Running for Office
Introduction to Elections
Have you ever thought about running for elected office as a Republican candidate? If you have a strong belief in Republican ideas (limited government, fiscal restraint & personal responsibility) and have a passion for serving the public, running for office may be a quintessential next step for you. Before you run, here are some things to think about, and some of the first steps you’ll need in making your decision.
Am I The Right Person To Run?
Do you care deeply about one or more issues affecting the lives of Colorado or Denver residents? Can you articulate why you care, and why others should as well? Do you listen well to people who might disagree? Do you have an interesting life story? (Hint: you do.) Are you able to devote the time necessary to run? Do you care about practical solutions to those issues?
If so, you might make a terrific candidate for public office here in Denver.
How Do I Run?
For non-partisan elections, such as City Council or School Board, you must petition onto the ballot. That means collecting signatures from people who live in the district you’re running for.
For partisan elections, you can either petition onto the ballot, or be nominated at assembly. If you’re thinking of running for the State House of Representatives, for instance, you can be nominated at your district’s meeting at the County Assembly.
What Can the County Party Do For Me?
You won’t be out there alone. The county party will be there for you with advice, resources, and a campaign handbook laying out the steps you need to take
OK, I’m Interested in Running. What Now?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, call the Denver Republican Party office at (720) 441-4092, or talk to your District Captains. We’ll be happy to talk to you in more detail about what’s involved, and how to get started.
Why Should I Run?
Because you care about your Denver and are unsatisfied with the current state of affairs with elected officials and the implications of their current policies. You envision yourself helping the Republican Party be the vehicle for limited government, fiscal restraint, personal responsibility, and effective local government. Because you can be a voice and inspiration for people who are frustrated with the current status quo of policies that constrain their everyday life.
What Is The Most Fun About Running?
The road to becoming a public servant can be fulfilling and enjoyable for the right person. You get to know your potential constituents on a personal level, listen to their questions/concerns, discuss ways you can improve current public policy and inspire citizens to use their voting power to implement change by casting a vote for you.
What Is The Least Fun About Running?
Nobody likes asking for money. You’ll print signs, business cards, door-hangers, and other literature. You may want to buy advertising in local media. All of that costs money. So be prepared to ask your friends and family for contributions, and to spend time on the phone calling local Republicans.
What Are The Key Positions in a Campaign?
A Campaign Manager – This does not necessarily have to be someone with campaign or political experience. What they need to be is a good organizer and a people person.
A Campaign Treasurer – The reporting of contributions and expenses is required for elected positions at every level of government. Although not required, this person should have a bookkeeping or accounting background and the ability to read and comprehend reporting rules.
A Volunteer Coordinator – Every campaign needs to have volunteers to be successful. This person needs to be a people person with a pleasant personality.
A common theme for all three of these positions - they must be good organizers. At the local level these are volunteers. Only for statewide and federal races are they paid.