Our Endorsement Process

Metro DC DSA is a democratic, member-led organization. This means that members have the opportunity to review, debate, discuss, and vote on any candidate as part of an extensive endorsement process.

All applications for endorsements are sent to our chapter’s Steering Committee, which works with the Political Engagement Committee to coordinate the endorsement process. Members of the chapter are then informed that our chapter has received an application for endorsement. A formal resolution to endorse must then be moved at a subsequent monthly membership meeting by at least five chapter members in good standing. The body will have an opportunity to consider and debate the resolution before the end of the voting period of the next scheduled general body meeting. During this time in between monthly membership meetings—typically about 30 days—chapter members will have multiple opportunities to engage with candidates through recorded question-and-answer conference calls hosted by the Political Engagement Committee. 

All candidate responses during the endorsement process, except those including personal contact information, will be made publicly available on this website.

Any candidate interested in an endorsement from our DSA chapter, or any chapter member interested in sponsoring a resolution, is strongly encouraged to review the Metro DC DSA Endorsement Handbook. A summarized version of all endorsement steps can be found below. 


Candidate Questionnaire

Candidates who wish to apply for an endorsement can start the endorsement process by filling out our chapter’s candidate questionnaire

Once complete, candidates will need to send their questionnaires to our chapter’s Political Engagement Committee at pec@mdcdsa.org. From there, the Political Engagement Committee will work with the Steering Committee to begin the endorsement process.

Current candidates with endorsement resolutions under consideration:

Important Deadlines for 2022

Each year, the Metro DC DSA Steering Committee is responsible for setting two monthly membership meetings as the designated meetings during which our DSA chapter will debate on electoral endorsements. These monthly all-chapter meetings (known as general body meetings) are followed by an online vote of all members to decide whether the chapter will approve an endorsement. 

The two Metro DC DSA endorsement meetings for the 2022 election cycle are listed in the table below. Associated deadlines are also in the table. This table will be updated with more precise dates as we get closer to each election. 

Metro DC DSA Endorsement Meetings and Deadlines for 2022 Elections

Election CycleMilestone DateMilestone TypeMilestone DescriptionResponsible Party
2022 Primary ElectionExtended to November 3, 2021.DeadlineComplete candidate questionnaire and submit to chapter Candidate
2022 Primary ElectionNovember 14, 2021DeadlineIntroduce resolution via Red Desk for endorsement of candidateResolution sponsor 
2022 Primary ElectionWeekend of December 11-12, 2021Endorsement meetingMotivate endorsement resolution at monthly general body meetingCandidate, Resolution sponsor
2022 General ElectionTBD (likely Summer 2022)DeadlineComplete candidate questionnaire and submit to chapterCandidate
2022 General ElectionTBD (likely Summer 2022)DeadlineIntroduce resolution via Red Desk for endorsement of candidateResolution sponsor 
2022 General ElectionTBD (likely Summer 2022)Endorsement meetingMotivate endorsement resolution at monthly general body meetingCandidate, Resolution sponsor

History of Our Electoral Program

Metro DC DSA members have knocked on more than 115,000 doors and made over 61,000 phonebank calls to voters since our electoral program was relaunched in 2017. We’ve helped elect candidates as part of progressive and labor coalitions in Virginia, Maryland, and DC. Our endorsed candidates have gone on to fight for legislation that expands public housing, increases taxes on the rich, caps insulin prices, repeals anti-union right to work laws, creates social wealth funds, bans revolving door lobbying, closes corporate tax loopholes, creates a universal basic income, exposes confidential police records, and more.

Our endorsements aren’t just a recommendation to our members to vote for a particular candidate, but a commitment to fight to get that candidate elected. We organize canvases, phone banks, text banking, poll coverage, press releases, rallies, and more to help our endorsed candidates win.