2018 was the first time I ever worked on a political campaign.
A candidate for state senate need a communication professional on the team, and I signed on. Eager for the chance to have a new type of work experience, I thought I would learn something valuable. In fact, I learned lots of valuable things.
Running a political campaign was one of the hardest things I have ever done. It was also one of the smartest, because all that time and effort has paid off.
It’s not too late for you to get serious about spending some time in the poltical arena. Here are all the things you will gain by working on a campaign in 2020.
Acquire New Skills
Prior to my political career, I knew nothing about “slicing turf,” or how the party machine in my state worked. Being involved in a state campaign gave me a chance to learn all so many new skills.
One bit of training that was valuable was learning the software and science behind field organization. It is critical for targeting voters and potential voters. I learned where our most likely voters lived, and those voters that might consider voting for our candidate. It was facinating.
Finding out how endorsements happen was another important lesson. There was a lot of research involved in preparing our candidate to go out and seek the endorsement of business organizations, labor unions, and community groups. We also learned to strategize around the issues, and how to convert those issues into talking points, and eventually fundraising opportunities.
Campaigns have small teams, so if you’re open to increasing your skills and knowledge, it is the perfect environment.
Networks & Friends
There is nothing like the battle of election season to forge bonds that last beyond the final voting results.
Campaign staff work hard and play harder. There is so much to do, never enough time, and non-stop stress. It is also fun because you are constantly strategizing, learning, and moving to make things happen for your candidate and your constituents.
When the campaign ends, you will have great resources, references, and relationships to…