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Commonwealthy trains candidates and activists who understand the benefits of smaller limited government to win elections. With over 500,000 elected offices in America, it is vital for liberty leaning people to step up and run for state and local office. Political candidate coach, John Tsarpalas, interviews experts from the many areas of political campaigns. Every week another step in the campaign process or ideas for activism are presented. From fundraising to polling, to the basic soul searching before you decide to run, Commonwealthy discusses it all.




Time, Money and People CW 77

Time, money, and people- the three essentials of any political campaign, regardless of size or location. If you are thinking about running for local office, then this is an important podcast just for you! Learn how to make the most of the time, money, and people that you have in order to win your election. I am excited about this podcast today because I know that it will give you a great base to launch your political campaign for local office. If you are going to invest a half hour in...

Duration: 00:27:57

Research for a Political Campaign CW 76

Learning how to do research for a political campaign is a must if you want to run for local office. Whether you are running a campaign by yourself or on a slate, knowing how to research your opponent or opponents and yourself can make all of the difference between winning and losing. I am excited to cover this topic with you today because I know the potential impact on your campaign of learning how to do research and what do to with information you find. It can help you shape the...

Duration: 00:23:04

Running for Office on a Slate CW 75

Have you thought about running for office on a slate? If you have been thinking about running for your local township board, county board or school board, then you should consider if running on a slate would be the best option for you. Today we are going to cover the pros and cons of running on a slate, with a PAC, and as an individual. I am excited to cover this topic today because I know how exciting and impactful running for office on a slate can be for local candidates. Running for...

Duration: 00:32:18

Seven Types of Political Capacities CW 74

There is so much that can be done on the activism side of politics to help make lasting change in your local community. Today on the Commonwealthy podcast we are going to be talking about seven types of political capacities that the right side needs to be involved with in order to bring our vision of a free market limited government to reality. I am excited to talk to you today about political capacities because I know that not everyone is going to run for local political office, but so...

Duration: 00:29:21

Making Political Events Pay Off CW 73

Are you wondering if attending political events is even worth your time, effort, and money? Are you tired of feeling like you are putting forth all of this effort to be at and throw different events, but have very little to show for it. Today I am going to give you tips on making political events pay off for your local political campaign or activist organization. I am excited to share these practical tips with you today because I know how frustrating it can be to do a political event and...

Duration: 00:24:08

Overcoming Your Fears in Politics CW 72

Politics is scary! Trust me, I understand! If you are going to run for local office and make a difference in your community, then you need to be able to overcome that fear. Today on Commonwealthy I am talking about overcoming your fears in politics. I am going to help you move past your fears by giving your practical things that you can do for specific fears related to politics. I am excited to be discussing overcoming your fear in politics today because I know how many people are sitting...

Duration: 00:53:55

Start a Political Organization CW 71

One of the best ways to make a real difference in your community, election year or not, is to start a political organization. Local political organizations provide a permanent infrastructure to support limited government conservative candidates and provide a way to organize activism year round. Political organizations are key to getting our candidates elected so we can implement policy at any level.

Duration: 00:20:15

What Do You Learn When You Lose Your Election with Kristina Keats CW 70

You have put all of this time, energy, and money into running for local political office, but you lost the election. Did you just waste the last several months doing something that didn’t matter? Or perhaps can you look at the situation differently in your mind? Today on Commonwealthy we are going to cover what do you learn when you lose your election.

Duration: 00:40:34

You Just Won Your Election with Kristina Keats CW 69

You just won your election. Congratulations! All of your hard work to campaigning for a local political office has paid off. So now what? Today on Commonwealthy Tina Keats and I will be discussing what you need to make sure to do now that you are a local elected official. Here’s a hint: the hard work is just starting!

Duration: 00:51:00

Signs and Designs for Political Campaigns CW 68

As we rapidly approach the November 2016 election, political campaign yard signs are popping up all across this country. There is no better time than now to study signs and designs for a political campaign! Today we are going to discuss the basics of yard signs so you can be prepared for your next run for local office. I am excited to be covering this important topic with you today because I know the impact yard signs and designs can have on your political campaign. Yard signs are a great...

