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Want to Run for Office? 4 Keys to Success

Have you ever considered running for public office? Since the presidential election of 2016 an increased wave of people, especially women, have jumped into politics. “The Game” is not for the faint of heart nor for people without the active intention to put in the time and gain the skills. Politics is more than TV ads and money.  Learn these four keys to begin an incredible political adventure: political ruling parties, cost of elections, networking ability and educational experiences.

National Committee Blessing

A famous statement in Washington, D.C. is that it’s a “two party” town.  Even though the DNC and RNC
are headquartered in D.C. they’re long arms reach across America.  Studies prove political aspirants must create
a meaningful connection and network within these establishments to rise through the ranks. Your average Joe or Joanne should begin with their local political offices.  Start volunteering for politicians to learn the tricks of the trade.
Attend fundraisers for the local and state politicians namely those that are presented by the State Democratic or Republican Committee.  People are allowed into the political realm by bringing politicians something of value for themselves.  Have you circulated petitions for their next campaign?  Are you willing to host political fundraisers and/or support parties in your home? Do you invite them to local events?  Start locally and it will grow.  The smallest step is usually the biggest. Eventually, political volunteers become operatives that are then ascended into higher “party status”.  Get your feet wet first.  Politics isn’t for the faint of heart.

Votes Equal Money

According to OpenSecrets Congressional races across the US cost over $4B each cycle.  A US Representative race can cost nearly $50M which occurred in Georgia this year. A small town local council seat can cost upwards of $30,000 or more.  Vote costs depend on population, geographic location, size of the county or district and campaign canvassers. First, an aspirant needs to have a large group of dedicated and free campaign volunteers.  Volunteers will field the campaign office, media inquiries, press releases to local papers, design campaign leaflets,
GOTV, petitions, campaign calendar and more. If the aspirant lacks volunteers, then they must have money.  All of the above volunteers will become paid campaign workers with at least minimum wage (dependent on the state that can become expensive if there are at least 30 workers at any given time).  People usually start local to attract the
state and national political committees that will ensure future funding.   Start with the local school council.  Start
talking to other concerned parents.  Make sure to volunteer at local organizations. The biggest cost is the time to volunteer to get your name out in the public before running for office.

Connect the Dots

The largest expense for any company selling a product is the time it takes for local stores to induce customers to try the product.  The same can be said of political aspirants.  The plutocrats consistently network, it’s the way they are reared. They grow their entire reputation and businesses by meeting like-minded professionals.  The Middle and Lower classes miss out on networking as they limit it to their direct neighbors.  Branch out! Even if an aspirant doesn’t own a business they should go to the local Chamber of Commerce meetings.  Go to presentations at the local library.  Go to every single event you may meet anyone outside of your immediate comfort
zone.   You’ll learn the movers and shakers names and intentions.  If you are time crunched then politics may be difficult.  It requires immense amount of networking that cannot be replaced with Facebook or Twitter.  Face to face meet and greets create an immediate connection.  Set your calendar and get going. Try moveon.org for samples of networking events.

Education Beyond School

Educated people have not always ruled the world.  There are plenty of drop outs including Bill Gates.  Education is more than arithmetic and spelling.  A person must learn everything regarding their proposed life path. The average American has very little educational background in investments.  People learned how to become millionaires from reading.  Power brokers and elites read at least one book per month on their trade and the world.  The ability to learn politics is everywhere from the library to a click on a computer. Read, read, read.  Commit to read at least one book a month, at least one documentary a month and three news sources a day.  People in the know have
an easier time connecting in conversation, learning new advances in their trades and know more events and resources. What’s the political history of your town or state?  You’ll need to know how people ran before, how people vote and more.  You don’t need a degree from Harvard to be a political elite, but you do need to know
politics.

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