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What is the National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC)?

NDTC is putting the tools needed to start, run and win campaigns in the hands of Democratic candidates up and down the ballot. NDTC’s free, online campaign school is one way to change Democrats’ prospects and win elections in 2018 and beyond.

How does it work?

NDTC offers every Democratic candidate across the country access to free online campaign training. While every race is unique, the strategies and tactics available to them are not. Our online training school is available 24/7 and teaches candidates how to customize and adapt what they learn to win their local race.

Can I take your training if I am not sure about running?

Yes! You do not have to be fully committed to running for office to take our training. You can check out our introductory course “So You Think You Want to Run?” to help you decide if this is the right time for you to run for office.

What do the courses focus on?

NDTC’s courses cover every aspect of a campaign: field, fundraising, media and management. The interactive, online courses each take about 45-60 minutes to complete and include a series of short videos, readings and links to resources. Additionally, every class includes specific takeaways for a campaign to use immediately. These include downloads, templates and examples of plans, worksheets and more. Candidates are encouraged to post or email questions directly. NDTC places and emphasis on self-reliance, relationship building, making data-driven decisions and crafting a plan to meet the goals needed to win.

Why is the training needed?

The wake-up call for Democrats went beyond just the presidential race in in 2016. For more than a decade Democrats have lost ground at every level of government, from city halls to the halls of Congress – since 2009, Democrats lost 27 state legislative chambers and more than 900 state legislative seats. As a result, we have ceded control of governing, policy making and, importantly, redistricting to our opponents who have very different ideas for America’s future. This must change and empowering every Democrat who wants to run with the tools to win is the first step.

Why is NDTC focusing on races up and down the ballot?

There are 518,000+ locally-elected officials across the country and the individuals elected to these offices impact policy making at every level of government. NDTC is taking a leadership role in changing the course for Democrats, helping build the bench to win at every level of government in 2018 and beyond.

Can I take your training if I am not the person running for office?

Yes! We want to help Democrats get elected into office, but we understand candidates have very limited time. You can do your part by taking our training and then helping the candidate you support with the knowledge you learn from our training.

What if I am a Democrat but am running in a non-partisan race?

That’s okay! As long as you identify as a Democrat, we will train you.

How many Democrats have signed up for NDTC’s courses?

10,000+ people have registered in NDTC’s online training school over the past 18 months!

How much does it cost?

The classes are completely free for Democratic candidates.

How are candidates chosen to participate?

NDTC trainings are available to any Democrat candidate. There is no litmus test. NDTC is also partnering with candidate recruiting initiatives across the country to ensure every candidate knows about our resources and how to access them. Our target campaigns are those running for down ballot offices such as city council, school board or judge, or new candidates in big races looking to learn how to get started.

Does this replace live trainings?

No. Live, in-person trainings are great, but there just aren’t enough of them. In fact, NDTC is partnering with state parties, recruiting initiatives and labor unions to host live trainings, in addition to providing our online resources. We will host 13 live trainings in 2017 and plan to do at least one in each state in 2018!

Who is NDTC partnering with to reach candidates?

NDTC is partnering with the candidate recruitment organizations, including Emerge America and Run for Something. We are also partnering with AFSCME, New Leaders, Democratic Municipal Officials, state parties and many more groups. We are actively working on new partnerships and collaborations every day and are excited to continue to grow the NDTC network.

How is NDTC funded?

NDTC is free to candidates and is funded through partnerships and individual donations. The average donation in 2017 is $10.99, with more than 140,000 individual donations in 2017. In 2016, NDTC raised $839,011 and in the first two quarters of 2017, we raised $1,052,636.