We launched Run for Something on January 20th, 2017 with a simple premise:
Run for Something will help recruit and support young diverse progressives to run for down-ballot races in order to build a bench for the future — the folks we support now could be possible members of the House, Senate, and maybe even President one day. We aim to lower the barriers to entry for these candidates by helping them with seed money, organization building, and access to trainings needed to be successful.
In our efforts to build a Democratic bench for the future, we decided to focus on every candidate who wanted to run for office, not just candidates who meet the standard “viability” test, aka how much money they’ve raised. We know that type of prioritization wouldn’t allow us to embody our core values.
We decided that by investing in every candidate and giving each one an equal shot at running a kickass campaign, we would empower voters to go out and have their voices heard. Simply put, we trust voters. Our candidate program is structured to get as many committed people as possible in the door and provide them access to resources, money, and experts who can help them. We are not de-facto limiting our focus or our efforts by race viability, “flippability”, or whether or not we think the candidate is the “perfect person.”
We believe the voters should decide who the right candidate is to represent them — not an institution.
We promote progressive values. Getting more progressive people running means more chances for communities to hear about and identify with our vision for the future. The more we can spread these messages through connected members of communities, the better off we will be.
Our risk tolerance is high: Like incubators or venture capital firms in the tech world, we don’t expect all (or even a majority) of our “investments” to win the first time out. By getting on the ballot, holding opponents accountable, and getting Democrats engaged through voter contact, our candidates will be effective in building out the party at the local level.
In 2017, 50% of our first time candidates won. You read that right — 50%. These candidates won because we provided support, they ran the best campaigns they possibly could, and they ultimately changed our democracy for the better.
Are you ready to run for office? Read below to learn about our process.
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