If you’ve found your way to this website then you’ve decided to run for public office — or you’re thinking very hard about it.
Either way, I welcome you and appreciate your desire to participate in our American democratic process and to make a lasting positive impact on your community.
There’s a good chance you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed.
That’s all right. It’s quite normal.
My former boss used to say that campaigning for office was like running 100 miles per hour with your hair on file.
To help you start out, know which steps to take, and in what order to proceed, here’s a list of articles detailing where you as a candidate should begin your political campaign.
For your convenience, I’ve broken them down into three easy segments that will effectively help you set up and start your political campaign.
Additionally, I’ve recently added a page to the site called The Coronavirus Crisis and Political Campaigning.
The novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease has upended every aspect of American life, including political campaigns.
This new page is being frequently updated with the latest advice and strategies that candidates will need to adjust to the so-called “new normal” and successfully campaign for elected office.
Now to jump into the topics related to launching your political campaign, all you need to do is tap any blue headline listed below and it will take you to the article on that topic.
Before You Decide to Run
If this individual isn’t 100% on board, you might want to reconsider running for office.
Some people worry about starting their campaign too early. It’s starting too late that’s the real problem.
Of all the reasons people run for office, this should never be one of them.
In the heat of the campaign, this question will come up. It’s better to answer it before your campaign starts.
While most incumbents get re-elected, that’s not always the case. Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking about challenging someone for their seat.
Organizing Your Campaign
You need to stay out of trouble as a candidate — which is why you need to read this article.
Think you can run for office on your own? Think you can’t do it without professional help? This article will guide you when it comes to making this decision.
If you’re going to bring someone on to run your campaign, here’s what you need to know before you do.
If you’re going to be a serious contender, then you must raise money. Here’s the best way to crank up your fundraising and put your campaign into overdrive.
There’s a lot of people out there who will say they want to help your campaign — what they really want is your money. You need to keep an eye out for them and on your campaign funds at all times.
Starting Your Campaign
You need signs. But do you know what goes into a good, winning sign? This free ebook will give you the answers.
Anyone who says they will endorse you needs to sign a card making it official. Here’s how to make your endorsement cards.
It’s one of the easiest ways for people to donate to your campaign. Here’s what you need to know to make remit envelopes.
If you haven’t already purchased a domain for your campaign’s website, read this article now — before it’s too late.
You need to let people know you’re a candidate for office. This free course will teach you how to write, format, and distribute press releases to do that — and so much more.
If you have any questions or comments about this, please feel free to reach out to me directly.
Founder, The Campaign School