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How to Run for Office: What’s Your Message

2018-02-11T14:02:03+00:00

How to Run for Office: What’s Your Message by Natasha Smith, User Experience and Communications Manager, National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems Message box. Story of self. Public narrative. 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’ve developed complex opinions about the issues that face your area. But you shouldn’t overwhelm folks by sharing all of that with them every time you engage voters. Talk about overwhelming! You [...]

How to Run for Office: What’s Your Message 2018-02-11T14:02:03+00:00

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

2018-01-15T12:27:18+00:00

How to Run for Office: Some Real Talk on Voter Contact Expectations by Natasha Smith, User Experience and Communications Manager, National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems “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 doors and making phone calls, but it also includes glad handing and working the crowd [...]

How to Run for Office: Some Real Talk on Voter Contact Expectations 2018-01-15T12:27:18+00:00

How to Run for Office: Building Your Kitchen Cabinet

2017-12-11T11:56:14+00:00

How to Run for Office: Building Your Kitchen Cabinet by Natasha Smith, User Experience and Communications Manager, National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems 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 family, trusted friends, and [...]

How to Run for Office: Building Your Kitchen Cabinet 2017-12-11T11:56:14+00:00

Voter Contact

2017-11-13T14:06:05+00:00

Voter Contact by Natasha Smith, User Experience and Communications Manager, National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems Campaigns can seem daunting to people who have difficulty with small talk. Just the thought of approaching strangers and striking up a conversation with them can seem daunting. More people have problems with casual conversation than you might think. And many who appear good at it have just had time to practice. The first step in getting over your distaste for small talk is realizing that it doesn’t need to be impersonal or vaguely alien. In fact, it can be quite comfortable. If you have the [...]

Voter Contact 2017-11-13T14:06:05+00:00

What To Look For In A Campaign Treasurer

2017-10-17T10:47:20+00:00

What To Look For In A Campaign Treasurer by Natasha Smith, User Experience and Communications Manager, National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems   Every campaign needs a treasurer, whether it be for a small-town city council race or a Senate election. But choosing the wrong person for the job can be enormously costly. Here we’ll break down the three kinds of treasurers that you can hire and why or why not you’d want to bring them on your team. But before we get into the different kinds of treasurers, let’s talk about what a treasurer does (or is supposed to do). [...]

What To Look For In A Campaign Treasurer 2017-10-17T10:47:20+00:00

Building an Email List: It’s Really Not Scary

2017-09-18T11:39:04+00:00

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 it. You need to build an engaged list of supporters who will volunteer for your campaign, fundraise for you, and, most importantly, vote for you. That means building an email list. It’s the strongest way to reach your base and gets you talking to the people [...]

Building an Email List: It’s Really Not Scary 2017-09-18T11:39:04+00:00

Asking for Money

2017-08-06T17:38:09+00:00

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 not just send in checks to every political campaign they come across or like. Even big, multi-million-dollar national campaigns actively ask supporters for donations. Why would you be any different? Unfortunately, when you run for office, you have no choice. To win an election, you need [...]

Asking for Money 2017-08-06T17:38:09+00:00

Southland Friends of Labor – Labor Friendly Political Training Recap

2017-07-10T09:59:42+00:00

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 support progressive candidates and issues in my community going into the 2018 elections. The workshop, hosted by the Southland Friends of Labor, ILDCCA, and National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC), provided the tools I needed to do just that. Natasha Smith of the NDTC and Dan Kovats [...]

Southland Friends of Labor – Labor Friendly Political Training Recap 2017-07-10T09:59:42+00:00

Democratic Chairmen’s Association Trains Nearly 100 Candidates

2017-06-16T14:27:31+00:00

For Immediate Release May 22, 2017 Media Advisory Contact: Dan Kovats, IDCCA Executive Director (773) 351-7818 / dankovats@gmail.com  Democratic Chairmen’s Association Trains Nearly 100 Candidates Trump-Rauner Failures are Fuel to the Fire of Democratic Recruitment Efforts Springfield, IL – Today the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association (IDCCA) and the National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC, http://www.traindemocrats.org/) announced the results of their first ever IDCCA + NDTC Candidate Bootcamp training session for interested Democratic candidates. “Our first ever training camp attracted 76 candidates from 35 different counties across Illinois. Democrats are engaged and ready to fight back against the disastrous Trump-Rauner agenda in [...]

Democratic Chairmen’s Association Trains Nearly 100 Candidates 2017-06-16T14:27:31+00:00

IDCCA & National Democratic Training Committee 2017 Candidate Boot Camp

2017-04-10T13:00:31+00:00

IDCCA / National Democratic Training Committee 2017 Candidate Boot Camp Friday May 19th – Sunday May 21st @ILDCCA @TrainDems The Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association is partnering with the National Democratic Training Committee to host our first ever Candidate Boot Camp! This three-day training will take place on Friday, May 19th through Sunday, May 21st at the Crowne Plaza – Springfield. The training will be geared towards individuals who are considering running for County Wide, County Board or municipal offices. Candidates will learn everything from putting together their campaign plan to how prepare for Election Day. Candidates will go through [...]

IDCCA & National Democratic Training Committee 2017 Candidate Boot Camp 2017-04-10T13:00:31+00:00