About Swing Left
Swing Districts are places where the winner of the last House of Representatives election was determined by a thin margin. Swing Left helps you find and commit to supporting progressives in your closest Swing District so that you can help ensure we take back the House in 2018.
Find your closest Swing District and join the team to learn about actionable opportunities as they become available.
Why the House?
The 2018 House elections are the next best chance for progressives to regain power in our government.
- There are 84 Swing Districts. These are places where the last election was won by 15% of the vote or less, where Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump, where a high concentration of Swing Left volunteers make certain districts very winnable, or where other, specific circumstances make it a competitive district. We need to flip at least 23 seats to take back the House in 2018.
- If we hold on to the vulnerable Democratic-held districts, we only need to flip 23 Republican-held House seats to take back the house in 2018. This is a winnable fight.
- The 2018 Senate map heavily favors Republicans, making the House a more viable place to focus our efforts.
- House races receive less attention, so your dollars, hours, and talents count more.
- We're starting early to unify progressives who promote tolerance, equality, unity and fairness. To out-organize Republicans, we can't wait.
How It Works
Enter your email address to join a Swing District Team, and you'll be put on a carefully-curated mailing list moderated by a local District Leader. You'll learn about opportunities to take action as soon as they become available:
- Learn more about the district and connect with other Team members
- Fundraise or donate to local progressive candidates
- Spread the word on social media
- Phone bank or volunteer
- Canvass, attend events, and more
We all want to take back the House in 2018, but most of us don't live in Swing Districts, where the races really matter. If you live...
- Outside this district, you'll receive opportunities to help from afar.
- Near this district (or it’s easy for you to travel), you can decide to help out in person.
- Inside this district, your support and knowledge are critical! Join your team and help channel its efforts.
Your privacy and your time are vitally important.
- We respect your inbox. You will only receive emails relevant to your work in the Swing Districts you choose to support.
- We won't publish, sell or distribute your email address to a 3rd party.
- Action opportunities will be carefully curated by local District Leaders with support from our Advisory Board.
Who We Are
Swing Left was started by Ethan Todras-Whitehill, a writer and teacher, Joshua Krafchin, a marketer and entrepreneur, and Miriam Stone, a brand strategist. The three brought in their friends, who in turn brought in their friends, to help build Swing Left in the wake of the 2016 election.
We weren’t politicians or professional organizers. Swing Left was started by a group of individuals from diverse industries, including tech, media, finance, nonprofits, and art. We are citizens. And like many people, we'd been sitting on the sidelines for too long. We didn't have all the answers, but we knew it was time to channel our anger and despair in a positive direction.
Since then, Swing Left has grown into a grassroots movement of hundreds of thousands of people across the country. The national organization is now led by Executive Director Ethan Todras-Whitehill, Chief Community Officer Matt Ewing, and Chief Marketing Officer Michelle Finocchi along with many other passionate people from the worlds of community organizing and activism, media and creative fields, and beyond.
In the words of Barack Obama, We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
And so are you.