Is there a better time to be involved in Philadelphia politics than right now?
Late last year, after the election, an event providing tips on running for office hosted by Philadelphia 3.0 was expected to draw a few dozen people. Instead, it attracted nearly 300. Similar events, such as those organized by the Pennsylvania Center for Women & Politics, have pulled in big crowds, too. In May, Larry Krasner and Rebecca Rhynhart, upstart candidates favored by young people and not Philadelphia’s Democratic machine, won the district attorney and city controller nominations, respectively.
In short, change is occurring in Philly politics, with a new generation positioned to make moves. And we’d like to honor many of them.
In our November edition of Who’s Next, we’ll be highlighting the young people (under the age of 40) making a difference in Philadelphia through politics. Maybe they’re a key staff member for someone in City Hall or Harrisburg. Perhaps they run successful campaigns. We’re looking for the best and brightest involved in politics in any way.
If you aren’t familiar with Who’s Next, which is presented by the Knight Foundation, check out the archives here. The intent of the series, comprising monthly lists of honorees and follow-up Q&As, is to introduce readers to the most dedicated young people working to shape Philadelphia. Our goal is to identify and track the next generation of leaders and influencers across a broad spectrum of fields.
Over the past three years, we’ve showcased up-and-comers in fields that range from music to food to law. This will be our fourth installment of politics (Check out the classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016).
To nominate someone to be featured on Billy Penn‘s Who’s Next: Politics list, please fill out the form below — or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Who’s Next: Politics” in the subject line. Please submit nominations on or before Oct. 20.