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Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, is one of the largest grassroots advocacy and political volunteer networks in the country with highly engaged volunteers that have successfully changed the political calculus on gun safety.

Demand a Seat, a program of Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund, is helping grassroots volunteers and gun violence survivors take the next step in their advocacy efforts and go from shaping policy to making policy. 


Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action volunteers have already demonstrated their power by winning races for city councils, school boards, and state legislatures across the country. Demand a Seat will help to build a pipeline of gun safety candidates by providing opportunities for mentorship, networking and high quality educational training to encourage even more Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action grassroots volunteers and gun violence survivors to run for office up and down the ballot.

“When I first volunteered with Moms Demand Action in 2014, I was introduced to an outstanding community of women determined to fight for a better world. Six years later, that same community was instrumental in securing my election to Congress”

Representative Marie Newman (D-IL)

About the program

Training

The program will provide educational training on the nuts and bolts of building and running successful campaigns. 

Networking & Mentoring

A key feature of the program will be the establishment of a powerful network of candidates and mentors from across Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action, and Everytown for Gun Safety volunteer base.

Read the FAQ section for more details.

“We’ve spent the past four years building a grassroots army of phone bankers and change makers, and now this Mom is heading to Topeka to elevate our voices and to keep fighting for the health and safety of our families.”

Kansas State Representative Jo Ella Hoye

How do I join?

You must be a current Moms Demand Action or Students Demand Action volunteer to join Demand a Seat. The program is open to volunteers who are interested in learning more about how to run for elected office or work on a campaign. Sign up today.

“There is a straight line connecting my training and work with Moms Demand Action to my decision to run for office—and subsequent victory. Moms volunteers fueled my campaign and now support my efforts to enact gun safety measures in the Oregon state legislature.”

Oregon State Representative Lisa Reynolds

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can participate?

    Demand a Seat is open to any volunteer who has been involved with Moms Demand Action or Students Demand Action for at least 3 months.

  • Can I join the program if I am not sure if I will run for office this cycle?

    Demand a Seat is open to volunteers who have decided to run as well as those who are thinking about running for office in the future or working on campaigns. If you are not sure if you are going to become a candidate or work on a campaign, you are still welcome to participate in the Demand a Seat program. Our hope is that learning will help you to make more informed decisions about running for office or working on future campaigns.

  • Can I join the program if I think I want to be a campaign manager and not a candidate?

    Yes! The program will also be open to volunteers who may be interested in becoming campaign managers or campaign staff. Our hope is that participating and learning will help people make more informed decisions about running for office or working on campaigns for future GunSense candidates.

  • Is there a deadline to sign up for the program?

    Volunteers can join the program on a rolling basis. We will likely stop accepting new participants for the 2022 program no later than September 2022. More information will be available about exact deadlines at a later date.

  • What does this program provide for participants?

    The program will provide educational training on the nuts and bolts of building and running successful campaigns. Training will focus on a range of topics, including: organizing, messaging, and fundraising best practices. A key feature of the program will be the establishment of a powerful network of potential candidates and mentors from across Moms Demand Action and Everytown volunteer networks who will be available to share best practices and provide support as participants navigate the electoral process.

    Please note that the program does not provide tailored training or resources for any specific campaign or race, or any other monetary or in-kind support to candidates.  Everytown organizations may separately provide support to candidates where possible, including making campaign contributions and providing other resources, but participation in Demand a Seat does not guarantee any such support or an endorsement.

  • What level of office does this program cover?

    This program is open to individuals interested in exploring all levels of elected office.

  • I want to join – how do I sign up or learn more?

    Learn more by signing up to this form.

Have more questions? Email us at [email protected]


Demand a Seat is Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund’s program to recruit and train Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action volunteers to run for elected office up and down the ballot.

Paid for by Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund, gunsensevoter.org. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.