Campaign Year: Rules & How Tos

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Arts and culture organizations and their leaders have important roles in their community. These nonprofit leaders help develop and market the community, serve residents of all ages and steward the current culture and community history. 

Many elected positions will be on the ballot in 2018, including all statewide positions, all of the House of Representatives, and 1/2 the State Senate. How can nonprofit organizations participate legally and ethically to be sure new potential elected officials understand the value of arts and culture in their community?

We hosted a webinar on this topic along with the Oklahoma Museums Association. Here is the audio recording of the webinar (starts at 6.5 minutes). Below are the resources and recording from that webinar. Please let us know if you have questions.

Elections Timeline:

  • Candidate Filing- April 11, 12, 13, 2018 - When we will know who is offically running. 
  • Primary Elections- June 26, 2018 
  • Runoff Elections- August 28, 2018 
  • General Election- November 6, 2018!!!!! 

Make a plan and take action! 

HOW TO: 

Norman, OK: An Example

Norman Hammons from Norman, OK shared information about their community's long-term advocacy with local and state level officials. His primary emphasis was communication and consistency! 

Here's his notes on hosting candidate forums.

 Senator Rob Standridge, Representative Emily Virgin and moderator Norman Hammons at the Norman Arts Roundtable's annual Legislator Forum.

Senator Rob Standridge, Representative Emily Virgin and moderator Norman Hammons at the Norman Arts Roundtable's annual Legislator Forum.