Run For Office
SLO County Progressives Candidate Tool Kit
10 Steps to Victory
Whether you’re just entertaining the thought, or you’ve already stepped up, know that you are not alone as you seek to affect meaningful change by running for office! The SLO County Progressives are here to support you!
1. Check Voter Status
Check your personal voter registration status – be certain it accurately reflects your current party affiliation, spelling of your name, home address, etc.
2. Review Positions
View our listing of all the open offices for 2018: State and Federal, County, City Council, School Board, Community Service Districts, Harbor/Fire/Sanitation Districts and Judgeships. Choose the one that best fits your skills and where you think you’ll make the most meaningful impact. Be sure you meet the qualifications and duties of the office.
3. Give Us a Heads Up
Contact our Elections Committee to let us know about your potential candidacy. Our goal is to help get progressives elected!
4. Find a Treasurer
Look for a treasurer for your campaign and make sure that person is someone you can trust, knows how to manage money. We can recommend a professional if necessary.
5. Gather Signatures
To get on the ballot you’ll need to collect a certain number of signatures. Enlist members in your area to help get them for your filing papers. Contact the County Clerk for specific instructions.
6. Form a Team
Gather your ‘staff.’ If you need help finding people with specific talents, let the Elections Committee know. We can help you get in contact with club members who can help!
Attend the SLO County Progressives Candidates’ Workshop this summer (date TBA). We plan to train and assist progressives candidates!
9. File to Run
Make sure you file on time and submit the appropriate filing fee. If you are running for a non-partisan office, you can decide to include a Candidate Statement of Qualifications, which is included in the Sample Ballot Booklet sent to every registered voter in the county. The Candidate Statement is an extra cost, but it will serve you well as a lot of people rely on the booklet, especially for minor offices.
10. Campaign & Win!
Knock as many doors and attend as many events as you and your team can. Winning elections is all about personal connection, get to know as many voters as possible. Candidates endorsed by SLO County Progressives will get assistance.