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How to Become President of the United States

July 8, 2013

The President of the United States is largely considered the most powerful person in the world.

Because of this, many people are very interested in becoming President.

While there isn’t a specific formula to use if you want to be elected President, there is a very specific process that you will need to follow in order to make this dream a reality. Remember that while doing these things is the formal process of attaining this office, they won’t by themselves get you elected. Check out our guide on becoming a politician to find out what you can do to improve your odds of one day getting elected to this prestigious office.

Meet the Qualifications

The first thing anyone must do on the journey towards becoming President is meet the basic qualifications of the office. The Constitution of the United States very clearly establishes three basic things all candidates must be:

  • A natural born citizen of the United States: This is the reason that Arnold Schwarzenegger has never been able to run for President despite his incredible success in the world of politics.

  • 35 years of age: Unfortunately for all of us young guns out there, this age limit is unflinching. The youngest President to ever serve was Theodore Roosevelt, who was 42 when he took over after William McKinley’s assassination in 1901. The youngest President ever elected was John F. Kennedy, who was 43 at the time.

  • Been a resident of the United States for 14 years: These don’t have to have been 14 consecutive years or even the years prior to running for office. As long as you have been a resident of the US for a total of 14 years, you meet this requirement.

These requirements are set in Article 2 of the constitution, which established the Executive Branch of our government.

Pre-Candidacy

Before you can even think about filing candidacy papers, there are some big things that need to happen. This process will have to begin years, and ideally decades, before you first run.

Before Politics

Being a so called “career politician” is something that is viewed very negatively by the majority of the population. Having real world experience and handling problems that the middle class can relate to is one of the best ways to get the people to support you.

Do the things that any average person would do, but do them very well. Go to college, get a job, earn promotions, start a business, volunteer, etc. The more you do, the more likely you are to succeed when you first step into the political arena. Remember that having big accomplishments (like writing a bestselling book or running a billion dollar company) are some of the best ways to make a name for yourself and boost your campaign. While the average person may not be able to do those things, the average person won’t become president either.

Early Political Career

how to become president of the United StatesWithout exception, all former US Presidents were Senators, Governors, Congressmen, or military generals before being elected. With this said, it is obvious that political success before your run for the top office is of critical importance. It won’t guarantee your success, but it will be a large factor.

The age of the military hero President has been winding down for nearly a century now. It once stood to reason that a successful military general would be the country’s leader. The most recent example of this is of course President Eisenhower. However, this has faded over time. As the country’s overall view of the military has dimmed slightly, as has the necessity for enlisted service in a Presidential candidate’s resume.

With that said, serving in the military is still a great way to boost the credibility of your campaign. It is a great place to start if you are young. Get your degree first and serve as an officer to boost your leadership ability.

Of course, serving in actual political offices is also incredibly important. Your career will likely begin in offices such as city council member or state legislator. In order to be taken seriously during your campaign though, you will need to hold national office or a state executive position. Run for governor of your state, or the national legislature (congress) before doing so. Here are some articles to get you started on this:

How to Become a Governor

How to Become a Senator

How to Become a Congressman

Testing Your Potential

Before you declare your candidacy, you should test the waters to make sure your campaign will have legs. Send some emails out to friends, family, and colleagues, asking them to fill out a form saying they would consider voting for you. Ask them to forward it to friends as well, and see how well it spreads. Look at using social media as well in a similar fashion.

Taking it one step further, you could begin to form Political Action Committees (PACs) and see if you can raise any money for your campaign. Raising campaign funds is a huge piece of running for any national office, and the Presidency is the best example of this. For example, President Obama raised right around $1 billion dollars for his 2012 campaign.

Become a Candidate

Once you are ready to declare your candidacy, you will unsurprisingly need to file some official paperwork. This will go to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). You must register as a candidate with this agency once you, or others on your behalf, have either raised or spent in excess of $5,000 on your campaign. You will have to file a Statement of Candidacy within fifteen days of hitting that fiscal amount, and a Statement of Organization shortly thereafter.

When you decide to make your announcement, make as a big of a deal out of it as possible. Send out press releases, do a press conference, leverage your social media accounts, send out letters, etc. The more initial press you get, the more traction you’ll be able to carry into the primaries.

