Project Elect gathers women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to
first, educate members of the Church about the importance of women’s involvement in public service;
second, encourage and recruit each other to run for public office;
third, support each other in campaigning for and participating in public service.
We believe that Church leaders have been clear in calling for more members to engage in political life, including by running for political office. We have become concerned that the experiences and perspectives of women of faith are not being adequately represented in local, state, and national politics.
We are focused on educating members of the Church about the importance of women’s involvement in public service and encouraging and recruiting women of our Church to run for public office. We support these women as they campaign for and participate in public service.
Women members of the Church already know about their community’s problems and strengths. They already have ideas on how to solve them. They have deep networks. They already have the experience and skills they need to be incredible elected officials.
There are many organizations that help women run for political office, but Latter-day Saint women often have unique cultural barriers that prevent them from seeing themselves as a candidate. We approach women from a gospel perspective to encourage them to discover their personal mission on the earth.
Project Elect: Women in Public Service is unique in that we focus our efforts on finding these women who often have not considered running for office and encouraging and supporting them to become involved in public service. We are a nonpartisan organization and help women of all political persuasions.
Project Elect is a nonpartisan organization. Our efforts are focused on identifying and offering solutions to the barriers that women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints face in running for office, and our only political objective is to increase the number of women in the Church who run for office. We do not consider a woman’s partisan status or the fact that her platform may align with a particular political party when we invite her to gather with us or benefit from Project Elect resources.