Running for Student Government – How to Get Elected

mic with american debate backgroundDo you want to get more involved in your high school and run for student government?  There are a lot of things that you can do to better your chances of getting elected to student government.  One of the best things that you can do to get ready for election is to become involved in different clubs and activities before running for office.  This way, you can get to show lots of people your leadership skills and potential before even running for office.  These friends and people can help spread the word about your capabilities and reliability – which is a really effective way to campaign!  Make sure that you use as many volunteers and friends as you can to help spread the word that you are running for office.
One thing that can help you to get elected is to have a strong campaign.  Write down all of the ideas that you have about what you will contribute and do for your school after election.  Try to be as original and creative in these ideas as possible so that you will stand out from the other candidates.  If you have to write a speech for your election campaign, write it early so that you can get all of your ideas organized.
It’s also a good idea to get to know your opponents well, and to be familiar with their campaigns.  Without personally attacking your opponents, look at ways of how you can persuasively argue against their ideas and support your own campaign.  Remember, personally attacking your opponent when running for student government is always a bad idea.  If anything, this will reflect more poorly on you than on the person you have attacked.  Always be polite when referring to your opponent.  People always are aware of how opponents treat each other during elections, and candidates can easily win some votes through their politeness and maturity.
Another good idea when you are running for student government is to speak to as many groups of people as possible.  Don’t limit yourself to only speaking to the popular kids at school – talk to everyone that you can! Look for opportunities to speak to different groups of people, like before school, during lunch, P.E., after-school activities or at club meetings.
When making campaign signs and posters for your student government campaign, use catchy phrases or rhymes that will catch the attention of people.  It’s also a good idea to include a picture of yourself on any posters or signs that you have, so that people can recognize you and know who you are.  If you can’t think of any good ideas for your poster, you could ask help from people in an advertising, journalism or creative writing group at your school.  This will not only help you to have catchy and clever posters, but it will also cause people in that group to become excited about your running for office!  Remember, it’s always a good idea to get help from as many volunteers and friends as possible.
If you happen to have a MySpace website page or any other type of website, make sure that it is also included on your campaign posters and banners.  Keep your website page up-to-date with all of your campaign ideas, slogans, and a list of when you will be speaking to groups of people.  Having a website is a great way for you to express your campaign ideas and reach out to lots of people.  Because websites and the internet are so popular, this is a great way for information to spread throughout your school.
Good luck in your running for student government!  Hopefully these tips will help you to get elected and make a difference at your school!

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