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!


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


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.

A GUIDE TO YOUTUBE DIRECTOR APP - A new app you can use to make professional-looking videos for your campaign.

ADS 101 -- What kind of ads you might use for your campaign and a few tips for Facebook ads in particular.

CREATING GREAT ADS -- a more in depth look at creating great content to engage your voters.

EMAIL 101 -- How do you write high quality emails? How do you engage your list? How often?

POLICY TRAINING: You can click here to listen to the audio from our policy training -- or read our "policy 101" guide here. 

POLICY GUIDES: Links to briefing books and talking points from the pros

You can also watch replays of our summer policy webinar series:

Education Policy
Criminal Justice Reform
Building An American Economy That Works For All
Communicating Climate Policy on the Campaign Trail
Healthcare 101
Immigration Policy

STATE-SPECIFIC GUIDES (all 51 are linked here)

Have edits on these? Email



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


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)


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