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How to Run for Office: Building Your Kitchen Cabinet

Why you need one and who should — and should not — be included in your inner circle

Your kitchen cabinet is a strong asset to have in a political campaign. Whether you’re running for Congress or your local school board, having people with different points of view giving you advice can be enormously helpful. Every successful business has an advisory board, and your campaign should be no different. Typically a kitchen cabinet is made up of close [...]

January 25th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Developing Good Digital Content

How do we define “good content”?

If you’ve taken the NDTC Digital course (online or live), you know we encourage candidates to focus when it comes to creating a social media presence for their campaigns. Do one, do it well. For most people, that means have a presence on Facebook. With all the changes Facebook has been making, it’s only natural that many people are nervous [...]

January 24th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Social Media Tips

5 Ways to Create an Engaging Social Media Presence for your Campaign

If you’re not on social media, you’re missing a HUGE opportunity to engage supporters, spread your message, and build your persona (btw — these are not the only reasons you should be on social media). Post content regularly. Staying active on social media is essential to sustain a great social media presence. You want to post as often as possible so your [...]

January 22nd, 2018

How to Run for Office: Website Basics

Before you ask, yes, you need a website.

Websites are crucial to political campaigns for a couple of reasons. They are a form of media that you control as the candidate. While you can control social media accounts, they’re usually a short form of content and not the best place to go into detail about who you are and your stance issues. Websites are a great place to [...]

January 21st, 2018

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