Run for Office
"I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept. ~ ANGELA DAVIS"
Running for office requires a variety of skills not typically utilized in everyday life and requires thorough consideration due to the labor intensive commitment to both yourself and your family. Campaigning is also time consuming and costly (knocking doors, messaging, fundraising, attending local events, and traveling your district/state). But if you take crucial steps in setting up your strategy, you can minimize first-time nuances when you announce and begin the journey.
Consider the Following Tips Before You Run for Office
- Consider the position you would like to run for and how important it is to you and the skills you will bring to the office and position.
- What are the requirements for the chosen position?
- Be prepared to spend your time in the public eye. It is important to uphold ethical and moral standards as a representative of your community.
- Address past history issues that your opponent could dig up and use against you during campaigning
- What is your background, education, occupation and experience that your constituents will use to vet your qualifications?
- What is your budget and how much money will your need to run your campaign and how much will you need to fund raise?
- How will you setup your campaign team from Campaign Manager, Finance Director, Media to Volunteers?
- What do you know about your opponent?
- You will want to practice your debating public speaking skills.
- Work with a campaign team on developing your campaign slogan.
The following organizations help train first-time candidates on the ins and outs of running for office and campaigning.
- The National Democratic Training Committee offers free online training for Democratic candidates.
- Democracy for America holds on-the-ground candidate training for progressives across the country.
- Progressive Change Campaign Committee trains progressive candidates.
- EMILY’s List trains Democratic women and endorses candidates.
- The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute trains LGBTQ candidates.
- The New American Leaders Project offers a three-day program called “Ready to Lead” for potential candidates from immigrant communities.
- The New Politics Leadership Academy trains military veterans and alumni from the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and other service organizations for campaigns.
- Veterans Campaign offers weekend workshops for veterans considering a run for office.