Just weeks before President Trump was inaugurated, President Obama said this: “If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself.” Since then, thousands have taken that rallying cry to heart.
Why I Run: 35 Progressive Candidates Who Are Changing Politics is a collection of original essays from women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and progressive allies who have recently run for office. Contributors like Stacey Abrams, Deb Haaland, Jason Kander, Andrea Jenkins, and Michelle Lujan Grisham share what inspired them to run, what it takes to win, and what lessons can be learned in the face of a loss.
Featuring a foreword from U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, Why I Run is a powerful testament to the importance of following your principles in a precarious political landscape.
INCLUDES A RESOURCE LIST TO HELP YOU GET INVOLVED
PART OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THIS BOOK WILL BE DONATED TO RUN FOR SOMETHING
About the Author
Kate Childs Graham, a principal at West Wing Writers. Prior to joining West Wing Writers, Kate was communications director for US Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and was a member of the 2016 Democratic National Convention speechwriting team. She lives in Washington, DC.
"This book is exactly the kind of inspiration we need, encapsulating the energy and vision embodied by every progressive candidate who stepped up and ran for office in 2018. They believe in a big-hearted, inclusive America, and their stories are a clarion call to all Americans who believe in their country and in the work it will take to change it for the better." — Hillary Rodham Clinton