What's in a name?
Fifty plus One is so named because women make up 51 percent of the US population, and through our trainings, we would like to see them representated at all levels of politics in proportion to their numbers in the population. In addition, it takes 50 percent plus one vote to win an election.
During our two-year pilot project, we will be working in Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Starting in 1997, we will be a national organization.
The Trainings - What We're All About!
During intensive two-day training sessions, participants will learn from women elected officials and seasoned campaign professionals what it is like to run for office as a woman candidate and how to effectively manage an electoral campaign.
Topics to be covered during the Beginner-level Electoral Campaign Training Sessions include:
Participants will receive a campaign tool kit and a list of organizations and publications they can
consult further should they decide to run for office.
- Making the Decision to Run for Public Office
- Basic Campaign Research
- Campaign Planning
- Campaign Research and Staffing
- Campaign Finance Laws
- Fundraising and Budgeting
- Message Development and Delivery
- Getting Free and Paid Media Exposure
- Grassroots Field Organizing (working with volunteers, targeting, persuasion mail, getting out the vote)
- The Role of the Democratic and Republican parties in your campaign