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

Alumni Experience:

Attorney-advisor to Secretary Janet Napolitano - Department of Homeland Security (2011-2013), Associate in the Presidential Personnel Office - The White House (2010-11)

Allred

Texas Colin Allred

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Office:

Member of Congress (TX-32), Running for Senate (D-Texas)

General Election Date:

11/5/2024

Alumni Experience:

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

Amo

Rhode Island Gabe Amo

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Office:

Member of Congress - (RI-1), Running for Re-Election

General Election Date:

11/5/2024

Alumni Experience:

National Political Coordinator (Obama for America - 2012), White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs

Baccam

Iowa Lanon Baccam

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Office:

Running for US Congress 9 (IA-3)

General Election Date:

11/5/2024

Primary Election Date:

6/4/2024

Alumni Experience:

Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services and Military Veterans Agricultural Liaison, USDA (2015-2017) Director of Scheduling and Advance, Office of the Secretary, USDA (2013-2015) Confidential Assistant to the Secretary, Office of the Secretary, USDA (2012-2013) Deputy Director of Scheduling, Office of the Secretary, at USDA ( 2011-2012) Special Assistant, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA (2011 ) White House Presidential Advance (2010-2016) Reelection Campaign Advance (2012)

Barnacle

Ohio Patrick Barnacle

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Office:

Ohio General Assembly

General Election Date:

11/05/2024

Alumni Experience:

Pennsylvania Field Organizer - Obama for America (2012)

Bell

Texas Adrienne Bell

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Office:

Running for Texas State Representative, House District 29

General Election Date:

11/05/2024

Primary Election Date:

05/20/2024

Alumni Experience:

Field Organizer, Obama for America (2012)