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Housekeeping Checklist for Newly Elected Leaders

  • To Do List as a newly elected official

This post is part of our Elected Leader FAQ guidance for newly elected leaders.

Congrats on winning your election (or re-election)! Prioritize the following actions within the next two weeks for a strong start in your role:

  1. Schedule a meeting with your jurisdiction’s legal counsel or ethics administrator
  2. Find, review, and save a copy of your jurisdiction’s policies related to:
    • Ethics
    • Conflicts of interest
    • Gifts
    • Fundraising
  3. File all fundraising reports on time (and keep your campaign bank account/contribution platforms active)
  4. Pay all outstanding campaign bills
  5. Thank your donors and keep in touch
  6. Immediately after you win, send a thank you email to all supporters and donors.
  7. Post your gratitude and acknowledge your grassroots support on social media as well
  8. Schedule time to personally call each high-dollar donor to thank them
  9. Mail “Thank You” letters to all donors, whether they donated during your campaign or while you have been in office
  10. Prepare a holiday postcard to send to donors in December
  11. Review and save your fundraising and communications contact list in an organized manner, so you can easily access it as you meet new contacts
  12. Determine whether or not you want to remain on Friends of LEE
    • If so, no need to take action at this time
    • If not, reach out to Erin Snow
  13. Create new official profiles, separate from your campaign accounts on the platforms you plan to use during your term
    • Tag yourself as a “Government Official” or “Politician” where applicable
  14. Schedule reminders to communicate with your constituents (you can replicate content across platforms)
    • Social media (3-4 posts per week)
    • Email & newsletters (monthly or after big events)
    • Website updates (every other month or after big events)
  15. Stay tuned for notifications from Erin Snow about new content to support your agenda
  16. Once you complete this checklist, close your laptop, put down your phone & relax!

You worked hard to get here. Before you launch into your new role, we hope you find time to celebrate your victory and trust that your equity-focused leadership will benefit students and families in your community.

We’re excited to connect with you soon to support you in having a positive impact. Congratulations, elected leaders!

 


 

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