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“I heard a lot of people who would say, “You're young. What do you know, about running for office?” - @cole4va
28-year-old Joshua Cole is first African American and youngest candidate to ever run for Virginia’s House of Delegates 28th district. In a legislature that’s long been an ol’ boys club, he’s bucking the system to represent the diverse voices in Virginia.
“I like to stress to folks that actually how we think about politics and the levels of government should all be flipped upside down.
Because in fact, it's your county government and your local government that actually has the most direct impact over your lives, rather than state, Congress or the president.” Virginia's Prince William County is a minority-majority county, yet all but one board member is white. 32-year-old Kenny Boddye is running for county board to be a voice for his diverse county's diverse needs. Boddye has seen first hand how government services are failing to support our most vulnerable, after losing his mother to chronic homelessness and substance abuse. Today he's fighting to create a more equitable Prince William County.
“As a gay man, I want to bring this perspective and my lived experiences to the council. But more important than that, I want to bring the community in with me.” From cancer research to labor organizing, Adrian Rivera-Reyes has always been driven to service. The 26-year-old cancer biologist could become the City of Brotherly Love’s first LGBTQ councilmember. A proud Democratic Socialist, Adrian is hoping to bring his lived experiences and his community with him to Philadelphia City Council.
“There is true power in doing a grassroots campaign, being on the field, and knocking on doors. Your access to proximity and wealth doesn't have to determine who holds power.” 27-year-old Shanice Clarke is running for Portland Public School Board, a district known for failing students of color. An educator, advocate, and grassroots community organizer, she’s looking to prove that your proximity to wealth doesn’t determine your electability.
Check out our interview with @shanice4pps
At the age of 22, Seth Dobbelaer is already a second time candidate. Two years ago, he ran for city council in Newark, Ohio. While he may not have won, he outperformed any Democrat that’s ever run in that district and raised more money than any candidate in the race. This year he’s running again to give young people a seat at the table in his city.
When Alex Burton interned for Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, he had dreams of working on the Hill. But a mentor convinced him that he could do more impactful work in his hometown than in DC. Not long after, Alex Burton ran for city council in Evansville, Indiana, becoming the youngest and the first person of color in roughly 40 years to run for anything city-wide. He's aspiring to change the mindset on in his city government and create a new vision for his hometown.
In a county with roughly 18,000 Democrats, there isn't single Democrat in office in Johnson County. Kyle, 26, hopes to give them a voice on his hometown's city council in Greenwood, Indiana.
Learn more about Kyle on BallotBreakers.com.
Happy Birthday to Ballot Breakers Andrew Lewis, one of the inaugural members of the North Westwood Neighborhood Council.
Learn more about him and his work on Ballot Breakers.
“I work in mental health case management with individuals who are experiencing homelessness. So I see on a daily basis where policy has failed to address the inequality that exists within my community.” At 25, Austin Strassle is poised to be the youngest elected official in Kansas City, Missouri history. As he’s watched his hometown’s economy grow exponentially, he’s also seen it’s growing inequality. Austin is running for city council to ensure that growth is inclusive of all in Kansas City, and uplifts the entire community together.
Link to interview in bio.
Congratulations to the newly sworn in Trustee @thecaitlinquinn! She will be serving students on the Petaluma City School Board. #ballotbreakers