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Off and Running!!!

By Dwight Patel | Nov 7, 2019

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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MORE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

By Dwight Patel | Nov 7, 2019

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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Let’s Take a Look Back at 2017

By Dwight Patel | Nov 7, 2019

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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KEEPING AN EYE ON FUNDRAISING

By Dwight Patel | Nov 7, 2019

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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IT’S NOT OVER EVEN AFTER IT’S OVER

By Dwight Patel | Nov 7, 2019

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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IS MONTGOMERY COUNTY A HOPELESS CAUSE FOR REPUBLICANS?

By Dwight Patel | Nov 7, 2019

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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HOW TO PREPARE FOR EVENTS

By Dwight Patel | Nov 7, 2019

We are heading into the hot, hazy, not-so-lazy days of summer for candidates.  It starts with Memorial Day weekend, which marks the beginning of the summer festivals season. This is what you should do in order to be ready for this segment of your campaign: Compile list of all events in your district or near…

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How to Create a Winning Campaign Website

By Dwight Patel | Nov 7, 2019

Despite what some tech-savvy web designers and Internet specialists might say, we still haven’t reached a point in our society where a website is a must-have for every local political campaign. True, it’s hard to imagine a successful congressional, senatorial, statewide, state legislative, county wide or presidential campaign without a great website, social media plan…

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GROUND GAME AND THE FINAL 72 HOURS

By Dwight Patel | Nov 7, 2019

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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