Daniel Brownstein, a Democratic candidate for S.C. State House District 112, is endorsed by Run For Something, a national organization that promotes younger candidates running for local and state office.
RFS was founded in 2017 and recruits and supports young, diverse progressives for down-ballot races in order to build a bench for the future . They aim to lower the barriers to entry for these candidates by helping them with seed money, organization building, and access to training.
“Although I don’t always feel so young anymore, I am grateful for the support of Run For Something,” said Brownstein, a 38-year-old Mount Pleasant father of two young children. “I entered this race because I was tired of seeing our district, which has tremendous resources and talent, get short shrift in the Columbia State House. Whether we are fighting to prevent offshore drilling or to preserve our plastic bag ban, our pleas are falling on deaf ears. I will hit the ground running on Day 1 to make sure we are moving the ball forward on environmental protection, educational improvement and ensuring that our small businesses and workers are not left behind by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
RFS selected its endorsees the same way voters do–by supporting candidates with heart and hustle. When you are passionate about your community and put in the work, voters can tell. That’s why so many of RFS candidates win. The endorsement process includes an extensive review with background check, staff review and insight from local state experts.
“The stakes have never been higher or more clear. COVID-19 has shown us we need new solutions to both old problems and to emerging challenges,” said RFS co-founder Ross Morales Rocketto. “These are candidates who are going to run grassroots, community-led campaigns. We are at a critical time in history and the momentum these candidates generate will have a lasting impact for years to come.”
The story of RFS is one of taking action at a moment of national anxiety. Amanda Litman and Ross Morales Rocketto launched RFS on Trump’s inauguration date after reflecting on what our country needed upon Hillary Clinton’s staggering defeat. They began with a simple premise: help young diverse progressives run for down-ballot races to build a bench for the future. RFS is investing in a future where new leaders will take on the new challenges of our time.
Brownstein has been actively involved in local and state government for the past 17 years. He began his career as a newspaper reporter and then became communications director for a Solicitor’s Office, where he worked to improve the criminal justice system. He currently works as marketing director of the law firm Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman in Mount Pleasant. He recently completed a two-year term on the Charleston County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and is in his fourth year on the board of the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
“Our district needs a responsive representative who is going to listen, consider new ideas and act in the best interest of everyone in the community,” Brownstein said. “I have been so touched by all of the support and encouragement I have received from all corners of our district. While I am proud to receive this distinction, the endorsement I am most interested in earning is that of my fellow residents. I would be honored to have your vote in the June 9th Democratic Primary.”