Endorsement FAQ

1. When will Democracy for America make an endorsement decision?

DFA makes endorsement decisions on a rolling basis within the applicable election cycle.  We attempt to reach out to applicants within 2 weeks of the submission of their questionnaire submission to give a better sense of their specific timeline.

2.  Do you endorse in Primary elections?

Yes! DFA is committed to reforming the Democratic Party from the ground up.  Part of this mission means supporting Democrats who will fight for progressive values and progressive change.  In order to receive an endorsement for a Primary election, a candidate must demonstrate key, distinguishable differences on DFA’s progressive values of Community, Security, and Liberty, as well as have overwhelming local DFA support.

3.  What is the Dean Dozen?

The Dean Dozen is DFA’s highest tier of endorsement for federal candidates (US House and US Senate).  It is limited to 12 total candidates running for either US House or US Senate and represents the races that DFA will work closest with during a particular election cycle.  The Dean Dozen endorsement tier is limited to candidates that have already been endorsed by DFA this cycle, and who have also already won their respective primary elections.

4.  How is an endorsement decision made?

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements are our members.  We measure the community and local support in a number of different ways.  For starters, supporters can publicly add their support using the ‘Voice Your Support’ feature on any candidate’s application page.  We also utilize the endorsement decision of local DFA groups as a gauge for local DFA member support. 

5. Do you endorse candidates running for X office in Y state?

The answer is almost always YES! We endorse candidates and initiative campaigns at all levels of the ballot and in all 50 states. 

Still have questions? Give us a call at 802-651-3200 or email us at endorsements@democracyfora[email protected]

Ready to begin your DFA Endorsement Application? Click here  to get started.

About the Endorsement Process

All campaigns seeking a DFA endorsement are first required to complete the endorsement application in order to be considered. Members of the DFA Political team will review applications after submission and make endorsement decisions on a rolling basis throughout the applicable election cycle.

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our membership. We gauge DFA member support in a number of different ways. For starters, supporters can publicly show their support on any candidate’s application page. We also utilize endorsement decisions of local DFA groups as a measure of local community support. Finally, if you know a candidate deserving of a DFA endorsement who hasn’t yet applied, we want to hear about them! Please visit the Endorsement FAQ page for answers to frequently asked questions about our endorsement process.

If you still have any questions, or want to let us know about a candidate in your neighborhood, please call us at (802) 651-3200 or email us at [email protected].

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