Want to run for office? Politics is a noble field, and Britons are looking to elect leaders that represent all demographics, such as those with disabilities. You may feel that your disability will hold you back, but you can be just as successful a politician as someone without. Thinkwing Radio shares four steps to help pave the way toward political success.
1. Decide the 5 W’s
If you’re interested in running for office, consider who, what, when, where, and why. Who are you, and what do you stand for? Your disability may be your stand-out quality, so building a campaign around that may bolster your chances. After all, there is space for the disabled in politics. However, though there has been growth over the years, individuals with disabilities are still politically underrepresented. Once you decide on your platform, you’ll need to decide which position is right for you. Do you want to work at the local or national level, for example? Each level has different positions and varying responsibilities.
Even though there are general rules for running for office, having a clear vision of where you see yourself will allow you to get familiar with any specific regulations.
2. Decide How
After deciding the 5 W’s, it’s time to ask how you will run your campaign. Running a campaign can demand a substantial amount of work and money, so start by utilizing your connections and building a team. Find people to fulfill important roles such as campaign manager, financial manager, and volunteer coordinator. Never turn down volunteers, either. You’ll need a staff large enough to handle all the menial tasks, such as phone calls and door-to-door campaigning. Consider also investing in services that can help bolster your campaign. Email marketing and video editing services can help make a difference in how you reach your constituents.
3. Hone Your Skills
If you want to put your best foot forward, consider diversifying your skill set by going back to school. Earning an advanced degree helps set you apart from other candidates while boosting your credentials. Doctorates are impressive, and the knowledge you procure will make you better suited for a political position. For example, an advanced degree in political science can make you better equipped to help your community after learning theory, relations, statistics, and more. If you’re worried about not having enough time, consider an online school to take classes at your own pace. With an online school, you can easily balance any other responsibilities, such as your career or family obligations.
4. Prepare for the Public Eye
Once you submit your candidacy, your past is subject to scrutiny. Few things can kill your campaign faster than a scandal, so scrub any social media profiles clean of controversial content and address any issues from your past. Then, you can start building a viable foundation for candidacy. Having a history of political involvement will boost your chances, so start voting in every single election, gain experience; make connections by volunteering on another campaign, and attend meetings related to the office you want to eventually serve. And don’t worry if you’re a little uncomfortable at first — these situations will help you grow, which, in turn, can build up your self-confidence. Getting experience is part of the battle.
Running for office can be a lot of work, but preparing yourself for the journey will help ease your way. Choose your path, learn the essential skills, and immerse yourself in your local politics to improve your chances of securing that coveted position.
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