Dr. Politics

Developing Your Campaign Website By Dwight Patel | July 11, 2021 Do’s and Don’ts for your Campaign Website Your campaign website is more than a virtual billboard for your campaign.  Remember that you don’t want to pay too much, nor do you want to rely on a consultant who builds site using a technology that…

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GEARING UP FOR 2018

It’s October – the leaves are changing colors, and hopefully the weather will get cooler soon. You are 75 days away from Christmas; 82 days away from January 1, 2018, and 391 days from Election Day (Pls note: I’m writing this on October 11, 2017). So, what does this mean? First, you only have 74 shopping days left…

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Developing Your First Donor File

So, you have now filed as a candidate, gotten a treasurer and put together a Facebook Live video when you went to Annapolis to file your papers to run for office.  Now you need to start raising money!  For a first-time candidate, it’s a struggle to find donor lists, since other campaigns have learned that…

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So You Want to Run for Office in 2018

Congratulations on your decision to run for elected office in Maryland in 2018. I have run twice myself, and wouldn’t trade the experience for anything in the world.  The offices we need to field candidates for in Maryland in 2018 include the entire State Senate and House of Delegates as well as 8 seats in…

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30 SECOND SOUND BITES

Many people say we live in an ADD nation that only has an attention span of 30 seconds. True or not, as a candidate, you need to be able to craft your message to a potential voter in 30 seconds. Why Only 30 seconds? The amount of facetime you will get with potential voters is…

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A To-Do List for 2018 Candidates

Congratulations! You guys have all filed for your respective offices, the deadlines have passed, and some of you running in Maryland are lucky enough to have no Democrat challenger.   Those of you without challengers should continue raising money.  Those with primaries should not only keep raising money, but also hit the Republican speaking circuits.  Those…

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GAME DAY

Okay, you have been at it since last spring, or even longer for some of you. Tomorrow is your final exam, you worked hard, and most of you guys did all the right things.  I was very impressed with the quality of our candidates, yard sign designs, palm cards and over-all campaign collateral.  What to…

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Establishing your Campaign Leadership Team

Let’s Review What We Have Covered So Far You have filed for candidacy, put your finance team in place, and you’ve just 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 and $10,000 dollars in cash on hand.…

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HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR WEB PRESENCE

It is very important for candidates to have dynamic interactive websites.  Nearly two-thirds of US adults use social media, and for many, it is the first source for news and information gathering. Online ads not only put campaigns in a position of power by bolstering efforts, but also provide an easy way to communicate relevant…

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DO NOT ENGAGE

It’s getting close to Election Day, and that means another round of good-hearted volunteers bravely covering polls for Republicans all across the Great and Awesome State of Maryland. BTW, thank you Governor Hogan for putting the Great and adding the Awesome to the State of Maryland. Covering a very serious point, one thing Republican poll…

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