Overcoming the Struggles of a School Board Candidate

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, [...]

August 13th, 2019

A Guide to Political Networking

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 [...]

July 23rd, 2019

Life on the Campaign Trail

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 [...]

July 9th, 2019

Government 101: Candidate Guide to Our Political System

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 [...]

June 25th, 2019

What Office Should I Run For?

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 [...]

April 30th, 2019

January How to Run for Office FAQ

NDTC Staff Answers Your Questions in the January Office Hours

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 [...]

February 7th, 2019

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 [...]

January 25th, 2019

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 [...]

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