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How to Ask for Money for Your Campaign

Personal solicitation is one of the most important methods of fundraising for local campaigns.  This method involves having the candidate and key supporters solicit donations either face-to-face or over the phone in a one on one setting.  Because of the large time commitment it requires, this method is generally reserved for major donors; that is, [...]

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Running for Office in a College Town

This article authored exclusively for Local Victory by Zach Friend* You moved to the town because of the wealth of coffee shops, bookstores and music clubs. You have even been known to stop by the pizza house downtown for a slice after a late night movie.  However, for all of the benefits of living in [...]

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The Right Way to Hold a Voter Registration Drive

For most campaigns, registering new voters is a luxury they can not afford. Voter registration drives are usually best left to nonpartisan civic groups and community organizations. The majority of campaigns can best use their limited resources elsewhere, and only attempt to register new voters when directly asked, such as when a supporter asks the campaign [...]

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Beginner’s Guide to Political Communications

After an exhaustive recent conversation about setting up his political campaign, a first-time candidate for public office asked me, “What’s the most important thing I need to know that I haven’t asked you about yet?” I thought about the question for awhile…  He had asked about fundraising (he knew he needed to know about raising [...]

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Great Websites for Political Candidates

When we started Local Victory almost nine years ago, there weren’t a lot of great resources on the Internet (or in print, for that matter, with a few notable exceptions) for people running for political office.  Sure, there were some companies online selling products to candidates, but not much in the way of actionable information, [...]

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How to Run a Great Door to Door Campaign

In local campaigns, often one of the most cost-effective and beneficial activities is door-to-door campaigning. While national and even statewide campaigns tend to shun door-to-door as a way to reach voters and will use it only sparingly as a way to generate media attention, candidates for local and county office can set up effective door-to-door programs [...]

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How to Win Election Contests in Small Districts

There are well over 500,000 elected offices in the United States.  Add in all of the elected officials in all of the democracies in the world, and you’ve got millions and millions of elected offices worldwide. The vast majority of these elected positions are for small, local offices.  While we all hear about the huge [...]

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5 Tips for Recruiting Political Volunteers

Getting volunteers for your local political campaign is hard.  People are busy.  They have PTA meetings, soccer games, and family  functions, not to mention jobs to go to and homework to help with.  Today, even more than ten or twenty years ago, people often don’t have time to volunteer on political campaigns.  Even when you [...]

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Winning Elections in the New American Politics

Folks, things have changed in American politics.  Not drastically, despite what our friends in the media would have you believe, but ever so subtly.  You see, the more things change in politics, the more they stay the same.  No amount of time will ever diminish the need to develop a strong message, connect with the voters, [...]

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How to Overcome your Biggest Roadblocks when Running for Office

Lots of people think about running for office. Lots of people have great ideas about how their local, county, state, or national government should be run. Lots of people are passionate about certain issues or causes, and want to make a real difference by serving in government. Sadly, very few who think about running for [...]

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How to Set Up a Minor Donor Program

It seems that every campaign and organization is setting up a major donor program these days.  Major donor programs are one of the significant fundraising tools in most campaigns’ arsenals.  What many campaigns overlook, however, is that less-often heralded cousin of the major donor program — the minor donor program. Minor donors are important to [...]

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Winning a Run-Off Election

With fifty states, thousands of counties and hundreds of thousands of municipalities, each with their own laws and regulations, it’s no wonder that election rules vary widely across the United States (not to mention across the globe). One unique challenge faced annually by many candidates is the dreaded run-off election.  Some states and cities have [...]

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