First ever National Run for Office Day brings in 2,000 new candidates

Run for Something
Nov 15, 2017 · 7 min read

RFS has now recruited 15,000 potential candidates since launch in January

Run for Something Action Fund (RFS) and its 41 partners in the progressive movement kicked off the first ever National Run for Office Day. And yesterday alone, we recruited 2,000 new candidates to run for state and local office!

RFS has signed on nearly 15,000 potential candidates since we launched on inauguration day. People are signing up to run in droves! Especially young women, LGTBQ Americans and people of color. The reality has been that ‘you can’t be what you can’t see,’ and last week, Americans saw a new wave of public officials. We’re here to build the bench, and after Tuesday, we can really see that happening.

And now on to special elections and 2018. We’re just getting started.

From our partners:

“It may not be the first position you think of when considering running for office, but election officials play a hugely important role in making sure our democracy works as it should. If you don’t like how elections are run, run for office,” said Alexis Prieur L’Heureux of Access Democracy.

Hannah Brown of ActBlue said, “We were so excited to meet people from the community who are ready to run or help their friends and neighbors run. Boston City Councilor-elect Lydia Edwards — a Run for Something candidate who raised small-dollar donations via ActBlue’s fundraising tools — showed us how it’s possible to run and win a grassroots campaign in a competitive district and inspired more people to take the leap and run for office! We’re excited to work with more Run for Something candidates!”

“As we look ahead at the fights in 2018 and 2020, a plan for victory for the progressive community includes more — more organizing, more engagement, more mobilization, and especially more recruitment,” said America Votes President Greg Speed. “We must continue to recruit an inclusive, diverse set of candidates at all levels of the ballot who reflect their communities and speak genuinely to the issues of those communities. The call and response to the National Run for Something Day shows that progressives are ready to step up to the plate and fight back against Trump-isms, racism, xenophobia, sexism and more.”

Kathryn Poindexter of Campaign Greenhouse said, “Campaign Greenhouse was thrilled to help kick off the first annual National Run for Office Day; my personal favorite side effect was having a concrete solution to offer for almost every single complaint on Twitter. Unhappy with the #SessionsHearing? #RunForSomething. Feel strongly about pedophiles holding high elected office? #RunForSomething. Toddler throwing a tantrum about the wrong shape sandwich? #RunForSomething. Well, I might have gone a little overboard on that last one. Nevertheless, we’re very happy with this year’s kickoff and already looking forward to National Run For Office Day 2018!”

“Yesterday was a huge win for the resistance! It starts by encouraging people to run and I was honored to lend my voice to the cause,” said Tishaura O. Jones, Treasurer, City of St. Louis, MO

Emily Cain, Executive Director of EMILY’s List, said “As someone who ran and won for state office at the age of 24, I am especially proud that EMILY’s List joined Run for Something and other partners to celebrate National Run for Office Day. For over 30 years, EMILY’s List has been recruiting and electing pro-choice Democratic women at every level. Now, with over 21,000 women reaching out to us interested in running for office, we know this is an important moment for us to continue to lead. In response, we launched our Run to Win program, including trainings nationwide, giving women the tools they need to succeed. This unprecedented wave and energy will change the face of politics for decades to come.”

“Our political system is at its best when elected officials are accountable to their constituents and reflective of their communities. We’re proud to support National Run for Office Day because in order to create a democracy that works for all of us, we need to elect more people, from more backgrounds who represent our country’s diversity,” said Jennifer Linn, Deputy Political Director of Every Voice.

Catherine Vaughn of Flippable said, “Last week’s outcomes in Virginia and across the country showed us that we can win more seats than we ever imagined when passionate people raise their hand and decide to run. We’re excited to work with Run For Something to find the best possible candidates in the most flippable state districts across the US, and to support them as they fight for progressive reform.”

“It’s time that the diversity of the American people is reflected in its elected officials,” said Cristóbal J. Alex; President of Latino Victory Fund. “Latino Victory will continue to support Run for Something in its efforts to encourage people from all walks of life to take an active role in our democracy. We can’t wait to see this new generation of leaders work together to build a better, more inclusive future.”

“Supporting new candidates, especially young progressive candidates, has never been more critical,” said Lizet Ocampo, political director at People For the American Way. “We can’t fix the enormous challenges we face as a country unless we start building from the grassroots up, and that means making school boards, city councils, county commissions and state legislatures a priority. The people who are stepping up to lead their communities today are the people who will be leading our nation in years to come. We’ve got to build a bench of progressive leaders who look like America — and that means making sure that great candidates step up to run.”

“If the 2017 election results have taught us anything, it’s that diversity wins. As the U.S. increasingly becomes a minority-majority nation, it’s critical to have diverse candidates on the ballot. We at Voto Latino are proud to be part of National Run for Office Day, and will continue to work hard to cultivate young, diverse leaders and encourage them to be the change makers in their communities. Recruiting 2,000 candidates in a single day proves that people feel empowered to make positive change, and we’re partnering with Run for Something to make sure it happens,” said Natalie Montelongo, National Organizing Director of Voto Latino.


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