November 6, 2018 – As US voters head to the polls this election day, CSIS brings you an interview with Penn Social Impact House alumna Seisei Tatebe-Goddu, Chief Operating Officer of Run for Something.
In the wake of the 2016 elections, Run for Something formed with a clear intent: “To help recruit and support young diverse progressives to run for down-ballot races in order to build a bench for the future.” Clearly, they’re doing it well: Since launching, Run for Something has recruited over 19,000 potential candidates from all 50 states and endorsed 647 across 48 states and Washington D.C.
Of the 417 progressive candidates on the ballot today, they hail from 46 US states; 65% are running for state legislature, 50% are women, 35% are people of color, and 15% identify as LGBTQ.
Tatebe-Goddu made time to speak with CSIS and share insights on running for public office, supporting progressive candidates, and the long-term vision of Run for Something. Tatebe-Goddu was Run for Something’s first hire, joining the team just 6 weeks after launch.