The American Government, including the national, state, and
local levels, has more than 400,000 elected and appointed public
officials according to a New York Times estimate. That number, more
than the number of people who work for most major companies, is a
tell-tale sign of just how important the political system is in
this country. To become part of it however, and realize your dream
of running and being elected to local office, you need to know
exactly what will be expected of you, what is going to come up
during the campaign, and how much time and energy the process might
take out of your life.
This book is written to guide every potential new politician
down the path of filing for, gathering support, and running for
local office, whether you are a lawman, judge, politician, or
concerned parent. You will start by reading a complete list of
everything you need to know about the process of running for
office, from the rules that govern your conduct, to the timeline
you can expect to start living. You will learn how to organize you
resources and start hiring campaign staff. You will learn how to
start creating a database of donors and individuals who can be
called or contacted when drumming up support. You will be walked
through the process of dredging up your own past and disclosing
everything you can about yourself to offset the potential for
negative campaigning by your opponent.
Successful local politicians and campaign staff have been
interviewed for this book and have provided detailed information
about what you can expect when you start the process of running for
office, from the door to door walking to the campaign literature
and signs that must be created. You will learn the ins and outs of
campaign fundraising and how to acquire the best possible
endorsements to your campaign. You will learn what events you
should be appearing at and how to start gaining access to
television commercial air time. Finally, you will be walked through
the phone bank and survey process on the road to the primaries and
through the primaries to what you can expect on Election Day. From
start to finish, you will learn everything you need to know to
effectively run and win your campaign for local office with this
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