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How to be an effective local party ... and not a failed one

Bruce Maples
Bruce Maples

I don't belong to an organized political party – I'm a Democrat.

– Will Rogers

While we chuckle at this comment, we also ruefully admit that it is often true, especially at the local level. We wait until it's time for another election, then we scramble to do what needs to be done to win, or at least compete.

Here in Kentucky, we're hit with an additional hurdle: one of our two off-years is actually another election year, for governor and other state-wide offices. So, we are trying to build our organizations at the same time we are campaigning.

BUT, this year is that gift we get once every four years: the year of no elections! This is the year we can put some effort into our party itself, especially the local parties.

So, as we are already one-third of the way through the year, I thought it would be helpful to lay out a checklist for all our county parties, so you can see where you stand. Are you a failed party, a so-so party, or an effective party? Now's the time to find out – filing deadline is just eight months away!

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