Whatever it takes to elect progressive candidates to key legislative seats across the country, of course!
With calls and texts, we reach thousands of voters in an efficient and impactful way. In 2020, we made 13,000 phone calls in 28 phonebanks. When we phonebank, we clean up voter contact lists, help folks find rides to the polls, and educate voters about our candidates' positions.
We have held multiple fundraising events, everything from a bake sale to wine tastings, comedy shows, zoom concerts, yoga classes, lessons for kids - whatever our volunteers can think up. In 2021, despite the pandemic, we raised $100,000+; our candidates have told us multiple times that our money has been a substantial portion of their total fundraising.
We write to voters to introduce our candidates, to remind the voters about the dates of primaries and general elections, and encourage them to vote early. In 2021, we wrote 12,375 letters and postcards. For many of our candidates, this was more than half of their total writing campaign. We also participate in Sister District Action Network research studies on the effectiveness of written communications to voters.
Sister District's national organization identifies states where the state legislative chambers can be flipped blue or have fragile blue majorities. Sister District then offers support to those Democratic candidates who can realistically win a potentially close election for their state legislative seats (see more). Sister District is particularly proud to support women, candidates of color, and other candidates from diverse communities and backgrounds so that we can help build a democracy that reflects the full chorus of American voices. Candidates endorsed by Sister District are then assigned to Sister District chapters across the USA. Chapter volunteers phonebank, fundraise, postcard, and textbank for their candidates.
Since our founding in 2017, SD South Bay has supported numerous compelling leaders, such as our 2021 Virginia candidates as Debra Gardner, Joshua Cole, and Elizabeth Guzman. Our past candidates have included Ann Johnson (TX), Amanda White Eagle (WI), Ann Johnson Stewart (MN), Lorenzo Sanchez (TX), Sara Rodriguez (WI), Nancy Guenst (PA), Debra Rodman (VA), Pam Iovino (PA), Tammy Story (CO), Josh Cole (VA), Tammy Savoie (LA), and Faith Winters (CO).
This year, we are supporting Mitzi Epstein, who is running for AZ Senate, one of two seats needed to flip AZ Senate blue.