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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Garza

Texas Jose Garza

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Office:

Travis County, Texas, District Attorney

Alumni Experience:

Senior Policy Advisor-- Department of Labor (2013 - 2016)

Gebhardt Cognetti

Pennsylvania Paige Gebhardt Cognetti

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Office:

Mayor of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Running for Re-election

Alumni Experience:

Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for International Affairs - U.S Department of the Treasury (2009-2012), Special Assistant - Presidential Transition Team (2008), Border States Director for Pennsylvania - Obama for America (2008)

Gonez

California Kelly Gonez

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Office:

Los Angeles Unified School Board Member, District 6

Alumni Experience:

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

González

Texas Jessica González

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Office:

Texas State Representative (HD-104)

General Election Date:

11/08/2022

Alumni Experience:

Nevada Voter Protection Director - Obama for America (2012)

Griswold

Colorado Jena Griswold

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Office:

Colorado Secretary of State

Alumni Experience:

Deputy Voter Protection Director in Colorado - Obama for America (2012)

Haaland

Dept of the Interior Debra Haaland

Office:

Secretary of the Interior

Alumni Experience:

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