Potential Allies

Creating local support for your campaign will be key to its success and working with partner groups is one of the best ways to build that support. Consider the list of tips and detailed list of additional partner ideas below as you begin outreach to other organizations.

Who Can Help

As you begin thinking about organizations to engage around preemption, it is important to consider organizations that are committed to local democracy as well as organizations that are focused on the issue areas that may face preemption. While some groups may not perfectly align with your goals for this campaign, it is still worth reaching out to them, as they may be valuable partners for other programs you are pursuing or some of your long-term organizational goals. Be sure to review the Diverse Audiences section when considering who might be a potential ally.

In your recruitment efforts, make sure to also include organizations that are minority led. Work to ensure you include these groups in true collaboration and engage them throughout the campaign. Simply reaching out to ask an organization to sign a letter of support and not engaging any further is not supporting diversity within your campaign and your campaign will not be as strong as it could be because of that oversight.

Below are some suggestions for potential partners in your community:

  • Your state Association of Counties
  • Your state League of Cities
  • Organizations working on the issue that may be preempted
  • Organizations working on issues where preemption has already been attempted or occurred
  • Those affected by the issue that may be preempted
  • City and county public health departments
  • Local chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics or other medical society
  • Local American Heart Association affiliate
  • Groups focused on health and well-being for families with low incomes
  • Groups focused on health and well-being for historically underserved communities
  • Groups focused on social justice and civil rights in communities of color
    Local faith leaders

Although some potential allies will be publicly outspoken about their opinions on preemption and/or an issue that may face preemption, others will be subtler in their approach. Before deciding on any potential partner or opponent, be sure to look at their goals, mission statement, programs, and activities to ensure they align with your priorities.

Key Takeaways

  • Partners can come from a wide variety of backgrounds—from groups that support local government’s ability to pass their own laws to groups solely committed to helping improve the health of children who are focused on the issue that may be preempted. Cast a wide net to make sure you reach as many potential allies as possible.
  • Make sure you understand your potential allies’ goals, priorities, and programs before engaging with them.