Step 1 is easy. Follow this checklist to make life a whole lot easier as you run for office.
☐ Make a spreadsheet of everyone you know.
☐ Make a list of your greatest accomplishments.
☐ Make a list of people who would be good spokespeople on your behalf.
☐ Contact your local county Clerk’s office and check the Illinois Board of Elections for the Candidate Guide and filing dates for financial reports http://www.elections.il.gov/InfoForCandidates.aspx
☐ Prepare an answer to this question: “Why are you running for office?”
☐ Polish your personal appearance.
☐ Get high resolution pictures taken.
☐ Polish your public persona.
☐ Buy your domain name for your website.
☐ Meet with movers and shakers in the community.
☐ Form your fundraising committee.
☐ Start researching donor history.
☐ Get money in the bank.
☐ Find office space.
☐ Buy a voter file.
☐ Ask for volunteers.
☐ Set up your website.
☐ Make a schedule.
☐ File to run!
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