2016 Candidates



New Politics Class of 2015-2016


SMbio.pngCongressman Seth Moulton

US Marine Captain
2016 re-elect, Massachusetts 6th District

Seth believes we need more service-oriented leaders in Washington who will put the people first. Following the words of his mentor, the late Rev. Peter Gomes, "Believing in the right thing is not good enough... you ought to go do it," Seth's career has been one of service.  

Following his graduation, Seth joined the Marine Corps in 2001. Although Seth disagreed with the Iraq War, Seth served his country and led his platoon -- eventually serving four tours of duty in Iraq over five years. Seth led an infantry platoon during the 2003 invasion and was in the first Marine company to enter Baghdad. 

Please visit Seth at  http://www.sethmoulton.com/



Mike Gallagher

US Marine Captain
2016 Congressional Candidate, Wisconsin

Mike is a foreign policy advisor. Gallagher served seven years of active duty in the Marine Corps and worked in counterintelligence. He was a John Hay Initiative advisor on foreign affairs. Gallagher worked on Capitol Hill as a staff member to U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign RelationsChairman Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and advised the committee on foreign affairs.  Mike also earned a masters degree in Security Studies with honors from Georgetown and a masters of science in Strategic Intelligence from National Intelligence University. He was the national security advisor for Scott Walker's 2016 presidential campaign.

Please visit Mike at www.mikeforwisconsin.com



Sean Barney

US Marine Captain
2016 Congressional candidate, Delaware 

Sean is an Iraq War veteran who believes a new generation of leadership is needed to fix Congress and find solutions to the urgent challenges facing our country. To make progress in America, we need to send service-oriented leaders to Washington who will put the people first, move beyond the petty politics of the present, and pull our country together. 

Please visit Sean at  www.seanbarneyforcongress.com 




Rysheema Dixon

2016 candidate for City Councilor at Large in Wilmington, DE

Rsyheema serves as the Chief Executive Officer & President of RD Innovative Planning, a strategy consulting business that she created in September 2011 after completing two terms of service in Public Allies Delaware, an AmeriCorps program associated with the University of Delaware Center for Community Research and Service. She is a community development strategist working toward creating a sustainable future for community members through projects and events to address local concerns and issues.

Please visit Rysheema at http://rysheemadixon.com/ 





Brady Walkinshaw

AmeriCorps Alum
2016 Congressional candidate, W

Brady served in the Washington 

State Legislature since 2013.  Walkinshaw was appointed to office in 2013 then won his election in 2014.  Brady previously worked as a program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Please visit Brady at  http://www.bradywalkinshaw.com




Juana Matias

Justice Americorps Legal Advocate 
2016 candidate for State Representative, Massachusetts 16th Essex District


Juana is a AmeriCorps alumna and candidate for State Representative from Lawrence, Massachusetts. Her migrated from the Dominican Republic to the United States in the late 1980’s. In 2008, Juana was selected as one out of 22 women to be part of the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s Latina’s Learning to Lead Fellowship Program.  In 2009, Juana received a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Political Science and Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts Boston. During college Juana served as the Undergraduate Student Government President, advocating for student interests and overseeing a $900k student activity budget. After college Juana worked as a Social Worker serving the Lawrence community, then attended law school at Suffolk University. After graduating law school, Juana continued her commitment to the public sector by working as a Justice Americorps Legal Advocate for Central West Justice Center and Affiliate of Community Legal Aid, a joint initiative of the Department of Justice and AmeriCorps. There she served as an immigration advocate seeking humanitarian based immigration relief for unaccompanied children in removal proceedings.


Please visit Juana at www.juanamatias.com/



Plumb_1.jpgJohn Plumb

US Navy Commander
2016 Congressional Candidate, New York

John is a fourth-generation Western New Yorker who has spent the last two decades serving our country as a US Naval officer, a Department of Defense official, and as a member of the White House National Security Council.

