November 19, 2019
Maimona Afzal Berta is a teacher in San Jose, California. After seeing anti-Muslim bullying in her area following the 2016 election, she decided that she needed to step up and join the local school board to combat the hate and elevate the great diversity in her community. In addition to a lack of Muslims on the school board when such issues were becoming paramount, Maimona saw a lack of teachers and women represented in the school board. In this podcast, Maimona talks about leaping into politics, the need for more representation, how diversity makes San Jose strong and vibrant, and why YOU should run for office too.
Listen and share her story and learn about the Muslim Youth Leadership Program at: https://ca.cair.com/sfba/what-we-do/youth-empowerment/muslim-youth-leadership-program/
November 12, 2019
New Hampshire. It's the first in the nation for politics and the politics are often changing. Jennifer Bernet has been involved in New Hampshire politics for over a decade. If any one word defines that involvement, it is persistent. She won an election to the legislature, lost, and later won again. In this podcast, Jennifer talks about her very unique political story, the very local feel of New Hampshire politics, never giving up, and why YOU should run for office too.
November 5, 2019
Ashley Vanorny was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. When she saw the need to make a difference, she stepped up and ran for city council...and won. Ashley became the youngest woman ever elected to Cedar Rapids City Council.
In this podcast, Ashley talks about why we need to encourage more women to run for office and to support more female candidates. She talks about many of the environmental issues that she is championing in Cedar Rapids. She also discusses the influence she can have on the upcoming Presidential race by demonstrating how national and local politics can serve many of the same goals.
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October 30, 2019
North Carolina continues to make big political moves, especially as the State Supreme Court overturned legislative and Congressional gerrymanders. That means that the state's politics are less predictable and more diverse than people may realize at first.
Pierce Freelon is determined to take advantage of this moment in history for his city of Durham and for his state as he runs for State Senator. In this podcast, Pierce talks about his earliest experiences in politics as he helped his father volunteer for Harvey Gantt vs Jesse Helms and he talks about his father life and subsequent battle with ALS motivated him to run for office. Pierce has a very positive vision for the future and is also very aware of the political situation in North Carolina. Listen to him on the You Should Run Podcast and then learn more about him at https://www.freelonfordurham.com/
October 22, 2019
In 2018, Carrie Counton ran for state legislature in South Carolina against an incumbent who had been in office since 1996. While she didn't win, she gave him the biggest challenge of his career. In this podcast, Carrie talks about her experience and why progressive candidates should challenge everywhere, including in so-called "red states" like South Carolina. Carrie talks about why she felt the need to compete, why more women should get involved in politics, not writing off any state or area, and, of course, why YOU should run for office.
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October 15, 2019
In every election, Florida is a swing state. That means that every election matters. In 2020, Cindy Banyai is running for Congress in Florida in a very conservative district. In this podcast, she talks about her impressive background working for Senators Abraham and Moynihan, her work in Japan, and even her career in boxing. Cindy Banyai is ready for a fight and a challenge, no matter the odds.
Listen to this episode of the You Should Run podcast to hear Cindy's motivations for running for office, her plans to win, and why YOU should run for office too.
October 8, 2019
She knew that running for Congress in a very conservative district was an uphill battle, but Jill Schiller also knew that it was a battle worth fighting. In this episode of the You Should Run podcast, Jill Schiller talks about why she ran for Congress in Ohio even though it was a very difficult race for a Democrat to win. We discuss her experience working for the Obama Administration and how that contrasts with current politics, her motivations, and how running for office on values and issues helps to prepare voters for future progressive campaigns and candidates.
Progressives can't win if they don't take up the challenge and run. Listen, share, subscribe and consider running for office today.
October 1, 2019
Deborah Kalina is a school board member, graduate of the Emerge PA campaign training, and an advocate for more people to get involved and run for office. In this episode of the You Should Run Podcast, Deborah talks about the motivations for running for school board in York, PA and how you can make a tremendous impact on your community as a school board member. She also talks about the many positives of running for office and why you should consider running too.
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September 24, 2019
She was the Glamour College Woman of the Year, the Seventeen Voice of the Year, featured in Time Magazine, Teen Vogue, and Vice News, and Bushra Amiwala is now giving her voice to the You Should Run Podcast.
In this episode, Bushra Amiwala talks about running for School Board in Skokie, Illinois and winning...while still in college. In so doing, Bushra became the youngest elected Muslim in the United States, which also gave her national attention that she did not expect. Now she's talking about what motivated her to run, focusing on issues, and how she motivated other young people to pay attention to a school board race.
Listen, share, and subscribe now and learn more about Bushra's groundbreaking campaign at: http://fourteeneastmag.com/index.php/2019/04/05/meet-bushra-amiwala-the-depaul-junior-newly-elected-to-the-skokie-school-board/
September 17, 2019
Over the course of the You Should Run Podcast, host Tony Heyl has spoken with his local borough councilman Kyle Shenk, his state representative Tim Briggs, and his County Commissioner Ken Lawrence. Now he speaks with his Congresswoman Madeleine Dean, who represents Montgomery County, PA in Washington, DC and sits on the very active House Judiciary Committee.
In this episode, Tony and Congresswoman Dean discuss a wide variety of issues such as climate change, gun violence, working with people across the political aisle, why they both got into politics, and whether we're all going to be OK.
Listen, subscribe, and share now on iTunes, Stitcher, or here on Podbean or listen on your smart speaker.
Follow Congresswoman Dean on Twitter @mad4PA