REsources for candidates for local office 

(Alt headline: The resistance will be Google Doc'd.)

Find below all our running google docs of resources for local candidates. We'll continue updating as we go!

GENERAL GUIDES

A BEGINNER'S GUIDE: HOW TO FILE & FIND THE INFO YOU NEED - How to pick an office and how to file to get on the ballot

ALL THE OFFICIAL "SECRETARIES OF STATE" LINKS -  A starting point for finding local information for your state.

ONLINE TOOLS FOR CANDIDATES - A complete list of free/cheap resources you can use during your campaign

ALL THE TRAININGS WE KNOW ABOUT - An exhaustive database of every training we know about, searchable by demographic, state, and cost

THE RUN FOR SOMETHING MENTORSHIP PROGRAM  -- Our network of campaign experts who are ready to answer your questions for FREE. Please take advantage of this! Read the guide to find the link to the directory.

SPECIFIC TACTICAL QUESTIONS

VENDORS & CONSULTANTS 101 - How to know what you need vendors for and what different payment plans mean.

RFS GUIDE TO SOCIAL MEDIA GRAPHICS - A just-for-RFS candidates guide to using Canva to create social media graphics. Note the log-in credentials on page two!

HOW TO USE FACEBOOK LIVE - Written by Hillary for America video professionals, a quick & dirty guide to how to use Facebook live to make campaign videos.

STATE-SPECIFIC GUIDES

If you're able to write one for your state, please let me know at amanda@runforsomething.net

How to file in Minnesota

How to file in New York

How to file in Virginia

OTHER ONLINE RESOURCES

List of 2017 municipal races - Ballotpedia

Filing Requirements and Deadlines - NextDems 

Key Dates for Candidates - NextDems

How to Assemble Your Campaign Team - NextDems

How to Run for Your Local School Board - TeenVogue

Run for Office - Slate

So You Want to Run for Office? Here's How to Get Started - Elle



BOOKS

Campaign Boot Camp 2.0: Basic Training for Future Leaders by Christine Pelosi (2007)

Running for Office: The Strategies, Techniques and Messages Modern Political Candidates Need to Win Elections by Ronald A. Faucheux (2002)

The Art of the Political Campaign: How to Run for Elected Office With No Money, Name Recognition or Political Connections by Brian Duewel (2013)

The Political Campaign Desk Reference: A Guide for Campaign Managers, Professionals and Candidates Running for Office by Michael McNamara (2012)

How to Run for Local Office: A Complete Guide for Winning a Local Election by Robert J. Thomas (second edition, 2008)

How to Run for Political Office and Win: Everything You Need to Know To Get Elected by Melanie Williamson (2012)

Winning Your Election the Wellstone Way: A Comprehensive Guide for Candidates and Campaign Workers by Jeff Blodgett (2008)

 

Got additions to this list? DM @rfs_amanda on Slack or email her - amanda@runforsomething.net