Run for Something endorses Casey Pease for State Representative

Run for Something endorses Casey Pease for State Representative
Progressive wave builds momentum with new candidates in Massachusetts


Aug. 09, 2018  Casey Pease, candidate for state representative in the 1st Franklin District, receives the endorsement of Run for Something (RFS), the groundbreaking organization that recruits and supports strong voices to form a bold new generation of progressive leadership.

“Poised to become the youngest member of either house of the Massachusetts state legislature, I am proud to have the endorsement of Run for Something,” said Casey Pease. “I’m running in one of the most rural house districts in the Commonwealth, and there has been a clear consensus from the start of this campaign that it’s time for a new generation of public servants, not the next generation of politicians. I’m ready to answer the call and be a bold, homegrown, progressive champion for our 19 towns.”

“RFS endorses candidates on two major criteria: heart and hustle. That’s what defines viability to us,” said Ross Morales Rocketto, RFS co-founder. “These are candidates who are going to work hard to run grassroots, community-led campaigns. We are at a critical time in history and the momentum these candidates generate will have a lasting impact for years to come.”

This month’s endorsements also mark a milestone for the organization. With 500 endorsed candidates, RFS has grown into a powerful, nation-wide movement, which is celebrated in a new video. Take a look.

Casey is a local volunteer firefighter and community organizer who chairs the Worthington Democratic Town Committee. Hired as the youngest full-time staffer on Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, he has devoted his life to advocating for working class families—from getting big money out of politics to walking the picket lines with our nurses and teachers and fighting for Medicare for All.

“Set apart in this race as a lifelong resident and graduate of the district’s public schools, Casey has the deep local understanding to be effective and the strong progressive record to be transformative,” said campaign manager Stephanie Slysz.

“Being recognized as an RFS candidate shows I have the momentum and am running a powerful, grassroots campaign,” said Pease.

RFS by the numbers:

  • 553 candidates endorsed total
  • 101 first- or second-time candidates endorsed this month
  • 18 state house and senate candidates endorsed in Massachusetts

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

RFS launched on Jan. 20, 2017 with a simple premise: help young 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 seed money, organization building, and access to trainings needed to be successful. So far, about 18,000 young people from across the country have signed up as candidates and gained access to RFS resources.


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

Cory Bisbee