City College (PCC), where he graduated as the valedictorian. Armed with a BA from Yale College, an MSc in Higher Education from the University of Oxford, and a J.D. from Yale Law School, Ryan has worked tirelessly to advance accessible and affordable higher education.

Having gained experience in various domains, including politics, national campaigns, and policy and advocacy organizations, Ryan has always remained focused on his local community and PCC. For the past decade, he has dedicated himself to advancing the college and supporting its students. This commitment is evident through his regular engagements, such as speaking at local K-12 schools about higher education and serving as a mentor to PCC students. Additionally, he contributes his expertise as a board member of PCC’s Asian American & Pacific Islander Advisory Committee.

Notably, Ryan’s impactful contributions extend beyond mentoring and advocacy. As the Deputy Campaign Manager of PCC’s successful bond campaign, he played an instrumental role in securing $565 million in funding for the college. Now, Ryan is taking his dedication to the next level by running for the PCC Board of Trustees. His goal is to ensure that students can access the same opportunities he had, allowing them to build brighter futures for themselves and their loved ones. Ryan’s commitment to accessible higher education remains unwavering as he continues to make positive changes at PCC.

Ricardo Ortega Martinez

State Assembly, District 34, CA

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

Ricardo is a dedicated Peer Advocate at the Children’s Law Center of California. As the inaugural Los Angeles County Youth Commissioner, he passionately represents the interests of over 2.2 million young people. Additionally, Ricardo holds a prominent role as a member of the California Youth Connection Executive Commission.

Ricardo’s impressive track record includes serving on the Mental Health Board for Transitional Age Youth in California. Notably, he became the youngest commissioner to lend his expertise to the Civil Service Commission in the city of Huntington Park, as well as the Immigration Commission under Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson of the 65th District in California.

In recognition of his outstanding accomplishments, Ricardo was officially acknowledged on December 2nd, 2017, as a Young Senator by State Senator Ricardo Lara in honor of his completion of the highly esteemed 33rd Senate District Young Senators Program.

Remarkably, Ricardo began his impactful work at the age of 17 when he actively contributed to AB 2247-Place to Call Home, an initiative aimed at creating stability for foster youth placements across California. Continuing his commitment to California’s youth, Ricardo, at the age of 20, took part in AB 46-California Youth

Empowerment Commission, which offered an exceptional opportunity for young Californians to engage in civic activities.

Among Ricardo’s notable achievements, he also served as the President of the Los Angeles chapter of a noteworthy non-profit organization, demonstrating his dedication to making a positive impact in the community.


Jessica Hearns

School Board, Mesa County Valley D51, District A, Mesa County Valley, CO

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Jessica is a former teacher and mathematician with a deep passion for community and service. With a Master’s in Educational Leadership, Jessica firmly believes that public education is vital for a well-functioning society and an informed electorate.

Motivated by her desire to make a difference, Jessica has been contemplating running for office for several years. She currently sees a unique opportunity to do so, as the incumbent is term-limited. Jessica is committed to ensuring that every student has the best possible school experience, and she believes that a strong school board is crucial in achieving this goal.

One of Jessica’s core values is defending academic freedom and providing teachers with the necessary autonomy to thrive. However, she understands the importance of accountability and will strive to strike the right balance. Recognizing that parental involvement plays a significant role in student success, Jessica aims to enhance communication between all stakeholders in the district.

Excited about the district’s new strategic plan, Jessica is eager to contribute her expertise and help advance its objectives if elected. She understands that tackling student enrollment is a complex issue that affects the entire community and is prepared to engage in difficult conversations. Jessica is committed to gathering comprehensive data, considering all perspectives, and working towards transparent solutions that benefit everyone involved.

Paloma Delgadillo

City Council, Ward 2, Broomfield, CO

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Paloma is the current Ward 2 council member serving the residents of Broomfield, Colorado. Assumed office in February of 2023, Paloma has been a dedicated champion for affordable housing, sustainability, and inclusion.

By day, Paloma is a skilled number cruncher, utilizing her analytical expertise to make informed decisions. However, her true passion lies in community organizing. After completing her studies at the University of Chicago in 2015, Paloma embarked on her organizing journey with the National Organization of Women (NOW). Through this experience, she gained invaluable skills, such as speaking at press conferences, appearing on TV, and lobbying elected officials for change.

Paloma firmly believes that it is at the local level of government where the most impactful changes are made in people’s daily lives. She recognizes the importance of attending to even the smallest details in order to create a better and more inclusive Broomfield for all its residents. Paloma considers it a privilege to serve such a vibrant and remarkable community.

Manny Rutinel

State House, District 32, CO

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

Manny is an environmental lawyer and advocate for the working class who has set his sights on Colorado’s House District 32, one of the most polluted areas in the country. Raised by a single mother who immigrated from the Dominican Republic in search of a better life for her children, Manny experienced firsthand the struggles of growing up surrounded by polluted air and financial insecurity. Throughout his youth, he juggled part-time jobs, including a stint at McDonald’s, while also serving as a tutor at Kumon. Determined to pursue higher education despite financial hardships, Manny took advantage of community college courses, ultimately obtaining his Associate’s degree shortly after completing high school.

During the difficult times of the Great Recession, Manny and his mother faced the devastating loss of their home. Undeterred by these setbacks, Manny persisted in his studies and successfully earned a Master’s degree in Economics from Johns Hopkins University, followed by a law degree from Yale Law School. His perseverance and resilience through adversities are exemplified by the scar on his arm, a reminder of the countless plasma donations he made to make ends meet.

Upon entering his professional career, Manny joined Earthjustice as an environmental attorney. In this capacity, he dedicated himself to challenging major corporations that prioritize profit over the protection of our precious air, water, and land resources. Through his efforts, Manny aimed to hold these corporations accountable for their destructive practices.

Now, Manny is ready to take his commitment to environmental justice and advocacy for the working class even further by running for office in Colorado’s House District 32. With his diverse background, deep understanding of economic matters, and unwavering determination, Manny aspires to create a healthier, more prosperous future for his community and beyond.


Monica Beard

State House, District 22, Delaware

Primary Date: Sep 10, 2024; General Date: Nov 5, 2024

Monica, a Hockessin native, embarked on a European journey to pursue her education before establishing roots back in her hometown to raise her son. Throughout her life, she has consistently championed for the rights of the most vulnerable Delawareans. Monica has an extensive background in advocacy, having worked for esteemed organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

At present, Monica’s dedication to her community remains unwavering. She actively contributes to the First State Abortion Fund and the Delaware Alliance Against Sexual Violence as a board member. Additionally, Monica generously invests her time as a volunteer advocate for children in foster care.

Driven by her unwavering passion, Monica focuses on several key issues of utmost importance. She firmly believes in implementing common sense restrictions when it comes to firearms. Monica is equally committed to protecting reproductive rights, ensuring that individuals in Delaware have the freedom to make choices regarding their own bodies. Moreover, she tirelessly works towards bridging the gap by advocating for accessible and affordable childcare and education for all Delawareans.

Through her relentless efforts, Monica strives to create a better future for her community by addressing these critical matters head-on.


Sarah Henry

State House, District 38, FL

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

Sarah is a dedicated professional with a strong passion for public service and a deep-rooted commitment to social change. With a career in the nonprofit sector that spans various roles in communications, development, and compliance, Sarah has consistently demonstrated a tireless work ethic and a genuine enthusiasm for making a difference.

Inspired by her grandfather, a former Naval submariner and elected public servant, Sarah’s unwavering sense of civic duty has been ingrained in her since childhood. Her desire to contribute to her community and effect positive change is what drives her professional endeavors.

In addition to her professional pursuits, Sarah finds fulfillment in spending quality time with her loved ones in her hometown of Altamonte Springs, FL. She cherishes moments with her husband, Nicolas, and their pit bull mix, Maisel.

Sarah holds a B.A. in Political Science from Lynn University and an M.P.A. with a specialization in Nonprofit Management from American University. These educational achievements have provided her with a solid foundation to excel in her chosen field.

Sarah’s passion for public service is unwavering, as evidenced by her recent run for the Florida House District 38 in 2022. While narrowly missing victory, this experience has only fueled her determination to re-enter the race in the upcoming 2024 cycle.

With her unwavering commitment to social change, Sarah continues to inspire those around her, making a lasting impact through her work in the nonprofit sector and her relentless pursuit of public service.

Sarah Leonardi

School Board, District 3, Broward County, FL

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

Sarah is a former teacher with nearly a decade of experience, specializing in teaching English in Broward County’s public high schools. She brings extensive knowledge and dedication to her role as the school board member for Broward County Public School’s District 3.

Throughout her time in Broward Schools, Sarah actively contributed to the educational community. She served as a sponsor for various clubs, mentored fellow teachers, and, in 2016, was honored as the Teacher of the Year at Coconut Creek High School. Her passion for education was instilled at an early age, having grown up in Cairo, Egypt, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where she witnessed the transformative power of education firsthand.

Sarah returned to the United States to pursue higher education at the University of Miami, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education in 2011. Her upbringing and academic background have shaped her firm belief in the importance of quality education in changing lives.

