Wellstone Action Alumni Victories
We make change happen. Across the country, at hundreds of trainings, events, and strategy sessions every year, Wellstone Action inspires leaders and transforms organizations to win progressive change, the Wellstone Way. We take passionate progressives and arm them with the strategies, tools, and skills to win big, reclaiming a people-first politics that works for everybody, not just the privileged few. We’ve grown a lot over the past ten years, but one thing will never change: our focus on developing authentic leaders at all levels of government. Our Alumni are winning tough fights and immediate progressive change that lead to enduring progressive governing power. Click on the map and see what our alumni doing state-by-state.
The 2012 election brought us a set of movement moments that should be tipping points in our country’s history. At Wellstone Action, we're proud to be among so many who contributed to these historic victories. Through your steady support, Wellstone Action helped deliver victory after victory for social justice across the country, in blue states, red states, purple states - 25 states in total, in fact. Here are just a few of the ways we won this day, the Wellstone Way:
In New Hampshire, we won back the House. And we didn't just win - we flipped from having 102 seats to 222 seats - a 120-seat gain - and 31 of these winners are Wellstone Action alums!
In Minnesota, we won back both the House and Senate, with 40 of our alumni taking office. And we defeated two ballot measures that would have limited the freedom to marry and vote. Several senior staff on the Minnesotans United for All Families campaign, including campaign manager Richard Carlbom, were trained by Wellstone Action. And in addition to training the entire field staff and volunteer leaders, several of our own staff (including me) took leaves to help drive the campaign into the home stretch. And we won. After more than 30 straight defeats at the ballot box, this is a historic first in the fight to stop these freedom-limiting measures and ultimately win marriage equality.
In Maine, we continued the fight for marriage equality by partnering with Mainers United for Marriage to move voters and win this campaign. No state has ever approved same-sex marriage by popular vote. This is an unprecedented and heart-bursting victory for Mainers, and for all of us.
In Florida, we played a key role in winning a state that was written off as un-winnable. Not just for the Presidency (and we tip our hat to Wellstone Action trainer and Obama for America - Florida Field Director John Gilbert for working to deliver that victory), but also by teaming up with Florida New Majority and the Florida Immigrant Coalition, along with SEIU, to engage and mobilize voters, on the ground, in communities that are often ignored.
In New York, we took back the State Senate, with Cecilia Tkaczyk (and two other Wellstone alums!) poised for victory as a result of our steadfast partnership with Working Families Party to create a viable pipeline of progressive leaders.
In North Dakota, Wellstone Action trainer Prairie Rose Seminole and her team at Native Vote brought a victory for Heidi Heitkamp, flipping that seat to elect the first female U.S. Senator in North Dakota's history.
- In Montana, Washington, New Mexico, and Arizona, among other states, we teamed up with Western Native Voice, Western Organization of Resource Councils, Native Vote Washington, Native American Voters Alliance, Rock The Vote, and National Congress of American Indians, respectively, to mobilize communities and increase the power of the Native vote.
View the full list of our Wellstone Action training alumni candidate wins!