The Importance of School Board Elections School board elections are incredibly important. Though many people discount the influence of their local school board, the group makes a huge difference in the community. The school board often has a more direct effect than either state or federal government officials. To give you an idea of the influence of school board officials, [...]
Relationships Matter It’s incredibly important for all candidates to remember that no campaign is won alone. Successful campaigns are the result of a strong network of family, friends, and supporters. These are the people who organize and mobilize voters to help your campaign succeed! But first thing’s first - how do you create a network? We wanted to create a [...]
Expectation vs. Reality According to movies and TV, life on the campaign trail is constant work, but rather glamorous. Think of shows like The West Wing and Scandal - huge staff, endless budgets, and incredibly high stakes. While it’s true a campaign is a lot of work, these programs don’t really show what life is actually like on the campaign [...]
Between all of the different levels, offices, and various organizations involved in American government, it can be tough to keep track! So, if you’re thinking about getting involved in politics, you should start by understanding the alphabet soup that is our political system. That’s why we’ve put together this basic Government 101 candidate guide. The information in this guide will [...]
When you decide you want to run for public office you have to make a lot of important decisions. Before any of those decisions are made there is one question that you need to answer before anything else; what office should I run for? If you’re considering running for office the choice of which office is best for you may [...]
Are you thinking about running for office or in the beginning stages of your campaign? There are probably a million questions buzzing around in your head (and that actually won’t change much as your campaign progresses). Have no fear! We’ve got your back. NDTC Director of Online Trainings Rose Clouston answered trainees’ questions about how to run for office on [...]
Requirements to Run for Public Office as a Democrat
State-by-State Information Guide for Progressive Candidates
There are many hoops to jump through between having the thought “I should run for office” and punching a hole in a ballot with your name on it. First, you have to think about the issues you’re passionate about and figure out which office most directly affects those issues. But even before you go through those steps, many people first [...]
Reading Time: 3 minutes There's a good chance that your voters won't agree with you on everything. Focus on finding the common ground that you can both agree on to win their vote.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Want to improve your social media game? Social media gives you a chance to reach voters anytime, anywhere. Check out what NDTC has to say about the best social media tips for your campaign.
Reading Time: 5 minutes You can't win an election by yourself: your volunteer team is the driving force of your campaign. Learn about volunteer management and how to build an effective volunteer team.
Sending emails will not win your campaign for you. Sending emails will not mean you will eclipse your fundraising goals. You’re still going to have to knock on doors, call people, and have face to face conversations. However, you probably won’t win your election if you do not include email as a part of your overall digital strategy. Sending emails [...]
How to Run for Office: Keep Your Message Local
Focus on the people getting you into office: your voters.
We get it. It is so easy to get distracted on the campaign trail. When you’re talking about the same issues every single day, it’s tempting to go on a tirade about the current administration or your opinions on our relations with Russia. Resist the temptation! Focus on your campaign message. But if you do give in, here’s one piece of [...]
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 [...]
Most people don’t schedule their week’s worth of social media content ahead of time — but then again, candidates aren’t most people. While it might sound a bit tedious, planning out what content you’re going to post, what platform you’re going to post it on, and what time of day that content will go live is a great way to stay on [...]