LaunchProgress Endorses Eight Candidates Who Will Change the Face of Politics

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:

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Join Us in Columbus!

Join us for a very special Happy Hour in Columbus on May 9 from 6-8pm!

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April 4: DC Happy Hour

Join us in DC on April 4!

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2017 Endorsement Applications Open!

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. 

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2014 Candidates: 2 Years of Progressive Accomplishments

Our first class of candidates have already made significant progressive accomplishments across the country. A few highlights are below:

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2015 & 2016 Candidates: Where Are They Now?

Our 2015 and 2016 candidates are creating change and leading on progressive issues all over the country. Here’s what they’re up to now:

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Young Candidate Spotlight: Yousef Rabhi

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.

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Endorsing Yousef Rabhi

Endorsement: Yousef Rabhi for State Representative in MichiganWe 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.

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This Women's Equality Day, Get Women to Run for Office

On August 26th, 1920, the 19th amendment became the law of the land, giving women the right to vote after 70 years of struggle. Today, we celebrate the suffragettes’ hard-fought victory by observing National Women’s Equality Day.

But in 2015, almost a century later, women are still far from equal participants in politics. While we certainly vote (consistently and at higher rates than men), we are vastly underrepresented in political office. As a result, politicians pass laws that don’t reflect our needs, priorities, and perspectives.

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New Endorsements in North Carolina

LPPAC 2015 Endorsement: Jamal FoxLPPAC 2015 Endorsement: Jillian JohnsonWe have endorsed two additional young, progressive candidates in North Carolina:

  • Jamal Fox (Greensboro, NC) is running for another term on Greensboro's City Council
  • Jillian Johnson (Durham, NC) is running for Durham City Council

Jamal Fox is a former North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University Political Science Adjunct Professor, as well as a community advocate, youth mentor, and political leader. In November 2013, he was elected to represent District 2 in the Greensboro City Council, and became the youngest person ever elected to office in the city.

Jillian Johnson is a long-time community organizer and activist. She is currently the Director of Operations for the Southern Vision Alliance, a NC-based grassroots nonprofit that works with youth across the state on leadership development and civic engagement. She is active in the labor movement and was one of nearly 1,000 people arrested in 2013 as part of North Carolina's Moral Monday movement. She lives in Durham’s West End neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

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