Alexandria, Va. - Democrat Canek Aguirre 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.
“Government should reflect the diversity and the values of its people,” said Canek Aguirre. “I am excited that my grassroots campaign focused on listening to our neighbors and amplifying the voices that are not always heard has earned the endorsement of Run For Something.”
“RFS endorses candidates on two major criteria: heart and hustle. That’s what defines viability to us,” said Ross Morales Rocketto, RFS co founder. “These are candidates who are going to work hard to run grassroots, community-led campaigns. We are a critical time in history and the momentum these candidates generate will have a lasting impact for years to come.”
By the numbers:
- 40 first or second time candidates endorsed this month
- RFS has endorsed 409 candidates total, from 45 states. 256 candidates have upcoming elections.
- Campaign budgets range from $3000 to $300,000
- Win numbers range from 645 to 100,000 votes
The endorsement process includes an extensive internal review with background check, staff interview and insight from local state experts.
Amanda Litman and Ross Morales Rocketto launched RfS on Jan. 20, 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 seed money, organization building, and access to trainings needed to be successful. So far, about 18,000 young people from across the country have signed up as candidates and gained access to RfS resources.