The following responses were provided by Donna Brazile, campaign manager for Eleanor Holmes Norton, Democratic candidate for the District's delegate seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The material is intended to provide students with an idea of what working as a campaign maanager might be like and some steps they can take to prepare for a career in that field.

Born in New Orleans in 1960, Brazile grew up in Kenner, La. She came to the District in 1981. Brazile holds an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in industrial psychology.

She has served in key roles in both political and issue campaigns including: national director, 20th Anniversary March on Washington; mobilization director, Jesse Jackson presidential campaign (1984); director, Rainbow Coalition; national field director, Richard Gephardt presidential campaign; deputy field director, Michael Dukakis presidential campaign; coordinator, Housing Now! march for the homeless; organizer, National Hands Across America campaign and executive director National Political Congress of Black Women. NATURE OF THE WORK:

"The campaign manager oversees the entire operation of a {political} campaign: administrative, fundraising, volunteers and the media. He or she attends to the candidate's daily schedule -- making sure he gets to meetings, press conferences, etc., on time and prepared. In essence, you are packaging an individual for the public, making sure that in every instance, the candidate is seen in the most positive light possible.

"The day begins at about 6 a.m. I read the newspapers and watch the morning news to gain a sense of the pulse of the day or any crises that may have arisen. I call the candidate at around 7 a.m., to go over her schedule for the day and discuss strategy. I check in with the office, return calls and meet with the press. I use a political tactic known as "spin," wherein you emphasize five good things about yourself {your candidate} and 10 bad things about your opponent.

"Meetings are continuous. I must check in with the pollster, to see where we are in the latest poll; with the treasurer, to see if there is enough money for stamps for mailings and supplies; with the accountant, to see if financial records have been prepared for me to release to the press. I must also be aware of federal and local laws concerning filing deadlines, disclosure of finacial records, etc.

"In working on a political campaign, a daily crisis is inevitable. The important question is, how will you respond to it? Before starting work on a campaign, I do what is called a "skeletal check" -- asking the candidate questions about any illegal, legal or moral issue from their past that might come out during the course of the campaign.

"I like working on campaigns because I like the control, I also enjoy the interaction with the voters; it's that human contact that gives me an energy. However, the paperwork can be monotonous, the hours are long (I usually work 20 hours a day, seven days a week) and the pay, which comes from fundraising, is small. It's quite honestly based on how well your candidate is doing. The more money coming into the campaign, the more money you will be paid." EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

"There are not any degree programs or courses offered in campaigning, but politics, at any level, is a valuable experience for a young person.

"At the high school level, students should take American history and try to learn the history of their community; social studies and geography. It is also necessary to have strong communication skills, both written and verbal. Students should learn about the electoral college and how it operates.

"Volunteering on a campaign is another way to learn about politics. Students can answer phones, stuff envelopes, collate information, assist with door-to-door canvassing and petitioning." MATCHING YOURSELF WITH THE WORK:

"Campaign managers need to have a sense of self, to be strong leaders and role models. It is also necessary to be detail-oriented, accessible and candid. One must think strategically and not emotionally."