Mila Endorsed by SEIU Local 500

SEIU Local 500, the service employees union that is a powerful political force in Montgomery County democratic politics has endorsed Mila Johns in the primary race for Delegate in District 18. In announcing several endorsements, the union emphasized the need to send “fighters” to Annapolis in “this era of Donald Trump.”

“I am incredibly honored to be endorsed by SEIU,” Johns said. “I come from a family that has been involved in organized labor for its whole history in the United States and I believe passionately in protecting economic and social opportunity for thousands of union members in District 18 and across the state – and fighting to extend those same opportunities to every worker in Maryland who needs them.”

SEIU Local 500 is not endorsing ANY incumbents running for re-election to their current offices until after the end of the legislative session.

“We are endorsing open seats early to give our political team and members more time to work with our endorsed newcomers to make sure they win” said President Cuttitta



Mila Johns, a first time candidate for state delegate, running as a progressive democrat in District 18, has the largest amount of cash on hand of any of the eight candidates in the race. Even after significant spending on media, Johns is far ahead of the rest of the field in the first fundraising report of the campaign cycle.

Johns was also endorsed today by the campaign organization Run for Something, which is backing candidates in state and local elections around the country who it believes have the potential to advance a meaningful progressive agenda over the next thirty years.  “I could not be more honored or thrilled to be endorsed by Run For Something,” Johns said. “I look forward to working together to advance our shared values in District 18 and throughout Maryland.”

District 18 includes all of Chevy Chase, Kensington, and Garrett Park, as well as parts of Wheaton, Silver Spring, and Bethesda.

Mila Endorsed by Run For Something

Run for Something endorses Mila Johns for Delegate in District 18

Progressive wave builds momentum with new candidates in Maryland

Jan. 18, 2018-  Run for Something (RFS) is building off the successes of 2017 and announcing its first endorsements of 2018, along with our new strategic plan. These 61 candidates will be strong voices in the next generation of progressive leadership. In Maryland, RFS is excited to endorse Mila Johns for Delegate in District 18.  

Johns said, “I could not be more honored or thrilled to be endorsed by Run For Something; I look forward to working together to advance our shared values in District 18 and throughout Maryland.”

“These first time candidates all have the heart and hustle that is so important to us at RFS, and we are proud to give them our endorsement,” said Ross Morales Rocketto, co-founder of Run for Something. “Put simply, they are the type of people we think the Party needs and the type of candidates who are going to work hard. They are knocking on doors and stepping up to run grassroots, community-led campaigns.”

The endorsement process, which began in October, includes an extensive internal review with background check, staff interview and insight from local state experts. The 61 new candidates are joining 28 previously endorsed 2018 candidates, totaling 89 RFS candidates in 2018 elections. 

January endorsement numbers:

61 candidates from 27 states

Campaign budgets range from $3000 to $300,000

Win numbers range from 645 to 30,000 votes. 

So far, more than 15,000 young people from across the country have signed up as candidates and gained access to Run for Something resources. Of those, 120 were officially endorsed in 2017. 72 ran in November 2017; nearly half of them won.

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

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