37 more incredible millennials running for local office (!!)

Run for Something
Oct 17, 2017 · 12 min read

We’re obsessed.

Obsessed with finding the present and future leaders of progressive politics. Because as we’ve said from day one: We’re here to build the bench. That means finding good people wherever they are and investing in them. We elevate their stories and connect them with the resources and tools they need to advocate for progressive values on a local level.

We’re SO excited to endorse another 37 candidates across 19 states.

Our newest slate is nearly half people of color and nearly half women — the same is true for our entire list of endorsed candidates. We’re supporting people like a foster care social worker, a chemical engineer, and a manager at Chipotle. The youngest candidateis 20; the oldest is 39.

This slate includes candidates on the ballot in 2017 and 2018 in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

They’re running for city, county, and borough councils, school boards, county clerk, state house, state senate, judicial and library committee seats. Every single one is running for the very first time.

Meet them. Get inspired. Then, help them do this thing. You can scroll down to learn more about each of our new candidates, or head to runforsomething.net/candidates.

Many of them on the ballot in November. This November. As in the Election day only THREE weeks (!) from today. Want to help them? Sign up with us at runforsomething.net and sign up on the individual candidate’s site, too!

Christy Holstege attended UC Santa Barbara and Stanford Law School to pursue a career in public service. After receiving a Stanford Public Interest Fellowship to start her career, she now works as an attorney and community advocate in Palm Springs, California, where she lives with her husband Adam Gilbert. Christy focuses her practice and pro bono efforts serving underserved communities, including people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, homeless individuals, injured workers, personal injury victims, and victims of discrimination and violence.

Matt Strabone is a candidate for San Diego County Assessor / Recorder / Clerk. A nonprofit and ethics attorney, Matt gives legal and ethical advice to charities, nonprofits, and public officials. He’s running for Assessor / Recorder / Clerk to ensure that everyone gets a fair shake — that means improving outreach, expanding access to public records, standing against bigotry, and prioritizing customer service.

Angeles Roy is a Chilean Immigrant and resident of San Francisco since 2007. She is a SF Immigrant Rights Commissioner; President of the San Francisco Young Democrats; and a dedicated organizer and advocate for youth, women, immigrants and other marginalized groups. She is a proud graduate of UC Berkeley and City College of San Francisco.

Noelia Corzo is the mother of a six year old, a Guatemalan-American, and a former community organizer. She is a San Mateo, CA native and has dedicated her career to empowering young people and working for justice and equity. Noelia will be the second Latina elected in a district where 35% of the students are Latina/os.


From The University of Colorado Boulder to Harvard Extension School, Jordan Hohenstein has spent the last decade studying international relations and political science while volunteering for Barack Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaigns. At twenty-six years old, Jordan is the youngest candidate to run for City Council in his hometown city of Arvada, CO, and he is the first openly gay candidate to ever run. Jordan credits Hillary Clinton’s resilience and bravery as his inspiration to run for office.


Amanda Webster lives in Granby, CT with her husband Brandon, two young sons (Hank, 6 and Theo, 4), two dogs and six chickens. A champion for her community, you can often find Amanda hosting outreach programs, running PTO events, and generously volunteering her time. Amanda is lifelong leader and advocate, fueled by a sincere passion for bettering the lives of our most vulnerable residents.

Jay Ghassem-Zadeh is the Founder and President of Farmington’s JRG Consulting, LLC. He has spent a majority of his career in the public sector, helping organizations identify goals and develop innovative cost effective solutions to accomplish them. At the University of Connecticut, Jay earned a B.A in Political Science/ Public Policy, a Masters in Public Administration, and a certification in Public Financial Management. He has served in the Valley United Way Youth Leadership program, the Future Business Leaders of America, and is a proud brother of Phi Gamma Delta.

Mike Paré is a proud progressive who has the budget expertise and leadership needed to maintain continued excellence on the Board of Education in South Windsor. He is a strong believer in public education and recognizes the importance of supporting education at the local level, particularly with the challenges being posed by state and national policies. Mike looks forward to working with all parties in town to promote educational opportunities for all South Windsor students.


Kirkland Carden grew up in Duluth Georgia, and later when on to graduate from Duluth High School and Georgia State University with a degree in Political Science. He’s a transportation and city planner by trade and currently works for the Georgia Department of Transportation. Kirkland has served the community on the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Citizens Budget Advisory Commission, among other local commission and boards. He loves Duluth, and it’s the place he calls home; he looks forward to fighting for our city each day when elected.


Jerred McKee is business professional at an Inc. 5000 company in Manhattan, KS. He serves as a strategic adviser for city and county governments all over the country on how they can better leverage technology to be more transparent with citizens, make internal processes more efficient, and make it easier for citizens to do business with the municipality.


