2021 Endorsement Process

Our Endorsement Process. 2021 Election Cycle.

Twin Cities DSA is a democratic, member-led organization spanning the 14-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. This means that members have the opportunity to review, debate, discuss, and vote on any candidate as part of our endorsement process.

Update: We have finished our endorsement process for 2021, and have endorsed four candidates and two city charter amendments, which you can see here.

Candidates Seeking Endorsement

Office Being SoughtNameCompleted QuestionnaireChapter Q&A
Minneapolis City Council, Ward 2Robin Wonsley WorlobahQuestionnaire4/21/21 Event Recording
Minneapolis City Council, Ward 2Cam GordonQuestionnaire4/22/21 Event Recording
Minneapolis City Council, Ward 9Jason ChavezQuestionnaire4/23/21 Event Recording
Minneapolis City Council, Ward 10Aisha ChughtaiQuestionnaire4/24/21 Event Recording
Minneapolis City Council, Ward 10Steven FrichQuestionnaire4/25/21 Event Recording
Minneapolis MayorSheila NezhadQuestionnaire4/28/21 Event Recording
Minneapolis Park Board, District 6Risa HustadQuestionnaire4/30/21 Event Recording


Candidate submits questionnaire (PDF)3/1 – 3/31
Deadline to demonstrate support for consideration (Step 2)4/13
Candidate Q&A sessions4/13 – 5/4
Steering Committee screening meeting4/28 – 5/6
Endorsement meeting6/5
Voting period6/6 – 6/13

Process Details

Why Seek Endorsement?

Twin Cities DSA will ask hundreds of members to organize canvasses, phone banks, text banking, poll coverage, press releases, rallies, and more to help our endorsed candidates win their race! If you are endorsed, we will run what is legally termed an Independent Expenditure campaign for your election, raising and spending our own money to get you elected. We will work tirelessly to get you into office.

Our endorsements are meant to be more than a recommendation to our members to vote for a particular candidate. Instead, they are a commitment to fight to get that candidate elected and enact change, while helping to build the broader movement for socialism. Once you’re in office, we will engage with you and continue to push the policies and projects that helped propel you to victory!

Step 1: Questionnaire (Due March 31, 2021)

The first step to apply as a candidate is to download, study, and respond to the Candidate Questionnaire. Please submit your completed questionnaire via this form. After submission, questionnaire responses will be made publicly available on this website.

Step 2: Candidate Consideration

All questionnaire responses are sent to our Electoral Working Group and forwarded to the Steering Committee. Members of the chapter are then informed that we have received an application for endorsement. To be considered, a candidate will need to demonstrate support for consideration from 1% of TCDSA members — 15 people as of March 2021 — who have been members for longer than 6 months.

Step 3: Candidate Q&A Session

After completing the questionnaire and being supported by the required number of chapter members, you will be invited to an online Question-and-Answer meeting with Twin Cities DSA’s general membership. Each candidate will have a separate Q&A event.

Step 4: Endorsement Meeting and Vote

At the Endorsement Meeting, each candidate will be given a few minutes to state why they should receive a TCDSA endorsement. Then, candidates will be required to leave the meeting so that members may speak freely while debating the endorsement decisions.

Following the conclusion of the Endorsement Meeting, an OpaVote ballot will be emailed to TCDSA membership. To be endorsed, a candidate must receive at least 60% of votes on a ranked “Single Transferable Vote” (STV) ballot — defeating any competing candidates as well as “No Endorsement”.

A Note on Candidate Filtering

To help inform the general membership and Steering Committee of any important considerations, the TCDSA Electoral Working Group will conduct basic research on candidates and the offices being sought for endorsement. This will most likely relate to the viability of a candidate’s campaign to win, or alignment on important issues if findings differ greatly from the submitted questionnaire. However, this research will not make recommendations for or against endorsement.

Based on this information — or for example, if an overwhelming number of candidates seek endorsement, making the Endorsement Meeting untenable — the chapter Steering Committee has the ability to decide who proceeds to the Endorsement Meeting and appears on the endorsement ballot.

Also Good to Know

If not endorsed: If it should happen that you don’t get endorsed, this will not prevent TCDSA members from working for your campaign, as long as nothing either you or they do would give the impression that TCDSA has endorsed you.

Building support for consideration with chapter members: As soon as your questionnaire is submitted, you can post on your own social media, ask in person, or ask other members to advocate for you in their networks! If you are also a member, you can ask your comrades on Slack, or other open channels, to support Twin Cities DSA considering your candidacy for endorsement.

Have questions? Please email [email protected].

Solidarity Forever!