Run For Office
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 local office? We want to talk to you. We don’t care about your resume — if you’re progressive and you care about your community, we want to help you.
In 2020, the work of state and local elected officials was critical to the safety and well-being of millions of Americans. This work will continue on in 2021. If you decide to run — especially in these uncertain times — rest assured that RFS will be there for you.
When you sign up, you’ll get invited to join a conference call with members of the RFS team and other prospective candidates. On the call you will learn the ins and outs of running for office with us, what we provide endorsed candidates, and how we work to support your campaign. Once you’re a part of our community, you’ll have access to online 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 and Gen-Zers 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, fair wages, and job creation; 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. That being said: We are NOT the purity police. A progressive in Louisiana is different than a progressive in California. We help candidates run for the places they’re in.
Through the 2020 cycle, we’ve endorsed nearly 1,500 all-stars and helped elect nearly 500 people across 46 states. Of our elected candidates, 55% are women, 56% are BIPOC and 21% are LGBTQIA+. Overall, our endorsed candidates breaks down as: 48% women, 46% BIPOC and 20% LGBTQIA+.
We work with candidates from all kinds of backgrounds — teachers, nurses, scientists, artists, musicians, rodeo stars, and restaurant managers.
We’re looking for candidates with deep ties to their community. Folks who are already in their district — volunteering, organizing, mentoring, and doing the work. 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
The past few election cycles have 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.