Dalbin Osorio is a first generation college graduate and the son of an immigrant, who is currently a foster care social worker in the District of Columbia. Dalbin is a 2017 Organizing for Action Community Organizing Fellow and received his Masters in Social Work from Silbermna School of Social Work in 2015. Dalbin’s committed to advocating for social justice, and for ensuring equal representation in politics.

Ashwani Jain is a first generation American, the son of small business owners, a native of Montgomery County, a former appointee with the Obama Administration, a cancer survivor and an At-Large candidate for Maryland’s Montgomery County Council. A political organizer ­and coalition builder, Ashwani has experience working in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, as well as extensive political campaign experience. His long-term goal is to engage more progressives in the political process and ensure our political institutions are more representative, responsive, inclusive and accountable.


Daniel Pritchard is a writer and editor living in Watertown’s East End with his wife and their eight-month-old daughter. Born and raised in Quincy, MA, Daniel graduated from Boston College and has a background in literary publishing. He currently serves as a communications and development associate for MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

Lydia Edwards is a Boston-area public interest attorney who’s spent her entire career fighting on behalf of domestic workers and women. In her current job as the Deputy Director of the Office of Housing Stability, Lydia seeks to keep the middle class in Boston as gentrification pushes families, seniors and longtime residents out. She is running to be Boston’s next city councilor as a bold, independent voice and will bring a fresh perspective to solve some of our districts most complex problems.


Born and raised in Troy, Michigan; a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, David Hamilton has worked in the auto industry for the last 12 years programming self-driving cars, working on advanced safety technology, and enhancing car connectivity to the internet. He wants to see more STEM experts (science, technology, engineering, and math) run for office and help advance their communities. ”The main reason I’m running is because the people of Troy were there for me during my youth and it would be an absolute privilege to represent them on City Council.

Born and raised in Birmingham, which is part of Michigan’s 40th District, Mari Manoogian got her start in public service as an intern for former Dean of the House of Representatives John Dingell (D-MI), and interned for former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power. She has also served in the Offices of English Language Programs and eDiplomacy at the State Department. Manoogian has a Master of Arts in Global Communication and International Organizations from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

Brian Jackson embraces diversity and leads by example. After earning a law degree from Howard University School of Law, he returned to his hometown of Lansing to work as a prosecutor. After noticing systemic flaws in the way that government and the criminal justice system operates, Brian left the prosecutor’s office to work as a defense attorney. Now, Brian has his own firm and volunteers his time by teaching students how to respectfully assert their rights during police encounters. Brian is running for Lansing City Council to ensure that everyone, including the underrepresented, has a voice in decision making.


Erica Mauter is a chemical engineer by trade, an arts nonprofit executive, and an appointee to the City of Minneapolis capital budget advisory committee. She brings her history of advocacy in social justice, the fight for marriage equality, and local politics to the next level with a run for City Council in Minneapolis. Erica is running to be a champion for people of color and indigenous people in Minneapolis whose voices aren’t being heard.

Kelsey Waits is a mother of two, a devoted Hastings resident, and a young, fresh voice in the community. She is running for office because she loves Hastings and would like to use her talents to help the city thrive. Kelsey’s experience as a mother to a child with special needs and her background in Statistics and applied research make her a strong advocate for children with learning needs and a rational voice at the decision-making table.

Gabe Aderhold was born in 1994 and moved to Edina, Minnesota with his family in 1995. A 2012 graduate from Edina High School and 2017 graduate from the University of Minnesota, Gabe seeks to bring a recent students perspective to the Edina School Board. For the past 7 years, Gabe has been a bold advocate for progressive causes and empowering young people in the political process.


In 2000, Hassan Essa and his family arrived in Manchester as refugees from Kuwait. Hassan attended the city’s public schools and is currently studying biology at UNH Manchester, while also serving in the New Hampshire Air National Guard. At 20 years old, if elected, Hassan will be the youngest Alderman in Manchester’s history.


Kevin Scott is a General Manager for Chipotle Mexican Grill, father of three and happily married to his wife Rebecca for over 6 years. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Montclair State University, and is working toward a Masters in Finance with Colorado State University — Global Campus. He was born and raised in Toms River, NJ and has lived in Howell since July 2015.

Dan Ward is a lifelong resident of Barnegat, NJ, where his is running for the Township Committee with Paul Whitcraft. As first-generation college student he was the first in his family to receive an advanced degree and now teaches chemistry at Ocean County College. A member of the local chapter of Sierra Club, and volunteer with the Friends of the Library, Dan is running to continue his commitment to the betterment of his community.

Ashley Bennett, 32, is a Democrat running against Republican John Carman for Freeholder in District 3 of Atlantic County, NJ.; after seeing Carman’s comment, “Will the Women’s March be over in time for them to cook dinner.” Ashley is a long-time Atlantic County resident. After 9–11, Ashley became an EMT and discovered her passion to serve others in the back of the ambulance. Her dedication to others has led to her becoming a professional crisis counselor, where she is always helping those in need.


