Candidates

Assemblymember Buffy Wicks holds her daughter in the California Assembly Gallery during the legislative session
Assemblymember Buffy Wicks holds her daughter in the California Assembly Gallery during the legislative session
Congresswoman Haley Stevens and Congressman Colin Allred, elected co-presidents of the historic freshman class of the 116th Congress
Congresswoman Haley Stevens and Congressman Colin Allred, elected co-presidents of the historic freshman class of the 116th Congress
Assemblymember Michael Blake running for Public Advocate of New York City
Assemblymember Michael Blake running for Public Advocate of New York City

We’re Running!

“All we need are decent, honest, hard-working people who are accountable and who have America’s best interests at heart. And they’ll step up and they’ll join our government, and they will make things better if they have support." - President Obama

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.

Recognizing that we share a set of values and experiences but not necessarily all of the same views, the Alumni Association sees our role as spreading awareness of alumni candidates, not endorsing them. Support or learn about any of the candidates below by clicking on their website.

If you are an alum running for office, let us know! Click here to be included on this list.  And make sure to check out our Resources to Run.

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Acker 

Michigan Jordan Acker 

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Office:

University of Michigan Board of Regents Member

Election Date:

11/3/2026

Alumni Experience:

Attorney-Advisor to Secretary Janet Napolitano - Department of Homeland Security (2011-2013) Associate in the Presidential Personnel Office - The White House (2010-2011)

Allred

Texas Colin Allred

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Office:

Member of Congress (TX-32), Running for Re‑election

Election Date:

11/3/2020

Alumni Experience:

Special Assistant to the General Counsel - Department of Housing and Urban Development (2016-2017)

Askew

Virginia Alex Askew

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Office:

Virginia State Delegate-elect, District 85

Election Date:

11/2/2021

Alumni Experience:

Field Organizer for Virginia - Organizing for America (2012)

Bell

Texas Adrienne Bell

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Office:

Running for Congress (TX-14)

Election Date:

Primary - 3/3/2020, General - 11/3/2020

Alumni Experience:

Field Organizer for Texas - Obama for America (2012)

Blake

New York Michael Blake

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Office:

Current New York Assemblyman, District 79, Running for Congress (NY-15)

Election Date:

Primary - 6/23/2020, General - 11/3/2020

Alumni Experience:

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

Campa-Najjar

California Ammar Campa-Najjar

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Office:

Running for Congress (CA-50)

Election Date:

Primary - 3/3/2020, General - 11/3/2020

Alumni Experience:

Public Affairs Officer - U.S. Department of Labor (2016), Deputy Regional Field Director - Obama for America (2012)