Primaries and Caucuses

In order to receive your party’s official nomination for the Presidency, you will have to do very well in the primary elections and caucuses across the various states in our country. There are often times many levels of these, and each state does them a little bit differently.

As the various primary elections happen for you party across the different states, you will have to campaign in these locations. Some states you might be able to win very easily and won’t need to spend a lot of time campaigning in in order to win. Others may contain hard fought battles, and will require a large amount of campaigning to win over enough voters to take the state’s delegates to your party’s national convention.

National Conventions

National party conventions are a very old process that have been a major part of the process of electing a president for nearly two centuries.

Once the states’ primaries and caucuses are over, each party has a national convention. It is there that the party officially nominates a candidate for the Presidency. However, in most cases the candidate the party will pick has already been determined during the primary/caucus phase of the process.

In modern times, the national convention is more of a TV program than a political process. A candidate needs to shine on stage and in front of the camera during this convention to get the backing of his or her party.

National Election

The national presidential election in the US has always been a relatively complicated process that very few people fully understand. On election day, there really is two different votes happening simultaneously, and while they are both important to look at, only one determines who will become the next President.

Popular Vote

When you go to the polls on that Tuesday, you are voting in the general election. Each citizen in the United States has a chance to vote.

While one might think that in a democratic system of government the general election would decide who will be the next President. However, that isn’t true in our government. It is actually possible for a candidate to win the popular vote and lose the election. The most recent (and controversial) example of this was the 2000 Presidential election in which George Bush won the Electoral College, but lost the popular vote by nearly half a million votes to Al Gore.

Electoral College

The Electoral College is the actual authority that decides who will be the next President of the United States. It consists of electors who are chosen by popular vote within each state. The number of electors are proportioned to states based on the amount of Representatives and Senators they have in Congress. Currently there are 538 electors in the Electoral College. This is because there are 435 members of the House of Representatives, 100 Senators, and three additional electors given to the District of Columbia after the twenty third constitutional amendment was instituted.

In order to be elected President, a candidate must receive the majority of the electoral votes. To win a state’s electoral votes, the candidate must win a majority of the state’s popular vote. All states with the exceptions of Maine and Nebraska give all of their electoral votes to a single candidate.

Inauguration

The inauguration of the new President of the United States happens on the 20th of January following the election (or the 21st if the 20th is a Sunday). It is typically a massive nationally televised event in which the President is officially sworn into office and his or her four year term begins.

So if you can manage to get through that process, you will have successfully become President of the United States. It isn’t even a remotely easy thing to do. Only 44 people have done it in the history of our country. It is safe to say it is one of (if not the) hardest jobs to get in the world.

However, it is an incredibly opportunity to serve this great country, and make an impact on the entire world.

Politician Salary

July 1, 2013

The salaries and benefits provided to politicians vary widely based on the office they hold. While not nearly as big as the salaries of leaders in the private sector, a politician can still make a respectable amount of money.

The salary for the President of the United States is determined by Congress. The Constitution guarantees that a President cannot have their salary changed while serving a term as President. This is found in Article II, Section I of the Constitution. The last change to the President’s salary happened in 2001. Congress voted in late 2000 to change the annual salary beginning with the next presidential term from $200,000 to $400,000. Presidents also receive a $50,000 expense allowance.

Retired United States Presidents receive an annual pension that is equal to the current salary of the Cabinet Secretaries. In 2013 this amount was $199,700. In addition to their retirement pension, they can receive money to help them transition to life in the private sector. This money can be used to help set up offices and pay for staff used in the transition. These expenses in the past have totaled over $1 million per transition.

United States Senators and Congressmen receive the same pay. In 2013 their annual salary was set at $174,000. Leaders of the House and Senate do receive more money for their services. The Majority and Minority Leaders of both the House and Senate have an annual salary of $193,400, while the Speaker of the House receives $223,500.

In addition to their annual salary, Members of the House of Representatives receive The Members’ Representational Allowance (MRA) which helps to offset any expenses that come about from their duties such was office, personal and mailing expenses. These expenses vary depending on how far they live from Washington, DC and how much office space rental is in their home district. Expenses for mailings are based on how many mailing addresses are in their district. The funds for the MRA are set by the House each year as part of their federal budget. In 2012 the average MRA allowance for a Congressman was over $1.3 million.

