Our Pledge

Only If You Run will support any Democrat running for a seat held by a Republican in one of our seven target states: Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Georgia, Florida,and Michigan. With Trump as President, elections will be unpredictable, and tough sledding for Republicans. If you get in the game, we'll help.

We'll make donations of no less than $5000 to qualifying candidates. With elections in Virginia and North Carolina this year, we'll make contributions to candidates in those states this summer, and to candidates in the other five states starting in January 2018.

If you want a contribution, write to us. Tell us about your support for fair elections, and show us some signs of viability — money you've raised, the number of voters you've ID ed, etc. If you meet our criteria and you're mounting a serious challenge, we'll write you a check for at least $5000. If demand exceeds supply, we'll prioritize first-time candidates. The point here is to help you make the tough decision to run for office, by making it a little bit easier.

About us

You probably want to know: if I donate to Only If You Run, who are these people who are going to decide to whom to give my money?  Fair question.

We started Only If You Run as four concerned citizens.  We came up with the idea a week after Election Day, as our grief moved from denial to acceptance, and as we decided to do something about it.  None of us work directly in politics now, but we have a few decades of combined service time working on political campaigns, in state legislatures, and in Congress. Our direct experience of the American political system gives us faith that, acting together, we have more than enough power to protect our democracy, values, and liberty, and this is the way we’ve chosen to do our part.

The four of us – Becca Berwick, Dan Berwick, John Carlson, and Aaron Holman – are the board and officers of Only If You Run.  Becca is from the Boston area originally, and is now a middle school teacher.  Dan is also from Boston, works in renewable energy, and spent several years working on political campaigns in Virginia and Texas, and in the Texas House.  John is from Wisconsin, owns a small business here in Boston now, and worked for Senator Ron Wyden and the Obama campaign.  Aaron grew up in Michigan, worked for Senator Debbie Stabenow, and on the Affordable Care Act and is now a health care consultant for Medicaid agencies.

We launched Only If You Run on Inauguration Day.  In the coming weeks and months, we’ll add an advisory committee, schedule fundraising events, and build out our tools for supporting candidates and for integrating others who want to help.  We’d welcome your input, questions, and support; please reach out to us at info@onlyifyou.run.

Meet our executive officers

Our team continues to grow and we need your help whether you are running or you want to help support those who are running for office. Whatever reason you may have, if you can bring passion, dedication and intelligence to this effort, we want you.

Becca Headshot



I teach U.S. History. The fall and winter of '16/'17 has been a shocking time, and I have seen the same fear and disbelief among my students. I am excited about Only If You Run because it is a way for me to practice what I preach in my classroom. We can create a country that feels safe for everyone, but only if we take action.

John Carlson - headshot


Small Business Owner

I'm a small business owner with an American made product but suppliers and sales that depend on trade.  I fear the breakdown of a global system that has brought peace and prosperity to millions.  The only way we step back from this abyss is if we take control from a Republican Party that has lost all sense of what makes America great. We can win, but Only If You Run.



Renewable Energy Developer

I spent the first couple years after college working on political campaigns, and I try to take time every election to pitch in. As President Obama said in his farewell address, “If you're disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself.”  We can start pushing back now, but Only If You Run.



Health Policy Consultant

I have always loved policy and I believe in government. I want it to function well and continue to ensure the prosperity of this country. I am working with Only If You Run PAC because I believe that in order to strengthen our democracy, we have to fix the fundamentals first and build a democracy that reflects the will of the people. That starts with electing individuals who care about equal representation.