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Help Us Run

Run for Something recruits and supports young first-time candidates running for local office with the goal of building progressive infrastructure at the state and local level and winning sustainable power.

What we do and how we do it, the TL;DR version:

  1. We recruit people to run for office. We run paid ads about it. We wrote a book about it. We speak about it. We write op-eds about it. We tweet about it. We post on Instagram about it. We have a podcast about it. We talk about running for office constantly — and tell the stories of young progressive elected officials across the country who’ve been there, done that, and have the office to prove it.
  2. We talk to every person who’s considering running — because if someone is thinking about serving their community, they deserve a conversation. Our team of volunteers talk to candidates — and they’ll be the first to say: It’s uplifting, inspiring, and fun.
  3. We connect our candidates to resources. We’ve got partnerships with nearly every group you can imagine — including Swing Left, Arena Summit, National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC), Higher Heights, Latino Victory Project, Collective PAC, PCCC, VoteRunLead, and state parties across the country. Our candidates have access to their resources, trainings, and more. We also have a network of mentors who are experts in their fields (some are pros in specific tactics; others are long-time experts in local politics of a particular region) that advise our candidates one-on-one. For some states, we also provide limited funding.
  4. We connect our candidates to each other. No one is ever alone in this process.

How You Can Help

Volunteer with Run for Something! Talk to potential candidates and connect them to resources for their campaigns.  Closer to election day, help contact voters (most of this can be done from your home). No previous political experience needed!

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