The MRA stipulates that each Congressman can hire no more than 18 full time and 4 part time or temporary employees. The salary for any employee cannot exceed $168,411. All House members must submit a quarterly report of how they disbursed their MRA allowance.

Senators receive what is called The Senators’ Official Personnel and Office Expense Account or SOPOEA. This consists of allowances for three separate areas: the official office expense allowance; the legislative assistance allowance; and the administrative and clerical assistance allowance. The administrative and clerical assistance varies depending on how far the Senator lives from Washington, DC and the population of their state. The legislative assistance allowance is the same for all Senators. Each Senator’s mailing expenses are limited to $50,000 annually. The SOPOEA allowances are determined each year as part of the federal budget. The average amount per Senator in 2013 was just over $3.2 million.

The salary for governors is set by each individual state. In 2013 the governor with the highest salary was from New York, earning $179,000. Close behind were the governors of Illinois and Michigan who have a salary of $177,000. New Jersey and Virginia governors have an annual salary of $175,000.

On the other end of the spectrum is the governor of Maine who earns $70,000 each year. The next lowest is Arkansas with $86,890. The average salary for all governors in the nation is $133,348. Each state also sets what other benefits their governor receives.

How Many Members are in the House of Representatives

July 1, 2013

When it comes to instituting bills into law in the United States, there is a lengthy process that involves the bill being started in and passing through the House of Representatives, Senate and then to the White House where the president would sign the bill into law or veto the bill. When it comes to the House of Representatives, how many members are currently working in Washington, where did that number of people come from, and how it is determined the number that each state receives?

How many current members?

In the House of Representatives, there are 435 members that decide what bills and resolutions are brought up into discussion to become laws, make amendments to bills and to serve on committees. When elected, these individuals spread across the 50 states serve two-year terms before going back for re-election. Aside from the full-fledged members in the House that have the right to vote, there is a single delegate from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, District of Columbia, American Samoa and the Virgin Islands and a single resident commissioner from Puerto Rico that all have the same powers as members of the House. The only thing delegates and the resident commissioners can’t do is vote for a bill.

How number was decided?

Four hundred thirty five was the number determined to be the one needed in 1911 under Public Law 62-5. The number went into full effect in 1913 and has been used ever since.

What determines how many representatives each state receives?

When it comes to determining which state receives what number of representatives to total 435, it all comes down to the population of the state. In many cases, these totals increase and decrease by several positions throughout the years depending on the number of people moving in and out of certain locations.

Each state is entitled to at least one representative in the House and presently, there are seven states that have that number (Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming). On the other side of that, California – the most populous state in the United States – has the most number of representatives with 53, followed by Texas with 36, New York and Florida with 27.

Requirements of being member of House of Representatives

To become a member of the House, a person needs to be at least 25-years-old. The person running for office also needs to be a United States citizen, whether at birth or through naturalization for at least seven years and needs to be an inhabitant in that state they are trying to represent. This is to prevent a person from New Mexico from trying to become a member of the House in Arizona and also to ensure that the person representing a district knows what is important to the people that reside in those towns they are being asked to speak for.

Committee’s in House of Representatives

The 435 members of the House have the chance to be included in any of the 20 standing committees that have different jurisdictions legislatively speaking. These committees have oversight responsibilities that require them to monitor programs, activities and agencies within their jurisdiction. The way the number of members for each committee is determine is by looking at the ratio of democrats to republicans in the House. If the house is 60 percent republican, for every four democrats on a committee in the House, there will be six republicans.

How to Become a Senator

June 29, 2013

Parents like to tell their children that they could be president some day. It might be more sensible to tell them they could be a senator. That would increase the odds by a factor of 100. Each state has two senators, and the District of Columbia has two shadow senators. They would presumably be seated in the senate if the District of Columbia ever becomes a state.

The Constitution states that the minimum age for senators is 30. They must have held citizenship for at least nine years before election as senator, and they must reside in the state they will represent. Joe Biden was one of a few senators who were elected at 29. He was 30 before the senate convened.

Even if a person meets the constitutional requirements, the families of elected government officials have a tremendous advantage when aspiring to the senate. The Kennedy dynasty immediately come to mind. Being the wife of an ex-president was a tremendous advantage for Senator Hillary Clinton.

