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Running for office can be an intimidating prospect. Even more so when you realize more than 60% of elected officials in Oklahoma are white, and usually white men. But several political advocacy groups are hosting a free webinar on Thursday to help young and progressive Black potential candidates run for office.

Run For Something, The Collective PAC and Higher Heights for America PAC will host the virtual event.

From Run For Something‘s website:
“Join us for a very special call for Black candidates on February 25. Sign up for our special online webinar for Black potential candidates. We want to create safe spaces for Black women, Black LGBTQIA+, Black disabled candidates and everyone in-between to ask questions openly and honestly,” it reads. “Where you have the ability to ask any and every question you have about running for office.”

Run For Something is an organization that focuses on recruiting and supporting progressive candidates who are interested in running for state or local offices for the first or second time. Run For Something was formed in the wake of the 2016 general election and has partnered with a long list of Democratic organizations, including The Collective PAC.

The Collective PAC has a mission to build Black political power. It was created to address “under-representation of the Black community in elected seats of power throughout our nation. To reach political equity – a place where African American elected officials represent the community’s population statistically – Black people would need to hold at least 13% of all elected offices in the U.S.”

The Higher Hopes for America PAC “is the only political action committee exclusively dedicated to electing more progressive Black women at the federal and statewide levels and as mayors in the 100 most populated U.S. cities,” according to their website. Their members have helped send the first Black woman to the United States Senate in two decades. They’ve also helped send Black women to the United States House of Representatives.

The webinar is FREE, but space is limited. Reserve your spot now and run for something in your home town.

The event runs from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2020.