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Meet Wendy Gooditis, Donte Tanner, and Schuyler VanValkenburg. They’re exactly the people we had in mind when we started raising money to support candidates, and we’re excited to announce that we’ve written a $10,000 check to each of them.
They’re all running for the Virginia House of Delegates, and they’re all incredibly impressive, hard-working, strong candidates. They’re all running in districts where Democrats have been in striking distance over the last few years, where Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump, and where the right candidate can win when Virginia votes for its state legislature this fall.
This is why we launched Only If You Run – to help Wendy, Donte, and Schuyler. Because of your support, we can make a really meaningful contribution to all three campaigns – they each have between $20,000 and $50,000 on hand, and are at a critical juncture. They need to grow quickly, establish credibility, attract a crowd, and gear up for the fall election season. We feel lucky to have found them and to be able to support them, and you should feel great about making it possible.
To stand up to Donald Trump and protect our democracy, we have to fight gerrymandering. To fight gerrymandering, we have to use this time of heightened activism and civic engagement to attack Republican majorities in the seven state legislatures that are our focus. To capture those state legislatures, we all need to support Democrats who step up and run against Republican incumbents. We need to support Wendy, Donte, and Schulyer.
This is just a start. Our goal is to donate $100,000 to Virginia candidates by the end of the summer. Then it is on to the 2018 midterms. So please continue to help us help Wendy, Donte, Schuyler, and others, by contributing to Only If You Run, attending an event, following us on twitter at @onlyifyourunpac, and by spreading the word.
Thanks everyone, and thank you Wendy Gooditis, Donte Tanner, and Schuyler VanValkenburg for working so hard to #UnGerrymanderAmerica!
Only If You Run has a simple mission: we’re raising money for Democrats running against Republicans for state House and Senate seats in the country's most gerrymandered states: Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Georgia, Michigan, and Florida.
The GOP controls the legislature in all seven of those states, as it did during redistricting after the 2010 census. Why does this matter? Take a look at Congress. Though voters in our seven target states support Democrats and Republicans in roughly equal numbers, they are represented in Congress by 77 Republicans and 36 Democrats.
After the census and the 2020 elections, state legislatures will again re-draw their states’ Congressional district maps for the next ten years. We need to make sure the will of the people is reflected in Congress. And that starts with electing Democrats to state House and Senate seats.
So we have a simple message: If you have ever thought about running for public office, consider it now. While Donald Trump is president, Democrats will have the wind in their sails on election days. So contest everything. Run against everyone who won’t stand up forcefully against this nonsense. Democrats: Run.
Change at the Federal level starts at the state level. If you are ready to make the commitment to public service by running for your state House or Senate seat, we want to support you. We've been raising money for you since Inauguration Day.
If you want to do something concrete and constructive today to fight back, join us in supporting Democrats challenging Republicans, and donate today. While you’re here, check out our plans for how to distribute the money we raise, and how to ask for it if you’re stepping up and running.
Win back state legislatures and we can restore fair elections. Don’t, and it’s another decade of entrenched Republican majorities in Congress.
We can do it, but only if Democrats run and take back their states.
Only If You Run.
If you are running for office or just considering it, reach out to us. We want to help you. We need you now more than ever. The change we need starts with you, and we can help.
After the 2016 election many of us were left wondering, what can I do? What is the pathway forward from here? Only If You Run is our answer.