I think we have finally figured out how to update our blog. Look for more information soon. In the meantime, here is an email, the party has received:
Amber asked me to put together a candidate primer for you to use to help the as-yet-unnamed Senate candidate.
For starters, we're still early here—there's on reason to worry that a candidate won't be able to be organized in plenty of time to wage a competitive race in SD39. To help him/her hit the ground running, there are several steps the area county party organizations can take to make sure a solid foundation is in place (in no particular order):
Have each county party put together a list of community events. This would include not only fairs and parades, but also county central committee meetings, city council meetings, chamber meetings, school board meetings, county board meetings, Kiwanis, Rotary, Elks, etc club meetings.
Whoever decides to run, this race is happening in a swing district and the candidate will need plenty of $$ to be competitive. Start raising money now so that the candidate will have some seed money from your party organizations when he/she decides to get in.
Identify key volunteers who will be dedicated specifically to this state senate race. Those volunteer duties should include (but not be limited to) in rough order of importance: voter contact- people to help knock doors and make phone calls; event planners/helpers/fundraisers; envelope stuffers; letter to the editor writers; parade volunteers; yard sign distributors; etc.
Identify a list of key leaders in the community that the candidate should meet. Examples include Mayors, city councillors, county supervisors, business leaders, former elected officials, high school superintendents, community college leaders (if applicable); local union leaders and so forth