WHAT WE DO

The Yale College Democrats is committed to working on local, state-wide, and national elections all year around. We work for candidates in general elections or uncontested primaries who we believe align with our progressive values. 

Our work on elections is three-fold. Firstly, we set up Elections Fellows with remote internships on a select number of campaigns, on which they carry out typical intern tasks (memo writing, fundraising, etc.) while studying at Yale. Secondly, we engage in direct action such as phone-banking for candidates across the country and knocking on doors in local races. Thirdly, we take an annual trip over fall break to canvass for candidates on-the-ground in critical elections that are geographically accessible. 

In the past, we have helped to elect Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and President Barack Obama.

This fall of 2019, we are excited to work for many progressive candidates, including:

Alex Askew, a legislative staffer in the Virginia House who is now running for House of Delegates in 2019.

Doug Jones, the current junior senator from Alabama who is running for re-election in 2020.

Sergio Lopez, a young Yale alumni who was the first in his family to attend college and is now running for Campbell City Council in California in 2019.

Josh King, a progressive activist running to be county sheriff of Prince William County, Virginia in 2019, in part to end a program that allows local law enforcement officers to be deputized as officers of ICE.

Cindy Axne, a Democrat representing a swing district in Iowa and running for re-election in 2020.

Max Rose, a newly elected Congressman running for re-election in a moderate district in New York.

Cheryl Turpin, a former teacher and current member of the House of Delegates running for state senate in Virginia in 2019.

Lauren Underwood, the youngest black woman ever elected to Congress now running for re-election in a swing district in 2020.