Are you willing to raise money?

This post is part of a ten-part series on preparing to run for local office. For the rest of the series, check out the links in the introductory post

I've covered fundraising fairly extensively here on this blog. This post will be short. The series I recently did was titled "The Hard Realities of Fundraising." Here it is: 

Part 1: As a candidate, fundraising is your job
Part 2: You're not born with the ability to raise money, it's a skill you have to learn
Part 3: Your viability as a candidate depends on your willingness to raise money
Part 4: Don't run if you're not willing to raise money
Part 5:  Tips on building a fundraising list to get you started

Fundraising is simple, but it's not easy. If you want to be a successful candidate, you have to be willing to sit down and start calling people to ask for money. It's that straightforward. 

The best argument I can make is this: over the course of the campaign you'll ask your family to sacrifice time with you. You'll ask volunteers to put up yard signs and give up their Saturdays to go doorbelling. You'll ask staffers to work long hours. 

They'll do it because they believe in you and because in the context of the campaign, it's their job. Fundraising is your job. 

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