NN understands that political power starts with the committee person, ward leader, city councilperson, district attorney, mayor, judge, state legislator, governor and judge – and that primary races can be more important than general elections. So we endorse and assist down-ballot progressive candidates in primaries and off-year races as well as candidates in the major national contests for Congress, Senate and White House. Our supported local candidates undergo a vigorous review process to be sure they support our platform, ideas and programs.
Based upon our track record from 2004 to the present, NN is a significant player in Philadelphia electoral politics, turning out volunteers in divisions all around Philly, and making a major impact where we do. We take some credit for the heavy Democratic turnout in this city that “kept PA blue” in 2004, 2008 and 2012 national elections.
NN does not get involved in every race; rather, we strategically endorse candidates who will advance our progressive agenda, once elected. We have endorsed and worked for candidates such as Larry Krasner for Philadelphia District Attorney, Helen Gym for City Council, Art Haywood for State Senate, Chris Rabb for State House, Tom Wolf for PA governor, and Bernie Sanders for President in the primary, followed by Hillary Clinton in the general.