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Nominate a Rising Star of 2009

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Monday, March 23, 2009

Do you know an oustanding political professional who is quickly rising through hard work, skill and talent?  Then nominate them to be a Campaign and Elections magazine "Rising Star of 2009:"

Each year, Campaigns & Elections magazine selects its Rising Stars of politics. We will feature the Rising Stars of 2009 in our June issue and also at our 26th Annual Campaign Training Seminar, The Art of Political Campaigning, in Washington, D.C., on June 12.
Campaigns & Elections Rising Stars were first recognized in 1988 and have gone on to serve in the highest levels of government and political consulting.  Rising Stars are people under age 35 who are beginning to make their mark in political consulting or advocacy. Qualifications can include managing a winning campaign that their candidate was expected to lose, or excellence working on direct mail, polling, get-out-the-vote operations, fund raising and media, among others. Elected officials will not be considered.
We will choose 10 Republicans, 10 Democrats and 10 independent, nonpartisan or non-American nominees. 
To submit a nominee, return this form COMPLETELY filled out, with the accompanying picture. Please be specific as to why this person should be a Rising Star. E-mail completed forms to
Nominations are due April 10th and we'll keep you updated when the post their Rising Stars of 2009.
Campaigns and Elections magazine is a great resource for political professionals and they provide discounts for members of Democratic GAIN!  We encourage all GAIN members to check them out and nominate a Rising Star.

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Announcing the GAIN Rookie of the Year Award

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Thursday, February 5, 2009
Democratic GAIN is proud to be sponsoring the “Democratic GAIN Award for Rookie of the Year” at this year’s AAPC Pollie Awards!
Pollie Awards
For more than 18 years, The American Association of Political Consultants and Public Affairs Professionals has been bringing leaders of the political and public affairs profession together with  its annual Pollie Awards and Conference. Here, leaders in the profession discuss the newest technologies,  strategies and techniques and honor “the best of the best” in political communication with the annual Pollie Awards Contest.
We are asking Democratic GAIN users and members to nominate their colleagues and mentees for this very prestigious award.  Please nominate your favorite rising star from the 2008 election cycle!  Nominees should be new entrants into the field of professional politics – meaning they should only have held one (or 2 max) paid positions.  This individual would have shown unique ability, intelligence, creativity and dedication to your cause.  
In addition, don’t forget that the AAPC is offering Democratic Gain dues-paying members a 35% discount on registration to the Annual Pollie Awards & Conference to be held March 27th to the 29th at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, in Washington DC.   Dues-paying members should login and visit to access this discount.  The AAPC is also offering GAIN members a 25% discount on its individual membership.

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Congratulations to Reed Award Winner Steve Schwartz

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Democratic GAIN wants to give a special CONGRATULATIONS to Steve Schwartz for winning the Campaigns & Elections magazine's Reed Award for Best Mentor/Boss last week!

Steve is the Finance Director at the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center and truly deserves this honor.

Steve, and those who nominated him, remind us that being a good mentor is one of the most important things an experience professional can do. In order to build on our current successes, or movement relies on mentors to share their knowledge, experiences and advice with the next generation so they are fully equipped to carry on the torch.

Democratic GAIN thanks all of those professionals who take the time and effort to truly be mentors.

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