Political Campaigns

May 31, 2019 | Tonia Bui

Meet the Honorable Aruna Miller: Community Trailblazer and Political Pipeline Leader

As Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month ends in May, Politics Within Politics (PWP) features the honorable Aruna Miller. She is a former Maryland State Delegate and previous candidate for Congress in the 2018 Primary Election. Aruna continues to serve her community, building the political pipeline for other Indian Americans to run for office […]

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February 20, 2019 | Tonia Bui

Know the Hidden Costs of Running for Public Office

For February, Politics Within Politics (PWP) wants to highlight a very important factor in a potential candidate’s decision to run for public office: cost. Every political campaign requires people, resources, and time for a candidate to reach as many voters as possible. There are two types of costs to consider. The first type is monetary […]

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August 27, 2018 | Tonia Bui

Part II: Open Letter to Campaign Family and Friends

Dear Campaign Family and Friends,  The sacrifices you made for the 2018 Primary Election were priceless. While many people supported us by voting, volunteering, and donating, you all made sacrifices that were invisible to the eye.  So many of you rearranged (and rearranged again) schedules so we could spend precious time together to celebrate holidays, milestones, […]

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April 24, 2017 | Tonia Bui

Do You Know Your Political Jargon?

Every political operative acquires a brand new vocabulary while serving on the campaign trail.  If you live and work in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, its even more difficult to avoid the political jargon while at work, on the Metro, and even in restaurants. For those who have taken the political training, found the perfect […]

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January 7, 2016 | Tonia Bui

A 101 Breakdown On Becoming A Presidential Convention Delegate

Now that it’s 2016, the biggest buzz is around who will win the Democratic and Republican presidential nomination during the primary elections.  The primary election for the state of Maryland is on April 26, 2016. Party convention delegates, who represent each state, play a major role in nominating the presidential candidate for the general election. […]

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December 9, 2015 | Tonia Bui

Give the Gift of Leadership to Change the Face of American Politics

Even though #TuesdayGiving ended earlier this month, the season for giving still continues. For this December, Politics Within Politics (PWP) spotlights the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP). CAWP’s mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding about women’s participation in politics and government. To achieve its mission, CAWP provides resources to address gender […]

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October 1, 2015 | Tonia Bui

Think Outside the Box, Think Specialty Ethnic Media

When candidates find it challenging to earn a headline from major news outlets, they may want to turn to specialty ethnic media outlets as an alternative for press outreach efforts. These outlets, also known as specialty media, have reporters who are willing to profile a candidate with political platforms that resonate with diverse communities. This […]

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August 25, 2015 | Tonia Bui

By the Numbers: Reach Out to Women Because They Vote

Voting is a political action and the easiest way to become politically involved. In the state of Maryland, the voting turnout for women was slightly higher in comparison to men during the 2014 elections. Nationwide, women also outnumber men when showing up to the polls and casting their vote. August 26, designated Women’s Equality Day, […]

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July 29, 2015 | Tonia Bui

What Does it Take to Be a Woman in American Politics?

Every female candidate should receive credibility and visibility that is not negatively associated with her gender. Campaign communications directors serving women running for office should note the gender bias that exists for media coverage of political candidates, with male candidates receiving better press coverage than female candidates. Political operatives may want to avert demeaning gender […]

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June 30, 2015 | Tonia Bui

Trainings for the Aspiring Political Operative

Not sure where to get the training, skills, and support you need to become a campaign staffer? Look no further. This month features a list of political trainings that will help women campaigners succeed during the 2016 election cycle. The programs, located in the DC metropolitan region, target all levels of political operatives. Take a […]

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