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What Can Candidates Do Over the Holidaysby National Democratic Training Committee, @TrainDemsThe holidays are almost here and nearly every campaign wonders what to do while voters are focused more on family and not politics.Rather than hibernating for several weeks, campaigns have an excellent opportunity to build relationships and do some good in the community. Here are four suggestions for candidates between now and New Year’s.Holiday Cards – Now is a perfect time to send a holiday card to every supporter, volunteer and donor in your database. Holiday cards are a little work, but worth the effort. They help maintain your list and keep relationships warm with those who support your campaign. Don’t just do an email, send a letter. Write personal notes on the cards to special...
Campaigning in the Time of Trump:Three Steps Every Campaign and Local Party Need to Follow to Capitalize on Trumpby Kelly Dietrich, National Democratic Training Committee, @TrainDems TrainDemocrats.orgThe current mood of the country and within the Democratic Party is a mix of fear, frustration and a big desire to do “something.” It isn’t everyday millions of people, most of whom are not regularly politically active, take to the streets to protest organically. The question facing every local party leader and candidate is: How to do channel and use this energy to win at the ballot box?We have three suggestions for every campaign and party. The central idea is simple: Be aggressive and play the long game. Don’t let this unique moment in American history pass by. Take advantage of...
Forgive the sarcasm with a click bait title. The past few weeks we’ve seen a lot of articles touting some truly amazing tools to help candidates win elections. Most of the recommendations are impressive and can be very effective, but really only with campaigns that have the budgets and expertise to use them correctly.Most candidates don’t have the means to afford many of the “newest” technologies, nor do they have the expertise to use them to the fullest extent. In our opinion, there is still only one “best” tool available to win a campaign: A comprehensive Campaign Plan. Yep. The old school campaign plan is the most important tool any candidate can have to help them win their election. Every campaign, large or small, needs one.Think about it for a minute. How else do you know...