No Off-Years: Meet Our March 2023 Endorsement Class!

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Today, Run for Something (RFS) is proud to introduce our March 2023 endorsement class, featuring 53 outstanding candidates from 19 states! We’re excited to bring more phenomenal folks into the fold who are dedicated to serving their communities while moving us closer to a true representative democracy. Learn more about this class by reading more below!



Jesse Munoz

Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, Representative 1B

General Date: 4/15/2023

Jesse is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles who is committed to empowering underrepresented communities in the city’s south. He is currently running for the Neighborhood Development Council in the Southeast Area of LA, where he hopes to address issues such as homelessness, public safety, and clean streets in his neighborhood. Jesse, who is a first-generation LGBTQ+ citizen, is also interested in protecting undocumented individuals and empowering LGBTQ+ youth of color in his community.

Jesse’s past volunteer work with the LA Food Bank and the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count have equipped him with the skills to connect unhoused individuals with the resources they need. Additionally, his volunteer experience with a local ballot measure aimed at incentivizing trash pick-up services has made him passionate about cleaning up the streets in his neighborhood. Jesse has been an active advocate for queer individuals and people of color in marches and rallies throughout the city, and he is committed to fostering a sense of community in his neighborhood.

If elected, Jesse aims to use his platform as a Neighborhood Council member to bridge the gap between residents, law enforcement, social services, and the issue of crime in his community. He believes that by working collaboratively, they can create safer and more vibrant streets for everyone. Jesse’s commitment to empowering underrepresented communities in Los Angeles and his passion for community engagement make him an excellent candidate for the Neighborhood Development Council in the Southeast Area of LA.


Kamren Stowers

Jacksonville City Council, District 9

General Date: 3/21/2023

Kamren is a seasoned entrepreneur, dedicated community organizer, and passionate public service advocate with over a decade of experience in developing strong partnerships. Currently serving as the Vice President of The Central Fairfax Community Association, Inc., Kamren’s primary mission is to advise elected officials and government agencies on matters affecting the social welfare of the community. Kamren is also a Firefighter and EMT Safety Officer at Northrop Grumman, a Fortune 100 Company specializing in global aerospace, military and security.

As an entrepreneur and public service advocate, Kamren founded a Real Estate Development Group in Duval County, which houses more than 15 families and operates under the principle of “offering hope because hope can change lives”. The company specializes in providing affordable homes for a diverse population, including young adults that are aging out of the foster care system. Similarly, the organization assists with re-entry programs by providing long-term support and accommodation to formerly incarcerated individuals while they work to restore their lives, families, and community status. In June of 2022, he opened Jacksonville’s first LGBTQ safe house for youth battling homelessness.

Kamren has spent his entire life working to improve his community. Now, he is ready to use his experience and expertise to make District 9 thrive.


Alejandro “Alex” Gallegos

Crete School Board, District 201U

General Election 4/4/2023

Alejandro, or “Alex”, is a dedicated union member and father who is running to be a new voice for Crete-Monee School District 201-U. Alex, who is the son of a Mexican immigrant, attended public schools himself and is passionate about providing a quality education to all students in the district. As a member of the Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee for 201-U, he is committed to representing the interests and needs of the growing bilingual community in the district. If elected, Alex would be the first and only Latino member of the board.

Alex believes that now is the time to make a difference for his community, and he is ready to work tirelessly to improve the education of children in the district and renew a sense of pride in the community. He is committed to empowering residents, supporting policies to retain good teachers, and keeping open lines of communication between the school board, teachers, and district residents. Alex is a hardworking individual who is dedicated to supporting students, teachers, and taxpayers alike. His family, consisting of his wife of nearly 15 years and his two children, is extremely important to him, and he is committed to making sure that all families in the district have the opportunity for a better life. By electing Alex, the community can have a passionate and dedicated representative who will work to make the district a better place for everyone.

Deniz Namik

Algonquin City Council, At-Large

General Election 4/4/2023

Deniz is a community-driven advocate who prioritizes positively impacting her surroundings and uplifting the stories and voices of marginalized communities. As a first-generation daughter of refugees and a dental student, she is deeply committed to making a difference in people’s lives. Deniz has been involved in community organizing in Algonquin since middle school, attending school board meetings and working with local organizations to better serve residents’ needs.

As a Trustee, Deniz’s priorities include infrastructure, economic, and environmental development. She understands that being a public servant means more than just holding a title; it requires putting in the work for the community and ensuring that community members’ voices are heard. If elected, Deniz will be the youngest woman of color to hold a public office position in Algonquin, which is crucial for a town that serves a diverse demographic but lacks representation for these communities.


Nick Roberts

Indianapolis City Council, District 4

Primary Date: 05/02/2023

General Date: 11/7/2023

Nick is running for Indianapolis City Council as a lifelong resident and an active community volunteer with a focus on improving our infrastructure, public safety and mental health.

Jake Madore

Carmel City Council, At-Large

Primary Date: 05/02/2023

General Date: 11/7/2023

Jake, a Michigan native, received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Michigan before moving to Indiana to attend the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. During law school, Jake focused on Taxation and interned at the Indiana Department of Revenue before joining the Indiana Economic Development Corporation in his final year.

Since relocating to Carmel in 2015, Jake has been actively involved in helping Hoosier Democrats in the suburbs. He served two terms on the executive committee for the Carmel Democratic Club, volunteered as campaign Treasurer for a State Senate race, and raised money for the Hamilton County Democratic Party.

As a candidate for City Council, Jake aims to bring Hoosier common sense back to Carmel’s government. If elected, he plans to prioritize fiscal transparency, smarter development practices, green initiatives, and resident voices over poorly planned development projects.

Jessica Irvine

Carmel City Council, South Central District

Primary Date: 05/02/2023

General Date: 11/7/2023

Jessica has been a resident of the South Central District in Carmel for over 30 years, giving her a unique perspective on the community. With a bachelor’s degree in Public Financial Management and a master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainability, Irvine is prioritizing environmental sustainability, smart development, and fiscal transparency in her campaign for the Carmel City Council. She currently serves as a Senior Environmental Manager for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and has held executive leadership positions within civic organizations such as the Hamilton County Young Democrats and Carmel Democratic Club. Additionally, she has volunteered for animal welfare organizations like Indy Humane and the Humane Society of the United States.

Irvine is grateful to have called Carmel her home for three decades and feels proud of the quality of life and education she has received from the community. She is running for the Carmel City Council to give back to the community that has given so much to her family and her. Her platform focuses on smart, efficient investment and growth to ensure that Carmel remains an excellent place for Hoosiers to live and thrive.


