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02/27/2017 | Author: Governmental Affairs Staff

What’s the hardest part of running a political campaign?

For state Rep. Celia Israel, who has been a REALTOR® in the Austin area since 2011, it was deciding to even run.

“Half the battle is saying ‘yes’ to yourself and realizing that you can actually effect change,” Israel said when sharing her experience with the Texas REALTORS® Candidate Academy Class of 2017 on February 23.

During the day-long session, Israel shared her experience running multiple campaigns to serve in the Texas Legislature. She explained that REALTORS® make ideal office holders because they possess strong communication and negotiation skills.

Attendees also heard real-world insight from campaign consultants Alastair Macaulay and Chris Sinclair of Cornerstone Solutions, who covered campaign basics, including planning, research and targeting, and fundraising. And attorney Donna Garcia Davidson highlighted several campaign finance and ethics laws that apply to candidates.  

Many Texas REALTORS® serve in local and state elected positions, including on school boards, on city councils, and in the Texas Legislature.

If you’re considering a run for elected office, the Candidate Academy can help educate you about best practices to run a winning campaign.

Contact TAR Director of Political Affairs Brandon Alderete for more information.

Categories: Governmental Affairs
Tags: governmental affairs, political affairs, candidate academy

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