Since the 2016 election, hundreds of members of The Arena community have pledged to run for office. And many have already declared for the 2018 cycle.
These campaigns are launching unprecedentedly early. Most of these candidates have never run for office, and a little help will go a long way. Our job is to ensure they have the support they need to overcome barriers and successfully enter the political process.
That’s why we’ve made the decision to shift the focus of our Fellowship to candidates for office.
We will select 10 candidates for local, state, and federal office to participate in a three-month fellowship focused on (a) story/values, (b) fundraising, and (c) personnel. Once leaders complete the program, we will support them through their elections and beyond.
The program will begin mid-August and complete before Thanksgiving. Trainings and support, subject to campaign finance restrictions which vary by state and office, will be provided on an as-needed basis and will take place remotely and on-the-ground. Our goal is to provide critical support to leaders without wasting their time.
We are in the midst of the interview process, but it’s not too late to apply. If you or someone you know is running for office in 2018, encourage them to apply.