We're so excited to announce our full class of seventeen candidates in 2017. These young, progressive leaders are EXACTLY the people we need to get our country on the right track. They're fighting for voting rights, high-quality education, environmental justice, and inclusive and welcoming communities. And, unlike our current political leaders, our candidates come from all corners of American life. Everyone we're working with this year is 35 or younger. Nine of our candidates are people of color, seven are women, and five are immigrants or first-generation Americans. They come from cities, suburbs, and small towns. They are students and teachers, artists and writers, organizers and activists. What these 17 leaders have in common, though, is a deep commitment to our shared progressive values and a history of working hard to make their communities better.
This is our largest group of endorsed candidates ever, and the team here at LaunchProgress couldn't be more excited to help these 17 candidates run and win. We don't need to wait for a Congressional election to create the change we need to see in politics. We can do it right now, today by helping young progressives win local elections in key battleground states. These 17 candidates are making it happen. Join us, and them, in the fight for a better future.
Without further ado, LaunchProgress's 2017 endorsed candidates:
Meet our first class of 2017 endorsed candidates! These eight leaders will change the face of politics, and we are so excited for what they will do for our cities, states, and country.
These candidates represent the future we're trying to build. They're dedicated, hardworking, ambitious, and values-driven. They will bring real change to our communities now, and for years to come. The whole team at LaunchProgress is thrilled to work with them to help them run and win. Sign up to stay updated on their campaigns.
Now, without further ado, LaunchProgress's first class of endorsed candidates, 2017:
Applications are live for our first round of 2017 endorsements. Are you running for office in Ohio, Michigan, or North Carolina, or do you know someone who might be? We want to help. Endorsed candidates will recieve a combination of financial and technical support to help get their campaign over the top.Continue reading
Our first class of candidates have already made significant progressive accomplishments across the country. A few highlights are below:Continue reading
Welcome to our ongoing interview series highlighting young elected officials and young candidates. This month we spoke with Yousef Rahbi, who has been serving as County Comissioner for Washtenaw County for the past four years. He is currently running for the State House of Representatives for Michigan’s 55th district. The district covers the majority of the city of Ann Arbor, where Yousef was raised.Continue reading
We are excited to announce that we have endorsed Yousef Rabhi for State Representative in Ann Arbor, Michigan!
Since 2011, Yousef Rabhi has served as Washtenaw County Commissioner. Now in his third term, Commissioner Rabhi is currently serving as Vice-Chair of the Board of Commissioners. Yousef formerly served as Chair of the Board, a term characterized by a deep commitment to process and community engagement. With a life long passion for the environment, Yousef has devoted his career to nurturing diverse and healthy ecosystems in Michigan. In his current role as Volunteer Coordinator at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, Yousef continues to engage the community in building a healthier environment and restoring local ecosystems.Continue reading