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 campaign.
Campaign Manager of the Year – Eligible recipients must have held overall responsibility for candidate campaign operations/management, including Special Elections and Recalls.
Digital Strategist of the Year - With each cycle, digital strategy gets a bigger seat at the table. But the term digital is vast in scope and there are many ways to measure success. We are looking to honor new and innovative strategies that got out the vote and or moved public opinion. From social to mobile and everything in between, how did the campaign develop a winning digital formula? Eligible receipts 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 - Nominations may also include pollsters or researchers working on candidate campaigns or causes, including PACs and trade associations.
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.
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.
Multi-Platform Campaign of the Year: Putting together an effective media strategy in a fragmented environment is ever more complex. It is not a one size fits all. What goes on Snapchat might not go on local broadcast news. AAPC is looking for a campaign that demonstrated what it takes to advertise candidates or issues on many different platforms and how it helped them to win.
Best Use of New Technology: Nominations in this category may include the use of technology in any campaign, cause, medium or platform.
International Consultant of the Year: This Award recognizes the lead strategist for comprehensive candidate and/or public affairs campaign(s) outside of the U.S.