If you’ve been following the recent political machinations out of D.C. or in any state, you’ve probably wondered at some point: “how did THAT guy get elected to public office?!” Sadly, the bar is really low.

The good news is that there are hundreds of new, first-time, working class, and diverse candidates who have decided to raise their hands, take the plunge and run for office locally in the past 5 years. And there are some outstanding groups working to recruit, guide and help these new candidates in their runs for anything from city council to school board to precinct delegate to drain commissioner.

In this episode, Mike is joined by Amanda Litman, the co-founder of Run for Something, an organization that launched in 2017 and has successfully helped elect 508 candidates in 48 states. These winners are 56% women, 56% Black, Indigenous or People of Color, 21% LGBTQ+, and all 40 years old or younger. This crop of candidates represent the majority of Americans that want a living wage, climate justice, voting rights, equal rights for women, and all the other obvious things. And while the results aren’t exactly in for Election Day 2021, the majority is winning. And Amanda delivers some inspiring news in grim times.

Plus, Mike shares the story of how, in the first election that 18-year olds were given the right to vote, he ran for school board with the promise of firing the principal and firing the vice principal of his high school…and won!

You can learn about, volunteer with, and run for office with Run For Something here.

Buy Amanda’s book “Run for Something: A Real-Talk Guide to Fixing the System Yourself

Listen to Run for Something’s awesome podcast:

Go get your own “Don’t call you ex, call you Senator” shirt.

Call Manchin and Sinema to pressure them on this Build Back Better bill:
202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121

Music in the episode:
Runnin’ Down A Dream” – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

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A full transcript of this episode can be found here.