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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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