Press Release: Forward Party Announces 2024 Battleground Map

12 states with strategic significance to receive national party focus

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(Washington, DC) – The Forward Party today announced its 12 “battleground states” where it will focus its resources through the 2024 cycle in order to:

  • Field candidates
  • Rapidly grow the grassroots
  • Obtain legal party status

“After 7 months of extensive market testing through a 50-state strategy, we began diligently measuring our progress toward this definition of success. Real-time data has made it clear to us where we have our best opportunities for impact,” said Forward Party CEO, Lindsey Williams Drath. 

Williams Drath added, “We know ultimate success is defined by securing necessary financial resources, achieving ballot access, running candidates, and winning. This work will be driven by empowered leadership on the ground and supported by a team of seasoned professionals and dedicated staff at our national headquarters. There are more than 500,000 elected offices across America, and the majority are uncontested. We are excited to field the candidates who will become future elected leaders in these 12 targeted states.”

The Forward Party is narrowing its strategic focus related to ballot access and candidate recruitment to 12 key states that will make up the 2024 Battleground Map for the Forward Party: 

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Texas

In evaluating states for maximum impact, the Forward Party focused on four criteria:

  • Strong leadership
  • Viability for ballot access, and securing candidates, affiliates, and party-switching
  • National political relevance
  • Broader reform efforts in the state

Efforts in these states, working closely with already established executive committees, will focus on:

  • Securing necessary financial resources
  • Running candidates & winning
  • Securing affiliations and party-switchers
  • Achieving ballot access and legal party status

The Forward Party is bringing Democrats, Republicans, and Independents together to build a new kind of political party that brings people and communities together to heal our political divisions, find our shared ground, and create a brighter future for America.

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