Updated: May 18
Community organizer and former teacher Kristin Mink has received the endorsement of Run for Something (RFS), the groundbreaking organization that recruits and supports strong, diverse voices in the next generation of progressive leadership.
“It's exciting to see the local energy for our grassroots campaign catch the attention of such a respected progressive organization," said Mink. "Here in Montgomery County, residents are making it clear that they want someone who will fight, effectively, to make us a model for progress. From the streets to the halls of power, I've been fighting with impacted people, labor unions and local advocacy groups to demand meaningful change. I can't wait to bring those voices directly to the seat of power."
“We’re focused on continuing the fight to defend democracy and elect more young progressives,” shared RFS co-founder Amanda Litman. “February’s endorsement class is dedicated to making meaningful change in their communities and advancing progressive ideals and equity across the country.”
In Montgomery County, Maryland, the current Council includes only one woman. The county has never seated an Asian person on the Council.
Of our February class of 119 candidates:
39 are alumni running for something again
64% identify as people of color
28% identify as LGBTQIA
55% identify as women
Our class of candidates represent 31 states
As we continue to build the progressive bench from the bottom-up, we are excited to support and amplify more talented, young progressives already making a difference at the state and local level.
The endorsement process includes an extensive internal review with background check, staff interview and insight from local state experts.
Amanda Litman and Ross Morales Rocketto launched RFS on Jan. 20, 2017 with a simple premise: help young diverse progressives to run for down-ballot races in order to build a bench for the future. RFS aims to lower the barriers to entry for these candidates by helping them with seeding money, organization building, and access to the trainings needed to be successful. So far, over 100,000 young people from across the country have signed up to run and gained access to RFS resources.
Run for Something recruits and supports talented, passionate young people who advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench.