The Young Democrats of Rhode Island have endorsed 19 legislative candidates, three congressional candidates, two municipal candidates, two statewide office-seekers but no one for governor, according to a press release from the group.
Here’s their list of legislative candidates, in graphic format (Or read their press release here):
“YDRI PAC’s endorsed candidates are of various ages, genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds,” the group said in an email. “Nine are first-time candidates. Some are running for open seats, some are defending incumbents, and a few are challengers in primary races. Yet no matter the context, the YDRI PAC Board has agreed that the below candidates best represent the principles of the Democratic Party and will vigorously defend the concerns of young people across our state.”
The group also endorsed all three congressional incumbents: Jack Reed for Senate and David Cicilline and Jim Langevin in the House. In statewide races, YDRI endorsed Frank Ferri for lt. governor and Seth Magaziner for general treasurer.
Zack Mazera, YDRI member, said “For statewide races, we sought supermajority agreement.”
He added, “More importantly, however, statewide endorsements are not our organizational focus; Ferri and Magaziner may draw attention, but YDRI PAC this cycle is really a General Assembly-focused organization. That’s where we believe the decisions are made that most affect young people, and that’s where we firmly believe we as an organization can have the most impact on improving quality of life for young Rhode Islanders.”
In the press statement the group noted: “YDRI PAC noted it may issue further endorsements as Rhode Island progresses through the election season. Candidates in races where YDRI PAC has not yet endorsed are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org.”