Grassroots - Supporting Locally to Build Nationally
The Virginia Grassroots Coalition is excited to share Lessons Learned from the 2017 Virginia Elections. VA Grassroots Coalitionbrings together grassroots groups working in Virginia to collectively strategize and support progressive candidates and policies. Their directory is linked here: VA Grassroots Coalition.
Last year, in Virginia, the Grassroots Coalition focused their collective efforts where they believed they would have the greatest impact – on the state House of Delegates races. Working locally, VA Grassroots Coalition directed their support to new progressive candidates and turned the tide on several of the races, ultimately helping to flip 15 seats blue. Additionally, VA Grassroots Coalition helped affect the outcome of the gubernatorial race through a reverse coattails effect in some districts. Not only did VA gain more Democratic delegate seats, but grassroots organizers obtained valuable experience with and feedback from the campaigns. In addition: · Many first time volunteers, gained insight into campaigns, candidates, and issues – instrumental in maintaining enthusiasm throughout the races and into the legislative session. · As volunteers, grassroots organizations felt a sense of empowerment in affecting change. · They built local capacity and renewed hope in geographical areas where groups worked to expand support in the 2018 congressional race, and to flip additional seats in our state House of Delegates and Senate races in 2019.
VA Grassroots Coalition compiled these experiences in the following: Lessons Learned from the 2017 Virginia Elections.VA Grassroots Coalition welcomes the opportunity to share their experience with groups in other states and answer any questions. If your group is interested in setting up a date/time to talk with leaders of the Lessons Learned Initiative, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A recommended allotment of 20-40 minutes is suggested to allow for questions and discussion.