“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.
Illinois Cameron DavisVisit Website
Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
Senior Advisor to the Administrator at U.S. EPA (2009-2017), coordinating the work of 11 federal departments for Great Lakes restoration, including White House Council on Environmental Quality, Department of Interior, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Agriculture, EPA, and others. 2007-2008 Campaign: Energy & Environment Policy Committee; oversaw conservation community outreach for Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio; spokesperson to national media on water issues; Sr. Advisor to Environmental Transition Team.
Illinois Tammy DuckworthVisit Website
United States Senator for Illinois
Assistant Secretary of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs - U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (2009-2011)
Massachusetts Christopher FlanaganVisit Website
Dennis, Massachusetts Selectman
Special Assistant to Secretary John Kerry - U.S. Department of State (2013-2017)
Maryland Andrew FriedsonVisit Website
Montgomery County, Maryland Councilmember
Field Organizer in Pennsylvania - Obama for America (2008)
California Zach FriendVisit Website
Santa Cruz, California County Second District Supervisor
Press Secretary - Obama for America (2008)
Texas Jose GarzaVisit Website
Travis County, Texas, District Attorney
Senior Policy Advisor-- Department of Labor (2013 - 2016)