Did you ever wonder what it would be like to run as a candidate for the Libertarian Party? Or at least as a local non-partisan candidate espousing libertarian ideals? You would have gotten that insight if you had taken advantage of the LPVC Candidate and Activist Training held recently. We had an excellent trainer direct from the Libertarian National Campaign Committee. Evan McMahon shared his knowledge and experience with several members and guests during the day long class. Topics ranged from the role of a candidate, how to ask for money, where to allocate your money, how to manage your volunteers, ways to know your constituents, how to create a campaign plan, and how to get a campaign off the ground, all the way to the psychology of voters. His talk included tips on how to find, recruit, vet, and groom candidates as well.
The other section of the training was structured around activist basics. Mr. McMahon talked about ways to pull in volunteers and, more importantly, how to hold their interest and keep them coming back with their time and/or money. He discussed the usefullness of giveaways, raffles, roundtable events, policy forums, communications with political representatives, professional press releases and frequent progress reports for donors.
So what does an average day in the life of a candidate look like? Very busy if you do it right. There will be daily tasks to review, team meetings to attend, potential donors to call, events to set up, fundraisers to hold, volunteers to manage, media releases to send, legislative issues to read, polling data to check, and constant adjustments to strategy. Whew! Hopefully there’d be a little bit less sweat and stress if it’s a county local position. Either way, if you can picture yourself as a candidate and you have an urge to move the libertarian message, don’t hesitate to call the party. Someone will be glad to work with you and get you headed down that path. Yes, we are looking for a few good Libertarians. Contact us at wwww. lpvc.org or firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-642-LPVC.