LEAD Ohio September 2023 Newsletter


Hello Raymond,

With historic turnout, Ohioans defeated Issue 1 in last month’s special election. While this was a big win worth celebrating, we can’t let up know because we have a new Issue 1 on the ballot this November… in just 63 days!

On November 7,we will come out again in record numbers to vote YES on this new Issue 1 to enshrine reproductive rights in the Ohio Constitution. At LEAD Ohio, we believe that having control over your own reproductive healthcare is necessary for Ohio to continue to be a place that people want to live, work and learn. We hope you’ll join the Ohioans United for Reproductive Rights coalition and get involved here.

This week’s Webinar THURSDAY*



Our candidates and staffers are out knocking doors and talking to voters. One of our most frequently asked questions is how to talk about progressive policies with folks who may not align with our values.

This Thursday, September 7, we will be joined by LM Davis of LM Engagement to learn best practices in Deep Canvassing. We’ll cover how to discuss hot-button topics and meet folks where they are on polarizing topics. We will also have plenty of time for Q&A. Register here.

Candidates: Endorsement Opportunities

  • Run for Something endorses candidates under 40 on a rolling basis every 6-8 weeks before election day. A new cycle just opened. Application link here.
  • VoteProChoice endorses progressive candidates that are committed to fighting for reproductive rights and justice. They endorse candidates on a rolling basis every 4-6 weeks. Application info and link here.
  • For candidates with a STEM background, 3.14 Action Fund has rolling applications for municipal candidates. Application link here.
  • AAPI Victory Alliance endorses candidates from the Asian and Pacific Islander community across America. Application link here.
  • Advance Native Political Leadership endorses Indigenous candidates committed to racial, gender, and reproductive justice. Applications accepted on a rolling basis and can be found here.
  • The Collective PAC endorses Black candidates and their application process encourages applications by August 28 (may be able to submit shortly after deadline). Application for municipal candidates can be found here.
  • Climate Cabinet endorses local candidates who will legislate on climate action. The final deadline for applications is October 1. Application link here.
  • Her Bold Move endorses pro-choice women and has an extensive, rolling application. Information can be found here.
  • Indian American Impact endorses candidates from the South Asian and Indian American community fighting for progressive change. Application link here.
  • Latino Victory endorses progressive Latino/x candidates. Access their inquiry form here.
  • LGBTQ+ Victory Fund endorses candidates from the community who will fight for LGBTQ+ civil rights. Fill out their inquiry form here.
  • Progressive Change Campaign Committee endorses progressive candidates. Their endorsement process starts with an inquiry form, found here.
  • The Working Families Party endorses candidates who will fight for working families on issues like public education, justice reform, and living wage jobs. Their inquiry form can be found here.

Reminder to check with your local party, affiliate clubs, labor unions, and other PACs as endorsement deadlines are approaching quickly. More endorsement opportunities will be announced as we receive them!

Stay Connected

At LEAD, we encourage progressives to run for office at all levels and support candidates and staff with training, resources, and a strong progressive network.

We are actively looking for candidates who are interested in running for local or judicial offices that will be on the 2023 ballot, as well as progressives who are interested in managing or working on campaigns. If you know someone who may be interested, have them reach out to us at info@leadohio.org.

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our monthly newsletter to stay up to date with announcements, upcoming trainings, and information about what offices you can run for this year.

Support LEAD Ohio

As an Ohio based non-profit, we rely on donations from generous individuals who share our passion for supporting progressive policies and the candidates who can put them in place. We offer all of our educational training programs at no cost to ensure emerging leaders across the state are able to get the skills and support needed to become successful progressive champions in elected office or grassroots advocacy.

Please consider supporting our work by contributing to LEAD Ohio today!  Want to learn more?  Check out www.leadohio.org.

Contributions to LEAD Ohio are not tax deductible.