Representing Broward County Public School’s District 3, Sarah advocates for the needs of her constituents residing in the east side of the county, which includes some of the oldest schools in the region. She has successfully secured over $80 million in funding for new construction projects within her district. Sarah is a respected voice on matters of transparency, accountability for district leadership, and ensuring educational equity for all students.

With her unwavering commitment to educational progress and her tireless efforts, Sarah Leonardi continues to be a driving force in Broward County’s educational landscape.


Ruwa Romman

State House, District 97, GA

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

Ruwa is a dedicated public servant and community leader currently serving as the Representative for Georgia State House District 97. With a background in organizing, policy analysis, and management, Ruwa is deeply committed to empowering communities and promoting civic engagement.

Throughout her career, Ruwa has demonstrated her passion for advocacy and community building. She has worked tirelessly as an organizer with the Asian American Advocacy Fund and played a pivotal role in co-founding the Georgia Volunteer Hub. In addition, Ruwa has made significant contributions to the Georgia Muslim Voter Project through her organizing efforts.

Ruwa’s educational background further enhances her ability to effect positive change. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Oglethorpe University and a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University. Her expertise in policy analysis is evident in her work for a professional services management company, where she developed strategies to address complex policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels.

With her diverse skill set and unwavering dedication, Ruwa continues to make a lasting impact on her community. As the Representative for Georgia State House District 97, she remains focused on championing the needs and interests of her constituents while striving to build a stronger and more engaged community.


Jonathan Grieder

City Council, At-Large, Waterloo, IA

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Born to a firefighter and a nurse, Jonathan was raised with a strong sense of public service and a determination to tackle challenges head-on. After graduating from Luther College, Jonathan pursued a career in education, becoming a dedicated public school teacher for the past decade.

Inspired by the diversity and drive of the Waterloo community, Jonathan decided to make Waterloo their home in 2015. Alongside his amazing wife, he is incredibly grateful to be raising their two smart and lovely daughters in Waterloo.

In 2019, Jonathan ran for City Council with a clear vision to build a bright future for Waterloo. And he has delivered. Over the past four years, Waterloo has embraced ambitious goals to address the urgent climate crisis. Jonathan has played a pivotal role in implementing policies that provide families with greater access to quality child care. Moreover, they have championed investments in 21st century infrastructure, including the establishment of a public utility broadband network.

Furthermore, Jonathan has been a vocal advocate for creating an inclusive and welcoming community for all residents. Their leadership in this area has been instrumental in ensuring that Waterloo remains a place where everyone feels valued and supported.

Proud of their accomplishments thus far, Jonathan is committed to continuing their work over the next four years. With a focus on progress and collaboration, they will strive to drive positive change, improve the quality of life for residents, and secure a prosperous future for Waterloo.


Ciara Chaney

City Council, Ward 5, Prairie Village, KS

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

Ciara is a dedicated professional and a first-time candidate running for a vacant seat on the City Council in Prairie Village. Currently, she leverages her expertise in human resources (HR) at a local hospital, specializing in recruitment strategies, labor issues, and staying informed about market trends in the healthcare industry.

With a deep belief in the importance of a healthy community, Ciara recognizes the significance of monitoring taxes. By doing so, she aims to ensure that residents have the means to afford crucial preventive healthcare services. Ciara holds a strong passion for nurturing economic diversity while preserving the unique charm of the community. As a mother of young children, she brings a valuable perspective to the table, representing the growing families who aspire to live in our esteemed community but are faced with mounting housing costs.

By combining her professional experience in HR with her commitment to community well-being, Ciara is dedicated to making a positive impact on Prairie Village. Her goal is to contribute to the betterment of the community by advocating for accessible healthcare, affordable housing, and a vibrant local economy.

With a solid foundation in healthcare and a genuine dedication to the community, Ciara is a candidate who is poised to bring fresh ideas, thoughtful strategies, and a genuine concern for the welfare of the residents of Prairie Village.

Emma Jones

Board of Education, District 1, Gardner-Edgerton, KS

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

Emma is a dedicated advocate for public education with a strong passion for the well-being of students and teachers. She actively participates in board meetings, where she eloquently voices her support for teacher support and creating an inclusive learning environment. Recognizing the vital role that quality educators play in providing a top-notch education, Emma has made it one of her campaign priorities to foster positive relationships between parents and educators in her district.

When Emma isn’t devoting her time to education, she can often be found indulging in her love for gardening or selflessly volunteering for local non-profits focused on gardening initiatives. Her commitment to the overall betterment of her community is evident through her dedication to serving her district and creating a strong sense of unity within her neighborhood.

Katie Williams

Board of Education, District 3, Gardner, KS

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Katie is a dedicated former educator seeking re-election to the USD231 School Board. With a wide range of interests, she has been actively involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Drink Local Think Global, and Gardner Pride. Katie is a vocal advocate for student and teacher rights, championing causes such as special education and social-emotional learning. Her commitment to public education is unwavering, as she strives to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive school environment for all students and teachers. Known for her compassionate leadership style and unwavering integrity, Katie is deeply committed to serving the community she calls home. Currently residing in Gardner, Kansas with her husband, son, two cats, and two dogs, Katie brings firsthand knowledge and understanding of the needs of her constituents.


Chad Aull

State House, District 79, KY

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

Chad is a State Representative serving in the General Assembly. He was elected in 2022 and is currently a Freshman member. In addition to his role as a legislator, Chad holds the position of Freshman House Democratic caucus chair.

During the 2023 Legislative session, Chad distinguished himself as one of the few Democratic members who successfully passed legislation. He collaborated with members of the majority party to pass a bipartisan bill that permits schools, both public and private, to have a designated School Resource Officer on campus. This legislation aims to enhance school safety and facilitate a swift response in the unfortunate event of a school shooting.

Chad has also sponsored several bills addressing important issues. He has proposed measures related to underage drinking and driving, bio-marker testing to improve the detection of rare forms of cancer, the removal of confederate holidays from Kentucky state statute, and the expansion of the Child Nutrition program to combat childhood hunger.

Chad resides in Lexington along with his wife Marisa, their 16-year-old daughter Isabella, and 6-year-old son William.


April Fournier

City Council, At-Large, Portland, ME

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

April is an Indigenous Dine’ woman who is deeply committed to her community. As a mother, educator, and advocate, she actively works to break down barriers in government and education so that everyone can fully participate.

With a strong belief in the power of inclusivity, April strives to ensure that marginalized individuals and groups have a voice in the decisions that directly affect them. By including these often overlooked perspectives in important conversations, she fosters a more equitable and representative community.

Running for re-election to the Portland City Council, April is driven by her belief that the city needs a leader who has a proven track record of building relationships and creating connections both inside and outside City Hall. She has diligently worked to facilitate access points for the public to engage with local government, strengthening the bridge between residents and policymakers.

Addressing Portland’s most pressing issues is a top priority for April. From tackling housing and homelessness challenges to enhancing public safety and promoting environmental sustainability, she is committed to finding effective solutions. With her demonstrated leadership and unwavering dedication, April is determined to make a positive impact on the city she loves.


Feanna Jattan-Singh

City Council, District 3, Worcester, MA

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Feanna is a multifaceted professional with diverse experiences in the fields of real estate, education, and entrepreneurship. With a strong educational background, she holds a degree in International Business from Johnson and Wales University.

Having lived in Worcester since 2010, Feanna has been deeply committed to serving the local community. Her passion for making a difference led her to volunteer extensively, both through her involvement with the Kiwanis Club of Worcester and various church activities.

Over the course of ten years, Feanna also worked as a substitute teacher, contributing to the development and growth of countless students. Through her role as an educator, she honed her problem-solving skills, effectively addressing challenges and finding innovative solutions.

In addition to her involvement in education and community service, Feanna is a successful business owner. Her entrepreneurial spirit has guided her in establishing and managing a thriving enterprise. With her keen eye for opportunities and determination to succeed, Feanna has consistently demonstrated her ability to navigate the dynamic world of business.

With an unwavering commitment to excellence, Feanna continues to make a positive impact in her professional and personal endeavors. As she continues to evolve and grow, her problem-solving skills and dedication to serving others will undoubtedly propel her to new heights of success.

Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler

City Council, At-Large, Cambridge, MA

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Jivan is a firm believer in the positive impact of local government and its role in shaping communities. Growing up in subsidized housing and benefiting from health insurance through CHIP, he personally experienced the transformative power of public commitments. Now, in his bid for City Council, Jivan aims to leverage his own experiences to address key challenges in Cambridge, such as housing and childcare affordability, sustainability, and improved transportation systems.

During his previous tenure on the City Council in 2020–2021, Jivan demonstrated his dedication to the community. He played a crucial role in the creation of hundreds of affordable homes in Cambridge, advocated for safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists, and championed a drive for greater governmental transparency and accountability. Following his term on the Council, he took up the position of New England Progressive Governance Director for the Working Families Party. In this capacity, he collaborated with elected officials and advocates across New England, focusing on critical issues like affordable housing and childcare.

