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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirAugust 30, 20173min760

EMILY’s List — the one-stop shop for prepping, funding and promoting Democratic women candidates across the country — will make a stop in Denver next month to host a one-day boot camp. The training session is part of a nationwide push by the decidedly pro-choice, resolutely anti-Trump and unflinchingly liberal powerhouse to cultivate candidates in advance of the 2018 midterm election.

The “Run to Win” campaign is a recruitment effort that aims to train in over 20 states this year “to prepare more women to run for office up and down the ballot,” according to a press announcement by the group on Tuesday. As the press release puts it:

Outraged and motivated by the results of the 2016 election, nearly 18,000 women have reached out to EMILY’s List expressing an interest in running for office, hundreds of them from Colorado. Many of these women are young, progressive grassroots leaders who are ready to take their fight to the next level. Trainers will provide attendees with the basic tools they need to launch a campaign, communicate with voters, and ultimately win on Election Day.

Here are the basics:

WHAT:   Candidate training for pro-choice Democratic women who are motivated to run for office in ​and around​ Colorado.

WHEN:Sunday, September 10th –  12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

RSVP:     Credentialed members of the media who would like to attend should RSVP to vcardenas@emilyslist.org.

(Noteworthy: “Location will be provided upon confirmation.” Security concerns? Or, just an effort to fend off party-crashing protesters?)

And here’s some more background on the EMILY’S List phenomenon:

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates — making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns — and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office.

 


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningAugust 18, 20173min2300

The progressive Run for Something organization announced this week it's backing several Colorado candidates for municipal office, school boards and legislative seats. The national group, which aims to recruit and support "talented, passionate young people" — up to age 35 —  "who will advocate for progressive values" is getting behind dozens of Democratic candidates in 18 states in its initial round of endorsements, part of what organizers call an effort to build a bench in down-ballot races the traditional party apparatus often ignores.