Candidates: Obama Alumni Running for Office or Office Holders!

It is thrilling to see so many from this community seek to contribute by running for office, just as Barack Obama did more than 20 years ago.

As we have mentioned - recognizing that we share a set of values and experiences but not necessarily the exact same views, the Alumni Association sees our role as spreading awareness of candidates, not endorsing them. We commit to not presuming to speak for the entire alumni community by making endorsements of candidates. We present them here so that you can learn more about their platforms and communities.

The Obama Alumni Association is excited to support and share information about Obama Alumni who are running for office! We have the capacity to support candidates in the following ways:

  1. Tell us about you and your race here (for those running for office or current office holders): http://tinyurl.com/ObamaAlumRunForOffice
  2. Candidate Update Emails: We will send out information about your race in our 'Candidate Update Emails' 
  3. Obama Alumni Website: We will post information about your race on our website: https://www.obamaalumniassociation.org/candidates/
  4. Regional Support: We recommend that you connect with a regional group near you to ask for their support in promoting your fundraisers, canvasses and local events. All regional groups are listed here: https://www.obamaalumniassociation.org/getconnected/
  5. Resources: Stay tuned on our website for a list of organizations that have great resources for candidates running for office. 

Below are the Obama Alums who have reached out to us, currently running for office:

 
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Colin Allred: TX

Running for U.S. House of Representatives, TX-32

Support and learn morehttps://www.colinallred.com/

Election Date: November 6, 2018

His Alumni Experience:

  • Special Assistant to the General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development (2016-2017)
 
 
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Deanna ArchuletA: NM

Running for Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico 

Support and learn morehttp://www.deanna4abq.com/

Election Date: October 3, 2017

Her Alumni Experience:

  • Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior (2011-2012)
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science in the Department of the Interior (2009-2011)
 
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ADRIENNE BELL: TX

Running for U.S. House of Representatives, TX-14

Support and learn more: www.Bell2018.com

Election Date: March 6, 2018 (primary)

Her Alumni Experience:

  • 2012 Obama Campaign, Field Organizer, Houston, Texas 
 
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Ammar Campa-Najjar: CA

Running for U.S. House of Representatives, CA-50

Support and Learn More: https://www.campacampaign.com/

Election Date: November 6, 2018

His Alumni Experience:

  • Field Director, California, Organizing for America (2012) 
  • White House Intern (2013)
  • Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of Labor (2016)
 

January Contreras: AZ

Running for Attorney General of Arizona

Support and learn more: https://www.januaryforaz.com    

Election Date: November 6, 2018

Her Alumni Experience:

  • Senior Advisor to Secretary Napolitano, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2009)
 
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Ryan Covert: MI

Running for City Council in New Baltimore, Michigan

Support and Learn morehttp://www.ryancovert.com

Election Date: November 7, 2017

His Alumni Experience:

  • 2012 Campaign Field Organizer in MI
 
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Lindsay Davis Stover: VA

Running for U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia-10

Support and learn morehttps://www.lindseyforcongress.com/ 

Election Date: November 6, 2018

Her Alumni Experience:

  • White House Liaison, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (2011-2012)
  • Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (2012-2013)
 
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demarco Davidson: MO

Running for U.S. House of Representatives, Missouri-01

Support and learn more: www.DeMarco4Congress.com

Election Date: August 7, 2018 (primary), November 6, 2018 (general)

His Alumni Experience:

  • 2008 Obama Campaign, Field Organizer in MO
 
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STEVE DETTELBACH: OH

RUNNING FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL OF OHIO

Support and learn more:

https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-6633857233442370816

Election Date: November 6, 2018

His Alumni Experience: 

  • US Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio (2009-2016)
 
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Steve Dunwoody: CA

Running for California State Assembly 54th District

Support and learn more: www.dunwoodyforcalifornia.com

Election Date: June 5, 2018

His Alumni Experience: 

  • 2007-2008 Field Organizer, Iowa, Obama Campaign
  • 2008 Field Organizer, Nevada, Washington State, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Obama Campaign
  • 2008 Deputy Outreach Director, Michigan, Obama Campaign
  • Special Assistant to Deputy Secretary of Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Administrative Assistant, National Security Council, The White HouseSpecial Assistant for Budget and Appropriations, U.S. Department of Defense
     
 
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Jenny Durkan: WA

Running for Mayor of Seattle, Washington

Support and learn more: http://jennyforseattle.com 

Election Date: November 7, 2017

Her Alumni Experience:

  • U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington (2009-2014)
 
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Dan Feehan: MN

Running for U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota-01

Support and learn more: www.danfeehan.com

Election Date: November 6, 2018

His Alumni Experience:

  • White House Fellow, U.S. Department of Defense (2013-2014)
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness), U.S. Department of Defense (2014-2015)
  • Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness), U.S. Department of Defense (2015-2017)
 
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Brian Forde: CA

Running for U.S. House of Representatives, California-45

Support and learn more: www.forde.com

Election Date: June 5, 2018 (primary), Nov. 6, 2018 (general)

His Alumni Experience: 

  • Senior Advisor for Mobile and Data Innovation, The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (2011-2015)
 
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Rochelle Galindo: CO

Running for colorado STATE House, district 50

Support and learn more: www.galindoforcolorado.com

Election Date: November 6, 2018

Her Alumni Experience:

  • 2012 Obama Campaign, Field Organizer, Weld County, Colorado
 
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Jena Griswold: CO

Running for Colorado Secretary of State

Support and learn more: www.jenaforcolorado.com

Election Date: November 6, 2018

Her Alumni Experience:

  • Deputy Voter Protection Director in Colorado, Obama for America Campaign (2012)       
 
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Debra Haaland: NM

Running for U.S. House of Representatives, New Mexico-01

Support and learn morehttps://debforcongress.com/

Election Date: June 5, 2018

Her Alumni Experience:

  • Native American Vote Director, New Mexico, Obama for America (2012) 
 
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Thomas Heckroth: IA

Running for U.S. House of Representatives, Iowa - 01

Support and learn more: www.ThomasHeckroth.com

Election Date: June 5, 2018 (primary)

His Alumni Experience: 

  • Special Assistant, Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), U.S. Department of Labor (2009-2011)    
 

Ashwani Jain: MD

Running for Montgomery County Council, At-Large

Support and learn more: http://www.voteashwanijain.com/

Election Date: June 26, 2018 (primary); Nov. 6, 2018 (general)

His Alumni Experience:

  • Maryland Field Coordinator, Obama for America (2007-2009)
  • Maryland Student Director, Organizing for America (2009-2012)
  • Presidential Personnel Staff Assistant for Outreach and Recruitment, Executive Office of the President, The White House (2014-2015)
  • Deputy White House Liaison, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (2015-2016)
  • Director of Outreach for the Cancer Moonshot Summit, Office of the Vice President, The White House (2016)
  • Associate Director of External Affairs, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2016-2017)
 
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Sam Jammal: CA

Running for U.S. House of Representatives, CA-39

Support and learn more: http://sam4congress.com/

Election Date: November 6, 2018

His Alumni Experience:

  • Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce (2011-2013)
 
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Rev. Anthony Johnson: GA

Running for Atlanta City Council, District 11 of GA

Support and learn more: https://www.facebook.com/VoteAnthonyJohnson/

Election Date: November 7, 2017

His Alumni Experience:

  • 2008 Campaign Alabama Regional Organizer
  • 2008 Campaign Detroit, MI Field Organizer
 
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Andy kim: NJ

Running for U.S. House of representatives, new jersey-03

Support and learn more: www.andykimforcongress.com

Election Date: June 5, 2018 (primary), November 6, 2018 (general)

His Alumni Experience

  • Director for Iraq, White House National Security Council (2013-2015)
  • Iraq Country Director, Office of the Secretary of Defense - Policy (2013)
  • Strategic Adviser to Commanding Generals David Petraeus and John Allen, Afghanistan, Department of Defense (2011)
  • Iraq Foreign Affairs Officer, Department of State (2009-2011)
 

Zach Klein: OH

Running for City Attorney of Columbus, OH

Support and learn morehttp://zachklein.us/

Election Date: November 7, 2017

His Alumni Experience:

  • Deputy Director of Management and Administration, Office of the Vice President (2009)
 

Nate Loewentheil: MD    

Running for Maryland State delegate, District 46

Support and learn more: www.nateforstate2018.com

Election Date: June 2018 (Democratic Primary)

His Alumni Experience:

  • Policy Advisor & Senior Policy Advisor, National Economic Council, White House (2013-2016)
  • Special Assistant to the President, National Economic Council (2016-2017)
 

Alfonso Lopez: VA

Running for re-election for Virginia House of Delegates, District 49

Support and learn more: http://www.AlfonsoLopez.org

Election Date: November 7, 2017

His Alumni Experience:

  • Assistant Administrator, Office of Congressional & Legislative Affairs, U.S. Small Business Administration (2010-2011)
  • White House Liaison, U.S. General Services Administration (2011)
 

Cedric McMinn: FL

Running for Florida State Representative, District 109    

Support and learn more: www.ElectCedricMcMinn.com

Election Date: August 2018

His Alumni Experience:

  • Political and African American Outreach Deputy Director, Tampa Bay, FL area (2008)
 
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ED meier: tx

Running for u.s. house of representatives, texas-32

Support and learn more: www.edfortexas.com

Election Date: November 6, 2018

His Alumni Experience:

  • Senior Advisor to Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State (2009-2012)
 
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Paul Monteiro: MD
Running for Prince George's County Executive in Maryland


Support and learn more: www.paulforprincegeorges.com

Election Date: June 26, 2018 (primary), Nov. 6, 2018 (general)

His Alumni Experience: 

  • National Deputy Director for Religious Affairs, Chicago, IL (2007-2008)

  • Associate Director, Office of Public Engagement, The White House (2009-2013)National Director, AmeriCorps VISTA (2014-2015)
  • Acting Director, Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice (2015-2017)        
 
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John Norris: IA

Running for Governor of Iowa

Support and learn more: www.norrisforthepeople.com

Election Date: November 6, 2018

His Alumni Experience:

  • Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Agriculture (2009-2010)
  • Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (2010-2014)
  • U.S. Minister-Counselor Agriculture, United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization and the World Food Program (2014-2016)
 
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Quentin Palfrey: MA

Running for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts

Support and learn more: www.quentinpalfrey.com

Election Date: November 6, 2018

Alumni Experience:

  • Voter Protection Director, Ohio, Obama Campaign (2008)
  • Deputy General Counsel for Strategic Initiatives, U.S. Department of Commerce (2009-2011)
  • Senior Advisor for Jobs & Competitiveness, The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (2011-2013)                                          
 

Hans Riemer: MD

Running for re-election for Maryland Montgomery County Council, At-Large

Support and learn more: www.hansriemer.com

Election Date: June 2018 (Primary)

His Alumni Experience:

  • National Youth Vote Director, Chicago (2007)
 

Dylan Roberts: CO

Running for Colorado State House, District 26

Support and learn more: www.dylanroberts.org

Election Date: November 6, 2018

His Alumni Experience:

  • Field Organizer, Colorado, OFA (2008)
  • Deputy Field Director, Colorado, OFA (2012)
 
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Alec Ross: MD

Running for Governor of Maryland

Support and learn more: https://alecross.com/

Election Date: June 26, 2018 (primary); November 6, 2018 (general)

His Alumni Experience:

  • Convener for Tech and Media Policy, Obama for America (2007-2008)
  • Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary, State Department (2009-2013)
 
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Fayrouz saad: MI

Running for U.s. house of representatives, Michigan-11

Support and learn more: https://www.fayrouzsaad.com/

Election Date: August 7, 2018 (primary), Nov. 6, 2018 (general)

Her Alumni Experience:

  • Special Assistant for the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2009-2010)
  • Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2010-2011)
     
 

Gabriel Sandoval: CA

Running for California State Assembly, District 51

Support and learn more: www.gabrielsandovalforassembly.com

Election Date: October 3, 2017 (primary); December 5, 2017 (general)

His Alumni Experience:

  • Member of Voter Protection Team in Nevada/Coordinator of ""Abogados Por Cambio"" in California/Nevada (2008)
  • 2012, Member of GOTV and Voter Protection Team in Nevada (2012)
  • Senior Counsel in the Office for Civil Rights and Senior Advisor and Director of Policy at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, U.S. Department of Education (2010-2013)
 
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Dylan Schwartz: NY

Running for New York City Council, District 51

Support and learn more: www.dylanforcouncil.com

Election Date: November 7, 2017

Alumni Experience: 

  • 2012 Field Organizer in Florida, Organizing for America

 
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Talley Sergent: WV

Running for U.S. House of Representatives, West Virginia-02

Support and learn more: www.talleysergent.com

Election Date: May 8, 2018 (primary), November 2018 (general)    

Her Alumni Experience: 

  • Director of Strategic Initiatives, U.S. Department of State (2009-2013)
  • Advance Associate, Executive Office of the President (2009-2013)
 
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Ben Shnider: MD

Running for Montgomery County Council, District 3

Support and learn more: https://www.shniderforcouncil.com/

Election Date: June 26, 2018 (primary); November 6, 2018 (general)

His Alumni Experience:

  • Field Organizer, Detroit, Obama for America (2008)
  • Field Organizer, Atlanta, Obama for America (2008)
 

Elissa Slotkin: MI

Running for U.S. House of Representatives, MI-8

Support and learn more: www.elissaforcongress.com

Election Date: November 6, 2018

Her Alumni Experience:

  • Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs & various other roles, U.S. Department of Defense (2012-2017)
 
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Haley Stevens: MI

Running for U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan-11

Support and learn more: www.haleystevensforcongress.com

Election Date: Aug. 7, 2018 (primary), Nov. 6, 2018 (general)

Alumni Experience:

