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Democrats to hold training boot camp on Saturday

The virtual training by the National Democratic Training Committee will train Democrats how to run for office and work for campaigns.

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According to a spokeswoman, the National Democratic Training Committee is launching their first-ever regional boot camp, the Southeastern Regional Bootcamp, on Saturday. It is open to any Democrat living in the Southeast, and Alabama is one of the states they’re focusing on.

This is the first of four bootcamps happening across different regions of the country over the next month.

The NDTC is the largest organization in the country focused on training Democrats on how to run for office, work on campaigns or become local party leaders.

The virtual boot camp is a full day intensive specifically tailored to folks running for office or working on a campaign either this year or next, and is ultimately going to be providing Democrats with the tools they need to be successful in their respective races.

Participants will learn how to fundraise for their campaign, how to effectively engage in community building, how to create a digital plan, how to write a stump speech, and more.

The NDTC is helping aspiring Democratic local leaders build the bench in Alabama and across the Southeastern part of our country as a whole, a place where the Democrats bench is often lacking.

During this boot camp, attendees will have the choice between 2 different sessions based on what they believe best fits their needs. The first track focuses on Campaign Planning, which is for those in the beginning stages of launching a campaign who want to successfully map out a comprehensive campaign plan. Courses include How to Build a Political Campaign Field Plan, How to Build a Political Campaign Fundraising Plan, How to Build a Political Campaign Communications Plan, and How to Build a Political Campaign Digital Plan. The second track is Campaign Skills, which is for those who already have a campaign plan and want to build up skills needed to run a winning campaign. Courses include How to Persuade Voters, Fundraising in Action: How to Ask for Money, How to Write a Stump Speech, and Introduction to Social Media for Your Political Campaign.

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Currently Republicans control 77 of the 105 seats in the Alabama House of Representatives and 27 of the 35 seats in the Alabama Senate, six of the seven members in the Alabama congressional delegation, and every statewide elected office, including all of the positions on the Alabama appellate courts.

2022 is a major election year that will set the trend for the next four years. The Southeast is a region that has become a Republican stronghold in recent decades; however, Democrats have made deep inroads into the state of Georgia that allowed them to turn the state for Joe Biden in 2020 and flip two Republican Senate seats there.

Those shocking Democratic Senate wins in once deep-red Georgia are why Democrats have control of the U.S. Senate today.

Saturday’s virtual event begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until 5 p.m. More information is available here.

Space is limited in order to provide maximum opportunities for you to get your questions answered and network with campaign experts, community stakeholders and your political peers, so sign up as early as possible to reserve your spot.

This region’s event contains participants from the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Washington, D.C, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Maryland, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

The NDTC’s CEO and founder is Kelly Dietrich. Jocelyn Hunt is the NDTC’s associate political director.

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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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