How to Run a Campaign Meeting

The "Meetings Don't have to be Miserable" Guide

Reading Time: 6 minutes As Democrats, we love meetings. The tussle over competing ideas for a big fundraiser. The crispness of an agenda sliding off a freshly printed stack. Ok, so we don’t all love meetings. But maybe we could? Maybe we could at least like them! With these guidelines you can keep your meetings focused and make them enjoyable for anyone!

July 25th, 2018

How to Run for Office: What’s Your Message

Message box. Story of self. Public narrative.  Your campaign message. These are all terms you may have heard before that will help you create your message in your attempt to connect with your voters and fellow citizens. You’ve got wonderful reasons for running. You've got passion. You’ve got amazing qualifications. You have developed complex opinions about the issues that face [...]

January 29th, 2018

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: 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: Writing Thank You Notes

Your mom made you write these for a reason

Ah, thank you notes. The “burden” of every fun event from childhood. I can’t be the only person who dreaded writing thank you notes as a kid . Why should I have to spend an hour (which seemed like an eternity at 7 years old) writing thank you notes to distant relatives the day after my birthday before I could play [...]

January 19th, 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: Credit Card Processing

Credit Card Processing 101

In the modern world where fewer and fewer people carry cash and heavily rely on electronic payments to pay for goods, credit cards are more prevalent than ever. For some campaigns, having the ability to process electronic payments is crucial — for others, it’s less than necessary. Here are some facts to help you decide whether your campaign needs to be able [...]

January 17th, 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

How to Run for Office: Using Social Pressure

All the Cool Kids are Doing It

When you hear the term “Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV),” most people think of massive volunteer operations pushing people to the polls on behalf of a certain candidate. It’s fast-paced, data-driven, and often referred to as a political operatives favorite time of year. But what a lot of people don’t know is that effective GOTV programs require specific language, targeting, and follow-through. At [...]

January 11th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Some Real Talk on Voter Contact Expectations

“Politics is about shaking hands and kissing babies.” Has anyone ever actually said that to you? While it’s a tad simplistic, there is a tremendous amount of truth to the statement. The truth is, politics is about voter contact. Voter contact means introducing yourself personally (and with volunteers) directly to the voters. Most of the time voter contact means knocking [...]

January 10th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Doing Your Research

Information is power. And when you’re in the beginning stages of your campaign, the more information you have at your fingertips the better.

Opposition research isn’t glamorous and isn’t about finding personal “dirt” on your opponent. But, if your opponent claims they’ve never voted for a tax increase, but you know they have, now you have a story. Of course, the same goes for yourself. You’ll need to do some “self-research” so you know what your opponents might know about you. In any [...]

January 6th, 2018