Apply for Run for Something's endorsement

Any member of the Run for Something community can apply for our endorsement.

WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO READ OUR ENTIRE ARTICLE ON WHO WE ENDORSE, WHAT OUR PROCESS IS, AND WHAT TO EXPECT HERE.

In order to be eligible for an endorsement from Run for Something, candidates must:

  • Complete a weekly Run for Something candidate introduction call. Sign up as a candidate here. You will receive an email inviting you to join a call shortly after you sign up. Make sure you register for the call using the same email as when you signed up for Run for Something. If you’ve already signed up as a candidate and need the link to the call calendar, you can find that here.
  • Be formally announced campaign and have a campaign committee (or a bank account) OR be officially on the ballot.
  • Submit to a basic background check — candidates will have a chance to explain anything possibly contentious. This review is not to rule anyone out, but rather to help identify any known parts of self-research.
    • Criminal record search
    • Press search
    • Campaign finance records
    • Social media review
  • Be a Democrat and meet the Run for Something progressive criteria. For candidates running in non-partisan races, you will have a chance to identify as a Democrat on the endorsement application.
  • Be 40 years old or younger on Election Day.
  • Be a first- or second-time candidate and not running for re-election to the same seat.
  • Be running for a down-ballot office — this is defined as anything below statewide and federal office.

Additional considerations include:

  • Candidates who are prioritizing voter contact work (i.e. knocking on doors and having one-on-one conversations with voters).
  • Candidates who are rooted in their communities.
  • Candidates who are able to articulate a clear path to victory by presenting a campaign plan.
  • Candidates who are committed to running campaigns that are clean and above board. We are not interested in working with candidates who are going to be blatantly attacking each other in a primary.

If a candidate meets these criteria, we will consider them for an endorsement. But this list is just the beginning.

Once applications have been reviewed, each candidate will be notified of the endorsement. A candidate can expect to hear back within 30 days of submission. If a candidate is not selected, they will have an opportunity to re-apply within the same cycle, however, this will be dependent on the reason the original application was not accepted.

Any candidate who receives an RFS endorsement must agree to the following:

  • Having a field program as a central component of the campaign where the candidate participates by knocking on doors and calling voters directly.
  • Fundraising using best practices and using all available mechanisms including but not limited to: call time, events, email, online and in-person meetings.
  • Including Run for Something as a strategic partner in the campaign.
  • Giving back time to Run for Something as a mentor after the election concludes.

Please take the time to fill out this application with as much detail as possible. We will keep all of your information confidential and do not share your plans, fundraising numbers, or any answers to these questions with anyone outside of Run for Something. Incomplete applications or applications that lack detail will not be considered.

I UNDERSTAND THE CRITERIA — I’M READY TO APPLY