Candidate Endorsement Overview

TakeAction Minnesota endorses candidates to further our mission of social, racial, and economic justice. Through our screening process, we choose candidates who will champion progressive issues and can build a winning campaign. After endorsement, members volunteer through TakeAction to win elections and hold elected officials accountable.

CRITERIA FOR ENDORSEMENT

  • Will this candidate be a bold leader on our progressive vision for Minnesota? Does their life experience illustrate bold leadership on our vision?
  • Does this candidate have an effective plan to win that they are executing? Can they win?
  • Does this candidate have an understanding of how to govern and the ability to do so? Is this candidate willing to co-govern with the progressive movement to implement our shared vision?
  • Would you (a TakeAction Minnesota leader) be excited about supporting this candidate with your time and money?

PROCESS FOR ENDORSEMENT

How are races chosen? 
The TakeAction Political Committee chooses which races to screen in based on many strategic considerations, including:

  • What are the opportunities to advance our progressive vision for Minnesota?
  • Will winning a particular race make more possible for our issues?
  • How does the race contribute to our base building efforts across the progressive movement, including partner organizations, in communities of color, etc?
  • Is the race in an area we want to build for our strategic campaigns the future?
  • Is there a progressive champion who we want to work with?
  • Will our effort make a difference?

Screenings 
The Political Committee sets the dates for screenings, writes the candidate questionnaire and screening questions, and invites candidates to participate. Screenings are a leadership assembly of members of our Board, Political Committee, our core teams (Health Care, Organizing for a New Economy, and Justice 4 All), and representatives from our organizational members. These leaders interview candidates and vote to recommend endorsement. A candidate must receive 60% of the votes cast to receive an endorsement recommendation. There is a maximum of three ballots for any one race.

The recommendation is forwarded to the TakeAction Board, who may only vote to approve or reject. The Board cannot change a recommendation or endorse candidates on its own.

ELIGIBILITY TO ATTEND AND VOTE

  1. Screenings are a leadership assembly of members of our Board, Political Committee, our core teams (Health Care, Organizing for a New Economy, and Justice 4 All), and representatives from our organizational members. Each member organization may send up to 2 representatives.
  2. To vote, screening participants must be in the room to hear all the candidates in a given race.

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