Run for Office – Local Elections Project
Local Elections Project
"I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept. ~ ANGELA DAVIS"
The Oklahoma Democratic Party is committed to participating in the 2020 & 2022 Local Elections Project by completing the following activities:
- Provide a point of contact for the project
- Expand training and resources
- Identify positions to target in the 2021 and 2022 elections
- Recruit candidates for identified positions
- Support fundraising resources and activities
- Stress the winning value of Data and using VAN (Voter Activation Network)
- Encourage candidates to attend partnership training by the Oklahoma Democratic Party.
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 nuisances 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?
- Understand that the sooner you begin the better opportunity you have to fundraise and build your strategy.
- Be prepared to spend a lot of your time in the public eye. It is important to uphold ethical and moral standards as a representative of your community and to meet your constituents face-to-face.
- 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? How much money will you need to run your campaign and how much will you need to fundraise? Understand that most of your time will be spent raising a considerable amount of funding in order to run your campaign and pay for well needed resources.
- 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.
- Be prepared and willing to invest in hiring a professional campaign manager and/or work with a professional political consulting firm.
- Work with a campaign team on developing your campaign slogan and message.
The following organizations help train first-time candidates on the ins and outs of running for office and campaigning.
- The National Democratic Committee has launched I Will Run for first time Democratic Candidates
- 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.