Candidate & Campaign Trainings


Our intensive, in-person four-day Candidate & Campaign Trainings provide comprehensive, non-partisan best practices to present and future LGBTQ candidates, campaign staff and community leaders. Trainees learn the necessary skills and strategies by engaging in tough, realistic campaign simulations, and work with peers to develop a plan to run for office and win.

Thousands of openly LGBTQ candidates, campaign workers and other leaders learned how to build winning campaigns through this training, which takes place several times each year.

Victory Institute’s Candidate & Campaign Trainings are generously supported by the Donald A. Burns Foundation.

Southwest Airlines provides limited airfare vouchers for those who face financial hardships. These are offered on case by case basis.

2021 Candidate & Campaign Trainings

Due to COVID-19, we are not clear when the CCTs will be in-person but please check here in late Fall 2020 if/when locations and dates are announced for next year. Thank you.

2020 Candidate & Campaign Trainings

Applications are now closed for 2020 trainings.

February 6-9: Phoenix, AZ

April 23-25: Virtual #1

July 23-25: Virtual #2


What Can You Expect?

3-Day Virtual Training Overview

4-Day In-Person Training Overview

Meet the Trainers

Victory has worked with these four subject-matter experts for years and they have collectively trained thousands of LGBTQ candidates. Learn more about them here.

  • Joe Fuld
  • Martín Garcia
  • Courtney Snowden
  • Kelton Morgan

Notable Alumni


Resources on Running for Office

Are you interested in running for elected office but not sure where to start? Victory Institute has compiled a list of resources that can help you learn the skills necessary to run a campaign. Here is a list of organizations that host candidate training programs or manage other resources that help candidates run for office.

For questions regarding the Candidate & Campaign Trainings, please contact Mario Enriquez, Director of Domestic Programs at [email protected]


LGBTQ Victory Institute would like to give special thanks to our program supporters. Their philanthropy ensures that this program has the financial resources it needs to offer our Candidate & Campaign Training.


Upcoming Trainings

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Tell Me About Future Trainings

We can let you know when we announce new Candidate & Campaign Trainings.