Still, people with a very average background can be elected to the senate and even attain the presidency. President Barack Obama is the prime example.

Senator Barack Hussein Obama II

how to become a senatorBorn in Hawaii, Barack Hussein Obama II lived with his mother for several years Indonesia. By the fifth grade, Obama went back to Hawaii and lived there until he graduated from high school. Three years of that time he lived with his mother and sister. When his mother went back to Indonesia, he remained in Hawaii and lived with his maternal grandparents. He attended Occidental College in California, Columbia University in New York City and Harvard Law School.

After holding various jobs, he was elected Illinois State Senator in 1996. He was reelected in 1998 and 2002. He gave a rousing keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, which gave him impetus in his senatorial campaign. In November 2004, he became U.S. Senator-elect Barack Obama.

Senator Margaret Chase Smith

Margaret Chase was born in Maine in 1897. Her father was a barber and her mother worked as a clerk, waitress and factory worker. She graduated from high school in 1916. While in school, she held a part-time job in a five-and-dime store.

After graduation, she held various positions as a school teacher, telephone operator and circulation manager for the local newspaper. After holding other business positions, she married Clyde Smith, a local politician. As a result, she became active in politics. Clyde was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1937. Margaret went to Washington and became her husband’s secretary.

In 1940, Clyde had a serious heart attack. When he died, Margaret won a special election, which was held to fill his seat for the unexpired term in the house. She was reelected for four terms.

In 1948, she was elected as senator from Maine and the first woman U.S. Senator.

Senator Robert Alphonso Taft

Senator Robert Taft is the perfect example of the advantage held by close relatives of a political family. He was the son of President and Supreme Court Justice William Howard Taft. While his father was Governor of the Philippines, Robert spent four years there. He excelled in scholarship, finishing first in his class at Yale and Harvard Law School. With 34 Harvard Law School Alumni having been U.S. Senators, the school appears to be a portal to the senate.

Robert worked several years as a lawyer in Cincinnati, Ohio. He served as both Ohio Representative and Senator. Beginning in 1938, he began his three-term U.S. Senate career.

Robert had a son, who were also elected to the U.S. Senate. This again demonstrated the power of a political heritage and name recognition.

Senator Robert Carlyle Byrd

When Senator Robert Byrd died in 2010, he was the longest-serving U.S. Senator in history. Looking at his background, that seemed particularly unlikely. He was born Cornelius Calvin Sale Jr. When his mother died in the 1918 flu epidemic, he was adopted and raised and by his aunt and uncle, Titus and Vlurma Byrd. His name was changed to Robert Carlyle Byrd.

Raised in the coal fields of West Virginia, he worked as a clerk, butcher, welder and gas station attendant.

In his early years, he joined the Ku Klux Klan, which he later disavowed.

In 1946, he became a West Virginia State Representative. In 1950, he was elected State Senator. He served as U.S. Representative from 1953 to 1959 and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1958. Robert Byrd was another example of a senator who made it against all odds.

A child born today still has a chance to become a U.S. Senator. There are now several women senators, which helps the chances for girls. Parents sending their child to Harvard would also definitely increase their chances.

How to Become a Congressman

June 27, 2013

Congress is a very prestigious place in the United States to serve. The power and recognition that go along with a seat in the House of Representatives is something that draws many in. If you are interested in becoming a congressman, there are some basics that you need to know.

Basic Eligibility

Article 1, Section 2 of the United States Constitution clearly defines the basic eligibility requirements for a member of the House of Representatives. Each member must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be at least 25 years of age.
  • Have been a citizen of the United States for at least seven years.
  • Be (at the time of the election) a resident of the state you are elected to represent.

As long as you meet those three requirements, you are legally allowed to become a congressman. However, that is definitely the easy part.

The Path to Congress

how to become a congressmanWhile pretty much any 25 year old American can technically be a congressman, the actual process of getting elected is something that very few people manage to successfully navigate.

If you want to have the biggest possible chance of becoming a congressman, there are few things you need to do extremely well.

