Changing The Face of Local Politics in CT

By Emily Slatkow

Run for Something endorses Anthony Owusu Afriyie for Stratford Town Council, District 5.  Anthony Afriyie is proud to receive the endorsement of Run for Something (RFS), the groundbreaking organization that recruits and supports strong voices in the next generation of progressive leadership.

Changing The Face of Local Politics in Connecticut: “I am grateful for Run For Something’s endorsement of our campaign, “said Anthony Afriyie. “Run for Something understands that people are struggling and are looking for elected leaders who understand government and have the professional and lived experiences to represent their voices. That’s why I’m running for the Town Council, because being a public servant is all about being a steward of what we value and sustaining it for the future.”

“We’re ecstatic to share this latest class of young, diverse trailblazers running for down-ballot office,” said co-founder and co-executive director Amanda Litman. “Some of the most important progress is made in these often-overlooked elected positions – I’m inspired by the grit and tenacity of these candidates running to create tangible change in their communities. Our team has their backs as they become the next generation of progressive leaders.”

Of our August endorsee class: 61% identify as BIPOC; 55% identify as women or non-binary; 18% identify as LGBTQIA+.

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.

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.

Amanda Litman and Ross Morales Rocketto launched RFS on January 20th, 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.

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