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Know a campaign operative who did great work this past cycle and is poised to rise to new heights in 2018? Nominate them for one of the campaign industry’s most prestigious honors: The Rising Star Award.      

Since 1988, Campaigns & Elections has recognized up-and-comers in the campaign business with the coveted Rising Star award. It's one of the most prestigious honors in the campaign world for a reason: industry giants are counted among the ranks of former Rising Stars.

Included in the inaugural class of Rising Stars: David Axelrod, Ben Ginsberg, Mark Mellman and Celinda Lake. And since the 1992 cycle, C&E Rising Stars have served in senior positions on the presidential campaigns of every major party nominee. See the 2017 class here.  

And now we're preparing to name the class of 2018. C&E will select 8 Democrats, 8 Republicans and 4 International/Nonpartisan/Third Party nominees.

If you know someone deserving of the honor, nominate them hereAll nominations must be submitted by May 31, 2018. To be eligible, nominees must be 36 years of age or younger on June 21, 2018. Elected officials will not be considered. 

In order for the nomination to be considered complete, a photo of the nominee and any supplemental materials must also be emailed to with the subject line: 2018 Rising Star Nomination. 

What makes nominations stand out to our judges? 1) Letters of recommendation in support of the nominee from those who have worked alongside them in the campaign world. 2) Inclusion of news articles about the nominee or their work. Submitting letters of recommendation or testimonials on behalf of the nominee is not a requirement, but it is strongly encouraged. Please also include a copy of the nominee’s resume along with the nomination form. 

You may nominate yourself, but incomplete forms will not be considered and inaccurate information will void the nomination. If you have any questions about the nomination process please contact Shane D'Aprile at