Kevindaryán Luján is a Hudson Valley community organizer and social justice advocate from the City of Newburgh. He is a member of Orange County Young Democrats, No Body Lives Mid-Hudson, the NAACP and a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee. In this capacity Mr. Lujan has worked to find sustainable methods to empower youth and minorities by encouraging their participation in political campaigns. Mr. Lujan has been endorsed by the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation, New York State Young Democrats, Orange County Democratic Women and the Latino Democratic Committee of Orange County, 1199 and Run for Something. If elected he would be the first Latino American to ever be elected to the Orange County Legislature and amongst the youngest.


Jess Miller has worked unapologetically towards ensuring a student’s outcomes aren’t so directly tied to their zip code since entering a classroom 13 years ago. After spending a decade becoming a great teacher and helping build other great teachers and schools, Jess felt that the progress made in closing the opportunity gap for students was not occurring at the pace that our students need and deserve. She got trained as a community organizer and became an advocate and activist at the local and state level, working on education and social justice issue campaigns to address inequities, ultimately leading Jess to declare her candidacy for the CMS Board of Education District 1 seat.


Crystal Henson is running for the Clyde-Green Springs School Board to help ensure all students receive the best educational experience, support and opportunities needed to excel in school and beyond. She has the determination, energy and experience within the community, and in working with children and families, to have a great impact on the school district.

Chelsea Rothschild has lived in and served the Springfield Township community her entire life, and now she is ready to serve as Trustee. Too many Township residents have continued feeling confused and disillusioned with their local government, and that’s why Chelsea is running: she believes it’s time for a fresh perspective on the Board of Trustees, and it’s time for the accessible, hands-on leadership that residents deserve. As Trustee, Chelsea will work tirelessly to bring Springfield Township into the future as a great place to live for all, and her proven experience in volunteerism, alongside her technological competency, guarantees such results.


Chandler Torbett grew up in Okmulgee working the presses at Torbett Printing, the family print shop that was opened in 1926, and attending school at Morris public schools. He’s now an attorney and small business owner and he couldn’t be more proud to be a product of public education and a blue-collar upbringing. With that, he’s incredibly excited to be running for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and can’t wait to work with everyone in District 16 to help build a better Oklahoma!


Matthew T. Shorraw (“Matt”) is an eclectic and caring community organizer. Matt hopes to inspire Monessen’s next generation of youth, in order to spark positive change within the City of Monessen, both socially and economically. He also hopes to encourage youth and young adults to stay in their hometown, and tackle the issues there, and throughout the Rust Belt region. In May of 2017, Matt won the Democratic nomination for Mayor of the City of Monessen. If he wins in November’s General Election, he will become the youngest Mayor in the city’s history, and the second youngest in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

Dan Wood is a lifelong resident of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and a proud husband and new father. A graduate of Penn State, he works as a Software Engineer at Brick Simple, LLC. A firm believer in fair government, Dan believes a balanced board of supervisors with new perspectives is required for a changing Doylestown to thrive in the years to come.

Dave Stockton is a proud Democrat who is excited to put into practice his belief that individuals are responsible for making the changes they wish to see in government. He believes that progressive, inclusive solutions are the only way to move our nation forward. With a strong background in business and education, he is seeking a Council position within his local municipality to help implement those solutions.


Wade Munday is a candidate for Tennessee State Senate District 25. He is the Executive Director of Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors, a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian immigration legal assistance to people fleeing violence, persecution, and poverty overseas. He is the former Treasurer of the Tennessee Democratic Party and a graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School.


Lina Hidalgo was raised in an immigrant family and had the opportunity to attend some of the nation’s greatest universities; to work as an advocate and researcher on criminal justice reform; to serve as a medical interpreter; and to promote transparency and accountability internationally. She knows the third largest County in our nation, home to Houston, can and should do better. She will work to make sure people feel safe in their homes, knowing their streets won’t flood every couple of years; that we are running a criminal justice system that operates as fairly, effectively, and transparently as possible; and that we are making smart spending decisions to give people every opportunity to build a better future.

Erin Zwiener is an author, educator, and conservationist from Driftwood, Texas. After organizing an Indivisible Town Hall for her congressman, she became determined to give Texans more democratic and progressive representation. A fifth generation Texan, she is running to fight for her Texas values: healthy communities, inclusivity, and common sense government. Let’s put the all back in y’all!


Katrina Callsen is a parent and former teacher who knows the importance of public education. Both of her parents dropped out of high school and they instilled in her the value of hard work, service, and a quality education in order to create a better future. That mindset pushed her to graduate from Yale, serve with Teach for America, and graduate from UVA Law with a focus on child advocacy; she is ready to give back to her community by working tirelessly to ensure that all children have a chance to succeed in both school and life.

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