  • Briefing Director to Vice Presidential Nominee Biden, Chicago, IL, Obama for America (2008)
  • Senate Confirmations and Cabinet Designees, Obama Transition Team (2008-2009)
  • Chief of Staff, U.S. Auto Rescue Taskforce, U.S. Department of the Treasury (2009-2011)
  • Advisor, U.S. Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce (2011-2012)   
 

Betty Sutton: OH

Running for Governor of Ohio

Support and learn more: www.bettysutton.com

Election Date: November 6, 2018

Her Alumni Experience:

  • Administrator, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (2013-2017)
 
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Lauren UnderWOOD: IL

Running for U.S. House of Representatives, ILLinois-14

Support and learn more: www.underwoodforcongress.com

Election Date: March 20, 2018 (primary), November 8, 2018 (general)

Her Alumni Experience:

  • Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2016-2017)
  • Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2014-2016)
 

Scott Urbanowski: MI

Running for Mayor of Kentwood, Michigan

Support and learn more: www.scotturbanowski.com

Election Date: November 7, 2017

His Alumni Experience:

  • Voter Registration Organizer, Michigan Region 6, Obama for America (2012)
  • Email Writer, Chicago, Organizing for Action (2013-2014)
 
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Tony Washington: AR

Running for Jefferson County Tax Collector in Arkansas     

Support and learn more: www.tonywashington.net

Election Date: May 22, 2018 (primary), Nov. 6, 2018 (general)  
 
His Alumni Experience: 

  • 2008 Political Director Arkansas, Obama for America Campaign    

 

Phil Weiser: CO

Running for Attorney General of Colorado

Support and learn more: www.philforcolorado.com

Election Date: November 6, 2018

His Alumni Experience:

  • Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice (2009-2010)
  • Senior Advisor, Technology & Innovation, White House (2010-2011)
 
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Brent Welder: KS

Running for U.S. House of Representatives, Kansas-03 (Kansas City Metro Area)

Support and learn more: http://www.brentwelder.com

Election Date: August 7, 2018 (primary), November 6, 2018 (general)

His Alumni Experience: 

  • Regional Field Director in Iowa Caucus, Obama for America Campaign (2008)
  • Regional GOTV Director in Nevada Caucus, Obama for America Campaign (2008)
  • Regional Field Director in New Mexico Primary, Obama for America Campaign (2008)
  • Central GOTV Director in Pennsylvania Primary, Obama for America Campaign (2008)   
 
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Buffy Wicks: CA

Running for CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 15 (eAST bAY)

Support and learn more: https://buffywicks.com/ 

Election Date: November 6, 2018

Her Alumni Experience:

  • State Director, Obama for America (2007-2008)
  • Deputy Director, White House Office of Public Engagement (2009-2010)
  • National Director of Operation Vote, Obama for America (2011-2012)
 

Obama Alumni In Office or Newly Elected

Assemblyman Michael Blake: NY

New York State Assembly, District 79

Learn morehttp://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Michael-Blake/ 

In office since: 2015

His Alumni Experience:

  • Deputy Political Director, Iowa, Obama for America (2008)
  • Director of National Labor Outreach, Presidential Inaugural Committee (2009)
  • Associate Director of Public Engagement & Deputy Associate Director, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (2009-2012)
  • National Deputy Director of Operation Vote, Obama for America (2012)
  • Senior Advisor for the Office of Public Engagement, Presidential Inaugural Committee (2013)
 
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Kelly FitzPatrick-Gonez: CA

Los Angeles Unified School District Board, District 6

Learn morehttp://www.kellygonez.com/

In office since: 2017

Her Alumni Experience:

  • Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Education (2014-2016)
  • Communications and Field Organizer, Nevada, Obama for America (2012)
  • White House Intern, Speechwriting (2011)
 
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Carrianna Suiter Kuruvilla: MD

Hyattsville, MD City council, Ward 3

Learn morewww.votecarrianna.com

In office since: 2017

Her Alumni Experience:

  • 2007 Iowa caucus staff, 2008 primary/caucus staff (MN, OH, WY, NC), 2008 general election staff (OH & PA)
  • White House Associate - Intergovernmental Affairs (2009)
  • Obama Appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor, most recently as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs (2009-2017)
 

Senator Eric P. Lesser: MA

Massachusetts State Senate, First Hampden & Hampshire

Learn morehttps://malegislature.gov/Legislators/Profile/EPL0/District

In office since: 2015

His Alumni Experience:

  • Ground Logistics Advisor, Obama for America (2008)
  • Special Assistant to Senior Adviser David Axelrod, The White House
  • Director of Strategic Planning, Council of Economic Advisers, The White House
 

Nick Melvoin: CA

Los Angeles SChool Board, District 4

Learn more: http://www.nickmelvoin.com/

In office since: 2017

His Alumni Experience:

  • Legal Protection Team Member, Columbus, OH (2012)
  • White House Intern, Domestic Policy Council (2013)