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The IDCCA / NDTC Bootcamp helped to get me elected!

2018-12-11T14:30:21+00:00

The IDCCA / NDTC Bootcamp helped to get me elected! by Carlos Acosta, McHenry County Board Member – District 5, @mchenrydems “I want to run for something.  Now what do I do?” This was the only question I brought with me to the 2017 Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association National Democratic Training Committee Bootcamp. The Bootcamp answered the question and more. My background may not have initially led be to want to serve in government, but it did make me an activist. I have been a Social Worker for over 20 years and was the co-founder and leader of the [...]

The IDCCA / NDTC Bootcamp helped to get me elected!2018-12-11T14:30:21+00:00

Run for Office: Ready, Set, Run 30-Day Challenge

2018-12-11T14:21:30+00:00

Run for Office: Ready, Set, Run 30-Day Challenge by National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems Should you run for office? The short answer is YES! As more votes get counted, the takeaways from the 2018 midterms grow even more exciting. In addition to a historic number of engaged voters and a higher turnout rate than any midterm election of the last 104 years, this election saw a greater margin for Democrats in Congress than the GOP waves of 2010 or 1994 did for the GOP. Even more important than the blue wave in the House is the one that swept across every [...]

Run for Office: Ready, Set, Run 30-Day Challenge2018-12-11T14:21:30+00:00

IDCCA Blue Wave Voter Guide

2018-10-08T16:03:05+00:00

Election Day is Tuesday November 6th. The Illinois Democratic County Chairs' Association has developed a handy Voter Guide for convenience. The IDCCA Voter Guide includes: * Candidate pictures and links to website / social media * Ability to share, save, or print this ballot to take into the voting booth * Information about voting by mail, voting early, or voting on Election Day * Customizable action plans for where and when to vote (Early Voting or Election Day Voting) * Receive reminder emails or texts about your plan to vote The IDCCA is committed to getting Democrats elected from the Statehouse [...]

IDCCA Blue Wave Voter Guide2018-10-08T16:03:05+00:00

Recruiting GOTV Volunteers

2018-10-08T15:35:53+00:00

Recruiting GOTV Volunteers by National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems As Election Day draws nearer, you may be wondering how you can accomplish everything you need to in your local county. Your local Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts are limited by the time, people, and money at your disposal, and recruiting GOTV volunteers is especially vital. The most crucial element of GOTV is voter contact - as a party, we succeed when we connect with voter’s face to face. Because time is limited, we need help from as many people as possible. Whether you’re a precinct captain seeking help to [...]

Recruiting GOTV Volunteers2018-10-08T15:35:53+00:00

#18FOR18 – An IDCCA Challenge for Early Voting

2018-10-08T15:10:23+00:00

#18FOR18 – An IDCCA Challenge for Early Voting Did you see the media coverage Rock Island County Democrats received for voting early? IDCCA President and Rock Island County Chair Doug House helped promote early voting by creating a simple #18FOR18 event. Early voting is a gift for all Illinois citizens. It’s convenient, accessible, and provides an opportunity to get your vote out of the way in order to help our Democratic candidates with the GOTV promotion they need. The IDCCA is issuing a challenge to you and every one of our 102 counties: In the month of October, help Democrats [...]

#18FOR18 – An IDCCA Challenge for Early Voting2018-10-08T15:10:23+00:00

Making the Blue Wave Happen

2018-09-09T17:40:58+00:00

Making the Blue Wave Happen by National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems A Not-So-Uncommon Story Sarah decided to run 48 hours before the caucus. The absence of another candidate was reason enough for her to run. She didn’t want to run alone, and she had two days to convince others to run with her. On December 6th, 2016, I gathered with eighty of my fellow Democrats from Normal, Illinois gathered for a caucus at the local Senior Center. We nominated Sarah and a slate of 5 other candidates for positions on a board that no Democrat had ever served on before. [...]

Making the Blue Wave Happen2018-09-09T17:40:58+00:00

Your Campaign Message: The Story of Us and Now in the Personal Narrative

2018-07-15T13:23:47+00:00

Your Campaign Message: Understanding the Personal Narrative by National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems Storytelling and Structure Before we dive into the stories of us and now, let’s quickly review what we’ve learned so far. In part one, we focused on the importance of storytelling and how it fits into different contexts. While speechmaking is limited to the stage, you can tell a story anywhere. Last month, we also established how the personal narrative adds the element of “you” to your campaign. Your experiences coupled with your stances on your local issues and support for your community creates a well-rounded and compelling [...]

Your Campaign Message: The Story of Us and Now in the Personal Narrative2018-07-15T13:23:47+00:00

Your Campaign Message: The Personal Narrative and Story of Self

2018-06-11T12:59:30+00:00

Your Campaign Message: Understanding the Personal Narrative by National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems A Quick Recap Let’s quickly review the importance of storytelling and how your personal narrative fits in. In part one (May 2018 IDCCA Newsletter), we went over the difference between storytelling and speech making: we saw that where speech making is often static and one-sided, storytelling is dynamic and personal. What makes storytelling powerful is its transformative nature. Your story can be used in different contexts with different people — and it is that fluidity that is powerful. It can be used in virtually any setting if [...]

Your Campaign Message: The Personal Narrative and Story of Self2018-06-11T12:59:30+00:00

Your Campaign Message: Understanding the Personal Narrative

2018-05-07T09:53:46+00:00

Your Campaign Message: Understanding the Personal Narrative by National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems We live our lives in stories. If you think about it, even the tiniest details, the small mundane events, all count as stories. When you run for office, you not only have to focus on the issues and community — you have to showcase yourself. It’s important to make sure voters see you as the candidate and person that you are. You do this by weaving in your personal experiences into your campaign message. This is your personal narrative. In this three-part series, we’ll break down the [...]

Your Campaign Message: Understanding the Personal Narrative2018-05-07T09:53:46+00:00

How to Run for Office: In-Kind Contributions Explained

2018-04-09T11:21:30+00:00

How to Run for Office: In-Kind Contributions Explained by National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems Every campaign is looking to save money. You may have a friend who will cater your events for free or a supporter who wants to donate t-shirts for all of your volunteers. Maybe a local car dealer wants to lend you a car for use on the campaign trail. These are all wonderful, but each is an in-kind contribution and can be a fundraising pitfall if not handled correctly. When someone gives you a contribution (something of value) that isn’t cash or sells your campaign something [...]

How to Run for Office: In-Kind Contributions Explained2018-04-09T11:21:30+00:00