TFC focuses on non-Presidential campaigns for three important reasons.
- Importance: non-Presidential elected officials are a cornerstone of our democracy, effecting their constituents' day-to-day lives in countless direct ways.
- Competition: Centrist and progressive candidates have lost ground at the state, local, and federal level. With the 2020 census and redistricting looming, it's more important than ever to level the playing field beyond the Executive branch.
- Need. Presidential campaigns typically have exponentially larger teams of full-time people and the ability to recruit and pay people full-time. That gives them the ability to access specialized skill sets and more sophisticated tools. Down-ballot races are often run by super small, start-up like teams that have to share all the work of campaigning across just a handful of determined people. Given that, we believe the skills of TFC volunteers can make the biggest impact in these campaigns.