Today, we endorsed Colonel Kim Olson (USAF, ret.) in her run for Congress in Texas’ 24th District. Olson served in the U.S. Air Force for 25 years and retired as a colonel. Olson continued to serve following her active duty military career, spending three years in the Texas State Guard and leading the nonprofit Grace Under Fire as its CEO, which helped 6,000 Veteran families and ensured equitable access to care. In 2014, she was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame for her life of service to Texans. Earlier in her campaign, Olson made national waves when she released a powerful video introducing herself to voters.
Today, we unveiled the New Politics Leadership Council, a board of advisors and public champions consisting of some of the foremost military, national service, and political leaders in America who understand the power of service and why it is key to transforming our politics.
Even as the weather is getting cooler, our candidates are on fire! This month, we endorsed two very impressive servant leaders, and our elected leaders made their voices heard in the national media. And as September comes around, we hope you join us in mobilizing for Dan McCready’s special election on the 10th!
Today, we are proud to endorse teacher and combat veteran Jackie Gordon in her run for Congress in New York’s 2nd District. Gordon retired from the Army Reserves with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after 29 years of service, during which she served overseas from Germany to Iraq and Afghanistan. Jackie has also spent her career serving her community here at home, spending nearly three decades working in New York Public Schools as a teacher and guidance counselor. Since 2007, Gordon has also served on the Babylon Town Council.
Earlier today, we endorsed Navy veteran and emergency department pediatrician David Myles in his run for Rockville City Council. Myles is a deeply engaged community member who served on the Rockville Bike Advisory Committee and as a physician representative for Montgomery County’s Mental Health Advisory Committee, and provides pro-bono outpatient medical care.
Matt Wilhelm, one of our amazing leaders who is serving as State Representative in New Hampshire’s 42nd District, just had his first piece of legislation signed into law! He established the Service Year Workforce Commission, which focuses on expanding national service opportunities and portraying these opportunities as effective workforce development tools . The commission will be made up of various stakeholders, and it will look for ways to keep national service alumni in New Hampshire after they finish their service. The commission will also look at some of the problems that keep young service alumni from settling in New Hampshire and becoming part of the workforce.
Today, we were excited to endorse teacher and business leader Kathryn York in her run for Mississippi State Senate District 8. York is a Teach for America alum who now serves as Teach for America Greater Delta’s Chief of Staff, and works with over 125 teachers across Mississippi and Arkansas.
New Politics State Senator Zahra Karinshak from Georgia’s 48th District was selected for the Emerging Legislative Leaders Program! She will participate in a program held in July at the University of Virginia, through a partnership between the State Legislative Leaders Foundation (SLLF) and the Darden School of Business.
James Talarico, a New Politics servant leader who represents House District 52 in the Texas State Legislature, just released a video sharing the highlights from his very first session! He is the youngest member of the Texas Legislature, and has had a very busy first session.
An organization to encourage service veterans to run for office threw its support to state House candidate Fiona McFarland.
New Politics endorsed the Sarasota Republican in her run for Florida House District 72. McFarland is one of two Republicans looking to unseat state Rep. Margaret Good, a Sarasota Democrat.
“We’re thrilled to endorse Fiona because we need to elect more leaders like her who know what it means to put mission first,” said Emily Cherniak, executive director and founder of New Politics. “Fiona has dedicated her life to serving our country and solving tough problems, and she’ll put people over politics to do what’s right for Sarasota.”
Today, we were proud to endorse Navy veteran and reservist Fiona McFarland in her run for Florida State House District 72. McFarland is a Naval Academy graduate who served on active duty in the U.S. Navy for eight years and continues to serve the country in the U.S. Navy Reserves.
Happy Summer! At the end of the last fundraising quarter, we explained quarterly fundraising results and why they’re important to campaigns. As this fundraising quarter comes to a close, we are going a step further and introducing our very own guide to political fundraising. We follow with endorsements of some of our amazing candidates, and update you on all things New Politics. Thanks for taking the time!
Fundraising can be time consuming and isn’t always fun. However, without an organized fundraising effort, it’s hard for a campaign to succeed. That’s why we often say, “Everything in a campaign is more important than money, but it all costs money.” With the right strategy, fundraising can be a great way to connect with more voters and achieve your campaign goals. We know many of us have mixed feelings about money, but at the end of the day, this is about people wanting to make our country better and supporting your race is a way they can do that because they cannot run themselves. Wondering how to fundraise most effectively or spice up existing fundraising strategy? The staff here at New Politics came together to share our expertise, and offer you six tips to up your fundraising game.
Today, we endorsed former teacher, principal, and state Senator Mike Johnston for U.S. Senate in Colorado. Mike began his public service as a Teach for America corps member, then served as a principal in a juvenile prison, and as principal again, led a high school in Colorado where under his leadership, 100% of seniors who graduated were accepted to college. He will take on first term Senator Cory Gardner in a 2020 general election.
Today, we endorsed former Marine and Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Roger Dean "RD" Huffstetler for Congress in Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District.
The past month has been quite eventful for us, as we’ve grown our team, launched a new partnership with some amazing elected servant leaders, and celebrated our latest election victory. Thanks as always for reading and staying involved!
New Politics is excited to welcome Michael Joffrion to the team as a new Senior Campaign Advisor! Joffrion will lead New Politics’ growth on the Republican side of the aisle, helping recruit and advise candidates and their campaigns across the country.
He joins the team having served on multiple Republican presidential and U.S. Senate campaigns, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and the Alabama Republican Party. Joffrion is widely viewed as one of the most experienced Republican strategists in the country.
“Our democracy doesn’t work if leaders don’t bring a sense of service and a commitment to putting country over party. We need servant leaders on both sides of the aisle who are dedicated to putting others first,” said Joffrion. “I’m thrilled to join the New Politics team and bring an important perspective to our critical work of revitalizing our democracy.”
In front of a crowd of nearly 200 people in Washington last night, U.S. Representatives Chrissy Houlahan, Elaine Luria, Mikie Sherrill, Elissa Slotkin, and Abigail Spanberger celebrated the launch of the Service First Women’s Victory Fund, part of their first-of-its-kind initiative to elevate the collective voice of new women servant leaders. Less than two months after launching this coalition with New Politics, a bipartisan organization dedicated to electing leaders who have devoted their lives to serving the country, more than $230,000 has been committed to the Congresswomen’s joint effort, signaling strong support for service-driven leaders.
The moderate group’s goal is to show “that leaders from service backgrounds have a lot to offer our politics, and can be part of the solution of getting Congress and our political system working better,” according to David Heifetz, the chief communications officer at New Politics, a bipartisan organization that recruits candidates from the military and intelligence communities. The leaders say they plan to spend the next year and a half hosting fundraisers and policy briefings around the country, as well as highlighting other women service members who are active in state and local politics. “When I was successful in winning this seat, it was important to me to make this permanent,” Houlahan told me, referring to the steadily increasing number of women and women veterans in Congress. Last year, each of the five women touted her military experience as something that made her uniquely qualified to work in Congress, pledging to put “the mission above partisanship.”
Joining Houlahan for a news conference Wednesday are Reps. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii; Elaine Luria, D-Va.; Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J.; Don Bacon, R-Neb.; and Gil Cisneros, D-Calif.
Houlahan, Luria, Sherrill and Reps. Abagail Spanberger, D-Va., and Elissa Slotkin of Michigan were part of a record number of female veterans with military or intelligence experience who ran for Congress last year. They’re raising money together for potential candidates in 2020 with military experience through Service First Women’s Victory Fund and New Politics, a bipartisan organization.