Rising Stars

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Since 1988, Campaigns & Elections has recognized the up-and-comers of the campaign world with its coveted Rising Star award. Over the years, Rising Star recipients have climbed to the heights of politics, launching dozens of successful consulting firms and serving at the highest levels of state and federal campaigns.    

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 1988's inaugural class of Rising Stars: David Axelrod, Alex Castellanos, Rahm Emanuel, Ben Ginsberg, Celinda Lake and Mark Mellman. C&E Rising Stars have served in senior positions on the presidential campaigns of every major party nominee since 1992.      

So who will make up the class of 2015? That's up to you. C&E will select 10 Democrats, 10 Republicans and 5 International/Nonpartisan nominees. Nominations will open online starting Monday March 2 with this year's nominating period concluding on May 22.

To be eligible, nominees must be 35 years of age or younger. Elected officials will not be considered. The 2015 class of Rising Stars will be recognized at C&E's annual Art of Political Campaigning Conference in Washington, D.C. on July 27.

If you have any questions about the nomination process please contact C&E Editor Sean Miller: smiller@campaignsandelections.com