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2020 Is our Last Chance

We can end gerrymandering, build progressive power, and help
defeat Trump — all by getting Democrats elected to state legislatures.

our first Candidate of 2020 is Here!

Harold Hayes | PA House of Representatives District 18

We are thrilled to introduce you to Harold Hayes, our first candidate of 2020!

Harold “Howie” Hayes is first and foremost a worker, and his interest in public office is deeply informed by his childhood experiences. The son of a Philadelphia Democratic Committeewoman, he has been knocking on doors for Democratic candidates since he was six years old.

Harold became an active member with Plumbers Local 690 when he graduated high school, and he appreciates and seeks to protect trade unions. Additionally, as a long-time Bucks County resident with two young sons in school, Harold plans to fight to increase funding for public schools and protect clean air and water for future generations. Read more about Harold.

Harold is running for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in a special election that will take place on March 17.

Trump Has Been Acquitted

But we have work to do right now.

We can’t force Trump out of office through impeachment―but let’s focus on what we can do. We can remember that our democracy does not begin or end with the presidency; there are real, concrete actions we can take today to make progress in the states and safeguard against federal chaos.

Right now, our biggest opportunity lies in the one place that will lay the foundation for electoral and policy victories for the next decade: state legislatures.

A woman writes "State legislatures matter. Will you vote?" on a paper sign

Announcing Our 2020 States!

We’re going huge in the 10 states that matter most to end gerrymandering and put a Democrat in the White House. Each of these states fits one of our strategic buckets of blue flips, blue holds, and blue inroads. We have also weighted our strategy toward states with important U.S. Senate and congressional races, and states where it is crucial to win Electoral College votes.

We know our model works in state races—now we’re scaling it to defeat Trump, too. No matter who the nominee is, we will be supporting superstar state legislative candidates who will connect with voters on local issues, and drive turnout up and down the ballot.

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Find Your Team

All across the country, we are hard at work!

Looking to connect directly with your local Sister District team? Find them in our teams directory. We’re growing new teams all the time, so check back often. Or, if you’re interested in starting one, please contact us! It’s not hard, and we’ll help you every step of the way. If you’re not sure, find out more about how our volunteers help get Democrats elected first.

2019 Impact Report

We’ve been crunching the numbers, and just completed a comprehensive report on our volunteer field and fundraising programs, campaign successes, and organizational growth. In addition, our Political Team put together a deep-dive analysis of 2019 you can read our blog. Sister District is committed to being a continuously learning organization. We’re proud to share the nuts and bolts of our achievements with you. so we can go bigger and better together in 2020!

Why Become a Donor

When you become a donor to the Sister District Project, you will be supporting our full-time, year-round work to:

1. Scale and strengthen our volunteer recruitment, training, and mobilization
2. Provide robust campaign services to our endorsed candidates and their staff
3. Spread the word about Sister District’s work via press and social media campaigns
4. Develop technology infrastructure to support and empower our volunteer teams

Individual contributions from people like you make up over 75% of our operating budget.

No amount of support is too small, and your help is crucial to allowing us to keep doing this critical work.

How It Works

1. First, sign up. Then, we connect you with a team of volunteers who live near you, led by a group of volunteer District Captains.

2. We handpick a small number of strategic state legislative races—probably in a different state—and assign your team to 2-3 of those races.

3. You work with your local team to fundraise, phonebank, postcard, textbank and, if you can, travel to knock on doors and get out the vote.

We’re hiring!

Do you have a passion for getting Democrats elected? We are grassroots political startup, and we hire for remote positions. We’re looking for an outstanding Field Manager to join our Political Department and a talented Development Associate to scale our election cycle fundraising plan. If that sounds like you, apply now!

What You'll Do

Sister District teams act as an expansion of campaign's field and fundraising programs. That means you'll be writing postcards to voters, canvassing, phonebanking, textbanking, and raising money on behalf of amazing Democratic candidates. But more importantly, we believe long-term activism isn't possible without building an activism community, full of real connections and real relationships. At Sister District, you'll be part of a creative, innovative, passionate community of fellow activists—and, just maybe, lifelong friends. Learn more about how our volunteers help get Democrats elected.

Elizabeth Warren agrees!
States legislatures are important because:

  1. States are critical to securing fairly drawn districts and fighting back against gerrymandering and voter suppression.
  2. States are incubators of strong progressive policies and leaders.
  3. State level campaigns are often small and under-nourished—our volunteers' dollars and hard work can have an outsized impact.
Going from Red to Blue

About Sister District

The Sister District Project works to turn states blue by winning state legislative elections. We are open to volunteers and candidates of all genders.

We have a strategic, targeted focus on critical down-ballot, state races that—if we win—will make it easier to win national elections. We support a portfolio of races, with the strategic goals of (1) flipping Republican-held state chambers (2) holding fragile Democratic majorities in state chambers, and (3) making blue inroads in badly gerrymandered states.