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By Kathleen Gomez
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About this project

One of the most daunting obstacles for candidates to overcome is getting their message communicated to the voters. Many people can easily access information about events thousands of miles away but have little if no information on who is running for state and local elected offices in their community. This creates uninformed voters; some may not vote, or vote not knowing whom the candidates are and where they stand on the issues. The 2017 elections for federal candidates reached a price tag of just under 7 billion dollars. The options for small campaigns to get their message out are limited and expensive.  

Below are the amounts spent on all federal elections by cycle. These figures include all money spent in billions by presidential candidates, Senate and House candidates, political parties and independent interest groups trying to influence federal elections:

Even within the big cities of America, it is difficult to grab the media’s attention if you are running for local elections. Outside the big cities, communication in rural America has diminished. Daily newspapers, local radio stations, and town hall meetings are almost non-existent. Some Candidates could be running for an office that encompasses 250,000 square miles or consists of tens of thousands of homes, making it difficult to knock on doors.    

Local newspaper closes its doors after 152 years
Local newspaper closes its doors after 152 years

Politics also can be an exclusive world. Unless a person has had years of experience in state parties and has built up a network of contacts, running for a position in government even at the local level can be very daunting. But now more than ever we need great leaders.  

Candidates Platform gives a place for the common person who wants to get involved to connect their campaign with the voter. It offers a simple easy to use interface where a candidate can interact with their constituents, link all other social media, post videos and schedules and hear back from the voter. We also provide technical support for any questions or problems the candidate may encounter. Future updates on Candidates platform will host debates with opponents, have virtual town halls, and conduct AMA’s (ask me anything).   Where radio and newspaper ads cost you thousands of dollars for one week of advertising, Candidates Platform for a couple of hundred dollars, services your needs for 3 months.  Below our are costs;

Knowing where to find information about local candidates without having to seek a vast number of websites and news sources is key to keeping the voter engaged. That is why the mission of the Candidates Platform is to provide a virtual 24-hour platform where the voter can become knowledgeable on where candidates stand on the issues.     

We strongly believe that while national elections are very important, smaller elections down the ballet are just as vital to the continued strength of a nation. Due to this belief our service and information is free to the voter, providing the means for a better-educated and more knowledgeable voting base.  

The Candidates Platform provides the opportunity for those who want to witness democracy at its intent. Where the process to run for elected office is attainable because it is affordable and where the voter will feel empowered with the knowledge of their vote.

 

Risks and challenges

1. This is an ambitious undertaking to include all 50 states with the thousands of local and state elected offices that exist.
o We have people on our team that are veterans of the political system, from the intricacy of running a presidential to small town campaigns.
o Each state has the capability of providing Candidates Platform with downloadable lists of all elected offices within their state.
o Both political parties’ goals are to increase their party’s numbers in mayoral, city council and state legislatures and will work with us.
2. How do we get the word out?
o Team members have extensive background in marketing and the use of social media.
3. Due to the fact that Candidates Platform can be used to promote causes, run for elected offices in non political organizations and its ability to work in other countries there is a risk of growing too quickly and spreading ourselves to thin.
o Ensuring that it grows organically at a sustainable pace will be are number one priority going forward. Our collective background running and participating in campaigns has shown us the danger of overextending yourself. We will vigilantly make sure that any future expansion will only be started when we are sure we can successfully move forward.
4. Technological burden of the project
o We have collaborated with our capable and talented tech consultants who will be handling all technological aspects including hosting, server maintenance, web traffic, and tech support.

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    As a person who values the importance of access to the political process to all candidates regardless of the amount of funding they receive, you are a contributor to the Candidates Platform. When you create a profile on Candidates Platform you will be given a unique Contrtibutor account. Anyone who views your account will be able to see that you were one of the very first financiers of Candidates Platform

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    As a Builder you will receive all the benefits of a Contributor, but will also be given a special Builder Emblem on your profile. Whenever your profile name pops up, other members will see a unique builder badge. Your builder status shows how you helped from day one build the Candidates Platform.

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    As a patron of Candidates Platform you will recieve all the rewards of the previous tiers, a custom Patron Emblem and profile, and you will receive first access to candidates with your comments and questions in any future events Candidates Platform hosts, (videos, AMA's, live-streams, or debates) and will show before other non Patron, Founder or Legacy profile accounts.

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    As a founder, Candidates Platform wouldn't be possible without you and your profile will reflect that help. Aside from a specialized Founders profile and emblem, your comments and questions will be shown before all non Founder and Legacy profiles. You will also receive recognition on the website as a founder.
    If you decide to become a candidate the first three months of the campaign will be free.

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    As a Legacy donor you will recive the top level rewards we offer. Aside from having a customized Legacy Profile and Emblem, your comments and questions will always show up first on Candidates Platform events. You will be specifically recognized on Candidates Platform as a legacy donor and you will be on the legacy page where your name and photo (if you desire) will be posted, along with an interview on why you chose to donate to Candidates Platform and your thoughts on what the important issues candidates need to address.

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