1. Educate yourself about the Student Senate at
2. Figure out what you stand for! People don't want to hear that you are running “just for fun.” They want to know that you have a reason for running & that you have a plan that is going to help make their college experience a better one.
3. Know the application deadline & the election dates, so you may share this info with others.
4. Get your face out there! Not many people are going to vote for just a name. They want a face, a personality to go with it. Create a Facebook presence, websites, buttons, posters, t-shirts & whatever else you can think of that you can put your picture on. It is recommended that you include some of your goals, so you don't just have fliers hanging around that just say “vote for me.” Hang
posters of various sizes & shapes & around the Truax, Downtown, West, South & Commercial Avenue campuses. (Please observe college posting guidelines by only placing your campaign flyers on general use bulletin-boards. Please do not place posters on boards which are specifically designated for other topics. Use only staples, push-pins or tacks on the bulletin-boards. Posters cannot be taped to any wall surfaces, including bathroom stalls & elevators, etc. When in doubt,
5. Positively promote your candidacy with “integrity” via The LINK, Facebook, You-Tube, etc.
6. Get a Clarion reporter to do a story about you & run it in the student newspaper.
7. Contact the leaders of all the clubs, organizations & teams on campus & ask if you can speak at one of their meetings. Tell them a little about yourself & “why” you are running. Give them enough information so they may make an educated decision, but not so much information that they'll get bored with you.
8. Make 4” X 6” table-tents to promote your candidacy. Work through the Student Life Office in Truax to get them displayed in the cafeterias at the Truax & Downtown campuses.
9. When you are on-campus, wear the Senate button & / or Madison College lanyard / name-tag & / or campaign t-shirt given to you by the Senate. (Senate provides these things, sometimes, not always.) This will draw attention to you & students will ask you “what” the tag is about, giving you the opportunity to promote your candidacy & ask students for their vote.
10. Ask faculty members if you may have 3 – 5 minutes at the beginning or end of classes to introduce yourself to your student constituents. Tell them about yourself & “why” you are running for a Senate leadership position. Ask for their vote.
11. Greet your student constituents as they enter or leave the Madison College buildings. Introduce yourself & tell them that you are running for a Senate seat. (Please do not impede the flow of pedestrian traffic.)
12. Take advantage of any “Meet-the-Candidates” events sponsored by the Student Senate.
13. Develop a campaign slogan & use it every time your name is spoken or written.
14. Get a Campaign Team to help you run for office. The team should be highly-committed to campaign with you & promote your platform to other students. Start small—between two & ten people—as you plan your campaign. You can enlist more help during the actual campaign period for specific tasks. Your team should be visible supporters throughout your campaign & help spread your message around campus. Some ideas for your campaign team are:
a. Provide them with identifying bag tags, name tags, face paint, or stickers or t-shirts (if your budget allows).
b. Have them attend all campus events, so that your candidacy is represented throughout the campuses & among students of varied academic programs, interests, student organizations, clubs, etc.
c. Create a FaceBook group. Make your team members administrators so that they can each invite their entire friend list.
d. On the last day of the campaign, have your team members spend time going through each person’s phone book & making calls to reminding students to vote. (This is particularly effective if your college has on- line voting.) Order pizza for your team while this important task is completed.
15. Hang out in common areas, such as the cafeterias, lounges, or other gathering spots, making sure that you spend time there between classes. Don’t be afraid to approach students & introduce yourself. Be friendly & polite, but keep your conversations brief, if students do not seem very interested. If you like, keep individual treat bags, with your campaign information attached, on hand to give out. New students are great people to talk with, since they are new to campus & haven't had much of a chance to form a lot of opinions yet. Approaching them also helps them to feel included in their new college.
16. Write your name & “Vote for Me” on the classroom whiteboards / chalkboards throughout campus. Only enter rooms that are not in use & have some of your friends or family help you. This is a GREAT strategy, because a lot of people will see your name!
17. Determine “what things” students are concerned about. Ask students of all types & get their input. You may find a theme to demonstrate “common themes” among students to create a unity at the college. This can be very powerful! In the end, guess who they will remember?
18. Please remember…it is not allowable to campaign near the polls on the day(s) of the elections.
i. No handing-out campaign materials.
ii. No clothing, buttons, stickers, etc. to support candidates may be visible.
iii. No verbal solicitation for a vote for a specific candidate.
Likewise, it is not allowable for candidates to be involved in the operation of the polls, the counting of votes, or any handing of the ballots or ballot boxes beyond the act of voting.
19. Search the internet and books for more tips on “how to run an election campaign.”If you have questions, please contact the Senate Office or the Advisor to the Student Senate.
1701 Wright Street, Madison, WI 53704
Room B1260H Truax Campus Madison Area Technical College
(608) 246-6107 (office) or (608) 246-6488 (fax)
Jackie Dahlke - Advisor
(608) 246-6343 (office) or (608) 246-6488 (fax)
1701 Wright Street, Madison, WI 53704
Madison Area Technical College Student Life Center, Room C1420 Truax Campus