Rashawn Davis is a former Newark City Council Candidate, and the youngest person to ever be certified on the municipal ballot in Newark, NJ at the age of 21. In 2012, in an unprecedented move, Rashawn announced he would seek a seat on Newark’s City Council. Creating a team full of smart, innovative, and committed milennials, Rashawn was able to outraise many of his opponents and attracted national press to the Davis campaign. During his two years on the campaign trail, Rashawn worked with hundreds of residents across Newark to build stronger communities. He won several prestigious awards including the 2013 Unilever Legacy of Leadership Award. Rashawn also graduated from Georgetown University four days after the election. Although, he ultimately fell short of a City Council seat, Rashawn’s campaign will be remembered as historic, and it laid the groundwork other millennial candidates who are ready to lead and serve.
Today, Rashawn continues to counsel young candidates across the country on campaigning, fundraising, and public service. In 2014, Davis joined the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey as an organizer, working on urban policy to help create prouder and stronger communities across New Jersey. .
Rashawn is a third generation Newarker where he continues to reside today. Guided by the wisdom of his family, friends, and mentors, Rashawn continues to fight for underserved communities and believes that in America, there is nothing we can’t accomplish together.
Thoughts expressed here are those of Rashawn and Rashawn Davis alone.