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Join us on our journey to interview an elected official in each of the 50 states. With a focus on profiling underdogs who beat the odds, find out what motivated our officials to run, the adversities they overcame, and what we need to do to work together again. Do you think politics is only for a select and chosen few? Think again.

Elected Officials of America: Underdog Storie‪s‬ James Spadola

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Join us on our journey to interview an elected official in each of the 50 states. With a focus on profiling underdogs who beat the odds, find out what motivated our officials to run, the adversities they overcame, and what we need to do to work together again. Do you think politics is only for a select and chosen few? Think again.

    Amy Sinclair - Iowa's Senate Majority Whip

    Amy Sinclair - Iowa's Senate Majority Whip

    R-Amy Sinclair, Majority Whip for the Iowa Senate, knows hardship, struggle, and tragedy. She grew up in an apolitical family in rural Iowa without telephone service. She had a baby when she was 19 years old. During her first race in her late 20s against a popular three-term incumbent, she was told by her own Party chair, “You’re going to lose.” Yet she overcame those odds and tragedy to become the youngest serving County Supervisor in Iowa, and is currently the Majority Whip in the Iowa Senate caucu

    • 32 min
    Saira Blair - West Virginia's Youngest Delegate

    Saira Blair - West Virginia's Youngest Delegate

    At the age of 17 in 2014, Saira Blair ran for a West Virginia delegate seat and beat an incumbent Republican in a primary to eventually become the youngest legislator in the USA. Hear how she managed her overwhelming fear of public speaking, how she dealt with death threats she received over legislation, and how to handle embarrassing social media situations.

    • 25 min
    Josh Zakim - Boston City Councilor

    Josh Zakim - Boston City Councilor

    Josh Zakim was elected to Boston City Council in 2013 when he was 29 years old. He is currently running for Secretary of State in Massachusetts against long-time incumbent William Galvin in the Democratic Primary. Will Zakim be the first Boston City Councilor to win a statewide office in Massachusetts since 1958?

    • 13 min
    Senator Ikley-Freeman - From Homeless to Oklahoma's Youngest Legislator

    Senator Ikley-Freeman - From Homeless to Oklahoma's Youngest Legislator

    Senator Alison Ikley-Freeman is Oklahoma’s youngest state senator. She won a special election in 2018 as a Democrat in a conservative district that President Trump won by 40 points in 2016, and was represented by a Republican for over 20 years. From experiencing homelessness with a daughter before entering politics, to only putting her name on the ballot as a placeholder, listen to Senator Ikley-Freeman’s episode for an inspiring story about overcoming great odds.

    • 41 min
    Julie Emerson - Louisiana’s Youngest Legislator

    Julie Emerson - Louisiana’s Youngest Legislator

    At the age of 26, R-Julie Emerson beat a Democratic incumbent in 2015 to become the youngest legislator in Louisiana. The star of a viral video, she believes that millenials should gravitate towards the GOP and move away from progressive politics. As a legislator, Julie is dedicated to fighting off bad legislation and repealing some nonsensical laws still on the books in Louisiana, such as a mandatory 72-hour waiting period for a marriage license.

    • 41 min
    Philadelphia Legend - Ed Rendell

    Philadelphia Legend - Ed Rendell

    Ed Rendell is a Philadelphia legend. Ed began his career as an elected official when his campaigning in bars and subways paid off, and he was elected as the youngest District Attorney in Philadelphia history at the age of 32 in 1976. He served as the Mayor of Philadelphia from 1991-2000 and Governor of Pennsylvania from 2003-2011. It wasn’t exactly an easy road. Ed lost back to back elections in 1986 and 1987 and was thought to be finished politically.

    • 32 min

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James does a great job of facilitating this platform to humanize politics which is incredibly important in this political climate. Most people aren't the extremes we see on the news each day and it's important to remember that there are good people in government and that the only way this country is going to move forward is by coming together.

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