Candidate Resources

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Candidate Resources

LP National

There is a wealth of information on the LP National website. All worth looking at and thinking about. For example - lifetime members? Those are people who are committed. Find the lifetime members in your state and see about giving them a personal call. Explain your campaign, ask for advice, and see if you can garner their support.

Some examples:

 * [for Office]
 * [Hub]
 * [Candidates]
 * [Members]
 * [Officials]
 * [Links]

LP Campaign Training

These are videos from Cara Schulz (LP National staff - Candidate Recruitment specialist). Cara is amazing, she's an elected Libertarian, and she knows what she's talking about when she tells you how to plan and execute a campaign. Browse through all the videos. If you have a question, chances are at some point, Cara has answered it.

Here are some recommended videos. You can find all these and more on Cara's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/CaraSchulz/videos

 * [Checklist]
 * [Memo Training]
 * [Training: Building a Campaign Team]
 * [Training: You Got Issues]
 * [Campaigns: Basics you may have missed]
Other Resources

Online Training

These are non-LP resources, but all have good stuff there. Plus they often provide links to additional materials that you can use to dive deeper into particular subjects.

 * [Institute]
 * [Leadership Academy]
 * [Leadership Academy]
 * [Boot Camp]
Libertarian Party Resources

LP Action

The place to start, IMHO, if you’re going to be running a campaign as a Libertarian. You’ll find a lot of information here, from people who have run - and learned - from campaigns in the past.

 * [site]
 * [[1]]
 * [Involved in Running for Office]
 * [Messaging]
 * [Roles]
 * [12 Campaign Activities]
 * [Common Mistakes of Libertarian Campaigns]

Checklists

Summary articles and lists of things you might want to consider or cover as part of your campaign.

A lot of times you’ll find yourself thinking “I need to look at…” just as you get distracted by something else. These lists make for a great resource to help remind you of topics or areas that you meant to get to, but didn’t, or which you completely overlooked.

 * Callhub's [Campaign Checklist]
 * Candidate Boot Camp's [Campaign Checklist]

Tools

These are all links, tools, or other resources that I’ve found useful at one point or another.

 * Does your state DOT provide traffic volume maps? (ex, for PA: [Traffic Volume Map]. These are fantastic for determining sign and advertising placement.
 * You should look for other state information as well - zip code boundary maps, municipal statistics, and a statistic atlas for your state can be invaluable when looking at voter demographics.

[code generator] [Stock Photos] [Online Teleprompter] [Image Background] [[2]]

Reading

Books

There's a good selection of reading at Libertarianism.org, but if you think you only have time for one book on theory - read “The Three Langauges of Politics”. I cannot recommend Kling's book highly enough. It is a must for understanding solid libertarian messaging.

 * Free books from [[3]
 * Cato has a freely downloadable copy of ["The Three Languages of Politics: Talking Across the Political Divides”]

The following are all books that have been recommended to me at one point or another:

 * [Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate”]
 * [That Work: It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear”]
 * [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]
 * [For Local Office For Dummies]
 * [to Win a Local Election]
 * [Campaign Manager: Running and Winning Local Elections]

Articles

The “Life After Trump” series is worth reading for perspective. Like it or not, The Donald has changed the political landscape in America significantly.

 * [I - Living in the Lightning
 * [II - Searching for Truth]
 * [III - The End of the Republican Alliance]
 * [IV - Building a Better Democrat… Maybe]
 * [V - The Opening Roster]
 * [VI - The Crisis List: Russia]
 * [VII - The Crisis List: The Middle East]
 * [VIII - The Crisis List: China]

From the Northwest Michigan Libertarian, a series on "How and Why to Get Local Libertarians Elected!”

