How do I get involved? This is a FAQ we hear a lot here at the AAIM home base.
First off, determine if you can run. To be eligible to run as a candidate, you must be:
You must not be:
Second, are you sure. If you are thinking of joining the fight to regain our freedoms and support the rights we all demand for ourselves, consider what is involved. Do a self assessment, have a good look in the mirror and ask yourself what kind of person you are and will your past withstand the attention of the media and opposition that will be focused on you if you succeed. If you are good with all that you see, step up!
Third, have a plan. Got some ideas but not sure how to form a plan? No problem, the purpose of the AAIM Option creating this website and proposing our ideas for meaningful change is to help people just like you. What do you stand for? Do you think there is a better way to deliver health care, education or justice? What is your position on separation? Regardless, the AAIM Option has a plan that you can use. Use any one or all of the policies or of the series of referendum's the AAIM is proposing. More to that is that the AAIM is not afraid of a non party candidate modifying or opposing some or all of the plan. Fact is, The AAIM Option wants the debate, the debate will fine tune the ideas being presented.
Fourth, Get signed up. This is not a difficult process. Simply visit https://www.elections.ab.ca/elections/run-as-a-candidate/ look for the forms that need to be filed and the signature sheet for the 25 people that will agree to nominated you for the chance to run.
SOME ADVICE: From my experience as a independent non party candidate, I have learned that having some help is more valuable than donations. Form a team of volunteers you can count on. Fine tune the message on the pros and cons of electing a party candidate vs a non party candidate. Then form a plan to inform the people. If cash is tight, keep it simple. An example of a low cost option to consider, is to have volunteers hand out flyers in the areas of the riding that people gather like community centers, malls, etc.
Signs are great but pay attention to the signage rules. I don't recommend lawn signs, they can be expensive and have a habit of being removed by the opposition or bored teens being teens and causing mischief.