Target Your Message

**This was originally published at BrettBittner.com . I was asked to share some of my “secrets to success” with regard to my election and subsequent re-election.**

I was re-elected on Tuesday.

I ran for re-election against not one, but TWO, opponents to represent a ward in my city that is home to about 8,000 people after the re-districting process following the 2010 census. I won without a runoff.

This stat is why I’m writing this: Only 276 people voted in my race.

How did I find 156 people to vote for me out of the 8,000 that potentially could have?

I targeted my message. [Read more...]

Which Libertarian Are You?

Originally posted at BrettBittner.com and UnitedLiberty.org. Republished with permission.

As the libertarian philosophy gains popularity in response to the repeated failures of government, we need to define which type of libertarians we want to be. Our numbers are growing, and as we reach critical mass, we need to start to specialize our political activities. In my mind, there are three kinds of libertarians in politics: the candidates, the party or cause leadership, and the activists.

You should recognize this specialization as the division of labor. Previously, libertarians had to “wear many hats,” because of how few our numbers were. Today, that is not the case.

Have you ever waved signs at a rally or a busy intersection for your favorite candidate or “pet” issue? Have you ever made statements to the press, defining an organization’s position on an issue? Have you ever run for office?

Chances are, most libertarians can answer “yes” to the first two questions, with a slightly smaller number answering affirmatively about the third one. I am among those who can say yes to all three.

Those days are, hopefully, coming to an end.

Activists [Read more...]

Volunteer Day – June 29th

Join us Saturday, June 29th at 11 AM for a Volunteer Day.

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Get the details here.

Lead By Example, Not With A Label

“I’m not sure how active I can be in the liberty movement while I’m building my business.”

That is pretty close to what I recall from a conversation over dinner last week, where I was having my brain picked by someone who is “dipping their toe” in the world of politics after previously being fairly apathetic.

The response to my guest was probably not what he expected, but it led us into a great conversation. I told him, “Lead by example, not with a label.”

While that may sound simplistic, I know many in the liberty movement who may as well wear a sign around their neck that says “I’M A LIBERTARIAN. HOW CAN I PISS YOU OFF TODAY?” Typically, these are the same people who cannot stop talking about the evils they perceive in government, pausing only to breathe and possibly to find their original point after they take the conversation off course. Unfortunately, these are the first and only conversations some hold with a libertarian. [Read more...]

How Libertarians CAN Win

This post was originally published on BrettBittner.com before being re-published on United Liberty.

If this post got you fired up, thinking that I’m a defeatist who sees nothing good coming from the efforts of Libertarians/libertarians and other grassroots candidates, keep reading.  I rarely identify a problem, oppose an idea, or “play pessimist” without having an alternative or a plan.

Civic Involvement

Anyone considering a run for office should attend meetings for that office, long before announcing or qualifying for the post.  Our civic involvement should have others asking us to campaign and lead, rather than being an afterthought once already committed to running.  Not only will we garner the attention and favor of those already involved, this is an opportunity to get to know the intricacies of the procedures and practices of the body, the “power players,” and to have people know you.  How many of you know why your City Council or County Commission uses a “consent agenda”? [Read more...]