Duration: 00:24:06

Last Month Before the Election CW 67

Are you running for local political office? Do you know what you need to be doing during this last month before the election? Don’t worry, I am here to fill you in on everything that you need to do so you are prepared to have the best shot at winning possible! With only four weeks to go before Election 2016, I am excited to share my last minute to do list with you so that as a candidate for local political office you can hit the ground running! Make sure to listen to this podcast so you...

Duration: 00:24:16

Six Reasons to Run for Local Political Office CW 66

Are you new to Commonwealthy and wondering why I put so much emphasis on running for local political office? Or perhaps you have been listening to the Commonwealthy podcast for a while now and are thinking to yourself, “Why in the world would I want to do all of this work just to serve in a local political office? What are some good reasons to run for local political office?” Today I am excited to be covering six reasons to run for local political office. With over half a million...

Duration: 00:24:19

Two Months Until Election: DON’T PANIC with Kristina Keats CW 65

I am excited to have Kristina Keats back on the podcast today to help me cover everything you need to know about the last two months before your local election! If you are starting to panic, don’t! We will break down in simple steps what you need to make sure to do so you can keep your calm while you run for local political office. I know it can seem overwhelming when you only have sixty days left before the election. There is so much to do and so little time to do it in! But don’t worry,...

Duration: 00:38:43

Beating an Incumbent CW 62

Are you running in a local election against an incumbent? Do you want to know what to do so you can beat the incumbent? Then this podcast is for you! Beating an incumbent isn't impossible; it just takes work! I am excited to share with you some of my top tips for beating an incumbent and winning your local election. You might feel like you are in giant battle in your campaign against the incumbent, but it is not a futile one. If you are willing to work hard and take my advice to heart, you...

Duration: 00:34:37

The Effect of the Rest of Your Ticket on Your Political Campaign CW 61

Today I am going to discuss a very important topic, especially for the unusual election cycle that we are having in 2016: the effect of the rest of the ticket on your political campaign. When you are preparing for your local election, you need to think about who and what else is going to be on the ballot. Believe it or not, that can really affect your voter turnout! I am excited to discuss this topic today because I think it is especially crucial in this year’s November election. I don’t...

Duration: 00:14:36

Political Campaign Use of Photography, Video and Novelties with Razzaq Lodhia

Razzaq Lodhia is back on the show again today in continuation of Commonwealthy #59, Election Campaign Graphic Design. Razzaq runs and has many years of experience designing graphics, logos, websites, and other resources for political campaigns. In today’s podcast, we are discussing how your local political campaign can use photography, videography, and novelties to help you get elected. I am excited to have Razzaq back on the podcast today as we dig further into how...

Duration: 00:28:39

Election Campaign Graphic Design with Razzaq Lodia CW 59

Are you curious about what it takes to produce quality election campaign graphic design that will help you win your local election for office? Today I have the privilege of interviewing Razzaq Lodia of about political campaign graphic design. If you are curious about how to have a great logo and literature, then this is the podcast for you! I am excited to have Razzaq on the podcast today because he has many years of experience in a very important area of political...

Duration: 00:35:30

Political Campaign Plan and Budget CW 58

There are so many different aspects and details to a political campaign for local office. How are you supposed to keep it all straight and organized? How can you possibly plan and budget for your local election? Today I am going to cover how to create a political campaign plan and budget so you will know exactly what to do! A political campaign plan and budget can help you plan out every aspect of your political campaign for local office. Whether you are running for school board, mayor, or...

Duration: 00:38:40

Practical Election Law Insights for the Candidate with John Fogarty CW 57

Have you wondered what it takes to make sure that elections stay fair and honest? Today I am talking with John Fogarty, an election law attorney based in Chicago who has years of experience in this area. John is going to share with us practical election law insights for local candidates for public office. I am excited to have John join me on the podcast today because he is able to give us an inside look at what an election law attorney can do to help local political campaigns. John has...

Duration: 00:33:45

Good Data Big Data for Political Campaigns with Peter Anderson CW 56

My special guest today is Peter Anderson of Cobalt Media Group. They are a database house that has over 165 million voters on file! Talk about a lot of lists to buy! If you have ever been interested in how to use data for political campaigns, then this is the podcast for you! I am really excited to have Peter join me today to discuss all things data lists. Peter has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with us. Join us as we discuss how good data lists can help your political...

Duration: 00:27:42

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