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NEA Delegate Program

Be a National Convention Delegate!

Washington Delegation Convention SignThis spring, political parties in Washington State will select the people who will represent our state at their national conventions.  National Delegates play a key role in selecting their party's nominee for President and in developing their party's goals. If you're interested in being a National Delegate, NEA can help you!

By becoming a delegate to your party's national convention, WEA members (like you-yes you!) can help ensure public education is a central issue in the 2020 presidential race. If you're interested in being a national party delegate, visit the NEA's Strong Public Schools and fill out the form in the section labeled "Considering running for state delegate?" to let us know.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the delegate process has changed for both parties and may not be up to date on the NEA website. We recommend you check the Washington State Democratic Party's website or the Washington State Republican Party's website for more details.

Who can become a delegate?

Anyone can be a delegate. While some seats are reserved for party leaders (superdelegates), most are wide open. Aspiring delegates simply pledge themselves to a candidate and campaign for a spot in the delegation. Scroll down to learn about the process for both parties.

What should I do if I'm thinking about becoming a delegate, but not sure?

Join the Washington State Labor Council training to learn more.

  • What: WA Dems Delegate Selection Process - Labor Only Webinar Training
  • When: Thursday, April, 9th from 6pm – 7pm
  • Who: Labor
  • Where: Via Zoom

RSVP to Richard via rcox@wslc.org to receive a calendar invite with the zoom meeting ID and passcode.

How do you get selected to be a delegate?

Delegates are usually elected by their peers within the political party.  While each state has slightly different rules, the process is open to any voter of a political party that participates in their primary or caucus and seeks to be a delegate or alternate.

How can WEA/NEA help?

NEA has developed tools to help members across the country become national delegates.  Visit Strong Public Schools to learn more about becoming a delegate.  If you decide to run for national delegate, send an email to the WEA political team to let them know so they can send you additional materials when they become available.

What happens if I get selected as a national convention delegate?

If you’re selected as a delegate, NEA will provide training opportunities, logistical coordination, and some financial support. But first you have to let NEA know you're running.  Visit the Strong Public Schools site and scroll down to the orange section labeled "Considering running for state delegate?" to let them know you're interested!

Learn more about becoming a Democratic Delegate:

Learn more about becoming a Republican Delegate: