About Kelly Dietrich

Kelly is the Founder and CEO of the National Democratic Training Committee. He has worked on dozens of campaigns at every level across the country. Kelly's specialty is in new campaign creation, candidate and staff training, and fundraising. In addition to working for 18+ years in Democratic politics, he teaches a class on political campaigns at DePaul University in Chicago, where he lives with his family and dog, a large hungry blue Weimaraner named Jack Bauer. Kelly started his career in 1998 with Rep. Dennis Moore in KS-03. He's an avid basketball and poker player, though never at the same time. His wife would point out that at no time in this biography was he described as "good" at either hobby. That was a conscious decision.

Be Bold: A Message to Democrats

Reading Time: 4 minutes There's something that we, as a party need to be doing better this election season. It's what Democrats haven't done very well but Republicans are really good at. It's what we need to do to make sure that the Blue Wave happens. We need to Be Bold.

July 3rd, 2018

How to Run for Office: Writing Thank You Notes

Your mom made you write these for a reason

Ah, thank you notes. The “burden” of every fun event from childhood. I can’t be the only person who dreaded writing thank you notes as a kid . Why should I have to spend an hour (which seemed like an eternity at 7 years old) writing thank you notes to distant relatives the day after my birthday before I could play [...]

January 19th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Family Matters

How the people closest to you are your greatest resource

Campaigns are tough. It’s no secret that candidates face difficult challenges like burnout and attacks from the opposing campaigns. Your Family If you’re thinking of running for office and are intimidated by the challenges ahead, don’t forget that you have your greatest resource on your side: your family. Families typically play a large role in helping candidates get elected. A [...]

January 7th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Doing Your Research

Information is power. And when you’re in the beginning stages of your campaign, the more information you have at your fingertips the better.

Opposition research isn’t glamorous and isn’t about finding personal “dirt” on your opponent. But, if your opponent claims they’ve never voted for a tax increase, but you know they have, now you have a story. Of course, the same goes for yourself. You’ll need to do some “self-research” so you know what your opponents might know about you. In any [...]

January 6th, 2018

Every Candidate. Every State. Every Race.

Today, we announced our intention to fuel a wave of victories in 2018 by training 50,000 Democrats! As Democrats continue to turn resistance into action, we are committed to providing every Democratic candidate — up and down the ballot, in all 50 states — with the training and tools they need to win through our free online courses and national training program. Democrats clearly [...]

November 29th, 2017