A centralized resource for candidate trainings and progressive leaders running for office in WA.


Until our government looks like the people it represents, we cannot begin to achieve lasting racial, social, and economic change in Washington State.


People of color, women, LGBTQ folx, and young people are underrepresented at all levels of government - in both elected and appointed positions. ElectU is a centralized hub for members of these communities to connect with candidate recruitment and training opportunities in Washington State. ElectU is not affiliated with any political parties.

About Us

ElectU is a centralized, online resource supported by the following organizations dedicated to recruiting and preparing the next generation of progressive leaders. The people elected and appointed to school boards, municipal offices, city councils, and legislative bodies have incredible impact on the policies and decisions that help communities thrive. That’s why we have come together with a collective mission to build true representation at all levels of government.

Amplify recruits, trains, elects, and supports progressive champions for state and local office in the Northwest, prioritizing people of color, women, young people, and LGBTQ candidates. Read more.

Amplify doesn’t “create” candidates - we find leaders who are already making a difference in their community, provide knowledge and tools they need to run, and then help them win. We elect bold candidates and disrupt the status quo of “politics as usual.” Our "Pipeline" program includes training, coaching, policy education, and networking. Our "Promise" program supports leaders from election to retirement, because winning the election is only the beginning. Once in office, Amplify connects public leaders with trusted progressive advocates and policy experts so they can achieve real wins for their constituencies. This program involves training, policy development, organizing support, and ongoing education. Contact: Kim Powe, Kim@amplify.win

Communications Hub
The Communications Hub is a nonprofit communications program serving Washington state that supports candidates with election communications and messaging. Read More.

We work alongside partner organizations and leaders to develop and execute story-based communications strategies to change the public dialogue on the issues that matter most. Contact: Reiny Cohen, reiny@fusewashington.org

Emerge Washington
Emerge Washington recruits Democratic women to run for office at all levels; trains them to run effective campaigns and win races; and provides a powerful network to support women running for office. Read More.

The Emerge model is an intensive 70-hour, cohort-based training program, designed explicitly to address the extra challenges that women face in the political arena by offering early-stage recruitment; top-notch, comprehensive training; and an ongoing network of support. We use a rigorous, highly selective application and screening process to ensure that our participants are great future candidates. Our recruitment effort focuses on all levels of diversity, so we can add depth and breadth to the Democratic candidate pool. Contact: Karen Besserman, karen@emergewa.org

Emily's List
Emily’s List is a national organization committed to driving progressive change throughout our country by winning elections that put pro-choice Democratic women into office. Read More.

Emily's List runs a program called Run to Win, which is a national recruitment and training program focused on helping pro-choice Democratic women around the country run for office—and win. Contact: Jill Lombardi, JLombardi@emilyslist.org

Institute for a Democratic Future
Institute for a Democratic Future is a six-month fellowship to develop and promote emerging generations of Democratic and civic leaders in Washington State. Read More.

IDF's recruitment and application period runs annually from Sept-November. The program runs annually from January-June. Contact: Reiny Cohen, reiny@democraticfuture.org

MLK Labor
MLK Labor (formerly the Martin Luther King County Labor Council) is the central body of labor organizations in King County, Washington. Read More.

We are affiliated with the National AFL-CIO, the central labor organization in the United States, representing more than 13 million working people. Contact: Katie Garrow, katie@mlklabor.org

The NWPC-WA is a multi-partisan grassroots membership organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected and appointed office at all levels of government through recruitment, training, and PAC support for endorsed women candidates. Read more.

Our mission is to identify, mentor, educate and support women leaders in our community who demonstrate a commitment to Reproductive Freedom and Women's Economic and Social Equality and Equity. The National Women's Political Caucus of Washington is part of a national network of caucus chapters. Contact: Samantha Casne, samantha.casne@gmail.com

OneAmerica Votes
OneAmerica Votes promotes democracy and builds power in immigrant and refugee communities through advocacy, civic engagement and leadership development. Read more.

OneAmerica Votes accomplishes its mission through work in our four core program areas: advocacy, civic engagement, community education and leadership development, and strategic communications. Contact: Olgy Diaz, olgy@weareoneamerica.org

Washington Conservation Voters
Washington Conservation Voters' candidate recruitment program supports and uplifts environmental champions for political office. Read more.

Their mission is to provide the support needed to break down those barriers and provide a platform for environmental champions and community members to run for office and win. Contact: Emily Krieger, emily@wcvoters.org

Formerly Wellstone Action, Repower works with organizations and individuals across the country to build towards a more inclusive political system. That means uncovering leadership through facilitation, skills training, and coalition building across communities.Read more.

Repower delivers customized training opportunities — for more information, contact Repower at partnerships@repower.org

Win Win
Win|Win Action is a network is of progressive organizations coming together to advance racial, social and economic equity across Washington through political engagement. Read more.

Contact: Katie Stultz, Political Manager, katie@winwinaction.org

Widely considered to be the "voice of labor" in our state, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, represents and provides services for hundreds of local unions throughout Washington state. Read more.

The WSLC’s core programs are legislative advocacy, political action, communications and media relations, plus assistance with organizing campaigns. Read more on our website by clicking the logo above. Contact: Cherika Carter, ccarter@wslc.org



Upcoming Trainings

Here is a list of trainings hosted by our organizations and partners. Please check back periodically for updates.

Click on the link for more training details and to RSVP.