The state conventions for Republicans and Democrats are just a few days away. There are a myriad of last-minute things campaigns are attending to, but what is the most important task? We asked Deidre Henderson, campaign manager for Congressman Jason Chaffetz, what final tasks she focuses on before convention.
By now all state delegates have been courted to some degree. But the most important job of a campaign during the last week - by far - is to focus on undecided delegates. Hopefully campaigns have been keeping track of where each delegate is leaning. This last week should be spent shoring up known support and paying extra attention to delegates who have not yet made up their minds.
The convention itself takes weeks of preparation and planning. The next few days should also be spent recruiting volunteers and making certain that each detail, from convention set-up to take-down, is thought through. A few tips:
- Have signs prepared ahead of time in easy-to-assemble triangles
- Study the convention layout and map out sign placement
- Have a coordinator who is tasked with keeping volunteers busy
- Make sure you have enough buttons, literature, t-shirts and other campaign paraphernalia to hand out
Most of all, enjoy the process. This is an exciting week and, win or lose, the convention can be a very fun and rewarding experience.