Fed up with the state of politics? Then you should run for something yourself, according to Amanda Litman who’s dedicated her life to getting new names on the ballot.
“If it’s ever crossed your mind to run for office, if you’ve ever looked at the people in these positions and thought, well they’re not very smart, I could probably do better than them, consider it,” she said.
In 2016, 40% of state legislative races went uncontested—and in 2018, though it was a record year for candidate numbers and diversity, that number was only down to approximately 33%. This means there were plenty of places where Democrats left Republicans without any challenger.
“Part of the reason we’re in this mess in the first place is because Republicans have been investing in state legislatures for decades,” Litman said. “They flipped state chambers all across the country from the north to the south to the east to the west. We can win it back if we compete if we invest, if people like you run.”
Run for something has helped hundreds of young people run for office across the country—and many have won.
“You don’t need to know what office you wanna run for. You don’t need to know everything about policy,” Litman explained. “You can do this. You are smarter. You are better.”