Philly DSA’s electoral work is centered on building the power we need to enact our socialist policy goals. To do so, we prioritize electoral campaigns that build power for the working class in Philadelphia and the suburbs. We will not engage in electoralism for the sake of merely winning elections, but instead to build class consciousness, expand our base, and wield state power in support of working class interests.
We are selective in who we endorse, as a Philly DSA endorsement is not in name only. An endorsement means we will put massive volunteer work - in the form of canvassing, communications, fundraising, etc. - into getting an endorsed candidate elected. We commit to building durable and independent socialist electoral infrastructure that can be used to make strategic interventions in municipal and state campaigns and bring us closer to a system of co-governance.
There are multiple steps in the Philly DSA endorsement process. Currently, it begins with a detailed questionnaire, attending a candidate forum, and two separate votes - one that is a recommendation to endorse by the Philly DSA Electoral Committee and then the vote to endorse by the entire membership.
To apply for a Philly DSA endorsement, candidates should email PhillyDSA Electoral Chair Rachie at [email protected]. Please include the following information in the body of the email:
We will respond promptly with a link to our questionnaire. To be eligible for endorsement at the December General Meeting, we ask that candidates return the questionnaire no later than November 10, 2021. It is possible we will have a second round of endorsements in early 2022, but the dates and details have not been set yet. Please note that we expect to share your answers to this questionnaire widely with our membership as part of our endorsement process.
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