Her victory in June has been described as one of the biggest upsets in the 2018 mid-term election season, and for good reason. Alexendria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28 year old Bronx native, defeated the incumbent Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley by nearly fifteen percentage points.
Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, worked as an organizer for Bernie Sander’s 2016 Presidential Campaign, traveling across the country to speak to those affected by the Flint water crisis and the Dakota Access pipeline. Now, she’s taking matters into her own hands and running for a seat in Congress. She will face the Republican nominee, Anthony Pappas.
The election will be held November 6th, 2018, and if Ocasio-Cortez does succeed again, it will make her the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.