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Arena candidates *crushed* the midterms.

On November 6th, 2018, we elected a new generation of leaders. Leaders who ran for office because they believe in a more inclusive and equitable democracy. We founded Arena PAC because we believed these leaders were out there, but were too often under-resourced and overlooked.

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Arena PAC candidates won their primaries


Arena PAC candidates elected to office


We worked closely with each of our 37 candidates and their teams in three key areas: 1) storytelling, 2) organizing, and 3) campaign leadership. Arena PAC provided ongoing coaching, training, and mentorship to candidates and their campaign managers from launch to Election Day. Despite many facing crowded fields and establishment-backed opponents, 35 of 37 Arena PAC Fellows won their primaries.


raised for our candidates’ campaigns


directly invested in efforts to flip New York and Arizona


Raising money is a daunting task for many first-time candidates, with early money being one of the greatest determinants of viability, yet one of the biggest hurdles they face. That’s why we assembled Arena PAC-backed joint fundraising committees for our federal candidates and organized events around the country for them. We’re proud that we helped raise more than $1 million through these events, which went directly to our candidates’ campaigns. Additionally, we directly invested over $319,000 in efforts to flip New York and Arizona.


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We also engaged in state-level work.

New York

In New York, we coached and supported nine candidates, including four candidates for US congress, four for NY state legislature, and one for NY state committee. We also made a major investment in the Working Families Party. Our 2018 New York candidates went 7 for 9 — ensuring Democrats defeated the IDC, took back the NY State Senate, and won a majority in the US House.


In Arizona, following our December 2017 Summit in Phoenix, we partnered with the Future Now Fund, the Arizona Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (ADLCC), and the Arizona Democratic Party in support of 18 campaigns for the State Senate and State House as well as with our three Arena candidates: David Garcia for Governor, January Contreras for Attorney General, and Raquel Terán for State Representative. Arena PAC invested heavily in Arizona, working shoulder-to-shoulder with these campaigns and contributing more than $238,000. Though we didn’t see all of the results we hoped for, we’ve laid critical groundwork for elections to come.

North Carolina

In North Carolina, coming off our March 2017 Summit in Raleigh, we locked arms with local leaders to chip away at the dominance of the state’s dark web of right wing political groups who’ve hijacked the state’s democracy. And last night, we made two critical steps forward. Arena candidate Brandon Lofton flipped a seat in the NC House, ending the GOP supermajority. Civil rights attorney Anita Earls also flipped a critically important statewide seat on the NC Supreme Court.

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