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How to Run for Office: Re-Rolodexing Yourself

Your campaign can never have too many contacts or too much support.

Re-Rolodexing This is part two of our first blog on Networking and Rolodexing. Be sure to check it out if you missed it! So you’ve built your campaign rolodex — the amount of information in front of you might be overwhelming — but don’t you fret. NDTC is here with a guide to organizing and categorizing your rolodex and improve your campaign networking. Keeping [...]

January 20th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Money Saving Tips

There’s strength in frugality

Campaigns cost money — a lot of money. However, it doesn’t mean you have to drain your bank account or go into debt for your campaign. NDTC is here with a few handpicked money saving tips to help you save money during your campaign. The main thing to remember is that your donors want you to spend money on winning the election, [...]

January 18th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Building a Finance Committee

Nearly every campaign wants to create a finance committee to raise money and take the burden off the candidate, but in reality, it’s not that easy. Much like a “magic” fundraising list, there is no “magic” trick to creating a successful finance committee. It takes time, planning and considerable work throughout a campaign. Finance committees have one goal — raising [...]

January 15th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Urban vs. Suburban vs. Rural

How your field plan will be different from all the rest

One-size-fits-all rarely ever actually fits. While this is usually said in the context of clothing and the wide variation in body type, this applies to campaigns too. Just like how each individual person has a different size and shape, campaigns are unique, influenced by several variables. Urban races are run very differently than rural races, with suburban campaigns falling somewhere [...]

January 14th, 2018

How to Run for Office: GOTV Make-a-Plan Scripts

Yes, you need one

You’ve knocked on doors, you’ve persuaded voters, and shook strangers’ hands. As you enter early voting season, you can see Election Day right around the corner. It’s all in the voters’ hands now, right? Wrong. There is still a ton of work you can do, and the most important of that is making sure your voters actually vote! While Election [...]

January 12th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Using Social Pressure

All the Cool Kids are Doing It

When you hear the term “Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV),” most people think of massive volunteer operations pushing people to the polls on behalf of a certain candidate. It’s fast-paced, data-driven, and often referred to as a political operatives favorite time of year. But what a lot of people don’t know is that effective GOTV programs require specific language, targeting, and follow-through. At [...]

January 11th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Some Real Talk on Voter Contact Expectations

“Politics is about shaking hands and kissing babies.” Has anyone ever actually said that to you? While it’s a tad simplistic, there is a tremendous amount of truth to the statement. The truth is, politics is about voter contact. Voter contact means introducing yourself personally (and with volunteers) directly to the voters. Most of the time voter contact means knocking [...]

January 10th, 2018

How to Provide Candidate Training For Every Democrat Ready to Run

‘It’s all about giving candidates access to the resources they need to be successful’

Running for office is no small undertaking. You need the right team. What seems at times like endless funds. Strategy and messaging of steel. And, most of all, effective candidate training to help you learn how to run a successful campaign. Candidate Training for Everyone? But what Kelly Dietrich, founder and CEO of NDTC, discovered was that these vital candidate training resources were [...]

January 10th, 2018

How to Run for Office: How to Set a Vote Goal

Running as a Democrat in an deep red Republican district?

The most important number on any campaign is the vote goal — the number of votes that you need to win on Election Day. A vote goal is what dictates the size and direction of your campaign. Without that ultimate number, how would you know what to do? Right now, there are more Democrats running for office than ever before. Many are [...]

January 9th, 2018

How to Run for Office: The Political Dictionary

The Go-To Guide for Political Newbies

We’ve all heard that Schoolhouse Rock song about how a bill becomes a law (if you haven’t, here it is). But for some of us, that’s where our political knowledge stops. If you’ve been keeping up with our blogs and have your head spinning with some of the terms we’ve been using, fear not — NDTC is here with a guide to [...]

January 8th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Keepers of the Keys (to the Democratic Party)

How to Get to Know the People You Need to Know

Oftentimes, campaigns are won because of the connections you make. No matter the size of the election, you’ll have to get to know the gatekeepers and the people who run the Democratic Party in your locality to really become a viable candidate in your race. Keepers of the Keys What are gatekeepers? Who are “party folks”? Essentially, these are the [...]

January 5th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Networking and Rolodexing

Break out that holiday card list again — it’s a great starting point for building your campaign rolodex.

You’re not going to win this election on your own. Your personal network is going to provide the foundation on which you are going to build your campaign. What exactly is a network? Your network is practically every person you’ve ever met or every person that you’ve formed a relationship with. And we mean ‘relationship’ in the broadest sense. Your [...]

January 4th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Your First Kitchen Cabinet Meeting

So, you’ve decided to run for office — or maybe you haven’t. Maybe you’re still on the fence considering your options. Enter: your kitchen cabinet. Your closest circle of advisors is an invaluable asset to your potential campaign. What exactly is a kitchen cabinet? In short, it’s a group of about 5–7 people usually made up of your trusted family and friends. [...]

January 3rd, 2018

How to Run for Office: 30 Steps to Getting Your Campaign Off the Ground

If you’re running for office (or even considering it) you’ve probably heard or read about the sheer number of first time candidates running. Getting your campaign started can be a daunting task, but that's why we're here. There’s a big blue wave coming in 2018. We know it is going to be beautiful and we want to help make it happen! [...]

January 2nd, 2018