Our first race of 2019 is here

We’re supporting Democrat Pam Iovino in her bid to win the special election for Pennsylvania State Senate District 37! This is an “all-hands” race, which means that the entire Sister District community is working to get Pam into office and flip this seat blue.

Pam is a Pittsburgh native, a U.S. Navy veteran, and a longtime public servant. District 37 is nested almost entirely in Conor Lamb’s congressional district, which flipped blue in 2018. The 37th State Senate District is ripe to flip too.

Sister District Strategy

We have a strategic, targeted focus on critical down-ballot, state races that—if we win—will make it easier to win national elections. We support a portfolio of races, with the strategic goals of (1) flipping Republican-held state chambers (2) holding fragile Democratic majorities in state chambers, and (3) making blue inroads in badly gerrymandered states.

Check out our 2018 Impact Report to see how we helped get downballot Democrats elected in the midterms!

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  1. States are critical to securing fairly drawn districts and fighting back against gerrymandering and voter suppression.
  2. States are incubators of strong progressive policies and leaders.
  3. State level campaigns are often small and under-nourished—our volunteers' dollars and hard work can have an outsized impact.

Find out more about why state legislatures matter so much.



  1. We connect you with your home team, led by volunteer District Captains.
  2. We handpick a small number of Sister Races that are winnable, strategic, and have a great candidate, and assign your team to two of those races.
  3. You work together with your local team to fundraise, phonebank, postcard, textbank and, if you can, travel to the Sister Race community to knock on doors and get out the vote.

It's about community

Sister District teams act as an expansion of campaign's field and fundraising programs. That means you'll be writing postcards to voters, canvassing, phonebanking, textbanking, and raising money on behalf of amazing Democratic candidates. But more importantly, we believe long-term activism isn't possible without building an activism community, full of real connections and real relationships. At Sister District, you'll be part of a creative, innovative, passionate community of fellow activists—and, just maybe, lifelong friends.


Everyone is crazy for postcards!

Sending postcards to voters in swing districts has become a popular way to support campaigns from afar. It's fun, easy, and you can do it right at home—or get together with your team for a postcard party! Learn more about our postcard program. Looking for postcards to purchase in bulk? They're available from our shop.



Canvassing (knocking on doors) is the most effective way to identify supporters, persuade those on the fence, and make sure voters get to the polls. Plus, you often get to meet the candidate herself or himself! New to canvassing? Learn all about it from a volunteer who canvassed in Sarasota, FL for our first win of 2018—Margaret Good.


It's Not just for millennialS

Textbanking is a new and exciting way to reach voters. There are many tech platforms and allied organizations engaged in texting, and we are in active conversation with them to develop volunteer opportunities to support our 2018 candidates. Read more about textbanking from one of our volunteers, and join your local team to stay in the loop!



Person-to-person interactions are proven to be the most effective way to increase voter turnout and enthusiasm. Outside of knocking on doors, your phone calls will do the most to ensure the Democrats get back in charge. At Sister District, teams host phonebank parties so you don't have to do it alone! Learn more about our phonebanking program.


Make it Rain

Money is the single most important factor that will determine whether a candidate will succeed, especially early in the campaign. But don't worry—at Sister District, you won't be flooded with hundreds of email pitches for a couple bucks. Instead, you'll be attending happy hours and ice cream socials, listening to guest speakers and Broadway singers, or even tabling for your soup subscription fundraiser at the Strolling of the Heifers (yeah, it's a thing!). Fundraising events are one of the areas our volunteers get most creative—so bring your best out-of-the-box inspiration to your next meeting!