Run for Something recruits and supports young progressives running for local office with the long-term goal of building a bench for decades to come.

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 write a book about it. We speak about it. We tweet 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. Hundreds of volunteers help screen 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 but not limited to: EMILY’s List, Wellstone, Higher Heights, Latino Victory Project, Collective PAC, PCCC, VoteRunLead, and state parties across the country. Our candidates have access to their resources, trainings, scholarship funds, 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 work with 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 Fit In

Sign up right now to volunteer with Run for Something. We’ll get you set up doing candidate screening, and will loop you in as other projects come up that we and our candidates need help with.

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