How to Run for Office: Some Real Talk on Voter Contact Expectations

“Politics is about shaking hands and kissing babies.” Has anyone ever actually said that to you? While it’s a tad simplistic, there is a tremendous amount of truth to the statement. The truth is, politics is about voter contact. Voter contact means introducing yourself personally (and with volunteers) directly to the voters. Most of the time voter contact means knocking [...]

January 10th, 2018

How to Run for Office: How to Set a Vote Goal

Running as a Democrat in an deep red Republican district?

The most important number on any campaign is the vote goal — the number of votes that you need to win on Election Day. A vote goal is what dictates the size and direction of your campaign. Without that ultimate number, how would you know what to do? Right now, there are more Democrats running for office than ever before. Many are [...]

January 9th, 2018

How to Run for Office: The Political Dictionary

The Go-To Guide for Political Newbies

We’ve all heard that Schoolhouse Rock song about how a bill becomes a law (if you haven’t, here it is). But for some of us, that’s where our political knowledge stops. If you’ve been keeping up with our blogs and have your head spinning with some of the terms we’ve been using, fear not — NDTC is here with a guide to [...]

January 8th, 2018

Big Tips for Better Small Talk

Campaigns can seem daunting to people who have difficulty with small talk. Just the thought of approaching strangers and striking up a conversation with them can seem daunting. More people have problems with casual conversation than you might think. And many who appear good at it have just had time to practice. The first step in getting over your distaste [...]

October 6th, 2017

What is the National Democratic Training Committee?

We Train Dems.

What is the National Democratic Training Committee? Well, it is our goal to create the ultimate political candidate training tool and resource center for any Democrat running for office anywhere in the country. The strategies and tactics of modern campaigns apply across the spectrum of elections. Big. Small. State. Local. It doesn’t matter if you want to run for school board, [...]

April 9th, 2017