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How to Run For Student Government

By on March 16, 2013

It’s that time of year again, elections for your school’s student body representatives, senators, VP’s, and president for next year’s academic year.  If all this political talk and campaigning is getting your juices running towards thinking about running some time during the future, here is some advice to ensure that you run the best race possible.

1.) Meet as many people as possible

This means going to every social event being offered on campus, hanging around the dining halls for hours on end, and going to every party that you can possibly get in.  Try and be as genuine as possible when talking to people, and DON’T mention at all that you’re running for office (if you’re campaigning properly, they should already know).

2.) Have a campaign staff

Running for office is a big, challenging task, so make sure you have some help a long the way.  Get a team of dedicated people that want you to win as much as you do, and delegate some of the more menial labor to them.  Get email addresses, create posters, handout flyers, basically anything that requires strength in numbers or anything you personally don’t have time for.

3.) Utilize social networking

Bring the race on facebook and twitter!  Have your campaign staff, friends, and supporters change their profile pictures and cover photos to your campaign posters, start “events” and invite friends to raise awareness, and be sure to tag people in your statuses and photos (especially if you post your campaign poster) that way your name will show up on their friends’ news feed as well.

4.) Start planning as soon as possible

You can never start prepping too early.  Try interning for an existing student body member, if your school offers such programs, or even get on the campaign trail of someone running this semester to see if running for office would actually be something that you’d be interested in!

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Josh is currently an undergraduate "Computer Science" and "Environmental Economics and Policy" double major at UC Berkeley, working as a Lab Assistant in the EECS department.

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