You can’t win a campaign just by knocking on doors, especially when you have a district of 1,000 homes or more.  You need money to pay printers, TV stations, radio stations, the webmaster, the post office and the phone company. The bottom line is that you need to raise money and you shouldn’t be ashamed…

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Let’s Review What We Have Covered So Far You’ve  filed for candidacy, put your finance team in place, and finished your first campaign event.  You likely have a small core group of volunteers now as well.  Hopefully, you also have a war chest of $5,000 to $10,000  in cash on hand, a campaign manager and…

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With the advent of early voting over the past few years, Democrats have been able to create more electoral mischief at the ballot box and the ground game for Election Day has changed. Before early voting, the ground game had only two parts: Absentee Ballot Program and Election Day.  Early Voting Early voting in Maryland…

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Candidates, if you haven’t filed yet, the filing deadline in Maryland is February 27, 2018 at 9 p.m. if you’re planning to run for office in November 2018.  You can get started by going to the MD Board of Elections to begin your paperwork. For those of you who have already filed, here’s what you need to…

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Facebook The use of social media in politics including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube has dramatically changed the way campaigns are run and how Americans interact with their elected officials. The prevalence of social media in politics has made elected officials and candidates for public office more accountable and accessible to voters. Plus, the ability to…

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Collage of various campaign signs from Maryland

I know the left seems to have a monopoly on the word “Forward.” However, thanks to Governor Larry Hogan and the totally awesome state of Maryland, we owe all of our leaps forward to Republican governors and Republican legislators.  Over the past 100 years, Maryland Democrats have been dragged into the 20th century by Republican…

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Now that 2017 is in the rear view mirror, let’s take a look back and examine some of the things you should have done by this time: Should have identified the office you are planning to run for, or at least narrowed it down to possible offices. If you haven’t done so, you really need…

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It is July – You’ve gotten past the primary elections, you’re knocking on doors, you’re telling yourself you are doing great . . . However, you may have neglected fundraising.  It is very important that you focus on fundraising now, and I recommend that you utilize all of the methods that I mention below. First,…

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Okay, Election Day has come and gone. For many of you who ran, the results weren’t what you had hoped for. However, to quote Sean Hannity, “…Don’t let your heart be troubled…” over your loss.  You are in very good company.  Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Governor Spiro Agnew, Governor Hogan and countless…

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I am a big believer in hopeless causes, I know the naysayers will go on about how Montgomery County is a hopeless cause for Republicans. But I have in my 46 years on this earth I have lived through many hopeless causes. I remember when a Democrat congressman from Texas was ostracized by the Democrat…

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