Campaign 101: Forty-five days out

Barry Jantz Barry Jantz 3 Comments

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So you’re a candidate running for local office.

You have no campaign website. You don’t even have a campaign Facebook page. Okay fine, your personal Facebook page mentions your election efforts, but you list no contact information, nor do you check your messages sent through it.

A search of your name and the office you seek comes up with nothing showing any contact info.

The Registrar of Voters’ online candidate list includes no phone number or email address for you.

There is no way for someone putting on a candidate forum, sending out a questionnaire, or offering a slate card opportunity to find you, not without a deeper dive drill. No way for the media to ask you a question.

The two or three voters that are actually interested in talking with you — too bad.

You not only will lose, but you very probably deserve that outcome.

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  1. Eric Bartl asks on FB:

    I’ve wondered about those races for which the word is put out that there is no opposition for a number of positions and unless someone steps up the position will be won by the opposing party without contest. And so somebody steps up because they don’t want the position to go uncontested, but they might not be as prepared with resources or ability as would be ideal. Not sure if that applies here but seems it could. If so, would it be better for such a race to go uncontested than to have somebody who might be winging it for the sake of giving voters a choice? I’m sure everyone would agree a person should at least be ready to make time to talk to people and respond to messages or a candidacy would be pointless. Sounds like that is the minimum you see any candidate should be ready to do? Sounds like you would be ok with that even if they weren’t able to create their own campaign website, etc..?

    My answer:

    I believe voters should always have a choice. The parties and other interests should absolutely recruit candidates where otherwise there would be no contest. In some cases, that proves successful.

    But candidates should also help themselves, not solely rely on an endorsement from the recruiting entity. Do I believe that means they MUST spend money on a website and ballot statement? No, it certainly helps, but it’s not always feasible.

    There are many ways to get the word out for little or no money, especially when someone is contacting a candidate with an opportunity to respond, attend a forum, etc.

    If a candidate is not comfortable providing a response, talking to the media, or providing contact info for citizens to reach them, WTH!, how are they going to deal with those situations as an elected official?

  2. I’ve had that frustration of trying to reach local candidates for various reasons and there’s no way to track them down. It costs nothing to have your phone number and/or email included when running for office, or at least creating a Facebook page. These people are running for public office. The public should be able to contact them.

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