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FRAMINGHAM – Mary Kate Feeney, former aide to Governor Deval Patrick, is proud to receive the endorsement of Run for Something (RFS), the groundbreaking organization that recruits and supports strong voices in the next generation of progressive leadership.
“For me, this campaign is about one thing: our community. I am glad to be recognized as a candidate who believes in her community and is working towards making it a better place for future generations,” said Feeney. “This is why I want to be our voice on Beacon Hill.”
“RFS endorses candidates on two major criteria: heart and hustle. That’s what defines viability to us,” said Ross Morales Rocketto, RFS co-founder. “These are candidates who are going to work hard to run grassroots, community-led campaigns. We are a critical time in history and the momentum these candidates generate will have a lasting impact for years to come.”
Feeney is one of four Democrats running write-in campaigns for the state representative seat held by the late Chris Walsh.
By the numbers:
- 44 first or second time candidates endorsed this month
- Run For Something has endorsed 452 candidates total, from 46 states. 276 candidates have upcoming elections.
- Campaign budgets range from $3000 to $300,000
- Win numbers range from 645 to 100,000 votes
The endorsement process includes an extensive internal review with background check, staff interview, and insight from local state experts.
Amanda Litman and Ross Morales Rocketto launched RFS on Jan. 20, 2017 with a simple premise: help young diverse progressives to run for down-ballot races in order to build a bench for the future. RFS aims to lower the barriers to entry for these candidates by helping them with seed money, organization building, and access to trainings needed to be successful. So far, about 18,000 young people from across the country have signed up as candidates and gained access to RFS resources.
Run for Something recruits and supports talented, passionate young people who advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench.