Can Small-Donor Progressives Win Local Elections? A Conversation with Beto O’Rourke

O'Rourke was in the midst of his longshot campaign for the U.S. Senate which sought to unseat Ted Cruz. O’Rourke was using an impressive grassroots effort (influenced by his own background as a DIY indie musician) to generate the momentum that led to his unexpectedly narrow loss. His newfound national profile set the stage for his ultimately unsuccessful run for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2020, as well as his current run to become Governor of Texas in 2022.

Beto O'Rourke

Former Congressman & Democratic Presidential Candidate, Founder, Powered By People.
Beto O’Rourke is a fourth-generation Texan, born and raised in El Paso. He ran for El Paso City Council in 2005 and served for two terms before running for U.S. Congress in 2012. In Congress, Beto serves on the House Committees for Armed Services and Veterans Affairs. He has made it a priority to work across the aisle to secure bipartisan support for his legislation, because Beto knows our country is at its best when we can put party aside to work together, build consensus and find common ground.

Ryan Grim

DC Bureau Chief, The Intercept.
Ryan Grim was previously the Washington bureau chief for HuffPost, where he led a team that was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, winning once. Grim edited and contributed reporting to groundbreaking investigative project on heroin treatment that not only changed federal and state laws, but shifted the culture of the recovery industry.

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