Candidates with Disabilities Running for Elected Office

As of 2018, there are no accurate statistics available on the number of people with disabilities serving in elected office at any level of the government. Despite the fact that nearly one in four Americans has a disability, Americans with disabilities are severely underrepresented in elected office. Most of us can only identify a handful of politicians with disabilities at only the national level, such as John McCain or Tammy Duckworth, and most of us may not know of anybody in our state and local governments serving in office with a disability. To change that, NCIL is encouraging people with disabilities to vote, participate in political campaigns, and to consider running for office. Running for and holding elected office is one of the best ways to effect change in your community, and people with disabilities not only tend to have a strong track record on disability-related issues and policies, but often tend to have strong leadership, creativity, resilience, and problem-solving skills that make them well-rounded candidates. We encourage each and every one of you to consider whether running for an elected office could be in your future. Furthermore, we encourage you to take a look at the campaigns being run by people with disabilities across the country.

NCIL is tracking candidates with disabilities running campaigns for elected positions at local, state, and national levels of government in the United States and has compiled these candidates into a database. We believe it is important for these candidates to have visibility, but please note that as a 501(c)3, NCIL does not endorse candidates, and this database is strictly for informational purposes.

  • You can access the database of candidates with disabilities running in Google Docs or Excel. Please note that candidates are divided among three tabs based on whether their races are at the national, state, or local level and the year of their campaign.

If you are a candidate with a disability and wish to be listed on this database, please fill out this form. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Blahovec, Disability Vote Organizer, at sarah@ncil.org or 202-207-0334 ext. 1103.