How to Run for Local Office Kindle Edition
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It is a very good "how-to" primer. Really an expanded to-do list for organizing and executing a campaign for local office, this book is a fine aid for those new to the process. All the topics are coverd -- from organizing and planning to ordering yard signs, doing brochures and how to get out the vote on Election Day.
As a local candidate myself (six runs for the State House - successful), I can attest to the depth of coverage provided by this book.
It is stripped down, with few words wasted. There is not much background information provided nor framework for the lists of things to do. This will perhaps leave skeptics wanting more information. However, it is a good primer and would be an excellent aid to first time local candidates and campaign managers.
I'm teaching a course in elective politics at the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Center of Government. This is one of the required reading books for the course and is also used by some other teachers in the field at colleges and universities around the country.
I purchased Mayor Thomas' book and followed the recommendations to the letter. Almost every suggestion, if not perfect for my situation, could be modified slightly to fit my situation. I had never run for local office before and had, literally, no idea where to begin. This book contained practical, logical, sound advice. I developed my "inner circle" and we found the "good voters" in just the fashion Mayor Thomas said we would. "How To Run For Local Office" also gave me the confidence to create a detailed plan and stick to it. If you're running for local office, you need to do two things. BUY this book, and hope your opponent doesn't!
As I changed to another career, I eventually discarded all my electioneering material I accumulated over the years, finding that I sorely missed the material once I became involved just recently in a local issue-related campaign.
Hence, my buying "How to Run for Local Office: A Complete, Step-By-Step Guide that Will Take You Through the Entire Process of Running and Winning a Local Election."
I was not disappointed. It contained essentially everything I learned over the years while campaigning. But instead of a shelf of material, all the basics are here in this book.
The one thing that is lacking is a template for campaign plans, event check-off sheets, et al.
First timers, this is a must buy.
Before I bought the book, I had never delved into politics. I think that, added to winning two contested elections in two years, says everything.
One for county party committee, one for borough council.
UPDATE: Make that three now on locally elected positions and two for state wide party positions. In 2005, I ran for and won a contested election for Mayor.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a really good read and I'm sharing it with friends that will be running for myself. I'm considering it for myself. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Atoy B. Carrington
Absolutely perfect book! Used it when I ran for mayor. Didn't win, but I did get 42 percent of the vote! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer