Running for Office

Democracy runs on public participation. If you have interest in running for office or getting involved in a campaign, these resources are for you. See below for a range of tools and articles designed to provide you with the motivation and support you need to organize and mount a successful campaign.

Demographic-Specific Resources

Higher Heights

Higher Heights is the only national organization providing Black women with a political home exclusively dedicated to harnessing their power to elect black women, influence elections, and advance progressive policies. Higher Heights for America, a 501(c)(4), and its sister organization Higher Heights Leadership Fund, a national 501(c)(3)organization are building the political power and leadership of black women from the voting booth to elected office and creating the environment for black women to run, win and lead.

Black Women in Politics

There are black women running for political office all over the United States, and we need to know who they are. It is abundantly clear that we need to start following the lead of black women, because we show up and do what is important, even when we are being disenfranchised and sabotaged from doing the work. 2018 is especially important because midterm elections are coming up. 

She Should Run

Our programs provide an approachable starting place and network for women leaders considering a future run by providing community, resources, and growth opportunities. We believe that women of all political leanings, ethnicities, and backgrounds should have an equal opportunity to lead in elected office and that our democracy will benefit from the varied perspectives and experiences that women bring to leadership.

Help for Specific Demographics

As the 2018 midterm elections showed, we are electing more and more diverse candidates.  See below for a number of targeted websites designed to assist specific demographics.

Run for Office

Today, 40% of state legislature races go uncontested and the problem is worse at the local level. There is a crisis of leadership occurring in our democracy. We needmore people to lead. We need more people to run for office. Run for Office is a free service that provides all the tools you need to launch a successful campaign whether you are a seasoned veteran or first—time campaigner. Run For office allows you to:

  1. Find the office you want to run for.
  2. Get the information you need to appear on the ballot.
  3. Learn how to run for office.
  4. Get a free voter file.
  5. Launch your campaign.


Whether you’ve just started mulling a run for office or you’re already designing your yard signs, a wealth of resources on and offline offer information about the process of campaigning. So Slate has compiled a list of organizations offering candidate training, campaign books, and campaign service providers. If you decide to go for it (as you should), these resources could be valuable.


So, You Want To Run For Local Office

Millennials, like many other generations, are responding to the 2016 elections by re-committing their engagement with politics, both local and national. And while some pledge to volunteer with organizations that align with their values and others commit donations to worthy organizations, others see another avenue for change: running for local office.

I Ran for Office and Won: Four First-time Candidates Explain How

You—yes, you—should be running for political office. But what would it entail, exactly? Slate spoke to four first-time candidates who won their races in November about their experiences campaigning and their thoughts on seeking office. These excerpts from our conversations with them have been edited and condensed.