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Thinking of Running for Public Office in 2020? Why?

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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. Recently, I started work on my next book, a political thriller, and wrote one of the early chapters in which the [...]

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Running for Office, Getting Attacked, and Still Winning

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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. Attack ads are nothing new. Politicians have been [...]

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Top 10 People Who Come to the Door when You’re Canvassing (and how to deal with them)

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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. It is a painstaking but rewarding part of the political process that generally can't be avoided. We've been to enough doors to know that every interaction isn't a picture perfect two minutes of discussing the issues and securing support, but often more along the lines of a people-watching adventure at your [...]

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Running an Effective Campaign Meeting

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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. Local campaign meetings are an interesting animal. Not only do they serve the purpose of convening the team to lay out the [...]

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Don’t Be the Candidate that Loses by Less than 10 Votes

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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. Because losing is one thing. There is a lot to read into an Election Night loss of hundreds or thousands of votes - it's not your time, or your messaging [...]

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Get Started Early Running for Local Office

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The 2018 elections are barely over - in fact in some states the campaign filings from the recent elections aren't even due yet! But local candidates all across the country already have their sights set on 2019, no matter whether their races are in March, May, August or November.Is 2019 your year?I'm guessing that you have at least mild interest, or you wouldn't be on this page. With that assumption, let me give you [...]