He believes that Congress should better reflect the values on which he was raised and which led him to volunteer to serve our country: hard work, independent thinking, and a dedication to family, community and country.

Please visit John at http://www.johnplumbforcongress.com/ 



Scott Taylor

2016 Congressional Candidate, Virginia

Scott Taylor is an entrepreneur, US Navy SEAL, and candidate for Virginia's 2nd Congressional District. As a SEAL, Scott deployed to Iraq, South, and Central America. He is a frequent guest on national television to discuss national security, military issues, and foreign policy.

Prior to running for Congress, Scott served as a member of the Virginia War Memorial Board of Trustees. He currently serves in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing Virginia's 85th District.

Please visit Scott at www.scotttaylorva.com/

Chris_Soto_1.jpgChris Soto

US Coast Guard
2016 Candidate for State Representative, Connecticut


Chris Soto is a candidate for State Representative in New London, Connecticut. He spent five years as a Coast Guard Officer, first assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter VALIANT as an Assistant Engineer Officer. Chris was subsequently stationed in New York City at the Maritime Safety & Security Team, where he served as Team Leader and Officer-In-Charge of an Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Unit conducting Port Security Missions around the country.

After entering the education field in Boston, Chris returned to his native New London and founded Higher Edge, an organization that helps young people get to and through college. He also teaches at Connecticut College.

Whether its increasing student access to higher education, residents to become firefighters, or connecting people to jobs, Chris is passionate about creating access to opportunity for all of New London.

Please visit Chris at www.soto2016.com



Matt Dunne

Former Director of AmeriCorps
2016 Gubernatorial candidate, Vermont

A lifelong Vermonter, Matt Dunne lives with his wife, Sarah Stewart Taylor, and their three children Judson, Abe, and Cora in the same farmhouse in Hartland where he was raised.

At age 22, Matt was elected to serve in the Vermont legislature by his community and was re-elected three times. He later served two terms in the state senate representing Windsor County. In the legislature he focused on economic development strategies, including the first legislation dedicated to the redevelopment of downtowns and brownfields, deployment of broadband, and the creation of the Vermont Film Commission. 

Matt served under President Clinton as the Director of AmeriCorps*VISTA, an organization where he oversaw 6,000 full-time people -- almost the size of Vermont state government -- dedicated to empowering people out of poverty.

Please visit Matt at www.mattdunne.com



David Crowley

Public Allies AmeriCorps
2016 candidate for State Assembly, Milwaukee, WI

David Crowley is currently the chair of the ACLU of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chapter.  David’s foundation of community and organizing was formed as a youth at Urban Underground.  David served in the AmeriCorps program Public Allies.  Since then, David has worked throughout the region  as a community and political organizer. He currently works as the Policy Director for State Senator Nikiya Harris Dodd.

"Not only is serving this district a passion of mine, but with the right ideas and our community at heart, I believe we can improve the conditions of District 7 and our city.”

Please visit David at www.votecrowley.com



Adam Hinds

United Nations Political Officer
2016 candidate for State Senate,  Massachusetts Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin District

Adam currently serves as the Executive Director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, where he helps promote dialogue and action on emerging community issues.

Prior to his work with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, Adam served for seven years as a United Nations Political Officer focused on diplomacy in Iraq and Syria, and as coordinator of the Pittsfield Community Connection program, which seeks to combat youth violence and gang influences.

 Please visit Adam at www.adamhinds.org/


Shenna_Bellows_1.jpgShenna Bellows

Peace Corps and AmeriCorps
Candidate for State Senate in Maine

Shenna Bellows is a Peace Corps and AmeriCorps volunteer running for the Maine State Senate. As a Peace Corps volunteer, Shenna helped establish microlending programs in Panama, and worked on economic empowerment programs for public housing residents through AmeriCorps. More recently, Shenna served as the Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine. Shenna is running for State Senate to ensure that Mainers have good jobs, an education system that sets students up for success, and affordable healthcare for all.

