If you haven’t already seen the announcement, we’re pleased to share some exciting news from our national affiliate, Progressive Majority, about candidate recruitment and leadership development work outside of Washington state.
Today, Wellstone Action announced that they are assuming full responsibility for carrying forward Progressive Majority’s groundbreaking work. As a local organization independent of Progressive Majority, this does not change our program here in Washington state, but we are thrilled for our colleagues and partners and the new opportunities this partnership will create for our work locally.
With this consolidation, we have no doubt that the scale of candidate recruitment and development work will be increased across the nation. With state legislatures – as well as many municipal offices – up for election next year, this increased capacity to support progressives willing to step up to run for office couldn’t have come at a better time.
This is a fantastic development for the progressive movement. Wellstone is a longtime partner of ours at Progressive Majority Washington. Many of you have participated in Camp Wellstone over the years and have seen us train candidates, campaign staff and grassroots organizers side-by-side with the Wellstone team. In fact, Camp Wellstone Seattle is consistently one of the most well attended camps in the nation! We’re confident that this longstanding partnership will now be even stronger.
This is only one of many improvements to leadership development work that is underway as we head into 2016. Stay tuned for other exciting announcements – including right here in Washington state – after the first of the year!