You have won the nomination
Step 1. Start to connect with your riding. Sign the “Internal Use of Elector Lists” (P 04 103) and the “Nomination Paper” (P 04 001) which will require 25 signatures from your riding supporting your name on the ballot. It is recommended that you seek 50 signatures instead of the minimum of 25 to ensure they are all counted and approved.
Step 2. Congratulations! You are now the candidate for the upcoming election for your party. You must now begin to work on your campaign. Check with your party for generic party campaign material. Start to network and get your name out to your riding. Form your team (your team can be different from the RDA and the RDA is not necessarily your team). Set your budget and assess the RDA funding that is available to you. Begin to produce mini promotional materials such as business cards and flyers.
Step 3. Focus back to who your team is and what your party is providing you. Focus effort initially on your executive. Key are your Official Agent and Campaign Manager. Be sure that your official agent completes the training videos that Elections NB has issued. Also focus on yourself and be sure that you engage in party campaign training that is offered to you. Also ask your party or RDA for tools, and tips and any information kits they may have available to help you be successful. Finally, grow your team and continue to engage teammates and volunteers.
Step 4. Review the guide “Information for Candidates at a Provincial Election” (P 04 301).
Step 5. Set appropriate expectations for your campaign. Do not burn yourself out. Be creative and effective in a manner that benefits and suits you. Continue to get your name out there and engage your riding with your campaign. Strategize canvassing and other promotional events effectively. Set reasonable goals, focus on effective use of your available time, team resources and financial resources, and target and reach your voters. Familiarize yourself with fundraising limits.
Step 6. Register with a Returning Officer to ensure that your name is on the ballot as soon as possible.
Step 7. Winning the election is not the only measure of success. Success refers to your campaign goals being met.