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Building an Email List: It’s Really Not Scary

Building an Email List: It’s Really Not Scary by Natasha Smith, User Experience and Communications Manager, National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems You need to build an email list for your campaign. Here’s how to do that with Action Network: If you’re running a campaign, you need a digital presence — sorry, but Facebook and Twitter just don’t cut [...]

Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership

Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership by IWIL Executive Director Christina Nowinski, @iwilinfo For more than 15 years, the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership (IWIL) has been working to propel and empower women to hold elected and appointed positions in the state of Illinois. Each year, IWIL selects approximately 12 women to participate in an [...]

Walking in Trump Country

Walking in Trump Country by John Curtis, candidate for State Representative (93rd District), @ElectJohnCurtis The 2016 election was not a good one for Democrats.   But although I came up short in my campaign for state representative, I learned some lessons that I think will lead us to victory in 2018 and that might help [...]

Build The Bench

Build The Bench by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, @CheriBustos As Democrats, We Need to Build the Bench Any Democratic County Chairman will tell you that candidate recruitment is a daunting task. Finding the right person with the qualifications can be difficult whether you are recruiting for County Board or Congress. When I served as the [...]

Asking for Money

Asking for Money by Natasha Smith, User Experience and Communications Manager, National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems In a horrible take of the famous Gretzky quote: “You don’t get 100% of the checks you never ask for.” (OK, I know — bad grammar and it can read a few different ways, but you get my point.) People do [...]

Direct Mail for Local Elections

Direct Mail for Local Elections by Gillian Rosenberg Armour, Vice President, Wildfire Contact, @wfcontact What is direct mail? In campaigns, there are 3 types of mail: Persuasion Direct Mail - mail that is targeted at a group of people who are likely to vote in that election, and who you can persuade to vote [...]

Polling in a New Era of Polling for Local Campaigns

Polling in a New Era of Polling for Local Campaigns By: Dave Fako, President and Senior Strategist, Fako Research & Strategies, @FakoResearch www.fakoresearch.com  We all saw what happened in the 2016 elections.  Numerous publicly available polls and most polling aggregators were predicting a win for Hillary Clinton, some estimating a large electoral college victory.  [...]

Southland Friends of Labor – Labor Friendly Political Training Recap

Southland Friends of Labor – Labor Friendly Political Training Recap By Wei Luo, @DuPage_Dems On June 24, I joined fellow Democrats for a labor friendly political training workshop in Chicago Heights. Having recently returned to the greater Chicago area after graduating from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, I was looking for ways to [...]

Running a successful rural field operation

Running a Successful Rural Field Operation by Nolan Drea, Illinois Senate Democratic Victory Fund, @ISDVF No matter what office you are running for, a strong field operation can be the difference between tears of joy and tears of sadness on election night. Running a successful field operation is difficult in any environment, but there [...]

Leveraging Emerging Outreach Technology

Leveraging Emerging Outreach Technology By Ben Head, Political Director, Schakowsky for Congress, @RepSchakowsky It has been repeatedly demonstrated, through a variety of disciplines, that the most effective way to reach voters is to have real conversations with them.  Large-scale direct voter contact programs can, however, be difficult to implement and maintain. Exciting data management [...]