• Carolyn Riggs

Training a professional staff.

“Finally, fewer than one in four 2018 candidates said they had all the support they needed during their campaign. This isn’t surprising, given what a campaign at the local level looks like. Forget about Barack Obama’s historic and sprawling operations, a typical state house race is run with (maybe) one staff person with little to no previous campaign experience. In fact, a full 50% of the candidates we surveyed had no paid campaign staff and relied exclusively on volunteers.”

We’ve watched our party fail in supporting all three stools to a successful Democratic majority: candidates, fundraising, and STAFF. That’s why one major focus of the #ruralmajority will be training campaign staff (and providing continuing education and pathways to careers in the field) to build a bench of qualified, professional, and experienced staff to support Democrats running for office.

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