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Run for Something endorses Derek Hawn for Tennessee House District 41

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Derek Hawn

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Run for Something endorses Derek Hawn for Tennessee House District 41

Changing The Face of Local Politics in Tennessee

April 25, 2024-  Derek Hawn is proud to receive the endorsement of Run for Something (RFS), the groundbreaking organization that recruits and supports strong voices in the next generation of progressive leadership.

“As someone from a small town in rural Tennessee, I know firsthand how important it is to have leaders who understand the real issues facing working families in our communities. I'm grateful for Run for Something's support in helping get more young progressives like myself elected to fight for the values we believe in - good jobs, quality education, and affordable healthcare for all. Together we can push back against the extreme agenda being pushed in our state and ensure every Tennessean has a fair shot at success.” ~Derek Hawn

"Republican extremists are running for office and pushing their far-right agendas up and down the ballot in 2024, so we’re excited to endorse so many candidates that have stepped up to stop them," RFS co-founder and co-executive director Amanda Litman said. “Progressives can’t just focus on battleground states if we want to have an impact, which is why we’re supporting candidates running for everything from school board in Nebraska to state house in Massachusetts.”

"Run for Something’s latest endorsement class will be instrumental in building a robust Democratic foundation for the future, and the excitement they’ll bring to the campaign trail will boost local turnout and help other candidates up and down the ballot win this November," RFS co-founder and co-executive director Ross Morales Rocketto said.

Of our April class of 70 candidates: 

  • ●47% identify as people of color
  • ●29% identify as LGBTQIA
  • ●51% identify as women and non-binary people
  • ●Our class of candidates represent 32 states

As we continue to build the progressive bench from the bottom-up, we are excited to support and amplify more talented, young progressives already making a difference at the state and local level.

The endorsement process includes an extensive internal review with background check, staff interview and insight from local state experts.

Amanda Litman and Ross Morales Rocketto launched RFS on Jan. 20, 2017 with a simple premise: help young diverse progressives to run for down-ballot races in order to build a bench for the future. RFS aims to lower the barriers to entry for these candidates by helping them with organization building, a robust community, and access to the trainings needed to be successful. So far, over 130,000 young people from across the country have signed up to run and gained access to RFS resources. 

Run for Something recruits and supports talented, passionate young people who advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench.

Paid for By the Committee to Elect Derek Hawn, Jessica Dumas, Treasurer.
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