Who is eligible to apply?
The MWPC Political Action Committee (PAC) provides support to qualified, pro-choice women candidates running for municipal, legislative and statewide offices in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
When is the application deadline for new and re-endorsed candidates?
The deadline for applications is June 26, 2020.
Can I turn in applications late?
The MWPC PAC will not be accepting late applications.
Do I need to apply again if I have been previously endorsed?
Yes, you will need to submit our re-endorsement application here. Applicants applying for re-endorsement will not be interviewed. If you are applying again for re-endorsement but are running for a different office, then you will need to fill out a new endorsement application.
Will the information disclosed in my application be confidential?
Yes. All information disclosed in the application will remain confidential.
When are candidate interviews?
Interviews will be conducted over the week of July 6th and the week of July 13th.
How will interviews be conducted?
Interviews will be held via Zoom, Webex, or Google Meet. You will be contacted directly by the MWPC to schedule an interview.
How long do interviews take? Who will I be interviewing with?
Interviews will be 30 minutes and will be with at least two MWPC PAC members.
What types of questions will the PAC be asking?
Our interview process is structured to understand more about your candidacy. We will be asking questions to understand who you are as a candidate, your race, your campaign, issues, and the area you are seeking to represent.
Will the information disclosed in my interview be confidential?
Yes. All information disclosed in the interview will remain confidential.
In which races do you endorse?
We endorse in all races at the local and state level.
Do you endorse in federal races?
The National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) PAC endorses in federal races. Once applications have been submitted through the NWPC PAC, candidates are interviewed by the MWPC PAC. The MWPC PAC will then make recommendations to the NWPC PAC for endorsement.
How many candidates have been endorsed in the past?
In 2020, a total of 90 women applied for endorsement. The MWPC endorsed 72 women and of those 72, 48 won their races (~67% win rate).
If endorsed, how do you support candidates?
Candidates have received specific assistance, including a toolkit, promotion in regularly scheduled “volunteer call-outs” to the MWPC volunteer listserv, a press release sent to news outlets within your district and across the state, highlight on social media, and Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts as able. In light of COVID-19, the MWPC PAC is also looking to support candidates in other ways. More to come on that…
Are endorsement decisions final?
When will I find out my endorsement decision?
Endorsement decisions will be released on July 24, 2020. Candidates will be notified prior to the MWPC PAC’s endorsement announcements on July 27, 2020.
If I have not been endorsed in the past, can I reapply?
Does the MWPC PAC give feedback to candidates that applied but were not selected for endorsement?
The MWPC PAC does not give feedback to candidates.
What is the endorsement process for candidates outside the Greater Boston Area?
The MWPC has formed committees in the Berkshires, Greater Newburyport, South Shore, and Worcester to ensure a comprehensive strategy to reach, recruit, and encourage women across the state to run for office. Candidates will apply using the MWPC PAC application which will be subsequently routed to our local committees. Our local committees will conduct interviews and submit endorsement recommendations to the MWPC PAC. The MWPC PAC will then make endorsement decisions. Endorsement decisions will not be made outside of the MWPC PAC.
Does the MWPC PAC endorse write-in candidates?
he MWPC PAC unfortunately does not endorse write-in candidates.