Nuts and bolts: Build for success

nuts-bolts-ssd-baton-rougeYou know the drill.

You’re trying to assemble something. Maybe a bicycle, a lawn mower or a new piece of furniture.

The directions seem overwhelming, filled with schematic diagrams that are often hard to decipher. There are a million parts, and lots of tiny, but essential pieces: nuts, bolts and washers.

It’s those tiny pieces that can trip you up, and make your project a failure if you don’t adhere to the instructions.

It’s no different in political campaigns.

As you set out on your new adventure to win an election, it’s important not to miss or overlook the nuts and bolts.

Some examples of these nuts and bolts include:

  • Filing the necessary paperwork to declare your candidacy;
  • Collecting the prerequisite number of signatures to get your name on the ballot;
  • Establishing a campaign mailing address, an e-mail address and social media pages;
  • Appointing someone to become your campaign treasurer;
  • Understanding and complying with the rules surrounding your campaign finance reporting requirements;
  • Creating and building a database of your campaign volunteers;
  • Creating a campaign budget;
  • And finally, understanding your campaign opposition and anticipating what they will say or do during your campaign.

Obviously, there are many more steps in the process, including message development and raising public awareness of your campaign.

But if you miss or overlook any of the essential nuts and bolts while building your campaign, you risk having your endeavor fall apart before it is launched.


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Randy Seaver is a former newspaper editor who works today as a professional strategic communications consultant and campaign strategist.

Mr. Seaver has successfully served as a campaign manager, communications director and field organizer on a wide variety of statewide referendum questions.

He also has proven experience in grassroots organizing for federal policy campaigns and running campaigns for candidates at the local level.


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