How to write a school election speech

Updated March 23, 2017

Running for a seat on your school's student class council is a worthwhile endeavour and the first step into the world of politics. If you're committed to getting elected, it's important that your peers know who you are, what you stand for and how capable you are to represent their interests as a representative of the entire student body. In order to share this information, giving a compelling speech that accomplishes such goals will play a major role in your success. Developing a great speech requires thought and the ability to clearly organised your ideas and visions.

Begin writing your speech by acknowledging and thanking your audience. Acknowledging your audience means stating who are you are addressing directly. If you're running for a school election, a formal address can be as simple as "my fellow students." Thank your audience for their willingness to listen to what you have to say.

Tell a little bit about yourself and why you are running for office. Mention any previous experience you've had related to the responsibilities of the office. State two to three reasons why you want to be elected.

Share your perspective about what's unique about your class and your school. Be specific and cite examples. Start off with the positive points and talk about subjects that tends to generate enthusiasm and excitement.

Describe two to three main problems, situations or areas of improvement for your class or school. These issues may be complaints you've heard from students in the past about things that need to be changed. These should also be problems that you can realistically address when elected.

Describe how you intend to address the problems you just outlined. Be specific about solutions you will pursue and how you will motivate students to support solving the problems. Describe what student life will be like once these situations are addressed. Be descriptive so that you paint a vivid picture of positive outcomes.

Conclude your speech with the reason why you're the best candidate for the office. Restate your vision with passion, enthusiasm and optimism. End your speech urging your classmates to vote for you and thanking them for their support.


Keep the tone conversational when writing your speech.

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