64 episodes

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.

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    • 4.1 • 112 Ratings

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.

    Amber Sellers is the first Black woman elected to the Lawrence City Commission

    Amber Sellers is the first Black woman elected to the Lawrence City Commission

    In November, Amber Sellers became the first Black woman elected to the Lawrence City Commission in Kansas. At first, Amber didn't think she'd be the one to run -- in fact, she was trying to recruit someone else to fill the spot. But after months of conversation, she realized she should do it, even if she was afraid, and even if it meant putting herself out there. We talk about how she ran and won, what it means to her community to have her serve, and her priorities for next year. Learn more at https://sellers4lawrence.org
    Produced by Dear Media.

    • 30 min
    Yes, We Elect Coroners: Sophia Garcia-Jackson in Chester County, PA

    Yes, We Elect Coroners: Sophia Garcia-Jackson in Chester County, PA

    In around 1300 counties across the country, we still elect coroners. Run for Something has worked with a handful of them over the years -- Sophia Garcia-Jackson of Chester County, PA, is our first winner! We talk about how she got into the line of work, what a coroner actually does, the story she tells at cocktail parties, and why it matters to have competent people handling non-natural death investigations. Happy Thanksgiving!
    Produced by Dear Media.

    • 27 min
    How to Keep Georgia Blue: A conversation with Gwinnett County Commissioners Ben Ku and Nicole Love Hendrickson

    How to Keep Georgia Blue: A conversation with Gwinnett County Commissioners Ben Ku and Nicole Love Hendrickson

    I talk with two members of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners in Georgia -- Ben Ku and Chairwoman Nicole Love Hendrickson. Ben won his seat in 2018 and became the first LGBTQ member of the board; Nicole won in 2020 and completed the full flip to give Democrats control of the board. We dig in on how county government works, what the experience has been like now that Democrats control the county, and why flipping a state blue doesn't mean it stays blue forever.
    Produced by Dear Media.

    • 27 min
    Brianna Lennon explains what county clerk actually does & why you might want to be one

    Brianna Lennon explains what county clerk actually does & why you might want to be one

    First, a quick run-through of how previous guests did on Election Day, and some thoughts on VA & NJ. Then: We talk with Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon on what it was like running an election during a pandemic, what county clerks actually do, and what you should do now if you might want to run for that position one day. You can find Brianna on social media at @briannalennon, or listen to her podcast, "High Turnout, Wide Margins" wherever you get your shows.
    Produced by Dear Media.

    • 32 min
    Jasmine Crockett is not backing down from fighting for Texans

    Jasmine Crockett is not backing down from fighting for Texans

    First, a quick rundown of some of the previous guests who are on the ballot today -- some of the 271 Run for Something folks up for a vote! Then, a conversation with Texas Rep. Jasmine Crockett, who went from lawyer to the state representative, fighting hard for voting rights, equality, and safety. As a new member of the legislature, she was constantly told to sit down and stay behind the scenes, but that's not Jasmine's style. Listen in then help her out at https://www.jasminefor100.com/.
    Produced by Dear Media.

    • 36 min
    If Kelly Krout Can Run a Family With 7 Kids, She Can Help Lead Arkansas

    If Kelly Krout Can Run a Family With 7 Kids, She Can Help Lead Arkansas

    When Kelly Ross Krout was a teenager, she fell into a crowd of Evangelical conservatives and identified as a Republican -- over the last decade, she's been slowly but surely changing her mind as she realized some of the policies she believed in were not inclusive of people she loved. In 2020, Kelly ran for state house in deep red Arkansas as a Democrat, surprising many in her community -- but as a foster mom for a decade and now leading a family of seven kids, she knew there was more the state could do for families like hers. She came up short, and now she's running for lieutenant governor to give a megaphone to the causes she cares about. You might occasionally see Kelly on TIkTok, where she's explaining politics and Arkansas for her nearly 70k followers. Learn more about her campaign at kellyforarkansas.com
    Produced by Dear Media.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
112 Ratings

112 Ratings

rosiescout ,

love it! ❤️❤️

p.s. it’s Jamaica Plain, not Jamaica Plains.

JessicaSchlueter ,

This podcast is pure gold!

**Update(8/31/21): I came to leave a glowing review, forgetting that I had already done so in February! In the six months since I left my first review, I’ve joined the campaign teams of two RFS endorsed City Council candidates in my area. I credit RFS entirely for sparking my interest in local down ballot races. I am LOVING the work, and I could not be more grateful to Amanda & her team for getting me involved!**

Original review: I’m an avid listener of political podcasts, but this is the first time I’ve had to repeatedly pause a show to take written notes! I’ve been working on transitioning into the world of professional politics, hoping to use my skills to support progressive candidates & leaders. For this mission, I can’t imagine a more valuable source of knowledge than this podcast that features interviews with young, compassionate, and innovative elected (or soon to be elected!) officials. Amanda Litman demystifies the political process in a way that makes running for office (or supporting the smart, ethical people doing so) feel not only possible, but almost compulsory. Amanda’s wisdom is complimented by her fantastic guests, whose diverse identities, fascinating backstories, and bold plans informed by their own personal struggles prove Amanda’s theory: that tangible progress (both for the Democratic Party and our nation as a whole) cannot be achieved without uplifting and empowering new progressive leaders in every single election. I’m truly grateful to the Run For Something team for keeping me informed and inspired with every new episode.

KaraZielinski ,

Fabulous!

So great to learn about so many amazing progressive candidates

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