Candidate Spotlight: Aura Vasquez

I am Aura Vasquez, a candidate for Los Angeles City Council. I am an Afro-Latina immigrant from Colombia who has fought for environmental and social justice and lifted the voices of those who have gone unheard. In my city, I’ve led campaigns to ban single-use plastic bags and secure a commitment by the City of Los Angeles to go coal-free [...]

July 30th, 2019

Five Strategies to Deal with Negative Campaign Interactions

Negative campaign interactions are an unfortunate part of every campaign. Almost everyone that’s worked on or in a campaign has a story about that one angry person met on the doorstep or talked to on the phone. In our current political climate, rudeness is a frequent player in campaign life and political discourse.  Politics inherently breeds strong emotions. The issues [...]

July 25th, 2019

A Guide to Political Networking

Relationships Matter  It’s incredibly important for all candidates to remember that no campaign is won alone. Successful campaigns are the result of a strong network of family, friends, and supporters. These are the people who organize and mobilize voters to help your campaign succeed!  But first thing’s first - how do you create a network?  We wanted to create a [...]

July 23rd, 2019

How to Get Campaign Jobs

  You want to get a job on a campaign but feel overwhelmed and unsure where or how to start. Or maybe you are already involved in politics as a volunteer or a field organizer and want to build your passion into a career. We know it can be difficult to get your foot in the proverbial "campaign door." That's [...]

July 18th, 2019

Staff Spotlight: Anthony Robinson

Here at National Democratic Training Committee, we are lucky to have incredible staff who work tirelessly to help Democrats run for office all over the country. Earlier this month we were lucky enough to have Anthony Robinson (aka "Rob"), our new Political Director, begin working with us. Rob has been a fantastic addition to our team, and we think others would [...]

July 16th, 2019

Working on a Campaign: 5 Myths

From casual observers to political buffs, working on a political campaign seems to be a mysterious, exhausting, and challenging experience. While there’s a certain level of truth in the latter two, it’s important to demystify the world of campaigns and the people who run them. First, we'll hear from some seasoned campaigners about their experiences. Then, we'll take a look [...]

July 11th, 2019

Life on the Campaign Trail

Expectation vs. Reality  According to movies and TV, life on the campaign trail is constant work, but rather glamorous. Think of shows like The West Wing and Scandal - huge staff, endless budgets, and incredibly high stakes.  While it’s true a campaign is a lot of work, these programs don’t really show what life is actually like on the campaign [...]

July 9th, 2019

NDTC in the News: June Roundup

Welcome to the June edition of "NDTC in the News"! Over the past few months, countless news reports have documented the enthusiasm and activism among grassroots Democrats. Concerned citizens from all walks of life are getting off the sidelines and involving themselves in our political process. The last few years have seen an unprecedented surge in progressive candidates launching campaigns [...]

July 3rd, 2019

Pride Month 2019 – NDTC Trainee Spotlight

Featuring NDTC-trained LGBTQ+ Politicians

It's Pride Month 2019! In U.S. politics, members of the LGBTQ+ community are significantly underrepresented. In 2016, roughly four percent of Americans identified as being part of the LGBTQ+ community. In a perfect world of equal representation, that’d mean we’d see about four LGBTQ+ senators and 17 LGBTQ+ representatives in Congress. As of 2019, however, our Congress has only two [...]

June 27th, 2019

Government 101: Candidate Guide to Our Political System

Between all of the different levels, offices, and various organizations involved in American government, it can be tough to keep track! So, if you’re thinking about getting involved in politics, you should start by understanding the alphabet soup that is our political system. That’s why we’ve put together this basic Government 101 candidate guide. The information in this guide will [...]

June 25th, 2019

Virginia Elections 2019: Primary Recap

NDTC Trainees Find Success in Old Dominion Primary Races

Virginia Primary Overview We're covering results from the 2019 Virginia primary elections today! Last week, the Commonwealth of Virginia held its primary ahead of November’s general election. The night saw a significant number of contested races on both sides of the aisle. Pundits across the country are paying close attention to events in Virginia, as this year’s election could hand [...]

June 20th, 2019

How to Make the Most of Call Time

There are three limited resources on every campaign: time, money, and people Every campaign needs money in order to be successful, but there are only so many hours in the day and so many people to help you fundraise. So, knocking on every constituent's door to ask for donations probably isn’t the best way to go about raising money. What [...]

June 18th, 2019