As a renter himself, Jivan is keenly aware of the needs and concerns of the two-thirds of Cambridge residents who also rent. Living with his partner and their cat, Eden, in a triple-decker apartment, he prioritizes the perspective of renters and seeks to amplify their voices. With a background in organizing and a firm commitment to democratic socialism, Jivan brings a unique and passionate approach to addressing the challenges faced by the community he cares deeply about.

Katherine Cabral

School Committee, Chelsea, MA

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Kati is a lifelong resident of Chelsea, MA, and a dedicated educator. She is a graduate of Chelsea Public Schools (CPS) and currently serves as Vice-Chair on the Chelsea School Committee. Kati is passionate about representing Chelsea At-Large on the committee and is seeking re-election on November 7th.

Kati’s involvement with the School Committee began during her senior year of high school when she was chosen by her principal to serve as the Student Representative. This experience ignited her desire to give back to the community that had invested in her. After college, Kati returned to Chelsea and taught 7th and 8th grade Science. She later took on the role of Recruitment and Retention Manager.

Due to her dedication and leadership, Kati was called upon by her community to represent District 5 on the School Committee. She is committed to ensuring that the district meets its goal of knowing every student by name, strength, and story. Kati firmly believes that by working together, we can equip students who are most impacted by systems and structures with the skills they need to become lifelong learners, active citizens, and change-makers within the decision-making process.

Ayesha M. Wilson

City Council, At-Large, Cambridge, MA

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Ayesha is an experienced social worker and Senior Teacher-Counselor at the Cambridge Housing Authority’s Work Force program in Cambridge. With a strong background in public service and a deep connection to the community, Ayesha is currently running for City Council.

A product of Cambridge Public Schools and Cambridge Public Housing, Ayesha understands the challenges faced by residents firsthand. Currently, she provides live-in support for disabled adults to make ends meet. After graduating from high school, Ayesha dedicated her life to serving the youth of Cambridge, which ultimately led her to become a social worker and later join the School Committee.

Ayesha’s motivation to run for City Council stems from her personal experience of the difficulty in affording to stay in Cambridge. Her vision is to create a city where everyone can afford safe and stable housing, empowering them to contribute to the community in meaningful ways — just as she has.

Affordability is Ayesha’s top priority. She strongly believes that by strengthening public housing, Cambridge can provide viable housing options for a broader range of residents who may not be able to afford market rents. She is also open to exploring other policy tools to achieve the goal of making the city more affordable and ensuring that longtime residents can remain in their homes.

In addition to her work in social services, Ayesha actively participates in various community organizations. She is a dedicated member of the Greater Boston Association of Black Social Workers, serves on the Board of Directors for the YWCA Cambridge, and holds the role of Secretary for the Cambridge Branch NAACP.

Through her deep commitment to the community and her comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced by Cambridge residents, Ayesha M. Wilson is well-prepared to advocate for affordable housing and lead positive change as a member of the City Council.

Benjamin Harman

City Council, Ward 4, Newburyport, MA

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

Ben is a dedicated advocate for marginalized and disadvantaged communities. With a passion for equality and inclusion, Ben has been actively involved in various initiatives since his middle school years. Currently, he holds the esteemed position of Treasurer of the Board at Point Foundation, the largest LGBTQ+ scholarship organization. Additionally, Ben serves as a member of the Human Rights Commission for the City of Newburyport.

In pursuit of creating a positive impact at the neighborhood level, Ben is running for Ward 4 on the Newburyport City Council. With a strong commitment to his community, he aims to become a champion for issues that directly affect his constituents. His key focus areas include increasing the City’s investment in youth services, addressing climate resilience and environmental concerns, and ensuring the availability of affordable housing for seniors and working families.

Driven by his desire to foster collaboration and progress, Ben seeks to find common ground in order to propel Newburyport forward. He believes in creating a thriving community that not only embraces diversity but also provides a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.

Ayah Al-Zubi

City Council, At-Large, Cambridge, MA

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Ayah is a dedicated educator, passionate sports enthusiast, and firm advocate for social justice. With her invaluable expertise in sports accessibility, education reform, youth empowerment, and women’s empowerment, Ayah is vying for the chance to represent the diverse residents of Cambridge. As a proud young Muslim Arab woman, Ayah recognizes the pressing need for a multiplicity of voices in the realm of politics. Her international experience in fostering leadership skills among young individuals serves as a testament to her commitment to empowering marginalized communities.

Currently residing in the vibrant neighborhood of Cambridgeport, Ayah is inspired to bridge the stark racial inequities that persist in Cambridge, a city renowned for its affluence. With her unwavering determination and unwavering dedication to social justice, Ayah seeks to create a more inclusive and equitable future for all residents of Cambridge.


Alyshia Dyer

Sheriff, Washtenaw County, MI

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

Alyshia has a background that has shaped her dedication to community service and social justice. Coming from a family of Polish immigrants who settled in Detroit, Michigan, three generations ago, Alyshia was instilled with the values of hard work and supporting those in need. Growing up in Ypsilanti, Michigan, she faced periods of homelessness as a runaway, leading her to develop a deep appreciation for the importance of community support.

Throughout her upbringing, Alyshia also had personal encounters with the criminal justice system, experiencing both respectful and harmful treatment from law enforcement officers. These experiences had a profound impact on her and solidified her commitment to improving the system.

Driven to make a difference, Alyshia underwent training at the police academy and served as a road patrol deputy at the Washtenaw Sheriff’s Office for 10 years. Simultaneously, she pursued her undergraduate degree at Eastern Michigan University, demonstrating her determination and commitment to personal growth. During her time as a Deputy Sheriff, she witnessed the tragic loss of young lives due to gun violence, further emphasizing the need to address issues such as childhood criminalization, poverty, and mental health within our legal system.

To equip herself with the necessary knowledge and skills, Alyshia decided to pursue degrees in public policy and social work. With the aim of reducing harm in our legal system, she made the courageous decision to run for Sheriff. Through her candidacy, she strives to address the underlying causes of injustice, advocating for policies that prioritize the well-being and dignity of all individuals.


Miranda Pacheco

City Council, At-Large, Duluth, MN

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

Miranda is a driven individual who has overcome numerous obstacles to achieve success. Starting off as a felon, high school dropout, pregnant teenager, and homeless, she managed to turn her life around when she arrived in Duluth. This city provided her with the opportunity to attend a drug treatment center, and she briefly resided at AICHO’s domestic violence shelter. Inspired by her experiences, Miranda began working at these organizations, using her personal journey to help others in similar situations.

In addition to finding stability, Duluth allowed Miranda to explore her roots and embrace her Ojibwe heritage. She became involved in Ojibwe ceremonies, finding strength and solace in her cultural practices. As she pursued her educational goals, Miranda earned an associate degree from Fond du Lac Tribal College and is now working towards a Social Work degree from St. Scholastica.

As a proud homeowner, Miranda lives with her two daughters, symbolizing the tremendous progress she has made. Her journey has not only shaped her future but also instilled a passion for advocating for others. Witnessing the shortcomings of the system, Miranda strongly believes that we must strive for improvement and better support those in need.

Miranda’s dedication to social welfare led her to various organizations where she made a significant impact. She has contributed her skills and knowledge to LifeHouse, Zeitgeist’s Healthy Hillside Initiative, and currently works at Mash-ka-wisen Treatment Center. Furthermore, Miranda serves as a consultant for Wealth Entrepreneurship Economic Sustainability. Collaborating with groups like SOAR and the Workforce Development Center, she actively promotes inclusive recruitment practices.

Whether she is fighting for the rights of others or giving back to the community that transformed her life, Miranda exemplifies resilience and determination. Her personal experiences have made her a fierce advocate for change and a source of inspiration for others facing adversity.


Joanna Kelley

City Council, At-Large, Portsmouth, NH

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Joanna is a dedicated public servant currently serving her first term as Assistant Mayor in Portsmouth, NH. In 2021, she made history as the first African American elected in Portsmouth’s council and state history, breaking barriers and paving the way for others.

Growing up with her grandparents and as a ward of the state in New Hampshire, Joanna experienced firsthand the challenges of not feeling rooted in one place. As one of the few minority children in the region, she was determined to create positive change.

Joanna’s love for Portsmouth and its people deepens every day, and she is passionate about fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for both her employees and the community. Her primary goal is to equalize opportunities and ensure that all individuals, especially younger and BIPOC audiences, feel a genuine sense of belonging and actively participate in the decision-making process at the municipal level.

With her commitment to the vibrant community she is proud to be part of, Joanna is running for reelection. She will continue to engage in dialogue, seeking ways to create a level playing field and promote inclusivity throughout Portsmouth. By advocating for a more inclusive city, Joanna is determined to enhance the overall well-being and unity of her constituents.

Peter Argeropoulos

School Board, At-Large, Manchester, NH

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

Born and raised in Manchester, Peter attended Jewett St., Southside, and Memorial schools. After completing a biology undergraduate degree and Masters of Education from UNH, he settled in Manchester with their spouse. Currently, Peter serves as a dedicated seventh-grade science teacher in Nashua. Caring deeply about his hometown, he is committed to making positive changes and actively participates in community initiatives. His passion for giving back stems from the immense support he has received from their community.

