Our Progressive Candidate Pipeline

Who We Are

Maryland Working Families is a growing progressive political organization that fights for an economy that works for all. MDWF is powered by people who believe in a better future for all Marylanders and elected leaders that are accountable to the people, not powerful corporate interests.

Our Progressive Candidate Pipeline

We are searching for leaders in our communities that are ready to affect change in our political system. Know anyone that would make a great leader? There are many ways that you can get involved in our process.  In partnership with Wellstone Action we offer training for every level of leadership.

Scout Trainings

Maryland Working Families and Wellstone Action are teaming up to train an army of Scouts to find the next generation of of progressive leaders to serve in elected and appointed positions. Through this 4-hour workshop we’ll collectively decide what qualities we want in our next leaders, where we are likely to find them, and how do we convince them to step up and run for office.

Anne Arundel County: January 11  First Unitarian 5-9

Baltimore City: Feb 26 Open Works  12-4

Montgomery County: 4/9  MCEA 1-5

Prince Georges/Charles: 4/22 UFCW local 400 10-2

Baltimore City: Coming soon

Western Maryland: Coming soon

Salisbury/Eastern Shore: Coming in July


JumpStart Candidate Training

All day intensive crash course on the basics of running for office. Candidates will leave ready to set up their campaign, hire staff and get to work building a winning coalition. Sign up on the Maryland Working Families Facebook page or check out the eventbrite links below:

Baltimore Region: 6/4 10am – 5pm  Openworks, 1400 Greenmount Ave, Baltimore, MD

Montgomery/Frederick County 5/13 10am – 5pm   SEIU Local 500, Gaithersburg, MD

Prince Georges/Charles County 6/3 10am – 5pm UFCW Local 400, 8400 Corporate Drive, Lanham, MD


Boot Camp for Candidates/Campaign Managers/Movement Makers

Wellstone Action’s signature “Camp Wellstone” offers an intense small-group experience with seasoned professionals and Wellstone trainers. Learn everything you need to run an effective campaign. This training is open to declared candidates as well as those looking to help elect progressive leaders.

July 7-9 at Coppin State University

Contact Brittny Baxter at  Bbaxter@workingfamilies.org for more info.

Visit @MarylandWorkingFamilies on facebook, instagram and twitter!


Baltimore Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute

6 month training for Baltimore City residents with an expressed desire to play a role in making Boards and Commissions more equitable in the city. who can be powerful actors to enact and enforce policies that affect equitable development, education, criminal justice, and fair wages. As part of our training, community members will learn to be effective advocates, to understand power dynamics and conduct power mapping, to negotiate and collaborate with fellow Board and Commission members, to carry progressive principles and ideal of transparency, equity, and representing their community to their positions, and to ensure that their Board or Commission is as effective as possible.