City Councilman and Mayoral candidate Michael Tubbs — Stockton, CA
Stockton Councilman Michael Tubbs is one rising political star to keep an eye on this year. After winning his bid for the Stockton city council back in 2012 with backing from Oprah, he decided to make a Mayoral run this year. And if he wins, he will be the first black mayor of the city. The election will take place November 8th.
Chelsi P. Henry, Young Republican Rising Star
Chelsi was named by the RNC as a Rising Star back in 2014 and has been making waves ever since. Henry is a regular on Fox News and writes political op-eds for several publications, including Ebony.
D.J. Walters, DSCC Representative
Daryl Joy Walters, a graduate of Wiley College, is a rising star in Louisiana politics. She was once named likely to be “America’s First Black Female President” by Essence magazine and is one of the youngest elected officials in Louisiana.
Jonathan Townsend, candidate for Oklahoma House District 73
Jonathan Townsend cites his passion for politics starting in elementary school in student council. He has a deep passion for North Tulsa, the community he is striving to represent in the state legislature. If elected, Townsend will be one of the youngest state legislators as well as the youngest black legislators. Townsend’s primary election will take place June 28th.
Georgia State Representative Park Cannon
Representative Park Cannon is a unique and accomplished individual. She is the youngest member of the state’s governing body, and in Georgia’s deep red legislature, she stands proudly as a young, gay black woman. Cannon’s presence is especially important now as the state legislature is debating and passing anti-gay legislation.
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