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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

The Training You Need to Win

2018-04-09T11:00:45+00:00

The Training You Need to Win by Ben Head, Jan Schakowsky Campaign Academy, @RepSchakowsky Whether you’re an experienced campaign veteran looking to refresh your skills or a newcomer looking to start making change, there are great options to get a variety of professional political training for little or no cost right here in Illinois.  Below you’ll find trusted training programs and organizations that can give you the tools and experience to be an effective advocate for our shared values. IWIL Training Academy: The Illinois Women’s Institute of Leadership Training Academy selects twelve women each year to participate in an eight-month [...]

The Training You Need to Win2018-04-09T11:00:45+00:00

How to Run for Office: Keep Your Message Local

2018-03-11T23:08:19+00:00

How to Run for Office: What’s Your Message by National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems Focus on the people getting you into office: your voters. We get it. It is so easy to get distracted on the campaign trail. When you’re talking about the same issues every single day, it’s tempting to go on a tirade about the current administration or your opinions on our relations with Russia. Resist the temptation! But if you do give in, here’s one piece of advice: Always bring it back home. Talk about what matters to your voters and issues facing your community. There’s enough [...]

How to Run for Office: Keep Your Message Local2018-03-11T23:08:19+00:00