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Run for It! Strategies to Cultivate Participation in Local Elected Office

Local Government Center Series
Run for It! Strategies to Cultivate Participation in Local Elected Office
September 25, 2019 11:00am to Noon
Free ZOOM Presentation for Community Development Educators and others


Is participation in your local governments diminishing? Is it hard finding qualified candidates to run? Does the current Board/Council represent the community in terms of gender, race, age and ethnicity? Do citizens avoid running due to concerns about how to run, what elected office is like, their qualifications or other factors such as negative attitudes toward government?

The Women in Government Group and Local Government Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension’s Community Development Institute are presenting a one-hour ZOOM “Run For IT! Strategies to Cultivate Participation in Local Elected Office.”

This session will use the last fall’s Bayfield/Ashland County workshop experiences to help you address:
  • Generating interest and participation in local government in your county?
  • Addressing the various questions and concerns about running for office?
  • Recruiting new candidates and deepen the leadership bench?
  • Finding community partners to help with this effort?
Program Goals
Assist county-based educators and others, provide an opportunity for potential candidates to:
  • Network with local elected leaders at a county level.
  • Address apprehensions about running for local office in a supportive environment.
  • Develop knowledge and skills related to serving in local office.
  • Discover other opportunities to serve within local government
Potential Program Benefits
  • Enhancing governance capacity in your County, City, Village or Town or in your region
  • Fostering community awareness of non-partisan local elections
  • Increasing local government participation
  • Developing diversity of representation in local elected offices
Presenters & Day, Date & Time:
  • Kellie Pederson, Community Development Educator, Bayfield County Extension
  • Victoria Solomon, Community Development Educator, Green County Extension
  • ZOOM Presentation - September 25, 2019, Wednesday, 11:00am
Please share with your local government officials and staff -

Registration is free! To register please email Daniel Foth at daniel.foth@wisc.edu. Upon registration, you will be sent the ZOOM connection information. This free program is open to all UW-Madison Extension County-based educators, state specialists, local government staff and officials and anyone with an interest in building local government capacity within their community.
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