Run for Office
Do you want to be a Candidate?
We can help you lay a foundation for your campaign and get you started on a successful journey.
If you want to run for office but you don’t know how to get started, we can help. We can guide you through the legal filing requirements and get you connected with volunteers, donors and campaign advisers. We provide workshops to help you accomplish the moving pieces of being a candidate and running a quality campaign. We will show you how to use voter data for smarter targeting, building budgets for your race, mental preparation for and even how to talk to voters.
The best candidate does not always triumph; you will need to raise money. Asking for financial support is the one thing every candidate hate, but you cannot win without money for voter contact, given adequate funding your chances are much better.
Training for Democratic Candidates
Contact us if you are running for local or state office. 815-312-2285
Free training is available to local Democratic candidates through the National Democratic Training Committee.
Training is also available through Congresswoman Cheri Bustos’ Build the Bench program.
Other training opportunities include:
Emily’s List Training Center is training pro-choice Democratic women to run for office — and win.
VoteRunLead trains women to run for political office and win.
Run For Something works exclusively with progressive millennials who are running for local office for the first or second time.
Illinois Candidates Portal is the state website for candidates and includes important resources and documents for running for office.
Petition circulation begins August 25th, 2020.
Filing dates are November 16th – November 23rd
The Consolidated Primary Election is February 23rd, 2021 and the Consolidated General Election is April 6th 2021
Begin with the most important elected position: Precinct Committeepersons are elected on March 17th.