Please note, many of the key dates for 2024 have not been published by WEC yet. The remaining deadline dates will be posted when they are available.
Key Dates at a Glance:
TBA – First day to circulate Nomination Signature forms
TBA – due date to submit Nomination Papers,
TBA – due date to submit declaration of candidacy, campaign registration statements, etc
TBA – due date to submit Statement of Economic Interest
8/13/24 – Partisan Primary Election
11/5/24 – General Election
Campaign To-Do Timeline
Gather support from family and friends
Write down or start a spreadsheet with your top 100 friends and family members. Include their phone numbers. Before you announce, call through the list to share your plans with them. If they pledge a campaign contribution, you can collect contributions after your launch. *NOTE: You cannot collect campaign contributions until you register as a candidate
Recruit your Kitchen Cabinet (trusted advisors/doers)
Treasurer (official position: opens your campaign account, manages balance, accounting and accountability!)
Volunteer Coordinator (finds volunteers to help with campaign, assigns tasks)
Events Coordinator (finds events for you to attend, including fundraising opportunities. Also includes in-district/near district parades and coordinates campaign presence in them)
Communications (this person is good with words, helping you craft messaging for lit pieces, mailers, social media, and public appearances)
Analyze your district (last couple of election cycles)
Consider doing a little research to see which wards had decent turnout for Republicans in recent elections. Those are likely the ones you will want to consider meeting people in first! Start here.
What issues motivated voters?
Is this a district friendly to conservatives or do you have an uphill battle? What’s the strategy? (P.S. The strategy is always to meet more voters!)
Vet your opposition (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)If your opponent is an incumbent, find him or her here or here.
Study the incumbent’s website and the “details” page for bills they’ve authored. Then go to the far right tab on the “details” page and click “votes” to see where they stand, and where you might be able to offer something better to the constituents of your district.
Check your opponent’s social media accounts
Vet yourself with the same level of scrutiny (or ask a trusted friend to do this for you)
What have you said publicly?
Google yourself. What comes up?
April 2 (Spring Election – local offices)
VOTE in the spring elections! Don’t let your opponent make your not voting an issue. If you say you are getting serious enough about governance to get involved, make sure you vote in spring.
After April 2nd Election
Announce your candidacy
Name your campaign (called a “campaign committee”).