Jessica Spillers

School Board, Ward 8, Manchester, NH

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

Jessica is a dedicated social worker, advocate, and mother of two, with 12 years of experience in community mental health, the criminal justice system, and the government sector. Her unique background has equipped her with the skills and knowledge needed to address the challenges facing our school board today. Throughout her career, Jessica has successfully brought together diverse groups and organizations to find practical solutions to complex issues, and she is eager to apply this same approach to our education system.

With a deep understanding of the various challenges that schools encounter, ranging from book bans to increasing mental health needs and teacher appreciation, Jessica is able to empathize with the many concerns that stakeholders have. She firmly believes that schools should not only focus on academic excellence but also serve as safe spaces for students to explore their identities and develop their sense of self. For Jessica, education is a fundamental right that should be accessible to all, rather than a competition.

As a passionate advocate for public education, Jessica is committed to making our schools beacons of excellence. She recognizes the importance of ensuring that every student has access to a quality education. By bridging the gap between discussion and action, Jessica aims to bring about positive change within our school board, promoting an inclusive and supportive learning environment for all students.

Matthew Gerding

Mayor, Somersworth, NH

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Matt is an experienced educator and dedicated public servant with a passion for the outdoors and the creative arts. With over 8 years of teaching experience, he has consistently found ways to incorporate his interests into his lessons, which has allowed him to connect with his students on a deeper level.

Currently serving as a City Councilor in Somersworth, Matt is committed to making positive changes in his community. His notable achievements on City Council include the approval of a new fire station, the redesign of two city parks, and significant investments in streets and sidewalks. He takes pride in prioritizing sustainability, education, and the beautification of Somersworth.

In addition to his extensive background in education and public service, Matt has deep roots in New Hampshire. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire and later pursued a Masters of Public Policy at the Carsey School, also at the University of New Hampshire. While at the Carsey School, he had the opportunity to contribute to the New Hampshire Commission to Study School Funding, which concluded its important work in 2020.

Outside of his professional pursuits, Matt indulges in his hobbies, such as gardening, hiking, and painting. He finds solace and inspiration in nature, and these activities allow him to recharge and express his creativity.

Overall, Matt’s dedication to public service, combined with his passion for education, sustainability, and the arts, make him a valuable asset to the community of Somersworth. His commitment to making a positive impact is evident in his work, both in the classroom and on City Council.

Linnea Nemeth

City Council, At-Large, Dover, NH

Election Date: Nov 3, 2023

Linnea is a dedicated arts and social justice advocate who is seeking re-election for City Councilor At-Large on Dover City Council. With a background as a Production Manager and a member of her employer’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team, Linnea brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her current role. In addition, she actively contributes to corporate sustainability efforts.

As a councilor, Linnea serves as a liaison to various important committees, including the Arts Commission, Heritage Commission, and Committee on Racial Equity and Inclusion. Her collaborative approach involves working closely with city departments, actively listening to community feedback, and actively engaging in the creation of the Visioning Master Plan Chapter.

For her re-election campaign, Linnea aims to address the pressing issue of rising living costs and advocate for more initiatives promoting racial equity. With her strong belief in representation and inclusivity, she aspires to provide a voice for the median age population, which stands at 36, making it the largest age demographic in Dover.

Through her passion for arts and social justice, Linnea will continue to bring awareness to important issues and propose new solutions that benefit the community as a whole. With her determination and commitment, she seeks to make a positive impact on the city of Dover.


Joeigh Perella

County Board, At-Large, Cumberland County, NJ

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

Dr.Perella, a lifelong resident of Cumberland County, currently resides in Vineland, NJ. After graduating from Rowan University, she pursued her passion for dentistry at Tufts University, where she obtained her doctorate degree in dental medicine. Since 2018, Dr. Perella has been providing top-notch family dentistry services to the residents of Cumberland County.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Dr. Perella actively engages with her community through her family’s nonprofit organization, The Robert V Hoffman III Memorial Fund, as well as her involvement in the local Rotary Club. Through her nonprofit, she raises awareness about mental health care, addressing the pressing need for improved access and support within her community.

Now, as Dr. Perella steps forward in her race for County Commissioner, she brings a strong focus on key areas of improvement for Cumberland County. Recognizing the critical role of infrastructure in shaping a thriving community, Dr. Perella aims to enhance and expand public water and sewer services, as well as high-speed broadband networks, particularly in the rural parts of the County. By ensuring that necessary 21st century infrastructure is accessible to all, she will contribute to the overall progress and connectivity of Cumberland County.

Furthermore, Dr. Perella seeks to protect the environment by implementing sustainable practices and safeguarding natural resources. Additionally, she aims to boost the economy of the Bayshore region, enhancing job opportunities and promoting tourism in collaboration with local stakeholders.

With her unwavering dedication to community welfare and her proven ability to lead, Dr. Perella is poised to make a significant impact as County Commissioner, driving positive change and shaping a brighter future for Cumberland County.


Cassandra McClure

City Council, District 1, Las Cruces, NM

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Cassie is a writer, unapologetic fan of the Oxford comma, and is now running for District 1 City Council in Las Cruces, New Mexico. As a married mother of two young children, a business owner, and an active member of the community, she is dedicated to creating a thriving city with walkable and mixed-use infrastructure. Cassie strongly believes in giving residents a voice and providing them with an approachable way to connect with their local government.

In addition to her political aspirations, Cassie is an active volunteer. She has served on the city’s Parks & Recreation Advisory Board for six years and holds memberships on the J. Paul Taylor Academy Governance Council, the Patron Board of the NPR-affiliate KRWG, and the NM Writers Board. Furthermore, she is proud to be a member of the National Writers Union.

Cassie has written the column “My So-Called Millennial Life” since 2016 in the local paper and, since 2020, has been nationally syndicated through the Creators Syndicate. She currently lives in Las Cruces after years spent traveling due to her father’s career in the U.S. Air Force.


Shannon McHugh

City Council, Ward 3, Oneonta, NY

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Shannon is an accomplished professional with a passion for social justice and community advocacy. As Chair of her city’s Human Rights Commission, she has made significant contributions to the well-being of underserved populations. With her background in therapy, Shannon leverages her expertise to support and uplift those in need.

Shannon is deeply involved in various community organizations, including the NAACP and the governor’s police review commission. She is actively engaged in grassroots community actions and protests, tirelessly working to address important social issues. This dedication and commitment to the community led Shannon to her current role as a liaison between citizens and the city government.

In this role, Shannon ensures that the voices of marginalized individuals are heard in conversations that impact the city as a whole. She is a strong advocate for accountability and transparency from government officials, consistently striving to promote fairness and equal representation.

Looking forward, Shannon aims to expand her impact by running for her ward’s seat on the city council. This opportunity will enable her to continue her crucial work and drive tangible change within her community. By holding a position of influence, Shannon will be better positioned to amplify the voices of the most vulnerable populations and challenge historical patterns of suppression.

With her unwavering dedication to social justice, Shannon is an inspiring leader who continues to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those she serves.

Justin Polly

Town Board, At-Large, Town of Onondaga, NY

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Justin is a devoted father, husband, and teacher based in Nedrow, NY. With a genuine passion for community engagement, he is now running for the Town of Onondaga Board. Justin’s main objective is to create a more transparent and accessible local government that prioritizes the needs and concerns of residents from all backgrounds and age groups. His campaign focuses on three key areas: Government Transparency and Accessibility, People-based Development, and Communication and Engagement. By fostering active participation in local government, Justin aims to empower residents and ensure that their voices are heard. If elected, Justin’s commitment to engagement will shape his first term in office, producing positive outcomes that will benefit the community for years to come.

Marc Prine

City Council, Ward 1, Hyde Park, NY

Primary Date: Jul 21, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Marc is an accomplished New Yorker known for his dedication to education and community advocacy. With a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz and a Master’s from Hofstra University, both in Education, Marc has built an impressive academic foundation. His commitment to providing equal opportunities and fighting for students’ rights showcases his firm belief in the power of individual voices to bring about positive change.

Marc’s involvement in local affairs is equally notable. He has established strong connections within the community and actively participates in various community events. Recognizing the significance of well-informed policy-making, Marc understands the value of each resident’s input when determining the community’s direction.

With a robust professional background, a profound sense of community, and an unwavering commitment to integrity, Marc Prine is an ideal candidate for the position of Ward 1 town board member. As a board member, Marc’s mission is to ensure the prosperity and growth of Hyde Park, while always prioritizing the best interests of its residents. By amplifying the voices of the people he serves, Marc aims to ensure that their concerns and needs are addressed effectively.

With Marc at the helm, Hyde Park can look forward to a future where every resident’s voice is heard, their rights are respected, and their community flourishes.

Sarah Smith

Town Clerk, Islip, NY

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Sarah is a Licensed Macro Social Worker with a passion for social justice and a strong background in policy and community organizing. With extensive experience in assisting veterans, individuals, and families facing housing and mental health-related challenges, Sarah is known for her ability to connect with diverse groups and build coalitions. In her new role in the clerk’s office, Sarah will utilize her social work background to bridge gaps and engage the community in local government. She is particularly committed to uplifting senior and underrepresented populations. Sarah will prioritize the safety of resident records while diligently tending to FOILs, ensuring a smooth and efficient process.

Noelle Relles

Town Board, At-Large, Town of Onondaga

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Noelle is a dedicated candidate running for a board position in the Town of Onondaga. With nearly 35 years of residency, she possesses a deep-rooted connection to the town. Noelle’s educational journey began at Onondaga Central, where she graduated in 2003. She then pursued her undergraduate degree at Cornell University and subsequently earned a doctorate in marine science from the College of William & Mary.

Upon completing her Ph.D., Noelle returned to Syracuse to raise her family and contribute to the community. She has served as an adjunct professor at SUNY Cortland and Onondaga Community College, and she currently holds a professorship at Hamilton College. In 2018, Noelle was elected to the Onondaga Central School Board and was re-elected in 2021.

If elected to the board position, Noelle’s main focus will be enhancing communication and transparency between the town board and its citizens. She intends to achieve this by scheduling meetings at convenient times for community members and implementing live streaming options. Additionally, Noelle recognizes the importance of envisioning and planning for the town’s future. She aims to advocate for the needs and aspirations of diverse demographic groups, including young families, college students, and aging adults.

Noelle brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and dedication to her candidacy. Her passion for her hometown and commitment to fostering an inclusive and forward-thinking community make her an ideal candidate for the board position in the Town of Onondaga.

Reed Cleland

County Legislature, District 10, Cortland County, NY

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Reed, a lifelong resident of Homer, is running to represent the Village of Homer on the Cortland County Legislature, District 10. With a focus on addressing pressing local challenges such as climate change, public safety, and the erosion of trust in political institutions, Reed takes a non-partisan approach to his candidacy.

Having obtained a degree from Colgate University, Reed plans to further his education by pursuing studies in Public Administration right here in Central New York. Currently, he works as a Substitute teacher and Theater Director in the Homer Central School District, utilizing his passion for education and the performing arts to contribute to his community. In addition to this, Reed serves as Co-Chair of the Cortland County Youth Board and volunteers with the Cortland County League of Women Voters.

Reed’s dedication to public service extends beyond his professional responsibilities. Having interned with the County Legislature and worked in the City of Cortland Mayor’s Office, he brings invaluable local government experience to the table. In his spare time, Reed enjoys performing on stage with the Center Players and going for leisurely walks around the village with his beloved pets, Gia and Phoebe.

With a sincere commitment to promoting positive change within his community, Reed Cleland strives to be a strong advocate for the people of Homer on the Cortland County Legislature.

Thomas Schnurr

Town Board Member, At-Large, Bethlehem, NY

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Tom is a dedicated dad, Democrat, and passionate education advocate who is seeking a position on the town board. With a proven track record of turning ideas into impactful actions that benefit the community, Tom is committed to utilizing his extensive experience to further enhance the progress our town has made. Placing great importance on environmental preservation, Tom aims to implement initiatives that safeguard our surroundings while maintaining Bethlehem’s reputation as an exceptional place to reside. Through his candidacy, Tom aspires to contribute to the continuous betterment of our town, ensuring a high quality of life for all residents.


Amber Epling

School Board, At-Large, City of Worthington, OH

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Amber is a dedicated public servant leader with a diverse background in state and local government, policy analysis, higher education, strategic leadership communications, and journalism. As a mother of three daughters enrolled in the Worthington School District, she has a vested interest in preserving public education and empowering educators.

Amber is running for one of two open seats on the Worthington Board of Education with a clear vision to ensure that all students have access to quality education. She aims to protect marginalized communities, create equal opportunities for all, and prepare the district for the historic changes occurring in Central Ohio.

Under the campaign slogan “Our Schools. Our Legacy”, Amber recognizes the transformational time for Worthington Schools and is committed to addressing pressing issues. She intends to focus on improving and expanding facilities while ensuring a fair tax burden on homeowners. Additionally, her goals include attracting and retaining talented staff members, reducing student-teacher ratios, enhancing mental health and special education services, and elevating the district’s reputation to foster economic development. By doing so, Amber seeks to position Worthington Schools as a leader in public education on regional, state, and national levels.

Amber resides in Columbus with her husband, three daughters, and infant son, and they are proud to be an integral part of their community. Her passion, dedication, and comprehensive experience make her an excellent candidate for the Worthington Board of Education.

Mark Harper

School Board, At-Large, Sandusky City Schools, OH

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Mark is a passionate community advocate originally from Columbus, OH, who is determined to make a lasting positive impact in his community. Mark is currently running for the Sandusky City Schools Board of Education with a clear vision in mind. Through increased accessibility and transparency, Mark aims to ensure that the board is more accountable to the needs and concerns of the community. Moreover, he strongly believes in the power of youth involvement and advocates for creating meaningful opportunities for students to actively participate in shaping their education.

Drawing from his extensive leadership experience, Mark has served as the former Chair and Secretary of the City of Columbus’ Greater South East Area Commission. Remarkably, he became one of the youngest Chairs in the commission’s history. Throughout his tenure, Mark demonstrated exceptional skills in community building and collaboration with city and school leaders. By leveraging these abilities, he successfully spearheaded various initiatives that significantly benefited the residents of his community.

Notably, Mark played an integral role in revamping the commission’s digital presence, resulting in a staggering 500% increase in their online following. Additionally, he effectively advocated for the installation of Wi-Fi in all Neighborhood Pride Centers, reinforcing access to technology for community members. Mark also made significant contributions to several development and zoning projects worth approximately $500,000,000, bolstering his community’s growth and development.

With his diverse skill set, unwavering dedication, and a genuine passion for education and community advancement, Mark is ready to bring about positive change to the Sandusky City Schools Board of Education. He firmly believes that by providing a modern education and ensuring safe schools for all, Sandusky can reverse its population decline and thrive for years to come.

Martha Woerner

School Board, At-Large, Lakewood, OH

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Martha is a firm believer in the transformative power of a quality public education. Inspired by her own educational journey, Martha is dedicated to ensuring that all students have equal access to an education that empowers and challenges them to become successful individuals. As a prospective board member, Martha aims to preserve Lakewood schools’ strong academic legacy while promoting inclusivity and fostering genuine community involvement.

With over 15 years of valuable experience in K-12 education systems, Martha has developed a comprehensive understanding of the opportunities and obstacles that schools and districts encounter. Her expertise spans various areas, including research, policy development, strategic planning, talent management, and stakeholder engagement.

Having lived in different regions across the United States, Martha eventually settled in Lakewood, Ohio, and has developed a deep appreciation for her local community. As a proud parent of a toddler and a newborn, she is personally invested in shaping an educational environment that will benefit her own children and their peers.


Karie Ulrich

School Board, District 46, Pennsburg, PA

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

Karie, a resident of rural Berks County, Pennsylvania, brings a wealth of experience in education and child care to her candidacy for the office of School Board Director in the Upper Perkiomen School District. After graduating from public school, Karie pursued her passion for education at Reading Area Community College, majoring in Elementary Education.

During her college years, Karie also worked full-time at a daycare as an Assistant Group Supervisor in a toddler classroom, gaining valuable hands-on experience in child care. Building on this foundation, she embarked on a career as a nanny, providing dedicated support to numerous families and nurturing the development of children.

Motivated by her passion for advocating for children, Karie aims to be a voice for parents and ensure that every child in the Upper Perkiomen School District has multiple paths to success and can reach their full potential. Recognizing the importance of fostering a safe and inclusive learning environment, she believes that students thrive when schools embrace the holistic well-being of each child.

In addition to her commitment to students, Karie recognizes the critical role of educators in maintaining the integrity of public schools. She emphasizes the need to support teachers and trust librarians, recognizing their invaluable contributions to the education system. Moreover, Karie believes that non-partisanship is pivotal in protecting the interests of our public schools.

With Karie’s dedication, experience, and determination, she is poised to make a positive impact as School Board Director in the Upper Perkiomen School District. Her unwavering commitment to children, parents, and the community ensures that their voices will be heard and valued in shaping the future of education.

David Brown

State House, District 166, PA

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

David is a multi-talented individual with a passion for music, education, and grassroots organizing. He is also known for his expertise as a progressive campaign strategist and serves as the Chair of the Secular Democrats of Pennsylvania. In addition, David is the host and producer of the Unreasonable podcast, where he advocates for the separation of Church and State. Currently, he is running for office in Pennsylvania’s 166th District, aiming to inject fresh ideas and energy into a seat that has been held by an inactive, 30-year incumbent.

With over two decades of experience actively participating in elections, David’s advocacy extends to combatting election disinformation, dismantling anti-democratic bureaucracy, and standing against voter intimidation. Recognizing the pressing need to address Pennsylvania’s role in the climate crisis, David supports a moratorium on new fracking, as well as the imposition of a severance tax that would fund green initiatives related to fossil fuel extraction. Additionally, he believes it is crucial for Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

In light of recent events, such as the Dobbs decision, David is adamant that legislative codification, and not simply legal precedent, is necessary to safeguard bodily autonomy and reproductive healthcare rights. He firmly supports unmitigated access to abortion and comprehensive reproductive healthcare for all individuals.

Tracey Osecki

School Board, Council Rock School District, Newtown, PA

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Tracey is a candidate for school board in Council Rock, Region 1. She is dedicated to preserving the outstanding educational standards that our community is renowned for, aiming to provide the next generation of Council Rock students with the same level of excellence. One of Tracey’s primary concerns is the emotional well-being of our students, who face tremendous pressure and unprecedented challenges. Additionally, she recognizes the dedication of our teachers, who often find themselves overburdened. Tracey firmly believes in prioritizing the needs of our children, offering them empathy and support instead of getting caught up in culture wars and extremism.

With a strong background in finance and an MBA, Tracey is confident in her ability to advocate for the allocation of resources that will best benefit our students. She is determined to ensure that hard-earned tax dollars are used effectively and efficiently. Moreover, Tracey understands the importance of protecting property values and keeping taxes at reasonable levels.

As a mother of two elementary students in the Council Rock district and a committed volunteer in Newtown, Tracey has a personal stake in the future of our schools. She is passionate about safeguarding our educational institutions for our students, community, and the overall well-being of our community.

Denitra Moffett

County Board, Lycoming County, PA

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

Denitra is a candidate for Lycoming County Commissioner, driven by a desire to utilize her diverse experiences in service to her community. Previously serving as an Army Logistics Specialist, she played a crucial role in facilitating the movement of soldiers and equipment across the United States for deployment operations. Overshadowing her responsibilities was the management of a substantial budget exceeding $20 million, reflecting her commitment to fiscal responsibility.

Equipped with two degrees in paralegal studies, Denitra has immersed herself in various professional environments, including law firms and hospitals. This eclectic background has not only honed her analytical skills but also broadened her understanding of different industries.

Hailing from Mississippi, Denitra, along with her husband and two sons, relocated to Pennsylvania when her husband received a military job promotion. Currently enrolled in criminal justice at Penn State, she is fervently expanding her knowledge and skill set to better address the needs of her community.

If elected, Denitra has identified several key focus areas. Primarily, she aims to attract livable wage jobs to foster economic growth within Lycoming County, while simultaneously addressing the issue of affordable housing. Furthermore, she is eager to tackle the population decline that the county has been facing, devising innovative strategies to revitalize and invigorate the community.

With her unmatched dedication, academic achievements, and valuable experience in both military and civilian sectors, Denitra is poised to make a significant impact as Lycoming County Commissioner.

Kofi Osei

Township Supervisor, At-Large, Towamencin, PA

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Kofi, a resident of Towamencin, PA, is a dedicated community organizer who plays a crucial role in advocating against privatization efforts through his involvement with NOPE — Neighbors Opposing Privatization Efforts. Thanks to Kofi’s relentless grassroots organizing and mobilization, the Towamencin charter was successfully rewritten, effectively prohibiting the privatization of water, wastewater, and stormwater services.

Driven by a strong commitment to serving the community, Kofi has chosen to run for the position of Towamencin Supervisor. His candidacy aims to build on the momentum generated by the passage of the new charter and ensure that the voices of local residents continue to be heard in significant township decisions. With Kofi at the helm, the community can look forward to ongoing open and inclusive conversations regarding policies and initiatives that impact the well-being of Towamencin’s residents.

Kofi’s passion for community engagement, combined with his experience as a community organizer, makes him an ideal candidate to advocate for the interests and concerns of Towamencin’s residents. By electing Kofi Osei as Towamencin Supervisor, the community can be confident in their representation and trust in his ability to foster a collaborative and participatory environment for inclusive decision-making.

Patrick Creighton

Coroner, Franklin County, PA

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Patrick is an experienced biomedical researcher with a strong desire to make a difference as a member of the Franklin County Coroner’s Office. With a background in assessing medical device safety, Patrick brings a wealth of knowledge regarding regulatory compliance and a commitment to the field of science. However, what sets him apart is his ability to approach each case with compassion and empathy, understanding the importance of treating every individual with dignity and respect.

As a county coroner, Patrick recognizes the vital role he would play in ensuring accurate reporting of all deaths and sharing this information with community stakeholders. He firmly believes that the data collected by the coroner should be used to improve the lives of everyone in the community, tackling urgent issues such as the opioid epidemic and the growing mental health crisis.

Patrick’s unique blend of expertise, compassion, and vision make him an ideal candidate for the role of county coroner. His deep understanding of medical research combined with his genuine care for the well-being of others make him an asset to the community. With a firm belief that the people of Franklin County deserve a coroner who can deliver on all fronts, Patrick is determined to bring his valuable skill set and dedicated approach to the Franklin County Coroner’s Office.


Amelia Parker

City Council, At-Large, Knoxville, TN

Primary Date: Aug 29, 2023; General Date: Nov 7, 2023

Amelia, a Knoxville City Councilwoman, was born in eastern Kentucky, an area known for its coal mining industry. In the early 80s, her family moved to Knoxville when her mother secured a job at Baptist Hospital, where she remained employed until its closure in the early 2000s.

Carrying a strong academic background, Amelia obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, majoring in Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity. She furthered her education by completing two law degrees at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., specializing in international human rights law. With more than two decades of experience in the field, Amelia has dedicated her career to the cause of human rights, working domestically as well as internationally.

From 2009 to 2013, she served as the executive director of Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM), a non-profit organization focused on community organizing in Tennessee. In 2014, Amelia joined Peace Brigades International-USA as their Executive Director, further amplifying her commitment to human rights advocacy. In 2019, she was elected to the Knoxville City Council, where she has made valuable contributions to her community. Currently, Amelia is running for re-election to a second term on the council, aiming to continue her impactful work for the betterment of Knoxville.

Brandon Washington

City Council, Super District 9 Position 2, Memphis, TN

Election Date: Oct 5, 2023

Brandon is a lifelong Memphian who has witnessed the city’s challenges firsthand. After graduating from the Memphis Shelby County School System, he was awarded the prestigious Posse Foundation Leadership Scholarship to attend Rhodes College. Currently pursuing a degree in Russian and International Studies, with a minor in politics and law, Brandon is set to graduate in 2026.

Throughout his 20 years in Memphis, Brandon has observed the worsening issues facing the city. Noticing a lack of receptive ears among current lawmakers, he became determined to take matters into his own hands. Brandon’s significant achievement in expanding S.N.A.P. benefits to transiting foster youth in the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 served as a catalyst for his realization. He understood that he didn’t have to rely on existing politicians to address these problems; his own voice could be a powerful tool for change.

Recognizing the need for youth empowerment and resources, Brandon embraced the idea that young individuals are capable of making a difference in the world. By running for office, he aims to become the youngest ever member of the City Council and the first black representative in his seat. Brandon firmly believes that in order for Memphis to progress, the status quo must be challenged.

Motivated by a genuine desire to give Memphis a fighting chance, Brandon’s candidacy is driven by the belief that the city matters. With his determination to effect positive change and amplify the voices of his fellow citizens, he hopes to usher in a new era of growth and progress for Memphis.


Taral Patel

County Commissioner, Precinct 3, Fort Bend County, TX

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

Taral is running for Fort Bend County Commissioner — Precinct 3. With a lifelong connection to Fort Bend, Taral has dedicated his career to serving the community and delivering results. His experience spans across local, state, and Federal government, making him well-equipped to address the needs of everyday people.

During his tenure as the Fort Bend Chief of Staff, Taral played a pivotal role in leading the county through challenging situations, including flooding incidents, the pandemic, Winter Storm Uri, droughts, and various other emergencies. Through his efforts, Fort Bend emerged stronger and more united. Taral’s commitment to the community is evident in his achievements, such as bringing thousands of good-paying jobs, making historic investments in Public Safety and Emergency Management programs, and tackling traffic congestion.

At the state level, Taral served as a Legislative Director for the Texas House of Representatives, where he focused on supporting policy issues for the Texas House Committee on Transportation. This experience has equipped him with a deep understanding of transportation-related challenges and potential solutions.

Adding to his impressive track record, Taral was recently appointed by President Joseph R. Biden to serve as a Deputy Liaison for the White House, further demonstrating his dedication to public service.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Taral is also passionate about animal welfare. He has personally rescued

Shadow the Dog and Mojo the Cat from the Fort Bend Animal Shelter, showcasing his commitment to improving the lives of all residents, including our beloved furry friends.

With his extensive experience, strong leadership skills, and unwavering commitment to the community, Taral is the ideal candidate for Fort Bend County Commissioner — Precinct 3.

Elizabeth Martinez

73rd District Court

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

Elizabeth is a dedicated Democratic Candidate running for the 73rd District Court. Raised in one of San Antonio’s economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, Elizabeth understands the challenges faced by her community. She felt that previous City Leaders had overlooked her and her neighbors, resulting in a lack of access to justice. This perception motivated Elizabeth to commit herself to becoming a leader who truly comprehends the realities of life in San Antonio.