Ruthzee Louijeune

Boston City Council, At-Large

General Date: 11/7/2023

Ruthzee is a knowledgeable and empathetic leader who is committed to creating a more just and thriving Boston. As a lifelong resident of the city, she has a deep understanding of its history and culture. Ruthzee’s experience as a lawyer has given her the skills and expertise to represent families facing eviction and foreclosure before the Boston Housing Court and work on voting rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. She has also played a pivotal role in Senator Warren’s presidential and Senate campaigns, serving as the senior attorney. In addition, Mayor Menino appointed her to a committee that worked on redesigning the student assignment process in Boston Public Schools when she was still a student.

Ruthzee’s vision for Boston is grounded in equity and affordability. She is committed to fighting for a budget that aligns with the values of Boston’s residents and creates a more affordable city for working-class families. Her advocacy for the people of Boston is rooted in her experience as the daughter of working-class Haitian immigrants. Ruthzee is a dedicated advocate for marginalized communities and is determined to build a city that works for everyone.

Jake Vaillancourt

Hull Light Plant Board

General Date: 5/15/2023

Jake is running for a position on Hull’s Municipal Light Plant Board because of his commitment to his community and his belief that all residents should have access to affordable, reliable, and non-carbon-emitting electricity.


Michael Howard

Warren City Council, At-Large

Primary Date: 08/08/2023

General Date: 11/7/2023

Michael is a committed community leader and small business owner who is running for City Council At-Large in Warren, Michigan. As a family-focused individual, Michael has a deep passion for improving the lives of his fellow citizens. He believes that Warren has great potential to be an even better place to live, work, and play.

Growing up in Detroit, Michael’s family moved to Warren over 20 years ago. After graduating from Truett-McConnel College, he returned home with the goal of improving his community. Michael is an active community activist and a dedicated member of his local church.

Michael and his wife Emma have three children and have rescued three puppies. They taught themselves woodworking and founded Howard Family Designs, a custom furniture company. Michael proudly worked with SEND Relief to rebuild homes in Warren that were impacted by the 2014 floods. Currently, he serves on the boards of local non-profits and partners with schools and local churches to use sports as a means of uplifting local youth.

With years of experience in public service, Michael understands the impact of elected officials’ decisions on the daily lives of residents. He is dedicated to improving Warren’s neighborhoods, enhancing public safety, promoting veterans and residents with disabilities, and expanding parks and recreation. He believes that with a clear plan and committed leadership, Warren can reach its full potential.


Conrad Zbikowski

Minneapolis City Council, Ward 3

General Date: 11/7/2023

Conrad seeks to bring a fresh start to Ward 3 of Minneapolis by prioritizing inclusivity and community values on the city council. His platform includes investing in alternative safety programs such as Behavioral Crisis Response and Chemical Health Response, as well as pushing for an abundance of affordable and supportive housing, including new public housing, to affirm that housing is a human right. With 12 years of experience living in Ward 3 and working on land use and development, neighborhood safety, and university student government, Conrad is committed to being a voice for all residents, regardless of background or housing situation. To contact Conrad directly with any questions, email him at

Jason Chavez

Minneapolis City Council, Ward 9

Primary Date: 04/30/2023

General Date: 11/7/2023

Jason is the 9th Ward City Council Member, representing residents in Central, Corcoran, East Phillips, Longfellow, Midtown Phillips, and Powderhorn neighborhoods. Born and raised in the 9th Ward, specifically in the East Phillips Neighborhood, by his immigrant parents from Puebla, Mexico, Chavez attended Andersen United Community School and graduated from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in East Lake Street in 2014. In 2018, he graduated from the College of Saint Scholastica with a bachelor’s degree.

After graduation, Chavez served as a Committee Legislative Aide to Representative Carlos Mariani and Representative Mohamud Noor, working on both the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Committee and the Workforce and Business Development Committee at the Minnesota House of Representatives. His contributions included playing a critical role in passing the 2020 Police Accountability Act in Minnesota following the murder of George Floyd and the 2021 Omnibus Employment and Economic Development Bill in Minnesota to support small businesses and residents affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. He also collaborated with community organizations on renters protections and immigration rights.

As Council Member, Chavez represents the most diverse ward in the City of Minneapolis, which is home to two cultural districts, part of 38th Street with a rich African-American history, and East Lake Street with a growing immigrant population. The ward has the largest Urban Indigenous population, the largest Latinx population, a growing East-African community, and a strong LGBTQIA+ community.


Fabian Nelson

Mississippi House, District 66

Primary Date: 08/08/2023

General Date: 11/7/2023

Fabian’s parents instilled in him a strong work ethic, which drove him to put himself through college and earn his degree from Jackson State University. He continued his education at American Public University, where he obtained his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship.

For the past 15 years, Fabian has been the proud owner of Mississippi United Realty, a Real Estate Firm that helps first-time homebuyers achieve their dreams of homeownership. His firm has become an important part of the Byram community by offering homebuyer and financial literacy seminars, as well as mentoring small business owners in South Jackson and Byram. As a small business owner himself, Fabian understands the importance of creating jobs and advocating for economic development.

As a foster parent, Fabian is acutely aware of the daily struggles that children in the foster care system face. Having attended public schools himself and with his children attending four public schools, he understands the importance of fully funding education to provide our children with the best possible education. Fabian is also committed to advocating for affordable healthcare and the expansion of Medicaid coverage in Mississippi, particularly given the record-high hospital closures in the state.

Fabian and his family are proud members of Jackson Revival Center Church, and he actively serves on several Parent Teacher Organizations, as well as various boards and non-profits in the community. Fabian’s dedication to his community and his experience as a small business owner make him a strong advocate for economic development and education.


Alisha Sonnier

City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen, Ward 7

General Date: 04/04/2023

Alisha is a passionate public servant, mental health advocate, leader, and visionary who is dedicated to community empowerment, social justice, and liberation. Born and raised in Saint Louis, MO, Alisha has almost a decade of experience as a community organizer. After running a city-wide campaign for the Board of Education and losing by 26 votes, she was appointed by Mayor Jones in May 2021 to the BOE.

As a BOE member, Alisha has been instrumental in passing historic raises for teachers, supporting a $160 million dollar tax bond to invest in schools, and advocating for raising the district’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. She understands that too many individuals and families struggle to make ends meet and access basic necessities, such as safe and affordable housing, small business support, reproductive justice, and public safety.

Alisha is now running for alder of the new Seventh Ward because she believes our city can do better and that the Seventh Ward should be a place for everyone. She is committed to investing in youth and families, promoting safe and affordable housing, and advocating for a holistic approach to public safety.

Alisha’s dedication to community service is natural to her, and she is excited to bring her experience, passion, and vision to the Seventh Ward.


