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Running for Political Office as a Person With Disabilities

Note: This article is for general information only and is not legal advice to any particular reader or individual. For legal advice, you must specifically retain a lawyer who evaluates your specific situation.


Contributing Author:  Rebecca Moore of ablerise.net

 

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A large percentage of people have a disability, but the percentage of people with a disability who hold an elected position is much lower. If you're looking for an opportunity to bring some representation to your community, maybe you should consider running for office in an upcoming election. Bring your ideas, your enthusiasm, and your drive to your campaign. Combine this passion with the following tips for an effective campaign strategy.

 

Gather Supportive Campaign Professionals and Volunteers

 

Naturally, you'll need the advice and expertise of a campaign manager, a communications director, and a budget officer. It's helpful to have a team member with social media and marketing experience, as well. Running for an elected position is complicated and expensive, so you need a team of experts who have successfully maneuvered their way through this process before.

 

With the right team of helpers on board, you may avoid common mistakes and pitfalls. A team of volunteers can help you reach out to members of your community, planning promotional activities and showing up to public events, for example. Volunteers can also help with canvassing neighborhoods in your community, so voters become familiar with your name, your qualifications, and your solutions to pressing issues.

 

Find a Source of Funding

 

One valuable source of funding may come in the form of campaign contributors. These often include:

 

●      Family members

●      Friends and neighbors

●      Coworkers

●      Associates from clubs or organizations

●      People who don't like your opponent

●      Groups who believe in your campaign platform

 

Of course, fundraising is a crucial part of coming up with campaign funds, but not all fundraising efforts are equal. As you prepare to seek out sources of money, make sure you understand local, state, and federal laws. Next, prepare for a lot of hard work.

 

Spread Your Message

 

Throughout each of the previous steps, from the moment you decide to run to those last tense moments of vote counting, your campaign message must be compelling enough that the majority of voters are hoping you will win. If this message is persuasive, convincing, and relevant to your target voters, it will help you gather volunteers, raise campaign money, and gather winning votes.

 

Reverse phone lookup can enhance political campaign outreach by identifying potential supporters and their demographics based on phone numbers. This tool allows campaigns to personalize outreach strategies, tailoring messages to resonate with specific voter interests or concerns. Furthermore, it can help campaigns get information pertaining to the 412 area code, ensuring that contact details are verified and resources are efficiently used by focusing efforts on engaged and reachable voters.

 

Build a Disability-Friendly Platform

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 26% of adults in the United States have a disability. This means that devoting part of your platform to addressing the needs of people with disabilities is probably a useful idea. Consider addressing issues such as:

 

●      The broad range of abilities and necessary accommodations

●      Better access to equal opportunities for employment growth

●      Diversity and inclusivity

●      Discrimination

●      Obstacles to health and wellness

 

As you bring your wealth of firsthand experience to this part of your campaign, it's important to get out and talk to targeted voters. Your message may resonate with voters with disabilities, family, and associates of people with disabilities, and anyone who has concerns about disabilities and accessibility.

 

Care for Your Physical and Mental Health

 

Campaigning is hard work, both physically and emotionally, so don’t forget to engage in self-care. Set aside time each day to do things you enjoy, whether it’s journaling, yoga, reading, or spending time outdoors.

 

Make sure to prioritize adequate sleep and a balanced diet to maintain your energy levels. Connecting with friends and family can also provide much-needed emotional support and perspective. You should also take care to make your home as stress-free as possible by adding plants, decluttering, and allowing natural light in.

 

Pursue Your Political Dreams

 

As a person with disabilities, you have a lot to offer as a local, state, or federal elected official. But as you enact your campaign, pay attention to your own mental and physical needs so you don’t become overwhelmed or burned out. Then, you can carry your dreams of improving your community through your campaign while making a serious bid for the position.

 

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