Question: How does someone with no prior political experience run for office? What is the first thing they must do to get started?

Asked on November 22nd, 2011 at 2:16 p.m. CST (3 years, 3 months ago)


must have good knowledge of political system and things that could be changed and those that could not. have the things that could be changed aligned with the goals.

Answer from Ena P., November 22, 2011 at 7:51 p.m. CST (3 years, 3 months ago)

get a handful of people together and get started with local newspaper ads. Find someone who has bee involved before and get help with your ads.

Answer from bethgreenlee , November 23, 2011 at 9:54 a.m. CST (3 years, 3 months ago)

It is very hard to run for office if you aren’t part of a political party. In order: Find a party and get involved in their clubs and get to know people, or work on someone else’s political campaign first to get to know people. Build a network of supporters who agree with you on some important issue or issues. Form an exploratory committee and start a website that describes your ideas and experience. Announce your candidacy in an advertised event; send out press releases. Assemble a committee of people who can plan and hold fundraisers. Solicit donations through your website also. Obtain endorsements from more well-known people. In many cases you will have to get petition signatures to get on the ballot; recruit college students who can spend their summer collecting petition signatures. Issue regular press releases or statements about important issues. Distribute buttons and signs. Hold more fundraisers. Buy advertising and make sure the content is specific and convincing. Challenge your opponents to debates. Prepare for legal challenges to your campaign.

Answer from Anne R., November 26, 2011 at 2:35 p.m. CST (3 years, 3 months ago)