First off, let me say this: The PCCC National Candidate Training is hands down the best training I have ever been to.
Second, as a progressive running for State Representative in Georgia, I want to be clear: For too long, too many voters in the South haven’t been given a real progressive choice. But by preparing candidates to run on big bold Elizabeth Warren-style ideas, I believe we can win big in places we never have before.
Third, it’s thanks to grassroots donations from PCCC members that many candidates like me could attend this training. There is no way that I — and many others — could have afforded the training I received from some of the best campaign professionals in the nation.
Right now, many progressive activists are deciding whether to run in 2016. This training can give them the confidence to take the plunge.
You might not hear about it on the news, but the progressive movement is alive in Georgia.
A few weeks ago, a 29-year-old progressive Democrat named Taylor Bennett shocked the establishment by beating an incumbent State Representative in a mid-summer special election — breaking the Republican supermajority in the Georgia House. The margin was 375 votes.
Some called it a fluke. Me? No way. I’m part of a new generation of leaders that is emerging in Georgia and all over the South, and we’re preparing to make big changes in 2016 and beyond.
The PCCC National Candidate Training has been crucial to my candidacy — preparing me to deal with press, showing me how to raise money online with programs like ActBlue, and connecting me with other progressive candidates in Georgia.
Thanks to the PCCC training, all that’s left for me to do is run. And THAT is something I am now ready to do!
Thanks for being a bold progressive.
— Renitta Shannon, Candidate for Georgia House of Representatives, District 84
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