Please visit Shenna at www.shennabellowsforstatesenate.com/



Daniel Weeks


2016 candidate for Executive Council, District 5, in New Hampshire

Dan is a 12th generation Granite Stater, a community leader in Nashua, and a proven advocate for government accountability and reform. Raised on a small farm in Temple, Dan left home at age 18 to serve with AmeriCorps and work on democratic development abroad. He returned to New Hampshire to start a family and continue his public service.

Dan believes District 5 needs new leadership on the Executive Council with the right experience and a commitment to collaboration to move New Hampshire forward.

Please visit Daniel at www.danielweeks.com



Representative David Bowen

Public Allies AmeriCorps
2016 re-elect for State Assembly, Milwaukee, WI

Bowen was born in Milwaukee, son of Jamaican immigrants. He graduated with honors from Bradley Tech High School in 2005. He participated in the youth leadership program of the Milwaukee non-profit organization Urban Underground and the AmeriCorps program, Public Allies. He volunteered with Urban Underground attending the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, studying educational policy and community studies.

In April 2012 he was elected to the County Board for District 10, at which time he was the youngest member of that board and one of the youngest black elected officials in the history of theMilwaukee metropolitan area. He was the lead author of a living wage bill requiring all companies doing business with Milwaukee County to be paid $11.32 an hour.  

David is currently Vice-Chair of the State Democratic Party. 



Representative Jonathan Brostoff

Public Allies AmeriCorps
2016 re-elect for State Assembly, Milwaukee, WI

Jonathan is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin’s 19th State Assembly District. He is District Director for Senate Democratic Leader Chris Larson. Previously, he worked as a legislative aide to Milwaukee County Supervisor Jason Haas. Jonathan also served on the Board of the ACLU of Wisconsin.

Jonathan has served the Milwaukee community in a number of ways since he took his first volunteer position with Pathfinders, a youth homeless shelter, at age 14.  After graduating from high school, he joined AmeriCorps’ Public Allies program, where he completed a ten-month leadership and non-profit apprenticeship at SDC’s Family Support Program.

Please visit Jonathan at http://votebrostoff.com/

Screen_Shot_2016-08-19_at_08.10.45.pngBrett Walker

US Army
2016 candidate for State Representative, Massachusetts

Brett is a Boston prosecutor and US Army veteran running for State Representative from Ashland, Massachusetts. Brett served as an Army Ranger and infantry officer in both Afghanistan and Iraq, where he also advised municipal governments south of Baghdad. After returning home and graduating from law school, Brett became a prosecutor. He focuses on counter-narcotic prosecution and administration of the Boston Veterans Treatment Court, a first of its kind specialty court intended to rehabilitate military veterans.

Brett is running for State Representative in order to strengthen schools and neighborhoods, preserve the environment, and improve quality of life for Boston's outer suburbs.

Please visit Brett at www.electbrett.us



Jake Auchincloss

US Marine
2015 candidate for Alderman of Newton, MA

After graduating from Harvard in 2010, Jake served as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps. He commanded a platoon of 30 Marines on a combat deployment to Afghanistan in 2012 and then joined a special operations unit, where he commanded a 60-man counter-narcotics operation in Panama. Jake is now a captain in the Reserves.

Since returning home in late 2013, Jake has been a research associate at Harvard Kennedy School, where he wrote about best practices in local government and joined Governor Baker’s Transition Committee on Better Government. Jake has also been a partner at a successful Boston start-up.

Please visit Jake at www.jakeauchincloss.com



Meagan Holman

City Year AmeriCorps
2016 candidate Alderman in Milwaukee, WI

Meagan Holman settled in District 14’s Bay View neighborhood when her oldest son was a toddler.

In her civic and professional life, Meagan has a strong record of engaging the community in problem-solving. A leader in Milwaukee’s nonprofit sector, she has used her experience as an advocate and community organizer with business, community and faith organizations such as Hunger Task Force and AmeriCorps’ City Year program to support Milwaukee’s underserved families.

