Saturday, July 12, 2008

How to Win a Local Election

One of the greatest resources here at the public library is our collection of how-to guides. We cover pretty much everything: curing game meat, repairing leaky faucets, hemming pants, painting walls, and potty-training your toddler. We can now add to the list a book on how to get elected. Written by Judge Lawrence Grey, who retired from the Ohio Court of Appeals, How to Win a Local Election: a complete step-by-step guide is a great tool for anyone who is interested in becoming part of the City Council, Borough Assembly, School Board - even the State Legislature! Grey gives you advice and information about how to get on the ballot, how to organize campaign volunteers, how to finance your campaign, and how to use polls, surveys and direct mailings to get in touch with local voters. Included with this book is a CD of sample forms and worksheets, as well as a directory of state elections officials and codes. He also gives very helpful advice about how to design campaign literature, how to organize a fundraising event, good manners for candidates, and how to write a press release. If you have skills and energy that you are willing to contribute for the greater good of the community, and you just need a little help with the technical details of running for elected office, then this is an essential guide for your campaign. Good Luck at the polls!

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