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Meet our 2017 progressive champions running for local office!
In local election years, the Working Families Party endorses hundreds of candidates across New York State. In New York City, we are proud to have a strong list of WFP-endorsed progressive candidates running for office. However, we recognize that it is not enough to elect strong progressives in NYC. That’s why in 2013 we launched our progressive champions project with a goal of building the bench of progressive super stars all across New York State, working to achieve progressive policies at the local level and positioned to run for higher office.
Our goal is to help elect working people with progressive values- many of whom never considered themselves able to successfully run for office before because they lacked access to money and influence- the tools, skill, and training to run for office and WIN. This year, we trained over 500 potential candidates for local office.
Here we are highlighting 150 progressive champions, all of whom are running for local office in 2017. These are the rising stars in the progressive movement and are changing local politics as we know it. Some of these Progressive Champions are first time candidates, while others are elected leaders with a track record of progressive achievement while in office.
In the era of Trump, electing strong progressives to local office has never been more important. With attempts to gut public education, dismantle environmental protections and tear immigrant families apart coming down from the federal government, local elected leaders are on the first line of defense in our communities, protecting immigrant and Muslim families, working to improve public education, passing protections of our natural resources, ensuring fair housing and so much more.
Please support these candidates by helping spread the word about their campaigns, volunteering, donating, and most importantly, voting for them!