  • Build an impressive resume: This one is key. Build up a list of accomplishments that shows voters you are someone to take seriously. Do things like get published, run businesses, volunteer, and hold any leadership position you possibly can.
  • Make connections: It isn’t just a matter of who you know, it’s a matter of who knows you. The only way that you will get elected to congress is if you can convince a majority of people in district to vote for you. To do this, you will have to befriend people, and hope that you can make a good enough impression on them that they not only vote for you, but convince their friends and family too as well.
  • Hold strong positions: If there is one thing that recent elections have shown us, it is that voters don’t like so called “flip floppers” who change their positions on issues based on current social trends. This is not only dishonest, but actually tends to drive away the supporters you already have.

If you want to read more about becoming a successful in politics, make sure you read our guide on how to become a politician.

From Candidate to Congressman

Once a candidate is thoroughly vetted and approved for the position of Congressman, the next step is for the candidate to select his/her political platform. A potential Congressional candidate must be able to support and validate this platform publicly to engender a majority vote among voters of his own party and the opposing party in an election. For instance, a Republican and Democratic candidate may be chosen from each voting district. Members of House of Representatives, with few exceptions are elected by their home districts. As a result, the party in power will seek to draw district boundaries distinctly to reduce the strength of their Congressional opponent. As each district’s voting populace chooses its desired Congressman/woman, the outcomes of these elections clearly show the party majority in the House of Representatives.

The Job of a Congressman

The Constitutional duty of a Congressman is to pass laws for the welfare of the entire nation as part of the legislative branch of the US government. However, Congressmen may legislate only on those matters specifically enumerated in the Constitution or implied by the “elastic clause.” Other duties of Congressmen include introducing bills of legislation and referring them to the appropriate committee. The committee will hold a hearing and may kill the bill or report it to the House of Representatives with or without changes. Congressmen can then debate the bill, defeat it or pass it with or without changes. Congressmen then forward the bill to the Senate for approval. Congressmen must be fully knowledgeable of the Constitution and duties of the House of Representatives.

How to Run for City Council

March 21, 2013

Members of a city council have the power to make decisions that implement changes in their communities. However, getting elected to a city council can be difficult because many of them are run by old guards. Here are few steps people can follow to get themselves elected to city councils and make a contribution to their communities.

• Research elected positions that are going to be vacant in the next elections such as mayor, city trustee or councilperson.
• Determine which position to run for and where one stands a good chance of winning.
• Know other candidates, as you will be running against them and maybe serving with them.
• Get endorsements from influential figures and other reputable local people as early as possible.
• Do some homework. Research the history of the city, its demographics, action of predecessors and current events. Be prepared for formal and informal interviews.
• Attend school board meetings and other meetings that discuss issues affecting the council. Before establishing a campaign platform, get information about the council by reading local dailies and talking to locals. Find out the issues that concern individuals within the locality.
• People running for council seats should understand that their lives will be on the limelight and understand the ramifications of such situations. They should discuss their decisions with family members because their lives will also be radically altered.
• Practice public speaking. Practice speaking in front of large and potentially hostile crowds. Ensure the wardrobe and grooming habits fit the slate of a public officer. If possible, hire a voice coach and PR consultant because candidates may be required to speak in front of cameras. The image portrayed should show professional competence.
• Hold a fund raising event to raise money needed in the campaign.
• Develop a thick skin. However, be open to constructive criticism. Pride and arrogance aren’t the best things to take to a campaign.
• Candidates and their spouses should have a clean record personally, financially, professionally and legally. Get a professional handler to do vetting before opponents do it, and they will.
• Approach the possible electorate. Candidates have to sell themselves to a lot of people on how they will effect change. Consider how to stand out in a campaign and sell what one has that other candidates do not have.
• Ask some of the locals to volunteer their time on the campaign. Divide the city or state into precincts with captains for each. The block captains should coordinate door-to-door canvassing to ask for votes. Commit to campaigning in critical precincts.
• Create a platform and focus campaigns on one or two keys issues for voters to identify with the candidature. Promote the initiatives in all the campaigns.
• Create a campaign slogan. The slogan should be short, catchy and easy for people to remember. Advertise the slogan by printing it on campaign materials such as t-shirts brochures and bumper stickers. These items should be made available at the campaign headquarters or walk door-to-door and distribute them. Ask friends and family to distribute the campaign items in their workplaces and other locations.
• Submit a petition with the required number of signatures.
• Develop materials that will be handed out or distributed while canvassing for votes.
• Establish a web presence and use the platform to discuss issues particularly to younger constituents.
• Undertake campaigns door-to-door or in other locations with a lot of foot traffic.
• Create signs for supporters to stick on their windows and display on lawns.
• On the eve of election, rally volunteers to remind people to go out and vote on the Election Day.
• Engage the media. Call the media when there is a story to contribute on.
• Candidates should surround themselves with well-educated advisers with a good record of accomplishment. The advisers shouldn’t be connected to suspicious business activities.
• Do not run a one-issue campaign because this will eventually bore the electorate.
• Do not underestimate the effect of volunteers.

Once elected, be modest in celebration and take time to thank everyone who made the campaign a success. Congratulate opponents and reiterate the promises made during the campaign.

How to Run for School Board

March 13, 2013

Running for a school board seat is an excellent way to get involved in local politics. Education is always one of the biggest concerns and issues politicians concern themselves with, especially at the local level. A school board member has a significant amount of influence on the schooling of all children within the board’s jurisdiction. For this reason, becoming a member of a school board is a very appealing proposition for many people, especially parents.

Despite the importance and power of local school boards, elections tend to be lower profile for these seats than most other political offices, even other local offices like mayor. This means less campaigning, and much less pressure. If you are looking for a good intro office to start your political career in, a school board seat may be perfect for you. It also would be an excellent position for you to run for if you are very passionate about the education system. The position itself also tends to be a much lower workload than other political offices.

If you have made the decision to campaign for and try to obtain a school board seat in your community, here are the steps you will need to take to make it happen.

Become a Candidate

Every state and district has a different setup for their school board. Some have small boards, others have nine or more members. Some run elections yearly, while others do them as infrequently as every four years. So if you want to become a candidate for your local school board, you will first need to do your research and find out everything you can about the board. A lot of this information can sometimes be found online. If not, try going to the district office in your area.

Find out all you can about the election process for board members as well. You will likely have to do some paperwork, and comply with some general campaign rules. Again, this will vary depending on where you are located.

Once you’ve done the necessary research, file your candidacy paperwork. Do this as early as possible in order to establish yourself. At this point, you will be an official candidate for a seat in your school board in the upcoming election!

Campaign

The campaigning process for a school board seat is normally short and simple. You likely won’t even need to really start campaigning until a few weeks before the election. But when you do start campaigning, be ready to put in lots of time and effort. Here are some of the best ways to campaign:

  • Signs: Putting up signs in lawns is one of the most cost effective ways to campaign for a local office of any sort, and this especially holds true with school board elections where name recognition can decide who gets a vote.
  • Talk to the Press: Often times local newspaper will interview all the candidates for local elections and write short bios on each of them before the election. Make sure to take advantage of those and show your best side. Try to find more press whenever you can as well.
  • Use the Internet: Setting up a website is at the very least cheap, and sometimes free, in today’s world. Use the power of the exponential growth of the internet to reach your target audience. You should also take advantage of social media sites like Facebook, which can help you reach voters in your region easily.

Hold Office

If you win the election, be ready for lots of meetings and hard work ahead of you. If you do a good job in office, and the people you represent see that, you are likely to have an easy time of being reelected for another term if you wish.

Best of luck in the endeavor you have ahead of you!

How to Become a Mayor

January 6, 2013

The desire to become a leader is an honorable ambition. If you’re interested in becoming the mayor of your city, then you will have to take many steps to position yourself to get the job. Understanding how to become mayor of a city will build in you a greater appreciation for those who have held the position. The first step in becoming a mayor is to understand the city’s business environment, its resource needs, the pertinent social issues and the personal needs of the city’s residence. On a personal level, regardless of the city’s size, one of the basic requirements is financial stability. Of course, becoming mayor of a small city is much easier than a becoming a mayor of a large metropolitan city.

Requirements for Becoming a Mayor

Besides learning all about the inner workings of your city and the needs of its residents, you also have to prove your financial stability. Your level of educational achievement is also important, and it can be either an asset or a hindrance. The actual educational prerequisite to becoming a mayor varies among cities. But most cities do not require a college education to get the city’s top job. America is a great country of opportunities, and the way the democratic process is set up, anyone can run for mayor of a city, as long as they are a citizen and they have reached a certain age.

