How to Run for Political Office and Win: Everything You Need to Know to Get Elected

How to Run for Political Office and Win: Everything You Need to Know to Get Elected

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How to Run for Political Office and Win: Everything You Need to Know to Get Elected by Atlantic Publishing Company

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 book.

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This Atlantic Publishing eBook was professionally written, edited, fact checked, proofed and designed. The print version of this book is 288 pages and you receive exactly the same content. Over the years our books have won dozens of book awards for content, cover design and interior design including the prestigious Benjamin Franklin award for excellence in publishing. We are proud of the high quality of our books and hope you will enjoy this eBook version.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601384089
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company FL
Publication date: 11/15/2011
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Nichelle_T More than 1 year ago
The book How to Run for a Political Office and Win, by Melanie Williamson (Atlantic Publishing), is an informative breakdown of understanding, pre-planning, strategy, and next steps in regards to running for a spectrum of political offices. This piece of literature is nonfiction and focuses primarily on educating the public on the process of running a political campaign. The scope of the targeted audience is quite large: from curious citizens, and local governance; all the way up to those with ambitions of federal office. At first I was not sure what the attention to detail of the book’s contributors was going to be, as I found a typo on the back cover and a number of grammatical errors throughout the first 100 pages alone; however, I found the organization and progression of information to be extremely helpful. In this book, the author builds upon information as it is delivered to the audience. The author establishes a strong foundation for anyone interested in running for office of any kind, and provides case studies, testimonials, checklists, and worksheets for further guidance once the decision is made to actually run for office. I did enjoy this book as a whole; however, I most appreciated how the author provided support from a number of others involved in politics to support her message and validate the information that was presented. I recommend this book to anyone considering running for office, as well as those seeking understanding of all that goes in to becoming a political candidate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How to Run for Political Office and Win, by Melanie Williamson, thoroughly develops a precise political campaign plan. Throughout these 288 pages, the reader is given a clear and logical path, from the ground up, to success. The book teaches everything from the basic structure of the U.S. Government, to which paperwork to file for the various political office positions. The book also expounds on the importance of assembling a campaign team, fundraising, public statements, marketing through various media outlets, and proper budgeting. The book even explores mudslinging, how it is used, and the moral dilemma associated with the tactic. This book is ideal for anyone, political novice or expert, who is seriously considering running for office.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jumping into the Political Arena If you are thinking in becoming a politician Melanie Williamson’s Run for a Political Office and Win will give you a broad idea to what you are about to get into and help you understand the basics on how the procedure for American political life works. It will serve you as a guide to structure your political campaign and avoid committing technical blunders. She goes over a broad array of points and tips that range from deciding which position to run for, to choosing your message, spreading it, all the legal forms and regulations you must follow, fundraising techniques, ads, negative campaigning, the whole tools needed to construct a successful political campaign. The author mentions volunteers as the backbone of any political campaign. Campaigns are time consuming and cost money. Hence, having people working for you for free and helping you spread the message is crucial for your success. She emphasizes in the importance of motivating the volunteers as well as informing them on the candidate’s stances and beliefs. Williamson also devotes a couple of chapters to thoroughly explain in detail the importance of ads and all the different media and social media outlets more convenient to spread them through. Williamson’s theoretic narrative and knowledge is intercalated and backed with real life case studies from former or current politicians, who through a story line style, express their own personal experience and advice. This helps the reader visualize all the spilled theory in a clearer way. This book is a great fit not only for somebody running for office but for somebody who is totally ignorant to how the political system works in this country, a country that lives in constant election mode.