Frequently Asked Questions
HOW was Square One founded?
The 2016 presidential election had a profound impact across the country, leaving many to wonder what they could do to make a difference during the years ahead. As Square One founder Miti, Will and Brian were speaking to their friends and colleagues after the election, they began to wonder why those around them — nurses, journalists, veterans, entrepreneurs, activists — never considered running for office. After asking and getting the same responses over and over - no connections, no resources, no idea how to run a campaign — they learned there are common barriers to entry that stop otherwise qualified people from running. Thus, Square One was born.
What does Square One do?
Square One looks for districts overlooked by the Democratic establishment, identifies compelling, young and diverse candidates and creates the infrastructure needed for them to run and win, ushering in a new generation of political leadership.
How does Square One actually do this?
Square One is with its candidates from day one, providing the connections, resources and support to launch, run and win their campaigns. From hiring campaign staff, to brokering endorsements, to GOTV strategies, to new technology, Square One is with their candidates every step of the way.
How is Square One funded?
Square One is a non-profit and is 100% donor-funded organization. It doesn’t charge its candidates a cent (except when required by FEC regulations) and it doesn’t take a cent from Wall Street or special interests. Unlike a traditional for-profit consultancy, Square One has no financial incentive when working with candidates — its only bottom line is ensuring the candidates win.
Why does Square One focus on diverse candidates?
For too long, women, people of color and the LGBTQ community have not been properly represented in government. Square One is working to change that. By recruiting diverse candidates and providing them the necessary tools to run for office, Square One is working to create a government that truly represents the people it serves.
How many candidates has Square One worked with to date?
Since its founding in 2017, Square One has run eight Congressional candidates, flipped three seats from red to blue and shifted districts to the left an average of 16 points.
Which Square One candidates won their races?
Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Congresswoman Hayley Stevens (MI-11) and Congressman Antonio Delgado (NY-19).
What is Square One doing for the 2020 election?
Square One saw how impactful their model was in 2018 and now it’s time to grow. Square One is expanding, working with 30 Congressional candidates around the country in 2020.
What are Square One’s long term goals?
Square One is working to usher in a new generation of progressive leadership that can transform the Democratic Party and our government. Square One is working to create a government that truly represents the people it serve.
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