How To Launch your Political Career

A lot of people dream of having a political career. People who have grown tired of simply complaining about local issues and are ready to take the lead and be a decision-makers. However, like most vocations, it is hard to have one when you do not know where to start. But whatever the circumstances are, if you really have the drive and the desire to start a political career, here are a few reminders to help you along the way.

  • Assess your goals. Do you simply desire to serve the constituents as an elected official or are you more passionate about a single issue like women’s rights or labor protection? Answering this question would help you determine what position to run for. For example, don’t run for a council seat if you are into school curriculum issues because that particular position doesn’t have any jurisdiction over that matter.

    And if you’re more into local issues, you might want to start running for local office.

  • Familiarize yourself with the governing structure. It is advisable if you research on the political structure of the city or town where you reside. This will help you pinpoint the available options that you can consider if you’re starting a political career.
  • Participate in public gatherings. After targeting the office that you want, attend meetings of that body especially if public input is required. Research on political issues that are relevant to the jurisdiction of the body but make sure that you also feel passionately about them. Treat that as an opportunity meeting your possible voters. Do not forget to look your best during these gatherings and when your opinion is asked, take it seriously and make your response as personable and as engaging as possible. It won’t hurt if you spend getting to know the board members and the other attendees before or after the gathering.  
  • Study on state's campaign laws and other requirements. You do not want to derail the start of your political by failing to file necessary forms. Take note of all the timelines needed for filing requirements and the deadlines for advertising. Many states and local government units have rules and regulations concerning advertising for political campaigns. Be sure to familiarize yourself with theses details.
  • Look for people who can assist you. This includes your family and friends. They can help you in your election campaign during their personal time. They can help you make necessary phone calls and write letters, post to a blog or canvass the area, and even drive people to polling areas on the day of the elections. You can even ask students that you know to create a website for your campaign since the web is one of the most influential forms of communication. Political campaigns can get very expensive, so do not hesitate to ask for favors or assistance.  

There are other ways to start a career in politics. There is no single formula for this. You can try working in a governmental background office first to gain contacts and enough work experience. After a few years, you can use that experience and incorporate it into your campaign. The important thing is that you must not lose you nerve and keep reminding yourself of the reason why you're doing this. Never lose sight of your aspiration to serve.


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