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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Randy Abreu: NY

Running for New York City Council, District 14, Bronx

Support and Learn morehttps://www.abreufornyc.com/

Election Date: September 12, 2017

His Alumni Experience:

  • Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy (2016-2017)
 
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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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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)
 
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Ronnie Cho: NY 

Running for New York City Council, District 2

Support and Learn morewww.ronniecho.com

Election Date: September 12, 2017

His Alumni Experience:

  • 2007 Obama Iowa caucus team; 2008 AZ, TX, IN primary, ME field director 
  • Associate Director of White House Office of Public Engagement 2011-14
 

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

His Alumni Experience:

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

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

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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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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Jenny Durkan: WA

Running for Mayor of Seattle, Washington

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

Election Date: August 1, 2017 (primary); November 7, 2017 (general)

Her Alumni Experience:

  • U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington (2009-2014)
 
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Amanda Farias: NY

Running for New York City Council, District 18, Bronx 

Support and Learn more: https://www.amandafarias.nyc/

Election Date: September 12, 2017

Her Alumni Experience:

  • Field Organizer, Denver CO - 2012
 
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Debra Haaland: NM

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

Learn morehttps://debforcongress.com/

Election Date: June 5, 2018

Her Alumni Experience:

  • Native American Vote Director, New Mexico, Obama for America (2012) 
 

Ashwani Jain: MD

Running for Montgomery County Council, At-Large

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

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

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

Alumni Experience:

  • Assistant Administrator, Office of Congressional & Legislative Affairs in Washington, D.C., U.S. Small Business Administration (2010-2011)
  • White House Liaison, U.S. General Services Administration (2011)
 
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Ryan McGill: NC

Running for Charlotte City Council, At-Large

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

Election Date: September 12, 2017 (primary); November 7, 2017 (general)

His Alumni Experience:

  • GOTV Regional Coordinator & Organizing Fellow, Boston, Organizing for America (2012)
 

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)
 

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)
 

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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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)
 

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)
 

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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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)
 

Scott Urbanowski: MI

Running for Mayor of Kentwood, Michigan

Support and learn more: www.scotturbanowski.com

Election Date: November 7, 2017

His Alumni Experience:

  • New Media Intern, Michigan, Obama for America (2008)
  • Voter Registration Organizer, Michigan Region 6, Obama for America (2012)
  • Email Writer, Chicago, Organizing for Action (2013-2014)
 

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)
  • 2009, White House Associate - Intergovernmental Affairs
  • 2009-2017 Obama Appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor, most recently as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
 

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)