James Michael Bowers

Lincoln City Council, District 1

Primary Date: 04/04/2023

General Date: 05/02/2023

James is a dedicated school social worker and mental health therapist who currently serves on the Lincoln City Council in Nebraska. He was first elected to the council in 2019 and has since spearheaded a number of initiatives aimed at improving the lives of all residents in Lincoln. Some of his notable achievements include the implementation of Universal Home Visitation for new parents and infants, incentivizing apprenticeship programs to create job opportunities, funding for accessible playgrounds to ensure equal access to play for all children, and the banning of conversion therapy within city limits. James showed strong leadership during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and successfully navigated an attempted recall over directed health measures taken to protect residents. He is now running for a second term with a commitment to continue delivering positive outcomes and advocating for the best interests of all residents in Lincoln.


Jade Hartsgrove

Campton Town Clerk

General Date: 03/14/2023

Jade is a longtime resident of Campton, New Hampshire, and a candidate for Town Clerk / Tax Collector. With a passion for public service, Jade has been working for the Town of Campton since 2014. She started as an administrative assistant in the TCTX office and has since moved to the Selectmen’s office, where she currently serves as the Planning, Zoning, and Assessing coordinator. Over the last 8 years, Jade has gained valuable experience and learned important lessons that have prepared her for this role. She is committed to listening, communicating, and serving the people of Campton with dedication and hard work. Jade is grateful for the support she has received from the community and welcomes feedback and inquiries at

Cairnie Pokorney

Derry School Board

General Date: 03/04/2023

Cairnie, a community organizer for progressive change in New Hampshire, has a passion for teaching others how to use their voices. He has worked on ten campaigns throughout the state in various roles and participates in multiple boards and committees at both the state and local levels. Cairnie was elected Secretary on the Executive Board of the NH Young Democrats and Recruitment with the NH New Leaders Council.

Cairnie believes public education is essential to a functioning society and was motivated to run for a one-year seat on the Derry, NH, School Board after seeing firsthand the power of stepping up and using one’s voice to create change. He is a strong defender of small class sizes and wants to balance quality education with limited resources. Cairnie will critically analyze the district’s needs to find ways to increase the number of paraprofessionals available to meet the needs of students. He will also create opportunities for community outreach so families and kids of all backgrounds and identities can be included. Cairnie knows the importance of having a strategic plan and optimizing the curriculum, and he will work tirelessly to develop and implement strategic long-term solutions.

Cairnie has a unique skill for seeing both sides of a situation and developing strategies. As a proud transgender man, he knows the importance of diversity of viewpoints and perspectives to provide a welcoming space for all students.

Megan Schneider

Brentwood Library Trustee

General Date: 03/04/2023

Megan, a wife and mother from Brentwood, NH, brings a diverse background to her role as revenue operations manager for a global company. Prior to this, she successfully managed multiple projects and owned a small business with her husband. Megan’s experience also includes over a decade of teaching. In her spare time, Megan volunteers with a non-profit organization that raises funds for police officers injured on the job.

Megan is passionate about supporting programs that benefit the community and is an advocate for LGBT and women’s rights. With her extensive experience, Megan is well-equipped to contribute to the development and implementation of effective policies to promote these causes. Her commitment to these values will be a driving force in her efforts to create positive change and make a meaningful impact in her community.

Gabbie Kelly

Brentwood Budget Committee

General Election: 03/14/2023

Gabbie is a resident of Brentwood, NH, who recently moved back with her husband almost four years ago. With almost 10 years of experience as a licensed ‘traditional’ auditor and accountant, Gabbie now runs her own business where she coaches women and business owners about money and profit strategy, helping them to improve and grow their businesses.

Having redesigned her life and career to make space for things that light up her soul, Gabbie finds joy in helping women become financially fierce and being an engaged community member. She sees herself as a voice for other women and parents in both her local and larger communities.

As a mother of two young daughters, aged 2 and 4, Gabbie is preparing them to enter public school and utilize more town resources. She wants to be a role model for them to see how engaged, helpful civil citizenship can bring joy and love while keeping the town moving forward in a responsible and visionary manner.

With her skills and commitment to sound budget policies, Gabbie believes that she will be a great asset to the Budget Committee.


Adrian Ghainda

Hudson County, District 2

Primary Election: 06/06/2023

General Election: 11/07/2023

Adrian (he/him) is a community organizer and 24-year-old graduate student at NYU Wagner Graduate School for Public Service. He is running for County Commissioner in Hudson County’s 2nd District, where he has lived for 18 years.

Adrian’s passion for public service stems from his desire to create positive change in his community. He wants to bring Hudson County its first Planned Parenthood location and build affordable housing for low-income families. He is committed to making local government transparent and accessible to everyone in Hudson County.

Adrian is running as one of two Gen-Z candidates in an area where youth voices are often told to “”wait their turn.”” He believes that young people should have a voice in local government and wants to create a Youth Advisory Council for the Board of Commissioners to give young students opportunities to work with elected officials.

Adrian decided to run for County Commissioner after seeing friends and neighbors get priced out of their homes. He believes that elected officials should be fighting for policies that empower and protect working-class families. His top issues are affordability, safe streets, and addressing the mental health crisis.

Adrian’s inspiration comes from his friends, family, neighbors, and organizers who call Hudson County home. He hopes that his candidacy will inspire others to take a stand against a status quo that doesn’t prioritize fighting for Hudson County’s working class.

Isaiah Santiago

Rochester School Board, At-Large

Primary Election: 06/27/2023

General Election: 11/07/2023

Isaiah is an 18-year-old freshman at St. John Fisher University, pursuing a degree in political science. Over the last four years, Isaiah has been an active advocate for improved mental health services, policies addressing violence, and increased youth representation in decision-making. He is the founder of the organization “We Got This”, which aims to prevent gun violence, and has authored a curriculum on “Mental Health Literacy” that will be introduced in RCSD in the coming years. Isaiah serves on the board of directors of Families Together NYS, the student advisory committee for the New York State board of regents, and his college’s student government. As the youngest candidate, he is currently running a groundbreaking campaign for the Rochester City School Board.

Isaiah’s activism and leadership reflect his commitment to serving his community and advocating for change. He brings a unique perspective and a deep understanding of the issues facing young people in his community. His priorities include improving mental health services and combatting violence, while ensuring that young voices are included in the decision-making process. If elected to the school board, Isaiah would be a trailblazer and a strong voice for the students of Rochester.