In her career, Elizabeth has made it her mission to connect with constituents and empathize with their experiences. As a staff attorney to the Civil District Court Judges, she has gained extensive knowledge of the law and has become a trusted advisor. Elizabeth has represented various individuals and organizations including injured workers, plaintiffs, and the City of San Antonio. Her diverse legal background has equipped her with a well-rounded understanding of the justice system and the needs of her community.

Furthermore, Elizabeth currently serves as a part-time Magistrate Judge, a position she was appointed to by the Mayor and City Council. This role has allowed her to offer valuable service to the community and reaffirmed her commitment to making a positive impact.

Elizabeth’s campaign is rooted in the principles of fairness, understanding, and accessibility to justice. If elected, she will bring these values to the bench and work tirelessly to ensure that everyone who enters the courtroom is treated with dignity and respect. Elizabeth Martinez is the candidate who will champion the interests of her district and advocate for equal access to justice for all.

Karthik Soora

State Senate, District 15, Houston and Greater Houston, TX

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

Karthik is an accomplished educator, renewable energy leader, and candidate for Texas State Senate District 15. With a passion for combating corruption, Karthik aims to make a positive impact on the community. As a nationally recognized chemistry teacher, he has garnered prestigious awards and secured unparalleled success for his students, particularly those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Understanding the need for greater college access, Karthik co-founded One Jump, a platform aimed at supporting underserved students in their pursuit of higher education. Under his guidance, One Jump evolved into Momentum Education, further enhancing its mission.

In addition to his commitment to education, Karthik is actively involved in political initiatives. He co-founded the Texas Chapter of TheySeeBlue, rallying Texas’s South Asian community to vote and actively engaging in various campaigns to turn Texas blue. Recognizing the urgent need to address the climate crisis, he has become a prominent figure in the renewable energy sector. Karthik has played a pivotal role in driving the development of over 1 GW of solar and storage projects in rural and minority communities along the Gulf Coast. Through these projects, he has successfully channeled over $1 billion of investments into the growth and prosperity of Louisiana and Texas communities.

With a wealth of experience and dedication to his cause, Karthik aims to champion new ideas and initiatives. He advocates for banning legislators from serving as lobbyists, as well as promoting impactful ballot initiatives such as putting Roe v. Wade and universal gun-background checks to a public vote. Through his diverse background and unwavering commitment to progress, Karthik Soora is poised to make a profound difference in Texas State Senate District 15.

Lillian Alexander

Judge, Harris County, TX

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

Lillian, an experienced family law attorney with 12 years of practice, is renowned for her commitment to equitable outcomes. As a devoted wife and mother, Lillian brings empathy and understanding to her work, recognizing the complexities of the legal system, particularly for families in distress. Lillian is currently running as a candidate for the role of District Court judge in Harris County’s 507th district court. Her primary focus would be presiding over family court cases.

If elected, Lillian pledges to maintain open and transparent communication with families and attorneys, ensuring that all parties feel heard and valued throughout the legal process. Recognizing the significance of family law cases and their impact on individuals’ lives, Lillian emphasizes the importance of compassionate and knowledgeable judges who prioritize the well-being of children above everything else.

Lillian is deeply committed to creating a courtroom environment characterized by respect and compassion, providing families with a safe and heard space. Her vision extends beyond her personal achievements and emphasizes the need for a more empathetic and understanding judiciary, specifically in the field of family law.

With Lillian Henny Alexander’s experience and dedication, she aims to serve Harris County as a District Court judge, bringing her expertise and passion for equitable outcomes to the role.

Placido Gomez

School Board, District 8, Houston ISD, Houston, TX

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Plácido is a dedicated educator with a passion for enhancing educational opportunities and outcomes for students impacted by educational inequality. Currently vying for a position on the Houston Independent School District (HISD) school board, his goal is to provide additional support to struggling schools and students. Drawing from personal experience, Plácido attended a high school where only 60% of his classmates went on to graduate, allowing him to deeply comprehend the profound consequences of extreme inequality.

Consequently, he remains steadfast in his commitment to ensuring our children have the essential resources for success.

Prior to entering the school board race, Plácido worked as a high school math teacher and employed his extensive organizational skills as a campaign organizer. Most notably, he served as the Field Organizing Director for Beto O’Rourke’s highly consequential 2022 Texas gubernatorial campaign, with his team responsively knocking on nearly 5 million doors during the lead-up to the election. Plácido’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Economic Analysis from Rice University, as well as a master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from the esteemed Harvard Graduate School of Education. With these qualifications, he is equipped to proactively address the challenges faced by our educational system and contribute to its positive transformation.

Kimberly Mata-Rubio

Mayor, Uvalde, TX

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Kimberly, a candidate for Mayor of the City of Uvalde, TX, is a devoted mother and president of the non-profit organization Lives Robbed. Following a tragic mass shooting at Robb Elementary, which claimed the life of her daughter, Alexandria Aniyah “Lexi” Rubio, Kimberly has been actively working to address the issue of gun violence in America.

Raised in Uvalde, Kimberly has a deep-rooted connection to the community and a strong desire to enhance its opportunities while preserving its culture and history. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in public history from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

Kimberly’s notable achievements include her outstanding contributions in the field of journalism, where she has been recognized with multiple first- and second-place awards from esteemed organizations like the regional South Texas Press Association and statewide Texas Press Association.

Although this is her first foray into public office, Kimberly’s passion for her community and determination to effect positive change make her an excellent candidate for Mayor of Uvalde. With a focus on creating a city that offers prosperity and stability for generations to come, she is ready to apply her knowledge, experience, and unwavering commitment to serving the residents of Uvalde.


David Rodgers

City Council, District 1, Murray City, UT

Primary Date: Sep 5, 2023; General Date: Nov 21, 2023

David is a dedicated member of the Murray, Utah community, bringing a valuable combination of local government experience and enthusiastic passion to his role on the Murray City Council in District 1. As Utah experiences rapid growth, David recognizes the importance of addressing the concerns of Murray residents and is committed to ensuring that future development in the city is approached in a well-planned and productive manner.

Drawing from his background in transportation and land-use planning, David aims to guide development projects towards a vision that enriches the lives of current residents while also accommodating the needs of those who wish to live, work, or play in Murray City. By advocating for a variety of housing options and transportation alternatives, David strives to create a balanced and inclusive community.

A strong proponent of enhancing the quality of life for residents, David places a particular emphasis on recreational opportunities. He understands that access to recreational amenities not only promotes physical health but also contributes to the overall well-being of the community. With this in mind, he prioritizes projects that promote outdoor recreation, whether it be through the development of walking trails, cycling infrastructure, or improved public transit options.

Overall, is dedicated to serving the residents of Murray, Utah. Through his commitment to thoughtful and inclusive development and his advocacy for recreational projects, David aims to contribute to a thriving community where residents can enjoy an enhanced quality of life.


Natan McKenzie

State Senate, District 12, VA

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

Natan is a candidate running for Virginia State Senate in District 12. As a young Black man of Dominican and Jamaican heritage, Natan has faced many obstacles throughout his life, which have shaped his sense of empathy and resilience. As a newlywed, business owner, and community advocate, Natan remains committed to breaking barriers and unlocking the true potential of our country.

Growing up in a large family, Natan has always valued the importance of community and collective responsibility. He believes in ensuring brighter futures for all Virginians and wants to make a positive impact on his community. Natan and his wife are active members of their community, celebrating their one-year anniversary and planning to build a family in Chesterfield, Virginia.

With a deep understanding of the struggles he has faced personally, Natan is passionate about ensuring a better future for his family and community. He cares deeply about the aspirations and challenges faced by those around him and the Commonwealth as a whole. Natan is committed to working tirelessly to create a better and brighter future for all Virginians. As a candidate for Virginia State Senate, he seeks to be a champion for the people and advocate for positive change.

Josh Thomas

State House, District 21, VA

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

Josh is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and attorney residing in Prince William County. With extensive experience leading Marines in Afghanistan and the Middle East, Josh’s military background has shaped his commitment to service. While completing his law degree at the College of William and Mary, Josh transitioned to the reserves and began his journey as an attorney.

Throughout his legal career, Josh has been dedicated to making a positive impact on communities. He has actively worked towards improving access to affordable housing, supporting local entrepreneurs, and fostering the growth of small businesses in Virginia. Notably, during the pandemic, Josh served the community as part of Virginia’s Medical Reserve Corps.

Beyond his legal practice, Josh’s passion for advocacy extends to representing veterans pro bono before the Department of Veterans Affairs. He recognizes the importance of providing assistance and support to those who have served their country. Additionally, Josh has dedicated his efforts to helping members of the Afghan LGBTQ+ community navigate the complex U.S. asylum system.

With a strong commitment to service, coupled with his legal expertise, Josh Thomas continues to make a difference in the lives of individuals and communities. His experience, dedication, and unwavering commitment to helping others make him a valuable asset to any cause he supports.

Stephen Rast

County Board, At-Large, Henrico County, VA

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

Stephen is a professional civil engineer with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech. With a desire to make a positive impact on his community, Stephen made the transition from the private sector to the public sector a few years ago. Currently, he serves as a Plan Review Engineer for Henrico County in the Department of Public Works Construction Division.

