Resources for Potential Candidates

People from all walks of life have heard the call to run for office across the nation, including here in Arlington.

Arlington Democrats Resources

Third-party resources

These resources are provided to assist and provide training for potential candidates.

Emerge Virginia

To increase the number of Democratic women leaders from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training and providing a powerful network.

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EMILY's List Training Center

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $600 million to elect pro-choice Democratic women candidates.

Justice Democrats

Justice Democrats is working to elect a mission-driven caucus in Congress that will fight for solutions that match the scale of our many crises.

Progress Change Committee Training Program

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee engages in electoral work and issue advocacy work on democracy issues and for economic populist priorities.

Run for Something

Run for Something provides a safety net for new and exciting progressive candidates — at all stages of their journey — to help them run efficient, grassroots & voter-contact driven campaigns and not feel alone in the process.

Sorensen Institute

The Candidate Training Program is focused on giving participants the knowledge and practical skills they will need to build a winning campaign from the ground up.

How to Run for Local Office (PDF)

Virginia Department of Elections document describing the steps in running for office in Virginia


The Arlington County Democratic Committee is neutral in candidate selection, committed to providing equitable resources to any interested Democrat running for office.