National Candidate Training

National Candidate training

A free 4-day campaign training, exclusively for progressives.


Spring 2019


Washington, DC


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The Progressive Change Campaign Committee ( is hosting a four day National Candidate Training in the spring of 2019. Local, state, and federal candidates will converge in Washington DC for four days of cutting-edge training and networking.

This free training will cover the A to Z’s of running for office, including speaking on camera, pivoting to core message from curveball questions, having presence in the room, expanding your donor list, hiring experienced staff, winning local endorsements, earning great press, motivating volunteers, polling, and more.

Attendees will also have access to a resource fair where they can have professional headshots taken, consult with compliance experts, and practice their on-camera speaking skills. It’s a valuable opportunity for all candidates, regardless of experience level.

In addition, candidates will meet other progressives from all over the country, and meet national leaders in Congress and from many progressive organizations -- expanding your network within the national progressive community.


Training Features

Curriculum will include

• Calculate your win number
• Map your networks and research your donors
• Make the hard ask for money
• Earn free media for your race
• Learn what messages poll the best
• And more...

Resource Fair will include

• Photo booth for professional head-shots
• Work with a designer to get your own personalized logo
• Work with a designer to get your website up and running
• Compliance experts to answer your questions
• One-on-one coached call time
• And more...


Cost: Free for Candidates and Potential Candidates

Attendees will be responsible for their own travel and lodging. We’ve negotiated a reduced conference rate with the conference hotel, or attendees may stay with friends and supporters in the area. We also have limited travel and lodging scholarships available to qualifying candidates. In addition to the training and access to the resource fair, each attendee will also receive a copy of our Running for Office guide and a T-shirt — free!

NCT has been crucial to my candidacy — preparing me to deal with press, showing me how to raise money online, and connecting me with other progressive candidates in Georgia.
— Renitta Shannon, House Representative, Georgia District 84