Since Inauguration, 2.2K Progressives Decided to Run for Office

1K did so in the days after immigration order
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2017 2:04 AM CST
Group Recruits 2.2K Trump Opponents to Run for Office
Columbia University students gather to protest President Donald Trump's immigration order Monday in New York.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

A group determined to turn opposition to President Trump's policies into real change has signed up more than 1,000 young people to run for state or local office in the space of a few days. The Run for Something group, which is seeking people under 35 with progressive policies who are willing to caucus with Democrats, says it has signed up more than 2,200 possible candidates since Trump's inauguration, with 1,000 joining over the weekend. "They're not willing to stay quiet—they want to step up and lead the resistance by not just showing up at the polls or at the protests, but by being on the ballot," co-founder Amanda Litman, a former Clinton campaign operative, said in a statement, per the Hill.

"Anyone leading a protest or organizing friends to get to a local airport should think about running for office," Litman tells the Huffington Post. "Trump's presidency is already inspiring an incredible wave of energy and re-engagement in civic life. Running and winning is how we capture that and make it last." Other groups, including VoteRunLead, which supports women who want to run for office, say they've also had many potential candidates sign up since Trump's inauguration, Voice of America reports. Some supporters say they hadn't thought about running for office until they were inspired by women's marches around the country the day after Trump became president. (More Election 2018 stories.)

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