How to Run for Political Office

So you want to run for office–”get into the world of politics?” Many qualified candidates fail to reach their goals because they make the same mistakes. Major problems can be solved by drawing up a plan to follow during the campaign, in effect, a “road map to victory”. A campaign plan allows you to know where the pitfalls and strengths lie. It can even give a healthy estimate on funds needed to achieve victory and where to find it. These are some tips and guides to help candidates run a more effective campaign. Check into how to get started in local politics there are several options and steps.


  1. Make sure you really want to run for political office and that your family is willing.
  2. Bet yourself and your entire family that you can do it.
  3. Appoint a capable core–campaign team: manager, treasurer and/or fund-raising chair, public relations, speech/position paper editor, volunteer coordinator. Number of core people varies with each campaign.
  4. Research issues in the district you’re running in and brainstorm with your core..
  5. Research your opponent(s).
  6. Develop your message, your logo and a simple memorable campaign slogan.
  7. Get access to your party’s database. In addition, any other consumer demographics you can find or buy. Database, database, database. Everything always goes back to the database.
  8. Develop a fund-raising plan about mailings, speaking, etc.
  9. Send out requests, telephone and meet with major party contributors for initial contributions to fuel the beginning campaign.
  10. Generate an initial campaign literature print piece with your background and picture.
  11. Order stacks of donor envelopes with a volunteer form printed right on them.
  12. Have your Web site set up and ready with ability to collect money and gather voter data before you formally announce.
  13. Make your announcement at an event with the maximum press coverage possible.
  14. Get petitions signed and delivered on time.
  15. Develop additional graphics, posters, print materials, etc.
  16. Investigate multi-media video, TV, Web, etc.
  17. Coordinate letter writing campaigns to the editors.
  18. Prepare for debates and interviews (practice seriously).
  19. Organize and motivate volunteers: Phone banking addressing envelopes, house parties, door-to-door etc. Most campaigns are won on the ground.

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