 * [and Why to Get Local Libertarians Elected!]
 * [Now to Choose a Winning Race!]
 * [Your Libertarian Campaign Plan]
 * [Networking Now for Next Election]
 * [Media and Internet Campaigns]
 * [Political Signs During Your Campaign]
 * [and Why to Campaign Door-to-Door]
 * [Out Mailers When Campaigning]


["A Better Way to Look at Most Every Political Issue"]

[to Run a Local Political Campaign”] is a surprisingly detailed guide on how to run a campaign from Callhub.

Fundraising

TODO: this is an entire topic all on its own

Nuts and Bolts

IT Setup

TODO: website hosting & setup, email, using Stripe, Google vs. whatever, yadda yadda

 * [political themes from Envato Market]]
 * [Best Political WordPress Themes 2022]

Social Media

TODO: PLEASE get your social media accounts set up before your opponent grabs them

Voter Guides

 * Ballotpedia - [Connection survey]
 * League of Women Voters - [Project]
 * iSideWith - [Login]
 * VoteSmart - [submissions]

Merch and Lit

TODO: where to go for what you need

Example Websites
 * [Oliver for US Senate (GA)]
 * [Graham for Lieutenant Governor (GA)]
 * [for Jax (FL)]
 * [Bueno for County Commissioner (FL)]
Election Office Links by State

The below table links to state-level election offices. Election web sites (and laws) are constantly updated, so please check to make sure you are referencing up-to-date information, even if you have run before.

^ State ^ Website ^ | Alaska | http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ | | Alabama | https://sos.alabama.gov/alabama-votes | | Arizona | https://azsos.gov/elections | | Arkansas | https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections | | California | http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ | | Colorado | https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/ | | Connecticut | https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Common-Elements/V5-Template---Redesign/Elections --Voting--Home-Page | | Delaware | https://elections.delaware.gov/index.shtml | | Florida | http://dos.myflorida.com/elections/ | | Georgia | http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections | | Hawaii | https://elections.hawaii.gov/ | | Idaho | https://sos.idaho.gov/elect/index.html | | Illinois | http://www.elections.il.gov/ | | Indiana | https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/ | | Iowa | https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/candidates/index.html | | Kansas | http://www.kssos.org/elections/elections.html | | Kentucky | https://www.sos.ky.gov/elections/Pages/default.aspx | | Louisiana | https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Pages/default.aspx | | Maine | http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/ | | Maryland | http://sos.maryland.gov/Pages/Election/Election-Information.aspx | | Massachusetts | https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ | | Michigan | https://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633---,00.html | | Minnesota | https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/ | | Missouri | https://www.sos.mo.gov/Elections/ | | Mississippi | http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Pages/default.aspx | | Montana | https://sosmt.gov/elections/ | | Nebraska | http://www.sos.ne.gov/dyindex.html | | Nevada | https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/elections | | New Hampshire | http://sos.nh.gov/Elections.aspx | | New Jersey | http://www.njelections.org/ | | New Mexico | http://www.sos.state.nm.us/ | | New York | https://www.elections.ny.gov/ | | North Carolina | https://www.ncsbe.gov/index.html | | North Dakota | http://sos.nd.gov/elections | | Ohio | https://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/#gref | | Oklahoma | https://www.ok.gov/elections/ | | Oregon | https://sos.oregon.gov/voting-elections/Pages/default.aspx | | Pennsylvania | http://www.dos.pa.gov/votingelections/Pages/default.aspx | | Rhode Island | http://sos.ri.gov/candidates/ | | South Carolina | https://www.scvotes.org/ | | South Dakota | https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/ | | Tennessee | https://sos.tn.gov/elections | | Texas | https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/index.shtml | | Utah | https://www.utah.gov/government/election.html | | Vermont | https://www.sec.state.vt.us/elections.aspx | | Virginia | https://www.elections.virginia.gov/ | | Washington | https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/ | | Washington D.C. | https://dcboe.org/ | | Wisconsin | http://elections.wi.gov/elections-voting | | West Virginia | https://sos.wv.gov/elections/Pages/default.aspx | | Wyoming | http://soswy.state.wy.us/elections/ |