The strength of a state party's bench -- the younger candidates in state legislatures, mayor's office or other lower-level elected offices -- is a leading indicator of down-the-line success. A party with a strong bench in a state are like an NBA team with lots of young talent; they may not be all that good yet but everyone knows they likely will be at some point. (Perfect example: The Golden State Warriors in the run-up to this past season.)
The Fix loves NOTHING more than searching for the next big political talents currently toiling out of the national spotlight. So, with Texas as an example of a state with a strong Democratic bench, we want to hear from the members of the Fixworld as to what other states have a really strong crop of young talent -- either Republican or Democratic.
In the comments section below, nominate the state (and a handful of its young stars). We'll aggregate all of the nominations in a Fix post either later this week or early next week. You can also tweet your picks with the hashtag #politicalbench.
Get to it!