The Campaign Excellence Awards are a long-standing tradition of the AAPC and recognize those individuals that have significantly contributed to the success of a candidate or public affairs campaign and whose conduct has been consistent with the Professional Code of Ethics of the AAPC. Recipients of the Campaign Excellence Awards and Special Pollies do not need to be AAPC members and there is no fee to submit an application.
Campaign Strategist of the Year – Eligible recipients must have served as lead strategist on a national or statewide campaign.
Campaign Manager of the Year – Eligible recipients must have held overall responsibility for campaign operations for a national or statewide candidate campaign, including Special Elections and Recalls.
Digital Strategist of the Year - Eligible recipients must have served in the lead digital strategist role for any candidate and/or public affairs campaign(s) in the U.S.
Pollster of the Year – Eligible recipients must have served as the lead pollster or researcher for any candidate campaign or cause, including PACs and trade associations.
Local Campaign Manager of the Year: Eligible recipients must have worked on a candidate campaign at the local, municipal, state legislative or regional level, including county and mayoral elections. Does not include federal campaigns.
Ballot Measure Campaign of the Year: This Award recognizes excellence in a comprehensive ballot measure campaign, including a series of elements and multiple media.
Public Affairs Campaign of the Year: This Award recognizes excellence in a comprehensive public affairs (non-candidate) campaign, including a series of elements and multiple media.
Best Innovation of the Year: This Award recognizes a new or original method, tactic, product or service (or combination thereof) used to directly impact the course or outcome of a campaign (candidate or cause) in a measurable way. Nominations in this category may include, but are not limited to, the use of technology.
Most Valuable Player: This Award recognizes an individual working at any level of a campaign or cause, in any capacity, who has made a significant contribution to the outcome of the campaign or cause.
Recipients of the Excellence Awards do not need to be AAPC members. Awards are made at the sole discretion of the AAPC. AAPC reserves the right to consider nominations in categories other than originally submitted.