Welcome to the July edition of “NDTC in the News”!

As we travel around the country helping Democrats develop the skills they need to win elections, it’s impossible to miss the enthusiasm among grassroots Democratic activists.

It’s inspiring to see concerned progressives across America take the leap and run for office. At NDTC, we know it can be hard to make such a life-altering decision as running for office, and we’re honored to help dedicated Democrats achieve success.

July was an action-packed month in Democratic politics –  from the completion of our inaugural Staff Academy program to the release of second quarter 2020 primary fundraising numbers. Throughout it all, NDTC made several appearances in news publications nationwide.

Here are some of the articles in July which highlighted some of the candidates and campaign staffers we’ve trained and our work to build Democratic strength up and down the ballot in every part of the country.

The Orange County Register Spotlights NDTC Staff Academy

The Orange County Register: New Academy Offers Boot Camp for Would-be Democratic Campaign Staffers

The Orange County Register, based in Anaheim, California, sat down with Santa Ana resident and recent NDTC Staff Academy graduate Jessie Lopez to discuss her experience with the program. As part of the inaugural cohort of the NDTC Staff Academy, Lopez participated in intensive online and in-person training courses in order to join the next generation of Democratic campaign staffers. 

NDTC Adds New Political Director

Politico Playbook PM 

NDTC is thrilled to welcome Anthony Robinson, formerly of the Truman National Security Project, to our team as political director. Robinson brings a wealth of experience in government and politics. In the July 3rd edition of Politico’s PM Playbook, Robinson received a shoutout in the “Transitions” section.  

Florida Staff Academy Graduates Reflect on the Program

Florida Politics: Group aims to help Democratic candidates staff up ahead of 2020

At the end of June, NDTC brought its inaugural cohort of Staff Academy trainees to our headquarters in Chicago for a live training event and graduation ceremony. 

In the Florida Politics blog, reporter Ryan Nicol spoke with several of our trainees from the Sunshine State to hear about their experiences with Staff Academy. 

NDTC Founder and CEO Discusses 2020 Q2 Fundraising 

Politico: ‘Doomsday scenario’: Cash shortage squeezes huge Dem field

July 15th was the deadline for 2020 presidential candidates to file their Second Quarter fundraising totals with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Democratic candidates posted impressive numbers, with several candidates raising upwards of $10 million. NDTC CEO and Founder Kelly Dietrich talked with Politico to provide insight on how these numbers will shape the 2020 Democratic primary in the months ahead. 

The Center for Public Integrity: Feel the Burn Rate: Some Presidential Candidates are Racing to the Red

NDTC CEO and Founder Kelly Dietrich, speaking with the Center for Public Integrity on the 2020 Second Quarter fundraising totals, offered his thoughts on how money can help boost or sink a presidential campaign. In electoral politics, money is a key indicator of a candidate’s viability.

NDTC in Indy

IndyStar: More than Buttigieg, Pelosi: What to know about Young Democrats convention in Indianapolis

In July, the Young Democrats of America gathered in Indianapolis, Indiana for their national convention. Prominent attendees included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. In addition, NDTC made the trip from Chicago down to the Hoosier State’s capital city to join in on the fun. 

NDTC Founder and CEO Shares Thoughts on Stakes of Debates

Dallas Morning News: In this week’s Democratic presidential debates, is it make or break for Beto O’Rourke, Julián Castro?

Ahead of the next round of Democratic 2020 debates in Detroit, NDTC’s CEO and Founder Kelly Dietrich sat down with The Dallas Morning News to share his thoughts on the event. In particular, Dietrich focused on the stakes for the race’s two Texans: Beto O’Rourke and Julían Castro. The debate, Dietrich said, is a potential make-or-break moment for both campaigns.

NDTC Founder and CEO on CNN

CNN: Top Dem Candidates Signal Aggressive Campaign Strategies

In the days leading up to the Democratic primary debate in Detroit, NDTC Founder and CEO Kelly Dietrich appeared live on CNN to discuss the challenges facing the Democratic 2020 candidates as they prepare to take the stage on July 30th and 31st. 

NDTC Founder and CEO Weighs In on 2020 Debates

US News: How to Get Noticed in the Democratic Debates: Make a Moment

As Democrats turned their eyes to the Motor City for the second round of 2020 presidential primary debates, NDTC’s Founder and CEO Kelly Dietrich spoke with US News about the event and the way for lesser known candidates to break through. The way to get noticed and gain traction, Dietrich said, is to create a standout moment onstage. 

NDTC’s Kelly Dietrich Offers Perspective on Second Debate

Dallas Morning News: Texan Julian Castro helps lead blistering attack on Joe Biden during Democratic presidential debate

After the second round of debates in Detroit, NDTC’s Kelly Dietrich spoke with the Dallas Morning News about Julián Castro’s performance. Because of the second night’s focus on Joe Biden and his record, Dietrich argues, Castro struggled to have a standout moment. 

Stay Tuned!

That’s all for the July News Roundup!

At NDTC, we know it’s critically important for Democrats across America to get involved at every level of government. That’s why we’re committed to helping progressives develop the tools they need to mount a winning campaign.

Be on the lookout for the August edition of “NDTC in the News”.

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Conor Hicks

Conor is a seventh-generation Oregonian, born and raised in the Central Oregon town of Redmond. While he has deep roots in both the Northwest and Midwest, he currently lives most of the year in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, where he studies Political Science at Boston College. At NDTC, Conor is a member of the Communications team.