Are you considering running in an upcoming election? If you are only running for a small local office, such as a position on the school board, there is a chance that you won’t have to worry about putting together a political campaign. However if you have your eyes set on something like a seat on the state legislation you are going to want to have a campaign team. This team is going to be headed up by a campaign manager.
The first thing you are looking for in a campaign manager is someone who is incredibly well organized. There is a great deal of work involved to handling a campaign, and it requires juggling a lot of balls at the same time. Anyone who isn’t incredibly organized and who minds putting in really long hours is going to find that they burn out fairly early in the election and will leave you without a campaign manager.
Your campaign manager needs to be someone who you have a great deal of respect for. In addition to making sure that your campaign runs as smoothly as possible, your campaign manager is also someone who is going really micro-manage your life. There are going to be numerous instances when they will literally be telling your where to go, what to say, and how to say it. Mutual respect is needed if tempers aren’t going to boil over.
Your campaign manager needs to charismatic and likeable. They also have to be able to quickly motivate large numbers of people to get things done quickly. You need to keep in mind that most of the people that the campaign manager is going to be counting on are volunteers, and working with people who aren’t getting a paycheck is never easy. A good campaign manager will be able to put everything together so that you can focus on appealing to the voters.