Running for Office

(By Kelly Rand and Rebecca Fordon, excerpted from "Bitches Get Shit Done") 


Run For Office - good info but also a sales pitch for Nation Builder, which you probably don’t want to use when you run for office.

So You Want to Raise Money and Run For Public Office? Good info on how to start getting involved.

So You Want to Run for Office (Aristotle Blog) - Great in-depth summary of how to set up an exploratory committee, campaign plan, messaging, campaign structure, events/direct mail, etc.

Leadership Resources for Women - collection of resources organized by state


She Should Run - free module-based training, includes modules on (1) cultivating leadership, (2) building networks, (3) fostering communication, and (4) “finding pathways” (I think figuring out how and where to run, and what the roadblocks are).

EMILY’s list, Political Opportunity Program recruits & trains pro-choice women to run for public office

VoteRunLead - hosts trainings (including webinars and other web content)

Running Start - Trains young women interested in running for office, including trainings on college campus

Emerge - sponsors state-run training programs for women democratic candidates for office.  Run a web search for the Emerge program for your state.

Ready to Run - “non-partisan campaign training program to encourage women to run for elective office, position themselves for appointive office, work on a campaign, or get involved in public life in other ways”, programs in many states.

Women’s Campaign School at Yale University - intensive training on-site at Yale; requires application.

Potential funding resources:

CrowdPAC - kickstarter for political campaigns?

Progressive Change Campaign Committee - provide training, funding, and logistical support for endorsed candidates

Progressive Majority - also claim to provide training and funding, although the process is not very transparent; requires more research.

Brand New Congress - these guys want nominations for people to run for public office, and their plan is to elect a nation of people who agree with Bernie Sanders’ platform.  You can’t nominate yourself, but can nominate friends or people in your community you admire.

Women’s Candidate Fund - offers resources to endorsed candidates

Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy - offers grants to pro-choice women candidates running in New York.  They also have a great list of resources for people running for office in New York

Women Under 40 PAC provides resources to endorsed candidates (women under 40 at time of endorsement - see application process on site)

Pantsuit Nation PAC - TBD

Books on organizing:  

Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities

Daniel Hunter, Building a Movement to End the New Jim Crow: an organizing guide