Your CandidateHave you ever given any thought about where good political candidates come from? What sort of individuals do you want running for office? Egotistical, self-important politicians or capable humble public servants? You would probably prefer the humble public servant, but these are exactly the sort of people who don’t think of themselves as candidates.

If you want better public officials for your local community then you must RECRUIT THEM.

One of the most important functions of a local Republican party is recruit good candidates. It is one of the most effective ways to improve your community and it costs little more than some time and attention.

Who makes a good candidate?

Serving in a public office is a leadership position. One of the most effective ways to identify possible candidates is to identify people who are ALREADY leading in your local community.


Sometimes you need to identify candidates in particular geographic political districts. A useful method is to get a list of voters who live in that district from the local election office. Then have several people go through the list highlighting names that they recognize as possible good candidates.

Once you have identified a list of possible candidates you need to go through a simple vetting process. Ask several people that you trust if 1) the potential candidate holds the correct political positions and 2) if their personality and character are suited for the job. I wrote previously about this: Are You Qualified to Run for Local Public Office?

Persuading A Possible Candidate to Run for Office

Have someone plant the idea in their head. I have a friend who once called an individual and said, “You should run for alderman.” The individual replied, “Why would I want to do that?” and hung up the phone. A few months later he was sworn into office.


Don’t leave the leadership of your community to chance. Candidate recruitment is one of the most important functions a local party can play. What are some other methods your local party uses to identify and recruit candidates?