discusses details of campaigning with students
Republicans learn about campaigning from assistant district
Debra Dupont, assistant district attorney and candidate
for County Court Judge No. 2, spoke to a handful of
College Republicans Tuesday about the aspects of campaigning.
Dupont, who graduated from TCU in 1990 with a degree
in economics, said campaigning and fund-raising is exciting
but hard work. The process includes making calls, mailing
pamphlets, writing notes and a seeking financial support.
Generally, four to five pieces of campaign mail is sent
to a household of a particular political party. Dupont
said she then follows up with a personal call to potential
voters. Though other candidates have been successful
campaigning through signs and newspapers, it basically
comes down to the message and money, she said.
A political consultant can come in handy to calm the
candidates nerves, Dupont said. As the election
draws near, rumors and gossip emerge and the political
consultant can have a helpful objective voice.
Mike Boone, junior political science major and president
of College Republicans, said he learned a lot about
campaigning from Dupont.
It is interesting to hear about the exciting times
and what works and what doesnt in a campaign,
Dupont, an active participant in the Bush-Cheney re-election
campaign, is happy that candidates running for a judicial
office can now talk about issues, she said. When controversial
issues come up, Dupont said a judge can have an opinion
but it is important for them to apply the law,
not make it.
Bert League, Precinct Chair, said volunteering for elections
and joining such activities like the Strike Force, which
is when volunteers go door to door supporting their
candidate, is a great way for college students to get
experience as well as a great addition to resumes. League
said this election and those that follow will be interesting
times in politics.
also said joining organizations such as College Republicans
is an exciting way to get involved and know what is
going on politically in your surroundings.
The College Republicans and Young Democrats will debate
April 8. Major issues including gay marriage,
tax reform, the war on terror and fair trade vs. free
trade will be discussed at the debate.
The debate will be a great way for students to
get involved with both parties and make an informed
vote in the upcoming presidential election, said
Samantha Cheatham, senior political science major and
public relations chair for College Republicans.