Throughout his career, Stephen has been involved in designing various infrastructure projects across the country, ranging from roads and highways to neighborhoods and commercial centers. In his role at Henrico County, he takes on the responsibility of reviewing development plans, capital improvement projects, and conducting field inspections. His thorough evaluations ensure that all projects meet the high standards set by the county.

As Henrico County experiences rapid growth, Stephen believes there is a pressing need to address the associated challenges such as increased car accidents, inadequate environmental management, and a lack of pedestrian infrastructure. Drawing on his extensive experience in civil engineering, Stephen seeks to leverage his expertise to tackle these issues head-on. From addressing everyday concerns like potholes and traffic congestion to tackling larger trends like car dependency and environmental preservation, Stephen’s deep understanding of infrastructure development positions him as a valuable asset to Henrico County and its community.

Dustin Keith

School Board, At-Large, Russel County, VA

Election Date: Nov 7, 2023

Dustin, a Lebanon, VA native, has dedicated his career to making a positive impact in the community. With a strong background in prevention work, Dustin collaborates with various coalitions to address critical issues such as substance abuse, mental health, and chronic disease. Alongside this role, he also teaches prevention education programs and partners with schools on special projects. Not limiting himself to one field, Dustin is also an accomplished Realtor and currently serves as President of the Southwest Virginia Association of Realtors.

Growing up in Russell County, Dustin has always felt a deep connection to his hometown, and community service has become an integral part of his life. His exceptional dedication has been recognized through awards such as the 2013 President’s Volunteer Service Award. Active involvement in organizations like the Russell County Rotary, where he served as Past President, and Chair of the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable, further highlight his commitment to making a difference.

Throughout his diverse career, Dustin has learned the importance of listening and empowering others to share their stories. This approach has shaped his belief that understanding the real issues faced by Russell County Public Schools is crucial. As a candidate for the At Large School Board member position, he aims to utilize his wide-ranging experiences to address these challenges and create meaningful change within the educational system.

Destiny LeVere Bolling

State House, District 80, VA

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

Destiny was born and raised in a small town on the Northern Neck of Virginia. Growing up in a community where people in leadership didn’t resemble her, she understood the feeling of being overlooked or forgotten. This experience fueled her desire to fight for change and ignited her passion for service.

Throughout her career, Destiny has pursued various avenues to make a difference in the lives of others. As an educator, she has dedicated herself to teaching students in underserved communities. She is also an active volunteer at her local church, demonstrating her commitment to supporting her community.

Destiny’s professional background includes serving as the Communications Director of the Virginia AFL-CIO. In this role, she tirelessly advocated for hardworking Virginians, ensuring their voices were heard and their rights protected. With a focus on equal, equitable, and safe worker rights and protections, she relentlessly fought for the well-being of over 330,000 union members and their families across the Commonwealth.

Destiny holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Richmond. She continued her education at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where she earned a Master of Arts in International Affairs.

In addition to her career and community involvement, Destiny and her husband Chris manage three family-owned small businesses. Together, they reside in Henrico, VA, embracing the challenges and joys of entrepreneurship.

Destiny’s unwavering commitment to improving the lives of others, combined with her educational background and experience across various sectors, make her a compassionate and effective advocate for change.


Jace Cotton

City Council, At-Large, Bellingham, WA

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

Jace is a seasoned progressive organizer who has an impressive background as a former public K-12 paraeducator and pandemic grocery worker. Currently, he is running for Bellingham City Council, leveraging his extensive experience to make a positive impact on the community. Jace’s notable achievements include his instrumental role in securing more than $100 million in critical childcare funding and successfully flipping seats from red to blue in Whatcom County.

His primary focus is resolving the pressing issue of the cost-of-living crisis, with a particular emphasis on housing. If elected, Jace will bring a unique perspective to the council as the only renter among its members. Additionally, his election will mark a historic moment for the city as he will become the first openly gay elected representative.

Driven by his passion for creating positive change, Jace is committed to working tirelessly and collaboratively to address the challenges faced by the community. With his diverse background and track record of accomplishments, Jace is well-equipped to contribute effectively to the Bellingham City Council and make a difference in the lives of its residents.

ChrisTiana ObeySumner

City Council, District 5, Seattle, WA

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

ChrisTiana is a dedicated advocate for sustainable and equitable solutions in our community. With a unique blend of lived experience and governance knowledge, they work tirelessly to address the root causes of inequity by transforming policy systems and amplifying the needs of the community.

As a social equity consultant, ChrisTiana has collaborated with thousands of community members across the country, bringing about transformative change in over 250 organizations and government agencies. Their expertise and passion have made a significant impact on various fronts.

In addition to their consultancy work, ChrisTiana has been actively involved in civic leadership. They have served as the co-chair of both the Seattle Disability Commission and the Renters Commission, bringing a valuable perspective to these important bodies. As a member of the Green Party WA, they are committed to advocating for environmentally sustainable policies that benefit our community and beyond.

ChrisTiana’s impressive list of accomplishments includes co-organizing the passage of one of the country’s first bans on sub-minimum wage, a major step towards fair and just compensation. They have also successfully advocated for the adoption of Disability Justice principles at the Seattle Office of Civil Rights, promoting inclusivity and accessibility for all. Their involvement in the fight for rent control resulted in significant advances, including a six-month advance notice legislation. As a small business owner, ChrisTiana has also endorsed the Jumpstart Tax, recognizing the importance of fair taxation to support local economic growth.

ChrisTiana’s commitment to creating positive change and their ability to implement pragmatic policies make them a valuable asset in the pursuit of a more equitable and sustainable future for our district.

Amber Wise

Public Hospital District 2, At-Large, King County, WA

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

Amber is a dedicated candidate running for the position of Hospital Commissioner of Public Hospital District #2 in Kirkland, Washington. With a strong commitment to the wellbeing of her community, Amber brings a passion for workers’ rights to her campaign. Currently, Amber is employed as a Meatcutter apprentice in a local grocery store, where her outspoken nature and people-centric mindset led her to become actively involved with her union, UFCW 3000. She serves on their Racial Justice and Climate Justice advisory boards, which has opened her eyes to the profound connection between community, environment, health, and politics. When she learned about the upcoming election for the position of Hospital Commissioner, Amber felt a calling to run.

Having experienced firsthand the exceptional care provided by the hospital staff, Amber is motivated to create a work environment that enables them to thrive, ensuring they can continue delivering high-quality care to the community. Should she be elected, Amber would become the youngest current commissioner, bringing fresh perspectives and ideas to the table. She aims to prioritize the establishment of mental health services within the hospital and seeks to forge stronger community connections, ensuring that the hospital truly meets the needs of the district. Amber Wise’s candidacy embodies her unwavering dedication to making a positive impact on the healthcare landscape of her community.


Collin McNamara

State Senate, District 24, WI

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

Born and raised in Iola, Wisconsin, Collin grew up with a strong foundation in respect and hard work. His upbringing, heavily influenced by their parents’ commitment to community service, shaped his dedication to making a positive impact. In high school, Collin’s passion for service was ignited in response to the challenges faced in the political landscape after the 2016 election. This experience sparked a desire within them to rebuild trust and improve government.

Raised with the belief of facing adversity head-on, Collin developed valuable qualities of resilience and perseverance. Graduating from Iola-Scandinavia High School in 2018, he decided to attend the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point despite uncertainties arising from program cuts. Undeterred, he demonstrated his determination by actively participating in Student Go and serving on a policy committee that aimed to promote sensible decision-making.

Throughout the challenging times of the pandemic, Collin continued their commitment to service as the Student Body President. His tenacity, willingness to ask tough questions, and ability to challenge the status quo became well-known qualities during their tenure. He also fostered collaboration with a diverse range of individuals, ensuring a comprehensive and inclusive approach to leadership.

With a strong ethos of community service ingrained within him since childhood, Collin has proven himself to be a valuable asset in driving positive change. Through his unwavering dedication and business casual demeanor, he will not only exemplify the importance of service but also inspire others to become agents of positive transformation.

Cassi Benedict

City Council, District 4, Sun Prairie, WI

Primary Date: Feb 20, 2024; General Date: Apr 2, 2024

Cassi is a dedicated public servant and a passionate advocate for her community. With a decade of residency in Sun Prairie, Cassi lives with her husband Alex, their two sons, and two beloved dogs. Her experience working for Wisconsin State agencies after college and her current role as a commissioner for the Sun Prairie Utilities Commission have equipped her with a deep understanding of governmental bureaucracies and the potential for positive impact that lies within local communities.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Cassi is an active member of her community. Her contributions include volunteering at her church to promote inclusivity, playing a pivotal role in organizing Sun Prairie’s inaugural Pridefest in June 2023, and recently joining the city’s housing coalition. Recognizing the challenges brought about by rapid growth and housing shortages, Cassi understands firsthand the importance of effective policies and zoning laws in ensuring affordable housing for all members of the community, from those experiencing homelessness to aspiring homeowners.

If elected, Cassi remains committed to uplifting the voices of those most underserved in our communities by working diligently on policies that address their needs. With her dedication, experience, and profound empathy, Cassi is poised to make a lasting difference as a District 4 City Council member in Sun Prairie.



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