So You Think You Want to Run?

So You Think You Want to Run?

About the Course

Still deciding whether running for office is right for you? At the very beginning stages of your campaign? This course is right for you. This course will help you decide whether you should run for office, what you want to run for, and when. You’ll outline your campaign’s timeline, map out what areas you need to develop to be a successful candidate, and create your candidate training plan.

When to Take This Course

We recommend this as the first NDTC course you take, as it provides some helpful background and instructions that will help you as you continue through additional courses. If you are still deciding on whether or not to run, greatyou’re starting at the right place.

Take Aways

By the end of this course, you will be ready to:

  • Decide whether you want to run, what you want to run for, and when.
  • Outline your campaign’s timeline.
  • Build your skills as a candidate and manager of your own success with NDTC’s online trainings.

By the end of this course, you will have these resources for your campaign:

  • A Research Guide to prepare your run
  • A Sample Campaign Timeline & Syllabus

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Course Instructor

Kelly Dietrich Kelly Dietrich Instructor

Kelly is the Founder and CEO of the National Democratic Training Committee. He has worked on dozens of campaigns at every level across the country. Kelly's specialty is in new campaign creation, candidate and staff training, and fundraising. In addition to working for 18+ years in Democratic politics, he teaches a class on political campaigns at DePaul University in Chicago, where he lives with his family and dog, a large hungry blue Weimaraner named Jack Bauer. Kelly started his career in 1998 with Rep. Dennis Moore in KS-03. He's an avid basketball and poker player, though never at the same time. His wife would point out that at no time in this biography was he described as "good" at either hobby. That was a conscious decision.