As the head of email marketing director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, AMANDA LITMAN had every right to shut down and unplug after her candidate’s shocking loss to Donald Trump. But instead, just three months later on Inauguration Day, she helped launch an organization called Run for Something, to encourage and support millennials to run for state and local office.
Since then, over 17,000 millennials have signed up. In 2017, Run for Something endorsed 72 first-time candidates in 14 states — and 35 won. In the first few rounds of primaries which have taken place so far, more than a dozen Run for Something candidates have advanced to the general election in November. Plus, their endorsed candidates are nearly half women and/or people of color, and are poised to change the face of public service as we know it.
In this conversation, Edina and Amanda talk about her journey, working for the Obama and Clinton campaigns, what she’s learning about the new candidates and new voters of America, and her predictions for the election season ahead.
Other stuff they mention in this episode:
- When Women Win: Emily’s List & the Rise of Women in American Politics by Ellen Malcolm
- Amanda’s new book Run for Something
- CBS News segment with Amanda on Run for Something’s ads in Florida newspapers after the Parkland shooting
- Amanda Litman on Twitter & Facebook
- Run for Something on Twitter & Facebook