Are you running for, or thinking about running someday for City Council, School Board, District Attorney, State House, or State Senate? Sooner, or later? Not sure yet? Don’t know where to start? Have a friend who’s considering making the leap? Want to learn how to manage or volunteer for a campaign?
Here are many national resources to help you, from Arena Academy, Democratic National Committee, Emerge, Get Her Elected, LGBTQ Victory Institute, National Democratic Training Committee PAC, Progressive Change Campaign Committee PAC, and Run for Something. Special resources available for young, BIPOC, LGBTQ, female, and nontraditional candidates. Stay updated with organizations by following them on their social media channels. All info is current and has been approved by these groups.
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A five-day (next dates: June 10-14) immersive virtual training course for anyone interested in working on campaigns. Participants apply (https://bit.ly/3c2yjBN) for one of seven campaign tracks corresponding to particular campaign roles: campaign management, communications, data, digital, finance, organizer, and organizing director. Arena helps match graduates with job opportunities on campaigns and with other related organizations. Cost is $300; Arena offers scholarships to make sure cost isn’t a barrier, so anyone who is interested should apply. Arena Careers (https://app.arena.run) is a free one-stop platform for progressive job seekers and employers to search, connect, and hire. Arena Toolbox (https://arena.run/toolbox) is a suite of free tools for candidates, campaign teams, and staffers to level up their work.
Democratic National Committee
The DNC’s biggest annual training program, Train the Trainer, is a free six-week, twelve-part virtual course where you will learn tried and true basics and new skills and tactics needed for modern grassroots campaigning. Registration deadline: end of day March 14 (https://bit.ly/30bHiuY).
For Democratic self-identified women running in the 2021-2022 election cycle, Emerge will offer Regional BootCamps: Midwest (April 24-May 2), Southwest (June 5-13), Northeast (July 24-Aug. 1), and Southeast (Aug. 7-15). The one-hour Step Forward training was created to help Democratic women answer the questions, “Should I run for office?” and “What does it take to run a successful campaign?” More info (https://bit.ly/3qXtj7x); questions: Ryanne Olsen, training and curriculum director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Her Elected
Get Her Elected is an initiative where people from all over the world offer their skills pro bono to progressive women candidates running for office at all levels of U.S. government. Skill sets from current volunteers include everything from writing, editing, and graphic design to web design, data analysis, and fundraising strategy. By having people with these backgrounds fill in these gaps for no charge, GHE levels the playing field and allows progressive women candidates to focus on bigger issues within their campaigns. See FAQs for volunteers and candidates at www.getherelected.com/about.
LGBTQ Victory Institute
This institute is the only national organization dedicated to elevating openly LGBTQ leaders who can further equality at all levels of government. Through its training and professional development programs, each year Victory Institute assists hundreds of individuals who go on to influential careers in politics, government, business and advocacy. Its three-day signature candidate and campaign trainings will be held virtually in April, and it hopes to resume in-person trainings starting in Boston in July and San Diego in October. More info (https://bit.ly/2PCZjAp).
National Democratic Training Committee PAC
This organization offers free trainings to any Democrat or progressive. Their online courses (https://bit.ly/3sOsM8x) teach candidates how to write and execute a campaign plan focused on winning, and include samples and templates that candidates can use in their own campaigns. Topics include fundraising, digital communications, and field tactics like canvassing and phone banking. One course is specifically to help you decide if running for office is right for you (and your family) and what office you might want to run for. Live event calendar (https://traindemocrats.org/events).
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee PAC
This PAC (www.BoldProgressives.org) offers a series of free 45-minute special online trainings for current and prospective candidates. Upcoming topics include call time, house parties, managing volunteers, and successful media events (https://pccc.me/GATGHR).
Run for Something
Run for Something helps recruit and support young diverse progressives to run for down-ballot races in order to build a bench for the future. They aim to lower the barriers to entry for first-time candidates by helping them access information, resources and trainings that can help launch a successful campaign. Once their campaign gets started, first-time candidates are also encouraged to apply for RFS’s endorsement, which includes hands-on support from an RFS team member and connections to experts, additional programs, and resources. Learn more (gorfs.net/159GATogether).
Action Together Network (www.actiontogethernetwork.org) is a mutually supportive network of more than 850 progressive organizing leaders across scope, geography, and affiliation rooted in transformational relationship, community, and capacity building.
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