2018 looks to be a landmark year with the number of democratic candidates declaring for the November 2018 midterm elections. It is also a year of unprecedented civic involvement in grassroots politics. The Women’s marches in 2017 and 2018 gathered millions of people across our country and the globe to protest Trump, but more importantly to stand up for those not able to stand up for themselves.
This seems like a match made in heaven, right? So much passion and energy to do the right thing and help move our country forward on social issues like health care, equal rights, immigration while keeping our country a financially sound player in the global economy.
The challenge is bringing together inexperienced candidates with new activists in ways that make meaningful connections. There are 435 US Congress races happening in November. In addition, there are many other state and local elections. Social media now plays a huge part in our political process as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are now the only way many Americans get their news. Social media connects us to people all over the US and as a result, activists are much more open to the idea of supporting candidates who aren’t running in their local area or their state.
As an activist on Twitter, I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with several campaigns and interact with multiple candidates. Twitter can help with name recognition, fundraising, connecting locals for support for canvassing and phone banks, and promoting local candidate events. In order to do that, candidates must make effective connections with people who are willing to volunteer their time to promote them.
Here are some things candidates can do to improve their twitter profile and attract social media volunteers:
2018 can be a banner year for the Democratic party. The Blue Tsunami can happen with meaningful connections through social media as part of the overall campaign strategy!
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