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If you are thinking about running for office, from school board to state legislature, taking these steps in advance will help you succeed.
Contact WSNA’s Public Affairs team #
WSNA’s Public Affairs team is well versed in surveying the elections landscape. The team can also connect you to WSNA partner organizations — locally, statewide and nationally. If you are seriously considering running for office, your Public Affairs team can work with you to evaluate your candidacy and create next steps.
Attend campaign trainings #
If you are considering running for office, campaign and candidate trainings can set you up for success. WSNA recommends attending campaign and candidate trainings well in advance of filing to run. These trainings will help you evaluate your readiness to run. Each training will also walk you through the steps to set up a successful campaign — from fundraising, to grassroots, to media. Here are some of the campaign trainings WSNA recommends:
- Washington State Labor Council’s Path to Power
- Northwest Women’s Political Caucus
- Washington State Republican Party
- Washington State Democratic Party
Get involved locally #
Spend time getting to know your local organizations and join your local party organization (this is especially important in state legislative races). Get involved with your local Democratic or Republican Party. Learn about the players and let them get to know you. This is also a great way to learn more about what issues matter most to the people you hope to serve!
Start early #
This one deserves emphasis! If you are planning to run for office, starting these steps a year in advance of when you run will better prepare you for the road ahead. It will also give you time to build key relationships, identify friends and family who will give you grassroots power, and ensure you have the tools to be successful.