LaunchProgress Political Action Committee is a state-based Political Action committee that invests early at the state and local level to help grow the bench for progressives running for higher office and national leadership positions in the future. You can access the 2017 application here, as well as read our FAQs below. To apply, you must complete the questionnaire, as well as send your resume and headshot to May 2017 applications are due by 11:59pm on Wednesday, May 31. We will begin taking applications for 2018 candidates in January or February of 2018. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are especially encouraged to apply. If you have questions about our endorsement process that are not answered below, please feel free to contact us at Our 2017 endorsement application is currently closed. 


Who can apply?

LaunchProgress PAC endorses young candidates (35 and under) running for state or local office. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are especially encouraged to apply. We do not endorse candidates running for offices above the state senate level. We do not endorse any candidates running for federal or statewide positions.

In 2017, we are endorsing candidates in Michigan, Ohio, and North Carolina. Please email us at to see if we are endorsing in your state in 2018.

How do I apply?

There are four steps in LaunchProgress PAC’s endorsement process.

Step 1: Endorsement Questionnaire (estimated time: 30 minutes).

  • All candidates must submit an endorsement questionnaire.
  • The questionnaire asks for each candidate’s basic information, resumé, and contains questions on six value areas. We provide space for candidates to elaborate on each issue area. 
  • Questionnaires will be used in our internal endorsement processes only and will never be shared publicly.

Step 2: Interview, if invited by LaunchProgress (estimated time: 45 minutes)

  • Candidates who demonstrate that their values align with LaunchProgress PAC’s values advance to the interview stage. Candidates will be notified of their phone/Skype interview date and time, if applicable. The candidate may be asked to provide further information, such as a campaign plan, ahead of the interview.
  • LaunchProgress PAC staff and Leadership Council members will interview the candidate via conference call, webinar, or Skype. The interview will consist of questions from staff and Leadership Council members. The questions will largely be drawn from the candidate’s questionnaire, resumé, and any other materials requested by LaunchProgress ahead of the interview.

Step 3: Endorsement decision and notification

  • Staff and Leadership Council members vote on the candidate’s endorsement. If the candidate receives an endorsement, the Finance Board makes a decision on what direct contributions and in-kind services the PAC is able to offer the candidate.
  • Staff will notify the candidate of the PAC’s endorsement decision specifics of the endorsement.

Step 4: Announcement

  • LaunchProgress PAC will make the endorsement public the following week.

What materials do I need to apply?

To apply for LaunchProgress's endorsement, candidates must complete our questionnaire. Candidates must also send an up-to-date resume and headshot to by 11:59pm on Wednesday, May 31 2017. 

When can I apply?

When you choose to apply for an endorsement depends your campaign cycle and when you will be requesting resources. It is up to you. To apply for our second round of endorsements in 2017, please send all your materials (resume, candidate questionnaire, and headshot) to by 11:59pm on May 31, 2017. We also completed a March 2017 endorsement round. 

If you are running in 2018, please apply next year. 

June 2017 endorsement timeline:

May 31: Candidate questionnaire must be completed, and resume and headshot must be sent to 

June 6: Candidates are notified of their endorsement status and interview slot, if applicable. LaunchProgress will make every effort to hold interviews at convenient times for candidates. 

June 9 - 13: Endorsement interviews (via webcam or phone)

June 20: Endorsement decision sent to candidates

June 27: Endorsement decision made public


What happens after I'm endorsed?

Following the endorsement decision, LaunchProgress PAC will contact the candidate about the the endorsement package decision (what the PAC is able to offer in direct contributions, in-kind services, or both). 

LaunchProgress PAC will continue to coordinate with the endorsed candidate to ensure each candidate receives the services laid out in the endorsement package throughout the election cycle.