Keith Rubino was a national delegate for Bernie Sanders from the 22nd Congressional District in New York State. He has worked for people with developmental disabilities for over 10 years and is running for office based upon the message Our Revolution and Bernie Sanders himself said: "Change doesn't happen from the top on down, it happens from the bottom on up." It was a call to run for office and in 2017, Rubino ran a campaign for Herkimer County Legislator where he took 43% of the vote against an incumbent. Running a positive campaign focused on issues, Rubino built up a lot of recognition. In 2018, Rubino saw an opportunity for an open seat State Representative seat (Assembly) in New York's 118th District.