Running for the House of Representatives
- Serving your country as a member of Congress is a dream that many young people have, but it usually represents years of work within the political system. It’s crucial that a potential candidate understand how the system works and how to establish the reputation necessary earn the trust of an electorate. Then it’s a matter of rolling up your sleeves and getting down to work.
- Study social studies, history and government in high school. Pick a college that has a reputation for political activism. Participate in college level politics. Study debate. Consider going to law school.
- Continue your political activity during all levels of schooling. If you obtain a law degree, work in the public sector, i.e as a prosecutor or public defender. If you did not go to law school, begin working for political candidates.
- Work up the ranks in your political party, gaining greater levels of responsibility. Achieve a position with either a member of Congress or Senate. Network with members of your party, particularly those who work in positions that determine help for candidates.
- Find what appears to be an available district. Move into the district. Declare your interest in running for that district.
- Form a nominating committee from influential members of your party with whom you have networked. Begin the process of raising funds. Begin meeting the criteria for being designated as a candidate.
- Continue to raise funds through your nominating committee. Become your party’s candidate. Consolidate your party by approaching those who worked for your primary opponents. Begin your campaign and work intensively at a local level. Meet as many people as you can.
- Use the services of the most skilled consultants you can find to design your ad campaign. Campaign until the very last possible minute.
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