Crystal Hudson

New York City Council, District 35

Primary Election: 06/27/2023

General Election: 11/07/2023

Crystal is the first out gay Black woman to be elected as Council Member for New York City’s District 35 in Brooklyn, which includes Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and parts of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant. As a community organizer and public servant, Crystal is committed to making government more accessible and delivering a just recovery for all New Yorkers following the pandemic, economic crisis, and racial reckoning. She chairs the Committee on Aging and co-chairs the LGBTQIA+ Caucus, using her platform to advocate for marginalized communities.

Crystal’s commitment to public service is personal, as she became the primary caregiver for her mother who exhibited symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Through this experience, Crystal saw firsthand how difficult it is for working families to navigate complex, bureaucratic systems and access resources needed to keep older New Yorkers safe and healthy at home while maintaining their dignity. She now advocates fiercely for families impacted by Alzheimer’s and older adults, striving to ensure they have access to the services and resources they need.

Alex Marion

Syracuse City Auditor

Primary Election: 06/27/2023

General Election: 11/07/2023

Alexander is a passionate public servant with a decade of experience in leading roles at City Hall and the state legislature. As a Central New York native, he understands the unique challenges that our community faces and has a proven track record of delivering results. Alexander is running for Syracuse City Auditor to bring big ideas, accountable government, and creative thinking to our city.

With a focus on protecting tenants, improving infrastructure, funding our schools, and making economic development transparent and inclusive, Alexander’s campaign draws on the energy of the community working together to solve big challenges. He is a lifelong Democrat and has actively supported progressive campaigns and serious leaders up and down the ballot.

Alexander is a graduate of St. John’s University and holds an M.P.A. from Baruch College. He resides in the Strathmore neighborhood and is committed to ensuring that our city works for all residents. If elected as City Auditor, Alexander will work tirelessly to make Syracuse a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

David M. Shields

Farmington City Council

General Election: 11/07/2023

David is a dedicated and engaged member of the Farmington community who is running for the town board. With a passion for environmental sustainability and government transparency, David is committed to promoting the town’s well-being and deterring future water crises.

As a member of the Farmington Conservation Advisory Council and the Farmington Chamber of Commerce, David is actively involved in promoting economic development and environmental responsibility. His platform includes updating the town’s website, improving notification processes, and promoting government transparency regarding taxpayer-funded projects.

David’s advocacy for the environment extends to his belief that local towns have a duty to mitigate the climate crisis. If elected, he will work to promote green energy sources such as electric charging stations, solar power, and windmills. He is inspired by local climate activists’ “Color Your Town Green” initiatives and believes in taking action at the local level to combat the climate crisis.

With a background in political science and experience campaigning for local candidates, interning for a United States Senator, and excelling academically at the State University of New York at Geneseo, David is well-prepared to serve Farmington residents. He is committed to promoting transparency, accountability, and responsible governance in the town board.

Kathryn Franco

Buffalo City Council, University District

Primary Election: 06/27/2023

General Election: 11/07/2023

Kathryn is a passionate social worker and public health professional who has dedicated her life to promoting social justice in her hometown of Buffalo. Running for the University District Common Council seat, she believes that it is time for the voices and concerns of everyday people to be prioritized by city decision-makers. The University District exemplifies Buffalo’s deep segregation and poverty, with high rates of eviction notices, tax foreclosures, and health disparities. Kathryn is committed to fighting for safe, affordable housing, transparent and accountable community investment, and re-imagining public safety. She is also focused on climate change and addressing the root causes of poverty, recognizing that Buffalo is slated as a future climate refuge.

Kathryn has an impressive track record of securing Community Benefits Agreements, fighting for participatory budgeting, and promoting the establishment of a public bank, all aimed at shifting power and control to communities. Her goal is to continue this advocacy and use her position on the Common Council to co-govern with University District residents. If elected, Kathryn would be the first woman in a decade to serve on Buffalo’s Common Council. She and her wife Melinda reside in the Ken-Bailey neighborhood in Buffalo. Kathryn currently serves as an adjunct professor for the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo. Her dedication to promoting social justice and empowering local communities makes her a formidable candidate for the University District Common Council seat.

Tess Cohen

Bronx District Attorney

Primary Election: 06/27/2023

General Election: 11/07/2023

Tess, a seasoned legal professional with experience as a prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, and civil rights attorney, is a candidate for Bronx District Attorney. She has worked on various cases, ranging from prosecuting doctors for distributing oxycodone to representing individuals who were wrongly convicted and advocating for victims of sexual assault. Her experience has given her firsthand insight into the systemic failures of the criminal justice system in the Bronx.

Tess is committed to implementing evidence-based criminal justice reforms that prioritize public safety while reducing mass incarceration. She believes in focusing resources on prosecuting those who cause real harm to communities and working to close the Rikers Island jail. As the next Bronx DA, Tess will use her expertise to make the Bronx a safer place for everyone.

India Walton

Buffalo City Council, Masten District

Primary Election: 06/23/2023

General Election: 11/07/2023

India, a native of Buffalo, NY, and former Democratic nominee for Mayor, has dedicated her career to systemic change in the pursuit of justice and equity. After a decades-long career as a Registered Nurse at Children’s Hospital and Buffalo Public Schools, India worked as a community organizer advocating for police accountability, fair housing, and food justice. In 2017, she co-founded The Fruit Belt Community Land Trust, Buffalo’s first democratically run affordable housing organization, and eventually served as its Executive Director. Currently, India serves as the Strategic Director of Roots Action Civic Education, which she co-created with the Roots Action Education Fund to advance equity and civic engagement in Buffalo.

As someone directly impacted by systemic inequity, India is running to govern with the residents of the Masten District as a champion of progressive policies and proactive legislation. Her priorities include improving the housing stock for tenants and homeowners, supporting a thriving business district, and making local government transparent and accessible to all. If elected, India will be the first woman to serve on Buffalo’s Common Council in over a decade.

India’s experience in healthcare, community organizing, and affordable housing uniquely positions her to advocate for policies that prioritize the needs of marginalized communities. Her commitment to equity and justice has earned her widespread support in Buffalo and beyond.

Jennifer Gutiérrez

New York City Council, District 34

Primary Election: 06/27/2023

General Election: 11/07/2023

Jennifer is a proud representative of Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Ridgewood in the New York City Council. As a working mom and the daughter of Colombian immigrants, she brings a unique perspective to the council. Gutierrez grew up in a rent-stabilized apartment in Queens and became the family advocate as a pre-teen when her father became disabled, fighting on his behalf to get his healthcare covered and benefits paid.

As a Council Member, Jennifer has fought tirelessly for affordable housing, education funding, and social services for her community. During her first term, she passed critical bills to uplift parents across the city, including the Marshall Plan for Moms and legislation that provides free doula services for birthing people. In her next term, she plans to continue championing the women and families that have powered her district by pushing for universal childcare, investing in public schools, and holding wealthy developers accountable for the housing crisis.

She lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn with her husband, mother, and daughter, and is dedicated to improving the lives of her constituents.

Marisa McClinton

Platekill City Council, At-Large

General Election: 11/07/2023

Marisa is a health and human services worker and community advocate with extensive experience in housing security, food security, natural rights, and the personal protection rights of various disenfranchised groups in the community. She has collaborated with numerous community organizations in three counties while operating her own mobile pantry, which provides groceries and prepared meals to families regardless of income. Marisa is a single mother of two daughters, a union steward and treasurer with the public employees federation, division 276, and the vice chair of the Ulster County Diversity and Party Building committee.

Although new to politics, Marisa has a lifelong commitment to advocating for social justice and collaborating with community leaders on all levels of government to effect change and develop long-term solutions. With her extensive personal experience and various roles, Marisa is devoted to working for the people.


Eliazar Posada

Carrboro City Council, At-Large

General Election: 11/07/2023

Eliazar made history in North Carolina by becoming the first openly LGBTQ Latino elected official after winning a special election on May 17, 2022. Originally from Florida, Eliazar grew up in the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas and has been living and working in Carrboro since 2016. He currently serves as the Organizing Director of Equality NC, which is the oldest statewide organization dedicated to securing rights and protections for the LGBTQ community. Additionally, he is the Founder of Posada Strategy Consulting, a consulting firm that helps nonprofit and grassroots organizations build capacity, develop programs, and create strategies around fundraising, community outreach, and advocacy.

Eliazar is committed to tackling some of the most pressing issues affecting our communities today, including Equality for All, Affordable Housing, and Equitable Public Transit. These critical issues address the core needs of those who have been underserved by our current systems. As a council member, Eliazar will continue his efforts to ensure that decisions made at the council table reflect the entire community.

With his background and experience, Eliazar brings a unique perspective to the council. He is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives and is dedicated to working towards a more inclusive and equitable future for all. His leadership and vision will undoubtedly help move Carrboro forward in a positive direction.


Brandon Simmons

Columbus School Board, At-Large

Primary Election: 05/01/2023

General Election: 11/07/2023

Brandon is a passionate student activist and candidate for the Columbus Board of Education. His advocacy for public education began during his time at CAHS where he successfully campaigned to increase funding for Columbus’ underfunded school buildings. As a former student organizer, Brandon understands the need for accountability and community engagement in education. He is committed to shrinking the district’s central office staff and ensuring that every student has access to high-quality education. If elected to the Board of Education, Brandon will work tirelessly to bring about positive change in the district and empower Columbus students to succeed.

Christopher Wyche

Columbus City Council, District 1

Primary Election: 05/02/2023

General Election: 11/07/2023

Christopher, a Boston native, has spent most of his adult life in the Greater Columbus area. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A in Economics Management. Chris currently resides in Columbus with his wife and two children, and works at AT&T Ohio as the Director of External Affairs, building relationships with Mayors, City Managers, Council Members and County Commissioners to address telecommunications policy issues in northwest Ohio.

Chris believes that Columbus is an opportunity city that strives to be the best city to live, work and grow in, but acknowledges that not all residents share the same experience. As the city grows, there are several challenges that need to be addressed, including an outdated transit system, a looming workforce development crisis, a housing shortage and limited support for people living in poverty. To address these challenges, City Council members need to have a unified vision for the city and a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities to their respective districts.

This is why Christopher is running to be the first City Council Member representing District 1. He aims to be a voice for those who feel forgotten in his community, bring innovative approaches to the challenges faced by Columbus, and navigate the historic change the city is currently undergoing.

Melissa Green

Columbus City Council, District 6

Primary Election: 05/02/2023

General Election: 11/07/2023

Melissa is a licensed social worker and community advocate with extensive experience in public service. She is seeking to represent Columbus and District 6 on Columbus City Council. Melissa has worked to address some of Columbus’ most pressing challenges, including addiction, homelessness, and environmental sustainability. She played a crucial role in building the infrastructure for the City of Columbus’ naloxone distribution programs and founded Project LIFE, a government-funded and administered drug checking program.

If elected, Melissa will be the first licensed social worker to serve on Columbus City Council. Her top priorities will be social, economic, and environmental justice, with a focus on expanding access to resources for people living with substance use disorders, chronic mental health challenges, or experiencing homelessness. Melissa resides on the Hilltop on Columbus’ West Side with her partner, Mike, and their two-year-old son, Miles, who are fourth and fifth-generation Hilltop residents.

Sarah Ingles

Columbus School Board

General Election: 11/07/2023

Sarah, a lifelong Central Ohio resident and first-time political candidate, is running for the Columbus City School Board. Sarah has been a long-time advocate for public education, starting with her first time testifying as a teenager before her own public school board of education. She believes that every Columbus student, teacher, and staff member deserves to be in a safe, clean, and vibrant education space. Sarah is committed to expanding opportunities for students and graduates, embracing and uplifting the diversity of the district, ensuring equity across the district, and defending public education at both the state and city levels.

Sarah is currently an attorney and advocate representing labor unions, low-wage workers, and immigrant workers. She has negotiated collective bargaining agreements and worked with various industries of workers, including educators and school staff. As a believer in the power of education, particularly in public education, Sarah is determined to ensure that all Columbus students are set up for success in our global society.

Sarah’s experience as an advocate for labor and education issues gives her a unique perspective on the challenges facing the Columbus City School Board. She will be a strong voice for students and teachers, and she will work tirelessly to ensure that every student in the district receives the education they need to succeed.

Olivia “Liv” Bennett

Allegheny County, District 13

Primary Election: 05/16/2023

General Election: 11/07/2023

Liv is a community activist and has served on Allegheny County Council, District 13, since January of 2020. Liv is a mother of four children and through this experience has seen first hand the challenges in the County for Black and other minority populations. For this reason, the legislation that Liv has worked on and passed has targeted marginalized communities.

During Liv’s time on Council she has passed numerous legislation from banning conversion therapy, hair discrimination and fracking in the park. She has also passed Paid Sick Leave, Juneteenth as a Countywide holiday before it was done by the City of Pittsburgh or federally and the Independent Police Review Board. While Liv has gotten a lot done, she recognizes that there is still much work to still do. She looks forward to being able to serve for a second term on the County Council to continue her work for the least of these.

Katherine Gilmore Richardson

Philadelphia City Council, At-Large

Primary Election: 05/16/2023

General Election: 11/07/2023

Katherine, the youngest woman and African American woman ever elected to Philadelphia City Council in 2019, is committed to improving public safety, ensuring every child graduates college or career-ready, and addressing climate change and environmental justice through a whole-of-government approach. As a Councilmember, she passed legislation to increase transparency and accountability in city government, crack down on nuisance businesses, and integrate climate risk disclosure into the City’s Pension Fund operations.

