The American Promise Candidate Pledge is a volunteer-led effort to get candidates and elected officials at all levels of government to pledge on the record that they will use their office to advance the 28th Amendment. In order to ultimately succeed in the ratification of the 28th Amendment, we’re going to need the support of hundreds more elected officials, and the pledge is an effective tool to secure that support.
How it works: Anyone can download and print out the pledge and ask a candidate or incumbent elected official to sign it. Once signed, the forms are returned to American Promise, and we'll keep track and report who has and hasn't signed the pledge. We'll then work to turn those pledges into action and leadership on the 28th Amendment.
The pledge is an opportunity to educate voters on where their candidates and elected officials stand on the 28th Amendment, and turn the Amendment into an election issue. Ensuring that voters know which candidates support the 28th Amendment is an essential step to electing a Congress and state legislatures that will pass this historic reform.
The pledge is also an opportunity to educate current and future elected officials about the 28th Amendment. While many of us would agree that these issues are among the most important to the future of our democracy, many elected officials aren’t aware of American Promise or the push for a 28th Amendment. Asking candidates and elected officials to sign the pledge is a great chance to offer them some background information, answer any questions they may have, and start an ongoing relationship with them.
Congressman Jim McGovern: "We need to get our elected officials and candidates running for office on record that they will do this"