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, launched in 2021, is a program of Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund, is training grassroots volunteers and gun violence survivors to take the next step in their advocacy efforts by running for office and working on campaigns to elect gun sense candidates.
In 2022, more than 125 volunteers across the country were elected to school boards, city councils, state legislatures, and Congress!
Demand a Seat is building 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. Since the launch of Demand a Seat, we have provided training to almost 400 volunteers and candidates for office.
About the program
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.
How do I join?
To participate in the Demand a Seat program, you must be a current Moms Demand Action or Students Demand Action volunteer.. The program is open to volunteers who have been involved with our organization for at least 3 months who are interested in learning more about how to run for elected office or work on a campaign. If you have questions about your eligibility, please email [email protected].
Interested in participating in Demand a Seat?
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate?
Participation in 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.
What does Demand a Seat’s training cover?
Training will focus on key topics including: building a campaign; recruiting volunteers; communicating with voters and media; paid media, digital and social media tactics; as well as gun safety messaging and polling.
The program generally consists of sessions (two-hours each) that are offered virtually. . Additional optional sessions will also be offered as an opportunity to meet and network with cohort members and to practice skills that are taught during the training sessions. The spring 2023 cohort schedule is in development and will be announced soon.
What if I cannot make all of the training sessions?
The more you attend, the more you will get out of the training. We understand that you may not be able to make every session. To participate in the program, there is an expectation that you will be able to attend most of the sessions in real time. All trainings are recorded and made accessible, along with other training tools provided over the course of the program, on our private Demand a Seat training portal so that participants can refer back to them anytime. If you have questions about this, or would like to connect with our team about potential accommodations, please email [email protected]
Can I join Demand a Seat if I am not yet sure if I will run for office this cycle?
Demand a Seat is not only intended for those considering running for office during the current cycle- it is open to volunteers who are considering running for political office at any point in time, or those l those who would like to work on campaigns or in support of gun sense candidates. 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 more about the process will help you to make more informed decisions about running for office or working on future campaigns.
Can I join Demand a Seat if I think I want to be a campaign manager and not a candidate?
Yes! Demand a Seat is also 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 gun sense candidates.
Is there a deadline to sign up for Demand a Seat?
The application process for the spring 2023 Demand a Seat cohort will be announced soon. Please keep an eye on your emails!
What does Demand a Seat 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 is exposure to 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.
Demand a Seat does not provide tailored training or resources for any specific campaign or race, nor does it provide 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 Demand a Seat cover?
This program is open to individuals interested in exploring all levels of elected office.
What if the seat I am seeking is nonpartisan?
The Demand a Seat program is meant to provide tools and training to volunteers considering a run for any elected office where they intend to govern with gun safety in mind.
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.