As the Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Councilmember Katherine updated landscaping requirements in the zoning code and created the Philadelphia Tree Fund, which collects fees from developers to expand and maintain the city’s tree canopy. She also secured millions of dollars for environmental justice funding, including the creation of the Climate Resilience Grant Program. Councilmember Gilmore Richardson’s achievements have been recognized with her appointment to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) in 2021.

Additionally, she created Philadelphia’s first Apprenticeship Guidebook, which provides comprehensive information on over 20 apprenticeship programs in the city. Councilmember Richardson’s commitment to government transparency, social justice, and environmental issues has had a positive impact on Philadelphia’s residents.

Jarrett Smith

Philadelphia City Council, At-Large

Primary Election: 05/16/2023

General Election: 11/07/2023

Jarrett, a community and labor advocate, is seeking the position of Philadelphia City Commissioner with the Working Families Party. Jarrett’s lifelong commitment to organizing has fueled his mission to cultivate a diverse and inclusive voter base in Philadelphia, capable of electing candidates that genuinely reflect the needs and priorities of the community. If elected, Jarrett plans to safeguard the rights of Philadelphia voters and increase access for all eligible voters in the city.

Over the past four years, Jarrett has worked as Legislative Director for SEIU Healthcare, where he advocated for the rights of members in state and local government, fought back against right-to-work attacks, and empowered members to participate in elections. In 2022, Jarrett coordinated advocacy efforts that resulted in safe-staffing ratios for nursing home workers and secured over $600 million in recurring Medicaid funding for bedside care.

Before joining SEIU, Jarrett led a statewide youth voter engagement program with NextGen America. As a provisional voter in 2016, Jarrett was among over 30,000 voters in Philadelphia, mostly new registrants and young people, who were unable to vote due to the commissioners’ office’s failure to process voter registrations on time. As Commissioner, Jarrett is committed to ensuring that no voter falls through the cracks, particularly new voters to the process.

Amanda Bakay

Lancaster City Council

Primary Election: 05/16/2023

General Election: 11/07/2023

Amanda, a Lancaster native, is a community advocate and leader who believes in improving systems for those who are most vulnerable. She witnessed the struggles of her single mother who had to work multiple jobs to make ends meet, which inspired her to work towards creating a better community for all.

After graduating with a B.A. in History and Political Science from Mansfield University, Amanda spent a decade in the banking industry before realizing her desire to have a more significant impact in her work. She then transitioned to the non-profit sector as the Director of Programs at the Lancaster Science Factory, ensuring that thousands of children in Lancaster have access to quality STEM education.

Since January 2020, Amanda has served on City Council, representing Lancaster’s Southwest neighborhood. During her time in office, she has championed legislation to improve housing safety and protect children from lead poisoning. Amanda also advocated for a $10 million investment in affordable housing, the adoption of the Vision Zero Plan, and capital improvements to critical infrastructure. Her hard work and dedication earned her the role of City Council President in November 2022.

Aside from her City Council work, Amanda serves on the boards of the Lancaster Recreation Commission and the Lancaster Office of Promotion, and is the Vice Chair of the Board of the Central Market Trust. She is committed to improving the lives of her fellow Lancaster residents and making her community a better place for everyone.

Hakim K. Jones

Norristown Justice of the Peace

Primary Election: 05/16/2023

General Election: 11/07/2023

Hakim is a dedicated public servant and lifelong resident of Norristown. With close to 20 years of experience, Hakim has worked in various areas, including Youth Workforce Development, Home and School Truancy, Nonprofit leadership, and Mental Health Services. During his seven years on the Norristown Municipal Council, Hakim never missed a meeting and took pride in representing the needs of his community. His focus areas were public safety, quality of life, youth recreation, and economic empowerment, and he accomplished a lot in these areas.

Hakim’s work has positively impacted generations of Norristown families. He has worked with the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board, Montgomery County Emergency Services, Norristown Area School District, and the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, earning the trust of many by assisting them in achieving self-sufficiency in their personal lives and within the community as a whole.

Collaborating effectively with various community partners is one of Hakim’s strengths, and he has a proven track record in volunteer and community service. From serving as a leader in the youth athletics community to the nonprofit world, Hakim has added value to various organizations, allowing them to exceed their missions and expectations.

Hakim graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Relations Journalism from West Virginia University and is currently pursuing an MBA in Organizational Management from Eastern University. Elected service is the path that has chosen him, and he wears the title proudly.

As a proud husband, father, and homeowner in the Norristown community, Hakim understands the importance of building a strong community, and his experience and dedication make him a valuable asset to any team.

Andrés Celin

Philadelphia City Council, District 7

Primary Election: 05/16/2023

General Election: 11/07/2023

Andrés is a seasoned educator, social worker, and community organizer with over a decade of experience working with families in eastern North Philly to create stronger communities. Originally from Cali, Colombia, he was raised as an organizer in Philly’s Latine community. As the Lead Organizer with Youth United for Change, Andrés mentored and trained Kensington youth to advocate for change in their neighborhood schools and beyond.

After earning his MPA, Andrés joined Councilmember Helen Gym’s office as Outreach Director, where he collaborated with unions and community organizations to build a more equitable Philadelphia. Thanks to these diverse experiences, Andrés has developed a unique perspective on the relationship between community organizing and transformative public policy.

As a Councilmember, Andrés is committed to advancing initiatives for affordable housing, community-based public safety, and opportunities for young people to learn and grow. With his extensive background in community organizing and public service, Andrés is poised to make a meaningful impact on Philadelphia’s most pressing issues.

Darwin Leuba

Allegheny County, County Controller

Primary Election: 05/16/2023

General Election: 11/07/2023

Darwin is the current Auditor of O’Hara Township and has been in office since 2017. He has a proven track record of uncovering tax evasion schemes, particularly by exposing UPMC’s private parking lot tax evasion that amounted to millions of dollars. Darwin has also been successful in his efforts to demand greater transparency in contract compliance, winning 13 cases against the current County Controller. He is the only County Controller candidate who refuses campaign donations from UPMC, Highmark, and corporate PACs. Darwin is a second-generation Taiwanese American who graduated from Fox Chapel Area High School and earned a degree in Computer Science from Yale. His technical background makes him a suitable candidate for the role of County Controller. Darwin’s platform includes countywide parcel review to crack down on tax evasion by corporations and nonprofits, auditing clean air enforcement to benefit impacted communities, and enforcing health and nutrition contracts in our jail, which currently has soaring overtime costs and a death rate almost twice the national average.


