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Personal and District Assessment
What do I believe? Who am I for? Who would I represent? Do I know these people and the institutions?

Understand the local connection points and how your values fit the values of your district. As important, assess whether your personal and professional responsibilities allow time for a legislative campaign.

This phase generally takes 4-6 weeks to complete. To guide you through the assessment, ctgCA has compiled a number of resources.

Build My Base and Master the 3 E’s
Who is for me? Who will help me? Who will support me financially? Do I know my policy fundamentals?

Identify policy matters relevant to your district, some will be familiar while others may not be.  Start to connect with policy experts on the relevant topics for your district.  Develop a list of individuals from which you can raise your first $100,000 to fund your campaign.

This phase generally takes 2-3 months to complete.  To guide you through the assessment, ctgCA has compiled a number of resources.

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Sacramento and ‘My Team”
Who are the networks that will support me? What will my campaign organization look like?

Shadow a legislator – gain a realistic understanding of what is required to run a successful campaign and serve effectively as a legislature. Reach out to a political consultant who has worked with progressive candidates in California. Attend tutorials on fundraising, uses of polling, campaign costs, and budgets.

This phase takes 2-3 months to complete. To guide you through the assessment, ctgCA has compiled a number of resources.