More than half of all Americans are millennials or younger, but only 6% of state legislators are 35 or younger. Among state legislators, only 33% are women, 10% are Black, 6% are Latino, and 4% are Asian/Pacific Islander. And only 0.2% of elected officials openly identify as LGBTQIA+.

When elected officials don’t reflect the people they represent, it undermines the power of people and our democracy. But there is a solution — more people should run for office.

National Run For Office Day is a partnership between Run For Something Civics and Civic Nation to increase representation at every level of government — especially local offices.

The campaign will recruit millennials and Gen Z candidates with an emphasis on people who have historically been underrepresented in the political process — women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, working-class people, and people with disabilities.


National Run For Office Day is January 23, 2024.

As a country, we have a lot of issues to tackle right now, and we need more people to come together to solve them. Elected officials in state houses, school boards, city councils, and more make decisions that impact our lives every day — our reproductive rights, what students learn in schools, how neighborhoods are policed, voting rights, how much teachers are paid, which potholes are fixed, and so much more. Our lived experience directly informs our legislative priorities and positions. And right now, our government doesn’t reflect the diversity of the American people. You can truly represent your community, and it can start with running for office.

If you care about improving your community, you’re qualified to run for office. We’re here to give you the tools, education, and support you need to do it.

A vast majority of elected officials are in our state and local governments. Elected officials in state houses, school boards, city councils, and more make critical decisions that impact our lives every day. But 85% of state races and 67% of local races were uncontested in 2022. Together, we can change that.

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