Arena original Lauren Underwood makes history

Lauren Underwood, an Arena Fellow, has won her primary and is now the Democratic nominee for US Congress in the Illinois 14th District.

In an upset victory against six challengers, Lauren won with 57.3% of the vote with 99% of precincts reporting. What’s more, this primary marks historic turnout in Illinois, with 48,743 votes counted.

Lauren is a longtime member of our community. She attended our first Summit in Nashville, Tennessee in December, 2016 — and that’s where she first entertained the idea of running for office, met her future campaign manager, and built relationships with activists and candidates across the country.

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