At what (office) level do you need professional help?
joy_l asked on Jul 12, 2013, 12:50 pm

How do you know what race needs a consultant? I've run for office several times but haven't won in the Primary. I know my ideas for government and helping others are good and sound. Should I continue to run or when do I call it quits? At what level do you need professional help or just better luck?

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corneo says on Jul 15, 2013, 1:35 am:

You want the "honest" truth?

Your ideas are not supported by the public, that is why you lost. I wouldn't waste my time or money if I kept losing in a race. If you run again, get a consultant. Listen to them, do what they tell you to do. Your thinking of the issues, they are thinking on the public reactions to you.
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amakaram says on Jul 16, 2013, 9:47 pm:

Joy, you have not provided enough detail in order to make a determination in regard to your political future. If you are careful about reading Corneo's words, he says, "I wouldn't waste my time or money." However, you are not Corneo and what is good for you may be quite different. It does seem clear that you need profession assistance or at the least you must learn the skill of getting elected.

Many politicians lost regularly before they won. Winston Churchill never won a lesser election until he became Prime Minister of England. There are many such stories. One thing is for certain, your continued attempts must have gained you some name recognition and you may still be able to take advantage of it. If you don't have the financial backing to hire a consultant, there are many good books on the skill of getting elected. Try Amazon.com or PoliticalPublications.net for self help books on campaigning.

One thought that many candidates (yourself included) get wrong is that their ideas for government and helping others matter. They only matter to you. What matters to you has very little to do with running a successful campaign. Some polling and an experienced consultant can determine what matters to your district and what they are prepared to support. Your campaign needs to be about that. Your personal good ideas can come into play after you get elected. Good luck.
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joy_l says on Jul 16, 2013, 9:58 pm:

I appreciate the comments by the experts, but neither answered my question "At what (office) level do you need professional help?"
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corneo says on Jul 17, 2013, 1:19 am:

Any office that any politician is running for needs professional help.

(to simplify) You as a candidate are thinking of the issues. Professional help is thinking of everything else. A person running for any political office is really applying for a job. You need professional help to make you application sound the best, to the public.
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amakaram says on Jul 17, 2013, 5:38 am:

I agree with Corneo - your need for the advice of political consultant is not relative to the office that you are running for, but rather the political campaign experience that you have (or don't have).

If you want to get elected (even when running for dog catcher), you will have a much better chance with professional help, no differently, than you would have a much better chance of being hired for any job with the assistance of an Employment Consultant or professional "headhunter." Unfortunately, both require your financial investment. Before you run again, get some of the help books that I suggested, then focus on raising the money that is necessary to afford what you need.
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bendonahower says on Aug 15, 2013, 3:43 pm:

First, I'm not sure what offices you ran for and in what frequency but there is a chance that you are branded as a perennial candidates, which can hurt future campaigns. With that said, as others have noted, victory can be had after running for other offices.

You need professional help when:

1. You are able to raise money

2. You have a volunteer base

3. But you don't have the expertise to win

It's imperative that you have the two first pieces in place. When you do, take a good hard look at the campaign and, as empirically as possible, estimate whether you can win with your existing resources. If you can't, bring in someone who can help.
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greendogdemo says on Sep 21, 2013, 2:26 pm:

You have got some good responses here, Joy. You do need professional help if you are serious about winning elective office, just about any office. You first need to know why you are running. You must have some passion about the office and a good idea what the people who vote care about. Is there a burning issue that you are well suited to address? Not just that you care about but that the voters will see you as the one to solve.

Do you have a base of support who will help you, with money and volunteering to walk door to door and hold events for you? If not,running for public office might not be the best career choice for you.

You don't want to be seen as someone who is just out there to see their own name in print on the ballot, but as a serious contender who will be able to answer every voter's most important question:

"What can you do for me?"
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iwanttoknow says on Sep 21, 2013, 8:29 pm:

In my professional career,as a 'headhunter' and an applicant ask, "What can you do for me?" I often reply simlar to Pres. Kennedy's statement: "Its not what your country can do for you, its what you can do for your country." As a politician if you promise, say 'I will create Jobs' who are you kidding! Governments don't create Private Jobs the Private Sector does!! Period! What you can do as an Elected Official, regardless of position, is help the Private Sector by running interferance for them. In other words, " Help them, help themselves" with your assistance!! These are my experience and opinions and I'm sticking to them. Iwanttoknow!!
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