My name is Charles Yeganian and LEAP Forward is my project. I am a long-time North Carolinian now living in New York. After graduating UNC-Asheville with a degree in Political Science and working in North Carolina politics during the late 90s and early 2000s both as a campaign consultant and fundraiser, I started LEAP Forward in the summer of 2017, following many of the same instincts that motivated a new generation of candidates to run for office for the first time or re-engage in politics.
As LEAP Forward has grown and adapted, my overall goals for the project have remained the same. I seek to find and promote candidates for office who understand that gun violence is a political problem that must be solved politically, and who know that when it comes to gun safety, voters deserve a clearly stated position.
I do not employ a litmus test for endorsement, nor do I judge candidates against my own personal opinions on the issue of firearms regulation. This is an issue where different parts of the country - even different parts of the same state - have vastly different priorities. However, I believe it is time to start working toward that improvement, district by district and seat by seat, eventually turning baby steps into a giant LEAP Forward.
No money is solicited by this site for any campaign, and none is spent promoting endorsements. All endorsements are my personal recommendation alone.