Inspired to run? Start local. The first thing for anyone thinking about running to do is to reach out to local people and groups who share your values — like political clubs, community organizations, local branches of national organizations you admire, civic leaders, or elected officials.
There are also national organizations that provide resources and support for candidates. Here are a few:
The Collective PAC aims to build black political power by supporting progressive black candidates.
Democracy for America is a is a member-driven, people-powered political action committee empowering the progressive grassroots.
Emerge America offers an in-depth training program for Democratic women who want to run for public office.
Emily's List's has a national recruitment and training program that aims to ignite change by helping pro-choice Democratic women get elected to public office.
Latino Victory Project is a non-partisan effort to develop leaders for public office while building a permanent base of Latino donors to support them.
LaunchProgress provides funding, coaching, and support to young progressives running for state and local office, helping them win, grow power, and build a progressive bench.
New American Leaders Project is a national, nonpartisan organization focused on bringing New Americans into the political process.
Progressive Change Campaign Committee supports progressive candidates by providing training, financial support, volunteers, and other essential services.
Run for Something helps recruit and support millennials running for down-ballot office with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench.
Wellstone arms progressives with the strategies and skills to be more effective candidates, campaingers, and organizers in an effort to develop a critical mass of diverse leaders.
Working Families is helping elect the next generation of progressive leaders and building grassroots power.