UM-Dearborn's Institute for Local Government will help college students, recent graduates and other individuals 35 and younger to increase their participation and representation in state and local decision-making

March 13, 2009

DEARBORN / March 13, 2009---The 2008 presidential election demonstrated a desire among our nation’s youth to become more involved in public life, according to assistant Prof. Dale Thomson, director of the Institute for Local Government at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

On March 27, the Institute will provide an opportunity for youth to direct this desire toward state and local government.

The “You-Go-Lead” Young Government Leaders Symposium seeks to help the college students, recent graduates and other individuals 35 and younger to increase their participation and representation in state and local decision-making by encouraging them to run for local or state elected office or get appointed to local boards or commissions, Thomson said.

Participants will interact with some of our region’s youngest elected state and local leaders, as well as veteran elected officials who will share their experiences and advice. Attendees will learn about the range of electoral and appointment opportunities available to them and gain knowledge to help them assess whether or not seeking an elected or appointed position is a viable option for them now or in the future. They will also gain valuable insights on how they can begin charting a course to help them capitalize on the available opportunities.

Speakers scheduled to attend the symposium include city councilmembers Kate Baker from Ferndale; Sheila Cockrel from Detroit; Courtney Owens from Inkster; Arthur McClellan, Jr. from Pontiac; and Alicia Ping from Saline. County Commissioners Dave Flynn and Toni Moceri from Macomb County and Jessica Ping from Washtenaw will also participate. Michigan State Senator Tupac Hunter and State Representatives Andrew Kandrevas and Paul Scott will share insights on serving at the state level. Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko and Public Policy and Political Consultant Trisha Stein round out the list of committed participants. Other young elected state and local officials have also been invited to participate.

Discussions will include an overview of opportunities in local elected or appointed office; essential duties of elected and appointed officials and the skills and characteristics necessary to do well once in office; strategies for getting appointed to boards and commissions, and the basic strategies and costs of running a campaign for local or state office.

You-Go-Lead will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. on March 27 in the Social Sciences Building on the UM-Dearborn campus. To register, visit www.casl.umd.umich.edu/casl-iflg or contact Harry Gaggos at 313-436-9179.

 

####

 

 

 

CONTACT: Jennifer Thelen

PHONE: 313-593-5644

The Office of University Relations

Room 1040, Administration Building

University of Michigan-Dearborn