Are you the kind of person that gets involved in your community, belongs to civic organizations or volunteers for causes like the PTA? Or maybe you already are a volunteer within the Democratic Party?

Being a candidate is a pretty serious endeavor and you might want to consider these suggestions first:

  1. Start creating a list now of everyone you know who will give you their time, talent and money. If you can’t come up with at least 50 people, you may want to plan for a run in the future while you build your bench.
  2. Talk to your family about this substantial investment in your own personal/family time and money.
  3. Be sure you have a clean criminal and personal background and have paid it forward in your community for a few years. 
  4. Be willing to really put yourself out there with a good story and good message you are willing to share with EVERYONE you meet. Voters deserve to know why they should hire YOU and what is in it FOR THEM. 

Why Run?

People run for office for all kinds of reasons. Some do it to change policy, some to make a difference in the lives of others, and some because they feel unheard by the person presently in the office. Whatever your reason for running for office, the Democratic Party of DuPage County will help you. Whether you’re seeking a seat on the local school board or a term as U.S. Senator, running for office is a challenging endeavor and takes a lot of effort. The DPDC can help you decide if running for office is right for you.

Keep in Mind

The County Party’s main focus is electing people in County Positions. If you wish to run for State House or Senate, we recommend you reach out to Senator John Cullerton’s political arm or Speaker Madigan’s team. We also are not a clearinghouse for Federal races including Congress. It is best to reach out to the DCCC/DSCC if you would like more information about those positions.

The DPDC can counsel you on how much time, money and effort running for office will take. We can help you check into the qualifications for the office, make sure you know the required papers you need to get on the ballot, and what legal obligations you have to meet.

Once you decide to run

You will need to create a campaign plan. A campaign plan is one of the most important, but most neglected, aspects of most campaigns. Writing a campaign plan will spare you a lot of anxiety and wasted effort. There are lots of great resource our there to help you answer a lot of questions that go into a Campaign Plan, like;

  • Number of people registered to vote.
  • Percentage of registered voters expected to turn out.
  • Percentage of votes needed to win the election.
  • Where your votes will come from and how you plan to move them to the polls
  • Crafting a message for voters.
  • Deciding which issues upon which you will base your campaign.

The DPDC and you local township Dems can offer county candidates guidance with:

  • Fundraising
  • Events
  • Direct Mail and Literature