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Arena supports the groundswell of new leaders entering the political arena.

Since 2016, we have supported 58 candidates to victory up-and-down the ballot and across the country. And we were at the forefront of the effort to take back the U.S. House of Representatives, the New York State Senate, and the Virginia House of Delegates.

We're deepening our candidate support in 2021 and 2022, with a focus on key legislative races.

State legislatures control the most significant issues that affect our day to day lives. From voting rights, to reproductive rights, to gun violence prevention, the most important, and often most dangerous, legislation is made at the state level. Just look at the wave of state level voter suppression bills that have passed since the 2020 election and you’ll understand how high the stakes are.

Republicans get it. They’ve invested in state legislative races for decades, building GOP majorities to pass their harmful agendas, and building a bench of young political talent at the same time.

It’s time to change that.

In November of 2021, the entire Virginia General Assembly is up for re-election and in November of 2022, 88 of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold elections. This is our time to seize control and elect a new generation of Democratic leaders.

Arena is ready to help. Working in conjunction with state parties and partner organizations, we are already identifying and staffing key races with Arena Academy graduates, investing the most where our support could be the difference between a win and a loss. Our 2021 Virginia work is well underway, and we’ll be expanding to other critical states like Texas, Georgia, and Florida in 2022.

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We need your support.

Arena needs your help to convene, train and support the next generation of candidates and campaign staff. Our programs are designed to make politics more accessible to more people. That’s why everything we do is free or low cost. This is made possible by the support of generous donors. Chip in to help progressives build winning campaigns.

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