These leaders — all candidates for elected office in 2018 — were selected based on their ability to communicate their story and values, their commitment to bridging across political parties and ideologies, their ability and willingness to grow and improve as leaders, and the strength and viability of their early-stage campaigns.

They represent a new generation of authentic leaders who will shift the culture of our politics toward inclusivity, compassion, and service. 

Though every one of the Arena candidates is running in a competitive race, we’ve deliberately selected a few Fellows who many believe are underdogs because of historic party identification and gerrymandering in their districts. But we believe every one of these candidates has a path to victory. When these leaders are clear about their values, tell their story in a clear and authentic way, and work like hell, they will upend conventional wisdom about what’s possible. Get to know these incredible men and women, who have chosen to work hard to get the right to serve us - and if you’re as inspired as we are, help them by donating, volunteering and spreading the word about them.


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