Politics is a merry-go-round.

Our job is to reach out our hand to you & bring you aboard.

Tips and Resources for Running for Office

The Personal


  • Why do you want to run?
  • Is your family ready for you to run?
  • Can you financially afford to run?
  • Do you have the time to run?
  • Are you willing to ask people for money?

Is This The Right Race and Right Time?


  • What does the field of candidates look like?
  • What kind of election year is it?
  • How did the district vote in a similar election year?

Is This The Right District?


  • What is the Democratic performance? What is the base level of votes a
  • Democrat can anticipate receiving?
  • What is the profile of the district and can/do you fit?
  • How much does it cost to run here?


#NYWomenLead Political Toolkits

Does running for office make you feel like Leslie Knope … or Leslie Nope?

Social Media Toolkits

New York Women’s Campaign Survival Guide

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Expand Your Political Engagement

Consider this. In the midterm elections between 2002 and 2014, New York State averaged 35% of eligible voter turnout. In 2014, that number dropped to 29% of eligible voters, putting New York 49th in the nation.

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Show up. 

  • Town meetings
  • Neighborhood associations
  • Organized party politics
  • Community-based organizations doing the work important to you


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To help do our important work of funding, training, and electing pro-choice Democratic women to state and local office.