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December 20, 2016

One of my takeaways from the 2016 election comes from Texas's 32nd congressional district. We've heard a lot of post-election discussion about the need for a 50 state strategy, party building and organizing. But nothing captures it like TX-32. Hillary Clinton actually won the pretty red 32nd district. But Republican Pete Sessions held on to win. Why? Well, in large part because the Democrats didn't even field a candidate. Yes, he might still have won. But you cannot win if you don't field a candidate. Which brings me to this site. I'd meant to post this a few weeks ago. But better late than never. Here's a new site called RunForOffice.org. It's simple and useful. Type in your address and it will tell you which offices you're eligible to run for, the filing deadlines and other key information. Clearly, there's quite a lot more to 50 state organizing and party building. But this a deceptively helpful tool and a great data project.

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