During his farewell speech to the nation, former President Obama urged those who are disappointed by their elected officials to “grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself.” Obama alumni across the country are now taking his advice.
More than 65 former administration officials are currently campaigning for everything from city council to Congress in the wake of President Trump’s election, according to the volunteer Obama Alumni Association’s most recent count. Thirteen have been recently elected or are already in office
“This is about, for me, preserving an ethos that says that our government can work, that it can be committed to the rights and dignity of all individuals across the country,” said Lauren Baer, a congressional candidate in Florida who advised former secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. “And it’s about taking the baton that Obama passed to the many young people who worked for him throughout his administration, and saying it’s our turn now to lead and improve this great country.”
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