"Every festival, county fair, auto show, you name it, I showed up to it. If there was an event with more than two people, I was there."
Stefan Mychajliw Erie County (NY) Comptroller
"All I wanted to do is make my home, my community, the best that it can be."
Kim Bracey Former Mayor, York PA
"Asking people the right questions, like 'what's bothering them, what they want to see changed,'... you can get a great conversation out of that."
Brian Kulpa Supervisor, Town of Amherst, NY
"I often talk to students trying to determine where they want to go in life. I always try to mention: give a thought towards public service."
Lynn Marinelli Former Erie County (NY) Legislature Chairwoman
"I still talk to people today who say to me, 'I remember when you came to my house five years ago when you ran for mayor.' They'll never forget that."
Rob Ortt New York State Assembly Minority Leader
"You have to have a clear rationale for your candidacy, and believe it right down to your socks. It can't be some made-up marketing scheme."
Mark Grimm County Legislator, Albany County, NY
"I did my homework and made sure I researched what City Council did. I was very well-versed in city operations, and I think that impressed people."
Tameika Isaac Devine Former Councilwoman, Columbia, SC
Unless the first thing you did when you came to my web site was read my bio (unlikely), you may not know that The Campaign Coach is a fiction author, as well. I’ve published a few novels that, as you might imagine, are always influenced by politics in some way or another.
In today’s political environment, attacks have become the hallmark of campaigning. From one perspective, it’s an unfortunate thing, because voters often can’t see through the finger-pointing and mud-slinging to get a good read on the issues that actually matter. From another perspective, voting is so often based on emotion, and there’s no more powerful way to invoke emotion than raising questions and concerns about your opponent.
Canvassing is the time-honored tradition of going door-to-door through the neighborhoods in your community in an attempt to connect directly with voters.
Let’s face it. We all have too many meetings.
If you’re in any kind of professional role, you sit through a massive amount of meetings. And how many of them are well-run? How many of them reach an objective, and provide takeaway actions and follow-up steps? Probably not many.
Imagine you put your blood, sweat and tears into running your campaign and learn Election Night that you’ve lost by a margin of votes you can count on your fingers. It’s a candidates’ nightmare – and it happens. More often than you might realize.