Run for Something is leading a Democratic wave, one school board election at a time.
Local ballots in Virginia, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and 11 other states were filled with first-time candidates — 20- and 30-somethings who had never held office before — as Democrats swept to victory on Tuesday. For Amanda Litman and Ross Morales Rocketto, founders of Run for Something, that was the point.
Litman, a former Hillary Clinton campaign staffer, and Morales Rocketto, a political operative, launched their organization on Inauguration Day in 2017 with the mission of pushing young progressives to enter state and local elections and supporting them in their campaigns.
The organization eventually backed 72 candidates in Tuesday’s election. And on Tuesday, 32 of them at most recent count, in 14 states, won seats on school boards and state legislatures and city councils. Two other races, both in the Virginia House of Delegates, are headed to recounts.
That success rate — more than 40 percent — is remarkable for first-time candidates, Litman told Vox: “You can run for office for the first time and it’s a possibility [to win],” she said. “The usual win rate for first-time candidate is 10 percent.”
They tell me about 10% of first-time candidates usually win, but 40% of @runforsomething candidates came out on top yesterday.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 8, 2017
Run for Something’s victories included Danica Roem in Virginia, who became the first openly transgender state legislator and defeated the man who authored the state’s “bathroom bill” when she was elected to the House of Delegates. And Ashley Bennett, who won a race for Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, unseating a politician who posted an offensive meme about the Women’s March. And 29-year-old Kirkland Carden, who won a seat in the Duluth City Council Read More Here