Run for Something

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The organizers: Amanda Litman, former HFA email director, and Ross Morales Rocketto, veteran campaigner and political operative.

The mission: Recruiting and supporting talented, passionate young people who will advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench.

The story: When Amanda and Ross launched Run for Something on Inauguration Day, they thought they’d have to push and push to eventually get even 100 people to learn more about running for local office. Instead, they’ve recruited more than 11,000 young activists, community leaders, students, educators, small-business owners, and thinkers to sign up to make real change in their own communities.

The latest: With the support they’ve received from Onward Together, Run for Something was able to endorse and support seven young candidates in the Virginia House of Delegates primary elections — and they’ve now endorsed 78 amazing young people running for local office in 19 states. Plus, every candidate who meets the basic criteria qualifies for access to Run for Something’s mentorship program, which connects campaign experts — including senior staff from at least three presidential campaigns — with first-time candidates.

The next step: Getting ready for the Virginia House of Delegates election on November 7th.

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