How to Run for Office: Getting the Training You Need

We’ve got your back. Now through Election Day. We Train Democrats…to Win!

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Blue Wave Still Rolling Toward Midterm Elections Bloomberg, Apr. 20, 2018

Women and independents drive advantage for Democrats ahead of midterm elections, Post-ABC poll finds —Washington Post, Jan. 22, 2018

Early gauge for 2018 turnout shows good signs for DemocratsWashington Post, Feb. 4, 2018

We’ve seen the headlines, and we know you have too. That’s great. Democrats feel optimistic, energized and are ready to make the predictions of a wave in 2018 a reality.

What does this mean for you?

You’re running, not because you heard it was going to be a good year for Democrats, but because you’re fed up.

You’re disappointed.

Quite frankly you’re a little scared.

And you know you can do better.

So, what do these headlines mean for you?

Well, they mean you’ve got the political climate leaning in your favor. But, while a favorable climate might help your elections, it alone won’t win your elections.

The climate is just one of many things you need at your back.

Wait…you’re asking yourself now…what are the other things I need working in my favor?

Don’t worry. That’s where the NDTC steps in.

We’ve got your back

Today and all the way through Election Day.

At NDTC we know that there are more than half a million locally elected officials across the country.

That means this year alone, there are tens of thousands of Democrats running up and down the ballot to win one of those offices.

And, the best news….

You’re one of them.

We also know that you’re likely not a big-budget operation.

Your campaign will likely be run from your kitchen table.

Your treasurer might be your spouse or best friend.

And your field manager will probably be you.

…. oh, and your high school buddy has already pledged to help put out yard signs the first Saturday in October.

You’ve also got a full-time job, meals to cook, errands to run, and other obligations pulling you in all directions.

But, you’re committed. And you’re going to make a difference. And that’s why we’ve got your back.

Running a successful campaign isn’t rocket science. But if you’ve never run a campaign before it can all seem pretty complicated.

That’s exactly why we created NDTC.

Because we want to teach you how to run for office.

It’s why we’re doing something that’s never been done before.

And why we’ve committed to reach and help as many candidates as possible.

Now the strategies and tactics for running successful campaigns are within reach of every Democratic candidate in every race and in every state.

Now you can take them, adapt them, and win in November.

How to Run for Office: Your 2018 Campaign Action Plan

Step one: Over the last 30 days we’ve shared best-practices and blueprints on how to run for office on this blog.

This is a great place to start.

Because we’ve posted on just about every aspect of starting and running a campaign. Our goal is to build a bench of experienced Democratic campaigners — including you.

Go back and take a look, if you’ve missed a few of our blog posts. We cover everything from creating a kitchen cabinet and managing your volunteers to building strong digital content and even money saving tips.

Step two: Register at traindemocrats.org and take the tips and how-tos from our blog to the next level.

Our interactive and comprehensive online training is available on-demand — yes, even at 2 am when you can’t sleep because your list of campaign to-dos is running over and over in your head.

Step three: Register your campaign volunteers, because you know you won’t be able to do it all by yourself. Let them become your go-to resource for building out your field plan or helping refine your message calendar.

Let’s Win

And, know this…we’ve got your back. Right up to Election Day, we’ll be right there with you reminding you of everything from filing deadlines to early voting pushes in the fall.

Because this is what we do. We train Democrats, fuel momentum, and drive the Blue Wave!

We help Democrats — and you — win!

Let’s get started! Register NOW.

  Blue Wave
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.