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Candidate School Lesson 1: Making Your Decision on the Better Georgia Podcast

Candidate School Lesson 1: Making Your Decision

Candidate School Lesson 1: Making Your Decision on the Better Georgia Podcast

My name is Louis Elrod. I’m the Political Director at Better Georgia, and since 2008 I have managed campaigns at the local and state level, helping candidates and organizations win progressive victories in a red state. Activists like me have helped a lot of people run for office, and we know there’s a huge amount of information that first-time candidates need to learn quickly. That’s why we put together this six-episode podcast featuring interviews and advice from the best campaign professionals we could find. Stepping up to run is a major undertaking, but we hope that Better Georgia’s Candidate School can make it just a bit easier.

This is Lesson 1: Making Your Decision. Listen in to learn what first-time candidates need to know before they run for office, and how you can hit the ground running on your first campaign.

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If something needs to be done and you’re the only person who can do it, then you have a duty and a responsibility to step up.” – Deborah Gonzalez

Show Notes:

  • Why ordinary people find themselves running for office
  • How Kendra Cotton has helped first-time candidates in their first stages
  • What complications may arise for first-time candidates
  • The many different factors you should consider of your personal life before running
  • Kendra’s advice for people who are afraid of fundraising
  • What kind of help you can get from your local political organizations
  • When shouldn’t a candidate run for office?
  • Why it’s imperative you understand the reach of the position you’re running for
  • Why Kendra recommends working your way up the ladder instead of running for Congress on your first campaign
  • Why Deborah Gonzalez ran for office for the first time
  • How Deborah won her first race despite being outraised financially four to one.
  • Louis Elrod’s advice for those interested in running for office for the first-time

I am of the opinion that if you want to run for something, let’s figure out how to make that happen.” – Kendra Cotton

Listen to the other episodes of Candidate School:

Links Mentioned:

  • Connect with Kendra Cotton:

Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn | Website

  • Connect with Deborah Gonzalez:

Facebook | Website

If you are a passionate progressive and you’re confident in your ability to run a strong race, then don’t let anything hold you back.” – Louis Elrod


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