Path to Power

Are you a union member thinking about running for the city council, school board, or some other elected public office?


In 2023, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO in partnership with our affiliated unions will host Path to Power: A Political Candidate Training Program on March 29-31 in person in Olympia. This training provides union members and local community activists with the tools and tips to run a successful political campaign and get elected in an effort to build power that will positively influence our communities. (Download and share the event flier.)

Since 2017, the WSLC has identified and trained dozens of union members and community partners to run for office through the Path to Power candidate training program. Many of them were successfully elected.

Path to Power training is geared toward people interested in running for political office who would like to learn how to run a campaign. It covers fundraising, crafting an effective message, creating a campaign plan, building a campaign team, effective targeting, how to talk to voters, and more. The staff delivering the training will include political directors, campaign gurus, and elected leaders. It is recognized that many labor supporters may not have an opportunity to join a union at their workplace, so the Path To Power program provides space for both union members and union supporters to run successful campaigns.

APPLY NOW for the Path to Power training set for on March 29-31 in person in Olympia. A reference from a union or community leader is required. Space is limited, so fill out and return the application before the Feb. 17 application deadline.

Questions? Please email Rashea Dickey.