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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Liberal Group Helping Anti-Gun Candidates Run For Office

Following the loud and resounding conservative message that was sent at the polls in 2016, a group of liberals has formed Run For Something to recruit young progressives into politics. The organization is looking for diverse candidates who are well-connected and will help to form a Democratic caucus. The criteria, as outlined on the group's website, includes men and women under 35 who are, among other things, anti-gun.

Yesterday, Run For Something announced its first 65 endorsements across 18 states. Candidates are at the local level only—Run For Something is avoiding federal elections—and Politico notes that they are comprised of half women, half non-white, and all are between the ages of 19 and 39.

One of Run For Something’s co-founders is Amanda Litman, who previously served as Hillary Clinton’s email director. The group has the support of Democratic leaders including Mike Blake, Teddy Goff, Jon Carson and Jen O’Malley Dillon, all formerly of the Obama campaign.