Off and running


Build the Bench graduates on the ballot in 2018

Build the Bench graduates are already off and running. Four participants from the program's first year will be on the ballot in November with many others preparing for their campaigns in the years to come.

"I can easily say that without Build the Bench, my name would not be on the ballot this year, and I'm not sure if I would have even looked into the Lafayette City Council," said Dave Smith.

The 2017 program covered everything from choosing the right office, building a campaign team, targeting voters through a modern field campaign, online advertising, fundraising tools, the endorsement process, and more. We are hopeful that these lessons and connections with local campaign professionals will result in success in November.

The East Bay Leadership Council does not endorse candidates, but you can learn more about the Build the Bench graduates' campaigns at their websites below: