Candidates for Kentucky's
Local, Regional and Statewide Offices -
Volunteer for Candidates for Public Office: City, County, State, Congressional District, U.S. Senate; or volunteer for a political party or a political group!
In the Kentucky Primary elections, which will be held on May 19, 2020, candidates are running for several offices in Frankfort (Mayor and City Commissioners), Franklin County, Kentucky House District 56 & 47, Senate District 7, Kentucky Congressional District 6, and U.S. Senate.
Click on the links below to learn how to get in touch with candidates for these offices, and even more importantly, to help with their campaigns!
Aside from needing money $$$, most every candidate tells you that the most valuable part of their campaign is volunteers. Candidates use volunteers for literally every aspect of the campaign, such as:
Scheduling: Helping schedule the candidate's events; updating the calendar (either hard copy or online) for a candidate; contacting local organizations to request your candidate speak during upcoming meetings; preparing materials for the candidate to distribute at meetings & events;
Phone calls: Obtaining databases of registered voters; making telephone calls to registered voters (click for possible "talking points);" training other volunteers in making calls for a candidate; returning calls for your candidate, & many more opportunities.
Show up! Several candidates have websites through which you can register for updates about the candidate's events & appearances. Others will post on their Facebook page when they'll be attending a function. For public events, sign-up and show up. Bring a few friends and make a festive outing. Candidates always like to see larger crowds & friendly faces. You & your friends don't have to organize, plan, speak, or clean-up. But your presence at your candidate's events make a difference!
Promote your candidate - buttons, banners, bumperstickers, etc.: Use campaign materials to promote your candidate at appropriate events (shopping, visiting friends, parties, etc.) & keep a supply on-hand to give to those who express an interest; organize friends with candidate tee-shirts, buttons or banners to gather at community events, such as the Downtown Summer Concert series, the Frankfort Strider run/walk events, fall festivals for schools and communities in the area. Help your candidate's team distribute yard signs (make sure you follow all city and county rules).
Organize a "meet & greet" event (click on the link for one organizer's guidelines)- this could be at your home or during a community event, or at local restaurant or business. Leave nothing to chance, from planning to follow-up to evaluation; then it will be a success!
Prepare research about the city voting patterns, about other candidates, about specific issues - such as Capital Plaza redevelopment; mountain bikes on Fort Hill; Frankfort City Plant Board discussions; encouraging economic development; Kentucky State University's ties with the community; public education and teachers; and on and on; brief your candidate with short summaries of local issues.
Support your candidate through social media: "like" their Facebook (FB) page, follow & retweet their Twitter feed, share Instagram and YouTube postings; post an endorsement on the FB page, Twitter, or other methods; "share" FB pages & tag Twitter friends who might be interested; offer to photograph your candidate at community events for posting on your FB page and/or the candidate's page, Twitter feed, etc.; organize friends & supporters to tweet with the candidate's hashtag or event hashtag at every opportunity.
Walk your precinct (click to learn the precincts in
your candidate or with your friends who support the candidate.
There are several types of "walking the district" or
"canvassing" as it's often called. Make sure that you're carrying out the
door-to-door campaign plan that your candidate wants and needs.
Prepare in advance by "role-playing" potential questions & answers, or
attend any training your candidate suggests.
Write! Write letters to the newspaper in support of your candidate (click on this link to connect directly to the Frankfort State Journal's letters' form); or, email or mail it to: firstname.lastname@example.org or,
1216 Wilkinson Boulevard
Frankfort, KY 40601
write & send supportive postcards for a candidate; write an online endorsement through social media.
Donate to your candidate's campaign. Contact information for all local candidates can be found through links on this site. Send a check. Or if you're comfortable donating online, make a donation through the candidate's online site - website or Facebook page. No amount is too small -- remember that those buttons, banners, & yard signs cost money. Small donations make big wins possible!