Sophia Saenz

City of South Houston, Mayor

Primary Election: 05/06/2023

Sophia is an experienced leader, educator, and community advocate with a strong academic background. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Houston Baptist University, a master’s degree from The University of St. Thomas, and a certification in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from the University of South Florida. Sophia has been teaching in Title I public schools for the past 10 years and is currently the Asst. Choir Director at South Houston High School, her alma mater. She is a voice for the residents of South Houston and a founding member of the South Houston First community organization.

Sophia is passionate about public education, equity, public safety, technology, and community advancement. She is a skilled public speaker and is dedicated to serving working-class families by fighting for fair wages, workplace protections, and dignity at work. Sophia’s moral character is based on the principles of integrity, reliability, honesty, courage, and justice.

As a dedicated leader, Sophia is committed to the prosperity and elevation of the City of South Houston. She is uniquely qualified to be the first Latina Mayor of South Houston due to her decade of servant leadership providing her students and their families with the necessary tools to succeed. Her experience, passion, and dedication make her an excellent choice for this important position.

Mario Castillo

Houston City Council, District H

General Election: 05/06/2023

Mario, a community organizer and public health advocate, seeks to represent District H on the City Council. As a resident of the area, Mario is committed to the well-being of the community. As the first openly LGBTQ council member to represent District H, Mario will fight for safer, stronger, healthier, and more affordable neighborhoods.

Mario has organized communities for health insurance enrollment, served as the District H Chief of Staff in 2016, and worked at the Houston Health Department. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Your Houston, is on the board of the MD Anderson YMCA and the Houston Police Department Criminal Justice Advisory Board. If elected, Mario will advocate for flood protection, crime prevention, elimination of illegal dumping, and more efficient government. He also plans to increase the property tax homestead exemption for seniors and the disabled and provide workforce housing opportunities for teachers, police, and firefighters.

Simon Salinas

Plano School District, Place 7

General Election: 05/06/2023

Simon is a recent graduate of Plano ISD and a current substitute teacher who holds an Associate’s degree in General Studies and a Political Science certification from Collin College. While in high school, he served on the Diversity Advisory Committee for Plano ISD, where he advocated for the diverse communities he represents, and earned four healthcare-related certifications. Simon has been planning his campaign for two years and even knocked on doors during his high school lunch period. He has also volunteered on multiple congressional, federal, and local campaigns.

Simon’s motivation for running stems from his experiences as a student during the COVID-19 pandemic. He witnessed decisions being made that impacted him, his classmates, and his teachers, and felt that their voices were not being heard. As a member of Gen Z, Simon brings a unique perspective to the School Board that has not been represented before. He is passionate about giving a voice to those who have been underrepresented and ensuring that every student, regardless of background, has access to a high-quality education.

With his background as a substitute teacher and his advocacy work, Simon has a deep understanding of the challenges facing students and educators in Plano ISD. He is committed to ensuring that every student has a safe and inclusive learning environment, expanding access to educational opportunities, and promoting equity across the district. Simon believes that by bringing a new perspective and fresh ideas to the School Board, he can help create positive change in Plano ISD.

Chris Hollins

City of Houston, Mayor

General Election: 11/07/2023

Chris, a Houston native, is running for mayor with a strong belief in bringing people together to solve problems. As Harris County Clerk during the pandemic, Chris made national headlines for standing up to Governor Greg Abbott and protecting voting rights for over 2.5 million Houston-area voters. He proved what local government can achieve when innovative ideas and accountable leadership are met with real purpose by fending off harsh voter suppression efforts from right-wing extremists. Chris believes that Houston can be the safest major city in America with the strongest local economy, and he is committed to fighting for Houston’s working families just as hard as he fought for Harris County voters.

Despite witnessing the growth and progress the city has made over the years, Chris and his wife Morgan, who are proud to raise their two children in Houston, recognize that the city’s challenges are becoming more difficult to solve. Furthermore, politicians in Austin are ignoring these challenges and instead focusing on controversial topics such as banning books, stripping reproductive freedom, and overturning free and fair elections. Therefore, strong local leaders like Chris have emerged as Houston’s last line of defense. This upcoming election will be about choosing a candidate who can move the city forward when state government is unwilling or unable to help.

Tara Maldonado-Wilson

Fort Worth City Council, District 11

General Election: 05/06/2023

Tara is a business owner and a nurse who served on the frontlines of the pandemic. She is a native Texan and a mother of three who is running to represent Fort Worth’s newly drawn District 11 on the city council. Tara’s commitment to servant leadership is rooted in her belief that the constituents of this new minority opportunity district deserve to be represented by someone who understands their perspective. As a representative of neighborhoods that have been overlooked for decades, she is eager to listen to the community’s concerns.

Tara’s motivation to run for office stems from her frustration with how the city council addressed the concerns of the community following the death of Atatiana Jefferson. She found her voice standing for justice and accountability and is committed to representing and fighting for the people of District 11. Tara wants to ensure that the District 11, which has historically been disenfranchised or overlooked, has a strong voice.

She’s a proud Latina from humble roots who pursued education and committed herself to giving back to the community, Tara is the right person for the job. She is dedicated to advocating for fair treatment, representation, and equality for all residents of District 11. Her experience in business, healthcare, and as a mother gives her a unique perspective that she will bring to the council. Tara is passionate about creating positive change in her community and is ready to serve the people of District 11 with honesty, integrity, and hard work.


Briana Sewell

Virginia House, District 51

Primary Election: 06/20/2023

General Election: 11/07/2023

Briana, a native of Prince William County, is a dedicated public servant with a passion for helping others. She graduated from the Prince William County public school system and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from American University.

Growing up in a military family, Briana learned the importance of integrity and service to others from her parents. Her commitment to public service was strengthened after working as District Director for Congressman Connolly, where she helped lead the office in community events and oversaw the strong constituent services team. Briana also played a crucial role in establishing the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy, where she worked to bring all factions together to support policies that promote affordable child care, job training programs, affordable elder care options, and more.

In November 2021, Briana was elected to her first term in the Virginia House of Delegates. As a District Director, community organizer, Chief of Staff to the County Chair, and now a state delegate, she has always listened to the people’s concerns and worked tirelessly to address them. She understands the issues facing the 25th District because she’s lived through them herself.

Briana’s dedication to public service, her deep understanding of the issues facing her community, and her proven track record of bringing people together to achieve common goals make her the ideal representative for the 25th District.

