WTF Candidate Endorsement Criteria

Are you a candidate for political office in Tennessee who is interested in applying for WTF’s endorsement? Email WTF at

The WTF Endorsement Committee uses the criteria below to guide our decisions regarding candidate endorsement and funding:

  • The candidate must identify as a woman.
  • The candidate must demonstrate a viable path to victory.
  • The candidate must demonstrate support for the economic and political empowerment of women and the protection of women’s rights in all arenas.
  • The candidate must demonstrate support of federal, state, or local efforts to safeguard health care access and reproductive justice.

WTF endorses progressive women running for these elected positions:

  • State Legislature
  • Mayor and County Mayor
  • City Council
  • County Commission

WTF does not endorse in Federal, Judicial or School Board elections. WTF does not typically endorse in races where more than one progressive woman is running. WTF does not typically endorse in races where a male incumbent is running for re-election and he has a strong track record of being an ally on our issues.

Here is information on the 2020 Candidate Application process:

First Deadline to Apply: April 9th

Candidate Phone Interviews: April 13th – 17th

Second Deadline to Apply: April 30th

Candidate Phone Interviews: May 4-8th

To request an application, email WTF at

See our list of endorsed candidates for upcoming elections.