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

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

New Jersey Primary Recap

NDTC Trainees Claim Victory in Garden State Primary

Fasten your seatbelts folks, because election season is upon us once again! It's time to talk New Jersey primary politics. This week, our installment of primary election coverage takes us to the bustling cities, rolling hills, and beautiful beaches of New Jersey. After months of door-knocking, making phone calls, and engaging with voters at every opportunity, candidates were finally able [...]

June 11th, 2019

Staff Spotlight: Jacob Vurpillat

It’s the combined effort of many talented and dedicated staff members that allows NDTC to provide Democrats everywhere with the tools they need to successfully run for office. This month, we want to spotlight Jacob Vurpillat, a member of NDTC's communications team who helps spread the organization's work and message far and wide! Take a look at our conversation with [...]

June 6th, 2019

NDTC Staff Spotlight: Rose Clouston

Behind the scenes with NDTC's Director of Online Trainings

Rose Clouston is the Director of Online Trainings at NDTC. In this interview, we go behind the scenes with her at The NDTC headquarters. Tell us about yourself! What has your professional life looked like and how did you get your start in politics? The first campaign I worked on was John Kerry's 2004 presidential. I was a student at [...]

May 14th, 2019

Trainer Spotlight: Jeff Greene

Reading Time: 2 minutes NDTC is proud to have trainers throughout the country who teach at our incredible Blue Bench Trainings. Each month, we spotlight one of our trainers to learn more about their backgrounds and their favorite part of being a trainer at NDTC!

April 23rd, 2019

Chris Chyung: Candidate Spotlight

NDTC is excited to spotlight one of our many #NDTCtrained candidates this month. Representative Chris Chyung recently won his election to represent Dyer, Indiana. He won by a mere 82 votes, making him the youngest legislator in Indiana and the state’s first Asian American representative. He was gracious enough to be the keynote speaker at our Indiana training last month.  [...]

March 12th, 2019

Staff Spotlight: Pavitra Abraham

Editor's Note: Pavitra is now the New Hampshire Organizing Director for the Kamala Harris presidential campaign. NDTC is SO lucky to have an amazing staff, and we want to share their amazingness with the world! We’ll be highlighting a different staff member every month so you can get to know all of us a little better. Here’s our conversation with Pavitra. [...]

March 5th, 2019

Black History Month – NDTC Candidate Spotlight

The journey to equality and sufficient representation in American politics for many communities has been - and continues to be - a long and arduous battle.  During this year’s Black History Month, we want to feature some of the African Americans who have fought for equal representation in their communities  These trailblazers pave the way for this generation’s leaders to [...]

February 27th, 2019

Trainer Spotlight: Amanda Clarke

NDTC is proud to have trainers throughout the country that spend their weekends teaching at our incredible Blue Bench Trainings. Each month, we will spotlight one of our trainers to learn more about their backgrounds and their favorite part of being a trainer at NDTC! This month, we are featuring Amanda Clarke, who lends her expertise to teaching our Field [...]

February 14th, 2019

She Lost her Race, but Still Scored a Big Win

Catie Robinson's Race is Why Democrats Need to Run Everywhere

Catie Robinson knew she was entering into a race that would be hard fought. As a Democrat in one of the most conservative congressional districts in the country, she had her work cut out for her. Pre-2016, Catie Robinson was interested in politics and actively engaged in community service. She never thought she would run. While she had a Master’s [...]

January 29th, 2019

Women Running for Office: The Ripple Effect

Female-identifying candidates inspire each other, research suggests

The current mood of the country and within the Democratic Party is a lot different today than it was a few months ago. The fear, worry, and anger are as palpable as ever, but there is also a determination and vigor, renewed every day when we see the evidence of our government slowly starting to look more like our country. [...]

January 17th, 2019

Trainer Spotlight – Jennifer Williams

Each month, NDTC highlights one of our incredible trainers. This month, we are highlighting Jennifer Williams. Meet Jennifer Williams A proud Colorado native, Jennifer comes to the NDTC having worked on 25 campaigns and counting at every level of government. Since Jennifer found her love of community organizing volunteering on the 2012 Obama campaign in Fort Collins, Colorado, she can't [...]

October 10th, 2018