Adele McClure

Virginia House, District 2

Primary Election: 06/20/2023

General Election: 11/07/2023

Adele, a fierce advocate for vulnerable populations, is the daughter of a resilient early childhood educator and a Filipino immigrant who served in the U.S. Army. She grew up in Northern Virginia where she experienced poverty and periodic homelessness, an experience that has shaped her into the dedicated community activist she is today. Through her activism and lived experiences, Adele has worked with advocates and members of the Virginia General Assembly to draft, pass, and implement legislation that breaks down systemic barriers, expands human rights, and improves access to services for people in Arlington and across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

As the Executive Director of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, Adele’s leadership led to transformative changes in housing, healthcare, education, voting access, justice reform, workers’ rights, LGBTQIA+ rights, climate action, and gun violence prevention. Her policy expertise and experience in the state legislative and executive branches make Adele ready to hit the ground running on day one. If elected, she would serve as both the first Black person and the first Asian person to represent Arlington County in the Virginia General Assembly.

Adele McClure is running to represent the needs of the people in Arlington and build upon the progress that has been made. She is committed to continuing the work of expanding human rights, breaking down systemic barriers, and improving access to services for everyone in the community. With her passion, expertise, and experience, Adele is the right person to help create positive change in Arlington County.

Lily Franklin

Virginia House, District 41

Primary Election: 06/30/2023

General Election: 11/07/2023

Lily is a former teacher and fifth-generation Southwest Virginian who is running for Virginia’s newly created 41st House District. Growing up in the Roanoke Valley in a working-class family that struggled with addiction and substance abuse issues, she understands the challenges faced by underrepresented voices. After graduating from public schools, Lily worked multiple jobs to put herself through college at Longwood University, where she experienced her own #MeToo moment and decided to fight for those who face similar struggles.

Lily joined Teach for America and taught in low-income Appalachian schools, where she discovered that the issues facing her students couldn’t be solved in the classroom but rather through the legislative process. She returned to her hometown of Roanoke and worked as a legislative staffer for Delegate Sam Rasoul, eventually becoming his Chief of Staff. Over the next five years, Lily learned how to pass legislation despite fierce opposition and is one of the few candidates in Virginia who has written and passed laws.

Lily is dedicated to ensuring that every child receives a world-class education, working families have access to the resources they need to succeed, and seniors can retire with dignity in their own homes. Her proven record, established contacts, and in-depth knowledge of Virginia’s government will allow her to make a difference in southwest Virginia. Lily currently resides in Blacksburg, Virginia, with her Beagle-mix, Poppy.

Heidi Drauschak

Virginia Senate, District 35

Primary Election: 06/20/2023

General Election: 11/07/2023

Heidi, a resident of Springfield, Virginia, is a driven professional who holds a law degree and MBA from the University of Richmond, Virginia. Heidi had an early interest in state government, which led her to found CrowdLobby, an organization dedicated to giving everyday people access to lobbyists through crowdfunded campaigns. Her drive to make a positive impact in society has remained constant, and she believes that corporate interests are overrunning the government and more needs to be done to give ordinary people honest access to their legislators.

Heidi has helped found and run a non-partisan good governance organization focused on campaign finance reform, government transparency, and increased citizen engagement in Virginia. She now works with her husband in their own consultancy firm and spends her free time participating as an executive committee member at BigMoneyOutVA, advocating for campaign finance reform in Virginia.

After years of being told by legislators that these structural issues were not a priority, Heidi decided to take action and seek change from within the legislature itself. Heidi is thrilled to be seeking the Democratic nomination for Virginia’s newly redrawn 35th Senate District. She has a passion for promoting honest and transparent governance that represents the interests of everyday people. With her vast experience in public service, Heidi is poised to make a difference in Virginia’s state government and beyond.


Garner Moffat

Superior City Council, District 3

General Election: 04/04/2023

Garner is a community activist and nonprofit specialist who is running for the 3rd City Council District in Superior, WI. He is an active member of the Superior Plan Commission, The Douglas County Historical Society Board, and serves as the secretary of the North Shore Community School. With extensive coursework in Community Development and Urban Planning, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from the College of St. Scholastica, Garner is well-equipped to take on the challenges of public office.

His campaign is focused on building community health and wealth from the bottom up. He plans to work on dozens of policy ideas related to a variety of topics, with a focus on improving the lives of the people in his district. Moffat is passionate about improving his community and believes that everyone should have a voice in the political process. He is committed to working with his constituents to identify and solve problems and make Superior a better place for everyone.

David Bown

Milwaukee City Council, District 1

General Election: 04/04/2023

David served as a Wisconsin State Assemblyman for a decade, completing his final term in January 2023. As a first-generation American and son of Jamaican immigrants, he was raised in Milwaukee’s Northside and attended Milwaukee Public Schools before graduating from Bradley Tech High School. David continued his education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, studying Educational Policy and Community Studies before running for elected office.

During his time in the State Assembly, David served on several committees, including Education, Community Development, Children and Families, and Corrections. He has also held various board positions, including Program Director for Urban Underground’s youth leadership program and First Vice Chair on the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s Executive Board. David is a nationally recognized trainer for intergenerational community improvement strategies and a champion of issues to make progress in the lives of all people.

As a Legacy Foundation Youth Activism Fellow and Steering Committee member for the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Violence Prevention Initiative, David has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of his fellow Milwaukeeans. He is dedicated to serving his community, having also served on the City of Milwaukee’s Homicide Review Commission and Outreach Community Health Center Board.

Jasmine Tyler

Milwaukee City Council, District 9

General Election: 04/04/2023

Jasmine is running for Alderwoman in the 9th District, with a focus on understanding and addressing community concerns. As a former executive assistant for Aldermanic District 6 and having assisted over 40,000 constituents, Jasmine has the expertise to create tailored solutions for District 9.

Jasmine plans to bring new businesses and developments to the district by leveraging resources from various sources, including her national network. She has established relationships with youth, parents, business owners, and developers in the district and plans to collaborate with them to enhance safety measures.

Safety is a top priority so she co-founded “We Locked In,” a program for youth ages 12–17 that offers life skills services, wrap-around services, stipends, and incentives. This program has reduced crime in three different Milwaukee districts, and Jasmine aims to make it permanent in District 9 and collaborate with the Office of Violence Prevention to improve safety.

She believes that the 9th District can have a positive impact on the economy and community by supporting small businesses, restoring established ones, and opposing the proposed juvenile prison from entering the district while improving community relations.

Born and raised in Milwaukee and currently co-parenting three children and has experience as a Music Tour Manager/Booking Agent and currently serves as the Director of Community Engagement for the “Iverson Classics” and “Iverson Manselle Bates” enterprises and the Executive Director for Mega Star T-Pain’s High School Music Academy. Jasmine learned the importance of collaboration with local and national organizations in these roles.



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