How to Run for Local Office Guide
So, you’re considering a run for local office? That’s so exciting. Local officials have the power to transform their communities for the better. In this guide, we’ll go over the basics that you need to know in order to field a successful campaign. When you’re ready to dive deeper on a topic, we’ve linked to resources that can give you a more robust understanding. We’ve also created a Campaign HQ page that has upto-date resources. We’re here for you. Let’s get started!
It’s going to be a
very big year!!
May 23, 7 PM
Dial a Ride
Comments from the Chair
With the mid terms behind us and some results yet to be decided in the coming weeks, it has become clear that the Democratic Party has indeed achieved a blue wave. We have taken control of the House and are now in a good position to check the Trump Administration on key issues. Additionally, we have demonstrated in three key states, Texas, Florida, and Georgia that we are serious contenders come 2020. Key issues such as redistricting and voter access initiatives were passed in many states, further
strengthening our future prospects. The party also took seven state governorships. So, overall, things are looking up for the NDP.
These successes were especially noteworthy here in Michigan where our ticket almost
unanimously prevailed. We gained the governorship and added seats in both the house and senate. We also saw Debbie Stabenow win reelection. Locally, of course we did not do well, failing to elect Matt Morgan, Kathy Wiejaczka, or Mike Taillard. These losses were very disappointing, especially for those who gave so much effort to those campaigns. As a local party, we also invested our resources heavily in those campaigns. These losses underscore the fact that our county is now solidly Republican. So, locally, the elections were a mixed bag.
So now we have to set our sights on 2020 and making sure we do our part in scoring
another victory in the push to take back our country from the far right Republican
Party. Broadly speaking we will use the next two years to build up our resources. We will
plan fund raising events to make sure we can adequately support candidates, and continue
to build our membership. We will use these resources to develop a winning strategy at the
county level. On Saturday, November 17 at 10:00a.m. at our office on River Street we
will have our annual convention, election of officers, and monthly membership
meeting, our last of the year. At that time we will be discussing what we need to do over
the next two years to reverse our fortunes in Manistee County and how we can support the
State and National Democratic Party. We will also discuss the past year and try to identify
what worked and what didn’t work as well as plan events for the coming year. Please join
us! We need everyone’s input if we are to improve our success as a local party. Come
join your fellow Democrats and help develop a winning county strategy. See you there!
My Deepest Thanks –