It’s finally getting nice out, which means it’s perfect weather for door knocking! If you’re interested in volunteering for a candidate we have endorsed, you can find all kinds of information about each one here! For now, let’s take a look back at LP news that happened in May.
LaunchProgress in the New York Times
Reporter Sean McElwee wrote a piece for the New York Times, focusing on the changing racial attitudes on the left, rather on the right like we have seen talked about since the 2016 Election. LaunchProgress got a shout out as an organization to support! Read the full story here.
May 8 Primary Victories
Both North Carolina and Ohio had primaries at the beginning of the month, and several of our candidates are moving on to the general election in November.
In North Carolina, we saw victories for 8 of our candidates!
- Ashton Clemmons for State House District 57
- Chaz Beasley for State House District 92
- D. Cole Phelps for State Senate District 1
- Da’Quan Love for State House District 4
- Erica McAdoo for State House District 63
- Kristin Powers for Alamance County Commission
- Matt Calabria for Wake County Commission
- Mujtaba Mohammed for State Senate District 38
In Ohio, we saw victories for ALL 8 of our candidates!
- Christine Fisher for State House District 27
- Jessica Miranda for State House District 28
- Joe Helle for State House District 89
- Louise Valentine for State Senate District 19
- Paul Bradley for State Senate District 5
- Rachel Crooks for State House District 88
- Sedrick Denson for State House District 33
- Taylor Sappington for State House District 94
Upcoming: LaunchProgress Annual Drinks & Democracy NYC Fundraiser!
We’re hosting our annual Drinks & Democracy NYC Fundraiser next Wednesday, June 6 at 6:30pmin the East Village! If you’re in New York, we’d love to see you there. More info & tickets here.
LaunchProgress Alums Fight Back Against Sexual Assault in Michigan
Michigan Representative and LP Alum Stephanie Chang coordinated the State House passage of a bi-partisan legislative package to prevent sexual assault. The package included five bills authored by LP alums: The first one, by Stephanie Chang, provides sexual assault educational materials to all students in grades 6-12. The second, by Jon Hoadley, would encourage the creation of 5 year prevention plans at universities. The third, by Yousef Rabhi, would prevent K-12 students who have reported assault from suspension or expulsion based on behavior arising from the attack. The third and fourth, introduced by Kristy Pagan, expanded mandatory reporter training and helped keep survivor's identities private. We are proud of all our alumni, especially those who have gone on to create such positive change in their communities!
We will be announcing our Michigan endorsements at the beginning of June, so keep your eyes peeled for those. To be the first to know about them, follow us on Twitter @LaunchProgress!
Thank you all for your continued support! Together, we win.