RSVP for Campaign Bootcamp Fall 2021
All trainings will be held virtually via Zoom. All trainings are free and brought to you by the Athens-Clarke County Democrats.
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Athens-Clarke County Democrats
The Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee is pleased to announce our 2021 Campaign Bootcamp. Are you a potential candidate but you do not know where to start? Would you like to be a campaign staffer or volunteer now or in the future? Or do you simply want to learn the 'ins and outs' of campaigning for public office? Then this FREE Campaign Bootcamp is for you!
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RSVP for Campaign Management: Sunday, Sept. 12, from 2:00-4:30 pm
About this training: In this workshop, Aditya Krishnaswamy and Daniel Hilton will guide attendees through what it means to manage a campaign. They will talk about the various roles of a campaign team, as well as address common questions and issues that often emerge in campaign management. The presenters will also offer strategies for cultivating an affirming campaign team environment where staff, volunteers, and community members are appreciated and valued.

Daniel Hilton successfully managed Gwinnett County Commissioner Kirkland Carden’s historic City Council run in Duluth as well as Shelly Hutchinson’s successful State House run in 2018 that flipped a seat.

Aditya Krishnaswamy was Campaign Manager for Mokah Jasmine Johnson's inspiring Georgia State House Campaign for District 117, which covers parts of Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, and Oconee Counties. Aditya also served as a Regional Field Organizer for the Working Families Party during the historic 2021 Ossoff/Warnock Senate run-offs.

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RSVP for Building a Movement-Centered Campaign (1st half) and The Fundamentals of Fundraising (2nd half): Sunday, Sept. 19, from 2:00-4:30 pm
About this training: For the first hour, join WV Can't Wait Founder Stephen Smith to learn how to build a movement-centered campaign that creates lasting political infrastructure. In the second hour, join District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez to learn the fundamentals of fundraising. You will learn who to ask, when, and how; the most efficient forms of fundraising; the best tactics for emails, calls, and events; and also how to create a campaign budget.

Stephen Smith is the Founder and Co-Chair of WV Can’t Wait. During the 2020 election cycle, WV Can’t Wait built a slate of over 90 candidates, created 54 county teams, and organized nearly 40 constituency teams representing seniors, educators, veterans, the LGBTQ+ community, and so many more during Stephen’s run for Governor. The movement organized nearly 200 town halls and through conversations with 11,000 of their neighbors created a true People’s Platform called the “New Deal for WV”. This platform includes Broadband for All, Prosecuting Corruption, Fixing our Roads, Full Cannabis Legalization, Cutting Healthcare Cost, a Workers Bill of Rights, and a Mountaineer Service Corps jobs program.

Deborah Gonzalez is the District Attorney for the Western Judicial Circuit, which covers Clarke and Oconee counties. A former Georgia State House Representative for District #117, Deborah beat Governor Kemp in court 5 times -- fundraising over $100,000 in legal fees alone -- just to win the right for the people of Clarke and Oconee to choose their own District Attorney. A master fundraiser, Deborah is also the Founder of Bluebird PAC, a grassroots political action committee which provides resources and training for non-traditional candidates, and both The Justice Warriors PAC and the Justice Action Fund, which seeks to advance justice and transform the criminal legal system.
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RSVP for Field Organizing: Sunday, Sept. 26, from 2:00-4:30 pm
About this training: Join GA State House Rep. El-Mahdi Holly and Paul Glaze to learn the essentials you need to run a successful field strategy. You will learn how to calculate your win number, cut turf, and how to target and contact your voters. You will also understand important timelines and benchmarks as well as get an overview of VoteBuilder.

El-Mahdi Holly is the Georgia State House Representative For District #111. El-Mahdi is also a former Regional Field Director at the Democratic Party of Georgia, and a former Field Organizer at Cory Booker for U.S. Senate.

Paul Glaze is the Director of Public Affairs for GA Familias Unidas, Co-Founder of the Artist Relief Fund, and Policy Analyst for Georgia State House Representative El-Mahdi Holly. Paul also served as Campaign Manager at Devin Pandy for Congress, and as Campaign Manager at Daniel Blackmon for Public Service Commission, both in the 2020 election cycle.
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*While the dates in October are secure the topics may be switched from one date to another and we will update as soon as we can.
*RSVP for Relational Organizing: Sunday, Oct. 10, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
About this training: Join us to learn about Relational Organizing. Sean Hoey from the National Democratic Training Committee will facilitate a training on how to build a strong Relational Organizing component to your campaign. Relational Organizing prioritizes pre-existing relationships, like with your friends, family, and neighbors, in order to build a stronger, lasting, collective power. It includes base building, political education, issue identification, training and action. In its strongest form, Relational Organizing redistributes power from the people who run campaigns to the voters they are trying to win over.
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*RSVP for Constituency Organizing: Sunday, Oct. 17, from 2:00 to 4:30 pm
About this training. Join us to learn about outreach efforts and connecting with the Latinx and Black communities. The training session on Latinx outreach will be facilitated by Jennifer Zenteno, DPG Latinx Director. The training session on Black outreach will be facilitated by Scout Smith, a political strategist and former Chair of County Affairs for the DPG.
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*RSVP for Communications and Press: Sunday, Oct. 24, from 2:00 to 4:30 pm
About this training. Join us for this training that will cover message development, cultivating relationships with media, and an overview of channels including traditional media, social media, paid advertising, and direct voter contact. In addition, it will cover best practices for campaign aesthetics.
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And finally, we will offer a special session in November (date to be determined)
RSVP for Update on Redistricting and Strategy: November Date TBD, from 2:00 to 4:30 pm
About this training. Join us for this training that will cover the new districts that will be drawn in Georgia and the implications for candidates and their campaigns.
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Seats up for election in 2022
Qualifying to be on the ballot for the above seats will occur in early March 2022. Local elections will be in May 2022 and national elections will be in November 2022. Clarke County School District Board of Education Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. Athens-Clarke County Commission Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. Georgia House of Representatives Districts 117, 118, and 119. Georgia Senate Districts 46 and 47. US House of Representatives Districts 9 and 10 (replacing Clyde and Hice).
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