Endorsements

For those considering seeking our endorsement, please be aware that we have a thorough endorsement process (you can read the process voted on by our membership here), including a questionnaire, possibly an interview, and then if a committee of members formed to review your application and questionnaire recommends endorsement, you’d be invited to speak and answer questions at a chapter-wide meeting where our members would vote.

We know that is a lengthy process. Our members believe that a Pittsburgh DSA endorsement should mean more than just another name on a list of organizations that endorse you.

We view our endorsement as a commitment to intensive grassroots organizing. When we’re committed to electing a candidate, it’s more to us than just a seal of approval. We work to make thousands of calls, send thousands of texts, and knock thousands of doors for the candidates we endorse.

As a socialist, member-run, member-funded organization our capacity is limited, and there are many ways to build power for the working class. So our members will want to learn more about your positions, your candidacy, and whether putting our organizing energy and resources into electing you will help advance the goals of our chapter and campaigns when we decide if we’re going to put a whole lot of our energy into your campaign.

Please note that for the 2022 elections, in order to facilitate a focus on working at the local level to campaign for issues with the offices we’ve won, build issue-based campaigns, build capacity, develop a candidate pipeline, and work towards launching big campaigns in the 2023 local elections, we will have a narrower endorsement process for 2022 elections.

We are not considering endorsement applications for federal or statewide elections in 2022.

For state legislative elections or referendums, we are not considering external applications for endorsements.

For (a) state legislative elections (b) referendums, or (c) special elections for municipal, county, or magisterial elections, our usual process of endorsements as described in the latter articles of our policy may be triggered by the vote of one of our chapter’s non-administrative committees, excluding the Elections and Pressure Campaigns Committee. For more details on this special provision for 2022 elections, you can read the full policy here.

For questions about endorsements or our endorsement process, you can contact us at pghdsaelectionsandpressure@gmail.com.