THE POLITICAL GAME
As a panelist for the Chamber of Commerce’s Candidate Academy on February 25th, I had the opportunity to share some thoughts about my own experience as a candidate and to talk about what a political committee offers to candidates. Ralph Duquette and Wiley Parker were the other two Democrats on the panel of six. Good representation!
My remarks about the role of a political committee fit into a sports analogy.
In that analogy, candidates are athletes. When they first start, our committee helps them learn the basic skills. Not how to throw a ball, but what to do to get on the ballot, for example. We decode the mysteries of petitions, cross-filing, walk lists, GOTV, and VoteBuilder. I hope we also convey a spirit of support and give them the confidence to get into the game.
For experienced candidates, the committee plays a coaching role, helping candidates develop strengths and overcome weaknesses, teaching campaign strategy, and showing how working as a team can be effective.
After the election, when the candidate wins, we hope she or he will turn around and help us coach others.
Lois Herr, Chair
Lebanon County Democratic Committee