How to Run for Office

How to Run for Office

What is some advice for people who have never run for office before?

What is some advice for people who have never run for office before?

How do I know which office I want to run for?

How do I know which office I want to run for?

Do I need to know what I will do in office?

Do I need to know what I will do in office?

What is the right timing for running for office?

What is the right timing for running for office?

How do I know if I can win?

How do I know if I can win?

How much time will I need to devote to running?

How much time will I need to devote to running?

What personal and family considerations should I think about before running for political office?

What personal and family considerations should I think about before running for political office?

How can I prepare for speeches, media interviews and debates when running for office?

How can I prepare for speeches, media interviews and debates when running for office?

How can you build a political and fundraising support base when running for office?

How can you build a political and fundraising support base when running for office?

How do you put together a campaign staff and consultant team when running for office?

How do you put together a campaign staff and consultant team when running for office?

Why is it important to do self-research when running for office?

Why is it important to do self-research when running for office?

How can you learn the issues you have to talk about in a campaign?

How can you learn the issues you have to talk about in a campaign?

How do you develop a campaign message when running for office?

How do you develop a campaign message when running for office?

How do I know how much money I can raise when running for office?

How do I know how much money I can raise when running for office?

How do I know how much money I need when running for office?

How do I know how much money I need when running for office?

Why is it important to understand my governing philosophy, the values I represent and the public image I want to convey?

Why is it important to understand my governing philosophy, the values I represent and the public image I want to convey?

What other pressures do candidates face when running for office?

What other pressures do candidates face when running for office?

How much public scrutiny will I receive when running for office?

How much public scrutiny will I receive when running for office?

How do I deal with unfair attacks when running for office?

How do I deal with unfair attacks when running for office?

What kinds of attacks should I expect when running for office?

What kinds of attacks should I expect when running for office?

What are the highs and lows of running for election?

What are the highs and lows of running for election?

How do I know if running for office is right for me?

How do I know if running for office is right for me?

What personal and family considerations should I think about before running for political office?

What personal and family considerations should I think about before running for political office?

How much time will I need to devote to running?

How much time will I need to devote to running?

How do I know if I can win?

How do I know if I can win?

What is the right timing for running for office?

What is the right timing for running for office?

Do I need to know what I will do in office?

Do I need to know what I will do in office?

How do I know which office I want to run for?

How do I know which office I want to run for?

What is some advice for people who have never run for office before?

What is some advice for people who have never run for office before?

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Ron Faucheux is one of America's top political and public affairs analysts. Contributor-at-Large for Campaigns & Elections magazine - a nonpartisan publication he previously published and edited - he writes a column on politics and public opinion.

Currently head of government affairs for the American Institute of Architects, Dr. Faucheux is a former state legislator and cabinet secretary. He's the author of the acclaimed book for candidates, Running for Office; editor of The Debate Book, a manual of standards and guidelines for political debates; and editor of Winning Elections, a treasure chest of the best campaign advice ever published.

He's handled 116 candidate and issue campaigns as a media consultant and campaign strategist. He's worked on a wide range of issue advocacy, association, corporate and grassroots lobbying campaigns.

Since the early 1990s, he's made over 350 national television appearances and has anchored his own national cable TV news show. His network appearances have included the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, The Lou Dobbs Show on CNN, ABC's Nightline, NBC's The Today Show and ABC's Good Morning America.

He's trained thousands of political candidates, issue advocates, corporate executives and association leaders. The campaign "message development" process he created has been used successfully by many campaigns, large and small, around the world.

Dr. Faucheux graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, received a law degree from the LSU Law Center and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of New Orleans.

He teaches courses in Campaign Management and Running For Office at The Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University and at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute.

He was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives at 25 - at the time the legislature's youngest member. He was re-elected twice, once with 84 percent of the vote and once without opposition. He also served as state Secretary of Commerce.

Dr. Faucheux resides in the Washington, D.C. area. His office is located at 1735 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20006-5292

How do I know if I can win?

Political and public affairs analyst Ron Faucheux gives advice for people who have never run for office before including how to know if you can win.

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Host: How do I know if I can win?

Ron Faucheux: Making the realistic assessment as to whether or not you can win an election is a very important part of the decision to run. Running for office is very difficult. You have to ask friends and supporters for a lot of help, for a lot of efforts, for a lot of resources for running and to ask them to do all that without having an opportunity to run a real race, to make an important statement and they have an opportunity to win an election is something that is really very selfish. So you need to assess in a very objective way whether you could win. Obviously, you can look at former election and the data and election results to get some sense of it. The most common things that political candidates do is they take polls to determine what the political opportunities are; what the right messages are; what the public mood is; what are the pluses and minuses of the possible candidates for each office; whether or not you have the resources to wage your campaign; whether you have got the time, you can make the effort, whether it's the right office at the right time. So there are lot of factors that go into making a decision whether or not you are elecatable and even after you do that you never know for sure.