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How to Run for Local Office by [Thomas, Robert J.]
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Here are some of the letters and reviews of "How to Run for Local Office that I have received over the years. Robert J. Thomas/Author I purchased your book from a suggesstion of my Congressman Asa Hutchinson. I ran for Russellville City Council, knowing nothing about even how a city was run. I won, beating my incumbent who had been in for 6 years. I didn't win by a landslide but it was a comfortable margin. Your book gave me the courage to face difficult things and to be able to go door-to-door and campaign in order to win this election. I am ecstatic and I wanted to thank you for this wonderful book. Your book was so helpful. Thanks again! Sonja R. Brent Russellville City Council Woman 01/03/01 --Letters and reviews from readers.

From the Publisher

When we first published this book, we didn't realize that it would have such a wide appeal with candidates. This book is being used by people from all walks of life to run for all types of elective office. We have received hundreds of comments from readers thanking us and informing us of how the book helped them win their elections against all odds. This book has now sold over 14,000 copies worldwide, and is in its fourth printing as we speak. While the majority of the copies have been sold in the United States, we have sold copies in almost every country around the globe including the U.K., Australia, Uganda, Guam, Puerto Rico, Ireland and more. It has been used by many college professors and teachers. The book has been used by colleges and universities including Harvard, Oklahoma State University, Keene State College, Ohio State University, West Point Military Academy, Indiana University and many more. We have been very pleased with the results of How to for Local Office and look forward to helping many more candidates beat the odds!

Product Details

  • File Size: 218 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: R & T Enterprise Inc/DBA bojibooks.com; First Edition edition (January 6, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 6, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060ON5TI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,201 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Wayne A. Smith VINE VOICE on April 2, 2001
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This thin book is excellent at detailing the aspects of successful political campaigns.
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.
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My opponent was the favored incumbent. She received the endorsement of the local newspaper AND her name was listed on the ballot before mine. All of these small things added up to sure and sudden defeat, right? Well, not so fast!
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!
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I'm a professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and have used several "how to" campaign books over the last 10 years. Most, like this one, are written by very local candidates and have a wonderfully authentic, genuine feel. I like Mr. Thomas' book best of all, and I'm using it again this year. The advice is practical, easy to follow and up-to-date. It compliments other more "theoretical" readings in a political parties or campaigns class. Students often react by thinking, on first reading, that everything is so "obvious" or "common sense," but when I place students as volunteers in campaigns, they tend to be surprised by how many "obvious" things are missed every day. My semi-well-reasoned guess is that 50 percent of local campaigns make very significant strategic or managerial mistakes that wouldn't be made if Mayor Thomas' guidelines were followed.
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A friend bought me this book for Christmas because I was thinking of running for office. I didn't think much of the book until I sat down to read it. What a great book! This book dosen't waste your time reading through a lot of useless material to get to the point. I already had some ideas as to how I was going to run my campaign. After I sat down to read the book, I realized that some of my ideas would have wasted a lot of my time and money. Now, with the advice from this book I will be able to put on a much more effective campaign. I have a few friends who are thinking of running for office and I plan to do them a favor and buy them this book.
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I used to consider myself a pro in elective politics on a very small scale, but I lost direction and purpose as I tried to move up the food chain. Indeed, I may have succumbed to the Peter Principle.

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.
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I believe the title of my review says it all. Almost.

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.
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By A Customer on August 29, 2000
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After becoming very disappointed in the direction of leadership in our local civic organization, a friend of mine and I decided to run as candidates for president and vice-president. We bought this book, followed its strategy and won the election with over 75% of the vote! I later shared this book with a politician friend of mine who decided to run for a high county office in a race against 2 established county officials. He won with over 60% of the vote. I strongly recommend this book!
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