Donald Trump is president, so throw everything you know about politics out the window. You’re qualified to run for local office – we’re here to help.
Thinking about running for office? Or thinking about one day thinking about running for office? We want to talk to you. We don’t care about your resume, your education level, or whether you’ve ever tweeted something stupid.
If you’re progressive, if you care about your community and if you’re willing to work hard, we think you’d be a great candidate and we want to help you.
When you sign up, you’ll get invited to join a conference call with other prospective candidates. After you join that call, hang tight: One of our volunteers will reach out to do a one-on-one screening call. (No pressure! If you’re passionate about solving problems and are willing to work hard, you’ll pass with flying colors.) Once you’re a part of our community, you’ll have access to resources, trainings, referrals, mentorship, and you’ll be able to talk to other candidates across the country about what you’re going through. Trust us: You’ll love it.
What kind of candidate are we looking for? Run for Something works exclusively with progressive millennials who are running for local office for the first or second time.
We help people who are pro-choice, pro-universal health care, pro-LGBTQ equality, pro-criminal justice reform; pro-working families and organized labor, pro-voting rights, pro-campaign finance reform, who focus on inequality, raising incomes, and creating jobs; who acknowledge that climate change is real, man-made, and our responsibility to fight; and who will fight to reduce gun violence in their community. We are NOT the purity policy. A progressive in Louisiana is different than a progressive in California.
Our candidates will be at least half women, as well as men of color. More broadly, we’ll look for diversity of experience. We certainly need more LGBTQ Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and people with disabilities to run for office, and we also need more scientists, more teachers, more engineers, and more non-lawyers to run for office.
We’ll look for candidates who have roots in their communities. This is literally a measurable quality: How many Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter connections does a person have? How many contacts in their phone that live in their district still? How can we measure their possible influence in their district? We don’t want to convince someone to move home to run — we want someone who calls a place home to step up and run.
That “X” factor
2016 taught us that who the candidate is matters. How well they communicate online and in person, how comfortable they are in their skin, and how “authentic” they can be are all important factors.
We’re willing to invest in good talent wherever it is.