One of the biggest impediments to the seemingly inevitable blue wave of 2018 is the incumbency advantage. FairVote found that in 2016, “despite strong anti-establishment sentiment, which contributed to Donald Trump’s election and Bernie Sanders’ strong primary performance, more than 98% of U.S. House members won re-election… by significantly more comfortable margins than in 2014.”
But with Republicans departing from the House of Representatives at the highest rate in a decade, the Democratic Party has a unique opportunity to fill vacancies in even traditionally red districts with fresh new faces that represent the future of our nation.
One of these potential districts is Ohio’s 16th, where incumbent Republican Jim Renacci, who was swept into Congress in the 2010 Republican tsunami, is retiring to run for governor. Aaron Godfrey, a 31-year-old physicist, is running to replace Renacci in 2018.
We spoke with Aaron on the podcast about his candidacy and why it’s important to elect working-class millennials to Congress.
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