Learn How to Run and Win Your Local Election

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 strategies and tactics on this website will serve as a political campaign template to help you win your local election.

Are you looking for advice on how to win a 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 and journalist -- I’ve also been elected to office! 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! I hope my political campaign checklist helps you win your next race.

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Phil's Most Recent Political Campaign Strategy Posts

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Political Campaigns, Local Elections & Strategic Marketing

    Take a minute to go read a really good post on the J.M. Field Marketing Blog today about the similarities between well-run political campaigns and well-run strategic marketing campaigns. They do a great job of showing how successful political candidates can be in campaigning for office if they apply smart

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    Buying Political Campaign Candidate Business Cards

      One of the most often overlooked–and under-utilized–political campaign tools are candidate business cards. When you’re running for office in a local election, you’re bound to meet voters in places that you might not expect to . . . and at times when you don’t have your campaign fliers or other

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      Facebook for Political Campaigns

      Triple Your Political Campaign Volunteer Base With Facebook

        Volunteers are the lifeblood of your campaign. Unfortunately, there’s no magic formula for tripling the number of supporters willing to knock on doors or make calls. I wish there were.

        But there is an easy way to triple the number of people willing to spread the word about your campaign, using

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        Political Campaign Election Cartoons: a Local Newspaper Tradition?

          There are two medium-circulation local newspapers in my suburban Cleveland area, and both offer comparable news coverage and editorials. Only one of them, though, has an on-staff cartoonist who puts a humorous artistic slant on local politics and events, and that’s one of the reasons that I tend to like

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