Boston Globe Magazine: Across Massachusetts, outsider female candidates are taking aim at the political gender gap

A YEAR AGO, Jackie Katz wouldn’t have called herself a political person. She voted. She followed the news. But the Wellesley High School history teacher, 34, says she “was one of those people who was disillusioned about politics. Because this system feels broken and corrupt.” Then came November 8, 2016 — and Katz, flush with frustration at the results, found herself on an unlikely new trajectory. In January, she attended the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., then answered the call to action to meet in “huddles” with like-minded people, keeping the movement alive. And over the course of those meetings and venting sessions, she came to realize that the skills she had honed as a teacher, from speaking in public to encouraging civil debate, could make her a viable politician. Continue reading

Boston Globe: Matias jumps into Third District congressional race

State representative Juana Matias, one of the first Latinas elected to the state Legislature, is running for the congressional seat that US Representative Niki Tsongas will relinquish next year, she said Wednesday. Calling herself “Donald Trump’s worst nightmare,” the Dominican immigrant and Lawrence resident said she planned to run on behalf of working people in the Third Congressional District. “I’m running for Congress because I believe that working people aren’t getting their fair share, and that the American dream is slipping out of reach for too many American families,” Matias, a Democrat, said in a telephone interview. Continue reading

HuffPost: Responding to This Moment by Answering the Call to Serve

It’s a challenging time for our country. From Charlottesville to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to the paralyzing gridlock and partisanship in Congress, disturbing events are unfolding at a pace that is dizzying and relentless. It is a challenge to simply keep up with it all, never mind process and respond to it all in a thoughtful way. Continue reading

HuffPost: Why One Congressional Primary Has Democrats Excited For 2018

The Democratic Party has a good problem going into the 2018 midterms: Things are starting to feel a little crowded. Consider the jam-packed Democratic primary to unseat Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), a longtime Democratic target who party officials believe can finally be toppled thanks to President Donald Trump’s unpopularity in the district. At last count, no fewer than eight Democratic candidates have declared for that race. Continue reading

New Politics Endorses Aaron Scheinberg for Congress in West Virginia's Second District

Hedgesville, West Virginia – New Politics, a national bi-partisan organization that recruits and supports military veterans and national service leaders to run for public office today endorsed Aaron Scheinberg for Congress in West Virginia’s 2nd District. Following his service as a platoon leader in Iraq, Scheinberg helped lead The Mission Continues, a nonprofit that has helped thousands of veterans reintegrate back into their communities. “Aaron is a dedicated servant leader who will always put his country, community, and the needs of his constituents over partisan politics, and that’s precisely why we need him in Congress,” said Emily Cherniack, Executive Director and Founder of New Politics. Continue reading

Boston Globe: Democrats have a chance to shape the future in race for Tsongas seat

When US Representative Niki Tsongas announced last month that she won’t seek reelection next year, a rare opportunity opened up in the Third Congressional District, a seat that has been held by Democrats for four decades and by Tsongas for the last 10 years. Continue reading

Roll Call: Democratic Soul-Searching in One Pennsylvania House Race

Democrats across the country are doing some soul-searching as Congress returns to the nation’s capital. The crowded Democratic primaries taking shape raise questions about whether more liberal candidates can win in Republican districts. For a sense of how that battle for the party is playing out on the ground, look no further than Pennsylvania’s 7th District. Continue reading

Roll Call: Moulton Wants to Change Status Quo by Electing More Vets

Rep. Seth Moulton hopes to make two dozen or so endorsements of military veterans challenging Republican House members this cycle. Continue reading

Warwick Advertiser: Democrat Pat Davis accepts New Politics endorsement for Orange County Executive

Calling him a servant leader who will help rebuild the public’s trust in government, New Politics endorsed Democrat Patrick Davis in his bid to unseat the Republican incumbent, Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus. Continue reading

Times Herald-Record: Group that backs vet candidates endorses Davis for county executive

A four-year-old organization that supports veterans and national service alumni who run for office announced Monday its endorsement of Patrick Davis, an Iraq War veteran and 2004 West Point graduate who’s running for Orange County executive. “Pat Davis comes from a background of service and sacrifice, and our political system needs more leaders like him, who have dedicated their lives in service to their country and community,” Emily Cherniack, founder and executive director of New Politics, said in a press release. “At a time when the public’s trust in government is at an all-time low, servant leaders like Davis will help restore faith in our institutions by putting citizens first and holding government accountable.” Continue reading