Step Up! Course

“Step Up!” A four-hour, nuts-and-bolts course (targeted at locally elected women and offered in multiple locations around the state) to teach women how to lay the groundwork for a successful campaign for state level public office.   Potential candidates will learn how to build a local network, raise personal visibility, use social media strategically, hone public speaking skills and polish public appearance, find a mentor, connect to party leadership, file campaign paperwork and comply with finance and ethics rules.  A nominal fee will cover lunch and materials.
Step Up! Program What you need to know before you decide to run for office
  1.  Step One-Personal
  • What are my motives?  (Why do I want to run?)
  • What issues am I passionate about?  Are voters interested in my issues?
  • Is my family on board?  (Gung Ho or Dead Against?)
 
  1.  Step Two-Professional
  • What does the job entail?  (constituent work, sponsoring legislation, committee responsibilities)
  • What is the time commitment? (Session dates, off-season meetings, local forums)
  • What is the average salary?  Is there a retirement plan?  Per Diem?  Travel Expense?
  • Where do legislators live during session?  (apartments, home shares, hotels; how to find)
  III.  Step Three-Political
  • What are my chances of winning? (Analyze demographics)
  • Are my currently serving representative and senator planning to run again?  
  • What experience do I need on my resumé?
  • What if I haven’t been active in my party?
  • What if I want to run as an Independent?
  1.  Step Four-Practical
  • What deadlines and regulations do I need to know about?
  • How many volunteers do I need and how do I find them?
  • Do I have to hire a campaign manager?
  • What help can I expect from my party?
  • How much money do I need and how can I raise it?
  • What should I have in my campaign wardrobe?
  1.  Do you have other questions?
  2.  Once you are satisfied with the answers to these questions, you are ready to Step Up!