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

How's your local party doing? Here's a checklist to see, and perhaps improve as well.

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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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Bruce Maples

Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. (Read the rest of his bio on the Bruce Maples Bio page in the bottom nav bar.)

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