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

How to Run for Office: Networking and Rolodexing

Break out that holiday card list again — it’s a great starting point for building your campaign rolodex.

You’re not going to win this election on your own. Your personal network is going to provide the foundation on which you are going to build your campaign. What exactly is a network? Your network is practically every person you’ve ever met or every person that you’ve formed a relationship with. And we mean ‘relationship’ in the broadest sense. Your [...]

January 4th, 2018

What is the National Democratic Training Committee?

We Train Dems.

What is the National Democratic Training Committee? Well, it is our goal to create the ultimate political candidate training tool and resource center for any Democrat running for office anywhere in the country. The strategies and tactics of modern campaigns apply across the spectrum of elections. Big. Small. State. Local. It doesn’t matter if you want to run for school board, [...]

April 9th, 2017