Focusing on some of the actual positions and individuals you would need to assemble for a team is a critical step.
Let’s say you want to run for State Representative. It varies across the state how much that race is going to cost, geographically where you’re located. That race may cost anywhere from $75,000 to a good half million to $750,000 depending on where you’re running. If you’re a first-time candidate running, there are going to be some key positions that you need to fill. You may want to keep it all in the family, but also make sure your family is qualified. You want to be able to trust those individuals.
If they have a background in accounting, bookkeeping, and meeting deadlines and the requirements that you have to follow with the Texas Ethics Commission would be best. As a candidate you need to be able to trust a financial bookkeeper or accountant to take care of those things, not miss those deadlines, and ensure that your campaign is transparent, honest and ethical.
Find somebody that you can contract. Everything is negotiable. Contract with somebody at a low rate. Find somebody who has great organizational skills. If they know your network already, it’s a plus. Then, it’s really just getting your network down on paper in an Excel spreadsheet and starting to reach out to that database. Have that person that has the organizational skills be a grassroots leader. Make sure that person knows the neighborhood well and knows the geographical area in which you’re running well.
If you have teen kids, have them help with creating and running social media pages. Think practical. There are ways to run a low-budget, low-key campaign that’s still very effective. Think about all these positions and you can fill them in a very logical and very practical way to meet a first-time candidate’s needs