Run For Something

By Dear Media, Amanda Litman

Amanda Litman is the co-founder and executive director of Run for Something (and the author of a book by the same name) -- since launching in 2017, RFS has recruited 60,000 people to run for local office across the country. Every Tuesday, you'll meet some of the RFS candidates (and newly elected public servants!): They're parents, scientists, teachers, refugees, artists, veterans, and more, of all races and ethnicities -- the one thing they all share is their commitment to solving problems in their communities. If you're new to the political process, don't worry, we'll explain how the whole thing works. Subscribe and listen in for a conversation about politics in 2020 that, in spite of everything, will make you hopeful for the future.

  1. 1.
    Denzel McCambell is Fighting for Democracy in Detroit
    31:58
  2. 2.
    Shan Rose Wants to Let Kids Be Kids
    25:27
  3. 3.
    In Class By Day, Running for Office By Night: Justin Tseng for Medford City Council
    28:50
  4. 4.
    This Race is A Very Big Deal: Sheila Nezhad for Mayor of Minneapolis
    31:04
  5. 5.
    Keeping Georgia Blue: Dontaye Carter for Mayor of Sandy Springs, GA
    29:09
  6. 6.
    Elizabeth Wanczak Just Really Really Loves Local Government - That's Why She Wants to Serve In It
    40:07
  7. 7.
    A Very Special Episode with RFS Co-founder Ross Morales Rocketto
    29:43
  8. 8.
    How the Pandemic Inspired Public Health Expert Dr. Aditi Bussells to Run for Office
    36:02
  1. 9.
    Broward County School Board Member Sarah Leonardi is Taking On the Florida Governor to Fight for Kids
    29:40
  2. 10.
    Go Blue! How University of Michigan Regent Jordan Acker's Age Makes Him Better at His Job
    36:08
  3. 11.
    Ruthzee Louijeune Is Going to Bring Affordable Housing to Boston
    31:36
  4. 12.
    From Hair Stylist to Black Lives Matter Activist to Candidate: Bridgette Craighead is Going to Flip Her Virginia District Blue
    30:43
  5. 13.
    Why Texas Democrats Had to Flee Texas to Do Their Jobs and Fight for Democracy, with Reps. Erin Zwiener and James Talarico
    54:08
  6. 14.
    You're Going to Fall in Love with Dr. Tyler Titus
    37:56
  7. 15.
    Rhode Island Sen. Cynthia Mendes On Why Young Women of Color Need To Claim Their Power
    33:32
  8. 16.
    Why A Queer Latinx Architect Should Be Mayor of Seattle - Andrew Grant Houston
    29:36
  9. 17.
    The First Latinx Leader in the NC State House: Ricky Hurtado
    39:27
  10. 18.
    India Walton Is Going to Be the First Woman Mayor of Buffalo
    28:55
  11. 19.
    Amanda Farías Is Who The Bronx Needs in City Hall
    35:09
  12. 20.
    How Jennifer Kitchen Plans To Flip A Red Seat Blue in Rural Virginia
    27:40
  13. 21.
    Black Lives Matter Activist Chi Ossé Is Ready to Represent Brooklyn
    33:19
  14. 22.
    From Berkeley Graduation to Berkeley City Council - Rigel Robinson's Leading When It Matters Most
    33:50
  15. 23.
    What Happens When A Queer Muslim Woman Runs for Office Again - Liliana Bakhtiari for Atlanta City Council
    32:25
  16. 24.
    From First-time Activist to First-time Candidate: Justan Fields for Allentown City Council
    29:11
  17. 25.
    The "Squad" of Sacramento - City Councilmembers Katie Valenzuela and Mai Vang
    43:17
  18. 26.
    Following In The Footsteps of Barack Obama - IL State Sen. Robert Peters
    51:24
  19. 27.
    How To Talk to Trump Voters with Maine State Senator Chloe Maxmin
    37:49
  20. 28.
    Boston City Council Candidate Kendra Hicks Is a Rising Star
    31:48
  21. 29.
    Cleveland Can't Wait: Why Justin Bibb is Running for Mayor
    26:38
  22. 30.
    How Denver School Board Director Tay Anderson Became the Youngest Elected Official in Colorado
    25:11
  23. 31.
    Marche' Johnson Lost By 6 Votes The First Time - That Won't Happen Again
    30:50
  24. 32.
    Why NY state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi is Furious (And Unapologetic About It)
    42:18
  25. 33.
    Nida Allam Was The First Muslim Woman Elected in North Carolina - She Won't Be The Last
    30:51
  26. 34.
    Meet Gabriella Cázares-Kelly, the First Indigenous Woman Elected in Pima County, Arizona
    30:21
  27. 35.
    A Day in the Life of Kerri-Ann Nesbeth, Candidate for Miramar City Council
    30:42
  28. 36.
    Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit on What Progressive Criminal Justice Looks Like
    36:54
  29. 37.
    NY State Sen. Zellnor Myrie on What Government Can Actually Do
    40:47
  30. 38.
    How to Celebrate National Run for Office Day!
    30:54
  31. 39.
    On Georgia & the coup - plus, meet Alex Lee, the first Gen-Z legislator in California
    36:55
  32. 40.
    Sen. Megan Hunt: The Nebraska Progressive Who Won't Ever Stop Fighting
    43:40
  33. 41.
    Michigan Reps. Mari Manoogian and Kyra Bolden On How To Mix Friendship and Politics
    45:30
  34. 42.
    The Trailblazers: A Conversation with Del. Danica Roem, Rep. Brianna Titone, and Sen. Sarah McBride
    59:29
  35. 43.
    What Winning Feels Like with Los Angeles City Councilmember-elect Nithya Raman (Plus: A Candidate Update!)
    39:45
  36. 44.
    Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta's Unusual Journey to the PA State House
    46:15
  37. 45.
    Rep. Anna Eskamani Explains Where Florida Democrats Go From Here
    36:22
  38. 46.
    Joy Is Not a Crumb - Celebrate the Election, Then Celebrate Good Governing with Judge Lina Hidalgo
    36:58
  39. 47.
    It's Election Day. What Comes Next?
    49:27
  40. 48.
    How 21-year old Chokwe Pitchford is Going to Flip a Michigan State House
    31:13
  41. 49.
    How Kim Jackson Balances Faith and Politics In Her Fight for Justice
    48:13
  42. 50.
    How Tennessee Candidate Gabby Salinas Beat Cancer and Overcame Loss - And Still Stays Hopeful
    40:26

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