Republican Candidate Training On May 26th

Are you considering a run for county office as a Republican, but you’re not quite sure how to get your campaign started?  Have no fear!  The 14th Congressional District Republican Party, in conjunction with the Dekalb County Republican Party, will be hosting a candidate training session on Saturday, May 26th.  This is a good opportunity to give folks who may be new to politics and campaigns to understand how to run an effective campaign*.   I’d recommend that folks consider coming out to the training even if they do not plan on running for elected office right now.  It’s good information to have even if you’re contemplating a run a few years from now.

The deets about the training are below the fold.

What:  Candidate Training — focus on County elections

When: Saturday, May 26th 9a ’til 5p

Where: 1001 Summit Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30319

Cost: $35/person for early registration by May 19; $45/person May 20 and after.

Hosted by the 14th Congressional District GOP and Dekalb County GOP.  Sponsored by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Instructors and program:

Paul Benneke — Get Out the Vote and Phone Banking

Randy Evans — Election Laws

Whitney Gibbs — Social Media and Email

Joel McElhannon — Fundraising

Mark Rountree** — Writing the Campaign Plan

Dave Simons — Volunteers and Door-to-Door

Glenn Tamblingson — Yard Signs and Printing

Jay Williams — Websites and Direct Mail

You can take a look at the flyer with all of the instructor’s bios here.


*Disclaimer: Your mileage may vary depending on the seat and other candidates that may also be in the race both in the primary and general as well as the electorate.

**Although Mark is a contributor here on Peach Pundit, he did not ask me to put this up.  I’m doing it on my own free will since I am a member of the 14th District GOP committee.


  1. CNFPP says:

    It’s also probably good stuff to know if you plan on being a campaign operative (manager or other senior staff) for a candidate.

  2. CobbGOPer says:

    Is this the class where they tell you to campaign on lower taxes and smaller government because those are good GOP red-meat issues, but not to worry about actually having to abide by those promises once you get elected? Awesome!

    • CobbGOPer says:

      And by the way, these things are rarely informative. They mostly serve as a way for political consultants to get their names in front of potential customers… er, candidates.

      • Doug Grammer says:

        For someone who has worked on different campaigns, you don’t seem that interested in teaching people how to get elected. Of course, we haven’t discussed how successful you were.

  3. NoTeabagging says:

    The class consists of three maxims:
    Lie, Deny, Repeat. That’s really all you need to know. Works for all parties.

  4. Three Jack says:

    Repeat after me, “I’ve been doing this for {fill in the blank} years, and keep getting re-elected so why change now?”

    I agree with CobbGOPer, more about marketing for consultants than real education for the participants. But they have to make a living too.

  5. Jimmie says:

    Lol. Can’t a district hold a How to be a Good GOP candidate training session? I read the headlines and knew there would be some funny responses right away.

  6. Doug Grammer says:

    It’s meant to be open for people across the state. If you haven’t qualified to run as a Republican, your voting record will be looked at. If you’ve been voting dem, don’t bother. Your money will be refunded. These are some good guys with lots of knowledge. They are doing this for free, but they might like to pick up some clients. The money is to cover costs and not much more.

    • seenbetrdayz says:

      If you’ve been voting dem, it probably qualifies you to be a teacher at this GOP training session.

      This is Georgia, after all.

    • Three Jack says:

      Doug admonished, “If you’ve been voting dem, don’t bother.”

      That statement disqualifies 90% of the current crop of GOP legislators.

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