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You Could Run for Congress!

In 2018, I decided to take the leap and run for Congress in Arkansas. It was a challenging and rewarding experience, but I learned a lot along the way. If you're thinking about running for office, I want to share some tips that I learned during my campaign.

First and foremost, it's important to understand the qualifications and requirements for running for Congress. Just like in my campaign, you need to be a U.S. citizen, at least 25 years old, and have been a resident of the state you wish to represent. Additionally, you'll need to file paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Once you've made sure you're qualified, it's time to develop a platform and message. I ran on a platform of campaign finance reform and a commitment to expanding justice and generosity in our society. It's important to have a clear idea of what you stand for and what issues you want to address. This will help you connect with voters and make your campaign more compelling.

In my campaign, I was blessed to have a great team of supporters. Running for Congress is a big undertaking, and you'll need a team of dedicated supporters to help you every step of the way. This might include campaign managers, volunteers, donors, and other key supporters.

Fundraising is also a crucial aspect of running for office. My campaign was funded by grassroots donations, and it's important to raise enough money to pay for things like campaign staff, advertising, and travel expenses. This might include soliciting donations from individual donors, as well as courting support from political action committees (PACs) and other groups.

Getting your name out there is also important. I participated in debates and forums, ran ads, and attended events and rallies to get my message in front of as many people as possible.

Finally, it's important to be prepared for election day. Hiring an attorney that specializes in election law, having a plan to get out the vote, and having contingency plans in case the election goes into a recount are all important steps to take.

If you're interested in running for office but aren’t sure where to start, we’ve got the answer. That's why we’ve created the Campaign Readiness Checklist. It will help you start your congressional campaign the right way.

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