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Phil Van Treuren

Hi! My name is Phil Van Treuren, and I’ve worked as a paid consultant and volunteer on dozens of local, state and federal political campaigns. I started Political Campaigning Tips to help candidates for elected office learn from my successes (and mistakes) on the campaign trail. Regardless of your party or the seat you’re running for, the advice on this website will help you win your local political campaign.

My campaign philosophy is simple: I believe that anyone can run a great campaign for elected office and win, regardless of their background or experience. All it takes to win is hard work, discipline and a positive attitude!

I’m not just a former political consultant -- I’m also an elected official! I have a passion for helping local political candidates win their elections, and I’d love to help you. I don’t care about your political party, if you’re a man or woman, or if you’re young or old . . . I only care about your desire to win!

Our Most Recent Political Campaign Strategy Posts

Guest Post Focus: Five Reasons Women Make Better Candidates

The following guest post by Phil Van Treuren appeared in Elect Women in 2013. One of the reasons we started Political Campaigning Tips was to show potential political candidates of all demographics how to serve their communities by running for office. As a former political consultant and campaign manager, however, I’m especially interested in encouraging…

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Guest Post Focus: How to Run a Political Campaign for Local Office

How to Run for Office

The following guest post by Phil Van Treuren appeared in The Art of Manliness on January 20, 2010. The concept of a man’s civic responsibility, while not conceived in ancient Rome, was certainly popularized there. Contributing to society by becoming a responsible and productive citizen was a hallmark of manliness, and running for elected office…

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