Many Democratic candidates run with little or no support
In many cases, candidates are "self-selected", unvetted and obliged to run self-financed, ineffectual, shoe-string campaigns.
More often than not, candidates get no financial support from local, county or state organizations.
During Florida Elections, Democratic congressional candidates have to pay $2,500 for a CD of registered voters when the CD could be obtained FREE from the State Division of Elections!
Candidates get no technical, social media or strategic support from Democratic organizations.
Because some candidates get no party support, they campaign by their own rules, sometimes having to ask for — and receiving! — support from Republicans, potentially compromising their support for core Democratic policies.
To enhance candidate viability and party unity, we propose the creation of Joint Candidate Clusters ("JCC"), as described below, which have been designed to:
vet, recruit, advise and support qualified, viable candidates willing to run their campaigns according to established JCC policies and guidelines
provide each candidate as much support as possible to run a successful campaign, including a campaign-structure blueprint, as outlined in Tier B, below
Tier A - JCC Structure (Click items with > to view.)
1. JCC Directors Group
JCC Directors Group Responsibilities
establishing JCC guidelines
recruiting other qualified "JCC Directors", depending on scope of campaign
as members of the "Candidate Electability Team", moderating the "Candidate Electability" process
recruiting and placing JCC Subgroup members according to their capabilities
supervising Subgroup activity at established intervals – weekly preferred
providing as much support as possible, including financial support, to meet the needs of each "JCC Member-Campaign", as outlined in the "Tier B - JCC Individual Campaign Structure" section below
Candidate Search and Vet Responsibilities
finding, thoroughly vetting, directing and mentoring qualified, electable candidates in "uncontested" districts" for which no Democratic candidate is running and who are willing to run their campaigns according
establishing JCC Policies and Guidelines
in districts where viable candidates are already in place, encouraging those candidates who are willing to run their campaigns according to established JCC policies and guidelines to join the JCC
referring thoroughly vetted candidates to the Candidate Electability Committee
committee will consist of "Directors Group", "Candidate Search and Vet Group" and "JCC Member-Candidates"
a. committee will discuss each candidate's strengths and weaknesses
b. after discussion, committee will vote to select most-electable candidate
c. selected candidate will receive all JCC support
Tier B - Individual Campaign Structure
1. Campaign Officials
Field Agents — Find and recruit Local Area Representatives (Captains) and volunteers
Associated Support Groups, e.g., local political clubs, online
groups and organizations
2. Local Area Representatives (Captains)
Recruit volunteers to carry out "Support Group" functions and activities
Coordinate candidate appearances in assigned local areas
Recruit other Local Area Representatives
3. Support Groups (Click items with > to view.)
door-to-door canvassing with candidate video in hand
fundraising when possible
email and/or phone solicitations
Facebook: posting, sharing on relevant groups, adding members to candidate's group
Twitter and other media posting
contacting supportive broadcast outlets and personalities
equipment (e.g., audio, video)
tables, chairs, etc.
literature, posters, cards, etc.
website creation, maintenance and/or monitoring
data entry and management
presentation design and creation
audio and/or video recording and editing
Print Media and Speech Writers
pre-approved letters to the editor
pre-approved press releases
pre-approved magazine articles
encourage online donations
encourage fundraising hosting, including small, private events
direct donation requests from individuals and organizations
geographic area evaluation
¹ will ensure that no candidate is accepted to join a JCC until it has been established that:
candidate's motivation to run is based on other than self-serving reasons and supports term limits
candidate has not been found guilty of any criminal, sex-related or other crime which would render candidate too "unfit to serve"
candidate is familiar with a pre-established JCC issues-list as well as in possession of excellent communication and writing skills
Activated when there is more than one (1) vetted candidate for the same district
Designed to save unnecessary primary costs and resources and avoid candidate-versus-candidate attacks and intra-party discord
Shall consist of the Policy Directors and all vetted candidates for the same given district
Members shall select the candidate deemed most-electable using a selection method approved by the group.