Political Campaign Tips for Those With Disabilities
Image courtesy of Pexels
Inclusion is a popular topic these days, and it’s apparent that the world of politics needs to be shaken up. People with disabilities are grossly underrepresented , so the time is ripe to run for office if you feel called. Let’s look at what you should expect and how to formulate a plan for a successful run.
Disabilities? So what?!
People with disabilities are taking a more active role in leadership than in the past. From entrepreneurism to entertainment and, yes, politics, those with exceptionalities are making waves. Time explains that even with such progress, there are still stereotypes and outmoded beliefs that people with disabilities come up against. However, it’s being done by others, so why not you?
That being said, if you’re new to the world of politics, you might want to start out slowly. Consider volunteering for a candidate who interests you, or running for an office that could be the first step toward your bigger goals. Getting accustomed to the processes will allow you to fine-tune your plans and platform, rather than working things out on the fly.
Assemble Your Team Nobody makes a successful campaign run flying solo. Before you get too deep into political waters, gather some trustworthy teammates to help you in your venture. Your biggest assistance will come from your campaign manager, but other common staff members include a fundraising consultant, field director, campaign treasurer and communications director. Each of these people will tackle different aspects of your campaign duties. For instance, the campaign manager will handle general strategizing, address budgeting concerns, and ensure your marketing is aligned with your campaign vision and message. You might even decide to add a freelance content writer to tackle things like social media posts, composing emails, and writing blog posts.
Many candidates hire freelancers who specialize in any or all of these roles. By going through online job boards, you can find someone with the credentials, experience and positive reviews that will help make your campaign a success.
Make Your Message Clear Your campaign message will be useful in fundraising, public speaking engagements, and other marketing efforts. It should be clear, concise, and pertinent to the changes you want to affect in your community. For instance, perhaps you want to advocate for parents of special needs kids. Making others aware of the need, helping them identify with real people facing the challenges, and helping them to understand why society as a whole will benefit when those people are lifted up will ensure your message is well-received.
Build Your Following You’re probably familiar with traditional canvassing methods, such as door-to-door visits and hosting events. Keep in mind that these days, you can broaden your outreach through technology. By digging into website activity, social media and email responses, you can raise much of your following and your funds electronically , which gives you the best bang for your buck. Just remember to keep your message personal and in line with your overall goals.
A significant part of your campaign will include talking with the public. Unless you’re used to them, public speaking engagements can be a daunting prospect. Radio Host Chuck Garcia recommends speaking with passion and purpose. Give your audience actionable steps, and always end your speech with a call toward change. Inspire your listeners, and remind them of how they can make a difference by voting for you.
People with disabilities are making waves, but the work is far from over. With the right strategies and people in place, your campaign run can be a winner. If you’re ready, don’t worry about what could hold you back. Instead, make the world ready for you!