May is quite possibly my favorite time of the campaign year; It’s warm and sunny but not blazing hot like mid-summer, and the campaignable (I totally made that word up) events are starting. “But the Memorial Day Parade is weeks away,” you say, “what is there to do before then?” Plenty, my friend, plenty! And enjoy the sun while you’re doing it! Because after May your entire life unravels….
- Door-to-door! Yay! It’s finally time to start knocking on doors! I know I said to do this in April, but April weather is hit or miss so you probably didn’t get enough time pounding the pavement, and people are much more likely to stand on their porches and chat in warmer, less rainy May. Make this a fun activity and take a kid or two along. This is the most important thing you will do in your whole campaign, so you have to make it enjoyable if you intend to win.
- Get your campaign materials! This is one of my favorite campaign activities, maybe because it’s kind of like shopping, or maybe because I have a hoarder-like obsession with collecting campaigning paraphernalia. Be sure you order this stuff in time to receive it before you have any big events (parades, festivals, etc). You also want to make sure your local GOP headquarters has materials available. Read my post on the best and worst campaign materials to buy, it’ll steer you in the right direction if you don’t know where to start.
- Parade prep! If you live in America, and I’m guessing most of my readers do, there’s undoubtedly a Memorial Day parade in your town or district, and it’s very likely your local Republican group has a spot in it. Get in touch with them and get on the list! Get a banner, some T-shirts, and maybe even some of those awesome parade bags, and lots and lots of candy. Get out and talk to your voters. I promise, it’s fun!
- Hold a fundraising event. A barbecue themed Memorial weekend fundraiser is actually fun! Friends and family can help out with food, decorations, and prep, making it a cheap and minimally time consuming way to get a fast infusion of campaign cash. Just don’t forget to record any cash or in kind donations as well as your expenses for your campaign finance reports.
- Enjoy your family a lot! Ideally they’ll be running right along side you for the duration of your sprint on the campaign trail, but you’ll still spend a lot of extra time away from them. May is likely your last opportunity to plan real, quality time with your spouse and kids without the stress of feeling like the clock is ticking and there are a million things to do. Make. It. Count. And for the love of Pete, do not forget Mother’s Day.