Equal is an organization that empowers women, traditionally underrepresented groups, and young people to step forward and take on the mantle of leadership, work to get out the vote, and to respectfully engage in politics.  We use our voices to ensure equality, freedom, and social justice for all.

Endorsements are not a statement about an opponent, but rather an assessment of candidates who meet Equal’s criteria, pass vetting procedures, and fit with Equal’s purpose and values. We, therefore, may endorse multiple candidates in the same primary. We hold no promises that an endorsement by Equal will result in the election of a candidate to office. Eligible voters going to the polls and voting determines who will win.

If candidates have some, but not all of our values, Equal may still work with them because they are compelling in other ways or they may be evolving. Some potential candidates may be delayed in the endorsement process if they are still building their campaign platform. (Equal does not provide financial funding, but Equal’s resources and support may help those candidates reach their goals.)

Our endorsement process has no time limit, but it is recommended that candidates get an early start. Equal’s administrators are volunteers and are actively involved in the election process. Administrators will recuse themselves from making decisions about candidates with whom they are already actively involved.

To be considered for endorsement, please fill out this application. Endorsement applications are available on a rolling basis. Though we cannot endorse all candidates who apply, Equal seriously considers each application. You do not need to be a member of Equal to apply and receive an endorsement, but we hope you will join us.

ENDORSEMENT CRITERIA
 
In order to be eligible for an endorsement, candidates must:
   
● Be 18 or older on Election Day
● Be eligible by law to become a candidate
● Have a campaign committee
● Be committed to running a clean, above-board campaign
● Not running as a third party candidate 
● Believe in diversity and inclusiveness
● Represent progressive values
● Be able to articulate or are open to developing a clear path to victory
● Agree to place Equal link on your campaign website next to your Equal endorsement

ENDORSEMENT PROCESS

To be endorsed, the candidate must follow this process of endorsement:
   
● Apply
● Be interviewed
● Be vetted, which may include:
       a. Public criminal record search on IDtrue and sex registry,
       b. Media search, 
       c. Extensive social media review,
       d. Public record search of voting history or verifiable public records,
       e. Personal history (voting records, newspaper articles, advocacy,
       f. FEC search, if a repeated candidate or politician,
● Provide letters of recommendation (optional)  Email letters to EqualVoteLocal@gmail.com
 
 All answers will be available to the public.
 

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* 1. Please provide your contact information

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* 2. What is your age range?

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* 3. Which race/ethnicity best describes you?

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* 4. What is your gender?

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* 5. Which is the position you are running for?

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* 6. If you are running for state office, which state will you represent?

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* 7. Which major party are you affiliated with?

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* 8. Have you ever run for another office?

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* 9. Are you seeking re-election?

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* 10. Which parties have endorsed you?

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* 11. Please tell us how important these values are to you.

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Individual freedom
U.S. Constitution
Opportunity for a better life
Equal opportunity
Freedom of religion
Freedom of assembly
Freedom of speech free from unconstitutional hate speech

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* 12. Have you ever advocated for progressive values even when it was not popular or there was pressure not to do so?

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* 13. Do you have a written plan that will lead to a clear path to victory?

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* 14. How would you rank these issues of importance?

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Change in current border security strategies
Safeguard food, air, water
Protect the environment
Oppose all forms of discrimination

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* 15. Tell us how important these values are to you.

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Hard work is rewarded
Living wages and benefits
Guaranteed earned sick days
Create viable pensions
Social Security
Medicare
Universal healthcare
Paid Family and Medical Leave

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* 16. Please identify which of the following actions you have committed to during your campaign. (Check all that apply).

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* 18. Do you have any conflict(s) of interest you will need to report?

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* 19. Have you ever been reported for an ethical or campaign violation?

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* 20. Which volunteer activities, clubs, or political groups do you belong to?

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* 21. How likely is it that people in your jurisdiction know your name?

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* 22. How likely is it that you will have money and resources to win your political race?

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* 23. Have you ever been a member of a governmental or political committee?

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* 24. Describe how you are creating an inclusive, diverse campaign?

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* 25. Please tell us how important these values are to you.

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Renewable energy
Eliminate racial and ethnic profiling
Protect immigrants from harassment
Ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identify
Protect security of children, elderly, disabled, disadvantaged
Support legislation to ensure elder care, companion care
Increase minimum wage

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* 26. What is your plan to engage underrepresented groups to vote for you?

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* 27. How will you ensure an equitable and secure election system in your district?

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* 28. How would you rate the education system in your district?

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* 29. Please tell us how important these values are to you.

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Public education system that is equitable for all students
Equal opportunity to achieve
Smaller class sizes
Higher teachers' salaries
Job creation
Free enterprise with equal opportunity
Afterschool opportunities
Universal pre-K 

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* 30. Do you believe in gun control?

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* 31. It is important for Americans to know how important you feel these issues are.  Please rate them.

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Keep abortion safe and legal
Ensure access to all reproductive health services
Move criminal justice system to restorative practices vs retribution and punishment
Decriminalize substance use
Make substance abuse and mental health treatment accessible
Promote opportunities for at-risk youth
Invest in prevention, intervention, interdiction, treatment
Prevent veteran suicide
Improve veteran homelessness
   Not incarcerate nonviolent offenders

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* 32. Do you agree to a public search on your personal history (voting records, newspaper articles, advocacy record, government records open to the public, FEC) and social media?

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* 33. How can the endorsement committee connect with you about your qualifications or opportunities you may find helpful?

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* 34. How did you hear about Equal?

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