How to Become A Mayor and The Steps You Need to Take

Step – 1) Get to know the people in your community – No one wins elections without a voter base. Get involved in community groups, hobby and sports associations, volunteer your time to help charity groups and become friends with business owners in your community. Let people know your ambition to run for mayor and work at becoming a respected person in your community. Having charisma is definitely an asset to get the job as mayor, and few people have been elected as mayor without it.

Step- 2) Educate Yourself and Run for City Council– Learn as much as you can about the affairs and procedures of your city council. The majority of mayors in the United States have served as a city council person before getting elected as mayor.

Step – 3) Listen to peoples’ problems and provide solutions – If you want people to vote for you, then you need to show potential voters that you can solve their problems. Become regular at city council meetings and be well prepared to offer solutions to problems the city is facing. As time passes, people will begin to expect your presence at council meetings and will look forward to hearing your suggestions on how to solve your city’s problems.

Step – 4) Get your name on the ballot – Getting your name on the ballot to become mayor requires that you submit a petition with a minimum number of signatures from people residing in the city. To find out the number of signatures you’ll need, call the State Election Commission’s office in your city. Next, you will need to tap all of your friends you’ve made at the charity groups, associations and the church you belong to get enough of the required number of signatures for your petition.

Learning how to become a mayor is easy, but it takes consistency, planning and lots of hard work going door-to-door to drum up enough votes to be in a good position to get the job. Choosing a political party is probably the best thing to do once you’ve made your final decision to run for mayor. If you have enough support from your community, your political party can greatly help you get elected as mayor of your city.

If you want more advice that will help you on your path to becoming a politician, read this extensive article on the subject.

How to Become a Governor

January 6, 2013

Different paths can be taken to become governor of a state in the United States of America. Criteria for eligibility of the governor’s office include rules on ages, beliefs and localities. We are going to use the state of South Carolina as an example. The state constitution requires that a person has to be at least be 30 years old, be a resident of the country and state for at least 5 years prior to Election Day, and have a belief in a higher being. If the governor can not perform their duties then the lieutenant governor takes the helm. Similar to the presidency, a governor can not serve more than two terms consecutively. Where the South Carolina governor’s office differs, is that no specification is levied on how many times total the candidate can run. For example a governor can win and run for eight straight years, and then they must vacate for one term, but then may return after a four year absence. Check with your own state to determine what their requirements are.

Although anybody that meets the requirements for governor can run as a write-in candidate, to have a genuine shot at office takes a lot of time, effort and money to make it a worthwhile try, unless the candidate happens to run unopposed. Campaigns that are not unopposed have averages of running for a year and a half and cost over 7 million dollars, and the governor’s salary is around 114,000 dollars a year. The Governor’s security team is the South Carolina state troopers. The citizens of the state usually pick a candidate that was a former member of the general assembly. Those candidates that were either former mayors or council members have the strongest support of the people; mainly experience is the key ingredient here.

Governors need to have a wealth of knowledge in order to deal with the multitude of issues they will possibly face while in office. Economics, politics and social issues are the main issues that a governor’s constituency will be counting on them to solve. Being a good debater against opponents, show the voting public of the candidate’s competency, but having a proven track record in previous lower tier offices cement the possible governor’s abilities with the voting public. A strong ability and history of helping the public through volunteer efforts would be a feather in the cap of anyone running for the office. Upgrading the state’s current status is the main focus of the governor.

A person running for the office of the governor’s most important asset is a dedicated staff of volunteers that truly believe in the message and agenda that they are pushing forward. Long hours of traveling are needed to speak directly to the voting public, rallying further support. A hopeful has to maintain a strict schedule of events that will maximize their exposure and platform. The correct paperwork must be filed through the local government, even if only running as a write-in candidate.

The purpose of certain vital parts of the paperwork is the lifeblood of the campaign, the ones that give the hopeful the rights to raise money for their campaign. Those hopeful for the office must advertise, campaign and defend barbs for their opponents. It’s no easy task but if the destination is reached, can be used as a platform to the highest office in the land.