A proud product of public schools, Meagan graduated from Oberlin College and went on to study at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy.

Please visit Meagan at  www.meaganholman.com




David Lieberman

City Year
2015 candidate for Alderman in Somerville, MA

Before enrolling at Tufts University, David served through City Year. He later graduated and attended Columbia Law School, recieving his JD. David clerked for a Judge in Providence, Rhode Island, and then served as a volunteer assistant attorney general in Massachusetts.

David was then a litigation associate for Ropes and Gray LLP in Boston, where he focused on government enforcement matters. He is currently an associate at Day Pitney LLP, where he manages with minimal oversight all aspects of complex commercial, product liability and tort litigation matters with a focus on complex fraud claims including False Claims Act cases.

Please visit David at  http://davidwslieberman.org/


Goldman2.jpgScott Goldman

US Army
2016 candidate for City Council in Baltimore, MD

Scott served for five years as a military prosecutor and trusted advisor to   infantry, medical, and intelligence commanders, working every day to help   soldiers and commanders accomplish their missions. 

In January 2013, Scott deployed for one year to southeast Afghanistan.  There, Scott led a team of U.S. advisors across five provinces to support Afghan prosecutors and judges in arresting, prosecuting, and imprisoning Taliban insurgents.  Through countless helicopter flights, convoys, foot patrols, cups of tea, and on one horse, Scott learned that people all over the world share the same basic dream of building safe and functional systems of government.  Scott was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan.

Scott is a graduate of Harvard College and Vanderbilt University Law School, where he served as Editor in Chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review.  Scott, Rebecca, and their son, Michael, live near Patterson Park.  Scott is proud to continue his service as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Please visit Scott at http://www.goldmanforbaltimore.com/ 


Screen_Shot_2016-08-23_at_15.11.57.pngMisha Stallworth

City Year
2016 Candidate for School Board in Detroit, MI

Misha is a City Year alumna and candidate for Detroit School Board who has spent the last 12 years advocating for positive youth development. She co-founded a women’s empowerment group called Rosie’s--after Rosie the Riveter--in high school that provided near-peer mentorship of middle school girls, and worked for the Gary Comer Youth Center while studying at the University of Chicago. Misha also taught creative writing to 2nd graders in Chicago.

While serving in Los Angeles United School District classrooms as a City Year Corps member, Misha looked for solutions to underperforming educational system through her work as an after school programmer and evaluation coordinator. Due to her commitment to urban social work, she chose to pursue her Master’s through the Community Based Initiatives Scholarship Program at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. As the Youth Coordinator for the Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance, Misha began to apply solutions while also emphasizing the importance of youth participating in their own solution development. She has always fought for programs and services that develop the whole child—including the child’s love for learning and their social/emotional growth.

Misha Stallworth is running for School Board because of her passion for youth development in Detroit neighborhoods. She believes that increasing the accessibility to a quality education for all Detroit students will increase their access to greater opportunities, and she is determined to build strong foundations for neighborhoods by helping to improve her local school system.

Please visit Misha at www.mishastallworth.com/



Gabe Griess


US Air Force


2016 candidate for State Senate, California District 3


Colonel Gabe Griess grew up in a farming community. His parents were teachers, and he graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He was assigned to navigate C-130 Super Hercules aircraft and was deployed to Afghanistan. Gabe also served at the Pentagon, where he managed U.S. trade policy for the Defense Technology Security Administration and served as the Afghanistan country director for the Secretary of the Air Force International Affairs. Gabe stood-up and commanded a new squadron of 77 air advisors dedicated to building partnership and partner capacity across Central and South America and the Caribbean.

He is a board member with the Solano Community College Educational Foundation, Rebuilding Together Solano, Vacaville Rotary Club, and a trustee with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

Please visit Gabe at http://votegabe.nationbuilder.com/



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