Never Finish a Campaign Without Assessing Lessons Learned
Cataloging Lessons Learned is a Crucial Step in Any Campaign’s After Action Report. Ian’s Narrow Loss Taught Him a Lot to Prepare him for Next Time!
Our guest this week is a fellow Hillsdale College graduate.
Ian M. Swanson is the host of “The American Way” and co-host of “Omaha’s Morning Answer” radio shows on 1420 AM “The Answer” in Omaha, NE.
A native Nebraskan, Ian graduated with honors from Hillsdale College in 2014 with a B.A. in Political Economy, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Public Policy at Liberty University. Ian recently ran for the Nebraska Legislature and came incredibly close to beating a popular incumbent in a hotly-contested race.
When he isn’t defending the Constitution on the airwaves, Ian can be found drinking lots of coffee, supporting his Nebraska Cornhuskers, and reading anything from Winston Churchill or William Wilberforce.
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Important Time Stamps and Notes:
00:00 Podcast Introduction
00:54 Ian Swanson Bio
01:58 How did you get involved in politics?
05:17 What factored into your thought process as you decided to run for office?
11:19 How did you communicate the contrast between you and your opponent, especially in light of the fact that it was a “non-partisan” race?
13:00 What was the process you went to when you started building your campaign plan?
14:26: How did you build out your block-walking/canvassing program?
15:24 What do you feel like went very well on the campaign?
17:28 What made your block-walking program so successful?
26:30 How did you approach fundraising for your campaign?
32:00 “3 things I did in every fundraising call.” – Ian Swanson
34:35 What are some areas you think you should have done better during the campaign?
37:54 What types of resources do you wish you’d had access to when you were planning your campaign?
42:38 Making an impact at the door
48:18 Closing thoughts and Outro